Thursday, January 16, 2014

2014 Oscar nominations announced ♦ ♦ ♦ ‘American Hustle’ and ‘Gravity’ lead the list

“You ladies never have to pretend to be attracted to Harry Weinstein again.” ~~ Seth MacFarlane
American actor, comedian, producer, director, and singer, quoted during Oscar 2013 announcements (January 10, 2013)

(LOL, one of my favorite Oscar announcement flashbacks :)

The Oscar nominations are here. "Thor" star, Chris Hemsworth, helped announce the 86th Academy Award Nominations with Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaac earlier today, January 16th at 5:30 a.m. Pacific Time.

Movies “American Hustle” and “Gravity” lead with 10 nominations each.

"American Hustle" has nominations in all four best acting categories (lead actor/actress, supporting actor/actress). “12 Years a Slave” has nine nominations including 3 acting categories (lead actor, supporting actor/actress).

Double suprise for Chris Hemsworth -- he and wife Elsa Pataky announced today they're expecting twins.

Ellen DeGeneres, who hosted the Oscars in 2007, will return this year as the emcee of the ceremony, which will be telecast live on ABC on March 2 from the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood and Highland.

Amazingly, 2013 Oscar winner, Jennifer Lawrence, received another best supporting actress nominee for "American Hustle," making her the youngest actress to have 3 Oscar nominations by age 23.

Also worth noting producer, Megan Ellison, received nominations for Best Picture Academy Award nominations for two films, "Her" and "American Hustle," making a huge milestone for women in film --the first woman to receive two Best Picture Oscar nominations in the same year.

"American Hustle," and "Gravity" nominations include Best Directing, Best Film Editing, Best Picture, Best Production Design and Best Actress in a Leading Role."

The Oscar nomination trend appears to have more competition in the best picture category. This year there are 9 nominees for best picture, as in last year.

A few disappointments mentioned by many correspondents and critics were that lead actor contenders Tom Hanks for "Captain Phillips" and Robert Redford for "All Is Lost" were not nominated. Also Emma Thompson for "Saving Mr. Banks," Oprah Winfrey for Lee Daniels' "The Butler" and Paul Greengrass for directing "Captain Phillips" did not receive Oscar nominations.

The Oscars are voted on by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. More information on the voting process is available at the Academy's website.

Oscar night this year will be telecast live on ABC on March 2 from the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood and Highland. More Oscar nomination coverage is at the Official 86th Annual Academy Awards -- and visit the “Oscar Nominee” section of the Website. Or you can view them below (begins with best picture category and includes links to more info about the Oscar nominated movie):

Best Picture:
American Hustle” Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison and Jonathan Gordon, Producers
Captain Phillips” Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca, Producers
Dallas Buyers Club” Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter, Producers
Gravity” Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman, Producers
Her” Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze and Vincent Landay, Producers http://
Nebraska” Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa, Producers
Philomena” Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan and Tracey Seaward, Producers
12 Years a Slave” Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas, Producers
The Wolf of Wall Street” Nominees to be determined

Best Actor in a Leading Role:
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 Actor in a Supporting Role:
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 Actress in a Leading Role:
Amy Adams, "American Hustle"
Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"
Sandra Bullock, "Gravity"
Judi Dench, "Philomena"
Meryl Streep, "August: Osage County"

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

Best Animated Feature Film:
"The Croods" - Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco and Kristine Belson
"Despicable Me 2" - Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin and Chris Meledandri
"Ernest & Celestine" – Benjamin Renner and Didier Brunner
"Frozen" – Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho
"The Wind Rises" – Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki

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

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

Best Directing:
"American Hustle" – David O. Russell
"Gravity" - Alfonso Cuarón
"Nebraska" - Alexander Payne
"12 Years a Slave" - Steve McQueen
"The Wolf of Wall Street" - Martin Scorsese

Best Documentary Feature:
"The Act of Killing" – Joshua Oppenheimer
"Cutie and the Boxer" - Zachary Heinzerling and Lydia Dean Pilcher
"Dirty Wars" - Richard Rowley and Jeremy Scahill
"The Square" - Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer
"20 Feet from Stardom" - TBD

Best Documentary Short Subject:
"CaveDigger" – Jeremy Karoff
"Facing Fear" - Jason cohen
"Karama Has No Walls" - Sara Ishaq
"The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life" - Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed
"Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall" - Edgar Barens

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

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

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

Best Music (Original Score)
"The Book Thief" – John Williams
"Gravity" - Steven Price
"Her" - William Butler and Owen Pallett
"Philomena" - Alexandre Desplat
"Saving Mr. Banks" - Thomas Newman

Best Music (Original Song):
“Alone Yet Not Alone” from “Alone Yet Not Alone”
Music by Bruce Broughton; Lyric by Dennis Spiegel
“Happy” from “Despicable Me 2”
Music and Lyric by Pharrell Williams
“Let It Go” from “Frozen”
Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
“The Moon Song” from “Her”
Music by Karen O; Lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze
“Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
Music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen; Lyric by Paul Hewson

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

Best Short Film (Animated):
“Feral” Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden
“Get a Horse!” Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim
“Mr. Hublot” Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares
“Possessions” Shuhei Morita
“Room on the Broom” Max Lang and Jan Lachauer

Best Short Film (Live Action):
“Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)” Esteban Crespo
“Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just before Losing Everything)” Xavier Legrand and Alexandre Gavras
“Helium” Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson
“Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)” Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka Saari
“The Voorman Problem” Mark Gill and Baldwin Li

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

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

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

Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay):
“Before Midnight” Written by Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke
“Captain Phillips” Screenplay by Billy Ray
“Philomena” Screenplay by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope
“12 Years a Slave” Screenplay by John Ridley
“The Wolf of Wall Street” Screenplay by Terence Winter

Best Writing (Original Screenplay):
“American Hustle” Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell
“Blue Jasmine” Written by Woody Allen
“Dallas Buyers Club” Written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack
“Her” Written by Spike Jonze
“Nebraska” Written by Bob Nelson

All photos courtesy of Wikimedia and screen shots taken from video and websites. All other photos will be credited as required.

Additional resources:
♦ 2014 Oscar nominations: ‘Gravity,’ and ‘Hustle’ lead with 10 nominations including best picture, Los Angeles Times,,0,500124.story#axzz2qZqycltO
♦ 2014 nominations,
♦ Who’s gonna get picked ? Predicting the 2014 Oscar nominations
♦ Meet the 2014 Oscar Nominees, RottenTomatoes

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