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

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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. 

86th Oscars Nominations Announcement

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
Gravity
Her
Nebraska
Philomena
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
Frozen
The Wind Rises

 

Best Cinematography

The Grandmaster
Philippe Le Sourd

Gravity
Emmanuel Lubezki

Inside Llewyn Davis
Bruno Delbonnel

Nebraska
Phedon Papamichael

Prisoners
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

CaveDigger
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

Omar
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)

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 Animated Short

Feral
by: Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden

Get a Horse!
by: Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim

Mr. Hublot
by: Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares

Possessions
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

Helium
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

Gravity
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

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 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 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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