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2014 Oscar Nominations: 'American Hustle' & 'Gravity' Nab 10 Nods Each, '12 Years A Slave' Close Second With 9

by Kevin Jagernauth
January 16, 2014 10:36 AM
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As the tradition goes, Hollywood is waking up bleary-eyed this morning to see if after months of campaigning, handshakes, personal appearances, interviews and more, their efforts will be rewarded with an Oscar nomination. For many actors, directors, screenwriters and more, it will mean being woken up by their excited agents and managers who will share with them the good news. For others, it will mean sleeping in and waking up in a few hours from, realizing they have sadly missed out. And so, with a fresh pot of coffee, we're here to let you know how this is all shaping up.

It's another banner year for David O. Russell, with his con flick "American Hustle" scoring 10 nominations, along with blockbuster crossover "Gravity," while "12 Years a Slave" came in a close second with 9 nominations. And while Harvey Weinstein's Oscar players all mostly fizzled, rising hotshot producer Megan Ellison scored a staggering 17 nominations across all of her movies.

The Coen Brothers were completely shut out with "Inside Llewyn Davis" only scoring Best Cinematography and Best Sound Mixing nods. A bummer for such a great movie, and a disappointing result for CBS Films who were running with their first real Oscar contender. Among the surprises were nominations for Christian Bale and Sally Hawkins, with the actors branch giving due recognition to some great performances.

Stay tuned for our full breakdown of the snubs and surprises. The statues will handed out to the winners on March 2nd.

Best motion picture of the year
“American Hustle” Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison and Jonathan Gordon, Producers
“Captain Phillips” Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca, Producers
“Dallas Buyers Club” Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter, Producers
“Gravity” Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman, Producers
“Her” Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze and Vincent Landay, Producers
“Nebraska” Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa, Producers
“Philomena” Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan and Tracey Seaward, Producers
“12 Years a Slave” Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas, Producers
“The Wolf of Wall Street” Nominees to be determined

Performance by an actor in a leading role
Christian Bale in “American Hustle”
Bruce Dern in “Nebraska”
Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Chiwetel Ejiofor in “12 Years a Slave”
Matthew McConaughey in “Dallas Buyers Club”

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Barkhad Abdi in “Captain Phillips”
Bradley Cooper in “American Hustle”
Michael Fassbender in “12 Years a Slave”
Jonah Hill in “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Jared Leto in “Dallas Buyers Club”

Performance by an actress in a leading role
Amy Adams in “American Hustle”
Cate Blanchett in “Blue Jasmine”
Sandra Bullock in “Gravity”
Judi Dench in “Philomena”
Meryl Streep in “August: Osage County”

Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Sally Hawkins in “Blue Jasmine”
Jennifer Lawrence in “American Hustle”
Lupita Nyong’o in “12 Years a Slave”
Julia Roberts in “August: Osage County”
June Squibb in “Nebraska”

Best animated feature film of the year
“The Croods” Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco and Kristine Belson
“Despicable Me 2” Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin and Chris Meledandri
“Ernest & Celestine” Benjamin Renner and Didier Brunner
“Frozen” Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho
“The Wind Rises” Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki

Achievement in cinematography
“The Grandmaster” Philippe Le Sourd
“Gravity” Emmanuel Lubezki
“Inside Llewyn Davis” Bruno Delbonnel
“Nebraska” Phedon Papamichael
“Prisoners” Roger A. Deakins

Achievement in costume design
“American Hustle” Michael Wilkinson
“The Grandmaster” William Chang Suk Ping
“The Great Gatsby” Catherine Martin
“The Invisible Woman” Michael O’Connor
“12 Years a Slave” Patricia Norris

Achievement in directing
“American Hustle” David O. Russell
“Gravity” Alfonso Cuarón
“Nebraska” Alexander Payne
“12 Years a Slave” Steve McQueen
“The Wolf of Wall Street” Martin Scorsese

Best documentary feature
“The Act of Killing” Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen
“Cutie and the Boxer” Zachary Heinzerling and Lydia Dean Pilcher
“Dirty Wars” Richard Rowley and Jeremy Scahill
“The Square” Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer
“20 Feet from Stardom” Nominees to be determined

Best documentary short subject
“CaveDigger” Jeffrey Karoff
“Facing Fear” Jason Cohen
“Karama Has No Walls” Sara Ishaq
“The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life” Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed
“Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall” Edgar Barens

