Jan 17, 2014


The Academy announces the 2014 Oscar Nominations with a more prestige appeal this year. The Shortlists were revealed this morning by Actor Chris Hemsworth and Academy
of Motion Picture President Cheryl Boone Isaacs.

After a lukewarm reception to host Seth Macfarlane last year, Ellen Degeneres is back at the reigns!

Degeneres will return as ringleader for the second time in her career. Sure to bring in the viewers, the ratings, and every member of the LGBT community! But in case she falls short this year’s highly impressive list of nominees will have her back.

Some critics thought 2014 would be the year for the AARP (aka Redford, Dern), but with DiCaprio, Bale, McConaughey, Cooper, Fassbender, Leto and Pitt all receiving noms this morning, their appearances alone are sure to garner more sex appeal and more viewers in the teenage boy demo than Jerry Sandusky himself.

Pitt’s Film 12 years A Slave received a total of 9 nominations this morning falling right behind American Hustle and Gravity who both tied with ten. All three films were lock-in’s for ‘Best Picture’. Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyer’s Club, Her, Philomena and The Wolf Of Wall Street filled in the remaining spots. Although the Academy allows ten pictures total to be nominated, only 9 received recognition. Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine noticeably snubbed here. Perhaps the Academy grew tired of honoring the phantom ghost who never attends the ceremony!

That theory holds no truth because Allen was nominated for ‘Original Screenplay’. Eric Warren Singer and David. O. Russell’s American Hustle, Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack’s The Dallas Buyers Club, Spike Jonze’s Her and Bob Nelson’s Nebraska also received writing accolades this morning in the ‘Original Screenplay’ category. With Gravity being overlooked here, Alfonso Cuaron’s film still managed to lead the race with a total of ten nominations as mentioned above, including – Sandra Bullock for ‘Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role’.  Amy Adams- American Hustle, Cate Blanchett- Blue Jasmine, Judi Dench- Philomena and the one and only Meryl – no last name needed but I’ll say it anyway – Streep August:Osage County all provide 2009 winner Bullock with cutthroat competition.

All of these women have previously taken home Oscar except Adams. Although her nomination comes as no surprise. O’Russell has become notorious over the last few years for directing his actors into Oscar wins. He did it with Bale in 2010’s The Fighter an achievement the duo could repeat this year. Bale stole a spot on the Best Actor’s list this morning. A shock maybe, but McConaughey’s nomination for ‘Performance By An Actor in a Leading Role’ in Dallas Buyers Club was not.  It is the most captivating portrayal of a man struggling with AIDS since Tom Hanks took home the golden statue for his leading performance in Philadelphia over a decade ago.

Too bad Hanks didn’t dance with death again; he wouldn’t have been snubbed so badly this year by the Academy – twice. His performance in Captain Phillips being the biggest snub of the morning. Chiwetel Ejiofor- 12 Years A Slave, Bruce Dern- Nebraska and Leo DiCaprio- The Wolf Of Wall Street all grabbed Best Acting nominations joining McConaughey and Bale. This isDiCaprio’s 4th Oscar Nomination in his career; he has lost every single time since first being nominated in 1994. Since he has never won and because Jordan Belfort’s biggest affliction was money and drugs rather than a life- threatening disease, it ain’t looking too good – sadly.

Even if all bets are on McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club, DiCaprio will surely be in attendance supporting all the other nominations The Wolf Of Wall Street also grabbed including ‘Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role’. And no that did not go to Mr. McConaughey although his performance in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ was nothing shy of impressive, Jonah Hill was recognized instead. Jared Leto took home the a nod for his role as Rayon in the  Dallas Buyers Club- surely the biggest lock-in on the entire list which also includes Michael Fassbender- 12 Years A Slave, Barkhad Abdi-Captain Phillips, Bradley Cooper- American Hustle.  The late James Gandolfini- Enough Said was left off the list as a posthumous nominee.


Perhaps the most notable snub this morning was Oprah in the Best Supporting Actress category. However, the well-deserved nominees did include Lupita Nyong’O- 12 Years A Slave, Julia Roberts- August: Osage County, June Squibb- Nebraska, Jennifer Lawrence- American Hustle, and Sally Hawkins- Blue Jasmine.

For ‘Best Adapted Screenplay,’ the nominees included Billy Ray for Captain Phillips, John Ridley- 12 Years A Slave, Terence Winter- The Wolf Of Wall Street, Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope- Philomena and Richard Linklater, Julie Deply, Ethan Hawke- Before Midnight.

The most predictable category of the broadcast ‘Achievement in Directing’ offered no surprises as expected. David O. Russel- American Hustle, Alfonso Cuaron- Gravitity, Alexander Payne- Nebraska, Steven McQueen- 12 Years A Slave and shortest but definitely not least – Martin Scorsese- The Wolf of Wall Street all secured nominations.

If Ellen can bring in half the number of F-bombs Scorsese gave us in The Wolf of Wall Street in ratings this year, the 86th Academy Awards – airing March 2nd on ABC – could be the highest rated show of the year surpassing the upcoming Super-Bowl. Tune in!