86th Academy Award Nominees


Gather around ladies and gentlemen…. It’s almost time for the Oscars! 2013 was an incredible year for film, with exceptional performances and brilliant film making. The nominees for the 86th Academy Awards are….

Best Picture
“American Hustle”
”Captain Phillips”
”Dallas Buyers Club”
**”12 Years a Slave” **
”The Wolf of Wall Street”

Actor in a Leading Role
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”

Actress in a Leading Role
Amy Adams, “American Hustle”
**Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”**
Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”
Judi Dench, “Philomena”
Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County”

Actor in a Supporting Role
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”**

Actress in a Supporting Role
Sally Hawkins, “Blue Jasmine”’
Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”
**Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”**
Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”
June Squibb, “Nebraska”

David O. Russell, “American Hustle”
**Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”**
Alexander Payne, “Nebraska”
Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”
Martin Scorsese, “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Foreign Language Film
“The Broken Circle Breakdown,” Belgium
“The Great Beauty,” Italy
**”The Hunt,” Denmark**
“The Missing Picture,” Cambodia
“Omar,” Palestine

Adapted Screenplay
Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, “Before Midnight”
Billy Ray, “Captain Phillips”
Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, “Philomena”
**John Ridley, “12 Years a Slave”**
Terence Winter, “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Original Screenplay
Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell, “American Hustle”
Woody Allen, “Blue Jasmine”
Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack, “Dallas Buyers Club”
**Spike Jonze, “Her”**
Bob Nelson, “Nebraska”

Animated Feature Film
“The Croods”
“Despicable Me 2”
“Ernest & Celestine”
“The Wind Rises”

Production Design
“American Hustle”
**”The Great Gatsby” **
”12 Years a Slave”

“The Grandmaster”
”Inside Llewyn Davis”

Sound Mixing
“Captain Phillips”
**”Gravity” **
”The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
”Inside Llewyn Davis”
”Lone Survivor”

Sound Editing
**”All Is Lost”**
”Captain Phillips”
”The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
”Lone Survivor”

Original Score
“The Book Thief,” John Williams
**”Gravity,” Steven Price**
“Her,” William Butler and Owen Pallett
“Philomena,” Alexandre Desplat
“Saving Mr. Banks,” Thomas Newman

Original Song
“Alone Yet Not Alone” from “Alone Yet Not Alone,” Bruce Broughton and Dennis Spiegel
**“Happy” from “Despicable Me 2,” Pharrell Williams**
“Let It Go” from “Frozen,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
“The Moon Song” from “Her,” Karen O and Spike Jonze
“Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen

Costume Design
**”American Hustle”**
”The Grandmaster”
”The Great Gatsby”
”The Invisible Woman”
”12 Years a Slave”

Documentary Feature
“The Act of Killing”
”Cutie and the Boxer”
”Dirty Wars”
**”The Square” **
”20 Feet from Stardom”

Documentary (short subject)
”Facing Fear”
”Karama Has No Walls”
”The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life”
**”Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall”**

Film Editing
**”American Hustle”**
”Captain Phillips”
”Dallas Buyers Club”
”12 Years a Slave”

Makeup and Hairstyling
**”Dallas Buyers Club”**
”Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa”
”The Lone Ranger”

Animated Short Film
”Get a Horse!”
”Mr. Hublot”
**”Room on the Broom”**

Live Action Short Film
“Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)”
**”Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just before Losing Everything)”**
”Pitaako Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)”
”The Voorman Problem”

Visual Effects
”The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
”Iron Man 3″
”The Lone Ranger”
”Star Trek Into Darkness”


Here’s a little rationale behind my choices for the big ticket awards…

Actor in a Leading Role – Chiwetel Ejiofor


As with any awards season, the word “snub” is being tossed around quite cavalierly. Notably, a lot of people are quite offended with the fact that Oscar Isaac, Joaquin Phoenix, Robert Redford and Tom Hanks have been left out of the running for best actor in a leading role. Personally, I love the talent in this category. There’s not one person nominated in this category that I could justifiably remove – there’s solid competition for the statue.
With respect to Christian Bale and Bruce Dern – Chiwetel Ejiofor, Leonardo DiCaprio and Matthew McConaughey have a real shot at winning this thing. Fresh off of wins from the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards, Matthew McConaughey has had a bit of a career renaissance. His performance is Dallas Buyers Club is fantastic and worthy of the praise. DiCaprio (the “comedian”?) has also won the same awards, albeit in the comedy/musical categories. Sorry Leo, I just don’t think it’s your year.
Even with all that praise for Matthew McConaughey coming into the final Academy Awards stretch – I’d love to see an ‘upset’ win for Chiwetel Ejiofor- who was the heart and soul of 12 Years a Slave. The depth of emotion he conveys through his eyes alone is incredible. In my opinion, his performance towers over the others – a powerhouse performance!

Actress in a Leading Role – Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine
Cate Blanchett has dominated the awards circuit for her brilliant performance in Blue Jasmine. She’s the clear frontrunner with Amy Adams chasing at her heels.
I’m a fan of both of these phenomenal women. I love Amy Adams’ smart and sexy performance as a con artist in American Hustle – but Cate Blanchett is exceptional as the blunt and franky crazy lead in Blue Jasmine. Cate for the win.

Actor in a Supporting Role – Jared Leto

Leto gave an amazing performance as Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club. His physical transformation aside – Leto’s outstanding portrayal of the soft-spoken Rayon is uplifting and brilliant. Leto’s biggest competition here is Michael Fassbender, with his portrayal of Edwin Epps – a complex character dripping with hate and violence – which was brought to life with absolute ferocity. Two completely different and deserving roles, but when #TeamRayon is trending on Twitter – you know that there’s a clear frontrunner in the supporting actor category.

Actress in a Supporting Role – Lupita Nyong’o

Even though Jennifer Lawrence is America’s Sweetheart (I really do like her) – Lupita Nyong’o cannot lose this. I’ve been raving about Lupita Nyong’o and her remarkable and thoroughly heartbreaking performance since the premiere of 12 Years a Slave at TIFF. Her portrayal of Patsey left audiences haunted and enraptured. A strong and deserving performance that still hasn’t left me.

Directing – Alfonso Cuaron

Gravity is wonderfully filmed, and technically masterful. Alfonso Cuaron’s work is literally out of this world. Building on wins at the Golden Globes and BCFA’s, I think Cuaron will continue his winning streak at the Oscars.

Best Picture – 12 Years a Slave

I love so many of the films in this category – but my pick is 12 Years a Slave.
It is moving, unflinching and important. While the difficult subject matter and viciously violent imagery might be too much for some audiences – there’s an underlying beauty to the work. The film as a whole is bolstered by unforgettable performances from its lead (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and supporting cast (Lupita Nyong’o and Michael Fassbender) as well as its magnificent direction (Steve McQueen). 12 Years a Slave has already won the Golden Globe for Best Dramatic Feature of the year – it’s carrying some great momentum into the Academy Awards.
12 Years a Slave also took home the Toronto International Film Festival People’s Choice Award for best film – usually a great indicator of best picture winners in the past.

Ellen Degeneres is hosting this year’s show – which should provide for a few laughs throughout the never-ending broadcast. Looking forward to seeing some of my favourite talents walk the red carpet and hopefully accept some awards!


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