B’way at the Oscars: Birdman Takes Nine Nods, But Where’s Woods?

first_img Two current Broadway stars (and one tapped to come here soon) received recognition for their film performances. The Elephant Man headliner Bradley Cooper picked up an Actor in a Leading Role for American Sniper. Meanwhile, the Actress in a Supporting Role category, in addition to Streep for her performance as The Witch in Into the Woods, included Cabaret star Emma Stone and Olivier nominee Keira Knightley, who is slated to make her Broadway debut later this year in Thérèse Raquin. Rounding out the category are Patricia Arquette for Boyhood and Laura Dern for Wild. Among those joining Cooper in the race for Actor in a Leading Role are Tony winner Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), Olivier winner Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), Michael Keaton (Birdman) and Steve Carell (Foxcatcher). Broadway alum Julianne Moore earned an Actress in a Leading Role nomination for her Golden Globe-winning performance in Still Alice. The 2015 Academy Awards will take place on February 22, hosted by Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris. For a full list of nominees, click here. This marked the first year only eight films received Oscar nominations for Best Picture; in the running with Birdman for the top prize are American Sniper, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Imitation Game, Selma, The Theory of Everything and Whiplash. Into the Woods picked up nominations for Costume Design and Production Design. Rob Marshall, who earned a nomination in 2002 for directing the Oscar-winning Chicago, was not recognized for helming the Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine flick. Birdman was nominated for Original Screenplay; among the writers are Alexander Dinelaris, who will pen the book for the upcoming Gloria and Emilio Estefan musical On Your Feet!. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu was nominated for his direction of the film, and the movie also picked up nods for Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Cinematography. The nominations for the 87th annual Academy Awards were announced on January 15. The Broadway-focused Birdman, along with The Grand Budapest Hotel, led the pack with nine nods each. And while the film adaptation of Into the Woods earned three nominations, including one for Meryl Streep, it was shut out of the Best Picture category. The Actor in a Supporting Role category also included some names familiar to the theater community: Tony nominee Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher) and Broadway alums Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) and Robert Duvall (The Judge). They were joined by Edward Norton (Birdman). View Commentslast_img read more

STUNNING REPORTS: Mourinho tells friends Manchester United job is a ‘DONE DEAL’

first_img1 Jose Mourinho Jose Mourinho is convinced he will be the next Manchester United manager, according to widespread reports.The former Chelsea boss is being heavily linked with the job at Old Trafford, with Louis van Gaal under severe pressure.It was revealed last week that United had already held talks with Mourinho’s representatives as they plan for Van Gaal’s possible departure.Now, according to Wednesday’s national newspapers, the 53-year-old has informed friends that it is a ‘done deal’ he will take charge of United.The Daily Telegraph quotes a well-placed source, saying: “Mourinho’s going to Manchester United. It’s a done deal. Chelsea is the only big job up for grabs.”Mourinho has been out of work since being sacked by Chelsea in December, just months after leading the club to the Premier League title.He is desperate to remain in England and has long coveted the United job.Should the Portuguese take charge at Old Trafford, it would reignite his bitter rivalry with Pep Guardiola, who will take over at Manchester City in the summer.last_img read more