2014 Oscar Nominations Announced; AMERICAN HUSTLE and GRAVITY Lead with 10 Nominations Each [Updated with Commentary]

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The nominations for the 86th Academy Awards have been announced. American Hustle and Gravity lead with 10 nominations each, while 12 Years a Slave isn’t too far behind with 9 nominations.  Looking over my predictions, there weren’t actually too many surprises this morning–at least no genuine “snubs” on the scale of Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow last year.  Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale made the Best Actor cut over Robert Redford and Tom HanksHer, Dallas Buyers Club, and Philomena all got Best Picture nominations over Saving Mr. Banks, and Sally Hawkins landed a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her work in Blue Jasmine, seemingly taking Oprah Winfrey‘s spot from Lee Daniels’ The Butler.  Also, the Academy apparently did not take a liking to Saving Mr. Banks, as the film missed out on a Best Picture nomination and a Best Actress nomination for Emma Thompson.

Hit the jump to take a look at the full nominations list.  The 86th Oscars will be broadcast March 2nd on ABC. [Update: I've added my commentary on some of the categories after the jump.]

american-hustle-posterBEST PICTURE

  • American Hustle
  • Captain Phillips
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Gravity
  • Her
  • Nebraska
  • Philomena
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • The Wolf of Wall Street

[Most people were predicting that either Philomena or Dallas Buyers Club would get in, but few thought both would make the Best Picture cut.  Saving Mr. Banks, a movie that a few months ago many saw as a contender in multiple major categories, appears not to have gone over well with the Academy at all.  The three vyying for the win here, though, are American Hustle, Gravity, and 12 Years a Slave.]

BEST DIRECTOR

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

[After last year's Best Director debacle, expectations were pretty much thrown out the window for this year's lineup.  The DGA contenders rarely match up 5-for-5, and with Cuaron, McQueen, and Russell the safe bets, the other two spots seemed a bit up for grabs.  Paul Greengrass felt like a solid choice given that Captain Phillips appeared to be well-liked by everyone, and I thought the Academy might repeat their affinity for more offbeat material by nominating Spike Jonze for Her, but instead Alexander Payne picked up his third nomination and Martin Scorsese, despite certain "controversies" surrounding Wolf of Wall Street, landed his eighth Best Director nod.]

BEST 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

[Again, nothing incredibly surprising here.  Many had Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips) and Robert Redford (All Is Lost) making the cut, but in recent weeks those two seemed to be vulnerable as the American Hustle love grew and Leonardo DiCaprio wowed with his Wolf of Wall Street performance.  It's clear that the Academy has a strong affinity for American Hustle over all, as Russell's last two films have now earned Oscar nods in all six major categories.]

BEST ACTRESS

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

[This is the category in which Saving Mr. Banks seemed most likely to make the cut, and yet Emma Thompson failed to land a Best Actress nomination.  If its lack of a Best Picture nomination wasn't enough, Thompson's absence here very much shows that the Academy was not high on Banks.  That being said, this one's all wrapped up for Blanchett to take the win anyway.]

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

  • Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips
  • Bradley Cooper – American Hustle
  • Michael Fassbender - 12 Years a Slave
  • the-wolf-of-wall-street-posterJonah Hill - The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club

[And so now Jonah Hill is a two-time Academy Award nominee.  Some doubted the possibility of Hill getting in, but his Wolf performance was not only very funny, but also incredibly memorable.  Again the American Hustle love is spread to the entire main cast, and Somali-born newcomer Barkhad Abdi lands his first Oscar nomination for his impressive feature film debut.]

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

[Oprah Winfrey looked to be Lee Daniels' The Butler's only real shot at an Oscar nomination after first announcing itself as a serious candidate back in August, but she was eclipsed here by the lovely Sally Hawkins, who gave a strong performance in Blue Jasmine opposite the transcendent Cate Blanchett.  This is an exciting category all around, as newcomer Lupita Nyong'O earns her first Oscar nod for her stunning debut in 12 Years a Slave and the 84-year-old June Squibb also gets her first Oscar nomination for Nebraska.]

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

  • Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell - American Hustle
  • Woody Allen - Blue Jasmine
  • Craig Borton, Melissa Warlick – Dallas Buyers Club
  • Spike Jonze – Her
  • Bob Nelson – Nebraska 

[This is where the Inside Llewyn Davis absence really hurts.  Since the guilds had completely shut out the latest effort from the Coen Brothers, there wasn't much hope for love in the major categories.  However, I thought surely the Academy would recognize the pic for Best Original Screenplay.  Instead, they went for Dallas Buyers Club, which many had written off as simply a solid performance piece, but clearly the Academy was a big fan of the movie as a whole.]

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

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

[This one played out about as expected.  Philomena played well with older voters, and though Tracy Letts won the Pulitzer for his stage play August: Osage County, his big screen adaptation received mixed reviews.]

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

  • The Broken Circle Breakdown
  • The Great Beauty
  • The Hunt
  • The Missing Picture
  • Omar

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

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

[It's tough to discern what the lack of a Monsters University nomination means as a whole.  The film received mostly positive reviews in line with Brave and wasn't nearly as maligned as Cars 2.  One could make the argument that the Academy has soured on Pixar given the studio's recent (and slight) creative decline, but then again they awarded Brave this trophy last year.  In any case, it's Frozen for the win, right?]

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  • pickaname

    Am I wrong to assume that “Rush” and “Captain Phillips” are pretty much in the same league film-making wise? And yet there isn’t a SINGLE nomination for “Rush” (Daniel Bruhl was straight up robbed) and Captain Phillips walks away with many.

