2014 Oscar Nominations: ‘American Hustle,’ ‘Gravity’ Lead with 10 Each

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“American Hustle” and “Gravity” led nominations for the 86th Academy Awards with 10 each, followed by nine for “12 Years a Slave.” The trio will compete for best picture in a category that this year has nine entrants, also including “Captain Phillips,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Her,” “Nebraska,” “Philomena,” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Oscar voters always provide a few surprises, but this year they outdid themselves. In a strong year, a lot of good work went unrecognized, including Paul Greengrass, Tom Hanks, Robert Redford and Emma Thompson, while critical favs “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Saving Mr. Banks” and “Lone Survivor” got less-than-hoped-for attention.

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Sally Hawkins, Christian Bale and Amy Adams were not shoo-ins, so their inclusion is a mild surprise. Bale and Adams, along with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, mean that a David O. Russell film has been repped in all four acting categories for the second consecutive year. Russell was also a repeat double nominee, as writer-director. Only six other filmmakers have had back-to-back double bids in those races.

Alfonso Cuaron (“Gravity”) is a triple nominee, in the film, directing and editing races. That’s also true for Spike Jonze, in the film, writer and song categories. Double nominees include producer-writer Steve Coogan, producer Megan Ellison, producer-director Steve McQueen, designer Catherine Martin and sound mixer Chris Munro.

Of the nine best-pic contenders, four are repped in the adapted-screenplay race, and four in the original-screenplay category. (“Gravity” did not get a script nom.) All five directors have their films in the top race. Eight of the nine films also got acting bids; the only exception was “Her.”

Variety first reported last July that the awards race would include a heavy dose of reality-based projects. Five of the nine pics are fact-based (“Captain,” “Dallas,” “Philomena,” “12 Years,” “Wolf”), while a sixth is inspired by real events (“American Hustle”).

The best-picture list contains eight contenders for the Producers Guild of America. The PGA nominated 10 films, including “Blue Jasmine” and “Saving Mr. Banks”; Oscar’s nine also includes “Philomena.” And three of the five SAG Ensemble nominations showed up today: “12 Years,” “Hustle” and “Dallas.” SAG-AFTRA voters also included ““August: Osage County” (which scored two noms, but not best pic) and “The Butler.” Both guilds will present the winners this weekend.

Four of the Directors Guild’s five contenders were recognized by Oscar: Cuaron, McQueen, Russell and Scorsese. Oscar also nominated Alexander Payne, while the DGA had tapped Greengrass. Since 1970, Oscar’s five helming nominees have been identical with the DGA only five times (1977, 1981, 1998, 2005, 2009).

All of the nine best-pic contenders opened in the fourth-quarter, ranging from the Oct. 3 bow of “Gravity” to the Dec. 25 launch of “Wolf.”

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and PricewaterhouseCoopers follow a complicated weighted system for best picture, which allows for five-to-10 contenders. For the past two years, there were also nine. (James Schamus explains the system in a separate story.)

Many of this year’s top nominees are themed to the economy (“American Hustle,” “Blue Jasmine,” “The Wolf of Wall Street”), health care (“Dallas Buyers Club”), terrorism (“Captain Phillips”), survival (“12 Years,” “Gravity,”) and technology (“Her” and “Gravity”).

And then there are the classic American themes of family: “August: Osage County,” “Nebraska,” “Philomena.”

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The nominees include some racial and cultural diversity, underscoring the fact that the film industry needs to reflect a wider cross-section. It’s an expanded sensibility that theater and TV have been quicker to embrace.

Historically, the Oscars nominations rarely parallel box office performance. With $670 million worldwide, “Gravity” was the only best-pic nominee in the global box office top 10.

The foreign language and animation categories failed to capture a best-picture nomination in the way that “Toy Story 3” and “Amour” did in the past few years. The year’s overcrowding meant that Pixar’s “Monsters University” was shut out of the animated-feature contest. And some of the year’s most high-profile documentaries failed to make the grade, including the excellent “The Armstrong Lie,” “Blackfish,” “Stories We Tell” and “Tim’s Vermeer.”

And the original-song omissions is a who’s who in the music world. Among the many with eligible songs who didn’t score a nom were Kings of Leon, Beyonce, Jay Z, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay and Taylor Swift.

