2014 Oscar Nominations

Posted on January 16, 2014

Here is a place for the Bitter Kittens to discuss the 2014 Oscar Noms. Our semi-random predictions are at the bottom.

 


BEST PICTURE

“12 Years a Slave”
“American Hustle”
“Captain Phillips”
“Dallas Buyers Club”
“Gravity”
“Her”
“Nebraska”
“Philomena”
“The Wolf of Wall Street”

BEST DIRECTOR

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

BEST ACTOR

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

BEST ACTRESS

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

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”
Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”
Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”
Jonah Hill, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

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

 

 

Early predictions, subject to change at any moment: Supp. Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, Supp. Actor: Jared Leto, Actress: Judi Dench, Actor: Bruce Dern, Picture: 12 Years a Slave, Director: Steve McQueen.

Wonder if Oprah’s pissed this morning. Surprised to see Fruitvale Station got no nods. CANNOT WAIT to see Miss Lupita’s gown. It’ll be one for the ages, we’re sure.

 

 

[Photo Credit: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images, Jennifer Graylock/INFphoto.com]

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

      I suspect that Fruitvale Station was too risky, politically. It’s one thing to acknowledge that bad things were done to black people way back when, but quite another to admit that there might be an ongoing problem. And in the liberal heart of the USA too.

      • MilaXX

        Yep, it’s not a period piece they can pretend things like that don’t happen anymore.

        • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

          I confess it wasn’t a story I was familiar with, so I was really taken aback when a friend who lives in Oakland mentioned that she’d known him. I had no idea that it was a contemporary story.

        • Rand Ortega

          Please come to LA & be my Real Pretend Sister. Please?

          • MilaXX

            You know you’re my brother from another.

      • charlotte

        I think you are absolutely right.

      • http://heartprintandstyle.com/ Vivi N

        You may just be right. But I’m still heated about the complete shut out of this movie in all of the major award shows. Esp., for Michael B. Jordan. Ah well. At least the world is finally seeing what I and others saw in Michael. He’s here to stay.

        • gabbilevy

          He really deserved a nomination in the least. What an incredible performance. Octavia was amazing as well.

          • Sobaika

            He was on my personal nominations list, but I knew he wasn’t going to get it – the Chosen Actor of Color this year was Chiwetel.

            But no Best Film?? Seriously, though?

            • gabbilevy

              Hollywood will forever pick its one minority film/actor/director of the year to hold up as groundbreaking, while managing to pretend the rest don’t exist.

              There’s a ton of proof that movies with honest-to-goodness female heroines can bring in the box office dough, and yet, Marvel continues to scrape the bottom of the barrel for more dude heroes who can save their damsels in distress.

            • Introspective

              dont they always have a singular “chosen” poc for the year? so annoying. and that’s made clear by not just michael’s but also idris’s snuff for best actor category…

            • SRQkitten

              They could have left off Captain Phillips, IMO. I would much rather have seen the nod go to FS.

            • NinjaCate

              You kid, but there’s totally a Chosen Actor of Colour every year. Same thing happened with Viola and Octavia.

        • sojourneryouth

          Ooooh! I love that the BKs are coming for the Hollywood establishment this morning! Yes, it’s like Highlander as far as celebrated black actors go–there can be only ONE! *lightening* *thunder* So, Michael is odd man out, but at least he will likely work a lot more due to his amazing performance, and I too am sad that Octavia got shut out (it could be a Highlander thing with Lupita, too). But I could not agree more about avoiding contemporary stories in favor of old stories in which no one alive is directly culpable in the institutional oppression, since we all know Obama’s presidency has made contemporary racism disappear!

          At least I know I will be weeping with pride when Lupita shuts it down with her dress, like I did when Viola Davis rocked her natural hair on the red carpet.

          • Courtney

            I love this comment just for the Highlander references.

      • decormaven

        Also premiered a bit too early. Amazing how jewels can fall to the bottom of the sea during awards season.

        • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

          True – there does seem to be a sweet-spot to stay in the Academy’s mind.

          • Sobaika

            I hope it sweeps the Independent Spirit Awards and Ryan Coogler just walks out and says ‘Fuck the system’ #DreamsWishes

            • SassieCassy

              i hope they get michael b jordan to present at the academy awards and he gives them all the side eye

            • Rand Ortega

              ‘Fruitvale’ is going to own that show. ‘Her’ also.

        • H2olovngrl

          The ridiculously short memory of the academy has always been a source of irritation for me. Are they really not aware that great movies get made in the first half of the year as well? I guess this is also how “The Butler” got lost in the shuffle.

        • https://twitter.com/Gayer_Than_Thou Gayer Than Thou

          I can only assume the producers gambled awards for box office, and assumed that whenever it was released was the right time for maximum box office, even if the trade-off became lower exposure at awards season. But still…

      • In_Stitches

        Was it a great movie? I had heard less than flattering things, so I kept pushing it off until it was too late. Gotta love Michael B. Jordan; between Friday Night Lights and The Wire, he has one damn impressive resume.

        • Sobaika

          Right? How many actors can say they’ve been on two of the best television shows of our time?

          • charlotte

            Elisabeth Moss!

            • Sobaika

              I don’t think The West Wing holds up all that well over time, but yes!

            • H2olovngrl

              I am in a West Wing watch a thon right now and I am compelled to agree with you. The first seasons are spectacular but it loses something in the middle plus the lovely idealism depicted on the show sometimes makes me sad, given the current state ofour government.

            • BayTampaBay

              Neither does Mad Men after last season.

          • tallgirl1204

            Mary Tyler Moore! oh wait, I”m really old.

            • teensmom99

              But you’re right! DVD best show ever!

            • Wendi126

              Oh Rob
              Oh Mr. Grant

          • H2olovngrl

            Timothy Olyphant!

            • Sobaika

              Justified, right? It’s always been on my list. What else was he in?

            • H2olovngrl

              Deadwood on HBO.

              I just did a 3 day, first four seasons all day, all night watch a thon of Justified, and I truly cannot sing it’s praises any louder. What a great show. I am now getting my husband to watch it so that I can re watch it. if any of the kittens are interested in following the show, it Is free if you have Amazon Prime. Seriously, I cannot recommend it high enough, and have been dying to talk about it.

            • MilaXX

              I’m a long time Timonthy Olyphant fan. I’ve watched since day 1 and I’m sad there’s only 1 more season left.

            • H2olovngrl

              I didn’t rrally get his appeal until the Justified marathon. I had seen him in Hitman (meh), and The Crazies (decent) but now? Hot DAMN! That slouch, that stride! LOVE HIM!

            • MilaXX

              He’s also the bad guy in the movie “Go”. I’m a closet Sarah Polley fan.

            • AnneElliot

              I loved that movie.

            • ailujailuj

              DEADWOOD. JUSTIFIED.

            • Glam Dixie

              Both amazing shows, just saying Deadwood gives me a terrible case of tourettes, where I want to say C*cksucker and a whole bunch of other inappropriate things repeatedly. Hubby and I would sometimes count the number of times they said the c word in one episode. It was a lot, btw.

            • ailujailuj

              you got that right… it was penetrating, no? David Milch is a genius. Tim & Ian McShane are incredible. I was seduced by the lyrical shakespearean dialogue. just everything. and yes, for a good 6 mos. after I binged a couple seasons, I could not shake the profanity.

            • ailujailuj

              sorry – I think my response was squashed – I forgot to abbreviate ;)
              don’t remember it all but I was generally agreeing that I became quite inappropriate after binging a couple seasons. involuntary.

            • Glam Dixie

              I literally pointed to the DVDs of one of the seasons in Walmart, just walking past it now, and said cocksucker to my mother, as if this were perfectly normal behavior and she would know what I was talking about (she didn’t) and then found myself red faced trying to explain, which you really can’t if you haven’t watched it.

            • ailujailuj

              poor mom. she never knew what was coming.
              well, now you didn’t get censored…. why did I?

            • Glam Dixie

              Perhaps you fell victim to a discus glitch?

            • ailujailuj

              dunno – maybe because it was an expletive!! with too much emphasis and was considered hostile…

            • H2olovngrl

              I can see both your comments featuring. “the word” but now mine is awaiting mod. Sorry TLO!

            • ailujailuj

              heh – keepin ‘em busy!

            • AnneElliot

              LOL. That show had the filthiest language I’ve ever heard. And my MOTHER (now 72) is the one who recommended it — she got hooked on HBO series with The Sopranos and she watches most of them, I guess she’s immune to the profanity at this point.

              Oh, and I read somewhere those are actually modern curse words; the profanity used back during that time period would just sound ridiculous now, so they updated it for modern audiences. Otherwise we’d just laugh and not be shocked by the language.

            • filmcricket

              Ooh, yes, good one.

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            I guess you aren’t counting Adam Baldwin in Firefly AND Chuck? ;)

        • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

          No idea – I haven’t seen any of the nominees (I have very low taste in films) but I’d heard it was a contender and it won a bunch of film festival awards and had some Oscar buzz a couple of months ago.

          • H2olovngrl

            “I have very low taste in films” This tickles me, for some reason.

        • flamingoNW

          average, IMO

      • flamingoNW

        It was not that good, especially compared to what is up there. I’d put quite a few more up there before Fruitvale

      • d4divine

        NAILED IT!

      • Sofia

        Excellent point.

    • MilaXX

      I’m not surprised at the Oprah snub, but I am disappointed in the lack of noms for Fruitvale Station. The Angela Davis in me leans towards them thinking they already had one movie about black folks in 12 Years. I am still confused as hell about abll the love Gravity keeps getting.

      • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

        “The Angela Davis In Me” will be the title of my first CD.

        • MilaXX

          Just give me credit in the liner notes.

        • Rand Ortega

          Spoken word? Jazz?

      • teensmom99

        Since I’m married into the biz, I can say that Gravity is getting the love because it takes movies to a new technical level while also having . . .plot. While I can see that (though I thought it was a really great theme park ride–and I hate theme parks), I can’t see how what Sandy did can be compared to what Judi Dench or even Amy Adams did. And while I really enjoyed Hustle and AA, Judi Dench set a new bar in terms of creating a fully fleshed character.

        • BayTampaBay

          Something in the bottom of my stomach says that Ms. Cate will take the statue home.

          • teensmom99

            Very distressing since I hated Blue Jasmine. I think Hawkins was great as was Louis CK and Andrew Dice Clay. But that movie and reality have nothing to do with eachother.

            • AnneElliot

              I love Sally Hawkins so was very pleased to see she got a nomination. I loved her in Happy Go Lucky and Made in Dagenham. I highly recommend both if you haven’t seen them. She also starred in Fingersmith, a great BBC adaptation of the Sarah Waters novel.

          • TeacherH

            Yes, and I can’t say Miss Cate doesn’t deserve it at all. She was magnificent and the only thing that kept me from walking out of that movie. It confirmed all my prejudices against Woody Allen. Ugh.

        • H2olovngrl

          One of the complaints I had heard mentioned by several of my friends who saw Gravity was a decided lack of plot. A couple even used the dreaded “h” word. (hate)

          • teensmom99

            Plot compared to other movies of this ilk. Maybe what I mean is actual acting happened–although I’m not even sure if Sandy making various facial expressions counts as acting.

          • charlotte

            The guy next to me left the theater after about 20 minutes.

            I enjoyed the movie, but mainly for its 3D “theme park ride” qualities, and left the theater thinking that this is what 3D was invented for.

          • MilaXX

            I didn’t hate it, but when t was over I literally said, “That’s it?”

