‘American Hustle’ And ‘Gravity’ Lead 2014 Oscar Nominations

American Hustle

Chris Hemsworth and Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced the nominations for the 86th Academy Awards earlier this morning in Los Angeles.

David O. Russell continues his success with the con artist and hair crazy ensemble American Hustle, leading the Oscar nominees with a total of ten nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and nominations in all four of the acting categories. Could this be this year’s Best Picture winner? Who knows, but it certainly appears to be a favorite with the Academy.

American Hustle may be going into the Academy Awards this year as a front-runner, but lets not count out Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, which scored ten nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actress. Steve McQueen’s harrowing drama 12 Years A Slave, which won Best Motion Picture – Drama at the Golden Globe Awards, followed closely with a total of nine nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress. While Gravity seemed like a front-runner a short time ago, I feel as if the race is really going to come down to American Hustle and 12 Years A Slave.

Also included alongside American Hustle, Gravity, and 12 Years A Slave in the Best Picture Category are Her, Philomena, Dallas Buyers Club, Nebraska, Captain Phillips, and The Wolf of Wall Street. Paul Greengrass’ thriller Captain Phillips scored six nominations, as did Alexander Payne’s black-and-white comedy Nebraska and the 1980s-set AIDS drama Dallas Buyers Club.

Considered as a dark horse earlier this season, the poignant Dallas Buyers Club ended up earning more nominations than originally predicted. It was surprisingly nominated for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. It earned first ever Oscar nominations for Matthew McConaughey’s affecting lead performance and Jared Leto’s impressive supporting performance. The two actors recently won Golden Globes for their performances. Will they repeat the same success at the Academy Awards? Who knows but they certainly deserve to.

Included in the Best Actor category, the most competitive category this year, is Leonardo DiCaprio for his amazing performance in The Wolf of Wall Street, the legendary Bruce Dern for Nebraska, Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years A Slave, and Christian Bale for American Hustle. Noticeably left out of the category is Tom Hanks for Captain Phillips, a performance that deserved a nomination.

One of the question marks this year was surprisingly the inclusion of Meryl Streep in the Best Actress category. I mean, of course the Academy nominated Streep. We should know by now that if someone filmed Streep doing nothing for two hours, she’ll still somehow manage to score at least a nomination. The other actresses nominated this year for Best Actress include Amy Adams for American Hustle, Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine, Sandra Bullock for Gravity, and Judi Dench for Philomena. This is one category that’s a bit more difficult to predict.

In the supporting categories, Jonah Hill scored his second Oscar nomination for his performance in The Wolf of Wall Street (who would’ve thought five years ago that Hill would eventually become a two-time Oscar nominee?) and I’m pretty sure that he’s is the first actor to earn an Oscar nomination for playing a character who masturbates with a prosthetic penis at a pool party.

After giving remarkable performances in Shame and Hunger, Michael Fassbender has finally received his first Oscar nomination for his incredible performance in 12 Years A Slave. The other three actors scoring nominations in the Best Supporting Actor category include Bradley Cooper for American Hustle, Barkhad Abdi for Captain Phillips, and Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club.

Jennifer Lawrence is likely to win her second Oscar for her role in American Hustle but you cannot count out newcomer Lupita Nyong’o for her exceptional performance in 12 Years A Slave just yet. The other actresses nominated in the category include June Squibb for Nebraska, Sally Hawkins for Blue Jasmine, and Julia Roberts for August: Osage County. At one point, Oprah Winfrey was an Oscar hopeful for her role in Lee Daniels’ The Butler, but she was noticeably left out. I can go on about who else was left without a nomination but those thoughts will come later.

The 86th Academy Awards will air live on Sunday, March 2nd on ABC. Ellen DeGeneres will be hosting.  Read the full list of nominees below:

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

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
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 PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Amy Adams – American Hustle
Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock – Gravity
Judi Dench – Philomena
Meryl Streep – August: Osage County

BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
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 PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave
Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle
June Squibb – Nebraska
Julia Roberts – August: Osage County
Sally Hawkins – Blue Jasmine

BEST DIRECTOR
David O. Russell – American Hustle
Alfonso Cuarón – Gravity
Alexander Payne – Nebraska
Steve McQueen – 12 Years A Slave
Martin Scorsese – The Wolf of Wall Street

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

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

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

ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
Philippe Le Sourd – The Grandmaster
Emmanuel Lubezki – Gravity
Bruno Delbonnel – Inside Llewyn Davis
Phedon Papamichael – Nebraska
Roger Deakins – Prisoners 

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

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

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
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 

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

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

ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
Dallas Buyers Club
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
The Lone Ranger

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” 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; Lyrics by Paul Hewson

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

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
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

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

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

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

What do you think of the nominations?

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