    • Doug_101

      Mentioned this in another comment about Prisoners, but I think Rush was just released too early. It’s sad that September is too early, but there it is. I liked the film, but don’t see it as a huge snub, though Bruhl was great in it.

    • anthonyg1500

      If Rush did better at the box office it’d have a crap ton of nominations

      • Alex Hajna

        You clearly don’t know how the Academy operates…

  • loginshare

    It’s official, American Hustle is this year’s Shakespeare in Love.

    • George

      As much as I like Christian Bale, I think Tom Hanks or Joaquin Phoenix should have gotten that best actor spot

      • Tspoon

        Joaquin but NOT Hanks. So overrated

    • Matt

      I’m not so sure about that condemnation, but I do think American Hustle is vastly overrated. While it might be a film I return to more often than say 12 Years a Slave, it’s only because the humor. I don’t see it pulling at upset in the Best Picture category but it’d be a tragedy if it did.

      • Tspoon

        I agree. I feel American hustle was style over substance in a way that tricked people into thinking it was better than it was. The plot wasn’t actually all that coherent. Great acting though.

    • Ben

      No it’s not because unlie Sheakspeare in love, it won[t win :)

    • Mike

      The Wind Rises better win Best Animated Film, especially since it is Miyazaki’s swansong film.

  • T.B.

    Tom Hanks and Paul Greengrass got screwed.

    • Person

      I wish I could like this a thousand times. I’m pretty sure Bale got nominated because he put on weight, hunched his back, went bald, and (most importantly) so Hustle could have a nominee in all four acting categories.

      • Michael N.

        Christian Bale was nominated for Best Actor because he has simply been one of the best actors this year. He gave his best performance of his career in this years Out of the Furnace and was equally amazing in Hustle. And for the weight lost. It only shows his determination to give his all in everyone of his performances. And I think you should award that. Plus he has been ignored many times in the past.
        It would have been a crime if hadn’t been nominated.

      • Jamie Teller

        I loved Bale’s performance. McConaughey, for me, is the weak link, and that more because I don’t like the film much. Greengrass not getting in was weird, though. I love Nebraska, but Alexander Payne didn’t do that much there.

      • Matt

        Strange you think McConaughey was the weak link. I still haven’t seen Inside Llewyn Davis but I expect I’ll find it superior to Dallas Buyers Club. I do think his performance in it though was worthy of a nomination. I’ve got to see Captain Phillips but I do think sometimes Hanks pulls off nominations purely for being Hanks.

      • Michael N.

        To say that McConaughey is the weakest nominee within his category is weird. I believe he will win the Oscar as he won the Globe. And with Mud, The Wolf of Wall Street and
        Dallas Buyers Club I think it is well deserved.

      • Jamie Teller

        I think he should’ve been nominated for Mud. Better performance, better film.

      • Tspoon

        Mud was my favorite movie this year. Released too soon and not enough publicity though

    • Michael N.

      Tom Hanks and Paul Greengrass wasn’t snub. No offense to Hanks but
      Bale, DiCaprio, Ejiofor, McConaughey and Bruce Dern was all better.
      And as for Greengrass, even Spike Jonze was in front of him in the line of
      Best Director.

      • Matt

        Completely agree.

      • Tspoon

        Spot on.

  • LL

    Gravity may not have been the most satisfying storyline, but ten years from now it may be the only film on that list we’ll remember as being the most impactful.

    • singinwith

      That and 12 Years a Slave.

      • Marissa Evans

        There’s an old TV movie adaptation of ’12 Years a Slave’ that’s arguably just as good. ‘Gravity’ is a whole new movie experience. Not to be subjective, I’m personally impartial to both (I’m hoping ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ sweeps). But it could be the same as ‘The King’s Speech’ which hasn’t really been talked about since. But ‘Gravity’ had a huge impact both on critics and general audiences, are they’re still talking about it. I’d say that’s the difference…but I’m no expert of course.

    • tRYSIS3

      LOL gravity is an overrated pos ,10 nominations my ass.

    • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

      That, 12 years a Slave and nebraska

    • Matt

      I need to see Gravity again because it just wasn’t the film I expected it to be. That doesn’t mean I thought it was bad, but I came in knowing Cauron’s work and it just didn’t live up to his other stuff on the emotional/cerebral level. It had some of that, but it was mostly a survival epic. There’s nothing wrong with that but I’m not sure it gets into “impactful” territory. Films that succeed mostly on the basis of their technology tend to depreciate in value because new technology makes its achievements look more pedestrian.

    • The Flobbit

      It truly was a stunning cinematic experience, with absolutely stunning visuals, groundbreaking technology, and a magnetic performance from Sandra Bullock.

    • Alex Hajna

      I don’t know, I think Wolf of Wall Street will be remembered for a LONG time. Daring subject material, the best performance Leo has ever given, and one of Scorcese’s best movies to date. It’ll go down in history alongside Goodfellas and Scarface, I think.

  • Jan

    Hopefully, like last year’s Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle will walk away – despite a grotesque amount of nominations – with almost zero wins (only Lawrence was able to cash in her nomination last year). It truly makes me dislike the mediocre picture even more, which I know sounds horrible. But it just does.

    • Doug_101

      I’m really not understanding all the hate for American Hustle. I loved it, but it looks like it’s becoming a divisive picture. It wasn’t the best film of the year (12 Years a Slave), but definitely one of the most enjoyable.

      • Robby Richmond

        O. Russell made a dick of himself in the press again so suddenly everyone is hating on him and calling him a dick, because, y’know, he is one.

      • Jan

        I have absolutely nothing against O. Russell. I’m aware of his tirades during production’s like Huckabees and Three Kings but that does not influence my opinion on American Hustle at all. I really, truly belief it is nothing more but a mediocre picture that’s being heralded as one of the year’s best because I-have-no-idea-why.

