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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  • It bums me out a little that Julianne Nicholson wasn’t nominated for August: Osage County. I thought she was every bit as good, but less show-boaty than Streep or Roberts.Also, I firmly second not giving U2 anything. At the Golden Globes I was hoping for Kerry Washington to go all Olivia Pope and jump onstage as soon as Bono opened his mouth to SHUT IT DOWN. Didn’t happen, but a girl can dream.

    • I thought she was lovely as well. I found her meh on Law and Order and I think her part in Masters of Sex is just too narrowly written to give her any range, but she was lovely in this. I liked Roberts, though, because I think the fact that she is sometimes a flat actress works in her favor here because this is a character who critically lacks some self-awareness and reflection. I feel like the film got short shrift because it’s perceived as sort of a lady drama, but I loved it. LOVED>

      • jfruh

        I saw the play and it was great and SUPER SUPER grim, but all the ads for the movie make it look like a mildly dark comedy about a kooky family? Not sure if the movie takes that tone or if that’s just the marketing.

        • oh no, movie is dark as all get out, but the marketing is terrible. the ads basically took the painful but grimly funny dinner scene and chopped it up and made it look uproarious, but the movie isn’t like that at all.

      • Yeah, I saw her on some short-lived supernatural series years back (The Others?) and thought she was good in it, but liked her less in L&O etc.. Agreed on Roberts as well, inspired casting. I liked the movie, but part of me is sad that William Friedkin didn’t direct it, because he did such a good job adapting other Letts plays (and would likely not have tacked on that extra bit at the end).

  • jfruh

    I know “20 Feet From Stardom” is great, but have you SEEN “The Act of Killing”? Definitely one of the weirdest/scariest/most horrifying/most intense/most “important”/best documentaries, or, hell, movies of any sort I’ve ever seen. It’s on Netflix streaming now, everyone should check it out.

    • this is the killers reenact killings one, right? i’m going to have to gird my loins for that — definitely looks intense but grueling.

      • jfruh

        It is, and it is. Though it’s also hilarious in parts. Dunno about the Netflix version but in the theater the director had a little filmed prologue where talked about its background and said “This isn’t a funny movie, but it’s OK to laugh at some things in it.”

        • Homestar

          That wasn’t in the Netflix copy, I don’t think. Or I’m misremembering it.

      • austinburns

        The reenactments don’t take up too much screen time. The whole movie is just fascinating on many levels.

      • Homestar

        You must watch The Act of Killing. It is one of the craziest, most disquieting films I’ve ever seen.

  • TheLifeSilica

    I’d love to see Jackass win as a poke in the eye to the whole silly process. Also, Jackass does something you don’t see anymore: good slapstick. Yeah, a lot of it is just plain dumb and juvenile. But at its best, it is pure, slapsticky glee.Meanwhile, fuck Scorcese’s masturbatory tribute to a criminal.And best original song? Space Worms, from The History of Future Folk (despite the clip’s date, the movie was released in 2013).https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoIha7xHKSo

  • Farb

    I would like to thank The Academy, but will withdraw my nomination for Best Movie Goer on the basis of not having seen any of these masterworks. Also, I apologize for having a subscription to Netflix and for waiting until all the hoopla dies down. Thank you, to all those who have supported me through the long and arduous years of sitting through Sandler movies, eating stale popcorn. You know who you are.

    • Homestar

      Fer real, I’m not paying 7 bucks or whatever to rent this stuff just so I can see it before the ceremony. I shall wait till Netflix adds them to the DVD list (because they’re not gonna be on streaming, let’s be honest), and then I shall wait the “Long wait”, and then it’ll probably be September.

  • Jennifer Lawrence had about ten minutes of screen time in American Hustle. I think she’s great, but she’s practically a featured extra. Not deserving of a nomination.Also, American Hustle not nominated for hair and makeup? I think Gravity should win stuff, but it will all be 12 Years a Slave because Serious Subject Matter and Wolf of Wall Street because Scorsese. I didn’t much like Dallas Buyer’s Club as a movie, but hell yes for those acting nominations.

    • Ugh, Ross Douthat just tweeted something very similar to my comments about Gravity and 12 Years a Slave, so I must be wrong. Please ignore.

  • Ambignostic

    I’m probably the last person on earth to do a double-take seeing the name of the director of 12 Years A Slave, but I’m certainly not the first.

    • Annie Towne

      He’s been around for a while. He wrote and directed Shame in 2011, and before that, wrote and directed Hunger, both with Michael Fassbender. McQueen is British.

  • austinburns

    I did really good this year! Of the major awards, I only need to see Captain Phillips, August: Osage County, Blue Jasmine, and Before Midnight (but I need to see Sunrise and Sunset first). And then of the lesser awards, the only ones I really want to get to are The Grandmaster and All Is Lost.And I don’t really have any gripes with the nominations! I’m not seeing anything that would really make me mad if it won. Pretty good year for movies!

  • Annie Towne

    I don’t have broadcast TV so I missed Bono’s notorious speech. I can’t find any clips of it that aren’t voice-overed by foreign-language translations for some reason. Does anyone have a link that I may have missed? I hate not getting all the jokes I’ve heard.I actually would like American Hustle to win because it’s not the typical Oscar nominee. 12 Years is too obvious (plus I haven’t seen it yet–am waiting for DVD so I can give myself breaks throughout). I don’t know. I used to be a filmmaker, and the idea of “best” of any art form is anathema to me. The whole idea is just very strange.

  • Homestar

    The only two movies I’ve seen up for best picture are Philomena and Gravity. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Philomena, but it’s not anywhere near the level of Gravity (in terms of hype, star power, production costs etc.), or I’m assuming American Hustle and Wolf of Wall Street. On the one hand I’m glad that people will go see it and Steve Coogan will get money to write more movies, but on the other I kind of don’t get it.