Achievement in film editing
“American Hustle” Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten
“Captain Phillips” Christopher Rouse
“Dallas Buyers Club” John Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa
“Gravity” Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger
“12 Years a Slave” Joe Walker

Best foreign language film of the year
“The Broken Circle Breakdown” Belgium
“The Great Beauty” Italy
“The Hunt” Denmark
“The Missing Picture” Cambodia
“Omar” Palestine

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling
“Dallas Buyers Club” Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews
“Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” Stephen Prouty
“The Lone Ranger” Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
“The Book Thief” John Williams
“Gravity” Steven Price
“Her” William Butler and Owen Pallett
“Philomena” Alexandre Desplat
“Saving Mr. Banks” Thomas Newman

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
“Alone Yet Not Alone” from “Alone Yet Not Alone”
Music by Bruce Broughton; Lyric by Dennis Spiegel
“Happy” from “Despicable Me 2”
Music and Lyric by Pharrell Williams
“Let It Go” from “Frozen”
Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
“The Moon Song” from “Her”
Music by Karen O; Lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze
“Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
Music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen; Lyric by Paul Hewson

Achievement in production design
“American Hustle” Production Design: Judy Becker; Set Decoration: Heather Loeffler
“Gravity” Production Design: Andy Nicholson; Set Decoration: Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard
“The Great Gatsby” Production Design: Catherine Martin; Set Decoration: Beverley Dunn
“Her” Production Design: K.K. Barrett; Set Decoration: Gene Serdena
“12 Years a Slave” Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Alice Baker

Best animated short film
“Feral” Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden
“Get a Horse!” Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim
“Mr. Hublot” Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares
“Possessions” Shuhei Morita
“Room on the Broom” Max Lang and Jan Lachauer

Best live action short film
“Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)” Esteban Crespo
“Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)” Xavier Legrand and Alexandre Gavras
“Helium” Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson
“Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)” Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka Saari
“The Voorman Problem” Mark Gill and Baldwin Li

Achievement in sound editing
“All Is Lost” Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns
“Captain Phillips” Oliver Tarney
“Gravity” Glenn Freemantle
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” Brent Burge
“Lone Survivor” Wylie Stateman

Achievement in sound mixing
“Captain Phillips” Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith and Chris Munro
“Gravity” Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick and Tony Johnson
“Inside Llewyn Davis” Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland
“Lone Survivor” Andy Koyama, Beau Borders and David Brownlow

Achievement in visual effects
“Gravity” Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and Eric Reynolds
“Iron Man 3” Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash and Dan Sudick
“The Lone Ranger” Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams and John Frazier
“Star Trek Into Darkness” Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann and Burt Dalton

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

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

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  • ferlica audept | January 25, 2014 1:47 AMReply

    you're such a pig!!!

  • mileycyrus | January 19, 2014 11:51 PMReply

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  • tiffanylouise | January 19, 2014 3:14 AMReply


  • jessicaalvord | January 17, 2014 10:42 PMReply

    Terrific films.

  • moody alice | January 17, 2014 12:58 PMReply

    Great site!

  • pamlan | January 17, 2014 6:55 AMReply

    I've watched this film for free

  • Jerry | January 16, 2014 9:33 PMReply

    Wauw very dissipointing. From all the great black films this year only '12 Years a Slave' got nominated. And this film got less nominations then 'American Husle' (over rated) and 'Gravidy' (great but '12 Years...'was way better). I guess a black filmshould be 10 times as good to be recognized by the Academy. And Sundance film that got passed by the Academy members and Golden Globes. I think there is still something wrong here in Hollywood. Hollywood is run by white people and they will not acknowledge the black film makers as equals. This is a sad day in film. We should all look at our self and change the way we think.

  • fellwe | January 17, 2014 6:58 AM


  • meritha | January 16, 2014 9:30 PMReply

    I am sure everyone will agree when I say this film is a very good film,

  • Donella | January 16, 2014 9:16 PMReply

    I liked American Hustle better back when Scorcese directed and named it Goodfellas. Or was it Casino? And BTW, Jennifer Lawrence's high school play imitation of Sharon Stone in Casino clanged like a bell against the subtlety of her more experienced costars.