The build-up to today’s nominations has been long and intense. In most years, there have been three or four shoo-ins for a best-picture nomination, plus a handful of other possibilities. This year, in addition to four that seemed like no-brainers, there were a dozen other contenders all worthy of attention. Every Oscar category was overcrowded, so the campaigning has been at a record level of activity since September.

Because it was such a good year, there were some casualties in Thursday’s noms. That includes a few longshots whose supporters had hoped in vain for awards attention, such as James Franco (“Spring Breakers”), James Gandolfini (“Enough Said”) and Scarlett Johansson (“Her”). And there were terrific films that never quite gained traction in terms of awards, including “The Place Beyond the Pines,” “Rush,” “Labor Day” and “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.”

There were 289 eligible pics with a total of 6,028 Academy voters. The largest single branch is actors, with 1176 (19% of the total); the smallest being casting directors, with 54 members (less than 1%).

The nominations were announced at 5:38 a.m. at the Academy’s Beverly Hills headquarters. Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences prexy Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Chris Hemsworth made the announcement.

Balloting runs Feb. 14-25. Awards will be handed out at ceremonies at the Dolby Theatre March 2, telecast live by ABC-TV.



“12 Years a Slave”
“American Hustle”
“Captain Phillips”
“Dallas Buyers Club”
“The Wolf of Wall Street”


David O. Russell, “American Hustle”
Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”
Alexander Payne, “Nebraska”
Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”
Martin Scorsese, “The Wolf of Wall Street”


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


Amy Adams, “American Hustle”
Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”
Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”
Judi Dench, “Philomena”
Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County”


“American Hustle” – Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell
“Blue Jasmine” – Written by Woody Allen
“Her” – Written by Spike Jonze
“Nebraska” – Written by Bob Nelson
“Dallas Buyers Club” – Written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack


“Before Midnight” – Written by Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke
“Captain Phillips” – Screenplay by Billy Ray
“Philomena” – Screenplay by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope
“12 Years a Slave” – Screenplay by John Ridley
“The Wolf of Wall Street” – Screenplay by Terence Winter


Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”
Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”
June Squibb, “Nebraska”
Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”
Sally Hawkins, “Blue Jasmine”


Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”
Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”
Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”
Jonah Hill, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”


“The Croods”
“Despicable Me 2”
“Ernest & Celestine”
“The Wind Rises”


“The Grandmaster”
“Inside Llewyn Davis”


Michael Wilkinson, “American Hustle”
William Chang Suk Ping, “The Grandmaster”
Catherine Martin, “The Great Gatsby”
Michael O’Connor, “The Invisible Woman”
Patricia Norris, “12 Years a Slave”


“The Act of Killing”Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen
“Cutie and the Boxer” Zachary Heinzerling and Lydia Dean Pilcher
“Dirty Wars” Richard Rowley and Jeremy Scahill
“The Square” Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer
“20 Feet from Stardom” Nominees to be determined


“CaveDigger” Jeffrey Karoff
“Facing Fear” Jason Cohen
“Karama Has No Walls” Sara Ishaq
“The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life” Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed
“Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall” Edgar Barens


“American Hustle” Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten
“Captain Phillips” Christopher Rouse
“Dallas Buyers Club” John Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa
“Gravity” Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger
“12 Years a Slave” Joe Walker


“The Broken Circle Breakdown” Belgium
“The Great Beauty” Italy
“The Hunt” Denmark
“The Missing Picture” Cambodia
“Omar” Palestine


“Dallas Buyers Club” Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews
“Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” Stephen Prouty
“The Lone Ranger” Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny


John Williams, “The Book Thief”
Steven Price, “Gravity”
William Butler and Owen Pallett, “Her”
Alexandre Desplat, “Philomena”
Thomas Newman, “Saving Mr. Banks”


“Alone Yet Not Alone” from “Alone Yet Not Alone”
Music by Bruce Broughton; Lyric by Dennis Spiegel

“Happy” from “Despicable Me 2”
Music and Lyric by Pharrell Williams

“Let It Go” from “Frozen”
Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

“The Moon Song” from “Her”
Music by Karen O; Lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze

“Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
Music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen; Lyric by Paul Hewson


“American Hustle”
Production Design: Judy Becker; Set Decoration: Heather Loeffler

