Oscar Nominations 2014

86th Oscars

The 2014 Oscar nominations were announced Thursday, January 16, in the morning, and you can voice your preferences by visiting the official site of the Academy Awards.

Below is an almost-complete list of nominees, with links to my reviews (if I have reviewed them – otherwise the links go to imdb). I have annotated the lists with notes on which nominees should win (my preferences are always in blue bold), and which shouldn’t be nominated at all. I have left off the categories where I do not feel truly qualified to comment (if I haven’t seen all of the nominees) and where I am not enough of an expert in the craft and technique (such as sound mixing), to offer an opinion. If you want to see the films that I considered the best (and worst) of 2013, you can see my selections for pictures and actors here, and my selections for the craft awards here.

Best Picture

Best Director

Lead Actress

  • Amy Adams, American Hustle – should win
  • Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
  • Judi Dench, Philomena
  • Meryl Streep, August: Osage County – it should be Julia Roberts on this list, not Meryl, rather than Julia being relegated to “supporting”
  • Sandra Bullock, Gravity – she absolutely carried the movie, but there were better performances than hers, such as Julie Delpy, Before Midnight, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said, as well as many others.

Lead Actor

Supporting Actress

  • Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
  • Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
  • Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave – should win, although I also think Julie Roberts should get it (if only she were in the Lead Actress category, as she should be …)
  • Julia Roberts, August: Osage County – she should be in the Lead Actress category (where she should win)
  • June Squibb, Nebraska

Supporting Actor


Film Editing

Original Score

  • The Book Thief, John Williams – really? It should be Mark Orton, Nebraska (which rivals Her for best score, in my opinion), instead. The Book Thief should not be nominated
  • Gravity, Steven Price
  • Her, William Butler and Owen Pallett – should win
  • Philomena, Alexandre Desplat
  • Saving Mr. Banks, Thomas Newman – the Mary Poppins songs are nice, but the score is horrible; it should not be nominated

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 Serdenashould win
  • 12 Years a Slave, Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Alice Baker

Sound Editing

Visual Effects

  • Gravity, Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould – should win
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and Eric Reynolds – the Smaug effects are very nice, but Gravity is better
  • Iron Man 3, Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash and Dan Sudick
  • The Lone Ranger, Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams and John Frazier – has nice train sequences, but should not be nominated 
  • 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 – should win, except that 12 Years a Slave is also nominated. Hmmmmm …
  • Captain Phillips, screenplay by Billy Ray
  • Philomena, screenplay by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope
  • 12 Years a Slave, screenplay by John Ridley – should win, except that Before Midnight is also nominated. Hmmmmm …
  • The Wolf of Wall Street, screenplay by Terence Winter – should be nowhere near a nomination

Original Screenplay

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