‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ leads Oscar nominations

Marcy Oster

(JTA) — “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” inspired by the writing of Austrian-Jewish novelist Stephan Zweig, led the 2015 Oscar nominations with nine, including best picture and best director.

“Birdman,” starring Michael Keaton, also received nine nominations, including best picture and best actor.

“Ida,”  a Polish movie about a Catholic nun who learns she is the daughter of Jews killed during the Holocaust, was nominated for best foreign-language film. Argentina’s entry, “Wild Tales,” directed by  Damian Szifron, who is Jewish, and which features a Jewish wedding, also was nominated in the category.

“Ida” also was nominated for best cinematography.

Among the eight films nominated for best picture were “The Imitation Game,” “Boyhood,” “Selma” and “The Theory of Everything.”  Nominees for best actress were: Julianne Moore, Felicity Jones, Rosamund Pike, Reese Witherspoon, and Marion Cotillard. Nominees for best actor were Michael Keaton, Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch, Steve Carell, and Bradley Cooper.