        • Introspective

          gravity having a “plot” feels like a stretch. things happened yes. sandy went swirling into space and tried to save herself. but “plot’?

          now technical effects? directing? absolutely fabulous. saw it and loved it for that. but it was way short on character development. so Im not convinced.

          • http://www.snoskred.org/ Snoskred

            But she screamed “Ah” a lot while on this theme park ride. Surely that wins over.. actual acting. :)

            I just watched it for the second time today with the other half who utterly hated it. When it was over, he asked if he could get the last 2 hours back. :)

            • teensmom99

              I’m certainly not going to defend Gravity and claim it had much plot or acting . . .I think H2olovngrl, Introspective, and Snoskred are all right. But I’m just explaining how it looks to the academy. So that was more “plot” and more “acting” than a movie (or theme park ride) with lots of special effects usually have. I myself can’t get over Sandy removing her space suit and looking perfect in her skivvies. I can believe people floating through space but I can’t believe that after that ordeal someone would look so good. That’s where the illusion was broken for me (as much as Mr. Teensdad teases me about my lack of scientific knowledge that made it possible for me to swallow the rest of this “movie’s” “plot.”

            • H2olovngrl

              See, I haven’t seen it yet, so I am merely restating the opinions of others, but I definitely have concerns. I will still watch it, but I go in with reservations already in placr.

        • MilaXX

          I can see it getting technical awards, but anything else? Not really.

          • demidaemon

            Agreed.

        • https://twitter.com/Gayer_Than_Thou Gayer Than Thou

          I want to see Amy Adams finally get what she’s got coming to her — in a good way. I doubt this is her year, but she’s so amazing in American Hustle.

      • Sobaika

        Well, let’s be honest – The Butler was a dressed up made-for-TV movie.

        If you know here from me again, She Who Must Not Be Named had me taken out.

        • decormaven

          Better assume your alter ego quickly!

        • MilaXX

          You & Kathy Griffin.

      • mjude

        as usual i have not seen any of the nominees. but girl i loved me some Angela Davis back in the day. when i was a little white girl at a catholic school!

      • Kathy Monkman

        Yes, Gravity. I would have nominated it for “Best Film that made you Almost Throw up Through the entire thing”

      • demidaemon

        I think Gravity is getting a lot of buzz for technical achievements and directorial accomplishment, which is why I have to disagree with TLo’s predictions. Now that they do up to ten movies, the winner is basically a crapshoot, but I think Cate will get Best Actress again, and the director of Gravity will win for Best Director. Gravity will probably sweep a lot of the technical awards, deservedly, though.

    • Diego!

      To me:

      Best Picture: 12 years a slave
      Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón
      Best Actor: Matthew McCounaughey
      Best Actress: Cate Blanchett hands down to our Queen Galadriel!
      Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto
      Best Supporting Actress: Sally Hawkins

      • Sobaika

        Agreed on Alfonso Cuaron – he is this year’s Ang Lee (technical merit and literally doing things that were never done before + heart).

      • demidaemon

        I have no idea on Best Picture–usually it (or Best Screenplay) goes to the one that gets snubbed in other departments. I agree with you on everything but Supporting Actress–I think Lupita or JLaw will take that one.

    • charlotte

      Joaquin Phoenix was amazing in “Her”. Did they seriously forget about him while they were busy nominating everyone for “American Hustle”?

      • EveEve

        And Robert Redford. Would have loved to see him back in the front row again.

        • Kate Andrews

          That one really does surprise me. I love RR — haven’t seen this movie, but I’ve heard how good it is.

          • ivfive

            I saw it, and really thought it was kind of a snoozer.

        • Beardslee

          My 17 yo and I saw him being interviewed at the Golden Globes and she said, “who’s he?”. Be still my heart! So I put on “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” so she could appreciate the man.

          • SRQkitten

            I heard someone reference Paul Newman a few years back as “that guy on the salad dressing bottle.” I almost died.

      • Sobaika

        I swear, that is the most overrated thing of the past few years. It was fun and with great actors and the best David O. Russell film I’ve seen (not saying much) but it’s not even the best thing I’ve seen this month, let alone this year.

        • charlotte

          In my opinion David O. Russell movies are decent entertainment, but no more than that (or less, because I fondly disliked Silver Linings Playbook). I agree with you on Amy Adams- she always deserves to win!

          • Sobaika

            Can we do gifs on disqus?? Because there’s a “PREACH LAWD” gif that would be perfect right about now.

            • BayTampaBay

              What is “gifs”?

            • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

              Those little moving picture files.

            • H2olovngrl

              See: Tumblr.

            • MilaXX

              pictures. for example the clip of Pete on Mad Men falling down was inserted as a gif.

            • H2olovngrl

              Just thinking about that gif brought a smile to my face. Thinking of Pete fallIng down stairs never fails to cheer me up.

            • MilaXX

              man there has been many a time I have needed a gif to express how I feel

            • AnneElliot

              Yes, I want a GIF of Cher telling Nicolas Cage to snap out of it from Moonstruck. I love it when she smacks him upside the head.

          • SugarSnap108

            I agree. I’ve found some of his films amusing and entertaining, but have never felt like they were a cinematic achievement of any sort.

            • teensmom99

              I loved, loved, loved the Fighter. Other Russell movies had incredible performances of well-rounded characters and were . . . good. And SL Playbook was good unless you have actually known suicidal people who weren’t able to dance away the crazy with a new love.

            • SugarSnap108

              Yep, and that’s definitely the main reason I was not a fan of SL Playbook. I have enjoyed some of his other movies, ever since I was in high school/college and saw Spanking the Monkey and Flirting W/Disaster. Really liked The Fighter.

            • fursa_saida

              SLP is tricky for me, because being bipolar myself, a lot of the way Bradley Cooper/the script portrayed that experience was SHOCKINGLY accurate (though of course bipolar isn’t the same for every person!) and it was sort of cathartic to see it onscreen. The fact that the movie suddenly decided to go to movieland to solve all its problems is…unfortunate, for sure, but I can’t really let go of the first half for that reason.

          • xmixiex

            I saw AH last night and thought it was excellent. I think the excellence comes in the form of nuance and subtlety, instead of hit you over the head jolts.

            • Sobaika

              Different strokes and all that, so while I disagree lots I can’t hate on you for enjoying it BUT – you think it was a subtle movie..?

            • xmixiex

              Fair point- maybe I’m not expressing myself well. Maybe nuanced is more appropriate- the sharp wit that his films have. I really think a lot of the people in the theatre were lost last night, because I was one of the few actually laughing at what was intended to be, and was, hilarious. not that I’m this superior being of wit comprehension… but yeah.

            • Sobaika

              Agree that it was very witty. I guess I just need more from a supposed best film of the year.

            • xmixiex

              I do agree there! I don’t know that it’s “best picture” worthy, but then again, I definitely don’t know what is ha.

            • fursa_saida

              Yeah, it’s kind of a soap bubble. But it’s also the kind of thing Hollywood LOVES. If I had to use a superlative on it I’d say it had probably the best soundtrack of any movie I saw this year.

            • H2olovngrl

              When I think subtle, I think more of The Wolf of Wall Street. See what I did, there?

            • MilaXX

              nevermind, misread

          • Introspective

            didnt see AH, but “fondly disliked” is such a lovely turn of phrase that 1-i almost want to go see it to see if that’s the feelings the movie conjures for me and 2- i plan to be borrowing that phrase every chance i get!

        • TeacherH

          Hollywood adores David O Russell because he makes
          entertaining, well-acted, somewhat smart movies — basically, what they should all be doing, but they are mostly incapable of turning out anything but unentertaining, badly acted, stupidly written dreck. So they think he is a genius. Plus his movies Make Money. And nothing is more impressive to them.

          I enjoyed American Hustle (loved Amy!) and Gravity, but neither measures up to 12 Years in my book. But it earned a lot less than they did. And made some white people feel bad.

          • BayTampaBay

            “Plus his movies Make Money” and that is ALL it is all about!

            Respectable motion picture productions that make money!

          • Rand Ortega

            & he makes them for next to nothing. They LOVE him for that.

          • DTLAFamilies

            They didn’t always adore him. There’s a weird backstory to his nomination: back about 15 years ago he made Three Kings with George Clooney. They did not get along at all and wound up having a fist fight on set. A few years later Russell made I Heart Huckabees and someone leaked behind the scenes footage of him cursing at Lily Tomlin and the other actors and trashing a set. Well, it turns out that Clooney arranged the leak through a friend of his who worked sound on the film. That plus the fact that Huckabees was a box office disaster kind of sent Russell into the wilderness for a few years. So he put his head down and worked as a journeyman director on projects he hadn’t written. He brought them in on time and under budget and little by little restored his reputation. This nomination, IMO, is a recognition that he paid penance and has been admitted back into the fold, no matter what Clooney thinks (and from what I understand they still hate each other).

            • fursa_saida

              He’s also just, legitimately, a grade-A asshole. Just the other day he came out saying that what the Hunger Games franchise puts Jennifer Lawrence through is the real twelve years of slavery. “That’s twelve years of slavery, if you ask me.” He also ADMITTED to assaulting his niece but has faced no repercussions. The guy’s a scumbag. (I’m gonna put a link to the groping thing in a reply to this because moderation.)

            • Rand Ortega

              That was him? That quote’s been making the rounds but I never knew what “director” said it.
              ANYONE who has the gall to yell at Lily Tomlin on set is a grade A asshole. Full stop.

            • DTLAFamilies

              Sure, but that’s not why he was in sort-of exile for all those years. There are many, many assholes enjoying celebrated Hollywood careers. But pissing off George Clooney? That will get you on the Hollywood shit list for sure.

            • fursa_saida

              Sure. My point was just that the beef with Clooney wasn’t just a personality clash, it was a natural effect of Russell being a generally awful human being.

            • demidaemon

              That’s too bad. I loved I Heart Huckabees, BTW.

          • ana170

            Do they really? I know the last few made money but I didn’t know he had a reputation for that. Generally speaking though, I’ve enjoyed every movie of his that I’ve seen. I’d put him near the top of the list of newer directors if it weren’t for his horrible personality. He’s actually one of the most disliked people in Hollywood. I haven’t seen American Hustle yet so I can’t comment specifically but it sounds as if he’s benefiting from timing and subject matter. Enjoyable, well-acted movies that stay with you can do well at the Oscars even if they don’t hold up under further scrutiny. Think Forrest Gump.

            • SRQkitten

              Interesting backstory. I give him points with AH because the female actors had something to work with in their roles. Never saw SLP for some of the reasons mentioned above. And I’m not a bradfan even if we share the same alma mater.

        • Alanna

          My biggest frustration with American Hustle is that every time I even think about it, I get that soundtrack stuck in my head, especially “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”. A magnificent song, yes, but quite annoying when it’s on a repeat loop in your brain.

        • Cheryl

          I enjoyed American Hustle, loved Jennifer Lawerence performance, but it had no emotional resonance at all. It was fun, but that was it.

      • cocohall

        He wasn’t the poster boy for Awards season when he was nominated for Walk the Line. Without having seen the movie, I can’t comment on his performance, but his “performance art” or whatever it is you call the way he behaves otherwise probably does not endear him to the voting members of the Academy. Just a guess.

        • filmcricket

          He also said awards are stupid (or something along those lines) when he was doing the rounds for The Master. I’d be surprised if he ever gets nominated again.

          • SassieCassy

            he is not lying. look at this nomination list! AWARDS ARE STUPID TELL EM JOAQUIN

          • Rand Ortega

            Exactly. Like when Eddie Murphy went on a rant about black people at the Oscars & how they never win? The Academy are like elephants when talent says unkind things no matter how honest.

