The nominations for the 86th Academy Awards were announced this morning and the results aren’t much of a shock. For total nominations, Alfonso Cuaron’s space thriller Gravity and David O. Russell’s 70’s con-artist drama American Hustle led the pack with ten apiece.
Steve McQueen’s harrowing 12 Years A Slave, the current big critics darling, took a total of nine nominations, including Best Picture. In addition to Gravity, Hustle and Slave, there are six other films competing for Best Picture; Captain Philips, Dallas Buyer’s Club, Her, Philomena, Nebraska and The Wolf of Wall Street.
Chiwetel Ejiofor received a lead actor nomination for his portrayal of Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave, and he’s joined in the category by Christian Bale for American Hustle, Bruce Dern for Nebraska, Leonardo Dicaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street, and Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club.
Onscreen, and nearly alone, for the duration of Gravity, it’s not surprising to see Sandra Bullock nominated for Lead Actress. Cate Blanchett, arguably the neurotic heart of Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine was also nominated, along with Judi Dench for Philomena, Meryl Streep for August: Osage County and Amy Adams for American Hustle.
Steve McQueen, Alfonso Cuaron, David O. Russell, Martin Scorsese and Alexander Payne were all nominated in the Best Director category, each of their films also contending for Best Picture.
The supporting awards categories were equally full of talent from the competing films. Jennifer Lawrence, coming off her win last year in Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook, is nominated again for American Hustle. She’s up against Sally Hawkins for Blue Jasmine, Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years A Slave, Julia Roberts for August: Osage County, and June Squibb in Nebraska.
Lawrence’s co-star in Silver Linings, Bradley Cooper, is also coming back to the Oscars this year with American Hustle, this time in the Best Supporting Actor category. Jonah Hill, previously nominated for Moneyball, is also in the Supporting Actor race for his portrayal of Donnie Azoff in The Wolf of Wall Street. Michael Fassbender for 12 Years a Slave and Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club join newcomer Barkhad Abdi, nominated for his modern day pirate in Captain Philips.
The Oscars will be hosted live on March 2nd on ABC from the Dolby Theatre with Ellen DeGeneres emceeing.The entire list of nominations can be found below.
The Baltimore Indie Examiner will follow-up shortly with breakdowns in many of the categories, and offer up our own predictions.
What do you think of the list? Are there films or performances that should have been recognized but weren’t?
The full list:
"Dallas Buyers Club"
"12 Years a Slave"
"The Wolf of Wall Street"
Alfonso Cuarón, "Gravity"
Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave"
Alexander Payne, "Nebraska"
David O. Russell, "American Hustle"
Martin Scorsese, "The Wolf of Wall Street"
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"
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"
Michael Fassbender, "12 Years a Slave"
Jonah Hill, "The Wolf of Wall Street"
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
David O. Russell and Eric Warren Singer, "American Hustle"
Woody Allen, "Blue Jasmine"
Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack, "Dallas Buyers Club"
Spike Jonze, "Her"
Bob Nelson, "Nebraska"
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, "Before Midnight"
Billy Ray, "Captain Philips"
Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, "Philomena"
John Ridley, "12 Years a Slave"
Terence Winter, "The Wolf of Wall Street"
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
"Despicable Me 2"
"Ernest & Celestine"
"The Wind Rises"
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
"The Broken Circle Breakdown" (Belgium)
"The Great Beauty" (Italy)
"The Hunt" (Denmark)
"The Missing Picture" (Cambodia)
BEST DOCUMENTARY – FEATURE
"The Act of Killing"
"Cutie and the Boxer"
"20 Feet From Stardom"
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
'Alone Not Alone', "Alone Yet Not Alone"
'Happy', "Despicable Me 2"
'Let It Go', "Frozen"
'The Moon Song', "Her"
'Ordinary Love', "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"
“Inside Llewyn Davis”
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Michael Wilkinson, “American Hustle”
William Chang Suk Ping, “The Grandmaster”
Catherine Martin, “The Great Gatsby”
Michael O’Connor, “The Invisible Woman”
Patricia Norris, “12 Years a Slave”
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 FILM 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 MAKE-UP AND HAIRSTYLING
“Dallas Buyers Club” Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews
“Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” Stephen Prouty
“The Lone Ranger” Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny
BEST SHORT FILM - ANIMATED
"Feral" Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden
"Get A Horse!" Lauren MacMullen and Dorothy McKim
"Mr. Hublot" Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares
"Possessions" Shuhei Morita
"Room on the Broom" Max Lang and Jan Lachauer
BEST SHORT FILM - LIVE ACTION
"Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn't Me)" Esteban Crespo
"Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)" Xavier Legrand and Alexandre Gravas
"Helium" Anders Walter and Kim Magnuson
"Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)" Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka Saari
"The Voorman Problem" Mark Gill and Baldwin Li
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 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 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 3" 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