The 2014 Oscar Nominations: Sound Off!


The Oscar nominations are out, and you have some tough truths to explain to your kids. For instance, Emma Thompson is not an Oscar nominee for her work in Saving Mr. Banks, but Jonah Hill is now a two-time Oscar nominee thanks to his newest nod for The Wolf of Wall Street. Surely the biggest surprise is that Robert Redford was snubbed for All Is Lost in favor of Christian Bale in American Hustle, which should upset anyone who likes believable human beings in movies. And of course: That underdog of underdogs Oprah Winfrey was snubbed in favor of Sally Hawkins in Blue Jasmine, which is actually no surprise considering Lee Daniels’ The Butler tumbled from contention months ago and Hawkins was overlooked rather famously for her well-received starring role in Happy Go Lucky.

Though I’d really have liked to see Oscar Isaac also make this tally, I’m mostly a fan of these nominations. It seems like my two favorite performances of the year, Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine and Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club, are going to run off with wins.

Your turn! What do you think of the noms? Full list here:

Best Picture
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
12 Years a Slave
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 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 Supporting Actress
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska

Original Screenplay
American Hustle
Blue Jasmine
Dallas Buyers Club

Adapted Screenplay
Before Midnight
Captain Phillips
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

Animated Film
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Ernest and Celestine
The Wind Rises

The Act of Killing
Cutie and the Boxer
Dirty Wars
The Square
Twenty Feet from Stardom

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 Original Song
“Alone Yet Not Alone” from Alone
“Happy” from Despicable Me 2 (Pharrell Williams)
“Let It Go” from Frozen
“The Moon Song” from Her (Karen O., Spike Jonze)
“Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (U2)

For a full list of nominations, check out the official Oscar site.