On February 22nd the 2015 Oscars will be live on ABC which means we’ve got 10 days to get you all caught up on what is taking home the gold on Hollywood’s biggest night.
We’ve written long-form reviews of American Sniper and The Grand Budapest Hotel, and quick hitters on half the field- Boyhood, Selma, and The Theory of Everything. Here is everything you need to know about the final three Best Picture Nominees:
THE IMITATION GAME
Award Count: Eight, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor
What’s It About: As World War II engulfs Europe, a group of English mathematicians are assembled at Bletchley Park to work in secret on cracking the code of a captured German Enigma encryption machine. With England’s fate hanging in the balance, the group’s leader, the brilliant, eccentric Alan Turing, must hide his homosexuality or risk arrest and persecution by the country he is fighting to save.
Award Count: Five, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay
What’s It About: Andrew is a 19-year-old music conservatory student who is determined to become a great jazz drummer. His talent and fierce passion draw the attention of the school’s most intimidating teacher, Terence Fletcher, who believes that students excel not through praise and encouragement, but through relentless humiliation and fear.
Award Count: Nine, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor
What’s It About: Best known to the public as Birdman, the superhero he once played in a series of films, Riggan Thomson hopes to reestablish himself as a serious actor by mounting his own dramatic production on Broadway. With his self-doubt hindering the project, Thomson also finds himself threatened by the presence of a high-profile, egotistical movie star in his cast.