Production Design: Andy Nicholson; Set Decoration: Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard

“The Great Gatsby”
Production Design: Catherine Martin; Set Decoration: Beverley Dunn

Production Design: K.K. Barrett; Set Decoration: Gene Serdena

“12 Years a Slave”
Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Alice Baker


“Feral” Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden
“Get a Horse!” Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim
“Mr. Hublot” Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares
“Possessions” Shuhei Morita
“Room on the Broom” Max Lang and Jan Lachauer


“Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)” Esteban Crespo
“Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just before Losing Everything)” Xavier Legrand and Alexandre Gavras
“Helium” Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson
“Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)” Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka Saari
“The Voorman Problem” Mark Gill and Baldwin Li


“All Is Lost” Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns
“Captain Phillips” Oliver Tarney
“Gravity” Glenn Freemantle
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” Brent Burge
“Lone Survivor” Wylie Stateman


“Captain Phillips” Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith and Chris Munro
“Gravity” Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick and Tony Johnson
“Inside Llewyn Davis” Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland
“Lone Survivor” Andy Koyama, Beau Borders and David Brownlow


“Gravity” Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and Eric Reynolds
“Iron Man 3” Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash and Dan Sudick
“The Lone Ranger” Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams and John Frazier
“Star Trek Into Darkness” Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann and Burt Dalton

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  1. Homura says:

    Much lack of Madoka Magica Rebellion, such dissapointment.

  2. john prewitt says:

    Gravity 10 Oscar nominations but none for lead actor? Looks like a snub has been overlooked?

  3. Nomaan Malick says:

    I don’t get how was Lone Survivor and Saving Mr. Banks a critic fav. Lone Survivor has got a Metacritic rating of 59 and SMB has 67.

  4. Asking questions are genuinely fastidious thing if you are not understanding something
    fully, except this piece of writing gives pleasant understanding even.

  5. I like American Hustle the best because of the stars in it. They are really GOOOOOooood!
    American movies and American schtars are the best because of their consummation skills and their acting too.

    Many of the stars live in Hollywood where the pictures are made that bring so much joy to American homes and the people that live in them, the American people.

    Fllm actors are the highest form of art. Better than even a Classical Jazz musician or even Picasso. They work so hard to learn accents and the way that other people walk. Jennifer Lawrence is GreeeaaaT!
    She had to shoot bow and arrows in that one film and now she’s ….I forget…but a harlot or something in American hustle. How can you do that unless you spend years practicing and studying since you were 8 or something like that.

    I love movies and I like to eat popcorn with REAL BUTTER. I like BUTTER. BUTTER is my favorite food because I am an American from Minnesota which is the BUTTER capital of the world.

    I would like to be an actor but I don’t have the talent to stand in front of a camera and just be myself.

  6. Tim2999 says:

    Gravity? For what? Most scientific inaccuracies in one movie? Most contrived catastrophe that could never happen? Most hyped cinematography that fell short? Worst ever astronaut?

  7. braxton29 says:

    To me, the biggest snub was Spike Jonze for Best Director. “Her” was a beautiful and transcendent film and you could just see the world of the film through Jonze’s own eyes. I would have put him in Best Director over Alexander Payne, on account of “Nebraska” being so menial and average.

    TWOWW, earned its nominations and “Rush” was overrated and bland and should have been snubbed

  8. Peggy Tracy says:

    Snub Robert Redford’s performance. Have you lost your minds? What an insult to Mr. Redford, his acting ability and his devoted fans! SHAME ON YOU! This man deserves better.

  9. steve barr says:

    Martin Scorsese is an empty suit .Wolf of Wall Street was a bloated bore .He’s been making the same movie for over thirty years . As for screenplay if you removed all the f-words , nudity and drug use you wouldn’t have a movie .

  10. Silvana says:

    Chiwetel Ejiofor and all 12 Years a Slave should win because it is the best.

  11. A full breakdown of the nominees for Best Picture this year: is there a difference do we think between films that deserve to win and the film that will, undoubtedly win? Not saying that any of these films don’t deserve to be nominated, but I think some films will be overlooked because of the Academy itself


    What do we think?

  12. MarB says:

    What happened to “The Blue Umbrella” in Best Short Animated film? Can’t believe it wasn’t the best!!!!

