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​Oscars 2015: Take our Best Picture poll

Which of this year's candidates for the Best Picture Academy Award do you think should take home the Oscar?

Watch scenes from each of the eight nominated films by clicking on the embedded video players; then, be sure to vote in our poll below on which you think should win!

Winners of this year's Oscars will be announced on Sunday, February 22, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. The show will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris.

For Best Picture the nominees are:

"American Sniper"

Directed by Clint Eastwood, "American Sniper" tells the tragic true-life story of Navy SEAL sharpshooter Chris Pyle (Oscar-nominee Bradley Cooper), who became a legend during his four tours in Iraq, but whose absence from home tore into his family.

In the clip above, Pyle, now stateside, becomes uncomfortable hearing the thanks of a Marine whose life he saved.

"American Sniper" is by far the highest-grossing of this year's Best Picture nominees, and is on its way to topping 2014's biggest box office hit, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I."

"Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)"

Directed by Oscar-nominee Alejandro G. Iñárritu, "Birdman" unspools for the most part in the manner of a single unbroken take, conjured from the last few days before Opening Night of a Broadway play. And not just any Broadway play: it's the make-or-break career move of fading Hollywood star Riggan Thomson (Oscar-nominee Michael Keaton), who has put his life's blood into the production.

In the clip above (language NSFW), Riggan, the washed-up star of superhero movies, and stage actor Mike (Oscar-nominee Edward Norton) debate the artistic merits of each other's careers.

"Birdman" has won top honors from the Producers Guild of America, the Screen Actors Guild and the Directors Guild. It is tied with "The Grand Budapest Hotel" for the most Academy Award nominations (nine).


Over the course of 12 years, director Richard Linklater (an Oscar-nominee) shot this story of a young boy and his family, as he grows from childhood through adolescence.

In the clip above, Dad (Oscar-nominee Ethan Hawke) explains to Mason (Ellar Coltrane) the basis of believing in magic in the world, which Mason isn't quite buying.

"Boyhood" won the Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards for Best Picture, as well as top honors from the New York and Los Angeles film critics groups.

"The Grand Budapest Hotel"

Oscar-nominee Wes Anderson concocted this witty comic fable about crime, manners, and a stolen painting, set in an elegant Eastern European resort between the wars.

In the clip above, the hotel concierge M. Gustave (Ralph Fiennes) conducts an interview for the Grand Budapest's new lobby boy, Zero (Tony Revolori).

"The Grand Budapest Hotel" won the Golden Globe for Best Picture (Comedy), and Best Screenplay from the Writers Guild of America. It is tied with "Birdman" for the most Academy Award nominations (nine).

"The Imitation Game"

Directed by first-time Oscar nominee Morten Tyldum, "The Imitation Game" tells the long-classified story of how British mathematician Alan Turing (played by Oscar-nominee Benedict Cumberbatch) broke the Nazis' Enigma Code, helping to speed the end of World War II.

In the clip above, dissension among the team at Bletchley Park threatens the project.

In "Selma," director Ava DuVernay recreates the flashpoint of 1960s America, as civil rights activists marched on the capital of Alabama demanding the right to vote.

In the clip above, Alabama nurse Annie Lee Cooper (Oprah Winfrey) hands in her voter registration application, and must submit to the capricious test of the registrar which seems designed to prevent her -- or anyone he chooses -- from exercising their constitutional right.

"The Theory of Everything"

Based on the memoir of the wife of renowned cosmologist Stephen Hawking, "The Theory of Everything" depicts the meeting, courtship, marriage and breakup of Hawking (played by Oscar-nominee Eddie Redmayne) and Jane Wilde (Oscar-nominee Felicity Jones), as Hawking's life-threatening condition worsens.

In the clip above Hawking explains his theoretical ideas to his girlfriend.


In Damien Chazelle's "Whiplash," a young conservatory student is challenged by an antagonistic and cruelly-demanding music teacher.

In the clip above Mr. Fletcher (Oscar-nominee J.K. Simmons) offers a lesson in rushing vs. dragging to drum student Andrew (Miles Teller).

"Whiplash" won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

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