Oscar Nominations: 2014 Academy Award Nominee List

By Mack Rawden 2014-01-15 22:47:37discussion comments
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The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences just announced the nominees for the 2014 Academy Awards, and as always, they're a mix of "obviouslys" and "wait, whats?". Expected front runners like Saving Mr. Banks and Inside Llewyn Davis were almost completely shut out while Dallas Buyers Club, Nebraska and Philomena were way stronger than expected.

We'll be giving an in-depth rundown of what the surprises and snubs mean in separate articles all day, but in the meantime, you can check out the nominations in all the categories belowÖ

Best Picture
American Hustle:
Buoyed by a gang of brilliant performances and easily the greatest ice fishing story in the history of cinema, American Hustle is the second consecutive David O Russell directed film to garner significant support from the Academy. After a victory at the Golden Globes, some consider it a front runner for the biggest trophy of them all, but at this point, thereís still too much race left to know for sure. Besides, as with Silver Linings Playbook, this one could be a bigger factor in the acting categories where all four leads were nominated.

Captain Phillips:
A dramatic retelling of a 2009 hostage situation in the Indian Ocean, Captain Phillips doesnít pull any punches and boasts some emotional high notes that really connected with audiences. Most analysts expected lead actor Tom Hanks to be nominated and the film itself to clean up in the sound and editing categories but perhaps miss out on a chance at the big prize. Instead, Hanks was the one who was shut out by one of the deepest Best Actor fields in recent memory.

Dallas Buyers Club:
Dallas Buyers Club is a film built on performances, specifically those of its three leads Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto and Jennifer Connelly. It follows an HIV-positive man who begins smuggling unapproved drugs across the Mexican border to help both himself and other AIDS patients. Initially, many thought the film would be singled out in the acting categories, but it turns out Academy members liked the film much better than expected. McConaughey and Leto got their nods, and the film not only received this Best Picture hat tip but also ones in some technical categories like editing.

Gravity:
There is no easier way to land a Best Picture nomination than to be a critical darling that crushes at the box office. Think The Help or Titanic. Alfonso Cuaronís masterpiece took more than three years to create at a cost of one hundred million dollars, but itís already generated more than six times that budget. And itís earned some of the best reviews of the year in the process. Unlike the majority of these nominees, it has a legitimate chance of taking home Best Picture, but even if it doesnít, itíll win a galaxy full of technical Oscars.

Her:
Spike Jonzeís Her is a weird movie. It tackles a relationship between a greeting card writer and his artificially intelligent computer operating system. On paper, it should be creepy, but transported to a futuristic world where artificial intelligence is familiar, it actually seems quite natural. More importantly, lead actor Joaquin Phoenix plays it as natural, and behind Scarlett Johanssonís voice, you can see why he fell in love with her. Itís an unusual, yet touching movie, and itís nice to see Academy voters give it some love here and in the original screenplay category, the latter of which it has a legitimate chance of winning.

Nebraska:
Alexander Payne has always been an Academy favorite. His last three films, The Descendants, Sideways and About Schmidt, all secured multiple nominations, but given Nebraska is in black and white and has generated just nine million dollars at the box office, it didnít boast a whole lot of noticeable momentum. But itís here, and itís certainly warranted, as are the acting nominations for lead Bruce Dern and supporting actress June Squib.

Philomena:
Not to be confused with Philomania, Philomena has made almost no money at the box office, but buoyed by the always dangerous Harvey Weinstein, screeners found themselves in just enough homes to earn a surprise nomination for the film, which follows the lead character as she searches for her son, and a slightly less surprising nomination for lead actress Judi Dench who continues to find brilliant roles, well into her seventies.

12 Years A Slave:
Observers have seen 12 Years A Slave coming for awhile. From visionary director Steve McQueen who has slowly been getting just mainstream enough and producer Brad Pitt, the film thoughtfully adapts the legendary biography of Solmon Northup, a free American citizen who was kidnapped, transported to the South and made to work for twelve years on a series of plantations for a series of men who run the gamut from pleasantly misinformed to drunken and evil. Apart from Gravity and perhaps American Hustle, the film is likely to make the single biggest impact at this yearís ceremony.

The Wolf Of Wall Street:
Excess. Greed. Lawlessness. Martin Scorseseís take on legendary con artist Jordan Belfort is as over the top as any movie youíll see this year (including Spring Breakers), but in the midst of its aggressive sexuality and loose tongue, itís a hell of a movie filled with brilliant performances from Leonardo Dicaprio and Jonah Hill, both of which were nominated. Itís probably too polarizing to have a real shot at Best Picture, but given the pull no punches subject matter, the nomination itself should be considered a huge win.

Best Actor
Christian Bale For American Hustle:
Bale isnít the showiest thing about American Hustle, despite the fact that he gained a ton of weight and did things with his hair that can never be unseen. Instead, heís weirdly human and often outshined by all of his brilliant co-stars, three of whom were also nominated. But thatís actually a testament to his restraint and just how fully he bought into the part. His character, Irving, is obsessed with keeping it just small enough to evade notice and blend in. In Baleís capable hands, he does that, and in doing so, the actor once again proves how brilliant he is.