  13. Tom Snyder says:

    Wolf was 20 minutes longer than the Hobbit movie, for God’s sake! Why would people want to spend three hours with a degenerate?

    Where were the nominations for 42? Why can’t they nominate a couple of the top animated movies for Best Picture, Frozen and Despicable Me 2, which are leading the worldwide box office. Why does Hollywood’s elite, and the mindless secular toadies in the “news” media and the film critic organizations, always want to push these boring, depraved, politically correct R-rated movies?

    Tom Hanks gave his two best performances in years in Captain Phillips and Saving Mr. Banks. And, the actors in the Hobbit movie were wonderful, especially Richard Armitage and Martin Freeman.

    The Hunger Games movie, Catching Fire, which had a much better screenplay and better editing and direction than R-rated dramas like American Hustle, 12 Years a Slave, and The Wolf of Wall Street.

  14. haaggus says:

    I saw American Hustle, ready to laugh…how I was disappointed. After 10 minutes I was looking at my watch. No idea why the critics liked it. Wolf should win, but it wont, sadly.

  15. David says:

    Gavity. Total junk. Bullock’s lines, mostly grunts and shreeks. She’s done much better.

  16. James Argola says:

    It’s kind of shocking that Captain Stabben sadly did not receive a mention, for the highly artistic, suave renderings of special moments he had on his yacht with aspiring actresses.

  17. FreddieH says:

    Truth, Thurston, you assume way too much.

  18. CACorey says:

    An entirely deserving list. I would have nominated Daniel Bruhl for ‘Rush’ over Jonah Hill but Fassbender or Leto is going to win anyway. Jennifer Lawrence and Lupita N’yongo is a really good competition.Inside Llewyn Davis wasn’t that entertaining or moving of a film – it was just bland and Oscar Isaac was a big part of the reason why.

    With all those noms, I’m guessing the Academy is predictably split between American Hustle and 12 Years A Slave. It should go to 12 Years A Slave. Gravity will be the most awarded on the night with all of its technical achievements, however.

    • Dex says:

      Bruhl should’ve definitely made the list over Hill. But regardless, Leto is going to win during a predictably boring Oscar telecast. There will be no surprises as the Academy will likely go the way of a high school clique and pick the popular choices. Thus, expect to see either “American Hustle” or “Gravity” sweep nearly everything.

  19. DK says:

    Gravity was entertaining but forgettable. Whenever Clooney was on screen, Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story kept popping in my head. Dialog must have been written on a cocktail napkin. Not Oscar worthy!

  20. Jumbled Mess of Images says:

    Captain Phillips getting nominations is an utter disgrace. Paul Greengrass is like an ADHD afflicted infant with some building blocks. Everything’s been tossed around violently with a complete failure to say anything even remotely meaningful. If someone out there actually managed to care for the characters, not to mention, the title character, then you’re a better person than I. Although job well done if hilarity was the intention of that cringeworthy ending.

  21. Warren Teede says:

    Grats to these nominees

  22. Daryle says:

    So glad to see McConaughey get an acting nod for Dallas Buyers Club. He had three great performances this year that really proved his “acting chops.” Biggest surprise – that Pacific Rim did NOT get a nod for Special Effects; a lot of folks will be disappointed about that one.

    • Ken says:

      …and a lot of folks (my friends and I included) are not disappointed because we thought RIM was a total eyesore and boring to boot. All those indistinguishable robots and monsters duking it out in the gloom and rain. The most preposterous sci-fi action flick of the year. THE VFX branch chose wisely this year.

      • MCS says:

        The visual effects voters, as well as those in sound editing, are a bunch of total morons for their 2014 nominations. Iron Man 3 and The Lone Ranger are both laughable choices. Work on Pacific Rim was far superior than these two movies mentioned.

      • Nathonaj says:

        Well, you’re in the minority. Pac Rim should have gotten a nom over both Iron Man 3, and The Lone Ranger. Elysium should have been nominated as well. The VFX in those films were absolutely incredible.

  23. Lucas Silva says:

    Congratulations to all the nominees. But do not think it’s fair to disparage the work of those who have been appointed. Those on the list deserved and deserve to be there.