      • dudewithtwitterman

        I could not have said it better. Is it a well made picture? Yes. But so are countless other movies that come out every year and get absolutely no notice. I just do not understand the love for it. It just isn’t one of the year’s best.

      • Robby Richmond

        I tend to agree, but others ( voters) may not. I stellar cast and a stellar wig do not a great movie make….

      • Michael N.

        Well he is known for being one of the biggest douchebags of directors with Cameron and Tarantino.
        After all, he did put Christopher Nolan in a headlock once.

      • Steven Ray Morris

        I really hope the last part is true. Director fight!

      • Robby Richmond
      • Michael N.

        Its just all the The Wolf of Wall Street fans that are mad at Hustle, because it was a better film and received more love and Oscar nominations.
        Simply sad.

      • Matt

        What? I can tell you that is absolutely not the case. American hustle, for being a very very good film, just doesn’t seem great to me. I would put Wolf in that same category. Except Wolf did debauchery like it’s never been done on screen, so it has that going for it.

        My vote goes to 12 Years a Slave and then maybe only because there is no clear second best to Hustle. But I think the gap between the two is large enough to justify some shock at its large inclusion.

    • R.C.

      I really enjoyed American Hustle — it was a fun film. But of all the actors from the film who are nominated, I think Amy Adams is the only one who deserves it.

      • jay

        i agree completly with R.C. i liked American Hustle alot, i did think it was one of the 10 best films of the year but its also a little overrated. Adams deserved the nomination but its such an ensemble piece i think Hanks, Redford, or Phoenix deserved to be in the Best Actor category over Bale.

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    • Matt

      This does happen quite a lot. A film picks up a lot of noms but gets no wins. I mean, from the off we can basically eliminate it from the conversation in Actress and Supporting Actor. Maybe Russell is in with a shout for best director and maybe it could get Best Picture, I hope not.

      For me its a matter of 12 Years a Slave being so far ahead the best picture this year (which isn’t to say my favorite film, because even though I haven’t seen Her, Llewyn, and a couple others, my favorite films this year were overlooked indie fare), rather than American Hustle being mediocre.

      I think Hustle just has all the hallmarks of what critics consider a “great film” and its benefiting accordingly. But 10 years from now I expect Silver Linings Playbook to be remembered more fondly.

    • Tspoon

      I’d be thrilled at that outcome, but I think J-law’s win is inevitable. Unless the 12 years girl gets an upset.

  • Doug_101

    Biggest omission for me? Hans Zimmer not getting a nod for his score on 12 Years a Slave.

    • Person

      Yeah that’s surprising but hard for me to get too worked up about it. Came off as kind of a “There Will Be Blood” ripoff at times to me.

    • LL

      The Place Beyond the Pines had an amazing score that no one seems to recognize. The pitfalls of releasing a film in the spring.

    • Bob

      That, and Bruhl for Rush, Lana del Rey for “Young and Beatiful” in Great Gatsby, and Pacific Rim for Visual Effects.

      • Pk

        Yeah great gatsby had some good songs. Pity neither of them were nominated

  • Brian

    Inside Llewyn Davis was snubbed.

    • Michael N.

      No.

      • NathanArizona

        yes

    • Batt Damon

      Total bullshit. ILD was the best film of the year. Oscar Issacs was fantastic. At the very least he should have been nominated for best actor.

      • Michael N.

        Oscar Isaac doesn’t even come near his fellow actors.
        And as for the Coens in general. I guess the Academy is finally done favouring the Coens above greater talents.
        After all, they did steal the Best Director nomination for Chris Nolan.

      • Batt Damon

        Probably because they’re immensely more talented filmmakers than Nolan. Nebraska, 12 Years A Slave and Dallas Buyers Club haven’t been released in my area yet but Oscar Isaac’s performance was much better than Leonardo DiCaprio’s or Christian Bale’s

      • Michael N.

        Done you dare tell me, that True Grit was a better directed film than Inception.

      • Doug_101

        I like the Coens, but I have to agree with this. True Grit was really good, but Inception was amazing.

      • Bob

        Funny, I think Isaac was no where near DiCaprio, like miles away.

    • randommale7

      In my top 5…really saddened by the snub.

    • The Flobbit

      As was The Hobbit in makeup categories, Blue is the Warmest Color in foreign, and everyone’s anticipation when The Lone Ranger got nominated for a f-cking Oscar.

  • Robby Richmond

    Gravity.
    That is all.

    • Batt Damon

      I’m pretty sure Gravity’s gonna win everything. Including best documentary and best animated short.

  • facebookdude

    Yep, Jake Gyllenhaal is screwed by the academy. But my god was he amazing in prisoners.

    • Brook

      More like screwed by every single awards group this year…..

      • Robby Richmond

        I agree, I was expecting him ( and the film) to do quite well, I really enjoyed it but it might have been released at a bad time awards-wise.

      • LL

        It came out at TIFF at the same time as everything else. Promotion was weak and that’s probably the only reason why it’s not recognized.

      • Robby Richmond

        TIFF is September? Moons ago…

      • Jamie Teller

        Prisoners is one of those films that will be looked back at a decade or so down the line as a major Oscar snub, especially when DBC, if it’s remembered at all, will be remembered for McConaughey and Leto’s performances rather than for the film as a whole.

    • Doug_101

      Hugh Jackman was also great in that one. I have a feeling that if they’d released Prisoners in November, this list might look a little different. Same could probably be said for Rush – it wasn’t one of my favorites, but I know it has a lot of ardent supporters.

      • randommale7

        Jake Gyllenhaal gave a much better performance than Jackman; don’t get me wrong Jackman was good but it felt a bit like over acting compared to Gyllenhaal’s great subtlety.