Bruce Dern For Nebraska:
Itís been more than thirty-five years since Dernís Academy Award nomination for 1978ís Coming Home, which, in a weird way, tells you all you need to know about the Academy Awards. There are a ton of talented people in Hollywood, people capable of putting together a performance good enough to get honored by the Academy, but in order to do so, everything needs to come together at the right magical moment. In Nebraska, Dern plays an elderly man who leaves home to claim a lottery ticket thatís not actually a winner. In Dernís hands, the role is so much more than sad, and he deserves to be here.

Leonardo DiCaprio For Wolf Of Wall Street:
The Academy Awards arenít fair. They donít reward consistency, and the quality needed to win varies sharply from year-to-year. So, despite being one of the worldís most fearless and interesting actors for decades, Leonardo DiCaprio has never taken home an Oscar. Could this finally be the year thanks to his work in Scorseseís Wolf Of Wall Street? Maybe. Leo plays real life crook Jordan Belfort in the uproarious take on the financial industry at its worst. The film has drawn polarizing responses from viewers, but everyone seems to agree the acting is brilliant.

Chiwetel Ejiofor For 12 Years A Slave:
12 Years A Slave is hard to watch. It contains dozens of moments sickening enough to ruin a viewerís day, but thanks to some brilliant performances by the cast, these characters still keep their dignity. Ejioforís Solomon Northup is a fighter. Heís a man who will never give up and never break. He sees the angles. He plots his every move, and ultimately, he never stops being the proud man who was and will again be a free husband, father and American citizen.

Matthew McConaughey For Dallas Buyers Club:
Once a reliable player on the romantic comedy market, McConaughey has spent the past few years reshaping his career into one of Hollywoodís most interesting actors. Initially, there was some buzz about the Texan potentially securing supporting nods for either Mud or Wolf Of Wall Street, but eventually, the support moved to the Best Actor category for his wonderful work in Dallas Buyers Club. Playing an AIDS patient who begins smuggling drugs over the border, he turns in the best performance weíve seen from him, one that could very well net him an Oscar.

Best Actress
Amy Adams For American Hustle
Cate Blanchett For Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock For Gravity
Judi Dench For Philomena
Meryl Streep For August: Osage County

Best Supporting Actor
Barkhad Abdi For Captain Phillips
Bradley Cooper For American Hustle
Michael Fassbender For 12 Years A Slave
Jonah Hill For Wolf Of Wall Street
Jared Leto For Dallas Buyers Club

Best Supporting Actress
Sally Hawkins For Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence For American Hustle
Lupita Nyong'o For 12 Years A Slave
Julia Roberts For August: Osage County
June Squibb For Nebraska

Best Director
David O Russell For American Hustle
Alfonso Cuaron For Gravity
Alexander Payne For Nebraska
Steve McQueen For 12 Years A Slave
Martin Scorsese For The Wolf Of Wall Street

Best Original Screenplay
Eric Warren Singer & David O Russell For American Hustle
Woody Allen For Blue Jasmine
Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack For Dallas Buyers Club
Spike Jonze For Her
Bob Nelson For Nebraska

Best Adapted Screenplay
Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke For Before Midnight
Billy Ray For Captain Phillips
Steve Coogan & Jeff Pope For Philomena
John Ridley For 12 Years A Slave
Terrence Winter For The Wolf Of Wall Street

Best Animated Feature
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Ernest & Celestine
Frozen
The Wind Rises

Best Foreign Language Film
The Broken Circle Breakdown
The Great Beauty
The Hunt
The Missing Picture
Omar

Best Documentary Feature
The Act Of Killing
Cutie And The Boxer
Dirty Wars
The Square
20 Feet From Stardom

Best Production Design
American Hustle
Gravity
The Great Gatsby
Her
12 Years A Slave

Best Cinematography
The Grandmaster
Gravity
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska
Prisoners

Best Costume Design
American Hustle
The Grandmaster
The Great Gatsby
The Invisible Woman
12 Years A Slave

Best Editing
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity
12 Years A Slave

Best Makeup And Hairstyling
Dallas Buyers Club
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
The Lone Ranger

Best Score
The Book Thief
Gravity
Her
Philomena
Saving Mr. Banks

Best Original Song
"Alone Yet Not Alone" From Alone Yet Not Alone
"Happy" From Despicable Me 2
"Let It Go" From Frozen
"The Moon Song" From Her
"Ordinary Love" From Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

Best Sound Editing
All Is Lost
Captain Phillips
Gravity
The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug
Lone Survivor

Best Sound Mixing
Captain Phillips
Gravity
The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug
Inside Llewyn Davis
Lone Survivor

Best Visual Effects
Gravity
The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug
Iron Man 3
The Lone Ranger
Star Trek Into Darkness

Best Animated Short
Feral
Get A Horse
Mr. Hublot
Possessions
Room On The Broom

Best Documentary Short
Cavedigger
Facing Fear
Karama Has No Walls
The Lady In Number 6: Music Saved My Life
Prison Terminal: The Last Days Of Private Jack Hall

Best Live Action Short
Aquel No Era Yo
Avant Que De Tout Perdre
Helium
Pitaako Mun Kaikki Hoitaa?
The Voorman Problem


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