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My 2014 Academy Award nominations ballot

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As Academy members begin filling out their ballots to submit their nominations this awards season, it's the ideal time to consider what my ballot would look like. Below is my nominations list of the best in each category, regardless of their technical eligibility for the actual Oscars. Please enjoy, and seek out these delightful films, performances, and achievements.

Best Picture:

The Act of Killing

All is Lost

Before Midnight

Captain Phillips

Her

Inside Llewyn Davis

Short Term 12

Spring Breakers

The Wolf of Wall Street

The World's End

Best Director:

JC Chandor, All is Lost

Joel and Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis

Spike Jonze, Her

Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street

Edgar Wright, The World's End

Best Actor:

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street

Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips

Simon Pegg, The World's End

Joaquin Phoenix, Her

Robert Redford, All is Lost

Best Actress:

Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Sandra Bullock, Gravity

Julie Delpy, Before Midnight

Adele Exarchopoulos, Blue is the Warmest Color

Brie Larson, Short Term 12

Best Supporting Actor:

Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips

James Franco, Spring Breakers

Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street

Matthew McConaughey, Mud

Matthew McConaughey, The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Supporting Actress:

Reem Abdullah, Wadjda

Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine

Lupita N'yongo, 12 Years a Slave

Margot Robbie, The Wolf of Wall Street

Octavia Spencer, Fruitvale Station

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Before Midnight

Captain Phillips

Short Term 12

The Spectacular Now

The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Original Screenplay:

Her

In a World...

Inside Llewyn Davis

Nebraska

The World's End

Best Foreign Film:

Blue is the Warmest Color

Drug War

The Grandmaster

Wadjda

The Wind Rises

Best Animated Film:

Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2

The Croods

Frozen

The Wind Rises

Best Cinematography:

12 Years a Slave

The Grandmaster

Gravity

Inside Llewyn Davis

Prisoners

Best Costume Design:

12 Years a Slave

Her

Populaire

Spring Breakers

The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Editing:

All is Lost

Captain Phillips

Gravity

Spring Breakers

The World's End

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:

The Lone Ranger

Populaire

Thor: The Dark World

Best Production Design:

Gravity

Her

Inside Llewyn Davis

The Wolf of Wall Street

The World's End

Best Original Score:

Ain't Them Bodies Saints

Gravity

Her

Spring Breakers

Upstream Color

Best Song:

"Let It Go," Frozen

"Love is an Open Door," Frozen

"The Moon Song," Her

"Please Mr. Kennedy," Inside Llewyn Davis

"So You Know What It's Like," Short Term 12

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