‘Birdman,’ ‘Budapest Hotel’ top Oscar nods, least diverse in years


LOS ANGELES: Dark comedy “Birdman” and stylish crime caper “The Grand Budapest Hotel” topped the Oscars nominations list on Thursday (Friday in Manila) with nine each, firing the starting gun on the home stretch of Hollywood’s awards race. But as the nominated actors and filmmakers celebrated, Twitter users raged over the lack of diversity in the Academy Awards shortlists, with actors of color shut out and women filmmakers also largely overlooked. Behind “Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” in the nominations race was World War II code-breaking thriller “The Imitation Game,” with eight nominations.



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