2014 Oscar Nominations Announced: ‘American Hustle’ and ‘Gravity’ Tie with 10 Nominations

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for the 2014 Academy Awards this morning. The Oscars will be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres and will be held on March 2.

You may wondering why the event is being held so late this year, and the answer is the 2014 Winter Olympics will be dominating most of February when it comes to our media.

As far as this morning nominations, there were a number of surprises and snubs. Joaquin Phoenix is absent from the Best Actor category despite his nomination for a Golden Globe for Her (Our favorite film of the year – and sadly one of the most underrated with award season). Tom Hanks is also absent from the Best Actor category for his work in Captain Phillips. Inside Llewyn Davis may have be a favorite critics, but for the Oscars it will be absent from Best Picture, Best Screenplay, and there’s also no nod for Best Director for the Coen brothers.

The front runners that were nominated though are clear – American Hustle and Gravity were tied with 10 nominations. We’ve put a “*” next to our predictions below in the full list of 2014 nominees.

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

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

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

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*

Best 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

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

Best animated feature film
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Ernest & Celestine
The Wind Rises

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

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

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

Best original score
The Book Thief
Saving Mr. Banks

Best original song
Alone Yet Not Alone, from Alone Yet Not Alone
Happy, from Despicable Me 2
Let It Go, from Frozen*
The Moon Song, from Her
Ordinary Love, from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Best cinematography
The Grandmaster
Inside Llewyn Davis

Best costume design
American Hustle
The Grandmaster
The Great Gatsby*
The Invisible Woman
12 Years a Slave

Best documentary feature
The Act of Killing
Cutie and the Boxer
Dirty Wars
The Square
20 Feet from Stardom

Best documentary short subject
Facing Fear
Karama Has No Walls
The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall

Best film editing
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
12 Years a Slave

Best makeup and hairstyling
Dallas Buyers Club*
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
The Lone Ranger

Best production design
American Hustle
The Great Gatsby*
12 Years a Slave

Best animated short film
Get a Horse!
Mr. Hublot
Room on the Broom

Best live-action short film
Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)
Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)
Pitaako Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)
The Voorman Problem

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

Best sound mixing
Captain Phillips
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Inside Llewyn Davis
Lone Survivor

Best visual effects
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Iron Man 3
The Lone Ranger
Star Trek Into Darkness

So there you have it, the full list of nominees and our predictions for the winners. We feel almost certain that Gravity will bring home the most awards, however, they won’t bring home the biggest. Sound off with your thoughts about the 2014 Oscar nominations below.


  1. The Academy could nominate 10 films for Best Picture but only chose 9. They should’ve nominated Saving Mr Banks for Best Picture and Emma Thompson for Best Actress.

    2013 was a great year for quality movies!

  2. I think this is Cate Blanchett’s 4th nomination for lead actress, do you think this is finally her year? I really hadn’t heard much about Blue Jasmine

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