Let’s All Argue About The Oscar Nominations!

Let's All Argue About The Oscar Nominations!

Oscar nominations are here! It’s time to have really strong feelings! It’s time to start betting pools with your friends! It’s time to start planning what you will wear to sit in your house and watch it! (Wait, is it only we who do that? What do the rest of you do?) It’s time to start whining about how your favorite film did not get a sufficient amount of validation! So without further adieu, it’s time to start Oscaring!


Chris Hemsworth aka Thor read the nomination announcements, but unfortunately he did not do so AS Thor, which is a crime.

Stick around to the end of this eight-mile-long list for Insider (“entertainment” “blogger”) Analysis, i.e. Thoughts and Feels! Ready, set, scroll down!

Best Picture:

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

Best Supporting Actor:

Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”
Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”
Jonah Hill, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”
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”

Best Director:

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 Actor:

Christian Bale, “American Hustle”
Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave”
Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyer’s Club”

Best Actress:

Amy Adams, “American Hustle”
Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”
Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”
Judi Dench, “Philomena”
Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County”

Best Original Screenplay:

“American Hustle”
“Blue Jasmine”
“Dallas Buyers Club”

Best Adapted Screenplay:

“Before Midnight”
“Captain Phillips”
“12 Years a Slave”
“The Wolf Of Wall Street”

Best Animated Feature:

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

Best Foreign Feature:

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

Best Visual Effects:

“The Hobbit: The Desolation”
“Iron Man 3”
“The Lone Ranger”
“Star Trek Into Darkness”

Best Cinematography:

“The Grandmaster”
“Inside Llewyn Davis”

Best Costume Design:

“American Hustle”
“The Grandmaster”
“The Great Gatsby”
“The Invisible Woman”
“12 Years a Slave”

Best Documentary Feature:

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

Best Documentary Short:

“Facing Fear”
“Karama Has No Walls”
“The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life”
“Prisoner Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall”

Best Film Editing:

“American Hustle”
“Captain Phillips”
“Dallas Buyers Club”
“12 Years a Slave”

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:

“Dallas Buyers Club”
“Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa”
“The Lone Ranger”

Best Music (Original Score):

“The Book Thief”
“Saving Mr. Banks”

Best Music (Original Song):

“Alone Yet Not Alone” from “Alone Yet Not Alone”
“Happy” from “Despicable Me”
“Let It Go” from “Frozen”
“The Moon Song” from “Her”
“Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”

Best Production Design:

“American Hustle”
“The Great Gatsby”
“12 Years a Slave”

Best Short Film, Animated:

“Get a Horse!”
“Mr. Hublot”
“Room on the Broom”

Best Short Film, Live Action:

“Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)”
“Avant Que De Tout Perdre” (Just Before Losing Everything)
” Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa?” (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)
“The Voorman Problem”

Best Sound Editing:

“All Is Lost”
“Captain Phillips”
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
“The Lone Survivor”


Best Sound Mixing:

“Captain Phillips”
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
“Inside Llewyn Davis”
“Lone Survivor”

Here are my quick and dirty feelings about certain Oscar things.

I still think it is weird that we now nominate ten films — which is more films than many people watch in a year — for Best Picture.

I love “American Hustle,” but there’s no way it should have been the film with the tippy-top most nominations. It’s good, but it’s not that good. I think people are captivated by the sense that it is a pitch-perfect film, period-wise. What it really is, however, is something that relies upon the “oh wow look at his hair! LOOK AT THAT SUIT!” effect to get attention, and those things don’t need to be rewarded as highly as they are. It shouldn’t be a shutout, but it shouldn’t sweep.

I actually wouldn’t mind seeing Julia Roberts take home Best Supporting Actress for “August: Osage County” and I say that as an inveterate Julia Roberts hater.

Similarly, I do not think it is weird that we’re seeing Jonah Hill get a nomination for Best Supporting Actor in “The Wolf Of Wall Street.” If Leonardo DiCaprio is Scorsese’s new Robert De Niro, Hill is his new Joe Pesci. Not sure if he should win, but the nomination is deserved.

“Twenty Feet From Stardom,” the documentary about backup singers, should win Best Documentary, hands down. If you haven’t seen it yet, see it. Even if you don’t like documentaries. Hell, even if you don’t like music. It’s that good.

I’m happy to see “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” shut out of everything but the technical categories because the Academy really needs to stop rewarding Peter Jackson’s excessive tendencies.

“Gravity” will — and should — win something, but I suspect it may be limited to a technical award or two, even though I personally think Bullock was great enough to win, as was Cuaron as director.

“Jackass: Bad Grandpa” should not win anything, even for Best Makeup, because it is a Jackass movie and really?

U2’s “Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” should not win, because Bono should not be given a chance to give yet another speech like he did at the Golden Globes about how he personally ended apartheid.

Please do not give Woody Allen an award for anything. Full stop.

Put your strong feels, which I am sure differ radically from mine, because that is how Oscar nominations work, in the comments.

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