What cars do this year's Oscar nominees drive?

February 23, 2015 10:21 AM

Being nominated for an Academy Award is widely regarded as one of the peaks of an artist's career. Whether they're a young buck finally making their mark on the industry or a seasoned veteran desperate for one last curtain call, the stars lucky enough to be nominated for an Oscar are instantly ushered into the upper echelon of Hollywood. 

What does every superstar need to cement their place as an A-list celebrity? The right car, of course! Here's a look at what automobiles this year's Oscar nominees are cruising around in. 

Best Actor 
The Best Actor race was widely regarded as one of the most competitive going into the Feb. 22 ceremony. Many considered it to be a two-man battle between Eddie Redmayne and Michael Keaton. Redmayne, who earned praise for acting as Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything," eventually took home the coveted statue. He can add the Oscar to his numerous other accolades. Maybe he'll even buy a new vehicle to celebrate, as Redmayne previously admitted to Hollywood.com that he was a fan of cars and driving. In the meantime, he'll probably stick to cruising in a silver Audi Q7. 

Keaton won't go on empty handed, however. In addition to his Golden Globe, he can take solace in his current automobile: an Audi A4. The accomplished actor has a long history of working with cars. According to Biography.com, Keaton was a cab driver and ice cream truck driver before striking it big. He could talk about the auto industry with fellow nominee Bradley Cooper. Cooper, who was nominated for the lead role in "American Sniper," has been seen behind the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz G55 Wagon. 

Although Steve Carell was a dark horse to win for his role in "Foxcatcher," you're certainly not able to overlook him in when he's driving in his Porsche. According to Celebrity Cars Blog, Carell has been spotted in a silver version of the Porsche Cayman S. That's a far cry from Benedict Cumberbatch's ride. The actor, who was nominated for his portrayal of Alan Turing in "The Imitation Game," has previously admitted that he's not a big driver - perhaps the responsibility of vehicle maintenance turns him off. Instead, he's been known to use public transportation or get around on a motorbike. 

Best Actress
Julianne Moore was widely considered the favorite heading into the night. Her role as a middle-aged woman with Alzheimer's in the film "Still Alice" was one of the more emotional performances of the year, and she was rewarded. When she gets behind the wheel, however, she's a bit more straightforward. Celebrity Cars Blog nabbed a photo of the actress getting into a black Toyota Prius

Her fellow nominees were more prone to luxury rides. Answer Financial noted that perennial contender Marion Cotillard, who was recently honored for her performance in "Two Days One Night," is regularly seen in a black Jaguar XF. Cotillard isn't the only actress who prefers the high-class brands. "Gone Girl" lead Rosamund Pike drives a Mercedes-Benz C-Class, while Reese Witherspoon, who already won an Oscar for "Walk the Line" and was nominated again for "Wild," prefers her Lexus RX. 

Newcomer Felicity Jones was a little harder to peg. Answer Financial acknowledged that it was tough to find any evidence of Jones' vehicle preferences, but now that she's a well-known Hollywood commodity, the public will likely see more of her. Maybe then car fans will have an idea of what she drives or how often she heads to an auto repair franchise

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