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2014 Oscar Nominations Announced – No Surprises

2014 Oscar Nominations Announced - No Surprises

Absolutely no surprises here – not for me anyway. Every performance and film I expected to be nominated was nominated – specifically amongst black actors, actresses and films.

Notable omissions that I’m sure some will be talking about this morning: Idris Elba and Forest Whitaker in the Best Actor category (I didn’t expect either of them to be nominated. Of the 3 black actors who were contenders, Chiwetel Ejiofor had the most buzz going into this morning’s announcement); Oprah Winfrey in the Best Supporting Actress category (it was either going to be her or Lupita Nyong’o in that category, and Lupita was all-too obvious a pick); Lee Daniels in the Best Director category (as someone who didn’t really care for The Butler, I’m not at all surprised that it didn’t receive any nominations, in any categories).

No nominations for Fruitvale Station either; and no surprise there either. It’s really been left out from much of the major awards season chatter, in favor of indie accolades.

I would’ve loved to see Bradford Young get a Best Cinematography nomination for his work in Mother Of George, and let’s not forget he also shot Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, which was also released last year. But neither film was ever really in contention for any awards unfortunately. But I will say that a Best Cinematography Oscar is in his future.

And finally, it was good to see 20 Feet From Stardom and The Square receive nominations in the Best Documentary category. God Loves Uganda, which was also shortlisted last month, wasn’t so lucky however.

So who did pick up nominations:

Barkad Abdi Best Supporting Actor for Captain Phillips

Lupita Nyong’o Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years A Slave

John Ridley Best Adapted Screenplay for 12 Years A Slave

The Square Best Documentary

20 Feet From Stardom Best Documentary

Steve McQueen Best Director for 12 Years A Slave

Chiwetel Ejiofor Best Actor for 12 Years A Slave

12 Years A Slave Best Picture

Awards will be handed out at March 2 at the Dolby Theatre and telecast live by ABC, in a ceremony hosted by Ellen Degeneres.

The full list of nominees, courtesy of the Academy, follows below:

BEST PICTURE

“12 Years a Slave”

“American Hustle”

“Captain Phillips”

“Dallas Buyers Club”

“Gravity”

“Her”

“Nebraska”

“Philomena”

“The Wolf of Wall Street”

BEST DIRECTOR

David O. Russell, “American Hustle”

Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”

Alexander Payne, “Nebraska”

Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”

Martin Scorsese, “The Wolf of Wall Street”

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 ACTRESS

Amy Adams, “American Hustle”

Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”

Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”

Judi Dench, “Philomena”

Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

“American Hustle”

“Blue Jasmine”

“Her”

“Nebraska”

“Dallas Buyers Club”

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

“Before Midnight”

“Captain Phillips”

“Philomena”

“12 Years a Slave”

“The Wolf of Wall Street”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”

Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”

June Squibb, “Nebraska”

Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”

Sally Hawkins, “Blue Jasmine”

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 ANIMATED FILM

“The Croods”

“Despicable Me 2”

“Ernest & Celestine”

“Frozen”

“The Wind Rises”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

“The Grandmaster”

“Gravity”

“Inside Llewyn Davis”

“Nebraska”

“Prisoners”

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 DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

“The Act of Killing”Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen

“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” Nominees to be determined

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

“CaveDigger” Jeffrey 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

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