2014 Oscar Nominations, Predictions And Picks

Source: AP
Source: AP

This morning, Thor Chris Hemsworth and his beautiful voice announced the 2014 Academy Award nominations. If you missed the livestream, here is the list of nominees. Gravity and American Hustle lead with 10 nominations each.

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

My pick: American Hustle (wouldn’t be mad at 12 Years A Slave)
Prediction: 12 Years A Slave

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

My pick: Steve McQueen
Prediction: Alfonso Cuarón

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

My pick: Matthew McConaughey
Prediction: Leonardo DiCaprio

Source: Paramount
Source: Paramount

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

My pick: Cate Blanchett
Prediction: Amy Adams

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

My pick: Jared Leto or Michael Fassbender (but wouldn’t be mad at Bradley Cooper)
Prediction: Jared Leto

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

My pick: Julia Roberts (would also be okay with Lupita Nyong’o or Jennifer Lawrence)
Prediction: Jennifer Lawrence

Source: AP
Source: AP

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

My pick: I hate to say this, because he is a wretched human, but Woody Allen. Although once I finally see Her, I’m sure I’ll change my mind.
Prediction: Spike Jonze

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

My pick: John Ridley
Prediction: John Ridley

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

Prediction: “Ordinary Love”

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

My pick: Frozen
Prediction: Frozen

Source: Disney
Source: Disney

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

My pick: The Act of Killing (p.s. I am super shocked that Blackfish was not nominated. I thought that was a very powerful film.)
Prediction: The Act of Killing

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

My pick: *shrug*
Prediction: My guess is The Great Beauty, since it’s won other awards

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

My pick: William Butler and Owen Pallett
Prediction: Steven Price

The 86th Academy Awards will be broadcast live on March 2. You can get the full list of nominations, like Best Sound Mixing or whatever, here, but please note that The Lone Ranger was nominated for a technical award, which basically discredits the whole lot. Notable snubs include Oprah (The Butler) and Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips). What do you think – who or what else was snubbed? Are you excited for Ellen as host? Are you excited for Leo’s first Oscar nomination? Do you think he’s celebrating with hookers and coke? I do.

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