      • DjangoBro

        Oh my god I’ve been saying that! lol Yea Jackman was over-acting a lot in that movie. It really took me out of it.

    • Nomis1700

      Reminds me of Brokeback Mountain not winning Best Picture over that terrible Crash. So stupid. I’m speechless. I am without speech.

      • Batt Damon

        Speaking of speech, The King’s Speech was probably the wrong choice as well.

      • Nomis1700

        No I don’t think so.

      • Bob

        Yes it really was. The Social Network or Toy Story 3 should have won. The Social Network really. Both are masterpieces though, unlike The King’s Speech.

      • Batt Damon

        Every few years they pick the safe choice that everyone promptly forgets about.

    • The Flobbit

      His performance was nothing short of brilliant. Note the nervous tics and blinking he gave the character, embodying the darkness lurking beneath the surface.

  • Person

    Biggest snubs:
    – Hanks for Actor
    – Greengrass for Director
    – Wolf for Editing (long but consistently engaging)
    – Pacific Rim for VFX (not to mention MoS but we knew that a while ago)

    I really don’t think Lone Ranger and Hobbit deserves VFX, kinda 50/50 on Cooper being nominated, and I’m stoked that Prisoners got a cinematography nomination (even though it’ll mean Deakins’ 11th loss, I think). Surprised the Academy even remembered Gatsby after all this time, and Grandmaster made a surprisingly good show in the technical categories.

    I’ll wait for the guilds before making my picks, but I’m feeling a huge momentum turn away from 12 Years a Slave and towards American Hustle. I don’t think it should, but I have a feeling it’ll walk away with the top prizes this year.

    And btw, this is gonna be remembered as the year a Jackass movie became an Academy Award nominee haha

    • Person

      Oh and Gyllenhaal was also a huge snub, but I don’t think he was ever in serious contention after the early awards/nominations started coming in. Damn shame, Prisoners got shafted big time this year. I’d put it at #3 on my list behind Wolf and Phillips.

      • gwiz30

        The only thing I enjoyed about Prisoners was Gyllenhaal.

    • Agent777

      Smaug was better than any one thing is Pacific Rim, and I struggle to see why it didn’t deserve a nomination. Pacific Rim had nearly every seen set at night or in the rain, pretty lazy FX work, lazy monsters. If anything a reminder of how huge a bullet the world dodged not having GDT direct the Hobbit.

      • Person

        Smaug himself looked fantastic, but everything else in that movie looked ridiculously cheap. There are shots of the orcs talking to each other or Legolas chasing someone on his horse or that melting gold statue they try to kill Smaug with (just the first few off the top of my head) that look like a videogame. The entire VFX budget of that movie went into ONE effect: Smaug. Everything else just looked awful. I dunno, I just can’t get over that. (I also wasn’t a huge fan of the movie itself but that’s a separate issue.)

      • The Flobbit

        I disagree. We’ve just become so jaded to CGI we know how and where to find it. The CGI was extraordinary, better than any video game I’ve seen.

      • Pk

        I was surprised how desolation of smaug didn’t at least make it into the visual effects category but the likes of iron man 3, Lone Ranger and Star Trek into darkness did

      • Pk

        Scratch that. I wrote that comment before reading the nomination list. Pity Elysium and oblivion didn’t make the visual effects list

      • The Flobbit

        Absolutely. The glowing Extremis, fake bison and horses were legitimately hokey.

      • Batt Damon

        Smaug didn’t look very impressive on the torrent I downloaded

      • The Flobbit

        Pacific Rim’s effect budget was far lower than Smaug’s. I hugely enjoyed both films; the kaiju were designed greatly, and Smaug is one of the greatest CGI characters ever.

    • Batt Damon

      I’m kinda glad Man of Steel didn’t get any nominations even though the score was worthy of one

  • Doug_101

    Wait! “Please Mr. Kennedy” didn’t get nominated for best song? GTFO.

    • randommale7

      I know right!

    • Adam Chitwood

      Sadly, it wasn’t eligible. None of the songs from Llewyn Davis were eligible for Best Original Song.

      • Doug_101

        Dang. That’s too bad. Song was hilarious.

    • Johnson

      Not only that, but have you heard that song ‘alone yet not alone’ – it is total religious bullcrap, from a movie nobody has yet seen, by a composer who simply has friends in the academy…

  • ScratStitch

    Can’t believe Please Mr. Kennedy didn’t get a nomination! And in it’s place is that “Alone Yet Not Alone” film that most people have never heard of. Talk about a snub.

  • Alex Hajna

    I know no one cares, least of all Adam, but I want to make my predictions (for the major categories)…

    ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
    Should win: Her
    Will probably win: Her

    ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
    Should win: The Wolf of Wall Street
    Will probably win: 12 Years a Slave

    SCORE
    Should win: Gravity
    Will probably win: Gravity

    SUPPORTING ACTRESS
    Should win: Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave
    Will probably win: Lupita Nyong’o

    SUPPORTING ACTOR
    Should win: Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave
    Will probably win: Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club

    ACTRESS
    Should win: Sandra Bullock – Gravity
    Will probably win: Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine

    ACTOR
    Should win: Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street
    Will probably win: Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave

    DIRECTOR
    Should win: Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity
    Will probably win: Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity

    BEST PICTURE
    Should win: Gravity -or- The Wolf of Wall Street
    Will probably win: 12 Years a Slave

    Anybody agree or disagree?