            • BayTampaBay

              Eddie should have won for Dream Girls but his rant cost him the award. Roger Ebert even said so.

            • Rand Ortega

              Yeeeup.

            • ana170

              I don’t think it was the rant so much as it was Norbit, one of the worst movies he’s ever made, which was in theaters at the time of the Oscars.

            • filmcricket

              Yup. That and following up his amazing performance in Dream Girls with one of his fatsuit movies. Which wasn’t his fault, timing-wise, but didn’t help.

            • Rand Ortega

              “Norbit”. Christ on a Ritz cracker. Hollywood may pay you & make lots of $ to insult women particularly black women, but they’re not going to give you an award for it.

            • demidaemon

              Unless it’s a Razzie. ;)

            • Rand Ortega

              LOL! He won 4 for “Norbit” (Worst supporting Actor & Actress. Worst Screen Couple– he played both roles).
              I wonder if that’s a record?

            • demidaemon

              Have you seen this year’s Razzie nominations? Tyler Perry is nominated in the Worst Actress category. Hee.

              And the fact that Sandra Bullock actually showed up to accept her Razzie for her work in the movie where she played a crazy stalker endeared her to me forever.

            • Rand Ortega

              That was AWESOME!

          • cocohall

            I didn’t remember that, but yes, that isn’t going to get him on anyone’s short list. Although on some level, I have to agree with him that all these awards are a bit silly. How do you really compare one actor’s performance to another? It isn’t a footrace where they all start together and run the same course. Each set, director, editor, crew, script is different, and an actor can do amazing work, but the performance can be edited/shaped into something else. But it is the industry where he has decided to toil. Tough beans, that.

        • fursa_saida

          Well, it’s also that the whole path to nominations and then victory is a campaign. Actors, producers, directors, everybody has to run around gladhanding and sucking up and trading favors and building image momentum all over the place. Studios are strategic about what projects they try to push for awards and what they let go, because all that costs money. Joaquin isn’t interested in all of that, so he’s not going to do the work necessary for an awards campaign, so it makes perfect sense the studio wouldn’t bother trying to get Her any of those slots.

          Related: Brad Pitt, as an extremely connected power player, does not seem to have been showing up to campaign for 12 Years much. This is worrying. The fact that Steve McQueen had to say “Brad Pitt, wherever you are” at the Golden Globes is not helpful.

          • Sobaika

            I was wondering about that too. Maybe he’s filming something, but he should’ve been out hawking that movie from day one. They need all the white star power they can get.

            • fursa_saida

              Exactly. We know that his involvement got the movie made (which is the only reason I forgive that cameo, tbh), so why would he drop out in the homestretch?

          • cocohall

            So true. Nothing like awards season to reminds us that this is show BUSINESS.

            As for Brad Pitt and 12 Years a Slave, that is a bit surprising, because my understanding was he was integral to the movie being made. For which I give him snaps, but I do wish he hadn’t appeared in the film. He seemed dropped in from another reality.
            Although now that the Academy has opened the Best Film category to 10 pictures, I don’t think winning is all that important. Honestly, I have trouble remembering what won last year. But it does give 10 FILMS the opportunity to be marketed as Academy Award Nominee for Best Film, which leads us back to point A: this is a BUSINESS.

      • KinoEye

        Of course. I still think he was snubbed for The Master. Nothing against Daniel Day as Lincoln, but Joaquin turned in a career best IMHO. Haven’t seen Her yet, but judging by what he’s done since he stopped pretending to be crazy, he should have been on that list.

    • PlethoraofBooks

      I don’t know, I think Blue Jasmine for Cate is going to garner her another win. I adored her acting in that, even if the rest of the movie was meh. I also think that Fassbender could give a run for Best Supporting Actor, but that’s because his role got my heart pounding.

      • fursa_saida

        His performance was definitely worthy, but he made a bunch of butthurt comments about how much it hurt his feelings not to win last time and so now he’s just ignoring the whole awards issue. I doubt the Academy loves that.

    • Laura Renee

      What, you guys have no love/faith in American Hustle to grab wins? But then I haven’t seen…any of the others, so I really can’t protest. I hope 12 Years gets all the recognition you predicted.

      • StelledelMare

        I still need to see 12 Years but I think it’ll probably be deserving of all of its noms. I have seen American Hustle and while I liked it, it wasn’t an Oscar worthy film in my opinion. Kinda fun to watch but overall nothing stellar or stand out about it.

      • Jessica Freeman

        I think American Hustle has to win at least something for the sheer amount of categories its been nominated in.

        • Sam Erin

          JLaw & gang- may the odds be ever in your favor…

    • In_Stitches

      No nom for Before Midnight or Julie Delpy?! I had hopes for Short Term 12 as well which was a beautifully made movie with subtle acting that cut straight to the heart.

      I love David O. Russell, but American Hustle was a bit of a mess and Bradley Cooper made some seriously lazy choices. It was like watching Pat Solitano from Silver Linings all over again. Sure, the characters were both manic, but for drastically different reasons. Amy Adams was fantastic and earned her nom though without a doubt.

      • Sobaika

        The only thing I appreciate about American Hustle is that it’s getting a lot of attention for Amy Adams. She’s fantastic in everything.

        • filmcricket

          I am really going to need someone to recommend a film where I can see her being fantastic. I have seen her in five films and two TV shows and she’s nothing but “meh” to me, but that may be because either the movies were bad or she was being overshadowed by truly magnificent actors. I don’t think I can take seeing The Master, because I loathe Joaquin Phoenix, but if there are other suggestions of where she’s really good I’d honestly like to know. (I haven’t seen AH yet, plan to this weekend hopefully.)

          • Sobaika

            She and Christian Bale are the best things about American Hustle, but it’s kind of a ‘feh’ movie – I loved her in Junebug, personally.

            I think the best thing about her is range. She was the princess in Enchanted and the nun in Doubt with equal aplomb.

            • filmcricket

              Right, Junebug, that was where she got her first nomination, right? I never saw it, I’ll have to see if I can find it.

            • charlotte

              I also liked her in “Sunshine Cleaning”.

            • greyhoundgirl

              Junebug is a deeply weird movie and she was incandescent in it.

            • Introspective

              christian bale is everything. i think he is such a good actor. i also agree that amy adams brings it with every role she’s in. but if those two are in a cast and the movie still conjures up a meh, it means that they didnt have much to work with…

          • BayTampaBay

            I like Julie & Julia or was it Julia & Julie

            • In_Stitches

              She was great in it, but I found her character so annoying that I wish the whole damn thing was a movie of Meryl yodeling her way through Europe while testing out roast chicken recipes.

            • filmcricket

              I couldn’t stand her in it, but that was one of those flicks where she was being overshadowed by the absolute joy that was Streep and Tucci in period France. Also the woman she was playing was a pretty horrible person, so that didn’t help.

            • demidaemon

              I’ve read the book and loved it, but knowing what the author wrote her second book about and what it resulted from, turned me off.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Didn’t Stanley and Meryl just melt you in that film? They were so good together!

            • AnneElliot

              Yes, the Julia parts were by far the best. I would much rather have seen a straight biopic about Julia Child starring Meryl Streep. Stanley Tucci was just wonderful as Paul Child.

          • In_Stitches

            The movies that best showcase her abilities that I’ve seen have been The Master and American Hustle; she elevated both through sheer force of will. I haven’t seen The Fighter yet, but I’ve heard great things about her performance in that as well.

            • teensmom99

              Adams was amazing in the Fighter.

          • AnniNoone

            Agreed, she is fantastic in Junebug. She was also good in The Muppets (seriously — she did a good job of being funny in the spirit of the movie).

          • stagmania

            Well, The Master is a big one. Also The Fighter, Junebug, Enchanted, Doubt, Julie & Julia.

            • filmcricket

              The only two of those I’ve seen are Enchanted and Julie & Julia and I disagree that she was fantastic in either of them.

            • http://www.lindamerrill.com/ Linda Merrill

              She also had a bit part in “Catch me if you can” with Leonard DiCaprio and she was quite a standout with he and Martin Sheen who played her father.

          • ailujailuj

            her genre is/was/always will be …. Enchanted.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              I really loved Amy Adams in Junebug, Enchanted, and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day(see also Frances McDormand).

            • ailujailuj

              agree. her uniqueness is a “polished” presence (which is why I don’t think her slutty red halter gown worked). I think if she didn’t incorporate the brittish accent in Hustle, she wouldn’t have come off as well as she did. I love her to death but have thought of her as a Broadway star – moreso than hollywood.

        • Kate Andrews

          She and Christian Bale (and Jeremy Renner!) were so great.

      • SugarSnap108

        Tell it. Nothing against Bradley Cooper, but IMO there’s no way that was an Oscar-worth performance.

      • Alanna

        Before Midnight actually did get a nomination! Yay for Celine and Jesse! (Though I do wish Julie Delpy and possibly Ethan Hawke had scored an acting nom.)

        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

        • Rand Ortega

          Ridley’s got this in the bag. He’s a fave of the PGA since he broke ranks with the WGA during the strike of ’07; which was something of a catalyst to bring along a deal that wasn’t in the writer’s favor (we’re taking a bath as far as streaming goes).

      • H2olovngrl

        Before Midnight was soooooooooooo loooooooonnnnnnggggg ago…(Academy talking)

      • fursa_saida

        I thought BCoop was definitely doing a lot of reprising his SLP role, but I also think that’s what Russell wanted from him. The part was written much that way and he cast the guy in it knowing they’d done this together before. I’d chalk that up to the director as much as the actor, if not more.

      • AnneElliot

        Julie Delpy got a nomination for the screenplay of Before Midnight, along with Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater. She also got a nomination for Before Sunset back in 2005.

    • Sam Erin

      A little too much American Hustle love. Love Jennifer Lawrence but all she has proven is that she can play a crazy blonde in different decades….
      Happy to see Leo getting some love.
      I have a few more trips to the movies then I can weigh in the predictions.

      • veleri

        #teamLeo forever.
        it was about time!

        btw: I’m surprised too by this American Hustle love. I mean, I liked it, a lot, but still.

        • Sam Erin

          haha couldn’t agree more. Seriously so happy to see Leo getting a nomination. Team Leo has been waiting FOREVER #illneverletgojack

        • Rand Ortega

          Leo should’ve won for “J. Edgar”. This nom is mostly a nod of respect to Scorsese.

      • http://www.snoskred.org/ Snoskred

        I have to say, I watched the Wolf of Wall Street last night.. that scene at the Country Club was utterly hilarious. And Leo was amazing in the role which of course is no surprise he is amazing in everything I have seen him in. :)

        • Alanna

          The country club scene started out quite funny, but — as with nearly every part of WoWS’s 3 hours — it went on for twice as long as it needed to go. I usually adore Scorsese’s work, but he really needed a firmer editing hand with this one. WAY too indulgent on all fronts.

          • filmcricket

            Right? I could have cut 20 minutes out of that film, easy.

            • SRQkitten

              I read somewhere the initial cut was over 4 hours. Just another reason why I’ll probably wait to see it until I can hit pause occasionally to get up & stretch.

      • H2olovngrl

        Winter’s Bone was wonderful. More of a steely, determined blonde in that one.

        • Sam Erin

          **Very true. She was excellent in Winter’s Bone.

        • filmcricket

          It was. Now that you’ve outed yourself as a Deadwood fan, did you find it hard to buy John Hawkes as a scary dude? I was like “But it’s Sol! Sol’s not scary!” the whole time.

          • H2olovngrl

            I always get more of a creepy vibe from John Hawkes, regardless of his role. I get the same vibe from Jeremy Renner. It doesn’t matter if he Is playing a superhero, a soldier or Jeffrey Dahmer. Creepy.

