Oscar Nominations Announced – ‘Gravity’ and ‘Hustle’ Lead, Hanks Snubbed Twice

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Nominations for the 86th Annual Academy Awards have just been announced. Below is a complete list of the nominees.

In all, nine films out of a possible ten were nominated for the top prize for Best Picture. American Hustle and Gravity led the pack, with each film receiving ten nominations, including Best Picture. 12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen’s devastating film about American slavery, came in third place with nine nominations.

Other movies to receive multiple nominations include:

  • 6 Nominations: Captain PhillipsDallas Buyers Club, Nebraska
  • 5 Nominations: Her, The Wolf of Wall Street
  • 4 Nominations: Philomena
  • 3 Nominations: Blue Jasmine, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • 2 Nominations: August: Osage County, Despicable Me 2, Frozen, The Grandmaster, The Great Gatsby, Inside Llewyn Davis, Lone Ranger, Lone Survivor

Many previously nominated actors and actresses earned recognition this month, including Judi Dench for Philomena, Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street, all four lead cast principals of American Hustle, and 18-time nominee and 3-time winner Meryl Streep (August: Osage County). 77-year old Nebraska lead Bruce Dern snagged a nomination for Nebraska, his first since 1978’s Coming Home.

First-time acting nominees include 12 Years a Slave‘s Chiwetel Ejiofor for Best Actor, Lupita Nyong’o for Best Supporting Actress and Michael Fassbender for Best Supporting Actor. Nebraska‘s June Squibb, Captain Phillips‘ Barkhad Abdi, Dallas Buyers Club‘s Jared Leto and Blue Jasmine‘s Sally Hawkins also earned their first nominations, all in the Supporting categories.

McQueen earned his first-ever nomination for directing 12 Years a Slave, as did Alfonso Cuaron for directing the blockbuster Gravity. Wolf of Wall Street‘s Martin Scorsese, Nebraska‘s Alexander Payne and American Hustle‘s David O. Russell have each been nominated in the past. Only Scorsese has won the directing statuette before, for 2006’s The Departed.

Notable Surprises and Omissions:

  • Philomena was largely expected to earn Judi Dench an Oscar nomination – and perhaps even get recognized for Best Picture – but Steve Coogan also earned a surprise nomination for his screenplay.
  • Tom Hanks was considered a major front-runner in both Male Acting categories – Captain Phillips for lead, Saving Mr. Banks for Supporting.
  • Robert Redford and Oscar Isaac were also considered strong contenders for their respective roles in All is Lost and Inside Llewyn Davis, but neither one was nominated.
  • Lee Daniels’ The Butler was an early frontrunner, yet received not one nomination.
  • Though his film was nominated in many of the technical categories, 12 Years a Slave cinematographer Sean Bobbit was not nominated for his camerawork.
  • Though Stories We Tell was one of the most acclaimed documentaries of 2013 and Blackfish was one of the most popular, neither was nominated in the Documentary Feature Category.

Fun Facts about the Nominations:

  • As of today, the average worldwide gross of the nine films nominated for a Best Picture Oscar is $142.6 million. This is a 85.8% decrease from last year’s nine nominees, whose average worldwide gross was a whopping $265.1 million.
  • The Book Thief marks John Williams’ 49th Oscar nomination in the 81-year-old composer’s lifetime, and his 18th nomination since he last won in 1994 for Schindler’s List.
  • The Best Actress nominees have a combined total of 37 nominations in their careers. All of them have won before, except Amy Adams.
  • Each American Hustle nominee has been directed to an Oscar nomination by David O. Russell in the past: Christian Bale and Amy Adams for The Fighter, and Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook. Lawrence and Bale won Oscars for their performances.
  • Of the twenty individuals nominated for an acting Oscar, three of them are non-white actors: Barkhad Abdi in Captain Phillips, and Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave.
  • Of the twelve individuals nominated for a writing Oscar, only one (Melisa Wallack, co-scribe on Dallas Buyers Club) is a woman.
  • Cate Blanchett and Sally Hawkins are the 17th/18th performers from a Woody Allen film to get nominated for an Oscar.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill are the 21st/22nd performers from a Martin Scorsese film to get nominated for an Oscar.
  • This is Julia Roberts’ first Oscar nomination since winning the Oscar in 2001 for Erin Brockovich.
  • American Hustle is the second film since 1981’s Reds to earn a nomination in every single acting category. The first one was last year’s Silver Linings Playbook, which was also directed by David O. Russell.
  • A cinematographer will win his first Oscar this year. Roger Deakins earned his 11th nomination for Prisoners, but has never won before. This is Gravity DP Emmanuel Lubezki’s sixth nomination, and Bruno Delbonell’s fourth (for Inside Llewyn Davis). Phedon Papamichael (Nebraska) and Phillipe Le Sourd (The Grandmaster) have never been nominated before.

You can read more fun facts about this year’s nominations here, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter!

