Michael Keaton’s Birdman gets seven Golden Globe nominations

Birdman squawked loudest in the Golden Globes nominations on Thursday, flying away with a leading seven nods including best picture in the comedy or musical category. In the nominations for the 72 annual Golden Globes, Boyhood and The Imitation Game got five nominations in a drama category that also included Foxcatcher, Selma and The Theory of Everything. In the best picture, comedy or musical, category, Birdman was joined by St. Vincent, Grand Budapest Hotel, Into the Woods and — in a surprise — the independent British film Pride. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Birdman, or (The Unexpected Virtue or Ignorance), in which Michael Keaton plays a Hollywood star trying to mount a serious drama on Broadway, earned nods for Keaton and supporting players Edward Norton and Emma Stone, as well as for its direction, screenplay and score.

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Nominee Eddie Redmyane

Richard Linklater’s long-in-the-making coming-of-age drama “Boyhood,” added nominations for Linklater’s direction and script, and supporting actors Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette. The World War II code breaker drama “The Imitation Game,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch as mathematician Alan Turing, also did well. In addition to best picture, the Weinstein Co. release won nominations for Cumberbatch as best actor, Keira Knightley for best supporting actress, Graham Moore for best screenplay and Alexandre Desplat for best score. The other nominees for best actor in a drama were Steve Carell (Foxcatcher), David Oyelowo (Selma) and Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) and Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything).