2014 Academy Award Nominations

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their nominations this morning without bringing any real surprises to the table, which is unfortunate. Sure, there are head turners like Bad Grandpa and The Lone Ranger for makeup,  but for the most part the lists are solid with their nominations and for the first time in years, I’m fairly content. Be prepared to hear complaints of Inside Llewyn Davis, Pixar, Tom Hanks, and maybe even Pacific Rim being snubbed. But for the most part this should be one interesting award season, especially in the next couple of months of leading buzz.

Best Documentary (Short)

Cave Digger
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 Short Film (Live Action)

Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)
Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)

Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)
The Voorman Problem

Best Short Film (Animated)

Get a Horse!
Mr. Hublot
Room on the Broom

Best Sound Mixing

Captain Phillips, Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith and Chris Munro
Gravity, Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick and Tony Johnson
Inside Llewyn Davis, Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland
Lone Survivor, Andy Koyama, Beau Borders and David Brownlow

Best Sound Editing

All Is Lost, Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns
Captain Phillips, Oliver Tarney
Gravity, Glenn Freemantle
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Brent Burge
Lone Survivor, Wylie Stateman

All Is Lost

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

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

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

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

Best Documentary (Feature)

The Act of Killing
Cutie and the Boxer
Dirty Wars
The Square
20 Feet from Stardom

Best Cinematography

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

Best Production Design

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

Best Original Score

John Williams, The Book Thief
Steven Price, Gravity
William Butler and Owen Pallett, Her
Alexandre Desplat, Philomena
Thomas Newman, Saving Mr. Banks

Best Original Song

“Alone Yet Not Alone,” Alone Yet Not Alone
“Happy,” Despicable Me 2
“Let it Go,” Frozen
“The Moon Song,” Her
“Ordinary Love,” Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Best Foreign Language Film

The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium)
The Great Beauty (Italy)
The Hunt (Denmark)
The Missing Picture (Cambodia)
Omar (Palestine)

Best Animated Film

The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Ernest & Celestine
The Wind Rises

Best Original Screenplay

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

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

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

Best Supporting Actor

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

Best Supporting Actress

Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
Nebraska, June Squibb


Best Actress

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

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

Best Picture

American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

Written By Colin

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  • fernandorafael_c2c

    I’m happy to say I correctly predicted the 9 nominees for BP 🙂 Very glad about Leo, Meryl, Sally Hawkins. Sad about Thompson, Brühl, Hanks and Winfrey being snubbed. Loved that “Happy” by Pharrell Williams is in the running for Best Original Song.

  • No huge shocks. Surprised Hill got nominated over Bruhl. And I guess Thompson and Hanks getting snubbed is surprising too. But still, really solid nominations. Let’s hope they don’t give American Hustle THAT much love.

  • I saw the 9 and remembered your picks. Good job, man!

  • Nice job on the prediction, Fernando! There were some snubs, but for the most part I’m fine with this.

  • I have a sneaking suspicion that they will do just that.

  • Dan

    Ooh…12 Years A Slave or Martin Scorsese and The Wolf for Best Picture…I’m torn right now!

  • Personally, I think “12 Years a Slave” is the better film, but I think “Wolf” is something else. Both outstanding films for very different reasons. I would be fine with either taking home the award, honestly.

  • I just realized Oscar Isaac didn’t get a nomination. WHAT THE FUCK

  • Neither did Robert Redford.

  • Redford’s old. The Academy already gave him shit. Plus, I can never forgive him for Ordinary People.

  • I just saw that the Lone Ranger got a Visual Effects nom and not Pacific Rim. That does make me very angry. I’m drunk but nothing is helping the anger. ARGGGGGGG FUUGHING BLAHSMNPOCKLE SHOLMY.

  • ruth

    Haven’t seen Lone Ranger but yeah, it’s NUTS that Pacific Rim didn’t get a nom! Say what you will about that film but the SFX is amazing!

  • rich

    anyone see “the butler”? is oprah right to feel snubbed, or does she need to shut up and not feel entitled to a nomination?

  • rich

    are we going to have that oscar chat window site window box chat thing like during last year’s oscars? that was fun, except when someone in my house ran to the bathroom and i had to pause the show, and then i was behind everyone for about ten minutes. anyone runs to the bathroom this year – fuck ’em.