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And The Noms Are In! The 2014 Oscar Contenders


 This year’s Oscar nominations have been revealed. Leaving film fans both happily surprised and shocked at which noteworthy films ended up snubbed completely. However, with 2013 being a year full of amazing Oscar-worthy films, it’s amazing the Academy was able to narrow it down.

And it seems even the Academy had an issue picking just one favorite. There were two top nominated films – “American Hustle” and “12 Years a Slave” – which both received 10 nominations each (!).

After David O. Russell’s much success with “Silver Linings Playbook” last year, once again Russell’s film took home nominations in all of the the acting categories.

Meanwhile, a more surprising acting nomination went to Jonah Hill for Martin Scorsese‘s hit “The Wolf of Wall Street”. Giving him his second Oscar nomination ever after being nominated for his work in “Moneyball” in 2012. 

 Plus, one of the biggest nominee shockers had to be the fact that the Oscars and “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” can now be put in the same sentence. The popular comedy actually received a nomination for Best Makeup and Hairstyling! Congrats to the Jackass team, but we can’t help but wonder why American Hustle’s sexy 70’s hair and make up didn’t grab a nod!

But before we continue the long list of snubs, here’s the list of nominees for each category:


Best Picture:

“American Hustle”

“Captain Phillips”

“Dallas Buyers Club”





“12 Years a Slave”

“The Wolf of Wall Street”


Best Supporting Actor:

Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”

Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”

Jonah Hill, “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”

Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”


Best Supporting Actress:

Sally Hawkins, “Blue Jasmine”

Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”

Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”

Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”

June Squibb, “Nebraska”


Best Director:

David O. Russell, “American Hustle”

Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”

Alexander Payne, “Nebraska”

Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”

Martin Scorsese, “The Wolf of Wall Street”


Best Actor:

Christian Bale, “American Hustle”

Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”

Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave”

Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyer’s Club”


Best Actress:

Amy Adams, “American Hustle”

Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”

Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”

Judi Dench, “Philomena”

Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County”


Best Original Screenplay:

“American Hustle”

“Blue Jasmine”

“Dallas Buyers Club”




Best Adapted Screenplay:

“Before Midnight”

“Captain Phillips”


“12 Years a Slave”

“The Wolf Of Wall Street”


Best Animated Feature:

“The Croods”

“Despicable Me 2”

“Ernest & Celestine”


“The Wind Rises”


Best Foreign Feature:

“The Broken Circle Breakdown,” Belgium

“The Great Beauty,” Italy

“The Hunt,” Denmark

“The Missing Picture,” Cambodia

“Omar,” Palestine


Best Visual Effects:


“The Hobbit: The Desolation”

“Iron Man 3”

“The Lone Ranger”

“Star Trek Into Darkness”


Best Cinematography:

“The Grandmaster”


“Inside Llewyn Davis”




Best Costume Design:

“American Hustle”

“The Grandmaster”

“The Great Gatsby”

“The Invisible Woman”

“12 Years a Slave”


Best Documentary Feature:

“The Act of Killing”

“Cutie and the Boxer”

“Dirty Wars”

“The Square”

“20 Feet from Stardom”


Best Documentary Short:


“Facing Fear”

“Karama Has No Walls”

“The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life”

“Prisoner Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall”


Best Film Editing:

“American Hustle”

“Captain Phillips”

“Dallas Buyers Club”


“12 Years a Slave”


Best Makeup and Hairstyling:

“Dallas Buyers Club”

“Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa”

“The Lone Ranger”


Best Music (Original Score):

“The Book Thief”




“Saving Mr. Banks”


Best Music (Original Song):

“Alone Yet Not Alone” from “Alone Yet Not Alone”

“Happy” from “Despicable Me”

“Let It Go” from “Frozen”

“The Moon Song” from “Her”

“Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”


Best Production Design:

“American Hustle”


“The Great Gatsby”


“12 Years a Slave”


Best Short Film, Animated:


“Get a Horse!”

“Mr. Hublot”


“Room on the Broom”


Best Short Film, Live Action:

“Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)”

“Avant Que De Tout Perdre” (Just Before Losing Everything)


” Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa?” (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)

“The Voorman Problem”


Best Sound Editing:

“All Is Lost”

“Captain Phillips”


“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”

“The Lone Survivor”


Best Sound Mixing:

“Captain Phillips”


“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”

“Inside Llewyn Davis”

“Lone Survivor”


(Official nomination list at ABC News)

Now after looking at this list, it’s easy to see that multiple actors and even some entire films were not included as suspected. For example, “Fruitvale Station”, “Inside Llewyn Davis”, and “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” were simply forgotten about in the major categories as assumed earlier this year.

Other surprises snubs include Tom Hanks (who provided great performances for both “Captain Phillips” and “Saving Mr. Banks”), Emma Thompson (“Saving Mr. Banks”), Robert Redford (“All is Lost”), and Joaquin Phoenix (“Her”).

Even “Monster’s University” wasn’t included in the Best Animated Feature category — category that’s often dominated by Disney Pixar.

Some of our favorites didn’t make the cut, but we’ll just settle with our serious Oscar prepering, make our best guesses, and continue to enjoy all the beautiful award season dresses until the winners are finally announced on March 2nd. Also, feel free to leave your Oscar predictions and snub outrage in the comments below! 

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