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The Oscar nominations are in, snubs and surprises all around

Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (Best Actor)  pictured with director Steve McQueen (Best Director), both were nominated for "12 Years A Slave".
Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (Best Actor) pictured with director Steve McQueen (Best Director), both were nominated for "12 Years A Slave".
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The Academy announced its nominees for this year's 86th Academy Awards ceremony yesterday, and the list includes many nominees receiving Oscar nods who were presumed favorites, as well as the many favorites who were deemed as Oscar snubs. As is true around Oscar season when the nominees are first announced, there have been an outpour of mixed reactions since the nominees were revealed yesterday.

Sandra Bullock - "Gravity" (Best Actress)
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As expected, Golden Globe darling "American Hustle" received a heap of Oscar praise when it came nomination time securing ten nominations, which is tied with the space thriller "Gravity" (Alfonso Cuaron) for the most nominations at this year's ceremony, just edging out Steve McQueen's "12 Years A Slave" which received nine nominations (2 more nominations than at the Golden Globes). While "American Hustle", "Gravity", and "12 Years A Slave" were shown the expected praise by the Academy during Oscar nomination time, other acclaimed films, actors, and the like were not able to find their ways onto the Oscar nominee list. Here is a look at some of the snubs and surprises from yesterdays Oscar nominees announcement.

The Snubs

Robert Redford - Best Actor ("All is Lost")

Redford, who was a favorite to receive a nomination after his film "All is Lost" premiered at the Cannes film festival to a very warm reception, was one that many felt was wrongfully left off the nominees list. The 77-year-old actor who has never won an Oscar for any of his portrayals (won for directing and lifetime achievement) spoke about the snub yesterday which marked the beginning of Sundance's 30th festival stating, “I’m not disturbed by it, I’m not upset by it because, like I said, it’s a business,” pointing to the way the film was marketed as having an effect on his Oscar chances (Ford, 2014).

Tom Hanks Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor ("Captain Phillips" and "Saving Mr. Banks")

Hanks, who was expected to receive nominations for either of his acclaimed performances this year in "Captain Phillips" and "Saving Mr. Banks", was left off the best actor and best supporting actor lists of five as the two time Oscar winner was a notable snub from both categories in this year's ceremonies.

Oprah Winfrey - Best Supporting Actress - ("The Butler")

Winfrey was considered a shoo-in to receive an Oscar nomination for her role as Gloria Gaines in Lee Daniels' American Historical drama "The Butler"; however, just like Golden Globes, who decided to leave Oprah off its list of nominees, the Oscar committee decided not to include Oprah on its list either. All was not lost for Oprah who received praise from the Screen Actor's Guild for her role, Oprah herself seems to not be phased by the snub after stating at the Critic's Choice Awards that "[she's] already won" and that being involved with a film project like the Butler is a success in its own.

Daniel Bruhl - Best Supporting Actor - ("Rush")

Bruhl, who had received acclaim for his role as German Formula 1 race car driver Niki Lauda in Ron Howards racing picture "Rush", was left off the Oscar nomination list for best supporting actor; a surprise snub to some after picking up nominations from the Golden Globes, BAFTA, and SAG,

Other notable snubs:

Emma Thompson - Best Supporting Actress - ("Saving Mr. Banks")

Oscar Isaac - Best Actor - ("Inside Llewlyn Davis")

Coen Brothers - Best Director - ("Inside Llewyn Davis")

The Surprises

Christian Bale - Best Actor - ("American Hustle")

Bale played overweight con-man Irving Rosnenfield, whose elaborate comb-over was not the only take away from Bale's time on screen as his acting was noticed by the Academy. The former Batman actor received a best actor nod yesterday in what could be considered a bit of a surprise after not many Oscar prognosticators had Bale receiving an Oscar nomination for his role in the David O. Russel's film.

