2014 Academy Awards Nominations

Oscar nominations. Big deal. Blah, blah, blah something about who’s got the most nominations.

Robert Downey Jr. at the Oscars 2013

Let’s talk about these nominations. (Quick reminder: Nominations are submitted by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and in Hollywood, they’re more prestigious than Queen Elizabeth II reading Shakespeare while drinking tea and petting the royal corgis. So, in terms of film, yes, they are a big deal.)

Best Picture

I still don’t understand why they don’t round the Best Picture nominees up to ten films. Nine is such an odd number, but whatever, I’m not an Academy member. I’ve seen most of these films by now, and I hope to see the other three before February. Some interesting things to note: There’s been nothing for August: Osage County (other than Meryl and Julia), and Lee Daniels’ The Butler continues to get the “LOL NOPE” treatment from every awards show. As for who it’s between, I’d say 12 Years A Slave (which got Best Drama at the Golden Globesand American Hustle (which snagged several awards at the Globes). 

Best Actor

  • Christian Bale, American Hustle
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years A Slave
  • Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
  • Bruce Dern, Nebraska
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street

The clear frontrunner at the beginning of the season was Chiwetel Ejiofor, but after the Globes, I’m starting to think McConaughey has this bagged. My suspicions will only be confirmed if he takes home the SAG as well.

Best Actress

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

Poor Emma Thompson. I was hoping to see more of her. But this is a category filled with strong actresses who’ve either been nominated for or won an Oscar multiple times. Still riding the Blanchett train though.

Best Supporting Actor

  • Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
  • Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
  • Michael Fassbender, 12 Years A Slave
  • Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
  • Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street

Oh, god. Jonah Hill now has two Oscar nominations under his belt. But, hey. Jared Leto will destroy him.

Best 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

Not shocked by this list. It’s the same list from the Globes and only one different than the SAGs. So…who’s it going to be? Academy-favorite Jennifer Lawrence or newcomer Lupita Nyong’o? (Suck it, Julia).

Best Director

  • Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
  • Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Steve McQueen, 12 Years A Slave
  • Alexander Payne, Nebraska
  • David O. Russell, American Hustle

Always love to see Alexander Payne. Also, I noticed Captain Phillips’ Paul Greengrass was left off the list for Martin Scorsese, which I’d have to agree with. But there’s no way this will be anyone but Alfonso Cuaron.

Best Cinematography

  • The Grandmaster, Philippe Le Sourd
  • Gravity, Emmanuel Lubezki
  • Inside Llewyn Davis, Bruno Delbonnel
  • Nebraska, Phedon Papamichael
  • Prisoners, Roger A. Deakins

Why is Prisoners on this list? The cinematography wasn’t THAT good. You’re telling me it was better than The Wolf of Wall Street or 12 Years A Slave? No way. Also, hands-down Gravity for the winner.

Best Production Design

  • American Hustle, Judy Becker and Heather Loeffler
  • Gravity, Andy Nicholson, Rosie Goodwin, and Joanne Woollard
  • The Great Gatsby, Catherine Martin and Beverley Dunn
  • Her, K.K. Barrett and Gene Serdena
  • 12 Years a Slave, Adam Stockhausen and Alice Baker

The Great Gatsby was gorgeous. A crappy movie, but gorgeous. Still, how can anyone beat Gravity?

Best Film Editing

  • American Hustle, Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten
  • Captain Phillips, Christopher Rouse
  • Dallas Buyers Club, John Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa
  • Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger
  • 12 Years a Slave, Joe Walker

Yeeeeeeeaaaah. Gravity.

Best Visual Effects

  • Gravity, Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk, and Neil Corbould
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, and Eric Reynolds
  • Iron Man 3, Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash, and Dan Sudick
  • The Lone Ranger, Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams, and John Frazier
  • Star Trek Into Darkness, Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann, and Burt Dalton

All of the blockbusters. And Gravity. Can you guess which one I’m pulling for?

Best Original Screenplay

  • Her, Spike Jonze
  • Nebraska, Bob Nelson
  • American Hustle, Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell
  • Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen
  • Dallas Buyers Club, Craig Borten and Melissa Wallack

Solid list. I really want Nebraska to win (because I seriously loved that movie, and the screenplay was hysterical), but I think Spike Jonze has this.

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Philomena, Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan
  • 12 Years A Slave, John Ridley
  • Captain Phillips, Billy Ray
  • Before Midnight, Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, and Ethan Hawke
  • The Wolf of Wall Street, Terence Winter

On this one, I’m stumped. They’re all so…different. I might need to chew on this some more.

Best Animated Feature Film

  • The Croods
  • Despicable Me 2
  • Frozen
  • Ernest & Celestine
  • The Wind Rises

Can Japanese anime The Wind Rises dethrone Disney’s Frozen or DreamWorks’ The Croods?

Best Original Score

  • Gravity
  • The Book Thief
  • Her
  • Philomena
  • Saving Mr. Banks

I won’t even try to guess. I thought I had music picking down, but I missed it big-time with the Golden Globes.

Best Original Song

  • “Let It Go” – Frozen, Idina Menzel
  • “Ordinary Love” – Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, U2
  • “The Moon Song” – Her
  • “Happy” – Despicable Me 2
  • “Alone Yet Not Alone” – Alone Yet Not Alone

“Let It Go” is so goddamn good. But it won’t win. It’ll probably go to the one I’ve never heard of before, “Alone Yet Not Alone.” Because that’s how the Academy screws with me.

Best Costume Design

  • American Hustle, Michael Wilkinson
  • The Grandmaster, William Chang Suk Ping
  • The Great Gatsby, Catherine Martin
  • The Invisible Woman, Michael O’Connor
  • 12 Years a Slave, Patricia Norris

This should go to The Great Gatsby (Remember, it was gorgeous but awful). Those costumes were fabulous.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Dallas Buyers Club, Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews
  • Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, Stephen Prouty
  • The Lone Ranger, Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny

And in “I Never Thought I’d See This” news, Jackass has an Oscar nomination. Sure, it’s for makeup and hairstyling. But Jackass + Oscar nomination = my mind just exploded.


See the rest of the Academy Award nominations here.

The 86th Annual Academy Awards will be live Sunday, March 2 on ABC at 8pm E/7pm C.

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