Academy Award Nominations 2014

by on 16/01/2014
 

american-hustle_2756552bThe contenders in one of the most open Oscar races in years were announced today, with science fiction spectacular Gravity and crime caper American Hustle leading the pack with ten nominations each. 

Both films are up for Best Picture alongside powerful historical epic 12 Years A Slave, which is hotly tipped by many critics to walk away with the lions share of the major awards in March. Other nominees for the main prize are Philomena, for which star Judi Dench has also received a Best Actress nomination, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Her, Nebraska and The Wolf of Wall Street. 

Gravity-2While a few clear favourites have already been drawn up by various media outlets in the Best Picture category, the race for Best Director has proven much more intriguing. British filmmaker Steve McQueen stands a great chance of landing the prize for 12 Years A Slave, however Alfonso Cuaron must also be considered a strong candidate having helmed the groundbreaking special effects masterpiece Gravity. Landing a nomination for The Wolf of Wall Street, the iconic Martin Scorsese is something of a dark horse in a race which also includes American Hustle’s David O. Russell and Nebraska‘s Alexander Payne. 

Notably American Hustle has become only the fifteenth film in history to score nominations in all four of the acting categories, but here too the race is quite open. In the Best Actress category Amy Adams receives her fifth Oscar nomination for her role in the crime drama, but she faces stiff competition from Gravity star Sandra Bullock. Leonardo DiCaprio and Matthew McConaughey both achieved Golden Globe glory for their respective roles in The Wolf of Wall Street and Dallas Buyers Club but their main competition is shaping up to be British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor for his powerhouse performance in 12 Years A Slave

captain-phillips-international-posterThere were some surprise omissions in the main categories this year. There was no room for biopic Mandela: The Long Walk To Freedom, although the U2 soundtrack ‘Ordinary Love’ receives a nomination for Best Song having already triumphed at the Golden Globes. Perhaps the biggest shock is Tom Hanks being left out of the Best Actor race despite receiving plaudits from many critics calling his title role in Captain Phillips his best work in years. Of course it was no surprise at all to see Meryl Streep collect her eighteenth acting nomination for her role in August: Osage County. The American national treasure needs just one more win to tie with Katharine Hepburn as the most successful actress in Academy Award history. 

Other noteworthy nominations include Palestinian drama Omar in the Best Foreign Language Film category and a nod for Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa for Best Make-Up. 

Full Nominations

Best Picture

12 Years a Slave

American Hustle

Captain Phillips

Dallas Buyers Club

Gravity

Her

Nebraska

Philomena

The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Director

Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity

Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave

Alexander Payne, Nebraska

David O Russell, American Hustle

Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Actor

Christian Bale, American Hustle

Bruce Dern, Nebraska

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street

Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave

Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Actress

Amy Adams, American Hustle

Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Sandra Bullock, Gravity

Judi Dench, Philomena

Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

Best Supporting Actor

Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips

Bradley Cooper, American Hustle

Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave

Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street

Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Supporting Actress

Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine

Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave

Julia Roberts, August: Osage County

June Squibb, Nebraska

Best Adapted Screenplay

12 Years a Slave

Before Midnight

Captain Phillips

Philomena

The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Original Screenplay

American Hustle

Blue Jasmine

Dallas Buyers Club

Her

Nebraska

Best Animated Feature

The Croods

Despicable Me 2

Ernest and Celestine

Frozen

The Wind Rises

Best Animated Short

Feral

Get a Horse!

Mr Hublot

Possessions

Room on the Broom

Best Cinematography

The Grandmaster

Gravity

Inside Llewyn Davis

Nebraska

Prisoners

Best Costume Design

12 Years a Slave

American Hustle

The Grandmaster

The Great Gatsby

The Invisible Woman

Best Documentary Feature

20 Feet from Stardom

The Act of Killing

Cutie and the Boxer

Dirty Wars

The Square

Best Documentary Short

Cavedigger

Facing Fear

Karama Has No Walls

The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life

Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall

Best Editing

12 Years a Slave

American Hustle

Captain Phillips

Dallas Buyers Club

Gravity

Best Foreign Language Film

The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium)

The Great Beauty (Italy)

The Hunt (Denmark)

The Missing Picture (Cambodia)

Omar (Palestine)

Best Live Action Short

Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)

Avant Que de Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)

Helium

Pitaako Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)

The Voorman Problem

Best Make-Up

Dallas Buyers Club

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

The Lone Ranger

Best Music

The Book Thief

Gravity

Her

Philomena

Saving Mr Banks

Best Production Design

12 Years a Slave

American Hustle

Gravity

The Great Gatsby

Her

Best Song

‘Alone Yet Not Alone’, Alone Yet Not Alone

‘Happy’, Despicable Me 2

‘Let It Go’, Frozen

‘The Moon Song’, Her

‘Ordinary Love’, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Best Sound Editing

All is Lost

Captain Phillips

Gravity

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Lone Survivor

Best Sound Mixing

Captain Phillips

Gravity

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Inside Llewyn Davis

Lone Survivor

Best Visual Effects

Gravity

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Iron Man 3

The Lone Ranger

Star Trek Into Darkness

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