Oscar nominations: The good (‘Boyhood’), bad (‘Selma’) and ugly (Jennifer Aniston)

THE GOOD

Oscars frontrunner “Boyhood” secured all of the key nominations it needs to win Best Picture, as predicted by our Experts: Best Director, Editing, Original Screenplay plus acting (it got two in supporting Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette).

But beware: “The Imitation Game” also bagged bids in all key slots and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” snagged them all except for acting. And maybe a nomination for acting isn’t essential: “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” and “The Last Emperor” prevailed without one.

Bradley Cooper proved his naysayers wrong again, bagging his third nomination in a row. “American Sniper” pulled off five impressive nominations in all. Bravo, Bradley & Team!

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Whiplash,” the little indie with a big bang, makes it into Best Picture. Welcome!

THE BAD

Everything is NOT awesome at the Oscars. Where the hell is “The LEGO Movie”?

Selma” only nominated for Best Picture and Song. Terrible. According to the film critics polled by Rotten Tomatoes, it is the best film of the year. It scores 99 to 98 for “Boyhood.”

No editing nomination for “Birdman.” That lessens its chances to pull off a win for Best Picture.

Foxcatcher” is nominated for Best Director (Bennett Miller) but not Best Picture? Huh?

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THE UGLY

This is the whitest Oscars in years. No color among the nominated actors. No diversity by gender in the Best Director lineup – no women nominated. Shameful.

Jennifer Aniston proved she is worthy of inclusion by being nominated by the Golden Globes and Screen Actors’ Guild. Her snub at the Oscars can’t be because of voters’ reluctance to welcome a former TV sitcom star into the ranks of Serious Film Actress. Heck, they welcomed Steve Carell over in the lead actors’ race. Maybe she’s shut out because of her tabloid-plagued personal life? Notice that Angelina Jolie isn’t nominated for Best Director either.

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