The 2014 Oscar nominations were announced bright and early Thursday by Academy president Cheryl Boone-Isaacs and superhero Chris Hemsworth. This year the Academy live streamed the event; watch below.
Inevitably in a year with such a wide field of contenders--across critics' groups and Guild nominations--there are bound to be surprises. Which film got the most nominations? I was betting that "12 Years a Slave" would lead the pack with 11, but it got 9. "American Hustle" and "Gravity" grabbed 10 each. These three films will duke it out for Best Picture--and the race could shift direction during this second phase.
The "American Hustle" backlash is already setting in--Jennifer Lawrence could be punished for winning that Golden Globe. But grabbing the most noms doesn't guarantee a Best Picture win, as "Lincoln" proved last year. Nine films landed a Best Picture nomination (it could have been five to ten). "American Hustle' stars Christian Bale and Amy Adams knocked out Robert Redford and Emma Thompson respectively, as "Saving Mr. Banks" came up short with no Best Picture nod.
Another "American Hustle" star, Bradley Cooper, edged out Daniel Bruhl ("Rush") in supporting. That means that a David O. Russell film landed all four acting categories--like last year's "Silver Linings Playbook." And "Nebraska" director Alexander Payne pushed out DGA nominee Paul Greengrass in the directors list, a major snub that was accompanied by a shocking omission of Tom Hanks as best Actor. More analysis and Oscar predictions anon.
Here are the announced nominees:
Best actor in a supporting role:
Best actress in a supporting role:
Best original song:
Best adapted screenplay:
Best original screenplay:
Best animated feature:
Best foreign film:
If last year's show celebrated the movie musical, this year's March 2 ABC telecast, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron and hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will put movie heroes of all shapes and sizes on display. "The show will honor big-screen real-life heroes, super heroes, popular heroes and animated heroes, both past and present," the producers said, "as well as the bold filmmakers who bring them to life. Of course, there will be no shortage of comedy with Ellen DeGeneres as our host. There may also be a few musical surprises along the way.”
Other video goodies from the Academy are below, too -- including DeGeneres reading Twitter reactions to the announcement of her hosting the 2014 show, and an "Inside the Oscars" featurette, going behind the scenes on nominations day. (Watch DeGeneres' endearing song-and-dance routine in the Oscar trailer here.)