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By Dustin Rowles | Seriously Random Lists | October 15, 2013 | Comments ()


JANUARY 16, 2014 (LOS ANGELES) — The nominations for the 86th Annual Academy Awards were announced this morning by Christoph Waltz (last year’s winner for Best Supporting Actor) and last year’s Best Actress winner, Jennifer Lawrence. It was one of the more spirited, effervescent nomination announcements in recent years. Lawrence, expectedly, fawned all over Waltz, to the delight of the audience in attendance, although her squeal of delight upon announcing her own nomination for Best Supporting Actress may have raised seven puppies from the dead.

There weren’t too many surprises among the nominations, except for what was left off: Martin Scorsese was denied in both the Best Picture and Best Director categories, though both Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio landed acting noms for The Wolf of Wall Street. With the exception of all the nominations for 12 Years as a Slave (which was behind only Gravity in overall nominations, though Gravity had a leg up in the technical categories), it was a lot of familiar faces. George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Amy Adams, DiCaprio, Hill, Meryl Streep, and Julia Roberts, among many others, demonstrated that the surest way to land an Oscar nomination in 2014 was to already have an Oscar nomination. It was a really good year for Matthew McConaughey, too. There was also a sweet irony to the fact that Michael Fassbender was nominated in a year in which he refused to lobby for an Oscar.

Personally, I’m happy to see that Short Term 12 got some recognition (though not nearly enough), while it’s nice to see the late James Gandolfini get a posthumous nomination for his work in Enough Said. Speaking of which, I think I’ve done exactly that.

Here are the list of nominations for the 2014 Academy Awards, which will be held on March 2nd, 2014 and be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.

Best Picture


Short Term 12

12 Years as a Slave

Inside Llewyn Davis

American Hustle

Dallas Buyers Club

August: Osage County

Saving Mr. Banks

Captain Phillips


Best Director

Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity

Steve McQueen, 12 Years as a Slave

The Coen Brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis

David O. Russell, American Hustle

John Lee Hancock, Saving Mr. Banks

Best Actor

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street

Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips

Christian Bale, American Hustle

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Twelve Years a Slave

Joaquin Phoenix, Her

Best Actress

Sandra Bullock, Gravity

Brie Larsen, Short Term 12

Amy Adams, American Hustle

Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks

Best Supporting Actor

Michael Fassbender, 12 Years as a Slave

Bradley Cooper, American Hustle

George Clooney, Gravity

James Gandolfini, Enough Said

Matthew McConaughey, Mud

Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

Oprah Winfrey, The Butler

Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave

Julia Roberts, August: Osage County

Amy Adams, Her

Best Original Screenplay

Spike Jonze, Her

Bob Nelson, Nebraska

The Coen Brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis

David O. Russell and Eric Singer, American Hustle

Jeff Nichols, Mud

Best Adapted Screenplay

John Ridley, 12 Years As a Slave

Destin Cretton, Short Term 12

George Clooney and Grant Heslov, The Monuments Men

Scott Neustadter and Michael H Weber, The Spectacular Now

Tracy Letts, August: Osage County

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • El Jefe

    So no Fruitvale Station love at all? And what about Prisoners for BOS?

  • periscope

    Adèle Exarchopoulos.

  • Joe

    Ok, no Idris Elba for portraying Nelson Mandela in Long Walk to Freedom or Michael B. Jordon for his role in Fruitvale Station. Or Isiah Washington for his harrowing performance in Blue Caprice. These are some stellar performances from actors of color and yet once again we have a full white roster of nominees. Hollywood, meh.

  • Lucy

    No love for Before Midnight? Not even in the Adapted Screenplay category? Not for Best Director, not for Best Actress? Haven't these people proven themselves enough already? This trilogy is so unlikely to be duplicated or matched. How about Richard Linklater instead of John Lee Hancock for an unseen movie?

  • kirbyjay

    Is Matthew McConaughey ( potentially being) nominated for Mud or Dallas Buyers Club?

  • Thor

    Dallas Buyers Club. He lost weight for it. He's a lock.

  • Archie Leach

    In October of 2011 NO one even gave a thought to some odd black and white silent (gasp intertitles!) that had wowed them in France but then had kinda disappeared.....

