Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.


  1. Birdman and Grand Budapest Hotel lead Oscar nominations
  2. Meryl Streep is shortlisted for the 19th time
  3. Launch party and nominations for this year's Brits later
  4. Author Ruth Rendell critical but stable after a stroke

Live Reporting

By Victoria Lindrea and Genevieve Hassan

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Good Night and Good Luck!

Victoria Lindrea

Arts and entertainment reporter, BBC News

That's all for today. Thanks for joining us. If you want to explore the Oscar nominations further, you can check out our

special section which features profiles on all the major award nominees.

The Brit Award nominations will be announced in about an hour. Stay tuned for our story on who makes the grade this year.

Oscar nominations - Get involved

Email us at

Lee Murcutt emails:

"From Batman to Birdman delighted to see Michael Keaton nominated for best actor..he's always been such an unrated actor, hope it lead to more roles for him. Always enjoyed watching him on the silver screen especially in Beetlejuice, Batman & Jackie Brown."

Oscar nominations - Get involved

Email us at

Luke Connolly emails:

"Re: Alan's comment that states he and his wife thought The Grand Budapest Hotel was tripe:

Perhaps you should educate yourself with the work of Wes Anderson before commenting - a director known for his far-flung and imaginative productions.

The Grand Budapest Hotel was - well is - a wonderful film. It's presentation, dark humour and passionate performances grab your attention from the get-go, and Anderson's filming style adds a certain nuance to this excellent production.

Ralph Fiennes is disgustingly talented also: easily one of the best British actors of all time."

PM praise

British prime minister David Cameron "wishes all British nominees the very best" following their Oscar nominations.

Student success

For the first time in the history of the Academy Awards, two short films made by students and recent graduates from the National Film and Television School have been nominated for Oscars.

The Bigger Picture. directed by Daisy Jacobs, has been nominated for best animated short, while Boogaloo and Graham, directed by 2011 graduate Michael Lennox, has been nominated in the best live action short category.

Both films have also been nominated for Baftas.

Jacobs said she was "thrilled to have our film recognised as one of the best". "I'm delighted that what I love doing is something others value."

Lennox said: "It feels like a whirlwind. It's only been three years since I left the NFTS - never in a millions years did I expect to receive a Bafta and an Oscar nomination. I am massively thankful."

Oscar nominations - Get involved

Email us at

Darren Brackett writes: "Can't believe Ralph Fiennes was overlooked in the best actor category! He gave a masterful performance."

Oscar nominations - Get involved

Email us at

Alan Tucker writes: "I watched the Grand Budapest hotel last Saturday. What utter tripe, no other word for it, both my wife and myself agreed - unusual! It was just nonsense and unfunny. How on earth it is nominated for Oscars is totally beyond me."

Poop scoop

Dick Pope spoke to BBC World about his "rather wonderful" nomination for cinematography, but denied any knowledge of the new social media star Dick Poop.

"I don't even know what you just said," he told Matthew Amroliwala, when the presenter tried to explain how his name had been mispronounced at the nominations announcement.

"I don't follow Twitter - I've got no idea what trending is, that all bypasses me," he chuckled, but added: "I'm very proud."

Nominees tweet

Laura Dern and Reese Witherspoon

Steve Carell - "Such a great honour. Thank you @TheAcademy. Love to @MarkRuffalo, @channingtatum, Bill Corso, and Bennett Miller."

Reese Witherspoon - "So happy to celebrate 2 #Oscarnominations for #WILDmovie with my deeply beautiful & talented costar @lauradern!"

Marvel Entertainment - "Congratulations to @Guardians and @CaptainAmerica on receiving three nominations for the 87th annual Academy Awards!"

Tegan and Sara (who sang original song nominee Everything Is Awesome) - "We couldn't be more proud to see Everything is Awesome has been nominated for an #Oscar for Best Original Song!! Congrats to the whole team!"

The Lego Movie's other writer/director,

Chris Miller - "Congrats to 'Everything is Awesome' though currently the title of the song doesn't seem especially accurate!"

Ecstatic Eddie

Eddie Redmayne spoke to BBC News on the phone from Hollywood, telling them he was "ecstatic" about his nomination in the best actor category. He said he had woken up very early to hear the news.

"I can't quite articulate what I am feeling, but it feels pretty good," he said.

Asked about rivalry with fellow Brit Benedict Cumberbatch, he said: "Frankly just being invited to the party is an extraordinary thing," recalling watching the Oscar ceremony as a young boy. "I never ever dreamt I'd get to go."

