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Oscar Nominations. They're Finally Here!

Refresh your screens for periodic updates. Some of the type if funky on this page but I copied and pasted from Oscar's site so whatever they had in their coding travelled. 

And the nominees are...


  • 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
  • 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

Instant Reaction: a perfect score for me again in terms of predictions (I thought they might end with Philomena but if 9 then Her) but I really wish they'd just go back to 10 or, even better, 5. 9 is a stupid number. As per usual the Best Picture nominees really dominated all awardage with a total of 61 nominations between them.


Gravity and American Hustle led with 10 nominations each

Secondary Reaction: I had expected 12 Year a Slave to lead the nominations but despite a hefty nomination total egregious snubs happened in the tech fields. No Cinematography is virtually unfathomable but it happened. 


  • 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

Instant Reaction: All that time I took worrying about whether it would be Robert Redford or Leonardo DiCaprio was pointless since it was Christian Bale that threw Redford AND Hanks off their boats... I'm sad about the latter because Tom Hanks did his best work since at least 1992 in that picture.



  • Bradley cooper AMERICAN HUSTLE
  • michael fassbender 12 YEARS A SLAVE

Instant reaction: one of my only 100% correct categories. I'd be way said for Daniel Brühl if not for the category fraud.


  • cate Blanchett BLUE JASMINE
  • sandra Bullock GRAVITY
  • Judi Dench PHILOMENA
  • meryl streep AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY

Instant Reaction: Genuinely surprised it was Emma Thompson who got the boot. I prefer her to all but one of these nominations, truth be told. But the Adams and Streep nominations just go to show you that being in a movie people love and/or being a reflexive vote is the way to go to rack up nominations.


  • sally Hawkins BLUE JASMINE
  • Jennifer lawrence AMERICAN HUSTLE
  • lupita nyong’o 12 YEARS A SLAVE
  • Julia roberts AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
  • June squibb NEBRASKA 

Instant Reaction: HAWKINS!!! 

Secondary Long Planned Reaction: Jennifer Lawrence's Oscar Breaking Trajectory. "The Youngest To..."

David O. Russell has now accomplished a rare feat in back to back years. Directing a nominee in EACH acting category


  • 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

Instant Reaction: No Monsters University is not sad but if ever they owed a disposable sequel nod to make up for an atrocious shafting of an original (Shrek over Monsters Inc is the grossest thing they've done in terms of Animated Feature wins)


  • The Grandmaster Philippe Le Sourd
  • Gravity Emmanuel Lubezki
  • Inside Llewyn Davis Bruno Delbonnel
  • Nebraska Phedon Papamichael
  • Prisoners Roger A. Deakins

Instant Reaction:  Sean Bobbit (12 Years a Slave) left on the outside of this is probably, bar none, the single most appaling decisino the Academy made. I'm considering him for my win. And for what? Nebraska because black and white? No.

The Invisible WomanCOSTUME 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

Instant Reaction: beautiful list!

Secondary Reaction: I have two interviews coming up from this nominee pool. Stay tuned. 


  • American Hustle David O. Russell
  • Gravity Alfonso Cuarón
  • Nebraska Alexander Payne
  • 12 Years a Slave Steve McQueen
  • The Wolf of Wall Street Martin Scorsese

Instant Reaction: ugh on Scorsese getting this over Spike Jonze for Her. 


  • 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

Instant Reaction: As far as I know I was the only pundit who never once believed that Stories We Tell would be nominated but that doesn't mean I'm happy to be right. Great movie... but this category just hates it when filmmakers push the form.

Instant Reaction #2: No Blackfish? Huh. I thought that would win.


  • Cavedigger Jeffrey Karoff
  • Facing Fear Jason Cohen
  • Karama Has No Walls Sara Ishaq
  • The Lady in Number Six: Music Saved My Life  Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed
  • Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall  Edgar Barens 

Instant Reaction: I can't wait to see Cavedigger. Looks so cool.


  • 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

Instant Reaction: I really wonder if this wouldn't have been your Best Picture list in ye olden times of 5 nominees with Dallas as the surprise fifth slotter despite no directing nomination

Later: Oh, no Thelma Schoonmaker. I guess some editors could see the strain in getting that thing down to 180 minutes. 


  • Broken circle Breakdown Belgium
  • The Great Beauty Italy 
  • The Hunt Denmark 
  • The Missing Picture Cambodia 
  • Omar Palestine

Instant Reaction: I'm so pleased to see The Missing Picture nominated. And the Grandmaster can't even feel snubbed since it got nominations in other categories.


  • Dallas Buyers Club Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews
  • Bad Grandpa Stephen Prouty
  • The Lone Ranger  Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny

Instant Reaction: No American Hustle? What is this branch even doing? 


