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Oscar Watching: The Nominations Are In And The Dust Settles

Yep, that photo again, unfortunately. Chris Hemsworth and Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the president of the motion-picture academy, announced the major nominations for the 86th Academy Awards early this morning – around 5:38 a.m. PT. As expected, Twitter erupted with fun facts, quips, and rants before, during, and after they announced the nominees.

The Oscar nominations are below, with commentary as I see fit.

Best Picture

American Hustle and Gravity lead with 10 bids each; 12 Years a Slave is just behind it with nine nominations. Tough call, but there’s so much love for Hustle – and director David O. Russell – that it can pull off the biggest con of them all. For anyone wanting to predict a victory for The Wolf of Wall Street, it failed to net an editing bid, and it’s too polarizing to be a “consensus” pick.

Got all these right somehow. Figured Saving Mr. Banks was too self-serving to find enough number-one votes, and Inside Llewyn Davis failed to connect.

1. American Hustle (David O. Russell)

2. 12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen)

3. Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)

4. Nebraska (Alexander Payne)

5. Dallas Buyers Club (Jean-Marc Vallée)

6. Captain Phillips (Paul Greengrass)

7. Her (Spike Jonze)

8. The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese)

9. Philomena (Stephen Frears)

Best Director

Got the three usual suspects – Alfonso Cuarón, Steve McQueen, and Russell – correct, but I missed Alexander Payne and Martin Scorsese for Paul Greengrass and Spike Jonze. Not sure how much they matter, though: Scorsese is the only nominee with a previous directing win to his credit (and again, the film is off-putting), and Payne’s film has cooled in recent weeks.

1. Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave

2. David O. Russell for American Hustle

3. Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity

4. Alexander Payne for Nebraska

5. Martin Scorsese for The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Actress in a Leading Role

This is the first lineup since 1994 without a newcomer, the first since 2010 that I didn’t call in its entirety – I thought Adèle Exarchopoulos or Brie Larson would sneak in. Meryl Streep fatigue isn’t a thing, apparently, as the actress got in for August: Osage County and extended her nomination record. Still, voters aren’t ready for an all-winner lineup: Emma Thompson’s work in Banks went unrecognized. Or maybe they just didn’t take the film too seriously.

Some commentary, I’m sure, suggests that Amy Adams “sneaked in” for her fifth nomination – in less than 10 years, no less – but she’s a lead in the film most likely to win best picture, and she’s the only non-winner here. Still, who’s betting against Cate Blanchett right now? It’s her award to lose assuming she wins SAG and (probably) BAFTA.

1. Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine

2. Amy Adams for American Hustle

3. Sandra Bullock for Gravity

4. Judi Dench for Philomena

5. Meryl Streep for August: Osage County

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Matthew McConaughey, right? Expect him to win SAG, but whoever wins BAFTA – it won’t be McConaughey since he missed the grade there; possibly Chiwetel Ejiofor – might be the one poised for an upset. (For what it’s worth, I thought Tom Hanks would get in over Christian Bale.)

1. Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club

2. Bruce Dern for Nebraska

3. Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave

4. Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street

5. Christian Bale for American Hustle

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

This still feels like Lupita Nyong’o’s award to lose, and wins at SAG and BAFTA would only help. But Jennifer Lawrence, the youngest three-time acting nominee as of this morning, also has the momentum to win. Also, Sally Hawkins!!! One-time front-runner Oprah Winfrey failed to reap a bid despite BAFTA and SAG nominations. Hype for Lee Daniels’ The Butler not only cooled but plummeted – the motion-picture academy nominated the film for nothing.

1. Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave

2. Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle

3. June Squibb for Nebraska

4. Sally Hawkins for Blue Jasmine

5. Julia Roberts for August: Osage County

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Posthumous nods are rare, so the omission of the late James Gandolfini, while disappointing, was hardly surprising. Bradley Cooper and Jonah Hill are the only actors here with previous Oscar nominations, so are we in for an upset. Probably not. Wins for Jared Leto have become a recurring theme of the 2013 awards season, so a SAG win seems likely. Michael Fassbender might snag BAFTA, though, since Leto missed a bid there.

1. Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club

2. Michael Fassbender for 12 Years a Slave

3. Bradley Cooper for American Hustle

4. Jonah Hill for The Wolf of Wall Street

5. Barkhad Abdi for Captain Phillips

Best Original Screenplay

Spike Jonze should win this, but this looks like a Hustle win. No love for Ethan and Joel Coen, by the way.

1. David O. Russell and Eric Singer for American Hustle

2. Spike Jonze for Her

3. Bob Nelson for Nebraska

4. Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack for Dallas Buyers Club

5. Woody Allen for Blue Jasmine

Best Adapted Screenplay

John Ridley wins, though Terence Winter has an outside shot at an upset.

1. John Ridley for 12 Years a Slave

2. Terence Winter for The Wolf of Wall Street

3. Billy Ray for Captain Phillips

4. Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope for Philomena

5. Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, and Richard Linklater for Before Midnight

Best Animated Feature Film

Called the unfortunate bid for Despicable Me 2, but didn’t think it’d be at the expense of Monsters University. Oh, and Frozen wins.

