Oscar Nominations were released today after much wait, anticipation and speculation on which big releases could and should be accredited one of the most prestigious awards in the film industry. Here is the list of nominations with my own thoughts regarding who I think should and will take the award, applause and glory.
12 Years a Slave should and probably will be accredited and named The Best Picture at the 86th Oscar Ceremony after stunning its audience and collecting much praise and plaudits.
David O. Russell – American Hustle, Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity, Alexander Payne – Nebraska, Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave, Martin Scorsese – The Wolf of Wall Street
This should be a close contest between Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity and Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave in my perspective as they were the two visual highlights out of the bunch. Cuaron behind one of the best visual experiences in cinematic history whilst McQueen refreshing and brilliant techniques captured so much in 12 Years a Slave.
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.
12 Years a Slave’s Ejiofor should deserve to win Best Actor however with the heaps of praise and success from McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club It could be stolen away.
Amy Adams – American Hustle, Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine, Sandra Bullock – Gravity, Judi Dench – Philomena, Meryl Streep – August: Osage County
Amy Adams is the majority’s choice to take claim to the Best Actress award but giving the performance of her career in Gravity it would be much deserved if Sandra Bullock took the glory.
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
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
Spike Jonze’s Her, I hope will get named the Best Original Screenplay ahead of American Hustle after failing to amaze me and reach expectation.
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
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
12 Years a Slave absolutely amazed me, especially with its accurate adaptation, brutal realism and factual accuracy so this would be a strong shout for this award, however Captain Phillips was truly special so I wouldn’t be surprise if it stole the show here.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave, Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle, June Squibb – Nebraska, Julia Roberts – August: Osage County, Sally Hawkins – Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence although only playing a minor role stood out amongst others in American Hustle and should easily be credited as Best Supporting Actress.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
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
Jared Leto apparently gave a wonderful performance in Dallas Buyers Club but I can’t see anyone accept Michael Fassbneder winning and deserving this award after his performance in 12 Years a Slave.
BEST ANIMATED FILM
The Croods, Despicable Me 2, Ernest & Celestine, Frozen, The Wind Rises
Frozen will most likely scoop The Best Animated Film award up after becoming a huge favourite, however I could see close competition from the great, Despicable Me 2.
The Grandmaster, Gravity, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska, Prisoners
I could see best cinematography being between Inside Llewyn Davis and Gravity but I couldn’t say which way.
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
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
American Hustle really did show off its excellence in this department and it should surely be credited by picking up the Oscar for Best Costume Design.
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
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
The Act Killing is my favourite for this category.
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
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
BEST FILM EDITING
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
Gravity should have this one firmly in their grasp!
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
The Broken Circle Breakdown – Belgium, The Great Beauty -Italy, The Hunt – Denmark, The Missing Picture – Cambodia, Omar Palestine
It was a big surprise to not see Blue is the Warmest Colour given a nomination for this category.
BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
Dallas Buyers Club – Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa – Stephen Prouty, The Lone Ranger – Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny
Dallas Buyers Club would be my favourite for this award however again its a surprise to see American Hustle not getting nominated.
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
John Williams – The Book Thief, Steven Price – Gravity, William Butler and Owen Pallett – Her, Alexandre Desplat – Philomena Thomas Newman – Saving Mr. Banks
Saving Mr Banks would be my favourite and a winner that would be much deserved.
BEST SOUND EDITING
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 has amazing score but I was very impressed by Lone Survivor it would be more than deserved if they were awarded Best Sound Editing.
BEST SOUND MIXING
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
Again this for me would be between Captain Phillips and Lone Survivor.
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
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
I would like to see The Hobbit be accredited this award after the amazing appearance of Smaug however it would be no surprise to see Gravity make way with another victory.
I did miss out a few categories however these are the Oscar Nominations, there were a few shocks and surprises but I’m sure there will be plenty more upon ceremony night! I would appreciate it if you could comment below your thoughts and your favourites for the Oscars 2014.