And the Oscar nominees are….

January 17th, 2014 at 8:04 am by under Entertainment

oscar-award-statue “American Hustle”, “12 Years a Slave”, “Gravity” lead a three horse race amoung Oscar nominees

Golden Globe winners “American Hustle” (Best Picture-Comedy/Musical) and “Gravity” (Best Director) both have 10 Oscar nominations.  Golden Globe winner “12 Years a Slave” (Best Picture-Drama) has 9 Oscar nominations.  “Captain Phillips”, “Dallas Buyers Club”, and “Nebraska” all have 6 nominations.  “Her” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” grabbed 5 noms.  “Philomena” has 4.  “Blue Jasmine” and “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” have 3 nominations each.

The biggest snubs?  

Tom Hanks (“Captain Phillips”) whose performance was considered by many to be a no-brainer to earn an Oscar nomination.  He’s also a member of the academy, and he’s been nominated 5 times before (won for “Forest Gump” and “Philadelphia”).

Robert Redford (“All is Lost”), who was expected by many to be nominated for his solo role in the shipwreck drama.  His  storied career is full of great performances, but Redford has never won an acting Oscar.

Oprah Winfrey (“The Butler”) had one of the most convincing performances of the movie and was an early favorite in the Best Actress category, but her role as Gloria Gaines also didn’t earn a Oscar or Golden Globe nomination.  But Winfrey did get nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics, Screen Actors Guild, and BAFTA awards, amoung others.

The Coen brothers’ folk tale “Inside Llewyn Davis”, one of the most critically acclaimed films of the year, garnered only 2  nominations for cinematography and sound mixing.

Another early favorite was “Fruitvale Station” – which seemed to be forgotten, it didn’t receive a single Oscar or Golden Globe nomination.

One of my favorite movies of 2013, “Prisoners”, received only 1 Oscar nomination, for cinematography.
“The Place Beyond the Pines” did not receive any Oscar or Golden Globe nominations.

No surprises…

With her nomination for “August: Osage County”, Meryl Streep increases her record for most acting nominations. This is her 18th nod, including three wins, the last for 2011′s “The Iron Lady.”

David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” is on a roll…  the movie he directed last year, “Silver Linings Playbook”, garnered 8 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, all four acting categories, Adapted Screenplay, and Best Director.   This time his “American Hustle” has 10 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, all four acting categories, Original Screenplay, and Best Director (Russell’s 3rd directing nomination).  Its already won 3 Golden Globes, and is nominated for numerous awards including BAFTAs, Screen Actors Guild Awards, and Broadcast Film Critics Awards.

Three of the movies nominated for Best Animated Feature were expected (and Golden Globe nominees): “The Croods”,  “Despicable Me 2″, and “Frozen”, but the once again, the academy throws in 2 relative unknown movies: “Ernest & Celestine” and “The Wind Rises”.

Full list of Oscar nominations announced Thursday (from the Associated Press):

1. Best Picture: “American Hustle,” “Captain Phillips,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Gravity,” “Her,” “Nebraska,” “Philomena,” “12 Years a Slave,” “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

2. Actor: Christian Bale, “American Hustle”; Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”; Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”; Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave”; Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club.”

3. Actress: Amy Adams, “American Hustle”; Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”; Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”; Judi Dench, “Philomena”; Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County.”

4. Supporting Actor: Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”; Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”; Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”; Jonah Hill, “The Wolf of Wall Street”; Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club.”

5. Supporting Actress: Sally Hawkins, “Blue Jasmine”; Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”; Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”; Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”; June Squibb, “Nebraska.”


6. Directing: David O. Russell, “American Hustle”; Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”; Alexander Payne, “Nebraska”; Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”; Martin Scorsese, “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

7. Foreign Language Film: “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” Belgium; “The Great Beauty,” Italy; “The Hunt,” Denmark; “The Missing Picture,” Cambodia; “Omar,” Palestinian territories.

8. Adapted Screenplay: Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, “Before Midnight”; Billy Ray, “Captain Phillips”; Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, “Philomena”; John Ridley, “12 Years a Slave”; Terence Winter, “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

9. Original Screenplay: Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell, “American Hustle”; Woody Allen, “Blue Jasmine”; Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack, “Dallas Buyers Club”; Spike Jonze, “Her”; Bob Nelson, “Nebraska.”

10. Animated Feature Film: “The Croods”; “Despicable Me 2″; “Ernest & Celestine”; “Frozen”; “The Wind Rises.”

11. Production Design: “American Hustle,” “Gravity,” “The Great Gatsby,” “Her,” “12 Years a Slave.”

12. Cinematography: “The Grandmaster,” “Gravity,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Nebraska,” “Prisoners.”

13. Sound Mixing: “Captain Phillips,” “Gravity,” “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Lone Survivor.”

14. Sound Editing: “All Is Lost,” “Captain Phillips,” “Gravity,” “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Lone Survivor.”

15. Original Score: “The Book Thief,” John Williams; “Gravity,” Steven Price; “Her,” William Butler and Owen Pallett; “Philomena,” Alexandre Desplat; “Saving Mr. Banks,” Thomas Newman.

16. Original Song: “Alone Yet Not Alone” from “Alone Yet Not Alone,” Bruce Broughton and Dennis Spiegel; “Happy” from “Despicable Me 2,” Pharrell Williams; “Let It Go” from “Frozen,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez; “The Moon Song” from “Her,” Karen O and Spike Jonze; “Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen.

17. Costume: “American Hustle,” “The Grandmaster,” “The Great Gatsby,” “The Invisible Woman,” “12 Years a Slave.”

18. Documentary Feature: “The Act of Killing,” “Cutie and the Boxer,” “Dirty Wars,” “The Square,” “20 Feet from Stardom.”

19. Documentary (short subject): “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.”

20. Film Editing: “American Hustle,” “Captain Phillips,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Gravity,” “12 Years a Slave.”

21. Makeup and Hairstyling: “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa,” “The Lone Ranger.”

22. Animated Short Film: “Feral,” “Get a Horse!,” “Mr. Hublot,” “Possessions”, “Room on the Broom.”

23. Live Action Short Film: “Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me),” “Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just before Losing Everything),” “Helium,” “Pitaako Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?),” “The Voorman Problem.”

24. Visual Effects: “Gravity,” “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Iron Man 3,” “The Lone Ranger,” “Star Trek Into Darkness.”

“American Hustle” – 10
“Gravity” – 10
“12 Years a Slave” – 9
“Captain Phillips” – 6
“Dallas Buyers Club” – 6
“Nebraska” – 6
“Her” – 5
“The Wolf of Wall Street” – 5
“Philomena” – 4
“Blue Jasmine” – 3
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” – 3
“August: Osage County” – 2
“Despicable Me 2” – 2
“Frozen” – 2
“The Grandmaster” – 2
“The Great Gatsby” – 2
“Inside Llewyn Davis” – 2
“The Lone Ranger” – 2
“Lone Survivor” – 2

The 86th Annual Academy Awards will be broadcast live March 2nd at 7:00pm on ABC, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.

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