  • binde | January 17, 2014 6:59 AM


  • Dale | January 17, 2014 5:15 AM

    You have hit the proverbial nail on the head. I agree with everything you said. I found myself, about 40 minutes into 'American Hustle' thinking, "wow, what a Scorses rip off!".

    Couldn't agree more about Jennifer Lawrence aswell, a hammy and over-the-top performance by a vastly overrated actress. A monkey strapped to a lit firework would of given a more subtle portrayal.

  • james | January 16, 2014 5:28 PMReply

    its pretty much the same 6 or 7 films recycled for the main categories. unimaginative studio nonsense.. Her is one of the "best pictures of the year"? seriously? no mention of Place Beyond the Pines at all? its ridiculous.

  • cirkusfolk | January 16, 2014 6:36 PM

    Actually I just checked and Mud got a 98% on rottentomatoes which is higher than every Best Pic nominee this year including Gravity and 12 Years a Slave!

  • cirkusfolk | January 16, 2014 6:32 PM

    Like I've said on the other Playlist Oscar article, Place Beyond the Pines was my favorite movie of the year followed by Dallas Buyers Club and American Hustle, but it was released just too early in the year to be remembered. If it was released at the same time lets say Out of the Furnace was, I'm sure it wouldn't gotten a nom. Cooper was better in it than American Hustle to be honest. And the cinematography was excellent too. The same goes for the movie Mud. Just came out too early. It had a staggering 96% on rottentomotoes just like the other Best Pic nominees including Her, a film I didn't care for at all.

  • hank | January 16, 2014 4:09 PMReply

    LOL @ everyone who thought HER was actually an oscar contender.

  • hank | January 16, 2014 7:09 PM

    and will win 0.

  • Oliver Lyttelton | January 16, 2014 6:00 PM

    It got five nominations. Including Best Picture.

  • Xian | January 16, 2014 4:05 PMReply

    Oscar Quiz: How many times have you re-watched Oscar winner "Shakespeare In Love" since 1998?
    ‪#‎TheWeinsteinEffect‬ ‪#‎Philomena‬ ‪#‎OscarWorthy‬?

  • cirkusfolk | January 16, 2014 1:48 PMReply

    This American Hustle bashing has gotta go. Do you all really think it is a bad film, or do you just hate it because you see it as too mainstream for some reason or because "normal" people like it? I loved it and face it, sometime the most palpable film wins Best Pic. See Argo from last year. This almost marks the third David O. Russel film in the last four years to land on my top ten list. Was there this much hate for The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook, I can't remember.

  • Dale | January 16, 2014 2:38 PM

    I dont hate it at all. It was an enjoyable film I guess. I just dont get the fact it's apparently a major Award contender. It's as @Sean said "Entertaining but almost devoid of worthy substance. "

    That's my perspective. Plus as I said in my earlier post, apart from Amy Adams, none of the other performances were award worthy, especially not Lawrence's hammy and over the top portrayal.

  • Sean | January 16, 2014 2:34 PM

    But the praise has got to chill too.
    It's a fine film but very light. Entertaining but almost devoid of worthy substance.
    Good soundtrack, amazing performance from Adams, decent turns from Bale and Cooper and a over the top one from Lawrence.

    Again. Decent movie but not as amazing as it's hailed.

  • CB | January 16, 2014 2:15 PM

    AGREED 110 %. David O. Russell is a genius and one of the finest directors America has produced. American Hustle is easily a classic in the making in the vein of Boogie Nights, Goodfellas, Casino, etc.

  • DG | January 16, 2014 1:17 PMReply

    Ughh, Philomena for best pic, really?

  • Lucas Silva | January 16, 2014 11:47 AMReply

    Congratulations to all the nominees. But do not think it's fair to disparage the work of those who have been appointed. Those on the list deserved and deserve to be there.

  • Archer | January 16, 2014 10:51 AMReply

    @Dale I echo EVERYTHING

  • yer | January 16, 2014 10:35 AMReply

    Jonah Hill has 2 Oscar nominations. JONAH HILL HAS TWO OSCAR NOMINATIONS. Wtf is wrong with the Academy.