    • NiGSS

      I agree ..But as much as i loved The Wolf of Wall Street, there is no way that movie could win best picture…Best actor race should be between Matthew, Chiwetel and Leo

  • randommale7

    I’m guessing nobody in the academy saw Inside Llewyn Davis or Monster’s University…also am I the only annoyed that Sean Bobbit didn’t get a cinematography nod? Seriously I thought is was going to be between 12 Years and Gravity for Cinematography but Sean Bobbit didn’t get nominate… :(

    • Bob

      12 Years should have had 11 nominations. It got snubbed in Cinematography and for sure in Original Score.

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    How was the cinematography for Lone Ranger not nominated but Nebraska was? Sorry Lone Ranger was a mess but from a techincal stand point the cinematography was absolutely gorgeous. If it’s not some indie film that .004% of the population has seen then it doesn’t stand a chance. Every year I feel it’s almost always the same people being nominated (Bale, Scorsese, O. Russell, etc.) as if they are in some elite group that no matter what they produce as long as it’s half way decent reviews it gets them in the running for Academy Awards. I’m not knocking them as they are all talented just upset that it’s harder for others, more worthy, that deserve to be listed.

    • randommale7

      More like how was 12 Years A Slave’s cinematography snubbed; Sean Bobbit’s work was magnificent!

    • The Flobbit

      I felt that Verbinski knew what a money shot was, and crammed his film so full of them they lost their value. When Ford or Leone stuck in a shot of sweeping vistas and canyons, you were awed. When Verbinski sticks in 30, you are bored.

      The only shot I LOVED in Lone Ranger was the watch-in-hand-desert-background shot, which should be taught in film schools everywhere.

    • BadEmployee

      Bale’s only been nominated twice, I believe, which is tragic if you look at some of the incredible performances he’s given in his career.

  • scottish_punk

    THIS IS SPARTA!!!

  • Derek Johns

    Does the Academy not know what a good animated film looks like? They gave last year’s trophy to Brave and then don’t even nominate Monsters University?

  • Batt Damon

    Even though I absolutely hated Man of Steel, Hans Zimmer’s score for the film was the best score I’ve heard this year

    • Doug_101

      That was a great score. Zimmer hasn’t been feeling the love lately. Did he get nominated for Inception?

      • Person

        Yes he did, I think that was his most recent nomination.

      • Doug_101

        Thanks. I know he got snubbed for all the Dark Knight films, so I’d forgotten he got the nod for Inception.

    • Bob

      He should have been nominated for 12 Years a Slave and Man of Steel.

      • Johnson

        These, AND Rush.

  • Agent777

    Hobbit should of been up for score and production designs. Her over the Hobbit? That’s a flobbit.

    • The Flobbit

      You called?

  • Davis

    Captain Phillips, Prisoners, Her, Rush deserved nominations more than American Hustle did…so bad

  • Julio Navas

    Rush got snubbed in 5 categories: Best Director (Ron Howard), Best Cinematography, Best Score, Actor in a Leading Role (Daniel Brühl) and Best Picture.

    • Bob

      I completly agree. Biggest snubbed movie of the year imho is Rush. Such a great film.

    • Chris

      Rush was a great movie and Daniel Bruhl, the great score and cinematography should indeed have gotten a nod!

      Bullock, McBongo, Roberts, Lawrence, DiCaprio, Bale, Blanchett, Hill, Cooper WTF, ridiculous. Since when do mediocre and lame performances need Oscar nods?

      I hope Judi Dench and Leto win, as for movies I am hoping for Her.

  • Jamie Teller

    Swap out DBC and put in Prisoners and you’d have the best category since 2009. As it is, it’s still much better than the last two years.

    • Jamie Teller

      I just remembered: where’s Nebraska for Best Score? Did they REALLY need to give Saving Mr. Banks the one nomination?

      • Johson

        Nebraska’s score was ineligible.

      • Jamie Teller

        Ah. I should’ve checked. That’s a shame.

  • DjangoBro

    Did anyone even see Short Term 12? The whole cast did an excellent job. Very underrated movie.

  • TigerFIST

    This is such BULLSHIT!!! No mention or nominee for Irdris Elba’s Mandela: A long walk to freedom for Best Picture or best actor. Far better movie and performance than American Hustle, Captain Phillips, and Nebraska. Those three films are great but no mention for my boy really upsets me!!!!

    • Marissa Evans

      I don’t know about Best Picture, but I agree about Idris Elba very much deserving recognition. He was wonderful.

      • TigerFIST

        I know i misspelled his first name. I thought i was the only one. I’m really bothered by this. Another thing is when it was released it wasn’t on the main page of rotten tomatoes. You actually had to type in the name of that movie to find it. Why where they trying to hide this movie from wide recognition. Such BS!!!

      • Marissa Evans

        Controversy after Mandela’s death, perhaps? I have no theories, but it did seem to slip under the radar for some odd reason.
        Ah well, we’ve all got opinions. Don’t take these awards ceremonies too seriously, they’ve all got their own thoughts, not to mention their own agenda. If it were up to me, ‘The World’s End’ would be in the Best Picture category. (Don’t know how seriously I can be taken for that, haha.)

  • Danny

    This isn’t a bad list, in fact the nominees are good. But here is what I believe:
    Seems the Academy loves David O. Russell because of a somewhat comeback with The Fighter. So yes, American Hustle gets the major categories because their campaign was a big success, Russell goes for that and thats just how it is, he’s like a regular now, the movie itself is probably his best movie and the actors are deserving except for Jennifer Lawrence because she is too over the top with a one noted character, just like O. Russell I feel as if Jennifer Lawrence is just getting the nomination just for being crazy in a Russell movie, she’s just more crazier in this movie than her Oscar winning performance with Silver Lining.

