2014 Oscar Nominations Announced – Were There Any Surprises?

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Acclaimed films 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle took home big prizes at the 2014 Golden Globes ceremony this past Sunday, while actors like Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey and Cate Blanchett were recognized for their performances in 2013. However, the Oscars don’t split up nominees into different genre categories (drama and comedy/musical), so it remains to be seen which of these films/stars will be crowned at this year’s ceremony.

The nominations for the 86th Academy Awards were announced this morning by actor Chris Hemsworth (Thor: The Dark World, Rush) – in keeping with the “heroes’” theme this year for the ceremony (don’t ask) – and Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

You can read through the full list of 2014 Oscar nominations below.

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‘American Hustle’ – nominated for Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress and More

Best Picture

“American Hustle” Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison and Jonathan Gordon, Producers
“Captain Phillips” Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca, Producers
“Dallas Buyers Club” Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter, Producers
“Gravity” Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman, Producers
“Her” Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze and Vincent Landay, Producers
“Nebraska” Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa, Producers
“Philomena” Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan and Tracey Seaward, Producers
“12 Years a Slave” Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas, Producers
“The Wolf of Wall Street” Nominees to be determined

Best Actor

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”

Best Supporting Actor

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”

Best Actress

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

Best Supporting Actress

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 Director

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

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‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ – Nominated for Best Picture, Director, Actor and More

Best Animated Feature

“The Croods” Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco and Kristine Belson
“Despicable Me 2” Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin and Chris Meledandri
“Ernest & Celestine” Benjamin Renner and Didier Brunner
“Frozen” Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho
“The Wind Rises” Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki

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 Documentary

“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 Subject

“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

“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 Foreign Language Film

“The Broken Circle Breakdown” Belgium
“The Great Beauty” Italy
“The Hunt” Denmark
“The Missing Picture” Cambodia
“Omar” Palestine

Best Makeup/Hair

“Dallas Buyers Club” Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews
“Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” Stephen Prouty
“The Lone Ranger” Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny

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  1. I’m surprised Blackfish isn’t up for Best Doc, other than that, no other surprises.

    • I loved Blackfish it actually made me want to take action

  2. The Hunt must win, also pretty bummed that Daniel Bruhl didnt get nominated and Gyllenhaal, no suprise for Deakins though the man is a God behnd the camera.

    • “The Hunt” is actually already on Netflix streaming if anyone is interested.

  3. Daniel Brühl not nominated is a joke imo. Hopefully finally an Oscar for DiCaprio…

    • Yes, totally agree. Hill out, Bruhl in. Having seen both, I really don’t see any contest.

  4. Jonah Hill was amazing in The Wolf of Wall Street, but if you look at that list of supporting actor nominees..

    • Agreed, Jonah Hill was great! That comp is stiff though. Even Barkhad Abdi, who has never acted in his life, delivered a memorable performance. For me, I think Jonah should win.

  5. No Blackfish love? That movie changed my whole perception about SeaWorld. I will never go there again. To be fair, haven’t seen most of those docs nominated though. And Tom Hanks should be nominated for best actor for Captain Phillips. But it’s DiCaprio time! He better finally win. And finally… I would have loved Prisoners to have received more love. The whole time I was watching Gyllenhall, I thought… Oscar worthy performance. That movie had me biting mine and my girlfriend’s nails haha. Fantastic film. Oh well. Rant over! Here’s to DiCaprio hopefully winning his long overdue Oscar.

    • Why? Just because he should have won one before? Shouldn’t count towards anything. I agree Gyllenhal should have been nominated, but didn’t see anything from Leo that said he was better than Dern, Eijofor or McConaughey.

      Besides, the script and directing were both more noticeable than the acting in both films.

      • Eh, it comes down to personal preference. I personally, enjoyed and invested in his character. Same with Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips. And he had to push the boundaries in his portrayal to get across what the film was trying to do. I understand his character was devised by the writers and director, but without the right actor, the character would not have come to life as he made it. And DiCaprio nailed it!

        Yeah, I obviously know that he doesn’t get credit points towards this Oscar because he should have won before. That’s just how I feel. He’s an incredible actor.

        Believe me, I, just as much as you, think the people behind the camera deserve more credit than the people making their dreams come to life on screen. Because without them, there would be no movie. Obviously. And I’m such a fan of Peter Jackson and his crew, that if it were my way, he would win every Oscar in every category. (Fanboy alert). I’m not saying the script and directing weren’t more impressive than the acting, because they go hand in hand in great films. I’ve loved all of Scorcese’s films regardless of the actor. And often times, films that miss the mark do so because either A) the acting is awful, B) the script or directing is awful, or C) Both suck! You need all aspects for a great film.