Lack of diversity

- The Hollywood Reporter

For only the second time in nearly two decades, the 20 Oscar acting nominations went to a group made up entirely of white actors and actresses, according to statistics

compiled by the Hollywood Reporter.

British actor David Oyelowo missed out on a best actor nomination for his role as Martin Luther King in Selma, as did director Ava Duvernay.

It comes at a time of high racial tension in the United States.

In 2011, the 20 nominees were also entirely white. Prior to that, you have to look back as far as 1998 to find an entirely all-white acting group.

It's a far cry from 2002, which saw both Halle Berry and Denzel Washington clinch the top acting Oscars - though critics have suggested Selma's chances may have been hurt by the success of Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave last year.

Screaming at Redmayne

- Sky News

Eddie Redmayne

Eddie Redmayne, who plays Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything,

has told Sky News his best actor nomination is "beyond dreams".

"It's the crack of dawn here in Los Angeles," he said in a phone interview. "I was in the middle of a deep, dark sleep and suddenly there was a rap on the door. I stumbled to the door and it was my manager there, with a team of people on the phone, screaming."

"I'm trying to get to terms with it all. I've gone from nought to a hundred miles an hour in the space of about four minutes."

Read the screenplays

Some of the movie studios behind the films nominated in the screenplay categories have posted their scripts online.

So if you want a light read on the train home, you can spend your journey with:

The Imitation Game

The Theory of Everything





The Grand Budapest Hotel

Proud Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch and U2 at the 2014 Oscars
Getty Images

Celebrity photo-bomber and part time thespian Benedict Cumberbatch says he is "knocked for six" by the news of his best actor nomination for his role as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.

"To ring my parents, who are both actors, and tell them that their only son has been nominated for an Oscar is one of the proudest moments of my life," he said.


Tim Masters

Entertainment correspondent, BBC News

Theory of Everything producer Tim Bevan just told me the film's five nominations were "fantastic" and the real hero of the day was screenwriter Anthony McCarten "who put in the heavy lift over many years to get the film to a point where it could be produced".

Commenting on the nine films up for best picture, he joked: "I think that if there's a B in the title of your movie you're likely to win it!"

Those films are Birdman, Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Bevan added: "The list is very interesting, very varied, very different and quite indie."


Tim Masters

Entertainment correspondent, BBC News

According to the Academy number crunchers, British cinematographer Roger Deakins (Unbroken) now has the most nominations for cinematography of any living person, amassing 12 nods. Charles B Lang Jr and Leon Shamroy share the all-time record with 18 nominations each.

Also nominated in that category is Mexican Emmanuel Lubezki for Birdman, who will be hoping to repeat his win last year for Gravity.

American Colleen Atwood (Into the Woods) has the most nominations for costume design of any living person with 11. The overall record in the category belongs to Edith Head with 35 nominations.

The Hulk tweets...

The Foxcatcher
Film company
Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo in The Foxcatcher

Mark Ruffalo, nominated for his role as a wrestler in Foxcatcher, has been practising his acceptance speech

on Twitter, thanking his co-stars, his fellow nominees and all of his fans (his agent will be furious).

Mark Ruffalo tweets

Andro Dominic

also points out, that with Ruffalo and Norton nominated in the best supporting actor category, two incarnations of The Hulk will be going head-to-head at the Oscars.

Poop, poop

Dick Poop is trending on Twitter. Mr Turner cinematographer Dick Pope is, conversely, having the best and worst of days after an unfortunate slip of the tongue by Academy boss Cheryl Boone Isaacs when she announced his nomination in the best cinematography category.

Too scared to watch

- BBC Radio 5 live

Felicity Jones receives a best actress nomination for playing Stephen Hawking's first wife, Jane, in The Theory of Everything.


she tells BBC 5 live she purposefully avoided this afternoon's announcement. "It's so nerve-wracking I couldn't watch it," she says. "I was just waiting, then I got a phone call from my brother."

Lego Oscar

Phil Lord, who wrote and directed The Lego Movie, is not too disheartened his film was snubbed. He

tweeted a picture of his own Lego Oscar saying: "It's okay. Made my own!"

He added: "This is not a tragedy. Congrats to incredible crew and cast of The Lego Movie, who made a classic."

Lego Oscar

Lord's co-director Chris Miller

said he was thrilled that the movie's theme song, Everything Is Awesome, had been nominated, "though currently the title of the song doesn't seem especially accurate!"

Cooper's hat-trick

Bradley Coopey

Bradley Cooper receives his third consecutive Oscar nomination for his role in Clint Eastwood's American Sniper.