  • The Book Thief John Williams
  • Gravity Steven Price
  • Her William Butler and Owen Pallett
  • Philomena Alexandre Desplat
  • Saving Mr Banks Thomas Newman

Instant Reaction: Ladies and gentlemen, the gentlemen's club would like to honor... the same people they always honor. Join us on March 2nd forzzz (although the Her score is a nice surprise)


  • Alone yet not Alone ALONE YET NOT ALONE Music by Bruce Broughton Lyric by Dennis Spiegel
  • Happy DESPICABLE ME 2 Music and Lyric by Pharrell Williams
  • let it Go FROZEN Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
  • the moon song HER Music by Karen O Lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze
  • ordinary love MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM Music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Lyric by Paul Hewson

Instant Reaction: After watching the trailer to Alone Yet Not Alone I am midlly terrified that it gets to call itself an Oscar nominee. But I haven't heard the song so I'll shut up. Still... this category. What to do about it?

So happy to see K.K. Barrett recognized for "Her"


  • 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

Instant Reaction: As long as they gave me Her I was going to be good with it.


  • 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


  • That Wasnt Me Esteban Crespo
  • Just Before Losing Everything Xavier Legrand and Alexandre Gavras
  • Helium Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson
  • Do I have to take care of everything? Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka Saari
  • The Voorman Problem  Mark Gill and Baldwin Li 


  • 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


Instant reaction: really happy to see All is Lost in here.


  • 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

Instant Reaction: Why must they continue nominating the Hobbit for things. Peter Jackson had his chance. And was amply rewarded for it for three consecutive years.

Each Iron Man film is nominated for 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

Instant Reaction: No Pacific Rim but Star Trek? Hmmm


  • 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


Instant Reaction: I've already griped enough about my feeling that sequels should not be "adapted" (sorry Before Midnight)... they're merely continuations. But the nomination I don't get here is Wolf of Wall Street since we've heard over and over again that the actors just improvised every scene (and it shows, for better and worse)


  • 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

Instant Reaction: The WGA list again, right? 

The Live Stream Such As It Was...
Chris Hemsworth is tall. And his voice... oh my

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Reader Comments (132)

ugh jonah hill...

go sally!

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermarcelo

meryl in, thompson out...

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermarcelo

When I heard Sally Hawkins was in, I let out a scream, and when I heard June Squibb was in, I let out another one!

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobMiles

Oh no! No Oprah, No Tom Hanks, no Emma Thompson.

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPJ

all four acting nominees again for russell!

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermarcelo

If you wanna get an Oscar nomination as an actor, star in a David O Russell film! Fact.

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRami

18th Oscar nomination!!!!!๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

Wow... quite a few snubs this morning.

I'm extremely upset Young and Beautiful didn't get nominated for Best Song.

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip H.

I knew Christian Bale would make it! So that marks the second time his actors have covered every category...WOW.

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBia

My dear Bruhl....started it off sad.

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrianZ

Yay no Oprah but nay no Tom Hanks. :(

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSad man

I wanted hanks in.

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermarcelo

The minute I heard Hill's name, I know Dicaprio would get in for actor. Hoping Emma Thompson will still show up at the Oscars and just entertain the heck out of us.

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRami

Will take hours to sink in all around, but I am surprised for them going for Bale in American Hustle. I think he's quite good in it, yet in such a packed Actor year, I do feel like that part wasn't showy enough to get in the five for the Academy.

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrianZ

I still have to make up my mind on "TWoWS" (I read too much comments about it, and it tends to influence on me, so I wanna take time to do that), but there's something I'm sure, is that Jonah Hill is amazing in it. Also, yay for Meryl.

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMe34

I was happy to see them go right back to the straight-up announcements (and no commentary). Sad Jonze didn't get in.

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterzig

I was very uncomfortable leaving Meryl out of my predix. Shoulda listened to my gut!

DOR gets four acting nominees two films in a row. Yikes!

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEvan

Wow, have we ever seen so many power players surprisingly snubbed morning of? I somehow suspected the Emma snub, no matter that I didn't want it. Bale's inclusion seems the biggest surprise and surely will convince a lot of people of the picture's ability to win.

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

Can't believe the snubbed Hanks and Stories we tell :O

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarlos

"gravity" and "american hustle" both with 10 nominations.

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermarcelo

Maybe some Academy members put down his name as Tam Honks in their ballots ? ;-)

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRami

Merry Xmas Nathaniel!

Very happy for Sally Hawkins. Incredibly sad for Tom Hanks.

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Wow. The Wolf of Wall Street banner ad on the side of this page already says "Academy Award nominee Leonardo Dicaprio." That was fast.

