86th Academy Award Nominations (2014)

The Academy Award nominations for 2014 were announced this morning.  Read on for my thoughts and for the full list.

Several of my wishes came true in terms of the nominations, but I’ll start with the most obvious snub.  Saving Mr. Banks not only missed out on Best Picture, but Emma Thompson was shockingly left off the list for Best Actress.  In fact, the film’s only nomination was for Original Score for Thomas Newman (which was greatly deserved).  I’m sure this snub will have people talking, and at this point I think it’s fair to lay some of the blame for this on Meryl Streep.

I talked a bit about Streep’s speech attacking Walt Disney in my analysis of Saving Mr. Banks, and though the speech has now been thoroughly debunked I feel like it had a big hand in the nominations.  When I first heard about the speech, I thought it was simply a case of Meryl being Meryl.  She has a history of being outspoken and bold (and funny), which is something I applaud, and I thought it was just her seizing the opportunity.  However, it’s clear to me now that the speech was at least partially an attempt to assassinate the movie, designed as a clever speech in favor of Emma Thompson.  Given that Streep was predicted to not be nominated and Emma Thompson was, but that it seems like Streep took Thompson’s place among the nominees, it’s hard to read it as anything but attention grabbing and an attempt to sway the nominations.  While I still love Streep, and I think she’s the most talented actress of her generation, my opinion of her has been tarnished by this.

In terms of other snubs, I’m not happy that Oprah Winfrey was snubbed for The Butler.  On the positive side, I was happy to see The Lone Ranger nominated not only for Best Makeup and Hairstyling but also for Best Visual Effects.  Also, congrats to Frozen, though I can’t say that its nomination for Best Original Song or Best Animated Feature is much of a surprise.  American Hustle has risen to the top in the past few weeks, and seems to be a contender for a fair number of awards, while The Wolf of Wall Street has ridden success at the box office to some major nominations for Best Picture, Actor, Supporting Actor and Director.  It’ll be interesting to see how it all shakes out on March 2.

The Nominees

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

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

Best Actress

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

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

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

Best Original Song
“Alone Yet Not Alone,” Alone Yet Not Alone; music by Bruce Broughton, lyrics by Dennis Spiegel
“Happy,” Despicable Me 2; music and lyrics by Pharrell Williams
“Let It Go,” Frozen; music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
“The Moon Song,” Her; music by Karen O., lyrics by Karen O. and Spike Jonze
“Ordinary Love,” Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom; music by Paul Hewson, Dan Evans, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen, a.k.a. U2; lyrics by Paul Hewson, a.k.a. Bono

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

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

Best Foreign Language Film
The Broken Circle Breakdown, Belgium
The Great Beauty, Italy
The Hunt, Denmark
The Missing Picture, Cambodia
Omar, Palestine

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

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

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

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews, Dallas Buyers Club
Stephen Prouty, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny, The Lone Ranger

Best Costume Design
Michael Wilkinson, American Hustle
William Chang Suk Ping, The Grandmaster
Catherine Martin, The Great Gatsby
Michael O’Connor, The Invisible Woman
Patricia Norris, 12 Years a Slave

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

Best Visual Effects
Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould, Gravity
Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and Eric Reynolds, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash and Dan Sudick, Iron Man 3
Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams and John Frazier, The Lone Ranger
Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann and Burt Dalton, Star Trek Into Darkness

Best Sound Mixing
Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith and Chris Munro, Captain Phillips
Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro, Gravity
Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick and Tony Johnson, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland, Inside Llewyn Davis
Andy Koyama, Beau Borders and David Brownlow, Lone Survivor

Best Sound Editing
Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns, All Is Lost
Oliver Tarney, Captain Phillips
Glenn Freemantle, Gravity
Brent Burge, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Wylie Stateman, Lone Survivor

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

What do you think?  Who was snubbed?  Who are you happy to see included?  Which category will be the most competitive?  Who is a sure thing?  Let me know in the comments!

4 thoughts on “86th Academy Award Nominations (2014)

  1. I think Meryl Streep getting nominated is so annoying. The Academy nominating her because they can takes out a nomination who could go to someone deserving and up and coming. I would have rather seen Emma Thompson nominated. I also think Lawrence getting nominated was stupid for the same reason. I really don’t think her role in American Hustle is that good. I do think that this year will not be predictable though. I want to see Fassbender win over Leto. I would also love if Bruce Dern won best actor. Some categories are a two horse race but I also think that this will be less predictable than other years.


    • I’m pissed about Meryl too. I think you’re right that this year might be more unpredictable than previous years. I think there’s a lot that’s still up in the air at this point.


  2. I really am disliking Meryl Streep; I never “liked” her to begin with, but I never disliked her either.

    Emma Thompson’s snub for Best Actress was a HUGELY DISAPPOINTING AND UPSETTING snub. I don’t feel as strongly about the snub for Best Picture for “Saving Mr. Banks”, but Emma Thompson was a surefire hit, and I too feel that Meryl Streep’s speech and power is to blame.

    Another snub that bothered me was “Monsters University” not being nominated for Best Animated Feature. “Monsters University” was SOOOO much better than “Despicable Me 2” and “The Croods”. But, what can you do?

    Are you making your predictions soon?


    • The more I think about Meryl Streep the angrier I get. At this point it’s pretty clear that no matter what she claims about her intentions, the end result of her speech is that she gained while Emma Thompson lost. And you’re right about the animated films. I would pull Despicable Me 2 out and replace it with Monsters University. MU is much more deserving.
      As for my predictions, I’ll wait til probably the week before the show, both because a lot can happen before then but also I like to read as much discussion as I can before I make my picks. Plus, I need to see a lot more of the nominated films before then.


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