      • marlie

        I agree with you about Jennifer Lawrence. She’s good, but I think a bit overrated.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          JLaw is Hollywood’s flavor of the month right now, it seems. I like her, but I don’t know that her performance in Hustle merits an Oscar-plus I think that Russell indulges his actors and encourages them to chew the scenery, which I think she definitely did in Hustle.

    • Nick

      Fruitvale didn’t have much support through the precursor season so it being snubbed isn’t all that surprising. Based on the way the precursors have shaken out, the winners will probably be:

      Picture: American Hustle
      Director: Alfonso Cuaron
      Actor: Matthew McConaughey (Though this is a tough one to predict — they’ve all been winning)
      Actress: Cate Blanchett
      Supp. Actor: Jared Leto
      Supp. Actress: Jennifer Lawrence

      Obviously subject to change, of course.

      • charlotte

        I hope Jennifer Lawrence doesn’t win, and I don’t think she derserved it last year, either.
        That doesn’t mean that I think she is a bad actress (not at all), but rather that I consider(ed) the other actresses in her category more deserving.

        • Nick

          Yeah, I like her as an actress, but two Oscars this early (And for these two performances) is still a bit much. However, with American Hustle scoring four acting nominations, and tying Gravity for most overall nominations, it indicates broad support from the Academy. 12 Years a Slave really underperformed this morning and has been underperforming at the precursor awards throughout the season. Nyong’o would be her closest competition, but I don’t think American Hustle is walking away without an acting award. Blanchett and Leto are locked, and Bale is the weakest of the five actor nominees in terms of prior awards won. Lawrence, on the other hand, has been hitting all the right awards.

          • teensmom99

            Two words: June Squibb. She was great and the academy loves old people :)

            • SRQkitten

              Tell that to Gloria Stuart (Titanic). I heard a long time ago a commentator on the radio saying that the best supporting actress typically was the actress who academy members would most like to sleep with (or something to that effect)…..to which I thought “oink.” But given that Kim Basinger won that year, maybe it’s disturbingly not that far off base.

              I think Bruce Dern might get the elder love this year but for the fact his movie is not as commercial.

          • SassieCassy

            Nooo say it ain’t so!

            LUPITA!!!!

        • Sobaika

          The best JLaw performance was Winter’s Bone – and the only one worth nomination, let alone even worth considering for a win.

          • MilaXX

            She seriously needs to do another film like that because at this point she’s just playing sassy, young girl over and over.

        • In_Stitches

          I loved her in Hustle, but because she chewed the scenery and was hilarious, not because she was believable and displaying fantastic acting chops. To be honest, I think she was the worst part of Catching Fire; her crying in the whipping scene was distractingly bad. Loved her in SLP though. She’s clearly talented, but did she deliver the best performance of the year? Nah.

        • Alanna

          I agree, and I’m actually a pretty hardcore Lawrence fan. She has been wonderful in just about everything she’s done, but I don’t think she has quite crossed over to the Oscar-winner level. YET. (Though she was damn close in Winter’s Bone.) No worries, though. That young woman will have dozens more nominations and possibly wins in her future.

        • procrastinatrice

          I like JLaw, but I will be really pissed if she wins this year. Did nothing special in AH, and IMHO, was the weaker one among the five main actors in that film (in that role alone, not more generally). As somebody else said, that role just shows she can play slightly crazy women in different decades. And I completely agree that she did not deserve it last year either…

        • Tatiana Luján

          I like her and I think she shows great promise for becoming an amazing actress, but right now she’s just a very good one.

    • Sobaika

      WHERE IS FRUITVALE STATION??

      Ugh, I hate the Hollywood machine.

      • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

        Not mention Idris Elba and Naomie Harris. The Academy’s dreaming of a white Oscars, apparently.

        • filmcricket

          I was really surprised to see Mandela locked out of the big noms, I thought for sure it would get something, given that it ticks so many boxes: 1) real life hero; 2) real person who just died; 3) boilerplate biopic; 4) Important Topic. That’s probably my biggest surprise here.

        • Sobaika

          I’m not surprised about Idris Elba to tell you the truth – they’re only going to let one black man get a nomination and between the two, Chiwetel came out on top.

          Naomie Harris hasn’t received any love for Winnie Mandela which make me salty because she was one of the best things about the movie.

          • filmcricket

            See I figured they’d both get one, split the “I’m giving my vote to a black man” vote, and McConaughey would take it (or someone white, maybe Leo).

            • marlie

              That was my thought, too. If both were nominated, there’s no way either would win. : /

          • SugarSnap108

            This might be my aversion to Julia Roberts, but I’m astounded that she was nominated and Naomie wasn’t. (OK, I haven’t even seen “August…” so it’s probably partly my bias.)

            • SRQkitten

              Sugar, you’re not alone on that one. I haven’t wanted to see August even with all the star power as it just looks like an over-the-top emotionfest. I’d give it up for Naomie for taking a real person role and showing her evolution over time.

          • Introspective

            Naomie Harris was so damn good in Mandela it convinced me that Winnie needs her own movie. seriously.

            • Sobaika

              She has one… played by Jennifer Hudson. I do not recommend.

            • Rand Ortega

              *shudders*

            • Introspective

              oh I tried to block that out when i heard news about that. i didnt even think it went to production.

          • fursa_saida

            It’s bizarre. Idris was fantastic, but pretty much every second Naomie Harris was onscreen I was either crying or cheering. Incredible.

        • Maddy

          Honestly, there is an incredibly deep pool for Oscar worthy Best Actor performances this year. Having seen Mandela, I just don’t think Idris had a better performance than any of the others nominated. It also hurts that the movie generally received lukewarm reviews and didn’t perform all that well.

        • Kate Andrews

          I really think Idris will get nominated in the future — he’s got so much charisma and range.

          • charlotte

            Only if he wins the “Which black actor do we nominate this year?” lottery/ game of dice/ whatever.

            • ScarlettHarlot

              This year easily could have been predominantly black actors: Chewitel, Idris, Michael B. Jordan, & Forrest Whitaker.

            • Sobaika

              I will straight up eat shit out of sheer joy when that happens.

            • ScarlettHarlot

              I’m Latina, and I would love to see more diverse artists recognized in all categories, not just acting, but I don’t see any real positive progress toward that for the Oscars, so I just need to start paying more attention to independent awards, I guess.

        • stagmania

          Remember when we were all talking about the possibility of several black actors being nominated together? Ejiofor, Elba, Jordan, Whittaker. What a pipe dream that was.

          • Sobaika

            And this is why I hate it when Hollywood congratulates itself on its liberal bullshit, because there was a lot of press about it being the ‘year of black film’ to which I say:

            A) 42, Fruitvale Station, 12 Years, Mandela, etc. are all great films
            B) But they’re all about the endurance, struggle, and servitude of people of color
            C) Look at these paltry nominations
            D) Call me when someone casts an actor that looks like Lupita in a character that might appear in Silver Linings Playbook
            E) BYE

            • jtabz

              “D” a million times over.

            • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

              Yes, when you hear a casting rumour that goes “Well, it was a toss-up between Hailee Steinfeld and Amandla Sandberg but Amandla had the edge”.

            • BayTampaBay

              Makes you wonder how Gabrielle Sidibe ever got an Oscar nomination.

            • ailujailuj

              I’m suspicious by nature, so I automatically assume they ain’t gonna let that whole thing happen again.

            • Sobaika

              See point B.

            • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

              The Academy seems to have a special category for unpretty roles. They may have thought she was GOOP in a fat suit and blackface.

            • marlie

              She was nominated, but I’m sure they knew that there was no way she’d win.

            • MilaXX

              and then on the flip side they ignore lighter fare like Best Man’s Holiday which they marketed as a “black film” although the subject matter really could have applied to any race, despite the fact that it was on half the screens nearly beat out Thor for number 1 box office.

        • Carleenml

          No, a white Oscars? I’m shocked. Shocked I tell ya.

    • teensmom99

      Mostly agree but sorry to see that Llewyn Davis was shut out. I hope McQueen gets best director but I think Russell may–and I don’t think Hustle was his best movie though it was fun. I hated Blue Jasmine–my brother in law pointed out that it’s easier to believe Allen’s carticatures who behave nothing like actual human beings when it is farce. Given that, Blanchett was okay but she was no Judi Dench. I am glad to see Sally Hawkins nominated since she gave reality to Allen’s stupid stereotype of a “real blue collar” person. But I’m hoping that Squibbs or Nyong’o get that–and I say that as someone who thinks that Lawrence’s Hustle performance was electrifying. Fingers also crossed for Dern and Leto.

      • Sobaika

        I honestly thought Oscar Isaac was a lock – he is perfect in Inside Llewyn Davis.

        And hot too, but that’s just my loins speaking.

        • teensmom99

          Isaac’s performance was so real that it’s the type to get ignored. And I have to be honest–I’m so superficial that it wasn’t unitl the Golden Globes that I realized how hot he is. Amazing what a side part can do for a guy.

          • Tatiana Luján

            I first saw him in The Newsroom.
            He looks hot there.

      • Kate Andrews

        Boy, you’d think there’d have been at least a screenplay nom for Llewyn. I need to see that and Philomena!

    • http://www.jaimieteekell.com/ Jaimie

      The American Hustle love is a joke. Well, not a joke. There’s just too much of it. What’s a joke is the The Wolf of Wall Street love. But hey, Scorsese! *yawn*

      • teensmom99

        I think the Fighter is one of the best movies of recent memory and AH is not in that league–as much as it was a fun night out with great actors.

    • Latin Buddy

      Ugh. Leo Dicaprio shouldn’t have gotten a nod and I hope J Law gets rid of Rachel Zoe for the awards season.

      • Sobaika

        I hope she gets rid of Dior.

        • Emily Smith

          I wonder if she gets rid of Dior if she’ll just have like..a different dress to change in to every commercial break and go running across the stage yelling “It’s not Dior! AHAHAHA!” as she goes through all the gowns she wanted to wear the past two years and couldn’t because of that damn contract.

          • Latin Buddy

            I used to watch The Rachel Zoe Project and I’m amazed at the gowns Rachel has picked for both Annie and JLaw. From the show, it looked like she was more aware of how a dress would photograph or what “fits” the girl. Also, she always had tons of dresses from many different designers. Unfortunately, JLaw has been in nothing but Dior…which makes me believe the contract must have paid her $$$$$ or specified a non-competition clause which meant she HAD to wear only Dior to big award shows. In short, girl messed up.

            • BayTampaBay

              The pink Prada on Annie was a real loser.

            • marlie

              I’ve never been impressed when I see Rachel Zoe’s clients on the runway.

    • Claudia Fernandes

      leo will not have the oscar because he stills handsome in the movie. Mathew will get it, because he got deformed for the role. Remember Kidman, Theron and Halle? You get ugly, you win the oscar. Even if you only appear 5 mins with a fake nose.

      • teensmom99

        I’m still laughing at the Fey/Poehler joke about Matt losing 45 lbs for a role or as it’s known for actresses “being in a movie.”

        • Claudia Fernandes

          Exactly, it was so accurate!

    • Nicholas

      The best and worst thing about this is that Lupita Nyong’o has given me an actual reason to watch the Oscars this year.

