Your Guide to this Year’s Oscar Nominees for Best Picture

Written by: Amanda Bailey on February 19, 2015

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If you follow Oscar buzz religiously, then chances are you have seen some or all of this year’s Oscar nominees for Best Picture. Movies often provide us with inspiring ideas on where to travel, and this year’s nominees are no exception. From an Art Nouveau department store in Germany to a historic small town in Alabama, the year’s top films were shot in memorable locations around the world.

If you aren’t quite in the movie loop, don’t fret. We’ve packed everything you need to know about the year’s best films into one little blog post!

American Sniper

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What’s It About? The most lethal sniper in U.S. history
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller
Filmed In: Morocco, California
Nominations: 6
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Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

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What’s It About? A once famous action film star mounts a comeback in a Broadway play.
Starring: Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Edward Norton
Filmed In: New York
Nominations: 9
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Boyhood

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What’s It About? The life of a young man, Mason, filmed over 12 years.
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane
Filmed In: Texas
Nominations: 6
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The Grand Budapest Hotel

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What’s It About? A concierge working at a legendary hotel and his protégé become entangled in a battle for a massive family fortune.
Starring: Ralph Fiennes and MANY others
Filmed In: Germany, Poland
Nominations: 9
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The Imitation Game

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What’s It About? Alan Turing, the legendary English mathematician, helps break the Enigma code during World War II.
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley
Filmed In: England
Nominations: 8
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Selma

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What’s It About? Martin Luther King campaigns for equal rights with an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.
Starring: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo
Filmed In: Alabama, Georgia
Nominations: 2
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The Theory of Everything

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What’s It About? A look at the relationship between famous physicist Stephen Hawking and his wife.
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones
Filmed In: England
Nominations: 5
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Whiplash

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What’s It About? Under the direction of a ruthless instruction, a music student pursues his dream of becoming a great jazz drummer.
Starring: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons
Filmed In: California, New York
Nominations: 5
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Which film gets your vote for best picture of 2014?