  • Any enthusiasm I might feel to see these films win is dampened by buzzkill over the host. I have nothing personal against DeGeneres, but...YAWN. Her "Me? Well, gosh..." schtick was endearing when she was a standup act on the threshold of stardom. It wears thin now. Typical Academy... try something new one year, then run back to the kiddie pool yapping like scared puppies.

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    Absolutely. I hear RIch Little's free.

  • Parker

    Idris Elba for Mandela.

  • Ben

    Ummm...cinematography? Visual effects? Sound?

  • Zirza

    Fassbender is refusing to campaign. Since the Academy likes to have its ego stroked I suspect this will mean no nomination. Also, Benedict Cumberbatch is getting great (early) reviews for that film where he wears a mop on his head, so who knows?

  • carrie

    Christian Bale didn't campaign 3 years ago and he won

  • You left off the clear Best Actor winner: Robert Redford for All is Lost.

  • carrie

    i don't believe in Bale's or Adams' nod since O Russell has rewritten the script to showcase Cooper and Lawrence

  • Z.

    The script for American Hustle wasn't "rewritten as a showcase for Lawrence and Cooper". Jennifer Lawrence joined the cast at the very last minute because Russell wanted to test her screen chemistry with Christian Bale for the film Ends of the Earth (Bale is being considered for the role of Earnest Marland, with Jennifer Lawrence already attached to play Lydie Marland, his wife). Also, Lawrence is not supposed to be playing a woman in her late 30's but rather about 28 to 30 (lest anyone think that the role was meant for an older actress). Lawrence is playing a trophy wife, hence her look and young age.

    Cooper had already signed onto the role last year. Russell also rewrote the script because he did not want to run into the same problems that Zero Dark Thirty ran this a fictionalized account?, is it straight from the documents?...he didn't want there to be any confusion.

    The fact is however, that it's Jennifer Lawrence who has been receiving the most buzz from those who have seen the screeners. Kris Tapley from InContention has been hearing a lot about AH since it screened a couple weeks ago, tweeted that from what he has heard, (he hasn't seen the film but is quoting those who have) "Lawrence is best in show". I think Adams will be nominated along with Lawrence and Cooper but, I'm not so sure about's apparently a great performance but Best Actor is just way too crowded.

  • Adam Matthews

    id say naomi watts is raging diana has been blanked, or

  • Torgo

    I'm surprised there's no love for Idris Elba, Naomi Harris and Long Walk to Freedom...

  • carrie

    apparently the movie is bland

  • Zirza

    Winnie Mandela might be too controversial for the Academy, plus it hasn't been getting great results. That says nothing about the acting, of course, but it helps.

  • Joe

    Torgo is talking about Long Walk to Freedom not the Winnie Mandela biopic with Terrance Howard. Two seperate films. From what I read Long Walk to Freedom is a pretty good film.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    I loved Enough Said, but is Hollywood's memory really so long as to remember Gandolfini for a supporting nom?

    And if the Academy does in fact have a long memory, wouldn't they hold a grudge against Joaquin and all his "awards are bullshit" ranting?

    No Michael B. Jordan? Please?

    Also, I'll be happy if Ejiofor gets a nod, simply so that it's not a repeat of Django (all the white people get nominations). Plus Ejiofor is amazing and I'd love for him to be in more movies.

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    Agreed about that last paragraph: that was some right bullshit there, wasn't it? Granted, I'm full of bullshit because I didn't see it (Simpering Oversensitive Wuss Syndrome), but even I could tell there was something heavy in the water on that one.

  • Samantha Klein

    Do we really think Fassbender is going to get the nod after going on record to say he won't be campaigning? I desperately want 12 Years (esp. Fb and Ejiofor) to win all the Oscars, but I wonder if he hasn't shot himself in the foot already.

  • carrie

    Bale didn't campaign 3 years ago and he won all (except BAFTA but he didn't care about Bafta)

  • Lovely Bones

    Joaquin Phoenix was nominated just last year after having much harsher words to say about not campaigning than Fassbender did. Although, as much as I love Fassbender's work, it's tough to believe his slaveowner performance will match up to how astonishing Phoenix was in The Master.

