2014 Oscar Nominations: Full List and Analysis

  • Publish Date: January 16, 2014
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Hustle, Gravity, Slave score big, but Academy doesn't dig Davis

Films with Most Nominations
1 American Hustle 10 noms
  Gravity 10 noms
3 12 Years a Slave 9 noms

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for their 86th Academy Awards early Thursday morning, recognizing the best films, filmmakers, and on- and off-screen talent of 2013. Three films dominated this year's nominee list, and none of the trio were surprises.

Two films tied atop the leaderboard: David O. Russell's period dramedy American Hustle, and Alfonso Cuarón's breathtaking sci-fi thriller Gravity. Just behind those two films with nine nominations is the drama many experts believe to be the best picture frontrunner: Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave. Other films with multiple nominations include Captain Phillips (with 6), Dallas Buyers Club (6), Nebraska (6), Her (5), and The Wolf of Wall Street (5). Surprisingly shut out of major categories was Inside Llewyn Davis; more on that in a moment.

Listed below are the 2014 Academy Award nominees in all 24 categories.

Best picture and director

Best Picture
90 American Hustle Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison and Jonathan Gordon, Producers
83 Captain Phillips Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca, Producers
84 Dallas Buyers Club Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter, Producers
96 Gravity Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman, Producers
91 Her Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze and Vincent Landay, Producers
86 Nebraska Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa, Producers
76 Philomena Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan and Tracey Seaward, Producers
97 12 Years a Slave Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen and Anthony Katagas, Producers
75 The Wolf of Wall Street (credits to be determined)

First, what's missing. The Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis is the most notable omission, having previously received two dozen best picture awards and nominations over the past month, but you'll sense a theme: the Academy neglected to recognize the film in multiple categories (including screenplay, directing, and especially lead actor). Academy voters also apparently didn't see (or like) All Is Lost, as that, too, is missing from multiple categories. Critic favorite Before Midnight is also missing, though that is much less of a surprise. Nearly all of the Academy's best picture selections this year (which hit a total of nine for the third consecutive year) actually fall in the unsurprising category, with most of the bunch known for months. Only British drama Philomena is close to an unexpected inclusion. Voters also managed to avoid the three films that looked most like Oscar bait: August: Osage County (which did pick up a few acting nominations), Lee Daniels' The Butler (shut out), and Saving Mr. Banks (nominated only for its score).

Note that producer Megan Ellison (Her, American Hustle) is the first woman to ever receive two best picture nominations in the same year.

The average Metascore for the nine best picture nominees this year? An astounding 86.4, with the lowest score in the group being a still-high 75. That's what you call a good year.

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

None of the nominees are surprises—and Cuarón and McQueen are the favorites, as they've been dominating this category during awards season—but that doesn't mean there weren't omissions anyway. (Remember, with nine best picture nominees and only five director selections, a few filmmakers are always going to be left out.) Directors who had a decent chance of landing here but didn't include Golden Globe nominee Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips), Spike Jonze (Her), and the Coen brothers (Inside Llewyn Davis).


Original Screenplay
Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell American Hustle
Woody Allen Blue Jasmine
Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack Dallas Buyers Club
Spike Jonze Her
Bob Nelson Nebraska
Adapted Screenplay
Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke Before Midnight
Billy Ray Captain Phillips
Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope Philomena
John Ridley 12 Years a Slave
Terence Winter The Wolf of Wall Street

The Dallas Buyers Club pair of Borten and Wallack are the biggest surprise in both screenplay categories, as that film was all but ignored in previous screenplay awards this year. The others are all familiar names. Spike Jonze has been dominating the original screenplay category on the awards circuit, while John Ridley has been doing the same in the adapted category. Omissions (though never likely nominees to begin with) include Nicole Holofcener for Enough Said, and the Coen brothers.

Woody Allen's writing nomination is the 16th of his career, and Allen is the last person prior to David O. Russell to be nominated for writing in two consecutive years (with Allen's nominations coming in 1977 and 1978). Speaking of Russell, he now has the only two films ever to collect nominations for best picture, director, screenplay, and all four acting categories in the same year; last year's Silver Linings Playbook was the first such film, and American Hustle is the second.


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

Now this is a tough field. Cate Blanchett—going for her second Oscar and first in a lead performance—has been cleaning up on the awards circuit this year, but Amy Adams might have some momentum with her Globe win (though Blanchett won one, too). Previous Oscar winner Bullock has a showcase role in Gravity, and Dench and Streep are Dench and Streep. (This is Streep's 18th nomination, by the way; Dench has a mere seven.) Interestingly, the Academy chose to go the veteran route this year, passing on young and relatively unknown actresses (who earned nominations elsewhere) like Brie Larson (Short Term 12) and Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue Is the Warmest Color).