    American Hustle, very good movie, nothing against the film, I enjoyed Bale and Adams in it the most. Russell did a good job, but his nomination is just out of Oscar regular. Paul Greengrass could’ve made the cut, that is some of the best directing I’ve seen in a movie, he captured a haunting and horrifying tone just like his awesome work for United 93. Tom Hanks, best performance since Cast Away, a damn shame he was overlooked because that acting made the whole event even more intense and powerful. Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio deserved their nominations because they both did something different so I have no complaint against them, the Best Actor category seems to be fair enough. Oscar Isaac, Robert Redford, Forest Whitaker, and Joaquine Phoenix were also amoung some of the best too and just that shows how great of a year the acting was.

    Emma Thompson, Greta Gerwig, Julie Delpy and Brie Larson were also very strong leaders that were overlooked, especially Thompson, who frankly, deserved to be in that list. If anything Meryl Streep already has 29 nominations and 3 wins, I can’t say she wasn’t excellent in Ausage, but also, she seems to be loved as always and a regular for Oscars. I wish the Oscars would sometimes ignore the ‘popular’ and try to look for the overlooked. Amy Adams and Cate Blanchett are well deserved, Sandra Bullock gets nominated for the right movie (Blind Side was a joke movie) and Judi Dench was fantastic.

    Biggest snubs for me were Daniel Bruhl, James Gandolfini, Will Forte and Ryan Gosling. Okay, I know Gosling and Forte weren’t really in the list but The Place Beyond the Pines was one of the best films of 2013 and Gosling was electrifying so it is a shame he was overlooked completely. Bruhl would’ve had a great break with an Oscar nomination considering how he was critically loved and was nominated for almost everything (kind of like Albert Brooks for Drive but gets snubbed by a completely weird choice). Gandolfini, I’m not saying he deserved one because he passed, but he is a totally different character in a comedy and its a genuine role which was loved by critics. Will Forte was a revelation in Nebraska, it would’ve been nice to see him get that recognition. Cooper was great in Hustle, but those three could’ve taken his place and Jonah Hill was also something of wild card, this guy is having a big pay off since Moneyball but I would’ve prefered the other three over him too. Not that I have any negatives on the Best Supporting Actor list.

    Best Supporting Actress, pretty much knew this would be the list, no surprises. My only problem is Jennifer Lawerence who frankly, is overrated, good but an overrated actress. She just won last year for a good part but she beat out actresses who were at the game longer and deserved it more. Here, there are four actresses who are all so affective, with Lawrence she does the same thing as Silver Lining just more out of line, too much flashy ‘look at me acting!’. The fact that she’s being considered the next Meryl Streep is stupid, she gets too much love for these awards and she’s only that way because she works with O. Russell. Winter’s Bone is her best acting, now she’s just not so great to watch anymore. If she wins, that would be a real flop, she’s lucky she’s even considered that great in this movie, probably the weakest part of American Hustle. I’m hating on her, because thats the way awards make her, they make her overrated.

    Paul Greengrass is a real big snub.

    Blue is the Warmest Color and Fruitvail Station were amoung very good movies that were also overlooked.

    Inside Llewyn Davis, being a Coen Brothers movie everyone loved (I’m not a fan) was also surprisingly snubbed. Cinematography was well deserved though.

    Jake Gyllenhall and Hugh Jackman were also snubbed for a near perfect movie, Prisoners, but good choice on Roger Deakins who is most likely losing again.

    Pacific Rim is a big snub on special effects. Hans Zimmer for 12 Years a Slave and also Lee Daniel’s The Butler was overlooked.

    This isn’t a bad list, it’s not a great list, a good and somewhat fair list. The Oscars, I’ve learned to accept are awards that focus on the most popular movies that recieve the big critic reviews and big stars. Many of them are great and most of these movies were on my top thirteen list. People like David O. Russell, Jennifer Lawerence, Woody Allen, Meryl Streep and Alexander Payne, for example, are big Oscar favorites so now I must feel that anytime O. Russell makes a movie, he’s gonna get nominated. THIS TIME however, he at least deserved recognition. Bullshit he snubbed Christopher Nolan for The Fighter and was nominated for Silver Lining. American Hustle is getting a lot of hate, and to be honest it is a fun movie with awesome qualities, it’s a great cast who give wonderful performances (except for Jennifer Lawerence). The Oscars are more about who campaigned the best and well this one has been getting a lot of buzz. They ignore movies like Fruitvale and Short Term 12 and Prisoners. The Oscars are never ever 100% right, they always find a way to fuck with us movie lovers. If anything, they should change their system and let the real, honest movie lovers, pick the nominees, meaning us big viewers and critics who have a good opinion or so on some movies.

    Gravity and 12 Years a Slave seem like the big race and 12 Years is a safe bet to win. Oscars are afraid to award real original stuff (Pulp Fiction, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Drive, Tree of Life, Inception, Fargo), not that 12 Years doesn’t deserve it. Matthew McConaughey is a lock and he’s so good, I don’t even care who wins the Best Actor list because they were all great. Alfonso Curan will probably win and that will be great, Steve McQueen has a good chance too.

    For me: I’d like to see Nebraska win Best Picture, McConaughey or Dern win Best Actor, Cate Blanchet for Best Actress, Barkhad Abdi equally meets Hanks in his first role and he has my vote, Leto is also a favorite for me, Lupita has to win because her acting was very heartbreaking and for director it was originally Greengrass but now I’d go with Curan or Scorsese. Her deserves best original screenplay being the only thing this original movie can win and Terry Winter should win adapted or Billy Ray.

  • Marissa Evans

    This has been quite the year for some actors, but Matthew McConaughey impressed me the most. Both ‘Mud’ and ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ really showed him in a new light for me. Granted I didn’t like Wolf of Wall Street but he and the rest of the cast still shone. :) He’s not that guy from ‘Sahara’ or ‘How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days’ anymore.

