2014 Awards Season: Oscars Understand the Gravity of the Situation
January 16th, 2014
The Oscar nominations were announced this morning and there are some surprises mixed in with the predictable results. Gravity and American Hustle led the way with ten nominations each while 12 Years a Slave was right behind with nine. The fact that 12 Years a Slave wasn't the leader is the first of the surprises.
The categories and nominations are...
- 12 Years a Slave
- American Hustle
- Captain Phillips
- Dallas Buyers Club
- The Wolf of Wall Street
- Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity
- Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave
- Alexander Payne for Nebraska
- David O. Russell for American Hustle
- Martin Scorsese for The Wolf of Wall Street
- Amy Adams for American Hustle
- Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine
- Sandra Bullock for Gravity
- Judi Dench for Philomena
- Meryl Streep for August: Osage County
- Christian Bale for American Hustle
- Bruce Dern for Nebraska
- Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street
- Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave
- Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club
- Barkhad Abdi for Captain Phillips
- Bradley Cooper for American Hustle
- Michael Fassbender for 12 Years a Slave
- Jonah Hill for The Wolf of Wall Street
- Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club
- Sally Hawkins for Blue Jasmine
- Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle
- Lupita Nyong'o for 12 Years a Slave
- Julia Roberts for August: Osage County
- June Squibb for Nebraska
- Woody Allen - Blue Jasmine
- Craig Borten and Melissa Wallack for Dallas Buyers Club
- Spike Jonze for Her
- Bob Nelson for Nebraska
- David O. Russell and Eric Warren Singer for American Hustle
- Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope for Philomena
- Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, and Richard Linklater for Before Midnight
- Billy Ray for Captain Phillips
- John Ridley for 12 Years a Slave
- Terence Winter for The Wolf of Wall Street
- The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium)
- The Missing Picture (Cambodia)
- The Hunt (Denmark)
- The Great Beauty (Italy)
- Omar (Palestine)
- Zachary Heinzerling for Cutie and the Boxer
- Morgan Neville for 20 Feet from Stardom
- Jehane Noujaim for The Square
- Joshua Oppenheimer for The Act of Killing
- Richard Rowley and Jeremy Scahill for Dirty Wars
- Facing Fear
- Karama Has No Walls
- The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
- Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall
- 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
- Get a Horse!
- Mr. Hublot
- Room on the Broom
- William Butler and Owen Pallett for Her
- Alexandre Desplat for Philomena
- Thomas Newman for Saving Mr. Banks
- Steven Price for Gravity
- John Williams for The Book Thief
- "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
- I was expecting 12 Years a Slave to lead the way in terms of total nominations, while American Hustle would be second. I was not far off there, but Gravity's performance has to be seen as a bit of a surprise.
- While American Hustle and Gravity tied with ten nominations each, American Hustle did better in the more prestigious categories, so I think it is fair to call it the big winner.
- Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, and Nebraska all earned six nods apiece, which was in line with expectations.
- Saving Mr. Banks only managed one nomination, which is lower than expected. Granted, its reviews were not Oscar-worthy, but Award Season voters tend to like movies like this. Likewise, The Butler was shutout, but its reviews made that predictable.
- On the other hand, Inside Llewyn Davis only managed two nominations and that was surprising.
- I think 12 Years a Slave is the favorite here, but American Hustle isn't that much of an underdog.
- I'm glad Gravity earned a nomination, but I think its genre will kill its chances. It's a cerebral Sci-fi film, but it is still a Sci-fi film.
- This is a two-person race. Alfonso Cuaron will win for Gravity if the voters can get over the fact that it is Sci-fi. Steve McQueen will win for 12 Years a Slave otherwise.
- David O. Russell might win, if American Hustle becomes the big winner and carries him as part of a wave.
- This is Amy Adams's fifth nomination in under a decade. However, she hasn't won yet and she's an underdog this year. Granted, she could win if that aforementioned American Hustle wave builds.