He's the first actor to achieve the feat since Russell Crowe was nominated for The Insider, Gladiator and A Beautiful Mind at the start of the century.


Tim Masters

Entertainment correspondent, BBC News

Also in the live action short category is Boogaloo and Graham, directed by Michael Lennox. Filmed entirely on location in Northern Ireland, the film is set in 1970s Belfast and follows two young boys who discover the facts of life, aided by the help of their pet chickens. The short also picked up a Bafta nomination last week.

All white on the night?

Rosianna Halse Rojas tweets: "Looking at these noms, it's kind of hard to believe that Oscar voters are 94% white, 77% male, and have a median age of 62...not."

Bevan the bridesmaid

- BBC Radio 5 live

The Theory of Everything
film company

Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory Of Everything has received five Oscar nominations, meaning producer Tim Bevan can dust down his dinner jacket again this year.

He's been nominated for an award on three previous occasions - for Atonement, Elizabeth and Les Miserables - but has never won.

"We're very well trained at the bridesmaid job," he joked to BBC Radio 5 live.

"But it's a very great honour. The Academy Awards stand head and shoulders above the others. As the nominations get read out, you certainly get a knot in your stomach."

He added the Oscar voters would be subject to a lot of... er, persuasion, over the next few weeks.

"The campaigning goes from sometime last year until the voting stops in the next couple of weeks.

"It's just a question of keeping the film fresh in everyone's minds and reminding people how great these two actors are."

Host reaction

Oscar ceremony host Neil Patrick Harris has

posted a short video giving his thoughts on the Oscar nominations. See why he lost a $20 bet.


Tim Masters

Entertainment correspondent, BBC News

The live action short category includes The Phone Call, by British director Mat Kirkby. It stars Sally Hawkins and Jim Broadbent.

Hawkins plays a helpline call centre volunteer who receives a phone call from a mystery man.

The film was shot in 2013 a week after Hawkins finished filming Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine (for which she was nominated for the best supporting actress Oscar last year). Kirkby sold his car to pay for the film.

Selma's song

John Legend and Common

John Legend and Common wrote the

Oscar-nominated song Glory for Selma, which looks at Martin Luther King's pivotal civil rights marches in Selma, Alabama.

The duo are already front-runners for the best original song award, having picked up a Golden Globe in the same category last weekend.

Legend has just tweeted: "So grateful for @TheAcademy Award nomination for GLORY!!! On MLK's birthday!!"

Archers congratulate

The Theory of Everything star Felicity Jones starred on BBC Radio 4 drama The Archers for 10 years. They've

tweeted: "Thrilled for Felicity Jones [ex Emma Grundy] who's been nominated for an Oscar. And they say Grundys have bad luck..."

All the nominees

You can see the full list of nominees



Tim Masters

Entertainment correspondent, BBC News

Robert Duvall's nomination for best supporting actor in The Judge makes him the oldest Oscar nominee in this category. At 84, he is two years older than the previous oldest nominee, Hal Holbrook, who was up for Into the Wild in 2008. The oldest winner in this category is Christopher Plummer, who was 82 when he picked up the Oscar for Beginners in 2012.

Streep races ahead

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep's nomination for Into The Woods brings her Oscar tally to 19, extending her reign as most-nominated actress ever.

Katharine Hepburn is in second place, with 12 citations, followed by Bette Davis on 10.

Streep has won three - two for best actress (The Iron Lady/Sophie's Choice) and one for best supporting actress (Kramer vs Kramer).


Tim Masters

Entertainment correspondent, BBC News

Eight films up for best picture this year - it could have been anywhere between five and 10. For the last three years there have been nine on the shortlist. The strongest showing was for two quirky and dark comedies - Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel - both with nine nominations.

Birdman and Budapest lead

Birdman and The Grand Budapest Hotel lead the Oscar nominations with nine apiece.

The Imitation Game is close behind with eight citations, followed by American Sniper and Boyhood on six.

Best film Oscar nominees

Best picture:

  • American Sniper
  • Birdman
  • Boyhood
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Selma
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Whiplash

Best director:

  • Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Alejandro G Inarritu, Birdman
  • Richard Linklater, Boyhood
  • Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
  • Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

Best actress:

  • Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
  • Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
  • Julianne Moore, Still Alice
  • Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
  • Reece Witherspoon, Wild

Best actor:

  • Steve Carrell, Foxcatcher
  • Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
  • Michael Keaton, Birdman
  • Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Original screenplay:

  • Birdman
  • Boyhood
  • Foxcatcher
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Nightcrawler

Adapted screenplay:

  • American Sniper
  • The Imitation Game
  • Inherent Vice
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Whiplash