  6. Everyone only cares about acting. The Oscars are just about celebrities and ratings.
    Not to mention best actress awards, the same ones are nominated every year.

    Wish Oscars focused more on the actual moviemakers and not just the overpaid hacks onscreen. Another ceremony no doubt filled with Reese Witherspoon telling us how important sound editing is and actors who are so bad onstage they can hardly blurt out their scripted jokes.

    • Are you suggesting sound editing be given as much attention and air time as acting?

  7. Jonah Hill playing himself again over Daniel Bruhl’s shocking transformation… the Oscars again!

    • Agreed that Daniel Bruhl was superb in “Rush”, but so was Jonah Hill in “WoWS”

      Even more than Moneyball, this is the role that proves Jonah Hill has range

      • Sorry, but what range? He played a party animal who likes getting high on drugs… it’s a less exaggerated version of 21 Jump Street and all of his comedic roles, that’s not range. Actors like Christian Bale or Michael Fassbender or even Leo Dicaprio have range. Jonah Hill plays Jonah Hill in every role.

        • Or look at someone like Geoffrey Rush in The Book Thief who was simply brilliant………????????????????

        • I mean…. Tom Hiddleston for Thor or Geoffrey Rush in The Book Thief over Jonah Hill c’mon……I think the Academy smoked some of that crack that Jonah partied with in WOW

  8. Daniel Bruhl not getting nominated for playing Nikki Lauda is very disappointing.

  9. Eh, it comes down to personal preference. I personally, enjoyed and invested in his character. Same with Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips. And he had to push the boundaries in his portrayal to get across what the film was trying to do. I understand his character was devised by the writers and director, but without the right actor, the character would not have come to life as he made it. And DiCaprio nailed it!

    Yeah, I obviously know that he doesn’t get credit points towards this Oscar because he should have won before. That’s just how I feel. He’s an incredible actor.

    Believe me, I, just as much as you, think the people behind the camera deserve more credit than the people making their dreams come to life on screen. Because without them, there would be no movie. Obviously. And I’m such a fan of Peter Jackson and his crew, that if it were my way, he would win every Oscar in every category. (Fanboy alert). I’m not saying the script and directing weren’t more impressive than the acting, because they go hand in hand in great films. I’ve loved all of Scorcese’s films regardless of the actor. And often times, films that miss the mark do so because either A) the acting is awful, B) the script or directing is awful, or C) Both suck! You need all aspects for a great film.

  10. I’m a little surprised Man of Steel wasn’t nominated for Visual Effects. I’m not sure it would have won, Star Trek Into Darkness looked better. But I think Man of Steel was more impressive than Iron Man 3.

    • Even though sometimes MOS was cartoonish it had moment where the effecs were stunnng this is just not right.

    • +1

      Whatever your opinion is on whichever movie is better, there can be no doubt that the visual effects were far more impressive in Man of Steel than Iron Man 3. eh, and the Lone Ranger, well I’ll be damned, no comparison.

    • I think Gravity is a sure win in that category.

    • Star Trek into Darkness should win the award for visual effects. Man of Steel’s effects were lacking something. When the 1978 film looks better than the 2013 film…that’s saying a lot. And yes, the effects from Superman The movie still holds up today. The thing about MOS…the effects looked rushed, and some of the transitions in the action sequences didn’t jell that well. I really didn’t dig the matrix-like effects.

      • Saying that the effects in SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE still hold up and saying that they’re better than MAN OF STEEL are two entirely different things.

  11. ‘Blackfish’ not getting nominated was just cowardly. Obviously they felt nominating it would project the view they were endorsing the ethical nature of the questions presented. Now, I adore (and was genuinely frightened by) ‘The Act of Killing’, but ‘Blackfish’ has opened up a legitimate debate amongst all manner of communities. Like I said, cowardly.

    But anyways, Barkhad Abdi, ‘The Hunt’, Sally Hawkins, Steven Price, Oppenheimer/Sorensen, ‘Her’. Be brave and show that lot some love. The rest I can sleep peacefully over.

    • Definitely agree.

    • +1,000,000,000

    • I saw Blue Jasmine last week and YEAH Sally Hawkins was very good. I’d pick her over J-Law in Hustle.

  12. So, The Lone Ranger got a nomination and Man of Steel did for special effects what the heck!

    1) The scene where he flies through the world engine

    2) The scene where he talks to Jor-El for the last time and then floats into space

    3) The scene where General Zod is about to shoot down the ship and superman flies into it.