1. Frozen

2. The Wind Rises

3. The Croods

4. Despicable Me 2

5. Ernest and Celestine

Best Documentary Feature

Thought Blackfish and Stories We Tell would score nominations, but one was too controversial, the other too unconventional. Instead, Cutie and the Boxer and Dirty Wars made the cut. 20 Feet from Stardom might be the favorite to win.

1. 20 Feet from Stardom

2. The Square

3. The Act of Killing

4. Cutie and the Boxer

5. Dirty Wars

Best Foreign Language Film

Guessed that Hungary’s The Notebook would be in, but The Missing Picture, from Cambodia, instead scored a bid. I imagine The Broken Circle Breakdown wins?

1. The Broken Circle Breakdown – Belgium

2. The Great Beauty – Italy

3. The Hunt – Denmark

4. The Missing Picture – Cambodia

5. Omar – Palestine

Best Cinematography

12 Years DP missed Sean Bobbitt somehow. That just further paves the way for Emmanuel Lubzeki to win.

1. Emmanuel Lubezki for Gravity

2. Roger Deakins for Prisoners

3. Bruno Delbonnel for Inside Llewyn Davis

4. Phedon Papamichael for Nebraska

5. Philippe Le Sourd for The Grandmaster

Best Costume Design

1. Michael Wilkinson for American Hustle

2. Patricia Norris for 12 Years a Slave

3. Catherine Martin for The Great Gatsby

4. Michael O’Connor for The Invisible Woman

5. William Chang Suk Ping for The Grandmaster

Best Film Editing

No Thelma Schoonmaker?

1. Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger for Gravity

2. Joe Walker for 12 Years a Slave

3. Christopher Rouse for Captain Phillips

4. Alan Baumgarten and Jay Cassidy for American Hustle

5. John Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa for Dallas Buyers Club

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Why no love for Bale’s comb over in Hustle?

1. Adruitha Lee and Robin Matthews Dallas Buyers Club

2. Stephen Prouty for Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

3. Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny The Lone Ranger

Best Production Design

1. Catherine Martin for The Great Gatsby

2. Adam Stockhausen for 12 Years a Slave

3. Andy Nicholson for Gravity

4. Judy Becker for American Hustle

5. K.K. Barrett for Her

Best Sound Editing

1. Glenn Freemantle for Gravity

2. Oliver Tarney for Captain Phillips

3. Brent Burge for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

4. Wylie Stateman for Lone Survivor

5. Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns for All is Lost

Best Sound Mixing

1. Gravity

2. Inside Llewyn Davis

3. Captain Phillips

4. Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick, and Tony Johnson for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

5. Andy Koyama, Beau Borders, and David Brownlow for Lone Survivor

Best Visual Effects

The lack of Pacific Rim is troubling – Star Trek Into Darkness? Really?

1. Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk, and Neil Corbould for Gravity

2. Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, and Eric Reynolds for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

3. Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash, and Dan Sudick for Iron Man 3

4. Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams, and John Frazier for The Lone Ranger

5. Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann, and Burt Dalton for Star Trek Into Darkness

Best Original Song

“Let It Go” from Frozen leads, obviously, but U2‘s Globe-winning “Ordinary Love,” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, might surprise for the win. Pharrell Williams’ push for “Happy,” his Despicable song, paid off with a nomination.

“Alone Yet Not Alone,” a little-known song from the little-seen film of the same name, surprised for a nomination. The music branch often opens its doors to unexpected nominees – a song from Paris 36 earned a nomination in 2009, for example. But a listen to the song made its nomination all the more perplexing. A look at the credited writers more or less explains the nomination: Bruce Broughton, credited with the music, is a governor within the motion-picture academy and chief of the branch that voted for his song.

So yeah, let’s just hope for a Karen O upset.

1. “Let It Go” from Frozen (music and lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez)

2. “Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clatyon, and Larry Mullen; lyric by Paul Hewson)

3. “The Moon Song” from Her (music by Karen O; lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze)

4. “Happy” from Despicable Me 2 (music and lyric by Pharrell Williams)

5. “Alone Yet Not Alone” from Alone Yet Not Alone (music by Bruce Broughton; lyric by Dennis Spiegel)

Best Original Score

1. Steven Price for Gravity

2. John Williams for The Book Thief

3. Thomas Newman for Saving Mr. Banks

4. Alexandre Desplat for Philomena

5. William Butler and Owen Pallett for Her

Best Animated Short

1. Get a Horse! (Lauren MacMullan)

2. Feral (Daniel Sousa)

3. Possessions (Shuhei Morita)

4. Mr. Hublot (Laurent Witz)

5. Room on the Broom (Max Lang and Jan Lachauer)

Best Documentary (Short Subject)

1. The Lady in Number 6 (Malcolm Clarke)

2. Facing Fear (Jason Cohen)

3. Karama Has No Walls (Sara Ishaq)

4. Cavedigger (Jeffrey Karoff)

5. Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall

Best Live-Action Short

1. That Wasn’t Me (Esteban Crespo)

2. Do I Have to Take Care of Everything (Selma Vilhunen)

3. The Voorman Problem (Mark Gill)

4. Just Before Losing Everything (Xavier Legrande)

5. Helium (Anders Walter)

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Donovan Warren loves the wonderful world of film and all that comes with it. He specifically loves long takes, fabulous actresses, and keeping up with the Oscar season - even when it's far too early to make sense of anything.