<p>Ethan&nbsp;Hawke in &quot;Before Midnight&quot;</p>

Ethan Hawke in "Before Midnight"

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Ethan Hawke reacts to his Oscar nod and tells us what to expect from 'Boyhood'

'It's the most exciting thing I've ever been a part of.'

Ethan Hawke picked up his third nomination to date this morning and his second nomination from the writers branch for co-penning the screenplay for Richard Linklater's "Before Midnight." It's a special mention for the actor because he, Linklater and his co-star and co-writer Julie Delpy were chalked up nearly a decade ago for the very same nomination for "Before Sunset."

Interestingly enough, a year before production began on that 2004 mid-section to what has come to be one of the most unique trilogies in cinema, Hawke and Linklater kicked off a whole other experiment that will finally be unveiled at the Sundance Film Festival Sunday night. "Boyhood," filmed over the course of 12 years, will tell a story of childhood and growing up, the years ticking by as Linklater and his team revisited the story consistently throughout that span of time, ending up with what will be another unique glimpse at the drama and minutiae of everyday life, the very purview of Linklater throughout his career.

Hawke hopped on the phone this morning to react to his Oscar nomination and to tell us what we can expect from "Boyhood" when it premieres this weekend. Check out the back and forth below.

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<p>Michael Barker (left)&nbsp;with Richard Linklater (center)&nbsp;and Tom Bernard at the Gotham Awards in New York last month</p>

Michael Barker (left) with Richard Linklater (center) and Tom Bernard at the Gotham Awards in New York last month

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Michael Barker on 'bittersweet' nominations and watching Richard Linklater's career bloom

Sony Classics honcho reflects on the morning's good and bad news

It was a "bittersweet" morning according to Sony Pictures Classics co-president Michael Barker. On one hand his company's films "Before Midnight," "Blue Jasmine" and "The Invisible Woman" combined for a total of five nominations, including a somewhat surprising bid for "Blue" supporting actress Sally Hawkins. On the other, it was a rare occasion where the indie distributor had no nominees in either the Best Documentary Feature or Best Foreign Language Film categories, and neither "Blue" nor "Midnight" was able to push into the Best Picture field.

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<p>A detail from the poster for &quot;Alone Yet Not Alone.&quot;</p>

A detail from the poster for "Alone Yet Not Alone."

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Introducing 'Alone Yet Not Alone,' the year's most obscure Oscar nominee

Yet again, the Best Original Song category turns up a shocker

The Academy's music branch can always be counted on for at least one out-of-nowhere surprise in the Best Original Song category. Remember "Paris 36?" Or "Chasing Ice?" Or "August Rush?" Forgotten them all? No one would blame you. Anyway, they seem to have truly outdone themselves this year. There were audible gasps and chuckles when Cheryl Boone Isaacs began reading the list of nominees in the category, and first off the bat was "Alone Yet Not Alone" from, er, "Alone Yet Not Alone."

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Sarah Polley has the best reaction ever to not getting nominated

Sarah Polley has the best reaction ever to not getting nominated

'Stories We Tell' snubbed but she tweets love to a nominee

It's always inevitable that the Academy will end up snubbing a deserving nominee in one category or another, but one big snub this year was Sarah Polley's "Stories We Tell" in the feature documentary category. "Stories" won both the NYFCC and LAFCC best documentary honors and was a fixture on many critics' end-of-year top 10 lists. It was almost seen as a lock to make the cut, but appears to have been pushed out by either "Dirty Wars" or "Cutie and the Boxer." Leave it to the always classy Polley to send out a tweet flipping the narrative and heaping praise on one of the actual nominees, Joshua Oppenheimer for "The Act of Killing."

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<p>Oprah Winfrey in 'The Butler'</p>

Oprah Winfrey in 'The Butler'

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Tom Hanks and Oprah Winfrey lead the list of shocking Oscar snubs

Sarah Polley and Emma Thompson also among the surprising shut-outs

Oscar nomination morning may bring joy to the chosen few, but "few" is the operative word -- the list of who's out is always going to be longer than the list of who's in. A few shock omissions are par for the course, but it seems this morning's announcement brought even more than usual, and in a multitude of categories -- from Tom Hanks to Emma Thompson to Sarah Polley to Lana del Rey. After the jump, we list a few of the no-shows that surprised us most.

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<p>Actor Chris Hemsworth and Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs announce the Best Picture nominees for the 86th annual Academy&nbsp;Awards.</p>

Actor Chris Hemsworth and Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs announce the Best Picture nominees for the 86th annual Academy Awards.

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The Academy once again goes its own way with a singular list of Oscar nominees

Always there to shake things up a bit, AMPAS snubs some, surprises others

As it always does, the Academy had a few things of its own to say this morning as the 86th annual Oscar nominations announcement was full of intrigue. Never too closely resembling the buzz we're all going on as ballots are turned in, the organization went its own way in a few key areas, putting smiles on some faces, slapping frowns on others.

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86th Academy Awards nominations - complete list

86th Academy Awards nominations - complete list

Who was honored by the Granddaddy of all awards shows?

"American Hustle" and "Gravity" lead the nominees for the 86th Academy Awards, with nominations in 10 categories. "12 Years a Slave" is right on their heels with nine nods, while six other films made the Best Picture lineup. Full list of nominations below.

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Watch the 2014 Oscar nominations announcement

Watch the 2014 Oscar nominations announcement

Handy live stream if the laptop's handy and you don't want to get out of bed

We're just about 15 minutes away from the big announcement. At 5:40am PT (good GOD), Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Chris Hemsworth will announce this year's Oscar nominees. If you're tuning in online and steering clear of the horrors of E! and whatnot, you can watch the announcement via the livestream below (and knock out any first-blush reactions instantly as we prepare our initial reactionary coverage). See you soon.

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<p>&quot;American&nbsp;Hustle&quot;&nbsp;leads the guild and industry tally with 10 mentions.</p>

"American Hustle" leads the guild and industry tally with 10 mentions.

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Four films stand atop the industry precursor awards circuit

A look at the Best Picture landscape with all the guilds and societies declared

With the announcement of the Motion Picture Sound Editors' Golden Reel Awards nominees this afternoon, all of the various industry guilds and societies have had their say on the season. And it's just under the wire, too, as we're all preparing for the Oscar nominations announcement tomorrow morning. So how did the various contenders fare?

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<p>Agata Trzebuchowska in &quot;Ida.&quot;</p>

Agata Trzebuchowska in "Ida."

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'Ida' among films nominated for ASC's inaugural Spotlight Award

Award was created to recognize festival premieres and limited releases

This promises to be an interesting addition to the annual awards trail, which could always use new below-the-line honors. Previously, the American Society of Cinematographers has only given out one award for feature film work -- the nominees for which were announced last week. This year, however, they're introducing a second: the Spotlight Award, which will recognize outstanding cinematography in lower-profile films that have either premiered at festivals or opened in limited release.

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