Hustling up those Oscar nominations

Once again, the Oscars have rolled around. From last year's shocks and surprises (mostly in the directing category), this year is pretty darn bland. No picture has the chance of winning the most Oscars, because "Gravity" and "American Hustle" lead the nominations with 10 apiece.
Instead of complaining about the shut-out of "Upsteam Color", you should just assume that I wanted it nominated for everything.
Here's the full list as well as some of my thoughts:


BEST PICTURE:

12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity
Her
Nebraska
Philomena
The Wolf of Wall Street


MISSING:
Fruitvale Station
Prisoners


As much as people lost interest in both these pictures, there was hype about them sneaking into the nominations...I guess not. Also notable is the omission of "Inside Llewyn Davis".




BEST LEAD ACTOR:

Chiwetel Ejiofor for "12 Years a Slave"
Leonardo DiCaprio for "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Christian Bale for "American Hustle"
Bruce Dern for "Nebraska"
Matthew McConaughey for "Dallas Buyers Club"


MISSING:

Joaquin Phoenix for Her
Tom Hanks for Captain Phillips

Though I haven't seen the movies yet, it's a surprise to not see Phoenix or Hanks on the list.



BEST LEAD ACTRESS:
Amy Adams for "American Hustle"
Cate Blanchett for "Blue Jasmine"
Sandra Bullock for "Gravity"
Judi Dench for "Philomena"
Meryl Streep for "August: Osage County"

MISSING:
Amy Seitz for "Upsteam Color"

I knew I said I wasn't going to; but come on! She was perfect! Anyways, the surprise here is Meryl Streep's nomination. Also not included is Greta Gerwig for "Frances Ha".



BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Barkhad Abdi for "Captain Phillips"
Bradley Cooper for "American Hustle"
Jonah Hill for "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Michael Fassbender for "12 Years a Slave"
Jared Leto for "Dallas Buyers Club"

MISSING:
Daniel Brühl for "Rush" and Jake Gyllenhaal for "Prisoners"I'm a fan of their performances anyways. No real shocks here though.



SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Sally Hawkins for "Blue Jasmine"
Julia Roberts for "August: Osage County"
Lupita Nyong'o for "12 Years a Slave"
Jennifer Lawrence for "American Hustle"
June Squibb for "Nebraska"

MISSING:
Sarah Paulson for "12 Years a Slave"
It's easy to get overshadowed by Nyong'o performance by Sarah Paulson was so chilling in this film.
Also, how did Jennifer Lawrence managed to charm her way into a nomination?



BEST DIRECTOR:
Alfonso Cuarón for "Gravity"
Steve McQueen for "12 Years a Slave"
David O. Russell for "American Hustle"
Martin Scorsese for "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Alexander Payne for "Nebraska"

MISSING:
Spike Jonze for "Her"
Woody Allen for "Blue Jasmine"

Paul Greengrass also got snubbed, but that's not a real shocker.



BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
"American Hustle"
"Blue Jasmine"
"Her"
"Nebraska"
"Dallas Buyers Club"

MISSING:
"Trance"
"Prisoners"




BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
"Before Midnight"
"Captain Phillips"
"12 Years a Slave"
"The Wolf of Wall Street"
"Philomena"



BEST ANIMATED FEATURE:
"The Croods"
"Despicable Me 2"
"Ernest & Celestine"
"Frozen"
"The Wind Rises"

WHAT?
Pixar is shut out.



BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:
"The Broken Circle Breakdown"
"The Missing Picture"
"The Hunt"
"The Great Beauty:
"Omar"

MISSING:
"Blue Is the Warmest Color"

The controversial Palme d'Or winner seemed destined for Oscar gold, considering the success of last year's winner...I guess not.



BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:
Emmanuel Lubezki for "Gravity"
Bruno Delbonnel for "Inside Llewyn Davis"
Phedon Papamichael for "Nebraska"
Roger Deakins for "Prisoners"
Philippe Le Sourd for "The Grandmaster"

MISSING:
Emmanuel Lubezki for "To the Wonder"



FILM EDITING:
"12 Years a Slave"
"American Hustle"
"Gravity"
"Captain Phillips"
"Dallas Buyers Club"

MISSING:
"Trance"



PRODUCTION DESIGN:
"12 Years a Slave"
"American Hustle"
"Gravity"
"The Great Gatsby"
"Her"



COSTUME DESIGN:
"American Hustle"
"The Great Gatsby"
"12 Years a Slave"
"The Grandmaster"
"The Invisible Woman"



MAKEUP AND HAIR:
"Dallas Buyers Club"
"Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa"
"The Lone Ranger"

MISSING:
"American Hustle"

After completely dropping the ball last year with excluding "Cloud Atlas" from makeup and hair, it's no surprise to see the Academy skip over the only Oscar "American Hustle" deserves to win.



ORIGINAL SCORE:
John Williams for "The Book Thief"
Steven Price for "Gravity"
William Butler and Andy Koyama for "Her"
Thomas Newman for "Saving Mr. Banks"
Alexandre Desplat for "Philomena"

MISSING:
Alex Ebert for "All Is Lost"
Hans Zimmer for "12 Years a Slave"

Not only did the Academy omit Zimmer's sensational work, they also missed the Golden Globe winner.



ORIGINAL SONG:
"Happy" from "Despicable Me 2"
"Let it Go" from "Frozen"
"Ordinary Love" from "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"
"Alone Yet Not Alone" from "Alone Yet Not Alone"
"The Moon Song" from "Her"



SOUND MIXING:
"Gravity"
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"
"Captain Phillips"
"Inside Llewyn Davis"
"Lone Survivor"

MISSING:
"Trance"



SOUND EDITING:
"All Is Lost"
"Captain Phillips"
"Gravity"
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"
"Lone Survivor"

MISSING:
"Trance".



VISUAL EFFECTS:
"Gravity"
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"
"Iron Man 3"
"The Lone Ranger"
"Star Trek Into Darkness"

Who would have guessed "The Lone Ranger" would get more than one Oscar nomination?



DOCUMENTARY, FEATURE:
"The Act of Killing"
"Cutie and the Boxer"
"Dirty Wars"
"The Square"
"20 Feet from Stardom"

MISSING:
"Blackfish"

Perhaps the biggest Oscar snub this year is the omission of "Blackfish". The most popular documentary in years and full of stunning archive footage just wasn't enough.



DOCUMENTARY, SHORT:
"Cavedigger"
"Facing Fear"
"Karama Has No Walls"
"The Lady in Number 6"
"Prisoner Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall"



SHORT FILM, ANIMATED:
"Feral"
"Get a Horse!"
"Mr. Hublot"
"Possessions"
"Room on the Broom"



SHORT FILM, LIVE ACTION:
"Aquel no era yo"
"Just Before Losing Everything"
"Helium"
"Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?"
"The Voorman Problem"


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