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Thursday, January 16, 2014

And the Oscar goes to . . .



The nominations for the 86th Academy Awards were announced this morning, and there were, of course, some surprising snubs. The Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 2, on ABC with host Ellen DeGeneres, and below are all the nominations with my predictions in pink:




BEST PICTURE
Snubs: Inside Llewyn Davis and Saving Mr. Banks

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


BEST ACTOR
Snubs: Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips), Joaquin Phoenix (Her), Robert Redford (All Is Lost) and Forest Whitaker (Lee Daniels' The Butler)

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

BEST ACTRESS
Snub: Emma Thompson should have been nominated for her "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" performance in Saving Mr. Banks.

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

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Snubs: Daniel Bruhl in Rush and James Gandolfini in Enough Said

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

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Snub: Oprah Winfrey in Lee Daniels' The Butler

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

BEST DIRECTOR
Snubs: Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips) and Spike Jonze (Her)

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

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

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

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

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
The Broken Circle Breakdown, Belgium
The Great Beauty, Italy
The Hunt, Denmark
The Missing Picture, Cambodia
Omar, Palestine

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Ernest & Celestine
Frozen
The Wind Rises

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
"Alone Yet Not Alone" from Alone Yet Not Alone
"Happy" from Despicable Me 2
"Let It Go" from Frozen
"The Moon Song" from Her
"Ordinary Love" from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
The Book Thief
Gravity
Her
Philomena
Saving Mr. Banks

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
The Grandmaster
Gravity
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska
Prisoners

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Gravity
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Iron Man 3
The Lone Ranger
Star Trek Into Darkness

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
American Hustle
The Grandmaster
The Great Gatsby
The Invisible Woman
12 Years a Slave

BEST FILM EDITING
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity
12 Years a Slave

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
Snub: American Hustle (also, I think it would be very sad if Bad Grandpa or The Lone Ranger wins an Oscar and any of the nominated Best Pictures do not)

Dallas Buyers Club
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
The Lone Ranger

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
American Hustle
Gravity
The Great Gatsby
Her
12 Years a Slave

BEST SOUND EDITING
All Is Lost
Captain Phillips
Gravity
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Lone Survivor

BEST SOUND MIXING
Captain Phillips
Gravity
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Inside Llewyn Davis
Lone Survivor

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
CaveDigger
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 ANIMATED SHORT FILM
Feral
Get a Horse!
Mr. Hublot
Possessions
Room on the Broom

BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM
Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn't Me)
Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)
Helium
Pitaako Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)
The Voorman Problem

4 comments:

joel65913 said...

I'm so disappointed at Emma Thompson's exclusion. Meryl Streep's inclusion is just laziness on the academy's part, she's a great actress but talk about being over acknowledged! Especially now that she has a third Oscar for one of her more arch performances they need to give it a rest.

I'd hate to see Jennifer Lawrence win this year. Not because she's untalented, she certainly is gifted but I think if she won it will bite her in the future with a huge backlash. She'll be employed, she has many big budget projects in the pipeline, but even if she gets offered quality roles she'll be out of fashion just like Sally Field was after that controversial second win. She had to wait almost 30 years to be nominated again.

Christoph said...

Most of these were fairly predictable based on the other early awards/indicators, although I was a bit stunned by the exclusion of Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson. I have to agree with joel65913 about Meryl Streep. I love her and she is an incredibly gifted actress - I like her more now that she incorporates more personality into her performances rather than the icy tone of some of her early roles (a la Kramer vs. Kramer), but I don't think anyone would have carped about leaving her out for this particular performance in August: Osage County.

On another note, I am having a real problem understanding how Daniel Bruehl's work got overlooked in Rush and Jonah Hill, who was not included in any of the early awards or indicators somehow sneaked through. I don't mean to razz the guy, but two nominations for Hill within a few years seems a bit much. Moneyball was a reasonable nom, but he really should not be up this year with some the contenders that got overlooked.

Marc said...

As much as I adore Ms. Streep, I wish Ms. Thompson had been nominated instead of her. As for Ms. Lawrence, she seems to be Hollywood's "It" Girl at the moment, so I think she has a very good chance of winning. I do understand what you're saying, Joel - but if there is a backlash, at least she'll have two Oscars on her mantel. And Sally Field had a decent career during those 28 years - Steel Magnolias, Soapdish and TV's Brothers & Sisters.

Marc said...

Christoph, I was also surprised by Jonah Hill's nomination. But having not seen The Wolf of Wall Street, I can't say whether he deserves this Oscar nod or not.