    • ScarlettHarlot

      1. Boo to no love for Fruitvale Station, which I would have liked to see for Actor, Director, and Picture

      2. I would have liked Idris Elba over Leo for Actor

      3. I would have liked Naomie Harris or Sarah Paulson over Julia Roberts

      4. Meryl Streep, again? Really? I love her, but oh I am mighty tired of this. I would have given that spot to Emma Thompson or Julie Delpy

      5. I would have liked Colin Farrel instead of Jonah Hill

      6. Jonah Hill now has more Oscar nominations than Gary Oldman, Robert Redford, and hosts of actual actors. We’re through the looking glass, people!

      • AC Simons

        Ditto on Meryl Streep. All she has to do is show up and she’s nominated. (I don’t love her.)

        • charlotte

          I do love her, but I agree!

        • Sobaika

          I really really like her. But she’s overly praised and I’m still mad she stole (STOLE!) the Oscar from Viola Davis.

          • ScarlettHarlot

            A.MEN. In my opinion, Viola Davis also gave a stronger performance than Meryl in Doubt (for which they were both nominated, but still, seeing them side by side on screen, Viola is just as strong a performer.)

            • In_Stitches

              Viola was the best part of Prisoners as well. She didn’t have many scenes, but the ones she did have were powerful. Her face is just….you can tell she’s truly living the scenes she’s in. It doesn’t look like acting, it looks and feels real.

            • ScarlettHarlot

              I also had the privilege of seeing Viola Davis perform on stage years ago in King Hedley II, and she blew me away, so I admit I am biased toward her. I went to see it for Brian Stokes Mitchell, and walked out wishing I could just see her again. She owned that production.

            • MilaXX

              I saw her onstage with Denzel in Fences. Let me just say she acted circles around Denzel.

            • ScarlettHarlot

              Oh my goodness that must have been such a good show!

            • MilaXX

              It was excellent.

            • Introspective

              Meryl in Doubt owned that role. I say this having been taught by middle aged Catholic nuns in the Bronx in grammar school. She was amazing. She *was* my principal Sister Loretta Anne.

              But that said, Viola, even with all of Meryl’s ownage, was incredible. So moving. When she has the right material (i.e. not dreck like the Help) she becomes a force of nature- and oscar worthy! Hope she gets that kind of role again soon.

            • ScarlettHarlot

              Absolutely, Meryl was good – but Viola was spectacular. And even with sub-par material (like the AWFUL Solaris) she manages to shine.

          • MilaXX

            Again the unspoken limit on brown folks. I knew if Octavia won, Viola wouldn’t and vice versa.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Word. I really do love Meryl Streep, but at this point all Meryl has to do is show up and they’ll drop a nomination on her.

            • demidaemon

              To be fair, when Meryl shows up, SHE SHOWS UP. SHE WILLIS” THE FUCK UP every role she’s in.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              That’s true-Meryl is THERE for every role.

            • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

              Although her accent as Lindy Chamberlain is up there with Dick Van Dyke’s cockney.

      • teensmom99

        Just realized that there was no Emma Thompson. A crime–that’s what happens when you give a great performance in a slight movie and you are not Meryl or Sandy. Hearing her talk on Terry Gross’s Fresh Air about P.L. Travers was like a lesson in how a smart actress prepares.

        • ScarlettHarlot

          Yes! I also listened to that interview, and I was also impressed.

          • teensmom99

            Also just realized that there was no Gandolfini! I would have nominated the great JLD for Enough Said. And also given it a screenwriting nod.

            • ScarlettHarlot

              I haven’t seen Enough Said, but I always love JLD – would she have been for Actress or Supporting?

            • teensmom99

              best actress.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              That is such a shame-he was so delightfully warm and human in Enough Said.

        • Tatiana Luján

          I don’t get the Sandy love.

          • Sobaika

            I think (I hope!) it is sort of a courtesy nomination for carrying that entire movie. No way she should win.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              The technical feat of creating a believable space experience I will conced to Gravity, but after that it’s the perils of
              Pauline in a space capsule-watch the damsel in distress.

      • Sobaika

        Oh my god. Jonah Hill.

        I mean, I know the Oscars ain’t shit – how can Peter O’Toole get none but Jennifer Hudson has one?? – but come, on people.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          The fact that the late and amazingly talented Peter O’Toole never won an Oscar might just cause me to question the existence of God. His role in Lawrence of Arabia…well, what can you say?

      • ImpertinentVixen

        Alan Rickman, a god of acting, has NO Oscar nominations. NONE. NADA. ZIP. And yet talent- and charisma-free hideous Jonah Hill has two. I am flabbergasted. Someone has an influential manager.

        • ScarlettHarlot

          WHAT?! He hasn’t either?! Come on!!!!! Jonah Hill. Seriously. He’s fine in small doses, like 40 Year Old Virgin or Forgetting Sarah Marshall, but anything beyond that I can’t stand him.

        • BayTampaBay

          Also, do not forget that other charisma-free and IMHO talent challenged person……Mr. James Franco!

          • Carleenml

            oh, thank you. I watched Oz – don’t ask me why – recently – and decided “I am definitely not a Franco fan.” Talk about overact.

            • ailujailuj

              I fell in love w/ him watching Pineapple Express. don’t ask me why.

          • charlotte

            Don’t get me started on James Franco as I am binge-watching Freaks and Geeks at the moment. He is just icky!

        • ailujailuj

          alan rickman is a god.

          • ImpertinentVixen

            True words.

          • Sobaika

            Not quite… He is a wizard :)

            • ailujailuj

              heh… prof. snape had me all squirmy (in a good way – I think that’s wrong ha!).

          • fursa_saida

            No no–he’s the voice of god.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          AND a studio willing to spend big bucks for the Oscar campaign.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I had the pleasure of seeing Rickman on Broadway back in 2002 when he and Lindsay Duncan were in a revival of Noel Coward’s “Private Lives” -talent and charisma to burn in that man!

      • Tatiana Luján

        I didn’t know Colin Farrel could act.

        • ScarlettHarlot

          I used to not think so, but his recent work has impressed me. Have you seen In Bruges or Seven Psychopaths?

          • Tatiana Luján

            I haven’t. Those sound very scary, did you like them?

            • fursa_saida

              I love Seven Psychopaths, but it’s pretty weird. In Bruges is more straightforward in its structure; IIRC it’s kind of a fun twisty crime movie, not unlike a lot of Guy Ritchie’s movies or Layer Cake–but with way more emotional weight. There’s violence, but not anything over the top, I think? R-rated violence. Definitely a satisfying watch.

              Seven Psychopaths is around the same level of violence, and it’s very witty and self-aware; gets a bit meta toward the end (which I adore above all tropes, but of course not everyone feels this way). Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell. The title is a little misleading, as it’s not a horror movie or anything. It’s because Colin Farrell, a screenwriter, wants to write a movie about seven different psychopaths, but somehow make it reflective and not a killfest, because his character is, quite explicitly, full of shit. So his pretty nuts best friend (Sam Rockwell) goes out to actually find him seven psychopaths to interview. Weirdness ensues.

            • Rand Ortega

              Love the “7P”. Stream of consciousness movies like that thrill me. Christopher Walken & Colin Farrell are excellent. It’s currently doing the rounds on the Showtime channels.
              I also LOVE with special sauce “In Bruges”. CF was heartbreaking in it. Just the scene with him & the racist dwarf is reason enough. Brendan Gleeson (always underrated) deserved an Oscar nomination.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Glad to know someone else out there thinks that Brendan’s been overlooked.

            • Tatiana Luján

              It sounds like a lot of fun, Ill watch it, thanks.

            • ScarlettHarlot

              They are great! They are both by the same director, so very similar in tone. They aren’t scary, but they are very dark comedies. I recommend starting with In Bruges, Ralph Fiennes and Brendan Gleeson are delightful. And Seven Psychopaths has great performances from Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, and Christopher Walken, as well.

            • demidaemon

              Comedies have a history of not faring very well with nominations in the past few decades. This is also probably why American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street will not win Best Picture.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              In Bruges is such a treat-Fiennes, Farrell, and Brendan Gleeson are just so good-I can close my eyes and hear Brendan saying “It’s Jaysus’ fookin’ blood” when he and Ray are in the cathedral

            • ScarlettHarlot

              But did you see the swans? :P

      • SRQkitten

        Thanks for nailing each of the issues I’ve got with this crop of nominations. There were great movies and acting this year but wish we’d seen a bit more recognition for the less “Hollywood” than the same old, same old as seen with Leo, Meryl and Julia.

    • Emily Smith

      It would not surprise me at all if J.Law walked away with supporting just because everyone is so enamored with her. I mean I’m a fan, but there’s others who should win in that category. But everyone likes to be all “she’s so real and quirky! love her or else!”

      • Carleenml

        she just has that Best Supporting thing all over her, doesn’t she? I thought she was too young for the role and I didn’t find it very believable. But I’m obviously very much alone! “great actress, but did she have that kid when she was 12 ffs?”

        • BayTampaBay

          ” I thought she was too young for the role”: She is! David O. Russell loves Jennifer Lawrence the way Meisel loves Linda Evangelista and Richard Avedon loved Stephanie Seymour.

        • funkycamper

          No, you’re not alone. I’m not convinced she’s a great actress either. Good actress, sure. But not deserving of all the praise and noms, imho.

          • BayTampaBay

            She is the Julia Roberts of her generation.

            • Sobaika

              I think she might need some ice for that burn.

            • MilaXX

              ITA and I like JLaw

        • Sobaika

          *croons* You are not alone….

          • demidaemon

            I think she probably won’t win because she just won last year. The Academy rarely–if ever–gives out consecutive wins.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          While I liked JLaw in American Hustle, Lupita in my mind just blew everyone else away with her turn in 12 Years.

      • sugarkane105

        I’m actually afraid that if she wins, she will experience a backlash similar to Anne Hathaway’s. Her performance in American Hustle was good, and while I haven’t seen 12 Years a Slave, all I’ve heard is that Lupita deserves the award more.

      • ailujailuj

        She was so f’g convincing in this role and stole every scene. esp those w/ Mr. Bale (who also rocked). She was Rosalyn in a previous life. I don’t know who did her hair – but fucking genius. She had good practice with the jersey dialect in Silver Linings.

        • Sobaika

          It was meant to be Long Island, but it was a good accent on her part.

          • ailujailuj

            not bad for a girl from the sticks.

            • BayTampaBay

              Louisville, Kentucky is NOT the sticks.

            • ailujailuj

              it’s a reference to the chasm betwixt KY and Jersy dialect. I tend to lean southern twang myself – so don’t take it personally.

            • BayTampaBay

              On this site…in such great company…I never take anything personally. I just sit back and enjoy the smart conversation with a big fat cocktail in my hand LOL! LOL!

            • ailujailuj

              well come sit next to me, honey!

      • fursa_saida

        If Lupita doesn’t win I am going to have to find something to set on fire.

    • hmariec19

      Much love for Jennifer Lawrence, but I do hope Lupita takes it.

      • ScarlettHarlot

        I haven’t seen Her, but do you think the Academy is ignoring Joaquin for his “music career” period?

        • Sobaika

          He was nominated post being a Fake White Rapper for The Master.

          • ScarlettHarlot

            That’s right. For some reason I thought I remembered him saying stuff about awards shows during that time, but reading other people’s posts now I see those comments were during publicity for The Master.

    • carnush

      Agree with you on the predictions on all but the actress. I’m rooting for Cate for the win. I hope Lupita gets hers too!

    • decormaven

      Gotta get in a ton of movies before things start in earnest. Pulling hard for Jared Leto- that was a great performance. Mr. DM not interested in seeing American Hustle- I may see it solo. It’s getting serious consideration, that’s for sure. Friends say Philomena is a must-watch for Dench’s turn.

