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Academy Award nomination surprises were mostly pleasant

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, at 3:46 p.m.
  • Updated Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at 7:22 a.m.

Other Academy Award nominations

Foreign Language Film: “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” Belgium; “The Great Beauty,” Italy; “The Hunt,” Denmark; “The Missing Picture,” Cambodia; “Omar,” Palestinian territories.

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.”

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.”

Animated Feature Film: “The Croods”; “Despicable Me 2”; “Ernest & Celestine”; “Frozen”; “The Wind Rises.”

Production Design: “American Hustle,” “Gravity,” “The Great Gatsby,” “Her,” “12 Years a Slave.”

Cinematography: “The Grandmaster,” “Gravity,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Nebraska,” “Prisoners.”

Sound Mixing: “Captain Phillips,” “Gravity,” “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Lone Survivor.”

Sound Editing: “All Is Lost,” “Captain Phillips,” “Gravity,” “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Lone Survivor.”

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

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

Costume: “American Hustle,” “The Grandmaster,” “The Great Gatsby,” “The Invisible Woman,” “12 Years a Slave.”

Documentary Feature: “The Act of Killing,” “Cutie and the Boxer,” “Dirty Wars,” “The Square,” “20 Feet from Stardom.”

Documentary (short subject): “CaveDigger,” “Facing Fear,” “Karama Has No Walls,” “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life,” “Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall.”

Film Editing: “American Hustle,” “Captain Phillips,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Gravity,” “12 Years a Slave.”

Makeup and Hairstyling: “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa,” “The Lone Ranger.”

Animated Short Film: “Feral,” “Get a Horse!,” “Mr. Hublot,” “Possessions”, “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),” “Helium,” “Pitaako Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?),” “The Voorman Problem.”

Visual Effects: “Gravity,” “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Iron Man 3,” “The Lone Ranger,” “Star Trek Into Darkness.”

The Academy Award nominations were announced early Thursday morning, and as usual, there were some big (mostly nice) surprises.

Front-runners were the technological wonder “Gravity” and scam artist tale “American Hustle” with 10 nominations each. “12 Years A Slave” followed with nine. Here are major nominees and my reactions:

Best Picture

“American Hustle”

“Captain Phillips”

“Dallas Buyers Club”

“Gravity”

“Her”

“Nebraska”

“Philomena”

“12 Years a Slave”

“The Wolf of Wall Street”

All great choices. I predicted all might get in except “Dallas,” but I’m really glad it did. The only glaring omission is “Saving Mr. Banks,” which surprisingly got little love from Oscar all around.

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”

Bale sneaked in, riding a wave of Oscar love for “American Hustle,” but it’s a great choice. I predicted DiCaprio might sneak in and he did. But that means Tom Hanks and Robert Redford didn’t make the cut, which is too bad. They were both career-high performances.

Lead actress

Amy Adams, “American Hustle”

Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”

Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”

Judi Dench, “Philomena”

Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County”

Adams sneaked in on the “American Hustle” wave, but it’s wonderful Oscar voters recognized her work, which was beautifully controlled. Hers might have been a role that wasn’t “lead” enough, but she was victorious, probably edging out Emma Thompson for “Saving Mr. Banks.”

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”

I predicted all but Hill, which means he probably took Daniel Bruhl’s slot for “Rush,” which is too bad because it was a great, roiling performance and Bruhl’s first English-speaking role.

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”

I predicted all but Hawkins, and, again, it’s a wonderful choice. Her performance opposite Cate Blanchett was just as masterful if not as showy. She probably edged out Oprah Winfrey for “The Butler,” who I’m sure has other things to keep her busy.

Directing

David O. Russell, “American Hustle”

Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”

Alexander Payne, “Nebraska”

Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”

Martin Scorsese, “The Wolf of Wall Street”

I predicted all but Payne, but his recognition is more than deserved, probably edging out Paul Greengrass for “Captain Phillips.”

The Academy Awards will be handed out March 2 in Hollywood.

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