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January 16, 2014 8:04 AM
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'American Hustle' and 'Gravity' Lead 2014 Oscar Nominations

David O. Russell's "American Hustle" and Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" led the 2014 Academy Award nominations, taking 10 nods a piece including best picture and best director. 

In the best picture category, they were joined by "Captain Phillips," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Her," "Nebraska," "Philomena," "12 Years a Slave" and "The Wolf of Wall Street." Notably for the third consecutive year, there were 9 best picture nominations.

"12 Years a Slave" was also nominated for best director and best adapted screenplay, though ended up with 9 nominations. Clearly not too shabby, but many expected the film to lead the count, and its snubs in best cinematography and best original score were certainly surprises. Though they were nothing compared to a quintet of major acting snubs: The absence of Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Robert Redford, Daniel Bruhl and Oprah Winfrey were varying degrees of shocking.  Thompson, Hanks and Bruhl all got nods from SAG, BAFTA, the Globes and the Critics Choice. To get all four of those and still miss out on Oscar is a very rare occasion.

Who got in instead? Well, basically the entire cast of "American Hustle," with Christian Bale and Amy Adams sneaking into the lead categories, and thus helping push out Redford, Hanks and Thompson. "Wolf of Wall Street" stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill both made it in as well, as did Sally Hawkins, whose performance in "Blue Jasmine" took out Oprah.

Oprah's "Lee Daniels' The Butler" was actually snubbed altogether, while other films that fared very poorly overall included "Rush" (no nods at all) "Saving Mr. Banks" (one for score) and "Inside Llewyn Davis" (two, for cinematography and sound).

Full list of nominations on the next page. Read our list of the 10 biggest surprises of the Oscar nominations here.

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26 Comments

  • Edith | January 16, 2014 11:34 PMReply

    I find unreasonable how everyone judges the actors and even the whole production for the themes of the films. If you are not in favor of a specific topic (say, scandalous), does that mean the film shouldn't be recognized/nominated for its attributions? See, films go beyond that. There is a whole production that could be so easily underrated, underestimated and even disregarded only because some suggest that "scandalous" films such as " The Wolf of Wall Street " and " American Hustle " do not deserve it because " they don't fit the criteria. In my opinion they deserve merit and recognition too....they've earned it. Therefore, as much as we all scratch our heads wondering why? I must conclude that we all know in the back of our minds, and deep inside of us, that Leo DiCaprio truly deserves recognition for ANY of his work. Quite frankly had Leo not been nominated, it would've been the biggest screw you to Leo ever.

  • Ben | January 16, 2014 7:34 PMReply

    Wow, I was so sure that Thompson and Hanks would get nominated, I think they gave so amazing performances.
    And as much as I LOVE Meryl Streep, I don't quite understand why she was nominated instead of Thompson. Am I the only one who thinks that her acting was a bit over the top in August: Osage County? I was a bit disappointed at the end of the movie because i really expected something that satisfied me more (although I would have nominated Streep instead of Bullock, but well, Bullock's just loved in Hollywood)

  • kami | January 16, 2014 11:33 AMReply

    I am ok with all of them. Not happy at all. I mean no love for inside llewyn davis, saving mr banks, blue is the warmest color and frutvale station but thats fine. The only thing that irritates me is the nomination of christain bale. Like seriously out of great contender like Hanks, Redford, Isaac, Pheonix, Whitaker, Jackmen, Jordan and many more, Oscar pick him. He is the worst thing in the film. The film is bad because of him. I mean if they really give American hustle and gravity an equal nomination. They should just add them in best makeup and hairstyling which is more appropriate. Best actor category is completely miss use for an oscar this year. but still i am looking forward to see this year. all of us knew that oscar will nominate someone stupid and less desrving and american hustle cast as it is this year stupid oscar choice but still wait to watch the oscars

  • jingmei | January 16, 2014 10:53 AMReply

    Main categories no different from the Golden Globe.

  • jingmei | January 16, 2014 10:54 AM

    But no La Vie d'Adele, sad.

  • ZAK | January 16, 2014 10:27 AMReply

    1) I REALLY DONT GET ALL THIS HATE FOR |AMERICAN HUSTLE|. It was a beautiful film. I do hope it overturned 12 years a slave.

    2) Alexander Payne over Spike Jonze!? How is that even possible!? Nebraska was meh while Her was AMAZING. So much disappointment

    3) TOM HANKS. where is TOM F*CKING HANKS!? Captain Phillips has to be the worst snub ever.

    4) It is a sad moment for all that Emma Thompson was let go rather than Meryl. I love Meryl but Emma's performance was just wayy too good. AMY ADAMS GOT NOMINATED. Gosh I love that woman

    5) Daniel Bruhl? Where are you? NOT THERE!? :( Who came in place of you? JONAH HILL!? Like... WHAT!? I'm fairly happy Bradley Cooper got nominated though

    6) Jennifer Lawrence HAS to win. No exceptions. Although Oprah not getting a nom is a surprise from the academy. Well it's all good. Sally Hawkins deserved the nom.

