Nominations were announced today for the 86th Academy Awards and there were definitely some surprises. A couple of films that were expected to receive some nominations were largely ignored. The Butler was completely shut out of all categories. Most people at least expected Oprah Winfrey to get a nomination for it. Saving Mr. Banks, in which Tom Hanks plays Walt Disney, didn’t receive a Best Picture nomination nor did its leading actors. In fact, Tom Hanks was snubbed twice. He was pretty much a lock to get nominated for his other film Captain Phillips which did receive a few nominations. But he got no love from the Academy for either performance.
I’m happy to report though that Oscar voters finally ignored one of the Coen brothers’ films that was expected to garner a lot of attention. I still feel these two guys make some of the most overrated movies ever. And their film Inside Llewyn Davis about folk singers thankfully got snubbed in all major categories. On the other hand, many analysts felt The Wolf of Wall Street might get squeezed out due to its controversial content. But instead it received five nominations including Best Picture. Its star, Leonardo DiCaprio, often gets passed over by the Academy but they made sure to recognize him for his over-the-top performance. Better yet, they also recognized his co-star Jonah Hill in the supporting actor category. He was not expected to be a nominee (although I correctly predicted that he would be). Who would have thought that Jonah Hill of all people now has two Oscar nominations on his resume? Jared Leto was also nominated in that category for Dallas Buyers Club which was his first film after taking a six-year break from acting. He is expected to win.
Overall, American Hustle and Gravity led the way with ten nominations each, followed by 12 Years a Slave with nine. Here are the films which are up for the top honor of Best Picture:
For the complete list of nominees, you can go here: