2014 Oscar Nominees
by Phil Boatwright

The nominations for the 86th Academy Awards were announced today, January16, 2014. With nine nominees in the Best Picture category, American Hustle garnered the most nominations with 10, with Gravity also receiving 10.

This year’s nominated selections for best film are a potpourri of genres and themes, but once again, several of these choices bombard us with abusive content.

Six of the Best Picture nominees are deservedly rated R. How The Wolf of Wall Street and Dallas Buyers Club escaped the seldom used NC-17 mystifies this film reviewer. It appears that moviegoers have become willing to be entertained by crudity and graphic abuse.

If you are troubled by the crudity and profane nature of many films Hollywood considers “art,” then you really should read the critiques of those of us who provide the reasons for the ratings.

The live Awards show will be telecast March 2, 2014 on ABC, 7e/4p.

Best Picture

American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

Actor In a Leading Role

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

Actress In a Leading Role

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

Actor In a Supporting Role

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

Actress In a Supporting Role

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

Animated Feature Film

The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Ernest Celestine
The Wind Rises


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

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


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

Documentary Feature

Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen, The Act of Killing
Zachary Heinzerling and Lydia Dean Pilcher, Cutie and the Boxer
Richard Rowley and Jeremy Scahill, Dirty Wars
Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer, The Square
20 Feet from Stardom

Documentary Short

The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement - Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin
God is the Bigger Elvis - Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson
Incident in New Baghdad - James Spione
Saving Face - Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom - Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen

Film Editing

Gravity - Alfonso Cuaron, Mark Sanger
12 Years a Slave - Joe Walker
Captain Phillips - Christopher Rouse
American Hustle - Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten
Dallas Buyers Club - John Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa

Foreign Language Film

The Broken Circle Breakdown, Belgium
The Great Beauty, Italy
The Hunt, Denmark
The Missing Picture, Cambodia
Omar, Palestine


Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews, Dallas Buyers Club
Stephen Prouty, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny, The Lone Ranger

Music (Original Score)

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

Music (Original Song)

"Alone Yet Not Alone" from Alone Yet Not Alone
Music by Bruce Broughton; Lyric by Dennis Spiegel
"Happy" from Despicable Me 2
Music and Lyric by Pharrell Williams
"Let it Go" from Frozen
Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
"The Moon Song" from Her
Music by Karen O; Lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze
"Ordinary Love" from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Production Design

Judy Becker (Production Design); Heather Loeffler (Set Decoration), American Hustle
Andy Nicholson (Production Design); Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard (Set Decoration), Gravity
Catherine Martin (Production Design); Beverley Dunn (Set Decoration), The Great Gatsby
K.K. Barrett (Production Design); Gene Serdena (Set Decoration), Her
Adam Stockhausen (Production Design); Alice Baker (Set Decoration), 12 Years a Slave

Short Film (Animated)

Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden, Feral
Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim, Get a Horse!
Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares, Mr. Hublot
Shuhei Morita, Possessions
Max Lang and Jan Lachauer, Room on the Broom

Short Film (Live Action)

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

Sound Editing

All Is Lost
Captain Phillips
Lone Survivor
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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

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

Writing (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

Writing (Original Screenplay)

American Hustle - Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell
Blue Jasmine - Written by Woody Allen
Dallas Buyers Club - Written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack
Her - Written by Spike Jonze
Nebraska - Written by Bob Nelson