  • Pitry

    Yes, but does AMPAS consider Fassbender as highly as they do Phoenix? They love Phoenix, so he could get away with it. I'm not sure Fassbender is in the same position.
    (Although I actually DON'T like Fassbender, so I might be biased here...)

  • Samantha Klein

    Oh, that's right. I knew there was someone with a similar story last year, but I couldn't remember who. Haven't seen either, so can't make comparisons, I guess. My fingers will remain crossed, regardless. :)

  • Marc Greene

    So no Breaking Bad? I know it is a TV show and these are the Oscars, but still...

  • Maya

    I'm pretty sure only 5 nominees are allowed in each category. You have 6 in Actor, Actress, and Supporting Actor.

  • Robert

    A tie could add a 6th nominee, but it will never happen in all four acting categories.

  • AudioSuede

    Also, did we all collectively forget Fruitvale Station? No way does The Spectacular Now get any nominations if Fruitvale doesn't.

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    You got there first. Admittedly, I haven't seen it but there's something of a frenzy surrounding the lead performance.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    While I wasn't as thrilled with the movie as I thought I would be, there's no denying Michael B Jordan. He's incredible.

  • I certainly did. Unacceptable. Michael B Jordan is an absolute lock, especially with the Weinsteins bankrolling the film.

  • Blake

    Wow Dustin, you've got way too much faith in Oscar voters if you think Short Term 12 will get that any noms.

    Side note: I haven't seen any of these (and am not even interested in the ones that haven't been released other than 12 Years As a Slave).

  • Pants-are-a-must


  • Bananapanda

    What's a mod?

  • BlackRabbit

    They fight crime in small groups. Had their own TV show and a terrible movie, as I recall.

  • Or Brie Larson

  • Blake


  • Yeah duh spelled just like it sounds

  • Wojciehowicz?

  • Blake

    It is a spell check nightmare...

  • Fredo

    George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Amy Adams, DiCaprio, Hill, Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, and Julia Roberts,

    You said Amy Adams twice

    "I like Amy Adams.

  • Pitry

    It's Amy Adams. If there's anyone who should be mentioned twice, it's Amy Adams.

  • Yocean

    I met Amy Adams. She came to the karaoke place I part time at. She was nice and gave me a good tip. I loved her before but now love is an understatement

  • socallmeshirley

    What did she sing?

  • Blake

    Well she is the only double nom (Actress and Supporting Actress) so she's worth the extra name drop and DAMN....

  • Bert_McGurt

    To be fair, Dustin has good ol' Woody Gunderson on there twice as well.

    But yes, I second that DAMN.

  • lowercase_ryan

    If McConaughey doesn't win the Oscar I'll be pissed.

    I can't believe I even just thought those words. And meant them.

  • Bert_McGurt

    If someone had told me five years ago that Matthew McConaughey would soon be a strong contender for not one, but TWO Oscar nominations in the same year I'd have asked them how they got into his stash.

  • lowercase_ryan

    for Mud

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    Wasn't Mud just the best? Between that, Bernie and Magic Mike, I'm starting to think that McConaughey's greatest performance was convincing the world he was a terrible actor.

  • BigBlueKY

    that movie was spectacular. Just a good ol' fashion story of friendship and love.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Best Actress Support - Sandy's legs.

  • letsspoon

    And those BOOTY shorts.

  • Conspicuous Monuments Men and Counselor absence. Unless the former film is a complete disaster it should at least grab BP, BSA noms. Hollywood loves those historical dramas.

    Like seeing Clooney as a BSA nominee for Gravity. Everyone's raving about Bullock and the effects, but Clooney provides a strong, veteran counterbalance to what would have otherwise been a rather depressing film.

  • AudioSuede

    This is literally the very first time in my life I've ever even heard of Dallas Buyers Club.

  • BigBlueKY

    that's the one where Matthew McConaughey lost like 40 pounds for his character.

  • Fredo

    and took his shirt off for

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    Wait? McConaughey takes his shirt off? Since when?

  • LexieW

    And plays a gay man.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    I don't think he's gay - in fact, I'm pretty sure he's a biggot until he contracts AIDS.

  • BWeaves

    Well, we have another 2 1/2 months for movies we've never seen or even heard of to arrive before Oscar season.

  • Fixed.

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