  24. Allen Wright says:

    Why should a presumably qualitative measure — nominations for the “best” in specific categories, have anything to do with “diversity” or “cultural” factors? I don’t see any Asian, South Asian, Jewish, East European or other cultures represented in the nominations. If you mean black and hispanic — unless there are qualitative grounds for that, it is just a vapid, politically correct thing to say.

  25. glenda bunch says:

    after considering all the nominees for Best Picture, I truly hope that’ the movie that is selected is for performance by the ensemble of actors who pushed to perform their best and the movie that leaves the audience feeling as if they truly did have a Best Pictire experience because the movie moved them..without any prejudice.we, the the audience, bottom line just want to be entertained..Remember The Sound Of Music ???

  26. Truth says:

    No Blackfish? Nothing for Fruitville Station? Shame.
    And as lovely as J. Law is, PLEASE God don’t let her win. Her performance doesn’t a candle to those in her category.

  27. FreddieH says:

    When a bunch of industry insiders get together to pat each other on the back and give each other awards, who cares?

  28. Milly says:

    Blackfish not nominated for best documentary. Sad.

  29. Silvana says:

    Academy must reward the best and the best is 12 Years a Slave, not be racist, 12 Years a Slave is the best film, is the film of a generation.

    • DK says:

      Maybe best fiction award. Oprah’s version of truth has very little to do with reality.

      • Tim2999 says:

        12 Years a Slave is an outstanding movie…as real as it gets. Its of so much more substance than idiotic films like Wolf and Gravity. Oprah had nothing to do with it, fortunately.

      • Truth says:

        DK what are you talking about?!?! Oprah has nothing to do with 12 Years A Slave. Get your facts right (& movies) before you start bashing. Gees.

  30. Catherine Bailey says:

    Hard to believe that American Hustle wasn’t nominated in the Hairstyling and Makeup category.

  31. Daniel Kane says:

    A ‘Jackass’ film is now an Oscar contender. MTV would be so proud.

  32. Daniel Kane says:

    Bring out those screeners.

  33. J.E. Vizzusi says:

    “Its so wonderful to see such a terrific mini-budgeted film such as “Nebraska” come out in as few screens as it has and get such acclaim. Bruce Dern’s level of performance is above and beyond anything last year in my opinion. And its great to see Payne get a Director’s nod. Its the kind of Film that many have not screened win and win big, I hope.

    The biggest snub in Feature Doc catagory in Oscar History is “Blackfish”. Maybe Seaworld has given AMPAS money or sponsored.. its so damn political. Clearly the most talked about and acclaimed Doc of the year.

    • D Oehlrich says:

      You are right!!! We bought tickets for Nebraska as I heard it was a good film. My wife and I then saw the trailer on TV and had second thoughts. Since we already bought the tickets we went along with our 20+ kids. It was fantastic and nothing the trailer (rather dark). We laughed from being to end.

      Having spent time in the midwest, I didn’t notice the film was black and white until about 10 minutes in. That is what winter looks like in the midwest!!! It was the best movie I have seen in a long time.

  34. Patsy H. Vogdes says:

    What’s with the Gatsby noms? That’s so last year!!!

  35. Mehernosh Bharucha says:

    Most unfair that INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS was shut out of the Best Film category. Equally unfair that OSCAR ISAAC did not get a nod for Best Actor for playing the title character in this movie. Disappointed also that PLEASE MR KENNEDY did not get a Song of the Year nomination.

    • John Blake says:

      Only critics like Llewyn Davis. I have yet to meet a person who loved it. Most responses I’ve seen online and in person amount to “WTF?”

  36. John Doe says:

    Ernest & Celestine for Animated

  37. Jason Poland says:

    What, no LONE SURVIVOR? Mark WAHLBERG deserves an Oscar for that movie. They are so out of touch with the rest of the country…wtf?

    • antonio says:

      Lone Survivor wasn’t released until this year so it’s uneligible

      • Tim2999 says:

        Hollywood isn’t in to the core values, courage and patriotism in films like Lone Survivor. Hollywood is about celebrating degeneracy and shallowness. Zero Dark Thirty, an unbelievably good film that is so true its scary, got the same treatment.

      • A. Pierce says:

        It is eligible. It got two nominations for sound.

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