    4) The entire scene with the oil rig except for that weird CGI jump.

    5) The scene where he first learns to fly and has that fun moment

    6) The ENTIRE 18 minutes on Krypton

    The FREAKING LONE RANGER got a nomination and Man of Steel didn’t…I smell something fishy

    • I was totally gonna make a comment, just like this one. I’m having a hard time believing that the Lone Ranger even got recognition…

    • honestly it is blasphemy.

      The fact that MoS wasn’t at the very least nominated for Visual effects, sound effects, or Hans Zimmer’s Original Score is criminal.

      Regardless of whether you are someone who is still in love with the horrible Christopher Reeves superman movies or not, doesn’t change the fact that the visuals and sound were incredible in MoS.

    • its easy to saev Man of Steel had good effects, hiding behind the quick editing and stylish lens choices. The effects were decent enough, but so outlandish it was obviously computer.

      Say what you want about the Lond Ranger script, the action sequences were tight, and well put together, aside from looking at the physics of things, it looks believable

  13. Um how come RUSH wasn’t nominated for best picture, best score, best director, or best cinematography???!!! WTF?! Rush cinematography is only second to Gravity in 2013, so wtf?! Makes NO SENSE!!!!

    • +1 Totally agree.

      I’d say if anything it should of easily WON best editing,never mind not even getting nominated.

  14. Only two things I’m annoyed or surprised about.

    1- No Blackfish for best Doc, although, The Act of Killing will win that outright anyway (highly recommend everyone watch it)

    2 – Not a single nomination for Rush. It should of at least picked up a nomination for Best Editing. The editing was highly praised by a lot of critics and got nominated and won an awful lot of other awards.

    As an editor myself I hate the way the editing nominations only ever go to movies in the Best Film category.

    • Just checked the nominations again.

      How the F**K is the Editing in Dallas Buyers Club better than Rush???? Shocking. Anyway, sorry guys my editing rant is over

  15. I know everyone has their own taste in movies but im sorry American Hustle is the most over rated movie I have ever seen

  16. Hugh Jackman for Prisoners?
    Man of Steel for Effects? Score? Costumes? Set design?

  17. If Matthew McConaughey doesn’t it this year there is no justice in the world.

  18. Oh my……..

    NO Man of Steel nominations?!

    You mean that fine piece of……..cinema wasn’t recognized?

    What about the “incredible beautifully inspiring score”, the “stunning visual effects” and the “great acting”?
    All garbage.

    SHUT OUT.

    Hard to believe…….NOT!

    I can already hear butt-hurt DC fan boy whining.

    Wait, wait, I know…..there’s a conspiracy AGAINST Man of Steel!!!
    Disney “bought” all the people at the Oscars, just like they did all the movie reviewers!!! That MUST be it!!!
    It can’t be that Man of Steel was actually total garbage!! Nooooooo!
    I won’t believe it!! I can’t believe it!!!
    LOL!!

    Bite on that DC fan boys!!!

    • Roger…

      That’s the great thing about opinions: No matter how immature you act about something we disagree on, we (the MANY people who loved the visual effects, score, and whatever else of MOS) can remain confident in our appreciation, even as you babble your boorish “humor” to whatever small minds might laugh…

      Carry on. :D

  19. I can’t believe that Prisoners, Saving Mr. Banks, and Pacific Rim were completly snubbed.

    • Not to mention The Book Thief….I swear has anyone seen this???? it’s actually the best film of last year

  20. Wait…there was a song in Despicable Me 2?

  21. I’m so MAD, that’s ‘The Lone Ranger’ got in for Best Visual Effects instead of ‘Pacific Rim’. WHAT?!?!?!?!?! >:( I’m glad Gravity got in anyway.

  22. My predictions:
    12 Years a slave
    Leonardo DiCaprio
    Jared Leto
    Cate Blanchett
    Lupita Nyong’o
    Steve McQueen

    These aren’t necessarily who I would choose, they are based on popularity and publicity. Which ,it seems, is sometimes what the Oscars go by.

    • Christopher, completely agree with your predictions, except I’ve got faith that Alfonso Cuaron should and will win.

      Seemed like decent noms this year, no huge snubs IMO. I’m pretty surprised that Hanks wasn’t nominated for Captain Phillips, and that Jonah Hill was nominated. Hill was very good, but IMO Bruhl should be in that spot.

      Also disappointed Michael B Jordan didn’t get nominated for Fruitvale, though I expected it. For me, he really carried that movie, it had a kind of weak script.

      Overall, not too disappointed, unlike last year when Zero Dark Thirty got completely snubbed, especially with Bigelow not even getting a nom.