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDJDeeJay

I will say when they keep listing off names for Best Pic I keep thinking of meaningless that category has become... I want my top 5 back

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

One of my last-minute, no guts no glory predictions was that all 4 American Hustle leads would be nominated... I'm shocked that this actually happened, especially since Bale got in over Hanks (WTF?!?!?!) AND Phoenix.

I let out screams of joy for Before Midnight, Her in Best Picture, and Sally Hawkins (even though I wouldn't have nominated her myself. I just like her).

THRILLED for The Grandmaster's cinematography and costume noms. Also for Her in production design and score. How in the world did American Hustle miss the makeup and hairstyling nom? Sad that The Great Gatsby missed for score and song.

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdenny

Biggest surprise of all might be American Hustle not getting in for Hairstyling and Make up

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

Boring. Happiest about Sally Hawkins but I was really hoping for a really out of left field nomination to shake things up a bit.

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered Commentero.s.

Adams + Hill - Thompson - Hanks = Travesty of Justice

Thanks be to the gods for the Sally Hawkins nomination.

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCharlieG

lol @ TFE's ghetto caplock realness.

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAllen

Let's see, all the snubs I can wrap my head around...

Paul Greengrass, Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Daniel Bruhl, Oprah. I'm sure there are more.

I'm at least happy Sally Hawkins got a deserved nomination.

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip H.

Hanks was soo good. I'm bummed he didn't make it.

Surprised that Oprah didn't make it.

Disappointed for Emma Thompson, Paul Greengrass

Excited for Sally Hawkins and 4/4 in acting two years in a row for DOR.

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTravis

HER for production design!!

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterParanoid Android

I'm happy Her got five nominations: Picture, screenplay, song, score and production design.

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSad man

Yikes - looks like the overrated American Hustle might win Best Pic after all.

Bale and Adams - both underserving given that Redford, Hanks, Phoenix and Thompson all miss out.

Happy to see Streep in. She was superb in August.

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBette Streep

So now we have "two time Academy Award nominee" Jonah Hill AND Bradley Cooper??? Who could have predicted THAT five years ago...

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterK

NOW that Best Pic is the "everybody gets in" club, it seems to be the category we care about least. Me certainly.

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarsha Mason

Make up category is a joke. Surely Dallas Buyers Club has that in the bag, right? There's no way Bad Grandpa or The Lone Ranger is winning an Oscar.

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPJ

Random thoughts:

โ€ข After three years' running, I think it's safe to say that 9 Best Picture nominees is the presumptive mean. (Median? One of those.)

โ€ข I remember when Captain Phillips seemed to be fading from the Best Picture ranking and thinking to myself, "As long as Paul Greengrass is likely to be nominated, Captain Phillips will stay in the hunt." Funny how that worked out.

โ€ข I also remember thinking Tom Hanks would be get two nominations this year. Like, 30 minutes ago I was thinking that.

โ€ข The lack of anything major for Inside Llewyn Davis should confirm our suspicions that A Serious Man was nominee #10 four years ago.

โ€ข Barkhad Abdi! Called it months ago and never lost faith.

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJ.P.

Wow, Grandmaster in costume design.

Double nomination for Catherine Martin again.

Nearly a complete shutout for Inside Llewyn Davis is kinda surprising too.

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTravis

Two-time Academy Award nominee Jonah Hill starring in...

I can't wait to see which mediocre comedy will dare to market themselves with that fact first. 22 Jump Street has the time advantage, but would that film be marketed that way? I'm thinking Sausage Party will be the first to do it for comedy's sake next year.

I was so happy for Sally Hawkins and Karen O (who should be on her 4th nomination--score and song for Where the Wild Things Are, song for Frankenweenie) that I almost forgot that it looks like 11 films cover the bulk of the nominations: Best Picture + Blue Jasmine and August: Osage County.

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobert G

complete shutout for "the butler" and "rush".

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermarcelo

waiting for someone to claim streep sabotaged thompson with the NBR thing.

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermarcelo

I'm sorry but Short Term 12 was ripped off!!!!! Not even 1 friggin nomination that's bullshit and everybody knows it

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdavid

What if there had only been 5? I bet it would've been:

"American Hustle"
"12 Years a Slave"
"Dallas Buyers Club"
"The Wolf of Wall Street"

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterParanoid Android

I have to let this out of my chest: David O Russell has got to be the most overrated director in Oscar history. How on earth does he make two so-so movies back-to-back and yet gets so much love from the Academy?

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPJ

PJ, I completely agree. :/ Silver Linings Playbook was much worse in my opinion, but American Hustle isn't better enough to warrant the increased amount of love it's gotten.

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip H.

Marcelo , except Streep was the one that got the 'negative' press and not Thompson.

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRami



January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

rami - I agree with you, but there are people who claimed that at the time.

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermarcelo

Adams over Thompson? I called that in late November. :)

So, so happy about the nomination for Sally Hawkins!

January 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMike M.

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