    • ‘Becca’lise Deveaux

      Did anybody see Short Term 12? I would have liked to see Brie Larson get a nod but the film didn’t get too much attention. Still excited for the Oscars and the fashion!

      • In_Stitches

        Just watched it and it was fantastic. Very powerful, but very real at the same time. That’s the kind of work that I expect to get recognized.

    • lrober03

      What I love about the technical categories is that they pull in the random movies that would never otherwise get nominated… i.e. Jackass/Bad Grandpa for Best Hair and Makeup

      • BayTampaBay

        Jackass/Bad Grandpa was more entertaining than one would think.

        I actually enjoyed it. Then again, I also enjoyed Machete and Hobo with A Shotgun.

    • ‘Becca’lise Deveaux

      Also Cutie and the Boxer was amazing, so happy it got nominated!

    • Errick Loyola

      Good lord, I can’t believe Jonah Hill scored another Oscar nomination. He’s now “Two-Time Academy Award Nominee JONAH HILL”.

      Dammit. I really can’t get over the fact he pushed out the much more deserving Daniel Bruhl.

      • Sobaika

        Forgot about him! He really deserves more recognition.

      • ScarlettHarlot

        Daniel Bruhl is magnetic, I should have hated his character in Inglorious Basterds so much more than I actually did, which I credit to his talent.

        • Tatiana Luján

          He was also great in Good Bye Lenin.

          • ScarlettHarlot

            I’ve not seen that one, but I’ll have to check it out!

      • eandh99

        Daniel Bruhl, Rush itself as a film for directing or cineamatography, so much more worthy of notice. I guess Ron Howard should’ve made a NASCAR movie instead.

      • Lisa_Co

        I love Daniel Bruhl. He was great in Goodbye Lenin.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          He was also very good in “Joyeux Noel”, a dramatization of the Christmas Eve truce observed on the Western Front over Christmas 1914.

    • NMMagpie

      I saw American Hustle and thought it was good but not great. And then, I saw Her and was blown away.

      Joaquin Phoenix is not going to get the props he deserves for that movie as it is deep down disturbing. (In a good way. One of the best conversations I have had with my daughter, EVER.)

      That what bugs me about Hollywood; they neglect the performances that really stand out because they were either not a huge profit or in the end, they made us think too freaking much. One of the biggest, most glaring is my mind is Denzel Washington as Malcolm X, not to mention Stephen Rea for The Crying Game. Both those movies committed the sin of being too provocative.

      And lastly… MERYL FREAKING STREEP is who you go to see August: Osage County for, NOT Julia Roberts. Ms. Streep’s speech on the porch swing will be taught and repeated in acting classes for a long time to come. It was a tour de force.

      • http://www.snoskred.org/ Snoskred

        I don’t know.. Eat the fish bitch was pretty incredible too. :) The two of them together were awesome. I just finished watching it.

        • NMMagpie

          That scene was pretty terrific, I will agree.

      • BarniClaw

        Absolutely 1,000% agree re: JP. He was astounding in Her. I mean, most of his scenes were alone, just responding to a voice. Incredible.

    • rage_on_the_page

      Poor Leo. LOL

    • A Shiny O’Connor

      Jerk-off pay off ahoy for Jonah Hill. Is masturbating the male equivalent of actresses playing skanky?

      • demidaemon

        If it is, that’s pretty lame.

        • A Shiny O’Connor

          Of course it is.

    • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

      I just want to see Michael Fassbender back on a Red Carpet, going commando hopefully.

      • ailujailuj

        (gasp)

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Now wouldn’t that be a treat for our eyes? Now I will have to lie down and form a mental image of that

    • Danielle

      I JUST WANT LEO TO WIN

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      Of the nominated movies the only one I’ve seen is Gravity, but I’m hoping that others (like 12 Years) will be out on DVD soon. Gravity should probably win all the technical categories and perhaps directing. It’s rare for something from the science or science fiction realm to get the best picture win, so I’m guessing that one will go to 12 Years. I have fond memories of Leo, but I can’t imagine he’ll win over McConaughey or Ejiofor.

      • http://www.snoskred.org/ Snoskred

        People still watch movies on DVD’s? :) Bizarre..

        • BayTampaBay

          I do! What is so bizarre about DVDs or Blue Rays?

        • Angela_the_Librarian

          Yes, I like to stream stuff on Netflix, but they don’t get new movies very often. I’m too cheap to buy e-copies on Amazon or iTunes, so I usually go to the Redbox or library. Also..and this will completely blow your mind..I also still buy CDs! I figure if I’m going to spend 12 bucks on an album, I might as well have something tangible (and a back-up copy). :-)

          • http://www.snoskred.org/ Snoskred

            I’m from Australia. I think maybe the situation we are in here with everything being released much later than the US and other places, especially tv shows.. we all use torrents. I buy the stuff I like on DVD, especially if it has bonuses. I am a sucker for a commentary track. But I still keep it all digitally and put the dvd’s on the shelf in case of emergency.

            Maybe it is because we are descended from convicts, lol :) I did read somewhere we are highest on the list of countries that pirate.

          • BayTampaBay

            My thoughts exactly!

        • Laylalola

          I love commentary tracks, and not only can you not get this feature from streaming sites (not sure why they don’t make it available, hell, I’d pay for it), but increasingly there are companies that disable the feature on rental discs. Which makes me just not rent anything by Universal, for example, because it pisses me off so.

          • http://www.snoskred.org/ Snoskred

            Unfortunately some of the companies here refuse to give us all the features you get over there in the US. For example one of the seasons of Breaking Bad – I think season 3 – there were commentaries by the cast that I was expecting on the DVD when I bought it – I put the DVD in, could not find the commentary tracks, googled and found they were omitted from our version. :(

            Knowing it exists and yet not being able to experience it.. it is the evil.

            • Lisa_Co

              If you invest in an international DVD player you’ll be able to buy US (NTSC/Region 1) DVDs. We have one and it was worth every penny. I live in the US but get lots of DVDs from the UK.

          • Lisa_Co

            Netflix is now often sending DVD/BluRays that omit bonuses. I had to buy Amour to get a BluRay that had the bonuses:(

    • Filmjen

      As sad as I am it warms my heart to see my fellow bitter kittens being bitter about the Fruitvale Station shutout. Ryan Coogler is a former student of mine, so admittedly I’m biased, but I also happen to think his is the most important film made this year.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I thought that Fruitvale Station was one of the best films I saw this year, and I’ve seen a lot of the ones nominated. You can be proud of Ryan Coogler, sir.

        • Filmjen

          That’s ma’am, but thanks!! :-)

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Oops, my apologies!

    • AnotherCelia

      I had hoped Nathan Fillion would get a nod as best supporting actor. Ah well, no Cap’t. Tightpants.

    • ivfive

      Amazingly, I’ve seen a lot of these movies (usually the only category I am familiar with is animated feature). :-)
      Loved “Nebraska” and I’m rooting for Bruce Dern. He was so wonderful in the film. But, haven’t seen “Dallas Buyers Club”- so I’ll hold out until I see McConaughey’s performance.
      Amy Adams should win for her performance in “American Hustle”.
      June Squibb plays her role with real depth and complexity, but I’d prefer to see Lupita win supporting actress.
      Michael Fassbender was so good in “12 Years a Slave”.
      Saw both “All is Lost” and “Inside Llewyn Davis”- both of the snubbed films. I thought All was kind of a snoozer, but I’m surprised it wasn’t nominated for best score. Likewise on Llewyn. Oscar Isaacs was great as a less-than-sympathetic character, but I think he was probably left out of the field because of the number of great performances to choose from this year. Likewise for Redford…

    • Ryan Anthony Rogers

      I predict Best Picture/Best Director awards will be split between Gravity and 12 Years in one way or another.

      No surprise, but the Joaquin snub is really unfortunate. Most electric, sincere performance of the year. But Leo for the win.

      Also, Amy is at the bottom of my list for Supporting, because Cate and Meryl burned their respective houses down in each of their roles. But Cate will take it home.

      Leto and Fassbender are the closest margin of competition this year.

      Julia’s “I am running things now!” scene is a career favorite for me, but Lupita really brought it. I don’t even want to talk about the J. Law miscasting. So I won’t.

      Sidenote: I can’t believe HER wasn’t nominated for cinematography. Every shot was thoughtful, saturated, and gorgeous. But the screeplay is the most inventive since Eternal Sunshine, so there will be justice in that win.

    • kathy funk

      Am I the only one missing Idris Elba? A nomination would equal more face time and it would give me more reason to watch the Oscars.

      • ailujailuj

        thump thump…..

      • Rand Ortega

        Not to mention another bow tie…

    • Rand Ortega

      Best Picture: Gravity (Directors & BTL fave/Goes Into Record Books For 1st Sci Fi Film To Win Award)
      Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey (Transformer Award)/Bruce Dern (Gold Watch Award)
      Best Actress: Cate Blanchett (Made A Woody Allen Movie More Than It Should Be Award)
      Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence (Everybody’s Darling Award)/June Squibb (See Bruce Dern). Lupita will not win because, according to Hollywood logic, she has a bright future ahead. There will be other opportunities for her. Then no 1 will green light anything besides the usual hooker/maid/victim/girlfriend roles for her & she might get a supporting role on a series. I pray to God (huge coming from an atheist) I’m wrong.
      Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto (See Matthew McConaughey)
      Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron (Ang Lee Innovator Award)

      The Butler, Mandela, Fruitvale Station Snub = Academy: “Sorry, we already have our ‘Black’ project “. That’s what the Execs say when you come in for a pitch & they don’t realize until they see you you’re not white. Sometimes they preface it with, “Not trying to be racist, but…”

      Emma Thompson was ROBBED! Getting an audience to actually like that horrid woman deserves an Oscar AND a Nobel Peace Prize.

      • Sobaika

        Please don’t make me cry.

        Also – wasn’t Avatar scifi or didn’t it win?

        • BayTampaBay

          It did not win….Cameron’s ex-wife won for The Hurt Locker.

          Gravity will win to make up for 1968 when “Oliver!” beat out “2001: A Space Odyssey”.

          • KinoEye

            I don’t know if it can make up for that colossal snub, but it might be a step in the right direction! Seriously, that’s one of the biggest head-scratchers in Academy history, right behind (for me, anyway) Dances With Wolves over Goodfellas.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Argh-Dances with Wolves over Goodfellas-one of the great headscratchers and injustices in the Academy’s long history of voting. Goodfellas was briliiant filmmaking.Period.

            • KinoEye

              It’s my favorite of Scorsese’s. Definitely among his best. Unquestionably better than “white man rescues savages and teaches them how to live,” starring one of the least charismatic actors of all time. His line delivery is nothing but wooden mumbling. But I suppose that film makes white men look good. Goodfellas features rich white people (albeit gangsters) terrorizing the world around them — and they enjoy doing it. The Hays Code is still alive and well, it seems.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Goodfellas is my favorite Scorcese, too-the cast, script, editing, everything just works. As for Dances, the less said about it the better.

            • KinoEye

              Yes to the editing! I remember watching it for about the 4th or 5th time and realizing just how brilliant the editing was. How it’s even a little sarcastic. When Karen says in the VO, “We were proud that we had husbands who would work hard to get us the little extras,” it cuts to their massive walk-in closet, full of expensive clothes as Henry pulls stacks of cash out of his waistband. Little extras indeed.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              I always love the line when Karen says, “Well, we weren’t married to nine-to-five guys”!

        • Rand Ortega

          I’d rather have all my fingernails removed with rusty pliers than make you cry, Doll. To me you’re luminous. But being decades in the Film/TV biz, that’s how it works. Especially for women of color.
          Only rarities like Whoopi break the multi barriers. & now she’s on The View, FCS! Halle, due the sordid lack of material & Execs behind her, has been reduced to a summer TV series (“Extant”).

