It’s Oscar Time! The 2014 Academy Awards

by Molly Scott

It’s awards season and the biggest of them all is coming up in one week, The Oscars! This year, the 86th Academy Awards will be on March 2nd at 7pm and will be broadcast on ABC. The brilliant Ellen DeGeneres will be hosting for her second time (she previously hosted the show in 2007). The nominations were released on January 16th and there were no big surprises (however, people are surprised that Tom Hanks wasn’t nominated for Captain Phillips). Here are the nominees for the major categories:

…hopefully Leo so the Internet can finally shut up.

Best Picture
12 Years a Slave 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Damn girl.

American Hustle was nominated in almost every major category and each of the main actors in the film were nominated in their respective category. Personally, I can’t enough of that film – the partially true story, the costumes (especially Amy Adams’s incredibly daring looks), the hair (especially Bradley Cooper’s curls), the time period, the acting, etc. It’s also director David O. Russell’s second year in a row earning a ton of nominations: last year’s Silver Linings Playbook garnered eight nominations. This film also starred Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, and she took home the Oscar for Best Actress.

For anyone who saw Dallas Buyers Club, Matthew McConaughey’s nomination was well-earned for his performance, considering the amount of weight he lost for the role. In fact, a lot of critics are predicting that he will win the Best Actor award. Cate Blanchett is predicted to win for Best Actress for Blue Jasmine; however, the film was not well received by critics. I saw this Woody Allen film over the summer, and I personally wanted to get out of the theater halfway through the movie I hated it so much.

Many people are arguing that three main films have the best chance of winning Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, and American Hustle. However, 12 Years a Slave is being heavily predicted as the winner and the very talented new star Lupita Nyong’o is almost destined to win Best Supporting Actress for her role as Patsey.

For all you Frozen lovers out there, the film is expected to win Best Animated Feature!

If you’re interested in more Oscar coverage, check out The New York Times blog, The Carpetbagger

Stay tuned: next week we’ll post our Oscar poll with lots of fun categories to vote on, including most popular dress color!

Molly Scott is a junior at Barnard and Senior Editor of The Nine Ways of Knowing.

Images courtesy of BrightNest and myETVmedia.

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