That time of year has come again. On the morning of January 16, 2014, the nominations for the 2014 Academy Awards were announced. Actually, they really should call this the 2013 Academy Awards considering that the movies nominated all came out of the year 2013 and not 2014. But because the Oscar ceremony is going to be in March of 2014, people just have to say that these are the 2014 Academy Awards which in the end threatens to make the whole ceremony ridiculously confusing.
Anyway, there were no real surprises to be found this year as “American Hustle” and “12 Years a Slave” dominated the nominations just as expected. That morning, most people seemed to have a pretty good idea of who would get nominated in the major categories. Perhaps the biggest surprise was the strong showing of “Philomena” and “The Wolf of Wall Street” as “Philomena” ended up with a Best Picture nod and one for Best Actress for Judi Dench, and “The Wolf of Wall Street” ended up doing very well despite the controversy that has threatened to engulf it since its release.
If this past year proves anything, it’s that Oscar campaigning really does count for a lot and while certain movies do get Oscar Buzz, not all of them are able to maintain it. This is not to say that the movies and performances nominated this time around were not deserving of attention, but a lot of smaller movies in 2013 ended up getting overlooked due to lack of a big audience or studio support. Then again, not all of 2013’s presumed Oscar favorites made it to the final list either.
While the Hollywood studios gear up for another chance at Oscar gold, let’s take a look at films and performances that sadly didn't make the cut but which deserve more attention than we have given them so far.