          • BayTampaBay

            Regarding Halle, is because of a lack of material or because she now has two children, one quite young, and does not want to travel. I always thought not wanting to travel was what happened to Michele Pfieffer’s career.

            • Rand Ortega

              Lack of material & execs not wanting to champion her. She won her Oscar well before Nala let alone Maceo were born. But after that her best projects were few & far between (“Gothika” being the 1 that best utilized her talents & had a decent story). “Catwoman”– for a # of reasons, 1 being the fan hate directed at her because Michelle Pfeiffer didn’t take the role– was pretty much the end of her being considered a viable lead in A list films.

          • Sobaika

            *BK HUG*

      • Introspective

        you are not wrong about Lupita. I fear that you have nailed it to a tee. and that makes me want to cry.

      • Shawn EH

        All of that could happen to Lupita even if she won Best Supporting, honestly, look at Mira Sorvino.

        • Rand Ortega

          True. I thought about that, too.

          • funkycamper

            Marisa’s role was girlfriend/hair-dresser/auto mechanic, not hooker.

            • Rand Ortega

              Right. I wrote Mira won for playing a hooker.

            • funkycamper

              Oops, didn’t see the period. Sorry.

            • Shawn EH

              I wouldn’t quite put Marisa in the same boat; her movies have been better, and she hasn’t really done TV.

        • Gatto Nero

          But Mira wasn’t worthy of her win.

          • Shawn EH

            Different argument, I can’t fight ancient Oscar battles. Never saw Mighty Aphrodite, actually. I like Woody’s 1970s comedies, his 1980s tragedies, and the rest is very hit and miss for me.

      • CatherineRhodes

        Great analysis. Although the Bright Future analysis didn’t work for Anna Paquin, who won her oscar at age 10.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Damn, but you know your business, don’t you? As much as I want 12 Years to take best director and best pic, and best actor, I will not be surprised if you’re right.
        Do they actually say “Not trying to be racist, but”….I’m going to have to go to my fainting couch or grab the wine.

        • Rand Ortega

          Oh yeah, they say it. Often (1 instance that comes to mind involved Pierce Brosnan’s creative director. He said it very naturally, then as if he realized what he’d said or who he’d said it to & his face just…fell). Most don’t believe they’re being at all racist. They sincerely believe they’re doing everyone a favor by not wasting anyone’s time. What pisses me off more– many of my projects don’t have or have to have black protagonists. It’s me they don’t want to work with because they have this preconceived notion I have some sort of “agenda”.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            That has got to be so frustrating; sounds as the business needs to have its collective mind expanded.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

      I thought the point of expanding Best Picture noms to 10 was to try to include movies that regular people actually liked or a non-dramatic type, such as comedy or sci-fi. I don’t see any up there with popular interest.

    • Sam Smith

      I have seen none, none of these movies.

      • BayTampaBay

        I am please to find out I am in good company.

    • Carleenml

      Barkhad Abdi. was amazing. Take him away and that movie is really sputtering. Yes, yes, Tom Hanks – but I don’t think it deserves a best picture.

    • WendyD

      If you haven’t seen ’12 Years a Slave’, make time in your life for this film.
      And if it doesn’t win Best Picture or, more specifically, if it loses to ‘American Hustle’ OR ‘Wolf of Wall Street’, I’m going to go full tilt Naomi Campbell on the first Academy voter I can track down.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I’ll have your back, and will bring something so that we can both go full tilt Naomi should that happen…

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      YES! Lupita’s Oscar gown – it’s going to be EPIC!!

      • Shawn EH

        And if it isn’t, imagine the twitter-splosion!

    • Lilah

      Am I the only one that didn’t like 12 Year a Slave? It was just excruciating to sit through. But maybe that was the point.

      • teensmom99

        I loved the way it used all sorts of great movie making to tell a difficult story. The movie-MAKING (cinematography, editing, and acting) was so deft and creative. . . all to the service of an important and difficult story.

        • Lilah

          I agree. The cinematography, etc. was masterful. I just think it could have been more poignant if it had been more tightly edited or trimmed down. It had all the elements of a great film, but at a certain point, I just felt like I was enduring it rather than watching it.

          • Rand Ortega

            The screenplay is an adaptation of Solomon Northup’s memoir of his true life experience. Should Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan” have left out the landing at Normandy to “get the viewer a little variation” rather than exemplify the impact of such carnage because, “duh, war is/was horrible”?

            • SassieCassy

              yeah i dont know how to react to this thread (i dont remember anyone calling the pianist too bleak and that was some depressing shit!)

              but exactly your point. it was real and we shouldnt sanitize a real mans experience

            • Lilah

              I’m totally not saying they should have sanitized anything. I’m just pondering what would have made it more compelling to me as a viewer.

            • Sobaika

              I wouldn’t call it ‘one-note’ but from the minute he wakes us in chains it IS unrelenting. There was something really anxiety-producing about the whole thing – every time MIchael Fassbender or Lupita Nyong’o were on screen there was a constant stream of “what’s going to happen what’s he going to do please don’t do it no no no no please ok good he left no no no why oh god” and that stayed with me long after the film was over.

              That’s why it’s at the top of my list, it accomplished something I didn’t think was possible in a packed theater with drinks and popcorn.

            • MilaXX

              Yep and I watch Saving Private Ryan & Shindler’s list the exact same way. I have actually only seen both films once. Saving Private Ryan because that opening D-Day scene had me wrecked for the entire length of the film. Shindler’s List because, well, Holocaust. No these films aren’t easy to watch, but we need to see them and THINK. They should disturb us.

            • marlie

              After I saw each of those movies, I swore I’d never watch them again. They were brilliantly made, and I’m glad I saw them the first time, but both left me with such strong feelings that I don’t think my heart could take watching them again.

              That’s actually part of the reason I haven’t seen 12 Year a Slave Yet; I think I have to be in the right “place” to see it, and I haven’t been yet.

            • Lisa_Co

              I think Spielberg is a very manipulative and not terrible complex filmmaker. For him there are the good guys and the bad guys. Then we have the “heartwarming touch” of a bad guy turning into a good guy. I’m Jewish and found myself annoyed at Schindler’s List. The Pianist, The Reader (both book and film), La Rafle (about FRENCH police sending 10,000′Jews to Auschwitz) Black Book, The Sorrow and the Pity and many more European films are all far more interesting takes on the Holocaust.

            • MilaXX

              I’m not saying Spielberg is great. What I am saying is that often movies that involve slavery are deemed “too hard to watch” or generate complaints that they make too many of these types of movies. However, when it comes to similar difficult to watch movies, especially Holocaust themed movies, we rarely if ever get that complaint.

            • Shawn EH

              Silence of the Lambs did it, way back when (the tension, not the political message).

            • Rand Ortega

              Well said. I think some people can’t handle this movie because it’s not the standard formula where the lead is the white savior who doesn’t experience the horror firsthand. This is slavery unvarnished from the prospective of the enslaved. & there’s a historical connection people find very difficult to acknowledge let alone accept. That could be why there are people who either don’t want to watch it or don’t like it.

            • Lilah

              That’s a pretty hefty acquisition for simply not liking a film. I was just commenting on the story telling in the film.

            • Sobaika

              I don’t think it’s a personal accusation, but I think it speaks to some of the more… colorful reactions this movie has received. There was one reviewer who reviewed it but REFUSED TO WATCH IT. Like, what?? How do you do that when it’s your damn job?

            • Lilah

              I hope you are right and it’s not a personal accusation. I can’t help feel like it is since it’s in reply to my comment.

              And I feel like I should clarify my “duh” statement. When I said “duh, slavery is/was horrible”, I meant “duh, it SHOULD be hard to watch”.

              I think your unrelenting point is a good one. It was unrelenting.

            • Rand Ortega

              My post re: why people don’t like/have a difficult time w/ 12 Years A Slave” was not directed at you personally by any means. I was ruminating on why there’s been such a visceral response to this particular depiction of slavery. Slavery was/is unrelenting. It’s a point that is intrinsic to Northup’s memoir & isn’t made in other slave movies for the reasons I previously illustrated. Its effects still linger on this country to this day. Which is why, IMO, some people have a negative reaction to the movie.

            • Shawn EH

              Better if he’d taken a much less sentimental route through the rest of the movie, after Normandy intensity was over.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              I saw 12 Years a Slave twice, and would see it again, because it’s a damn fine movie.Yes, it is difficult material, but it gives moviegoers some idea of the reality of slavery. As difficult as it is at times, it’s also incredlblly moving that the real man managed to keep his sense of himself as a human being intact through those years, and that he was freed and reunited with his family. Sorry, I was a history major in college, and movies that actually get the history correct are important.

      • Shawn EH

        I’m not planning to see it. Just as I avoided Django Unchained. Roots at least had a message of hope (and TV censorship) in its favor; but the real horrors of slavery are too depressing for this escapist movie-goer.

        • SassieCassy

          for what its worth, the ending is semi-hopeful *spoiler alert* i was terrified he was going to die in slavery BUT HE DIDN’T and then i began crying harder than i did througout the entire movie

      • MilaXX

        I don’t think the pain is the point, but much like movies like Saving Private Ryan & Shindler’s List, it’s important that we get these types of films. It does humanity no good to ignore or forget such things ever happened.

        • Shawn EH

          Can I forget Stephen Spielberg ever happened instead?

          • Rand Ortega

            heeheehee…

      • Lisa_Co

        I had a hard time with it as well. IMO it was like a Holocaust film but about slavery & racism instead of anti-semitism & genocide.

    • Rhonda Shore

      I don’t think T-Lo particularly like her, but the shutout of Lana Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful” in the song category was rather glaring…

    • Shawn EH

      I’d love it if Judy wins for Philomena; it’s not a showy performance, but it’s an inspired one, especially when she’s rambling on and on about her “stories.” I agree supporting will got to Jared Leto: the Academy never ignores a good drag queen. It’s like the ultimate sacrifice a male actor can make, apparently. I like that he was cool about it at the Globes and thanked the real transgendered inspirations, rather than trying to make some macho joke (leave that to old fogeys like Michael Douglas).

      • piroulin

        Except Leto only talked about waxing and never even said the word “transgender” is his Globes speech. That in itself (and calling his character “impossible” when there are many real and very “possible” trans people living in this country) seems pretty macho and, how can I put this nicely, less than sensitive. While I would love to live in a world where Jordan Catalano has an Oscar, I fear it will only perpetuate the stereotype that trans people are the equivalent of drag queens (and I mean no disrespect to drag queens).

        • CatherineRhodes

          Yeah, the waxing bit was odd, although in Lou Reed’s immortal words, “He plucked his eyebrows, then he was a she.”

    • ojosazules

      It can be too painful to care about who wins the Oscar. I just want Lupita to blind people in her radiance. I’m a little nervous about it.

    • Cheryl

      Gawd, I’d love to see June Squibb win for Best Supporting Actress and watch her sail past Julia Roberts while giving her a little secret smile. It’s not going to happen, but it would be magnificent. This is one of those catagories, where as long as it isn’t Roberts it will be a good thing.

      • teensmom99

        She may win since the Academy loves old people.

        • Imasewsure

          Old famous people though

          • BayTampaBay

            And very young people…Tatum O’Neal, Anna Pacquin and Jennifer Lawrence.

            • H2olovngrl

              This reminds me of a pageant my daughter wanted to.participate in a couple years ago. It was 12 and under, and the very youngest little girl won, because, “oh, look how cutise wootsie the 3 year old is!!!”

