Oscars 2014: American Hustle, Gravity Lead Nominations — See the Full List!

At 5:30 this morning (PST), the MPAA president (Cheryl Boone Isaacs) and a hot babe (Chris Hemsworth) announced the Oscar nominees. We won’t learn the winners until Sunday, March 2, so until then, we get to postulate, speculate, educate, get into heated arguments, and wonder what the heck Ernest & Celestine is. This is the best time for the movie industry as they are gearing up for what is often called Hollywood’s Prom Night, but it’s the worst time of the year for film critics, as we can only openly and constantly bemoan what was passed up.

The most obvious omission for most critics is Blue is the Warmest Color, the three-hour French lesbian love story that made numerous top-ten lists. It was omitted through some sort of arcane Academy rule for eligibility. Another obvious snub was The Coen Bros. Inside Llewyn Davis, which was only nominated for cinematography and sound design; I guess most critics were not as enamored of the film as I was. Also missing are warm crowd-pleasers Lee Daniels’ The Butler and Saving Mr. Banks. The latter is no loss in my eye; I kind of hated Saving Mr. Banks.

But, seeing as 2013 was such a strong year for film, a lot of what you’ll see below is predictable, and I can’t say I’m too upset by the inclusion of anything. Although I’ll say I was surprised to see Philomena in so many categories. And how refreshing to have five visual effects nominees; previous years have only offered up three. 

Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage


Overall, Best Picture projected frontrunners American Hustle and Gravity led all nominations with 10 each, with 12 Years a Slave tallying nine.

Here then, are the nominees. Start your arguments accordingly.

Best Picture

American Hustle

Captain Phillips

Dallas Buyers Club





12 Years a Slave

The Wolf of Wall Street


Actor in a Leading Role

Christian Bale

in American Hustle

Bruce Dern

in Nebraska

Leonardo DiCaprio

in The Wolf of Wall Street

Chiwetel Ejiofor

in 12 Years a Slave

Matthew McConaughey

in Dallas Buyers Club


Actress in a Leading Role

Amy Adams

in American Hustle

Cate Blanchett

in Blue Jasmine

Sandra Bullock

in Gravity

Judi Dench

in Philomena

Meryl Streep

in August: Osage County


Actor in A Supporting Role

Barkhad Abdi

in Captain Phillips

Bradley Cooper

in American Hustle

Michael Fassbender

in 12 Years a Slave

Jonah Hill

in The Wolf of Wall Street

Jared Leto

in Dallas Buyers Club


Actress in a Supporting Role

Sally Hawkins

in Blue Jasmine

Jennifer Lawrence

in American Hustle

Lupita Nyong’o

in 12 Years a Slave

Julia Roberts

in August: Osage County

June Squibb

in Nebraska


Best Animated Feature

The Croods

Despicable Me 2

Ernest & Celestine


The Wind Rises


Best Cinematography

The Grandmaster

Philippe Le Sourd


Emmanuel Lubezki

Inside Llewyn Davis

Bruno Delbonnel


Phedon Papamichael


Roger A. Deakins


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 Director

David O. Russell

for American Hustle

Alfonso Cuarón

for Gravity

Alexander Payne

for Nebraska

Steve McQueen

for 12 Years a Slave

Martin Scorsese

for The Wolf of Wall Street


Best Documentary Feature

The Act of Killing

Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen

Cutie and the Boxer

Zachary Heinzerling and Lydia Dean Pilcher

Dirty Wars

Richard Rowley and Jeremy Scahill

The Square

Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer

20 Feet from Stardom

Nominees to be determined


Best Documentary Short


Jeffrey Karoff

Facing Fear

Jason Cohen

Karama Has No Walls

Sara Ishaq

The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life

Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed

Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall

Edgar Barens


Best Editing

Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten

for American Hustle

Christopher Rouse

for Captain Phillips

John Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa

for Dallas Buyers Club

Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger

for Gravity

Joe Walker

for 12 Years a Slave


Best Foreign Language Feature

The Broken Circle Breakdown

from Belgium

The Great Beauty

from Italy

The Hunt

from Denmark

The Missing Picture

from Cambodia


from Palestine


Best Makeup and Hair

Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews

for Dallas Buyers Club

Stephen Prouty

for Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny

for The Lone Ranger


Best Original Score

John Williams

for The Book Thief

Steven Price

for Gravity

William Butler and Owen Pallett

for Her

Alexandre Desplat

for Philomena

Thomas Newman

for Saving Mr. Banks


Best Original Song

“Alone Yet Not Alone” from Alone Yet Not Alone

Music by Bruce Broughton; Lyrics by Dennis Spiegel

“Happy” from Despicable Me 2

Music and Lyrics by Pharrell Williams

“Let it Go” from Frozen

Music and Lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

“The Moon Song” from Her

Music by Karen O; Lyrics by Karen O and Spike Jonze

“Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen; Lyric by Paul Hewson


Best Production Design

American Hustle

Judy Becker (Production Design); Heather Loeffler (Set Decoration)


Andy Nicholson (Production Design); Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard (Set Decoration)

The Great Gatsby

Catherine Martin (Production Design); Beverley Dunn (Set Decoration)


K.K. Barrett (Production Design); Gene Serdena (Set Decoration)

12 Years a Slave

Adam Stockhausen (Production Design); Alice Baker (Set Decoration)


Best Animated Short


by: Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden

Get a Horse!

by: Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim

Mr. Hublot

by: Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares


by: Shuhei Morita

Room on the Broom

by: Max Lang and Jan Lachauer


Best Live Action Short

Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)

by: Esteban Crespo

Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)

by: Xavier Legrand and Alexandre Gavras


by: Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson

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

by: Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka Saari

The Voorman Problem

by: Mark Gill and Baldwin Li


Best Sound Editing

All Is Lost

Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns

Captain Phillips

Oliver Tarney


Glenn Freemantle

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Brent Burge

Lone Survivor

Wylie Stateman

Best Sound Mixing

Captain Phillips

Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith and Chris Munro


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 Visual Effects


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 Three

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 Adapted Screenplay

Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke

for Before Midnight

Billy Ray

for Captain Phillips

Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope

for Philomena

John Ridley

for 12 Years a Slave

Terence Winter

for The Wolf of Wall Street


Best Original Screenplay

Eric Warren Singer and 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

Witney Seibold is a featured contributor on the CraveOnline Film Channel, and co-host of The B-Movies Podcast. You can read his weekly articles TrollingFree Film School and The Series Project, and follow him on “Twitter” at @WitneySeibold, where he is slowly losing his mind. 


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