- On the other hand, most people think Cate Blanchett is the heavy favorite to win for Blue Jasmine.
- I really want Chiwetel Ejiofor to win for 12 Years a Slave, but I think Matthew McConaughey has taken the lead.
- Actually, I really want Bruce Dern to win for Nebraska, but he's a long shot.
- Jared Leto is the favorite to win for Dallas Buyers Club, but I think this could be an upset as Michael Fassbender has a legitimate shot to win for 12 Years a Slave.
- Looks like a two-woman race between Lupita Nyong'o for 12 Years a Slave and Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle. I think the former has the lead over the latter, mainly because the latter won last year.
- David O. Russell and Eric Warren Singer will likely win for American Hustle, but Spike Jonze could upset and win for Her.
- John Ridley is a pretty safe bet to win for 12 Years a Slave.
- This is a two-way race between Frozen and The Wind Rises, with the latter the sentimental favorite.
- The Croods got a nomination, but not Monsters University? Really?
- This is a notoriously difficult category to predict, but the evidence suggests The Great Beauty is the favorite.
- The Act of Killing appears to be the favorite while 20 Feet from Stardom has a good chance as well.
- If you asked people yesterday who the favorite was, it would have been Sarah Polley for Stories We Tell, but she wasn't even nominated.
- These three categories are notoriously difficult to predict. It will take a bit of research to come up with even an educated guess.
- When it comes to the technical categories, things get a lot harder to predict. Gravity appears to be the favorite here, mainly because 12 Years a Slave was thought to be the film's biggest competition, and it wasn't even nominated.
- This category usually goes to films that recreate the past, like 12 Years a Slave, or have a unique setting that is hard to recreate, like Gravity.
- That said, The Great Gatsby did both. It had to recreate the 1920s and had to do so in an incredibly garish way. It will likely win.
- Likewise, this category comes down to recreating the past in an understated way, 12 Years a Slave, or in an over-the-top way, The Great Gatsby. I think the latter wins this time.
- Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa earned an Oscar nomination for hair and makeup, but The Great Gatsby didn't? Really?
- I guess Dallas Buyers Club is the favorite, but mainly because the favorite wasn't nominated.
- It's not often you have a Best Picture nominee in this category. Gravity should win.
- Gravity is one of the best movies of the year, but because it is Sci-fi, it is likely a long-shot for Best Picture. That said, it could clean up in the technical categories, including this one.
- Every single year, I have to research the difference between the two sound categories. It's like I have a hole in my brain where that information is supposed to be stored. If I'm correct, Sound Editing is for sound effects, while Sound Mixing is for placing those effects in the audio track to maximize the effect.
- ... Yes, I cut and paste that part from last year. It saves time.
- Gravity again.
- And again.
- I thought 12 Years a Slave would win here, but it wasn't nominated. I think that leaves Gravity as the favorite.
- "Let It Go" from Frozen looks like the overwhelming favorite here. "Happy" from Despicable Me 2 is likely the second choice, so animated films produced the top two choices.
Best Actress in a Lead Role:
Best Actor in a Lead Role:
Best Actor in a Supporting Role:
Best Actress in a Supporting Role:
Feature-Length Animated Film:
Foreign Language Film:
Documentary: Feature Length:
Documentary: Short Film
Short Film: Live Action
Short Film: Animated
Filed under: Awards Season, 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Philomena, The Wolf of Wall Street, Blue Jasmine, August: Osage County, Before Midnight, The Croods, Despicable Me 2, Ernest et Celestine, Frozen, Kaze Tachinu, The Broken Circle Breakdown, Jagten, Cutie and the Boxer, 20 Feet From Stardom, The Square, The Act of Killing, Dirty Wars, Yi dai zong shi, Inside Llewyn Davis, Prisoners, The Great Gatsby, The Invisible Woman, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, The Lone Ranger, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness, All is Lost, Lone Survivor, Saving Mr. Banks, The Book Thief, Alone Yet Not Alone, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom