American Hustle 2

The 86th Academy Awards nominations were unveiled this morning! What are your thoughts on the nominations? Which ones surprised you? How many of the nominated films do you still need to see? Who were you rooting for that did not make the final cut?

You can find the full list of nominees below:

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

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

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

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

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

Best Original Screenplay
American Hustle
Blue Jasmine
Dallas Buyers Club

Best Adapted Screenplay
12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips
Before Midnight
The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Animated Film
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Ernest & Celestine
The Wind Rises

Best Cinematography
The Grandmaster
Inside Llewyn Davis

Best Costume Design
American Hustle
The Grandmaster
The Great Gatsby
The Invisible Woman
12 Years a Slave

Best Documentary
The Act of Killing
Cutie and the Boxer
Dirty Wars
The Square
20 Feet from Stardom

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

Best Film Editing
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
12 Years a Slave

Best Foreign Language Film
The Broken Circle Breakdown
The Great Beauty
The Hunt
The Missing Picture

Best Makeup
Dallas Buyers Club
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
The Lone Ranger

Best Original Score
The Book Thief
Saving Mr. Banks

Best Original Song
“Alone Yet Not Alone” from Alone Yet Not Alone
“Happy” from Despicable Me 2
“Let It Go” from Frozen
“The Moon Song” from Her
“Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Best Production Design
American Hustle
The Great Gatsby
12 Years a Slave

Best Animated Short
Get a Horse!
Mr. Hublot
Room on the Broom

Best Live Action Short
Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)
Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just before Losing Everything)
Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)
The Voorman Problem

Best Sound Editing
All Is Lost
Captain Phillips
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Lone Survivor

Best Sound Mixing
Captain Phillips
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Inside Llewyn Davis
Lone Survivor

Best Visual Effects
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Iron Man 3
The Lone Ranger
Star Trek Into Darkness


  1. shocked by the snub of Joaquin Phoenix (“Her”).

    and even though i havent seen it, i heard “Blue Is the Warmest Color” was great but im not surprised it got snubbed given its subject matter.

    and im also not surprised that “Philomena” is so prevalent, its an old person film and thats exactly what the voters are.

    1. oh, and two years in a row a David O Russell film has nominees in all 4 acting categories? what a joke.

      and i think you messed up the category title under “Documentary Short”

      1. Blues is the Warmest Color was not eligible because of some issue related to its release date. France had to submit another film instead.

        I am also a little surprised that both Phoenix missed the cut. I think it is a clear indication of the slim chances that Her has at winning the top prize. Though I think Christian Bale does a great job in Hustle, personally I would have slotted either Phoenix or Hanks in that spot. I would have left Bradley Cooper off the list completely…but that is just me.

  2. I have two to catch in the animated feature category, 4 in Best Foreign, and 4 more documentaries. Plus most of the shorts. But I have hit the rest of the nominees.

    I am most surprised by Stories We Tell’s omission in documentary. (I never checked the short list, so I don’t know if it even made that.) I am also mildly surprised both Bale and Dern were nominated over Tom Hanks.

    And I’m quite surprised 12 Years didn’t get score or cinematography.

    How about your reaction?

    1. Stories We Tell not getting a nomination was my biggest surprise, especially since it had made the documentary shortlist and was well-received by critics. Granted, I still need to see four of the other nominees in that category (fortunately three of which are currently on Netflix) so may just be a case of the other films being better. I actually started watching Dirty Wars last night but fell asleep midway (it had nothing to do with the film, I was simply exhausted).

      The rest of the nominations, in the major categories at least, played out like I expected. I was glad to see Barkhad Abdi get a nomination. I also realized that I am way behind in the animated film category; I have not seen any of the nominees.

      I know I will be making a point to catch up on the following Oscar nominated films over the next few weeks: Blue Jasmine (Jess’ review is up on the site), Philomena, Cutie and the Boxer, The Grandmaster, The Square, 20 Feet to Stardom and The Hunt

      1. I haven’t seen The Square or 20 Feet to Stardom. I need to change that.

        Of the rest you’re planning on catching, The Hunt is my favorite. By far. Cutie and the Boxer is my least favorite. Also by far. I cannot even begin to understand how it beat out Stories We Tell.

  3. I’d love to see Captain Phillips (perhaps Tom Hanks should have got the Best Actor nomination) do well but I think its 12 Years A Slave or Wolf of Wall Street for the biggest prize.

    1. I would be shocked to see The Wolf of Wall Street take the top prize. It has become such a polarizing film that I just cannot see it getting the number of votes needed. Also, American Hustle will take away a large chunk of Wolf’s votes.

  4. I’m actually surprised that I’ve managed to see all of the Best PIcture nominees as I have no complaints other than the snubbing of Inside Llewyn Davis as I’m satisfied with the final choices. I’m going to make my predictions soon.

    1. The lack of Academy love for Inside Llewyn Davis was a bit surprising. I can only assume that many of the voters found it too depressing a film to really get behind.

  5. I’m pretty satisfied with the choices! I agree that Bale did good but Phoenix or Hanks should have taken that spot. I’m expecting Gravity and 12 Years A Slave to pick up a lot of awards, but who knows since American Hustle has 10 nom. Who do you think will win, Picture, Actor, editing, and director; if you don’t mind me asking.

    I posted a list of who I think will win Oscars if you’re interested in seeing.

    1. I will have to give your list a look. Right now I would say: 12 Years a Slave for Best Picture, Chiwetel Ejiofor for actor (though McConaughey has been gaining momentum), Gravity for Editing and Steve McQueen for directing. Of course this could all change in a few weeks.

  6. It’s weird saying that Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Meryl Streep were surprises but happy they all got recognized. Tom Hanks didn’t get a nomination for anything, but at least Captain Phillips got included in Best Picture. A Best Supporting nod for Barkhad Abdi is pretty cool too.

    1. I can see both DiCaprio and Bale being considered surprises, especially if you factor in how crazy DiCaprio’s role is in The Wolf of Wall Street. As for Hanks, he is such a big part of why Captain Phillips works as well as it does that is hard to fathom him not being recognized.

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