Ten months after its original release, The Grand Budapest Hotel has reopened in some American cinemas following its massive haul of Oscars nominations.

The Wes Anderson film, which tied with nine Academy Award nominations with the Michael Keaton-starring Birdman, was re-released in 17 American cities on Friday, a day after the announcement. Rolled out once more by Fox Searchlight, the locations include New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Dallas, Washington DC, San Diego, Denver, Houston and Seattle.

The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Grand Budapest Hotel has enjoyed a re-release following its nine Oscars nominations

Upon opening in March 2014, The Grand Budapest Hotel grew by word of mouth and went on to take $59 million domestically, making it the biggest money-maker in terms of box offices on the nominations list. But it’s quite unusual for a film out for so long to get nominated for Academy Awards, never mind nine of them.

The film tells the story of hotel owner Gustave H (played by Ralph Fiennes) and his lobby assistant (Tony Revolori) at a famous but fictional European hotel between the world wars. It’s director Anderson’s first Oscars nod for both Best Director and Best Picture.

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This year’s Oscars have caused quite a stir, and for the wrong reasons. Some were frustrated at the almost complete snub for family favourite The Lego Movie (except for Best Original Song for ‘Everything Is Awesome’), and the total absence of Jennifer Aniston despite a well-received performance in Cake.

But another Twitter firestorm has been unleashed because of the complete domination of white actors and actresses in all the relevant categories. The hashtag #OscarsSoWhite has exploded on social media following Thursday’s announcement, denouncing the lack of diversity on show.

The awards ceremony is due to take place on February 22nd 2015, and will be hosted by actor Neil Patrick Harris.

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