  • Dale | January 16, 2014 10:29 AMReply

    I found 'American Hustle' nothing special. I've seen the majority of the front runners and think it's the weakest 'contender'. I think all David O. Russell films are the same, he just makes the best 'average' films, theirs no distinct style here, I dont think he's a patch on visionaries like Paul Thomas Anderson, The Coens or Scorsese. According to the Academy though, he's the second coming of Kubrick!

    The only acting nomination it deserved aswell was Amy Adams. Bradley Cooper was ok, Bale done is best De Niro impression and Jennifer Lawrence was a little girl playing dress up.

  • Woman | January 16, 2014 8:58 PM

    Uh Rosalyn was described as a youn single mother.a nod christian bale said in the beginning of the movie that their marriage had been short. She probably had the baby between 16-18 and she was probably 21-23 in the film, the age of lawrence in real life. And don't use the word bitch to describe a female.

  • Archer | January 16, 2014 11:07 AM

    @Dale EVERYTHING you wrote was spot on. David O. Russell's films are decent, but nothing to write home home about. I can't believe the number of nominations they receive. I like Christian Bale a lot, but his performance in 'American Hustle' is one of the weakest in his career. Bradley Cooper had nice hair in the movie... that's it. Oh, he plays coked up really well, which I'm sure wasn't a stretch. Jennifer Lawrence was completely miscast. She looks like a 20 year old girl. I'm supposed to believe that this trick was trapped in a loveless marriage for years? Did this bitch get hitched when she was 14?!

    Amy Adams is great as always and Jeremy Renner should have gotten a lot more recognition for a really solid performance.

  • jimmiescoffee | January 16, 2014 10:19 AMReply

    inside llewyn davis - screwed

  • cirkusfolk | January 16, 2014 10:18 AMReply

    How is everyone calling American Hustle a front runner? Last year Silver Lining Playbook had 8 noms including all four in acting and the other important ones with directing, writing, editing, and picture, and it only won ONE for supporting actress. So this year American Hustle is nomed for the exact same categories only adding to it, costume and production design, and everyone is losing their shit!!! Argo won last year with a lot less noms and stupid ones at that like the two sound categories. I loved American Hustle but it could easily just win only ONE again and of course it would go to Lawrence again. Everyone is crying that 12 Years Slave didn’t get a cinematography nom but neither did American Hustle!

  • cirkusfolk | January 16, 2014 9:42 AMReply

    This means Roger Deakins will soon be an 11 time Oscar nominee with 0 wins. Crazy. And still can't believe David O Russell has made back to back films that have scored all four acting slots.

  • cirkusfolk | January 16, 2014 10:14 AM

    Thomas Newman also scored his 11th nom this year without a win. So him and Deakins are in the same boat. So sad too cause they are my favorite at what they do.

  • JK | January 16, 2014 9:49 AM

    Fighter also got at least three acting nominations. I bet actors are willing to work for free in his next film...

  • Hardy | January 16, 2014 9:36 AMReply

    lol IMDB has Bruce Dern down for his performance in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

  • james | January 16, 2014 9:10 AMReply

    Bit of a shut out for Saving Mr Banks...

  • Xian | January 16, 2014 4:09 PM

    Because it's a mediocre bit of Oscar Bait (like August: Osage County and LD's The Butler).

  • cirkusfolk | January 16, 2014 9:02 AMReply

    Love the love for American Hustle and Dallas Buyers Club. My two favorite movies of the year!

  • jb | January 16, 2014 9:01 AMReply

    I'm counting Gravity has 10 not 9 nominations....

  • JK | January 16, 2014 8:57 AMReply

    Nothing for Inside Llewyn Davis? So I guess the voters didn't bother to see that film...
    It's all about marketing.

  • Marko | January 16, 2014 9:46 AM

    You take that back Circusfolk! It totally deserves its nomination for Sound Mixing!

  • Nate | January 16, 2014 9:09 AM

    Erm... Oscar Isaac gave the performance of the year.

  • j | January 16, 2014 9:09 AM

    And sound mixing... Although, with all respect to the artists of sound mixing, that's damnation with faint praise.

  • cirkusfolk | January 16, 2014 9:00 AM

    Cinematography. And that's all it deserved.

  • Glass | January 16, 2014 8:54 AMReply

    ATTN: Out of touch Academy members - You should've nominated Alexander Payne for Election and About Schmidt, stahp trying to make up for it by nominating him for his lesser films. Now he just took the nomination Greengrass earned.

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