2014 Oscar Nominations:

Best Picture

  • 12 Years a Slave
  • Gravity
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • American Hustle
  • Captain Phillips
  • Her
  • Nebraska
  • Philomena
  • The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Actor

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

Best Actress

  • Amy Adams for American Hustle 
  • Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine 
  • Sandra Bullock for Gravity
  • Judi Dench for Philomena
  • Meryl Streep for August: Osage County

Best Supporting Actor

  • Barkhad Abdi for Captain Phillips
  • Bradley Cooper for American Hustle
  • Jonah Hill for The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Michael Fassbender for 12 Years a Slave
  • Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club

Best Supporting Actress

  • Sally Hawkins for Blue Jasmine
  • Julia Roberts for August: Osage County
  • Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave
  • Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle
  • June Squibb for Nebraska

Best Director

  • Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity
  • Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave
  • David O. Russell for American Hustle
  • Martin Scorsese for The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Alexander Payne for Nebraska

Best Original Screenplay

  • American Hustle: Eric Singer, David O. Russell
  • Blue Jasmine: Woody Allen
  • Her: Spike Jonze
  • Nebraska: Bob Nelson
  • Dallas Buyers Club: Craig Borten, Melisa Wallack

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Before Midnight: Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater
  • Captain Phillips: Billy Ray
  • 12 Years a Slave: John Ridley
  • The Wolf of Wall Street: Terence Winter
  • Philomena: Steven Coogan

Best Animated Feature

  • The Croods
  • Despicable Me 2
  • Ernest & Celestine
  • Frozen
  • The Wind Rises

Best Foreign Language Film

  • The Broken Circle Breakdown: Felix Van Groeningen (Belgium)
  • The Missing Picture: Rithy Panh (Cambodia)
  • The Hunt: Thomas Vinterberg (Denmark)
  • The Great Beauty: Paolo Sorrentino (Italy)
  • Omar: Hany Abu-Assad (Palestine)

Best Cinematography

  • Gravity: Emmanuel Lubezki
  • Inside Llewyn Davis: Bruno Delbonnel
  • Nebraska: Phedon Papamichael
  • Prisoners: Roger Deakins
  • The Grandmaster: Philippe Le Sourd

Best Editing

  • 12 Years a Slave: Joe Walker
  • American Hustle: Alan Baumgarten, Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers
  • Gravity: Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger
  • Captain Phillips: Christopher Rouse
  • Dallas Buyers Club: Martin Pensa, John Mac McMurphy

Best Production Design

  • 12 Years a Slave: Adam Stockhausen (Production Design); Alice Baker (Set Decoration)
  • American Hustle: Judy Becker (Production Design); Heather Loeffler (Set Decoration)
  • Gravity: Andy Nicholson (Production Design); Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard (Set Decoration)
  • The Great Gatsby: Catherine Martin (Production Design); Beverley Dunn (Set Decoration)
  • Her: K.K. Barrett (Production Design); Gene Serdena (Set Decoration)

Best Costume Design

  • American Hustle: Michael Wilkinson
  • The Great Gatsby: Catherine Martin
  • 12 Years a Slave: Patricia Norris
  • The Grandmaster: William Chang
  • The Invisible Woman: Michael O’Connor

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Dallas Buyers Club: Adruitha Lee, Robin Mathews
  • Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa: Steve Prouty
  • The Lone Ranger: Joel Harlow, Gloria Pasqua Casny

Best Original Score

  • The Book Thief: John Williams
  • Gravity: Steven Price
  • Her: William Butler and Owen Pallett
  • Saving Mr. Banks: Thomas Newman
  • Philomena: Alexandre Desplat

Best Original Song

  • Despicable Me 2: Pharrell Williams( “Happy”)
  • Frozen: Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez(“Let It Go”)
  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom: Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr., Brian Burton (“Ordinary Love”)
  • Alone Yet Not Alone: Bruce Broughton (“Alone Yet Not Alone”)
  • Her: Karen O(“The Moon Song”)

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: Timothy Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, Neil Corbould
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013): Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, Eric Reynolds
  • Iron Man 3: Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash, Daniel Sudick
  • The Lone Ranger: Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams, John Frazier
  • Star Trek Into Darkness: Roger Guyett, Pat Tubach, Ben Grossmann

Best Documentary, Feature

  • The Act of Killing: Joshua Oppenheimer, Signe Byrge Sørensen
  • Cutie and the Boxer: Zachary Heinzerling, Lydia Dean Pilcher
  • Dirty Wars: Rick Rowley, Jeremy Scahill
  • The Square: Jehane Noujaim, Karim Amer
  • 20 Feet from Stardom: Morgan Neville

Best Documentary, Short Subject

  • Cavedigger: Jeffrey Karoff
  • Facing Fear: Jason Cohen
  • Karama Has No Walls: Sara Ishaq
  • The Lady In Number 6: Malcolm Clarke, Carl Freed
  • Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall: Edgar Barens

Best Short Film, Animated

  • Feral: Daniel Sousa, Dan Golden
  • Get a Horse!: Lauren MacMullan, Dorothy McKim
  • Mr Hublot: Laurent Witz, Alexandre Espigares
  • Possessions: Shuhei Morita
  • Room on the Broom: Max Lang, Jan Lachauer

Best Short Film, Live Action

  • Aquel no era yo: Esteban Crespo
  • Just Before Losing Everything: Xavier Legrand
  • Helium: Anders Walter
  • Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?: Selma Vilhunen
  • The Voorman Problem: Mark Gill

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  • Jose

    I’m just breathing a sigh of relief that Before Midnight didn’t get snubbed in the screenplay category, which I feared would happen.

  • Stories We Tell is personally the biggest snub for me.
    Shocked that Greengrass, Tom Hanks in lead, Robert Redford, Emma Thompson etc were left out. AH I feared would get noms in all 4 acting categories. Delighted for Her getting nominated in production design and score. Good breakdown of snubs/surprises Justin.

  • MD

    I’m surprised by The Butler snub after all the buzz surrounding the film after the release and obviously shocked by no Tom Hanks in lead. While a Christian Bale fan at heart, I would be ok with Leo winning lead. It was interesting watching a film with a protagonist I didn’t watch to win at the end. But I have a strong feeling it will be McConaughey.

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