Lead 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

Oddly, Christian Bale's terrific lead performance in American Hustle has been getting little attention on the awards circuit this year, but it is hard to argue with his presence here (which gives the film a chance to sweep the acting categories), though it probably comes at the expense of Robert Redford (All Is Lost), Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips), and/or Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis). Though Chiwetel Ejiofor was probably the runaway favorite as recently as a few weeks ago, fellow first-time Oscar nominee Matthew McConaughey has been gaining momentum, thanks in no small part to his Golden Globe win.

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

While the five nominees have all been fairly ubiquitous on the awards circuit this year (with awards fairly evenly split between Nyong'o and Lawrence so far), there was a decent chance that Oprah Winfrey would slip in here for The Butler. Note that Lawrence won an Oscar last year (as lead actress); she's the only one of last year's winners in the acting categories who is nominated again this year, and she's the youngest-ever (at 23) three-time Oscar acting nominee. Roberts has been nominated three times before (most recently, winning for Erin Brockovich in 2000), but the other three nominees are first-timers (including the 84-year-old Squibb). Note that Scarlett Johansson, who voices the operating system in Her, was not eligible for the Academy Award, since she never appears on screen.

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

While fans were hoping for a posthumous nomination for James Gandolfini (Enough Said), the field is pretty much as expected. Jared Leto is the likely favorite, having already collected nearly every supporting actor award handed out this year, though Abdi and Fassbender are also major contenders. On the other hand, Cooper and Hill are the biggest underdogs, with almost no recognition from other groups, though they still beat out other potential nominees like James Franco (Spring Breakers), Will Forte (Nebraska), and Daniel Brühl (Rush). Abdi, Fassbender, and Leto are all first-time Oscar nominees; Cooper was nominated last year, and Hill the year before (for Moneyball).

Other best film nominations

Animated Feature
55 The Croods Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco and Kristine Belson
62 Despicable Me 2 Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin and Chris Meledandri
xx Ernest & Celestine Benjamin Renner and Didier Brunner
74 Frozen Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho
84 The Wind Rises Hayao Miyazaki and Toshio Suzuki

While there may be a sentimental push behind Hayao Miyazaki's final film (The Wind Rises), expect Disney's newest hit Frozen to win here. The little-known Ernest & Celestine, by the way, is a French-Belgian production based on a children's book, and it played the festival circuit (including Cannes and TIFF) though it never screened widely in the U.S.

Documentary Feature
89 The Act of Killing Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen
82 Cutie and the Boxer Zachary Heinzerling and Lydia Dean Pilcher
76 Dirty Wars Richard Rowley and Jeremy Scahill
83 The Square Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer
83 20 Feet From Stardom (credits to be determined)

The documentary field is a strong one this year. Joshua Oppenheimer's The Act of Killing is not just the favorite 2013 documentary among critics; it's one of their favorite films of the year, period. But any of these films can win.

Foreign-Language Feature
70 The Broken Circle Breakdown BELGIUM
86 The Great Beauty ITALY
76 The Hunt DENMARK
80 The Missing Picture CAMBODIA

Paolo Sorrentino's The Great Beauty was among critics' favorite films of 2013 (with many naming it to their year-end top 10 lists), but the critics' choice is rarely the winner in this category. The Missing Picture is just the second documentary ever nominated in this category, and is Cambodia's first Oscar nomination. Note that Blue Is the Warmest Color, the film that has been dominating this category on the awards circuit, was not eligible for the Oscar, having just missed the cut-off date for release in its home country by a week.

Short subjects

Animated Short
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
Documentary Short
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
Live-Action Short
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

These are the categories that have ruined many an office pool. There's one favorite we can report, however: Disney's inventive Get a Horse!, the first animated Mickey Mouse short in nearly two decades (and featuring archival recordings of Walt Disney himself providing Mickey's voice), has a lot of fans.


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

Another year, another John Williams nomination: this is his 49th to date (over twice as many as the next highest total among living people), though he hasn't won since 1993. Thomas Newman is no stranger here either; this is his 12th career nomination. Her composer William Butler (teaming with fellow Canadian musician Owen Pallett), by the way, is a member of Arcade Fire.

Original Song
"Alone Yet Not Alone"
by Bruce Broughton, Dennis Spiegel
Alone Yet Not Alone
by Pharrell Williams
Despicable Me 2
"Let It Go"
by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
"The Moon Song"
by Karen O, Spike Jonze
"Ordinary Love"
by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

U2's "Ordinary Love" has the momentum here, having just picked up the Golden Globe days ago. This is one category where the omission of Inside Llewyn Davis was expected, as that film's original song was not eligible (the Academy having a somewhat unconventional definition of "original"). Never heard of the film Alone Yet Not Alone? You're not ... alone.

