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86th Annual Academy Awards nominations annouced: 2014's snubs and surprises

Llewyn Davis is a jerk, sure, but the journey through his life is one you'll take with you. The Coens' soulful rumination on the nature of the intersection of dreams and looming failure was one of their most introspective and enlightening films in years.
Llewyn Davis is a jerk, sure, but the journey through his life is one you'll take with you. The Coens' soulful rumination on the nature of the intersection of dreams and looming failure was one of their most introspective and enlightening films in years.
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The nominees for the 86th annual Academy Awards were announced by Chris Hemsworth and Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences President Cheryl Boone Issacs on Jan. 16.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 16: Chris Hemsworth and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announce the nominees for Best Actor at the 86th Academy Awards Nominations Announcement at the AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on January 16, 2014 in Beverly Hills, Ca
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As is tradition, the reveal of the nominations surfaced a few surprises and a few snubs. Arguably the biggest coup of the year came in the form of Christian Bale’s lead actor nomination.

Though “American Hustle” has been picking up steam of late, many were surprised to see Bale’s name crop up for his performance as a combover-loving con man, over the likes of still acting Oscar-less screen legend, Robert Redford for “All Is Lost”, perennial favorite Tom Hanks for “Captain Phillips” or even relative newcomer Oscar Isaac for his acclaimed titular turn in “Inside Llewyn Davis”.

Funny man Jonah Hill snapped up his second supporting nod for his work in Scorsese's divisive “The Wolf of Wall Street". Few may have expected Hill to receive the nomination, but for our part, we’re glad it happened. The guy practically stalked Leonardo DiCaprio while in Mexico as only part of his campaign to claim the part, and after winning it, he went on to completely nail it, so the recognition is well deserved.

Meanwhile, “Saving Mr. Banks” and its leading lady Emma Thompson were completely shut out. A nomination for Thompson was considered a sure thing, though it will probably come as some consolation to Thompson that she was knocked out of a race that was over before it even began. The Oscar has been Cate Blanchett’s to lose since “Blue Jasmine” premiered all the way back in July 2013.

The Coen brothers' “Inside Llewyn Davis” wasn’t wholly shut out, but received no major nominations, only smaller nods for cinematography and sound mixing. Take a minute to let this sink in: Gore Verbinski's disastrous reboot of "The Lone Ranger" received as many nominations as the Coen brothers' beautiful portrait of a week in the life of a Greenwich Village folk singer in 1960. Ouch.

Considered dark horse contenders by some, “Her” and “Philomena” both triumphantly captured Best Picture nominations. “Her” director and scribe Spike Jonze also scored an original screenplay nod, while “Philomena” was additionally represented in the adapted screenplay and lead actress pools.

“American Hustle” and “Gravity” led the pack with 10 nominations each. Though it did not crack double-digit nods, “12 Years a Slave” follows just on the heels of those films with nine total nominations.

The full list of nominees is as follows:

Best Picture:

"American Hustle"
"Captain Phillips"
"Dallas Buyers Club"
"12 Years a Slave"
"The Wolf of Wall Street"

Best Director:

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

Best Actor:

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

Best Actress:

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

Best Supporting Actor:

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

Best Supporting Actress:

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

Best Original Screenplay:

"American Hustle"
"Blue Jasmine"
"Dallas Buyers Club"

Best Adapted Screenplay:

"Before Midnight"
"Captain Phillips"
"12 Years a Slave"
"The Wolf Of Wall Street"

Best Animated Feature:

"The Croods"
"Despicable Me 2"
"Ernest & Celestine"
"The Wind Rises"

Best Foreign Feature:

"The Broken Circle Breakdown," Belgium
"The Great Beauty," Italy
"The Hunt," Denmark
"The Missing Picture," Cambodia
"Omar," Palestine

Best Visual Effects:

"The Hobbit: The Desolation"
"Iron Man 3"
"The Lone Ranger"
"Star Trek Into Darkness"

Best Cinematography:

"The Grandmaster"
"Inside Llewyn Davis"

Best 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:

"Facing Fear"
"Karama Has No Walls"
"The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life"
"Prisoner Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall"

Best Film Editing:

"American Hustle"
"Captain Phillips"
"Dallas Buyers Club"
"12 Years a Slave"

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:

"Dallas Buyers Club"
"Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa"
"The Lone Ranger"

Best Music (Original Score):

"The Book Thief"
"Saving Mr. Banks"

Best Music (Original Song):

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

Best Production Design:

"American Hustle"
"The Great Gatsby"
"12 Years a Slave"

Best Short Film, Animated:

"Get a Horse!"
"Mr. Hublot"
"Room on the Broom"

Best Short Film, Live Action:

"Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn't Me)"
"Avant Que De Tout Perdre" (Just Before Losing Everything)
" Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa?" (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)
"The Voorman Problem"

Best Sound Editing:

"All Is Lost"
"Captain Phillips"
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"
"The Lone Survivor"

Best Sound Mixing:

"Captain Phillips"
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"
"Inside Llewyn Davis"
"Lone Survivor"

The 86th annual Academy Awards will be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres and will take place on March 2.

Slideshow by: Justin Andress