  23. I’m also mad that Ron Howard’s Rush didn’t get in! Too busy falling in love with The Lone Ranger I guess.

  24. Bruhl not being nominated is complete s***.

  25. I agree that Rush should have definitely gotten some Oscar love. It was one of my favourite films of the year.

  26. The two biggest surprises for me were that “Despicable Me 2″ beat out “Monster’s University”. Despicable Me was a childish and forgettable movie with no real heart. I didnt hate it but it doesnt stand out for me at all. “Monster’s University” may not have been the best Pixar could do, but it was only second to “Frozen” in animation this year.

    The other surprise was “Bad Grandpa” getting best Hair/Makeup. Not complaining, just surprised.

    Yes the Academy Awards are arbitrary, but they are fun to talk about. Thats the only reason we have them anymore. So stop complaining because your favorite was forgotten. There are hundreds of movies eligible each year and they can’t all get what you think they deserve.

    • I agree about Despicable Me 2. It wasn’t nearly as good as the first. Seems like it was just trying to coast on the accomplishments and heart that the first had. I also think it was pretty forgettable.

      Monsters University, while not quite as good as the first, was still quite good and can stand on its own compared to its predecessor. It deserved the nod much more than DM2.

  27. so lets see no love love for:

    Best Picture:
    42
    the Butler
    Prisoners

    Best Actor:
    Hugh Jackman: Prisoners
    Chadwick Boseman: 42
    Forest Whitaker: The Butler

    Best Supporting Actor:
    Harrison Ford: 42
    David Oyelowo: The Butler
    Jake Gyllenhaal: Prisoners

    Visual Effects:
    Man of Steel
    Olympus Has Fallen
    Oz, the Great and Powerful

    such a ripoff

  28. The Lone friggin Ranger got two nominations…for the Oscars?…not the Razzies?… the OSCARS?! That is just laughable. What the actual f?

    Man Of Steel deserved a nod for best visual effects; which doesn’t’ actually matter anyway because everyone knows the over-hyped Gravity will win that one. And also Rush got snubbed, which is unfair. It was a really great and entertaining movie and surprisingly accurate to F1 as well. Daniel Bruhl especially should have gotten a nod for best supporting actor.

    I haven’t seen many of the Best Picture candidates yet (only The Wolf Of Wallstreet and Gravity, really), but I hope Wolf takes home as many awards as possible… what a great way to spend 3 hours :D Awesome movie!

    • Oh don’t worry dude, The Lone Ranger got MANY razzie noms. Don’t you worry haha.

      I actually think Gravity deserves the visual effects Oscar. I saw that in Imax and DAMN!! that was freaking incredible stuff. I hadn’t been that immersed in a movie in a LONG time. In interviews Cuaron said some effects guys quit cuz what they were doing was so difficult. They totally pulled it off the effects were VERY realistic..

      Sry… done with my Gravity awesomeness rant. But I really liked the effects in MOS as well, particularly the smallville fight and all the parts with the gravity beam thing.

      I also loved Wolf!! Check out some of the other noms as well like 12 yrs, Her, American Hustle, they’re good stuff!

  29. Overall I’m mostly rooting for Wolf of Wall Street on a lot of these categories, but two other amazing films I feel got completely snubbed are Prisoners and Before Midnight. Also, the ONE nomination Before Midnight did get is false, it is not an adapted screenplay. Did anyone even see that movie? Golden Globes put it as a comedy. *sigh*

    And a few other points:
    -I predict 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, American Hustle, and Wolf of Wall Street to win most of the categories they have nominations for. Seem to be the strongest contenders going in.
    -I want Leo to finally win an Oscar.
    -Jonah Hill deserves to win for WoWS too.
    -It would be kind of amazing if Jennifer Lawrence won two years in a row. Has that ever happened before?
    -Very surprised both The Croods and Despicable Me 2 got nominated over Monsters University for Best Animated. But it doesn’t matter because I’m sure Frozen will probably win anyway.
    -Didn’t realize turning Johnny Depp into a racist caricature of an Indian could get you an Oscar nomination for Best Makeup.
    -Seriously though, how is The Lone Ranger nominated for two different categories?
    -Even though I’m sure Gravity will win Best Visual Effects, the other nominations do puzzle me. I’m someone who liked Iron Man 3 more than Man of Steel, but even I’ll admit MoS had better visual effects than most movies this year. IMO swap out IM3 and Lone Ranger for MoS and Pacific Rim and the category will make more sense.

    • I’m sorry did you say Jonah Hill deserves to win???????? lol I needed a good laugh thank you

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