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The 10 Biggest Surprises of the 2014 Oscar Nominations

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire January 16, 2014 at 10:54AM

The Oscar nominations -- for better or worse -- are out! While the full list of nominations is here, we've already scrolled through them and picked out 10 things that people may not have seen coming.
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Saving Mr. Banks Tom Hanks Emma Thompson

The Oscar nominations -- for better or worse -- are out! While the full list of nominations is here, we've already scrolled through them and picked out 10 things that people may not have seen coming. For what it's worth:

1. "American Hustle" and "Gravity" lead the way. Not terribly surprising in itself, as both films were clearly poised to do well. But many -- including myself -- expected "12 Years a Slave" to get the most nominations this morning. Instead it got nine to the 10 that "Hustle" and "Gravity" managed. The Academy took every chance they could to nominate those two, even giving David O. Russell his second film in a row to get acting nominations in every single category (though oddly, "Hustle" was snubbed for makeup and hairstyling, which seemed like one of its surest nominations). "12 Years," on the other hand, missed out on very expected nominations for original score and cinematography, suggesting some hesitation towards the film overall.

2. Tom Hanks isn't even a one-time nominee. For a while there, it seemed like two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks would be a two-time nominee this year for his work in "Saving Mr. Banks" and "Captain Phillips." And while the hopes for the former faded considerably, he seemed like a near lock for his impressive work in "Phillips." But in the end, he didn't even manage that. Not that we can feel particularly sorry for someone who already has two Oscars, but still...

3. Neither is Emma Thompson! Probably the biggest shocker of the acting nominations was the lack of one for Hanks' "Banks" co-star Emma Thompson. We knew the best actress race was going to be tight, but it seemed like Meryl Streep or Amy Adams would be the ones that were going to miss out. But nope, it was Thompson who was excluded -- and we'll miss out on her presence come March 2nd. Once again, the Golden Globes take this one...


4. "Stories We Tell," "Blackfish" and "Tim's Vermeer" miss out on best doc nods. The best documentary category is essentially expected to be one big surprise, but for three films that were largely predicted to make the cut to miss out still surely had a few folks doing a double take at the list. "Blackfish," "Stories We Tell" and "Tim's Vermeer" were all left hanging in favor of surprise nods for "Cutie and the Boxer" and "Dirty Wars." And while the "Stories" snub does hurt pretty hard for me personally, it's still a strong lineup overall in a year that was clearly overflowing with great options.

5. "Dallas Buyers Club" dominates. While it was crystal clear "Dallas Buyers Club" was heading for acting nods for Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey, and that the chances were good it would have a best picture nomination to go along with it, the fact that it added best original screenplay, best film editing and best makeup and hairstyling to that trio goes to show there's serious love for "Dallas" in the Academy.

This article is related to: Academy Awards, Awards Season Roundup







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