  • Emma Knight | January 17, 2014 4:12 PM

    American Hustle was very beautiful to watch, but it was not well crafted, the blocking was very, very bad, scenes did not flow well. The script was weak and at times hard to follow. The individual monologues were interesting, but they did not connect well to each other and the film did not create an environment for a series of vignettes to flow together. If I was teaching a film class this would be laughable. Next to Wolf of Wall Street it is a technical nightmare. I actually did not really like WOFS, but the direction and the story telling were masterful.

  • Salty Bill | January 16, 2014 11:05 AM

    Daniel Bruhl's work was so much better than Jonah Hill's.

  • Tom | January 16, 2014 10:12 AMReply

    I'm a bit bummed that 'Inside Llewyn Davis' and 'Her' didn't get more love from the Academy. I had preferred Oscar Isaac and Joaquin Phoenix getting nods over Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio. At least 'Her' got a Best Picture nod as well as one for screenplay. Not sure why the Coen brothers' movie didn't appeal to the voters - I absolutely loved it.

    The snubs were okay, I suppose. Best Actor was crowded, so for Tom Hanks to miss out wasn't all that surprising. Emma Thompson should have been nominated for Best Actress, but we all know how much the voters love Meryl - so that's just tough luck. Either way that category is a lock for Cate Blanchett, so it doesn't really matter all that much.

  • Salty Bill | January 16, 2014 11:03 AM

    I loved Inside Llewyn Davis too, at least it got Cinematography and Sound Mixing(which it probably will win). Sorry that Blue Is The Warmest Color, the Palme D'or winner at Cannes, was snubbed. And no love for Blackfish?

  • Shame | January 16, 2014 9:53 AMReply

    Thoughts...

    1) Don't get the hate for "American Hustle". If any film stands a decent chance to upset "12 Years a Slave", for Best Picture, it's this one.

    2) Seething a bit over the Amy Adams/Jennifer Lawrence noms. I do not want to see a repeat of the Golden Globes.

    3) Only category I can comfortably call is Cate Blanchett for "Blue Jasmine". Sandra Bullock? Uh, no. Don't even go there.

    4) "Francis Ha" was one of my personal favs for 2013, so sad it didn't get a single nod. :(

    5) Pixar not in the running for the second time, ruh-roh. Curious about "Ernest and Celestine", but it will probably come down to "The Wind Rises" and "Frozen".

    And that's all I got.

  • Raul | January 16, 2014 9:40 AMReply

    "Alone Yet Not Alone" was the biggest head scratcher for me. I looked it up, and it's a Christian film and it looks very racist in its depiction of Native Americans.

  • Vick | January 16, 2014 10:28 AM

    Wait, I take that back. It does look racist. Well, it's for Best Song anyway.

  • vick | January 16, 2014 10:22 AM

    So Christian films automatically must suck? Who's the real bigot here?

  • nisay lilaj | January 16, 2014 9:31 AMReply

    There no justice for RUSH & THE BUTLER.. What a shame!!
    ALONE YET NOT ALONE enter from nowhere!!

  • Juha Tapani | January 16, 2014 9:31 AMReply

    So...Cate Blanchett is going to win right?
    Nothing against her or her acting, but...

    Sandra Bullock should win best actress. I do know maybe no-one agrees with me, but she gave the best performance of 2013. Cate Blanchett`s acting belongs to the theatre. Nothing special in "Blue Jasmine", but her acting came fron make-up department and editingroom.
    Nevermind....

  • Juha Tapani | January 16, 2014 9:27 AMReply

    What the F..K ??? Meryl Streep...I really and absolutely hate and dislike her.
    Where was Emma Thompson?

    Adèle Exarchopoulos ?


    Daniel Brühl

  • CrazyXCrazy | January 16, 2014 9:16 AMReply

    Hilarious seeing the hissy fit over Inside Llewyn Davis's snub. *BEAUTIFUL*

  • Brandon | January 16, 2014 9:14 AMReply

    EMMMA THOMPSON? She should of gotten a nomination for best actress! Meryl Streep has WAY too many nominations!

  • Klamentyne | January 16, 2014 10:30 AM

    so Meryl Streep shouldn't be nominated because she has "WAY too many nominations!"?

  • CrazyxCrazy | January 16, 2014 9:26 AM

    Don't moan, talent raises to the top. Thompson's a giant Ham in Banks

  • bleeeh | January 16, 2014 9:03 AMReply

    They need to stop teasing Roger Deakins. Where the hell is Sean Bobbitt?!?!?!

  • ANS | January 16, 2014 9:01 AMReply

    Poor Daniel Bruhl. :(
    And I don't think I want to live in a world where American Hustle leads the nominations for the most prestigious film awards there is. I am baffled by the critical success of this film.

  • soytim | January 16, 2014 5:41 PM

    I wouldn't call the Oscars the most prestigious film awards, merely the most popular. Look at the Critics' Groups and the Festivals for the real gems of the year (La Vie/Blue, The Past, The Grandmaster...)

  • Klamentyne | January 16, 2014 10:33 AM

    same here!!!
    @TONIC: "boring over acted piece of crap" is exactly what it is! thank God i'm not alone in this!

  • ToniC | January 16, 2014 9:21 AM

    Totally agree with you. I thought it was a boring over acted piece of crap. I can't believe it was nominated for costume design. The costumes were so inaccurate for the time period. I lived through that time period and my clothes were not at all like those worn in the movie. Could'nt stand Bredley Coopers performance or Jlaws. Crap, crap crap.