It’s that time of year again folks! The nominations for the 86th Academy Awards/Oscars has been released. Overall I’m impressed with the list, with the exception that I’m REALLY MAD that Emma Thompson was not nominated for Best Actress for Saving Mr. Banks. That is an absolute travesty of the highest order of orders.
David O Russell – American Hustle
Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity
Alexander Payne – Nebraska
Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave
Martin Scorsese – The Wolf of Wall Street
Predicted winner: Alfonso Cuarón HANDS DOWN
BEST 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
Predicted winner: This is genuinely really difficult as I’ve only seen Dallas Buyers Club thus far. I’m very happy DiCaprio was nominated, just because he’s missed out numerous times. I’ve heard Chiwetel Ejiofor is phenomenal. I thought McConaughey was great, but I think it’s between DiCaprio and Ejiofor.
P.S – Where is Tam Honks?! er… I mean Tom Hanks?!
BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE:
Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
Amy Adams – American Hustle
Sandra Bullock – Gravity
Judi Dench – Philomena
Meryl Streep – August Osage County
Predicted winner: WHERE IS EMMA THOMPSON?!?!? Seriously, she was impeccable in Saving Mr. Banks. I’m personally annoyed Adèle Exarchopoulos wasn’t nominated for her amazing work in Blue is the Warmest Colour.
I watched Blue Jasmine the other day and I thought Blanchett was incredible. Although Amy Adams is quickly becoming another sympathy vote like DiCaprio, I think Blanchett will take it.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Bradley Cooper – American Hustle
Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips
Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave
Jonah Hill – The Wolf of Wall Street
Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club
Predicted winner: Daniel Brühl was on a nomination roll: a Golden Globe, BAFTA and a Screen Actor Guild nomination for his role as Nicki Lauda in Rush. Alas, it seems the Academy weren’t as impressed. I’m personally rooting for Barkhad Abdi (even though he won’t win) solely because this is his debut film. A guy from Somalia moves to USA, becomes a cab driver in Minnesota, auditions for a film and gets the part alongside Tom Hanks. That’s the Hollywood dream right? I became aware halfway through watching Captain Phillips just how great Abdi and his crew were. The winner will absolutely be Jared Leto though, who I thought was thoroughly fantastic.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave
Sally Hawkins – Blue Jasmine
Julia Roberts – August Osage County
June Squibb – Nebraska
Predicted winner: Even though it would have been nice to see Oprah Winfrey here, I can fully understand why she didn’t make the cut. Her performance was good, but not THAT good. I’ve heard/read fantastic things about both Squibb and Nyong’o. Lawrence took another Golden Globe on Sunday however, so that could shake it up a bit. I thought Sally Hawkins was good in Blue Jasmine, but I don’t fully understand the nomination. Winner – don’t know!
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM:
Ernest & Celestine
Predicted winner: Haven’t seen any of them, probably Frozen just based on a hunch, and it’s Disney. Oh and Metacritic.
BEST 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
Predicted winner: I’d love to see Before Midnight win this, the dialogue was extremely lengthy, intelligent, wordy, and impressively conversational. You could have been watching a real life couple and not known the difference. I wasn’t captivated by the film as a whole overall though, I didn’t feel like I could take anything away from it. Delpy annoyed me in it too, she comes across haughty, high maintenance and agitated by everything.
BEST 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
Predicted winner: Either Blue Jasmine or Her….. probably Her for unique reasons.
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:
The Great Beauty (Italy)
The Hunt (Denmark)
The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium)
The Missing Picture (Cambodia)
Predicted winner: I’m very surprised Asghar Farhadi’s ‘The Past’ didn’t make this cut, giving that he won a couple of years ago for the outstanding ‘A Separation’. Also surprised, but less surprised that Blue is the Warmest Colour didn’t make it either. I can understand why it didn’t.
Haven’t seen any of them yet however, The Great Beauty has been popping up everywhere.
BEST ORIGINAL SONG:
Let It Go – Frozen
Ordinary Love – Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Alone Yet Not Alone – Alone Yet Not Alone
Happy – Despicable Me 2
The Moon Song – Her
Predicted winner: I’d already heard The Moon Song because Karen O is awesome, and Happy because its at the UK #1 spot right now. No idea though, based on the Golden Globes win, Ordinary Love.
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE:
Predicted winner: Although I’m happy Saving Mr. Banks has been nominated for something, surely the majority of the soundtrack was a copy and paste job?? I was transfixed by Gravity, the score certainly had play in that. So my very loose guess is on Gravity.
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:
Cutie and the Boxer
Predicted winner: Really…? Blackfish didn’t make the list?? The Act of Killing will no doubt win. Unbelievable depths of blasé inhumanity, a truly harrowing documentary.
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT:
Karama Has No Walls
The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall
Predicted winner: Literally no idea yet.
BEST FILM EDITING:
Predicted winner: Gravity or 12 Years.
BEST MAKE-UP & HAIRSTYLING:
Predicted winner: Haaaaaaa I’d LOVE it if Jackass won, for lols.
BEST SHORT FILM (ANIMATED):
Get a Horse!
Room on the Broom
Predicted winner: Not a clue.
BEST SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION):
Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)
Avant Que De Tour Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)
Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)
The Voorman Problem
Predicted winner: Not a clue.
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN:
Predicted winner: Possibly Gatsby, maybe Gravity.
BEST SOUND EDITING:
Predicted winner: Gravity
BEST SOUND MIXING:
Predicted winner: Tough one I reckon; either The Hobbit, Gravity or Lone Survivor.
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:
Predicted winner: Gravity or The Hobbit.