Oscars 2014 – The nominations, the snubs and the predictions

The 86th Academy AwardsIt’s that time of the year again and the Academy have today realised the full list of Nominations for the 86th Academy Awards. From here i’ll be posting the full list, who have unfortunately missed the cut and predict my picks for taken home the Oscar. Here we go.

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

The Snub

Oscars 2014 - Best Director Snub - Paul Greengrass

Paul Greengrass Captain Phillips

The list is correct in my view but it is worth sparing a thought for Paul Greengrass and noting the great directorial work that he done on Captain Phillips.

Winner Prediction

Alfonso Cuaron  Gravity

Get the feeling that is who the Academy will chose, even though Steve McQueen is going to give Cuaron a run for his money here.

Best Picture
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
12 Years A Slave
The Wolf Of Wall Street

The Snubs

Saving Mr Banks, The Butler & Prisoners

Odd with the nominations that Saving Mr Banks has been picking up at the Golden Globes and the BAFTA’s that it is strangely much ignored here. The Butler just screamed Oscar contender for the story and cast alone, but I didn’t get to see this film yet but a lot of people are upset that it has been snubbed. Prisoners is a tricky one as personally I loved the hell out of it, but it did come out a lot earlier than the film that have been nominated so maybe it’s suffered the same way that Fruitvale Station did in becoming a contender.

Winner Prediction

12 Years A Slave

Dallas Buyers Club and Wolf of Wall Street will give it a run for its money but normally the film that wins the Best Picture Award at the Golden Globes, does so again at the Oscars.

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 Buyers Club

The Snubs

Oscars 2014 - Best Actor Snubs - Michael B Jordan and Robert Redford

Michael B Jordan Fruitvale Station & Robert Redford All Is Lost

To be honest, I thought Fruitvale Station was a good movie, not great or Oscar worthy, but a good movie. But Michael B Jordan had a role that showcased his talents of being a leading man, giving us a conflicted young man, Oscar Grant III, on what to do with his life on what unfortunately happened to be his last day on this Earth. As for Robert Redford, in All is Lost, he is a man of few words, so to have him carry the ENTIRE film on his own, of an old man battling the elements of the sea. The fact that Redford was last nominated 40 years ago for an Academy Award (The Sting) in acting has stunned me.

Winner Prediction

Oscars 2014 - Winner Prediction of Best Actor - Leonardo DiCaprioLeonardo DiCaprio The Wolf of Wall Street

Yeah, I’m going against the Matthew McConaughey crowd and picking Leo because, jesus if Leo doesn’t win an Oscar for his portrayal as Jordan Belfort, he’ll never win it. Damn you McConaughey re-emergence after your rom-com phase.

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

The Snub

Oscars 2014 - The Snub For Best Actress - Emma ThompsonEmma Thompson Saving Mr Banks

Well damn, that was a harsh snub. Emma has been in the other nominations from the Globes to the BAFTAs but here she must make way for Academy royalty in Meryl Streep.

Winner Prediction

Oscars 2014 - Winner Prediction For Best Actress - Amy AdamsAmy Adams American Hustle

They’re trying to make it one but there’s no contest here. Strongly feel that Adams is more of a lock for this than Cate Blanchett.

Best Supporting Actor
Barkhad Abdi Captain Philips
Bradley Cooper American Hustle
Michael Fassbender 12 Years A Slave
Jonah Hill The Wolf Of Wall Street
Jared Leto Dallas Buyers Club

The Snub

Oscars 2014 - The Snub for Best Supporting Actor - Daniel Bruhl Daniel Bruhl Rush

Daniel Bruhl didn’t get nomination. Daniel Bruhl did NOT get nominated. Let that sink in. Would easily have had Bruhl in over Cooper or Jonah Hill.

Winner Prediction

Jared Leto Dallas Buyers Club

Fassbender has a shot but Leto is as much as a lock as you’ll get in the Oscars this year.

Best Supporting Actress
Sally Hawkins Blue Jasmime
Jennifer Lawrence American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o 12 Years A Slave
Julia Roberts August: Osage County
June Squibb Nebraska

The Snub

Oprah Winfrey The Butler

Winner Prediction

Lupita Nyong’o 12 Years A Slave

Personally I think Lupita put on a more Oscar worthy performance than the favourite Jennifer Lawrence. June Squibb has an outside chance.

Best Animated Feature
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Ernest & Celestine
The Wind Rises

The Snub

Monsters University

Because honestly, it’s the only one that I can think of that isn’t on the list. But serious Despicable Me 2 and The Croods weren’t as good as Monsters University, take away the Minions DM2 was rubbish.

Winner Prediction


Hear nothing but things about it and it has the most talked about buzz surrounding it.

Best Documentary Feature
The Act Of Killing
Cutie And The Boxer
Dirty Wars
The Square
20 Feet From Stardom

The Snub


The critics kept mentioning it, everyone that seen it kept telling us to watch it for how evil Sea World is. Not even a nomination. Odd.

Winner Prediction

The Act of Killing

Only hoping this will win not because it’s the only one I’ve seen from the list, but it is a fascinating watch.

Best Foreign Language Feature
The Broken Circle Breakdown
The Great Beauty
The Hunt
The Missing Picture

The Snub

Blue Is The Warmest Colour

What the hell Academy!? Stunned. Stunned!

Winner Prediction

The Hunt

Terrific film and it would be great if this would win but The Great Beauty won the Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes. Still predicting The Hunt to pick up the Oscar.

Best Original Song
Alone Yet not Alone from Alone Yet Not Alone
Happy Despicable Me 2
Let It Go Frozen
The Moon Song Her
Ordinary Love Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

Winner Prediction

Happy Despicable Me 2

It’s Pharrell, therefore I’m backing him. Honestly though it will 90% more likely be Frozen’s Let It Go.

Best Original Screenplay
Eric Singer & David O. Russell American Hustle
Woody Allen Blue Jasmine
Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack Dallas Buyers Club
Spike Jonze Her
Bob Nelson Nebraska

The Snub

The Coen Brothers Inside Llewyn Davis

Not much Coen Brothers loving this year? Okay.

Winner Prediction

Spike Jonze Her

Seriously, it’s not even a contest in this one. It’s the most unique screenplay out of the lot so therefore it should win, hands down.
Best Adapted Screenplay
Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke Before Midnight
Billy Ray Captain Phillips
Steve Coogan & Jeff Pope Philomena
John Ridley 12 Years A Slave
Terence Winter The Wolf Of Wall Street

Winner Prediction

Terence Winter The Wolf Of Wall Street

I really REALLY want it to be Linklater/Delpy & Hawke getting the Oscar here for Best Adapted Screenplay but I think Terry Winter will pick up the Oscar here.

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

Winner Prediction

Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro Gravity

Lone Survivor crew might have a shot (another film I’m surprised the more I think about it didn’t pick up more nominations), but the Gravity team will have this in the bag.

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

The Snub

Pacific Rim

The Lone Ranger got nominated over Pacific Rim. Fuck that.

Winner Prediction

Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould Gravity

Another lock for the Gravity team.

The 86th Academy Awards will be airing live on the 2nd March.