The 86th Annual Academy Award Nominations

And now, the moment you have all been waiting for…the announcement is finally here for the 86th Annual Academy Awards. After such a visceral year for film in 2013, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences are announcing their long awaited and overdue nominations honouring the best in American motions pictures. As always with the Academy nominations, it is best to expect a few snubs, shocks and a ton of surprises. This year’s nomination were announced by the Norse God himself Chris Hemsworth as well as active Preseident of the AMPAS Cheryl Boone Isaacs. So, without further ado, here are the nominations for this year’s Oscar race. Check out more below! 

Best Motion Picture of the Year

12 Years a Slave

American Hustle

Captain Phillips 

Dallas Buyers Club





The Wolf of Wall Street 

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Bruce Dern – Nebraska

Christian Bale – American Hustle

Chiwitel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave

Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf Of Wall Street

Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Amy Adams – American Hustle

Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine

Meyrl Streep – August: Osage County

Judi Dench – Philomena

Sandra Bullock – Gravity

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips 

Bradley Cooper – American Hustle

Jonah Hill- The Wolf of Wall Street 

Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club

Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle

Julia Roberts – August: Osage County

June Squibb – Nebraska

Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave

Sally Hawkins – Blue Jasmine

Best Achievement in Directing

Alfanso Cuarón – Gravity

David O. Russell – American Hustle

Martin Scorcese – The Wolf of Wall Street

Alexander Payne – Nebraska

Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

Bob Nelson – Nebraska

David O. Russell & Eric Warren Singer – American Hustle

Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack – Dallas Buyers Club

Spike Jonze – her

Woody Allen – Blue Jasmine

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published

Billy Ray – Captain Phillips

John Ridley – 12 Years a Slave 

Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke & Julie Delpy – Before Midnight

Steven Coogan & Jeff Pope – Philomena

Terence Winter – The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium)

The Missing Picture (Cambodia)

The Great Beauty (Italy)

The Hunt (Jagten) (Denmark)

Omar (Palestine)

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

Despicable Me 2

Ernest and Celestine


The Croods

The Wind Rises

Best Achievement in Cinematography

Bruno Delbonnel – Inside Llewyn Davis

Emmanuel Lubezki – Gravity

Phedon Papamichael – Nebraska

Roger Deakins – Prisoners

Philippe Le Sourd – The Grandmaster

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score 

The Book Thief – John Williams

Gravity – Steven Price

her – William Butler & Owen Pallett

Saving Mr. Banks – Thomas Newman

Philomena – Alexandre Desplat

Best Original Song

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom – Ordinary Love (U2)

her – The Moon Song (Karen O. & Spike Jonze)

Despicable Me 2 – Happy (Pharrell Williams)

Frozen – Let It Go (Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez)

Alone Yet Not Alone – Alone Yet Not Alone (Bruce Broughton)

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Captain Phillips

Inside Llewyn Davis

Lone Survivor 

Best Achievement in Sound Editing 

All is Lost

Captain Phillips


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Samug

Lone Survivor

Best Achievement in Visual Effects


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Iron Man 3

The Lone Ranger

Star Trek Into Darkness

Best Achievement in Editing 

12 Years a Slave – Joe Walker

American Hustle – Alan Baumgarten, Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers

Gravity – Alfanso Cuarón & Mark Sanger

Captain Phillips – Christopher Rouse

Dallas Buyers Club – Matin Pensa & John MacMurphy

Best Achievement in Production Design 

12 Years a Slave – Adam Stockhausen & Alice Baker

American Hustle – Judy Becker & Heather Loeffler


The Great Gatsby – Catherine Martin & Beverley Dunn

her – K.K. Barrett & Gene Serdena

Best Achievement in Costume Design

American Hustle – Michael Wilkinson

The Great Gatsby – Catherine Martin

12 Years a Slave – Patricia Norris

The Grandmaster – William Chang

The Invisible Woman – Michael O’Connor

Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling 

Dallas Buyers Club – Adruitha Lee & Robin Matthews

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa – Steve Prouty

The Lone Ranger – Joel Harlow, Gloria Pasqua Casny

Best Documentary Feature

Cutie and the Boxer

The Act of Killing

Dirty Wars

The Square

20 Feet From Stardom

Best Documentary, Short Subject


Facing Fear

Karama Has No Walls

The Lady in Number 6

Personal Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall

Best Short Film, Animated


Get a Horse!



Room on the Broom

Best Short Film, Live Action

Aquel no era Yo

Just Before Losing Everything


Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?

The Voorman Problem

So, there you have it! What do you think? Any clear snubs? Any huge shockers?  The Best Actor category was one with many big names being left out, namely one of my favourite performances of the year with Inside Llewyn Davis and it’s lead Oscar Isaacs, as well as Robert Redford in All is Lost, Michael B. Jordan in Fruitvale Station,  and Joaquin Phoenix in her. 

Some of the biggest surprises of the nods all revolve around August: Osage County and the acting nominations for Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep, both receiving Oscar love. You can never count out powerhouse Harvey Winestein and his presence come Oscar time. As well, another big surprise was Jonah Hill‘s second Oscar nomination in the supporting category for The Wolf of Wall Street, cementing his power as an actor, and a serious one at that.

The Best Original Song category created some of its own controversy with a nomination for a film no one has seem to heard of, Alone Yet Not Alone, as well as Pharrell William’s first ever Oscar nomination in Despicable Me 2 and his song “Happy”. It seems that between the blurred lines and other work Pharrell was involved in in 2013, seemed to have got him “lucky” all year long.

If you thought that the Jackass series was one with some crude humour, poor taste and awful manners, well don’t be surprised if the series finds new life, especially after its first ever Oscar Nomination for its achievement of hair and makeup for star Johnny Knoxville. Who ever would have guessed? Was the work even that great?

The Nominations are lead by Gravity and American Hustle with 10 nominations each, followed by 12 Years a Slave with 9 nominations. First the second year in a row, David O. Russell’s film had a nomination in all four of the main acting categories for Bale, Cooper, Adams and Lawrence. 

This year just like 2012, the race, although many thought to have been solidified, is still quit an open one. And with so many awards being handed out , from the SAGs, to the DGAs, to the WAGs, to the PGAs, to the Independent Spirit Awards, from now until the coveted March 2nd date, expect lots to change come Oscar night. But for now, lets soak up these nominations and see what the awards season brings forth in the next coming weeks. And stay tuned for our own Oscar Predictions chart coming closer to the big date. Happy predictions movie lovers!

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