But I can't be too upset about Hanks because his co-captain in the film, played by Barkhad Abdi, earned a hugely surprising--and well deserved--nod, along with the film for best picture (none for director Paul Greengras--another abomination). Though Abdi has been getting some love from the precursors this year, I didn't think that Oscar would be as nice to him (clearly the Academy received all my warning letters demanding his recognition, though they must have skimmed over the Hanks portion--will resend).
A film that confirms director David O. Russell has something fateful on the Academy is American Hustle. While I liked Silver Lining Playbook and loved The Fighter, I will never understand why the Academy insists on recognizing almost every area of his films. The most laughable nod? Original screenplay. The writing was wobbly and went off on so many tangents that it ended up being completely devoid of a premise. It's entertaining, but let's leave it at that. Ironically, it was snubbed for the only category that should have been a sure bet--makeup and hairstyling. As for acting? Bradley Cooper is the only nomination I'm not mad at--he managed to steer the film back in the right direction with his single performance. I will hold to that.
Speaking of Dallas, lets give a round of applause to another debut Oscar nominee, Matthew McConaughey. Imma let you finish, Matt, but I still remember and love you from your strictly eye candy days:
*sigh* Kudos to a beautiful dramatic performance and congrats to the movie, which is also up for a best picture nod. Keep 'em coming. That goes for you too, Cate Blanchett and Sally Hawkins, the wonderful Tennessee Williams-esque duo from Blue Jasmine. I was certain that Blanchett would be recognized but I didn't know whether Hawkins would, even though since day 1 I have been reminding folks to not forget about her fine performance, one which beautifully complements Blanchett's and the magnificent screenplay by Woody Allen (also nominated).
Scarlett Johansson are both so visceral in that film that I am getting more and more upset about their snubs as I type this. Surely Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence (or June Squibb) could have been swapped out for them. *adds more vitriol to the Academy letter*
My gawd, must we talk about The Croods yet again? How come we keep pretending this movie is a contender? In the words of Charlize Theron in Young Adult, "Have you seen it, up close?" The Academy must be watching a different version of the film yet to be released. Anyway, all the accolades in the best animated film category should go to The Wind Rises, which if there is any justice in the world will trump Frozen.
While many lament the snubs for Inside Llewyn Davis and Saving Mr. Banks (for a reason unbeknownst to me), I am positively giddy about the nominations for The Hunt and The Broken Circle Breakdown--both extremely underrated films from last year.
I will continue to be perplexed by all the love Before Midnight has received this season, including here for best adapted screenplay nominated with the likes of Captain Phillips and 12 Years a Slave (it should have no chance whatsoever).
Read the full list of nominees here:
Just as I anticipated, Sunday's season 4 premiere of Shameless titled "Simple Pleasures" served mainly to enable my obsession with V and Kevin (Shanola Hampton and Steve Howey). - See more at: http://www.reeltalkonline.org/2014/01/a-recap-of-sundays-season-premiere.html#sthash.tH7y7mGD.dpufBest picture
"12 Years a Slave"
"Dallas Buyers Club"
"The Wolf of Wall Street"
Alfonso Cuarón, "Gravity"
Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave"
Alexander Payne, "Nebraska"
David O. Russell, "American Hustle"
Martin Scorsese, "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Christian Bale, "American Hustle"
Bruce Dern, "Nebraska"
Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave"
Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club"
Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Amy Adams, "American Hustle"
Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"
Judi Dench, "Philomena"
Meryl Streep, "August: Osage County"
Sandra Bullock, "Gravity"
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”
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
“Despicable Me 2”
“Ernest & Celestine”
“The Wind Rises”
“The Grandmaster,” Philippe Le Sourd
“Gravity,” Emmanuel Lubezki
“Inside Llewyn Davis,” Bruno Delbonnel
“Nebraska,” Phedon Papamichael
“Prisoners,” Roger A. Deakins
“American Hustle,” Michael Wilkinson
“The Grandmaster,” William Chang Suk Ping
“The Great Gatsby,” Catherine Martin
“The Invisible Woman,” Michael O’Connor
“12 Years a Slave,” Patricia Norris
“The Act of Killing”
“Cutie and the Boxer”
“20 Feet from Stardom”
Documentary short subject
“Karama Has No Walls”
“The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life”
“Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall”
“American Hustle,” Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten
“Captain Phillips,” Christopher Rouse
“Dallas Buyers Club,” John Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa
“Gravity,” Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger
“12 Years a Slave,” Joe Walker
Foreign language film
“The Broken Circle Breakdown,” Belgium
“The Great Beauty,” Italy
“The Hunt,” Denmark
“The Missing Picture,” Cambodia
Makeup and hairstyling
“Dallas Buyers Club,” Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews
“Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa,” Stephen Prouty
“The Lone Ranger,” Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny
“The Book Thief,” John Williams
“Gravity,” Steven Price
“Her,” William Butler and Owen Pallett
“Philomena,” Alexandre Desplat
“Saving Mr. Banks,” Thomas Newman
“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”
“American Hustle,” Production Design: Judy Becker; Set Decoration: Heather Loeffler
“Gravity,” Production Design: Andy Nicholson; Set Decoration: Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard
“The Great Gatsby,” Production Design: Catherine Martin; Set Decoration: Beverley Dunn
“Her,” Production Design: K.K. Barrett; Set Decoration: Gene Serdena
“12 Years a Slave,” Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Alice Baker
Animated short film
“Get a Horse!”
“Room on the Broom”
Live action short film
“Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)”
“Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just before Losing Everything)”
“Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)”
“The Voorman Problem”
“All Is Lost,” Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns
“Captain Phillips,” Oliver Tarney
“Gravity,” Glenn Freemantle
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” Brent Burge
“Lone Survivor,” Wylie Stateman
“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
“Lone Survivor,” Andy Koyama, Beau Borders and David Brownlow
“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
“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
“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
Just as I anticipated, Sunday's season 4 premiere of Shameless titled "Simple Pleasures" served mainly to enable my obsession with V and Kevin (Shanola Hampton and Steve Howey). - See more at: http://www.reeltalkonline.org/2014/01/a-recap-of-sundays-season-premiere.html#sthash.tH7y7mGD.dpuf