Jonah Hill - Best Supporting Actor - ("The Wolf of Wallstreet")

Jonah played the histrionic and quirky Donnie Azzoff in a role that the Golden Globes and SAG felt was not nomination worthy; however the Academy recognized the 30-year-old actor for his Oscar worthy performance. Jonah himself was shocked by the nomination claiming in a statement reported by E online news "I am in complete and total shock" after hearing news of his Oscar nod.

The Complete List of Nominees (via

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

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

Best actor
Bruce Dern -- "Nebraska"
Chiwetel Ejiofor -- "12 Years a Slave"
Matthew McConaughey -- "Dallas Buyers Club"
Leonardo DiCaprio -- "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Christian Bale -- "American Hustle"

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

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

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

Best original screenplay
"American Hustle" -- David O. Russell and Eric Warren Singer
"Blue Jasmine" -- Woody Allen
"Her" -- Spike Jonze
"Nebraska" -- Bob Nelson
"Dallas Buyers Club" -- Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack

Best adapted screenplay
"12 Years a Slave" -- John Ridley
"Before Midnight" -- Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater
"The Wolf of Wall Street" -- Terence Winter
"Captain Phillips" -- Billy Ray
"Philomena" -- Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope

Best animated feature
"The Wind Rises"
"Despicable Me 2"
"Ernest & Celestine"
"The Croods"

Best foreign feature
"The Hunt" (Denmark)
"The Broken Circle Breakdown" (Belgium)
"The Great Beauty" (Italy)
"Omar" (Palestinian territories)
"The Missing Picture" (Cambodia)

Best music (original song)
"Frozen": "Let it Go" -- Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez
"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom": "Ordinary Love" -- U2, Paul Hewson
"Her": "The Moon Song" -- Karen O, Spike Jonze
"Despicable Me 2": "Happy" -- Pharrell Williams
"Alone Yet Not Alone": "Alone Yet Not Alone" -- Bruce Broughton, Dennis Spiegel

Best music (original score)
"Gravity" -- Steven Price
"Philomena" -- Alexandre Desplat
"The Book Thief" -- John Williams
"Saving Mr. Banks" -- Thomas Newman
"Her" -- William Butler and Owen Pallett

Best cinematography
"Gravity" -- Emmanuel Lubezki
"Inside Llewyn Davis" -- Bruno Delbonnel
"Nebraska" -- Phedon Papamichael
"Prisoners" -- Roger Deakins
"The Grandmaster" -- Phillippe Le Sourd

Best costume design
"The Great Gatsby" -- Catherine Martin
"12 Years a Slave" -- Patricia Norris
"The Grandmaster" -- William Chang Suk Ping
"American Hustle" -- Michael Wilkinson
"The Invisible Woman" -- Michael O'Connor

Best documentary feature
"The Act of Killing"
"20 Feet From Stardom"
"The Square"
"Cutie and the Boxer"
"Dirty Wars"

Best film editing
"Gravity" -- Alfonso Cuaron, Mark Sanger
"12 Years a Slave"-- Joe Walker
"Captain Phillips" -- Christopher Rouse
"American Hustle" -- Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten
"Dallas Buyers Club" -- John Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa

Best makeup and hairstyling
"The Lone Ranger" -- Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny
"Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" -- Stephen Prouty
"Dallas Buyers Club" -- Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews

Best production design
"12 Years a Slave" -- Adam Stockhausen and Alice Baker
"The Great Gatsby" -- Catherine Martin and Beverley Dunn
"American Hustle" -- Judy Becker and Heather Loeffler
"Gravity" -- Andy Nicholson, Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard
"Her" -- K.K. Barrett and Gene Serdena

Best visual effects
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"
"Star Trek Into Darkness"
"Iron Man 3"
"The Lone Ranger"

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

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

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

Best short film, animated
"Get a Horse!"
"Mr. Hublot"
"Room on the Broom"

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

Tune into the Oscars on March 2nd at 7 pm EST to see who will walk away with the golden trophy.

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