    • Doug_101

      Upvote for Mud. Great flick. That and Place Beyond the Pines suffered from being released early in the year.

  • Marissa Evans

    I guess this isn’t a big deal as I already know the Academy Awards don’t recognize these types of films, but dammit, ‘The World’s End’ deserved SOMETHING. Original screenplay, Edgar Wright for directing, Simon Pegg for acting? Some sort of recognition. Come on, if ‘Bad Grandpa’ could, there’s no excuse.

    • Bob

      Pegg was never gonna get it, but he did deserve it. This is comjng from someone who thinks the film is kinda overrated.

      • Marissa Evans

        Oh I know, I didn’t expect him to (especially with the competition). But it’s sad that stylized or straight-up drama has become the only category apparently worth considering.
        It doesn’t really bother me, but it’d be nice to see a change. You know, like when ‘Silence of the Lambs’ won Best Picture. It’s always possible.

  • Ryan DiBenedetto

    I can’t believe that Prisoners, Saving Mr. Banks and Pacific Rim were completely snubbed. And how did Emma Thompson not get nominated for best actress and Tom Hanks for best actor in Captain Phillips and I think Colin Farrell deserved a best supporting actor nomination for Saving Mr. Banks. Also Lone Survivor deserved much more than technical nominations, it was better than over half the nominationa on this list.

    • http://www.gotham-news.com/ Pietro Filipponi

      Prisoners was nominated for cinematography

      • Ryan DiBenedetto

        Prisoners should have been nominated for best picture and Hugh Jackman for best actor.

      • http://www.gotham-news.com/ Pietro Filipponi

        Sure buddy

  • Eduardo Dino

    BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: Iron Man 3 and The Lone Ranger WTF MAN STEEL AND PACIFIC RIM Have tons of better EFFECTS :s

    • http://www.gotham-news.com/ Pietro Filipponi

      No they don’t. Stop screaming. The might have the most visual effects but not the best visual effects. Visual effects =/= CGI

      • vpuik

        That’s true, but matte paintings are going out of fashion.

    • Bob

      Ugh, foegot to list Pacific Rim on my Snubbs. Got robbed big time.

  • jackgleeson

    No Michael B. Jordan lead actor nom for Fruitvale Station, no visual effects nom for Pacific Rim…

    Up yours, Academy. I’m going to have my own award show! With blackjack! And hookers!

    • Marissa Evans

      Oh jeez, how did I forget about Michael B. Jordan?
      Well he’s still young and his career’s going in the right direction. There’ll be other opportunities.

  • Bronson

    Nothing for The Place Beyond The Pines. Nothing for Rush.

    • Bob

      Rush is the most snubbed movie of the year imho, because honestly it deserves Best Picture and BEST ACTOR(yes Bruhl for Best Actor, though I would be fine with a supporting nod I guess).

      • Marissa Evans

        It was definitely the most underrated, in every sense of the word, this year. It’s really too bad.

  • Ryan DiBenedetto

    Personally I thought Prisoners should have been nominated for best picture and Hugh Jackman for best actor

  • Bronson

    Oh, and nothing for Out Of The Furnace

    • Doug_101

      Out of the Furnace was good, but I think it wasn’t what people were expecting. They sold it as some kind of mystery/thriller and it was more of a character study. Not a bad thing, mind you, it’s just that when people go in expecting one thing and get something else, it could sour them on the whole thing.

  • Bob

    Looks like I have found the 3 directors that people on the internet love to hate on: Christopher Nolan, J.J. Abrams, and David O. Russell. And all three are fantastic directors. I will say this; the only two nominees that are debateable are Cooper and Bale, more so Bale. Everything else imo is deserved, so I don’t get all the complaints I’m seeing on this site.

    Anyway, here’s predictions of what I think is gonna happen:

    Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave
    Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity
    Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street(Ejiofor will most likely win, but I’m pulling for this upset; DiCaprio gave arguably the best performance of his career to date and the strongest of the year imho)
    Best Actress: Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine
    Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club(wish Fassbender would win but its not happeing)
    Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’O for 12 Years a Slave(Lawrence could def pull it in 2 years in a row, but either could win at this point and Im going with Nyong’O)
    Best Original Screenplay: Spike Jonze for Her(Hustle could take it)
    Best Adapted Screenplay: John Ridley for 12 Years a Slave

    Snubbs: DANIEL BRUHL….WHERE ARE YOU! Ahem, back to normal now. Besides that nothing huge, people could argue Hanks and Greengrass for Captain Phillips and Jonze for Director but thats really it. And I suppose some could argue for Inside Llewyn Davis but everyone knew it was gonna get shut out. I’m honestly happy Saving Mr. Banks got shut out(honestly maybe should have been shut out completly). Cause where is Hans Zimmer for 12 Years a Slave? AND LANA DEL REY FOR “YOUNG AND BEATIFUL”! Ahem, back to normal. So yea, those are the three biggest snubbs imho; Bruhl, Zimmer, and Lana.

    • The Flobbit

      Christopher Nolan has never made a bad film in his life. But I understand why people hate on him, because he has the most obnoxious fans in the world.

      JJ Abrams is a discount Spielberg, who we’ve put out trust in one too many times, only to have him tear it to pieces.

      David O. Russell is a good director who’s made some fine films. But he’s a terrible human being.

  • Jumbled Mess of Images

    Captain Phillips getting nominations is an utter disgrace. Paul Greengrass is like an ADHD afflicted infant with some building blocks. Everything’s been tossed around violently with a complete failure to say anything even remotely meaningful. If someone out there actually managed to care for the characters, not to mention, the title character, then you’re a better person than I. Although job well done if hilarity was the intention of that cringeworthy ending.