Technical categories

Philippe Le Sourd The Grandmaster
Emmanuel Lubezki Gravity
Bruno Delbonnel Inside Llewyn Davis
Phedon Papamichael Nebraska
Roger A. Deakins Prisoners

Le Sourd is a surprise nomination here, with little recognition in previous awards this year. Missing are Sean Bobbitt (12 Years a Slave) and (though always a longshot) Hoyte Van Hoytema (Her). If you've seen Gravity, you'll understand why Lubezki is the favorite. He has been nominated five times previously, but has never won the Oscar.

Costume Design
American Hustle
The Grandmaster
The Great Gatsby
The Invisible Woman
12 Years a Slave
Film Editing
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
12 Years a Slave
Makeup and Hairstyling
Dallas Buyers Club
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
The Lone Ranger
Production Design
American Hustle
The Great Gatsby
12 Years a Slave
Sound Editing
All Is Lost
Captain Phillips
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Lone Survivor
Sound Mixing
Captain Phillips
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Inside Llewyn Davis
Lone Survivor
Visual Effects
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Iron Man 3
The Lone Ranger
Star Trek Into Darkness

We know what you're thinking: "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa? What an obvious Academy Award nominee." Actually, you're thinking, "Am I an idiot if I don't pick Gravity to win the visual effects award in my Oscar pool?" Yes, yes you are.

More coverage to come

Ellen DeGeneres will make her second appearance as Oscar host when the 86th Annual Academy Awards ceremony airs live on ABC on Sunday, March 2nd at 7:00p ET / 4:00p PT. As we do each year, in the weeks prior to the big day, we'll give you a chance to predict this year's winners, and then we'll compare your picks to those of dozens of critics and industry experts.

In the meantime, what do you think of this year's nominations? What did the Academy get right, and what did they overlook? Let us know in the comments section below, and be sure to check out our 2013 Film Awards Scorecard to see how the Academy's choices compare to all of the other movie awards handed out over the past few months.

Comments (12)

  • DanBurrito  

    We live in a world where Inside Llewyn Davis was not only snubbed for Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director(s), but the academy have still failed to aknowledge John Goodman. Shocking.

  • DanBurrito  

    Why didn't Monsters University get nominated for BAF? That was a good movie!

  • temrok9  

    In a perfect world, American Hustle should get all the awards it is nominated for;the only decent competitor would be Inside Llewyn Davis but it has been left out(not strangely in my opinion;every year some of the best films stay out of the list).With Venus in furs in Foreign films, this is my triad of masterpieces for this year.I would also like Frances Ha and Prince Avalanche in the list instead of, say, Her, which, by the way, I consider a terrible movie.I suppose the more chances are that 12 years a slave will be the winner;a decently directed movie that, I think, has been overrated.As for Gravity, I believe it is an achievement of directing but the whole concept feels a little empty for my taste(this is not A space Odyssey), so I wouldn't choose it among the best ones.And I was glad to see Philomena and Dallas buyers club among the nominees, but I have to admit that I got bored with The wolf of wall street and Nebraska.So be it!

  • KevyB  

    I'm confused. Those two David O Russell films aren't the first two to receive Best Picture, Director, Screenplay and all four acting nods. Right off the top of my head I knew Network accomplished this, and For Whom the Bell Tolls did it 70 years ago! Almost every single movie that has gotten all four acting nominations has gotten Picture, Director and Screenplay too. I've found - I think - 12 other films to have done this.

  • Mike_M  

    I followed the nominations very closely this year. [I was on a committee]
    I did not see any foreign language movies.

    My best picture 10 list [* for top 4}:
    All is Lost
    Before Midnight*
    Friutvale Station
    Inside Llewyn Davis*
    Short Term 12*
    The World's End
    12 Years A Slave*
    Upstream Color

  • Christopher_G2  

    It's all about the stupid Oscar nomination campaigns. Nebraska and Philomena had really good ones, and Inside Llewyn Davis and anything with Tom Hanks apparently did not. Not to disparage any of these movies, but really every year you get strange decisions that can't purely be explained by the taste of the Academy. Actually nothing here is as shocking as last year both Bigelow and Affleck not getting nominated for director.

  • Pazzo7  

    U gotta be kidding me...how in the world pacific rim is not in the top 5 visual effects ???? WOW WTF ?

  • JoshLabron  

    Even thought not nominated, Scarlett Johannson actually was eligible, it was the Golden Globes that she was not eligible at, because she's just a voice.

  • ChuckPalantine  

    So the obvious will be stated: Inside Llewyn Davis...the Oscars suck...Before Midnight...the Oscars suck...Adèle Exarchopoulos...the Oscars suck, but are somehow very intriguing...


  • winged  

    Johansson was definitely eligible, just snubbed.

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