2014 Academy Award Nominations

1us-cinema-oscars-featureOh it seems like only yesterday we were celebrating the 2013 Oscar nominations, but, believe it or not, a year has passed and we have a whole new host of films to celebrate. Last weekend we had the actual ceremony for the Golden Globes, the weird baby cousin of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the big winners were American Hustle, The Wolf Of Wall Street, 12 Years A Slave, and the Dallas Buyers Club, and it looks like the Academy Awards are following suit, as all of those films are in the running for Best Picture. It is nice to have that absolutely ridiculous separation of comedy/musical vs. drama absent in the Academy Awards. Here we simply have the ten best films (according to the Academy) and one of them will be crowned champion. My personal pick would be Gravity.


Gravity received 10 nominations in total

Can I just say that there was a complete and utter lack of compelling animation this year, in the full length category at least. It is simply ridiculous that we have titles like The Croods competing for best picture. Pixar really dropped the ball with Monsters University. We aren’t even getting a 2014 film from them since they pushed back their next feature, Good Dinosaur, into 2015 last September. This will be the first year without a Pixar film since 2005, and well really, after MU, maybe that is a good thing. Pixar needs to refresh, compile some new ideas and then come back to us with something beautifully fresh and original. Oh and bring back Brad Bird!

MU2Dreaming of the good ol’ days when Pixar had original ideas!

Here are a list of the more prominent nominations:


Best Picture:

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

Actor in a Leading Role:

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

Actress in a Leading Role:

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

Actor in a Supporting Role:

  • 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

Actress in a Supporting Role:

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

Animated Feature Film:

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

Original Screenplay:

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

Adapted Screenplay:

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


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


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


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

Documentary Feature

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

Documentary Short

  • CaveDigger, Jeffrey Karoff
  • Facing Fear, Jason Cohen
  • Karama Has No Walls, Sara Ishaq
  • The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life, Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed
  • Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall, Edgar Barens

Foreign Language Film

  • The Broken Circle Breakdown, Belgium
  • The Great Beauty, Italy
  • The Hunt, Denmark
  • The Missing Picture, Cambodia
  • Omar, Palestine

Original Score

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

Short Film, Animated

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

Short Film, Live Action

  • Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me), Esteban Crespo
  • Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything), Xavier Legrand and Alexandre Gavras
  • Helium, Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson
  • Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?), Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka Saari
  • The Voorman Problem, Mark Gill and Baldwin Li

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