The Oscars have announced their nominees which bookends the 2014 year in film that kicked off a year ago, at the Sundance Film Festival. Last year, Damien Chazelle's Whiplash won the Audience and Grand Jury Prize Awards at Sundance and this past Sunday, J.K. Simmons, one of the film's stars, took home the Best Supporting Actor Golden Globe and is now nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars. Whiplash is also nominated for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. Richard Linklater's Boyhood, nominated for six awards, has already taken home several top prizes, a film which also premiered at last year's Sundance.

Full circle, the 2015 Sundance Film Festival kicks off next week and with that, a new year of film commences. But before we start talking about the next rising stars and award-winners, we'd like to spotlight a few of this year's Oscar contenders which are some of our favorite actors that continue to showcase beautiful, inspiring work. In a world where a festival like Sundance can launch careers overnight but the reality of longevity constantly challenges an artist to rise to the top, here are some of the people that have managed to stay the course and bring something new for us to enjoy and discuss.

Congratulations to all of the nominees.

Best Actor nominee Michael Keaton (BIRDMAN) as Ray Nicolette in Jackie Brown

Best Actress nominee Reese Witherspoon (WILD) as Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest

Best Actress nominee Julianne Moore (STILL ALICE) as Wavey Prouse in The Shipping News

Best Supporting Actress nominee Patricia Arquette (BOYHOOD) as Nancy Coplin in Flirting With Disaster

Best Supporting Actor nominee J.K. Simmons (WHIPLASH) as Brian in Extract.

Best Supporting Actor nominee Edward Norton (BIRDMAN) as Worm in Rounders

Best Supporting Actor nominee Mark Ruffalo (FOXCATCHER) as Ted Stewart in A View From the Top

To view a complete list of the 2015 Oscar nominees, visit their official site.