    • Clay

      Could not disagree more.

  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    Best picture
    Will win: gravity or American hustle
    Should win: 12 years a slave
    Pretty please: nebraska

    Best director
    Will win :Alfonso Cuaron
    Should win: Steve McQueen
    Pretty please: Alexander Payne

    Best actor
    Will win: mattew mccougnahey
    Should win: Leonardo dicaprio
    Pretty please: Bruce dern

    Best actress
    Will win : cate Blanchett
    Should win cate Blanchett
    Pretty please: cate Blanchett

    Best supporting actor
    Will win: Jared Leto
    Should win: Jared Leto
    Pretty please: Jared Leto

    Best supporting actress
    Will win: lupita
    Should win: lupita
    Pretty pleae: June Squibb

    Best original screenplay
    Will win: American hustle
    Should win: her
    Pretty please: nebraska

    Best adapted screenplay
    Will win : 12 years a slave
    Should win: 12 years a slave
    Pretty please: before midnight

    Best foreign language
    Will win: the hunt
    Should win the great beauty
    Pretty please : the hunt

  • Armand

    Its a pretty good year for Award season movies, that being said 12 Years a Slave will win the big one, if not Gravity, both very deserving

  • Armand

    Finally glad Leo diCaprio is getting some sort of appreciation from the Academy, he was awesome in Wolf, but its probably a two horse race between Ejifor and McConaghey

    • -

      He’s been nominated three times.

    • Bob

      I disagree. Most say, if you look around, three horse race between Ejiofor, McConaughey, and DiCaprio. And I say DiCaprio is gonna pull the upset and walk out with a well deserved Trophey. Its honestly, imho, his best Performance of his career and the strongest most versatile performance of the year.

  • Whodunnit

    Man Of Steel got snubbed!! Should hav been nominated for best picture! Fuck the academy! All they do is shove theirr heads into leonardo dicaprios ass! That guy gets nominated every year! What bout Henry Cavill?? OR Ben affleck in Runner Runner!

    • Bob

      Wow you are delusional. First of all calm down about Leo…he actually doesnt get nominated that much, in fact he’s always getting snubbed. Your obviously a troll but congrats you got me to respond. Talking about Runner Runner lol.

    • Adnan Ahmed

      Runner, Runner!? LOL…you a comedian?

  • Shawno

    Short Term 12 is the best picture of the year

  • cineast4

    As predictable as ever, just once it would be nice to see some diversity in the main categories, nomination that would actually surprise and make people seek out the movies that they might not have seen yet. Those best pic nominations are the best cinema had to offer last year, really? 3 or 4 of them i liked enough (only 1 of them i’d call great), whether they will transcend time is another thing.

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  • J

    I cannot believe there is no acting nods for either Naomie Harris or Idris Elba…. its disgusting that Leonardo DiCaprio is nominated for that crapfest that is The Wolf of Wall Street

    • Redjester

      That “crapfest” was the best film this year, J.

      And Elba’s problem wasn’t that his performance wasn’t good (although his younger Mandela was a little weak), but that he had the misfortune of his film coming out in one of the strongest years for film in recent memory. In most years, the next ten best left off the nominee lists would have been good enough for at very least a nomination.

      Just one of those years…

  • Redjester

    Glad to see Bale get the nomination. What a subtly brilliant performance! All in all, I can’t say I’m in strong disagreement with any of these picks.

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  • The Flobbit

    The more love American Hustle gets, the more I frikking hate it. Overrated level: 3000.

  • The Flobbit

    The absence of Hobbit in makeup or hairstyling, or cinematography is ABSOLUTELY criminal. Jackass: Bad Grandpa and The Lone Ranger ARE NOW OSCAR NOMINATED FILMS? WTF

  • Norrtron

    The Worlds End got snubbed in the best editing category. What was special about the editing process of Dallas Buyers Club that gave it a nomination?

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  • rahv

    Biggest snubs this year:
    Best Film for Blue is the Warmest Color and Inside Llewyn Davis
    Best Director for Spike Jonze and the Coen Brothers
    Best Lead Actor for Joaquin Phoenix
    Best Lead Actress for Adèle Exarchopoulos, Greta Gerwig and Brie Larson
    Best Supporting Actor for Daniel Brühl
    Best Supporting Actress Léa Seydoux and Margot Robbie
    Best Original Screenplay for Inside Llewyn Davis
    Best Cinematography for Anthony Dod Mantle (but to be fair this was a pretty great year for cinematography)
    Best Editing for The Wolf of Wall Street and Rush
    Best Original Score for Hans Zimmer (either 12 Years a Slave or Rush)
    Best Sound for Rush
    Best Visual Effects for Pacific Rim and The Great Gatsby
    Best Foreign Language Film for The Past (or Blue is the Warmest Color, but it wasn’t elegible)
    Best Documentary for Stories We Tell

    • Alex Hajna

      Agreed, Phoenix and Robbie were both snubbed, as was Rush for sound and Wolfie for editing. I’d also add Tom Hanks to that list.

  • ʝoe ßloggs

    The Academy Awards (and all other Hollywood awards) are irrelevant.
    There. I said it.
    Carry on.

  • Pk

    How is it that Elysium and oblivion not get nominated for visual effects? Theirs were far better than into darkness and Lone Ranger

  • Pk

    Also no love for atlas by Coldplay and I see fire by ed Sheeran in the original song category?

  • Ben

    I didn’t think much of the movie at all, but not having Man of Steel up for visual effects is quite surprising.
    Fingers crossed for the Wolf.

  • Ben

    I didn’t think much of the movie at all, but not having Man of Steel up for visual effects is quite surprising.
    Fingers crossed for the Wolf.

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