    • suzq

      Yeah, Substitute Wolf of Wall Street, which is innovative and fresh in no way whatsoever, with Fruitfville Station. You know what the difference is? WoWS had more studio backing. That’s what.

    • Rhonda Shore

      Emma Thompson should have been nominated for “Saving Mr. Banks.” It was a beautiful performance.

      • Shawn EH

        Also probably the most I’ve liked Tom Hanks or Jason Schwartzman in years.

        • Rhonda Shore

          I was surprised this movie was ignored. Usually the Academy loves movies about itself, about the making of movies.

    • julia / xandra

      12 years a slave is gonna get Color Purple’d

      • BarniClaw

        I didn’t watch the Oscars for years after Platoon won over Color Purple. I remember going to my room and slamming the door (which was pretty much how I responded to all kinds of injustices as a teenager).

      • Rand Ortega

        UGH. Prolly.

      • MilaXX

        that’s my biggest fear

    • http://www.lindamerrill.com/ Linda Merrill

      Miss Lupita was on Jimmy Kimmel the other night. What a delightful person – all the charm and sass of Jennifer Lawrence but with a world class education (Yale) and a world traveled history. And a very school girl crush on Leonardo DiCaprio. Hoping she gets the opportunities and acclaim that JLaw gets especially if she wins.

    • nosniveling

      Jared Leto. that is all.

    • Kathy Monkman

      I don’t like those increased numbers in in Best Picture. Just keep it at 5 like it always was.

      • BayTampaBay

        It makes added revenue for those films that are nominated. Movie buffs either rush out to the theaters or go buy/rent/download what is already out of the theaters for all the Best Picture nominated films..

      • Linderella

        It started when all the crying fanboys a few years back raised a ruckus about “The Dark Knight” not getting nominated for Best Picture. The Academy caved to the demands of the loudest members of The Public. I’d have had more respect if they would have stood their ground and said, “I think what you’re not taking into account, Fanboys, is that ‘The Dark Knight’ was a terrible movie.”

        • demidaemon

          I don’t know what you are talking about. I am not a huge Batman fanboy, but I still think The Dark Knight was an AWESOME MOVIE!

    • Susan Velazquez

      I swear if they give the Oscar to JLaw, I will reach into my TV and snatch it and give it back to Lupita

      • Rand Ortega

        I call that doin’ “The Kanye”.

        • Susan Velazquez

          Jennifer I’mma let you finish but we all know Lupita had the best supporting actress performance of the year so give that back right now, this instant.

          • Rand Ortega

            LOL! Officially NAILED.

      • ShaoLinKitten

        The Golden Globes did it.

    • VicD

      Redford was robbed, and I was hoping Tom Hanks would get a nod. Jonah Hill being a two time Oscar nominee makes me want to puke.

    • Susan Velazquez

      Fruitvale Station was ignored here too. :(

    • In_Stitches

      I’m throwing any claim to credibility out, but to be honest, I kind of think Catching Fire should be up for Best Picture or Directing. It was well paced, emotional, well shot…basically a pretty great movie. Best blockbuster of the year and it has enough emotional heft and decent enough performances to earn a nod. Jennifer Lawrence was a bit of a let down in it, but other than that it was very well crafted.

      • Sobaika

        Well, I don’t think we should shut out films based on genre alone and while it was well-done… it’s just not what comes to mind when I think of the best or most gripping of the year, you know?

        I thought Harry Potter deserved a few nominations over the years so I’m in no position to judge.

    • Kimmu

      I can’t believe they gave a supporting actor nod to Jonah Hill but completely snubbed Daniel Bruhl, who was pretty fucking amazing in a difficult role in a really well put together film.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Bruhl’s performance might have been overlooked because Rush didn’t do that well at the box office. It was here and gone in my neighborhood in about 3 weeks.

        • Kimmu

          Which is unfortunate because it’s an excellent movie, but I suppose it is a very European movie about a sport that has never been popular in the US. Which is also disappointing because it really should have gotten cinematography and sound editing nods too. American Hustle I completely don’t understand why it has so much love. It wasn’t nearly that good.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I wanted to see Rush, but will have to wait for the DVD now.

            • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

              It’s worth it for Hemsworth with his shirt off.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Sounds like one of those films I’ll need to watch on DVD when Mr. B3 is away for the day so I can slobber in private!

    • Aurumgirl

      The Golden Globes ignored almost anything done by anyone who was not white. I’d really be surprised if things went differently at the Oscars. It’s just really upsetting.

    • Inspector_Gidget

      I hate that they nominate everyone and their grandmother for Best Picture these days. NINE movies? Seems to me that this will just lead to the biggest films winning, since how many voters are actually going to see all of them? Maybe it’s the Hollywood equivalent of gerrymandering.

    • Sobaika

      In an alternate universe in which I make up the academy:

      BEST PICTURE

      Dallas Buyers Club

      12 Years a Slave
      Fruitvale Station
      Gravity
      Inside Llewyn Davis
      Her
      Short Term 12
      Before Midnight
      Nebraska*
      Philomena*

      BEST DIRECTOR

      Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
      Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
      Coen brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis
      Alexander Payne, Nebraska*
      Spike Jonze, Her

      BEST ACTOR

      Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
      Chiwetel Ejiofer, 12 Years A Slave
      Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
      Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
      Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

      BEST ACTRESS

      Amy Adams, American Hustle
      Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
      Naomie Harris, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
      Judi Dench, Philomena*
      Sandra Bullock, Gravity

      BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

      Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
      Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
      Michael Fassbender, 12 Years A Slave
      Daniel Bruhl, Rush
      Hair Rollers, American Hustle

      BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

      Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years A Slave
      Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years A Slave
      Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years A Slave
      Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
      Octavia Davis, Fruitvale Station

      *I mean, I don’t know but they seem legit.

      • Rand Ortega

        How do I join this Academy? It’s a damn sight better than the 1 that exists.

        • Sobaika

          Actual critical taste. You qualify, obviously.

      • ShaoLinKitten

        Octavia Spencer. But yeah.

        • Sobaika

          Whoops, fixed!

    • Terri Flynn McGinty

      Bradley Cooper? I loved American Hustle, but this nomination baffles me.

      • Linderella

        I thought he was dreadful. He’s turning into a braying Ben Stiller clone.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I like Bradley Cooper, but my opinion is that the Academy just punched the ticket for the four leads in Hustle-hence, a nomination for Bradley

    • Fraggle

      I’m glad they included Her. Just loved this movie. Hopefully it gets some recognition for best screenplay (it won’t win best picture) – but I don’t understand the fuzz about American Hustle. I thought SLP was overrated last year and AH… it’s a good movie. But is it really THIS good? Don’t know. Gravity was special and 12 Years was great. One of them should win.
      I miss Fruitville Station! – And I think JLaw is too young and was not that great this year to get a second Oscar in a row.

    • ellen

      Twelve Years: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress

    • Jacob Bowen

      I didn’t hate American Hustle, but I don’t understand it’s accolades as much. I wish “Mud” had been eligible, cause I REALLY enjoyed that movie, and Mr. McConnaughottie was EXCELLENT.

      • Lisa_Co

        I wish Blue is the Warmest Color was eligible for best foreign language film. It is a wonderful film. I was furious it didn’t get the Golden Globe. The Great Beauty is a snooze.

        • Gatto Nero

          I loved The Great Beauty but agree that Blue was wrongfully snubbed.

      • Linderella

        I liked American Hustle, but that’s just it: liked. Except for the fantastic performances (save Bradley Cooper, who was a shrieking mess), it’s not really “Oscar Movie” material. It was fun and clever and mindless.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          You summed up my feelings about Hustle-it’s all surface, nothing more-great costumes, hair,and some good peformances in service of a bit of piffle.

    • MsC

      Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts get nominations for their scenery-gnawing in “August Osage County” while Oprah Winfrey, Octavia Spencer, Adèle Exarchopoulos and Emma Thompson get snubbed. Any two of those four would have been better choices. Also, I would have dropped Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale for Robert Redford and Michael B. Jordan for best actor.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Totally agree on swapping in Michael B. Jordan and Redford for Bale and DiCaprio. So Bale gained weight and did funny combover-he’s being rewarded for playing a semi-lovable grifter, one of those roles that the Academy routinely loves, while Jordan did a great job-maybe it’s just too quiet and assured a peformance to catch the voters’ eyes?

    • GeoDiva

      Agree with most of your predictions but Director will be Alfonso Curon for Gravity and Cate will win Best Actress. Best Actor is the one that is totally up for grabs.

    • KinoEye

      Sigh. It’s that time again. My predictions? N’yongo, Fassbender, Adams, McConathing. Best picture goes to 12 years and best director to Russell. They love to split their votes that way, so as to give the appearance of being progressive while still rewarding the films that meet the status quo. It should go to Steve McQueen. He’s a genius. It’s astounding that 12 years is only his third film. But I think, as usual, they’ll play for politics instead of quality.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        McQueen is a very, very impressive director-I haven’t seen Shame, but Hunger, his first, was such a powerful film; the seen between Bobby Sands and the priest was one of the best pieces of acting and directing I’ve seen, ever.

        • KinoEye

          I saw Hunger a few years ago. Unbelievable. I saw Shame a few months ago and spent the rest of the day in a daze. It’s a bottomless pit of despair, with a few rays of hopeful light that break through here and there. I’m not sure I know of many other directors who have put together such an impressive resume in such a short amount of time. Orson Welles comes to mind… and that’s about it.

      • Sobaika

        McConathing!!

        • KinoEye

          It’s such a fantastic quip, Sobaika! I’ve always thought he was a sleazebag, and his last name is tricky to type. McConathing is much easier and more accurate. Props to you!

    • Qitkat

      To my regret I haven’t seen any of these movies except Gravity, but I have been thoroughly enjoying the brilliant commentary from my fellow BKs. What it does is make sadly clear that Racism in America is still thriving. Apparently mainstream Hollywood tries to ‘talk the talk’ but doesn’t really ‘walk the walk.’

    • irielle

      I’m annoyed Woody Allen got the nomination for original screenplay given that it’s an adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire whether he admits it or not.

    • ThaliaMenninger

      I wish Dern would win Best Actor but my gut says McConaughey. Cate Blanchett for Best Actress. 12 Years a Slave for Best Pic but Gravity and Cuaron for Best Director. I have a feeling J-Law will win Best Supporting Actress. More’s the pity. I would prefer Nyong’o. And Best Supporting Actor… I agree with Jared Leto.

    • ailujailuj

      …btw… Ms Wintour has historically been critical of the safe R.C. choices… has The Fashion Fund reality show been discussed here? Snippit from ETonline:

      The powerful trio (Anna Wintour, Diane von Furstenberg, Jenna Lyons) discussed Ovation’s upcoming reality show, which follows Wintour and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) taking aspiring designers on the journey of a lifetime — the competition for Fashion Fund Designer of the Year.

      Each week, designers from 10 emerging labels are put to the test through increasingly challenging steps of the competition. Judges such as Diane von Furstenberg and top-level executives from Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus, determine who wins the ultimate prize of $300,000 and a one-year mentorship with an industry expert.

      • Lisa_Co

        I already have my DVR set to record it starting this Wednesday on Ovation at 10 pm.

        • ailujailuj

          maybe if the kittens are good, the uncles will chat a little on it.

          • Lisa_Co

            I am hoping, pretty please?

    • little_miss_strange

      This shit is so stupid. Who gives a fuck about these awards? They only recognize movies with big-name stars or directors attached to them. Some drama with some famous actor in it or famous director directing it. The same damn people, year after year. Same pool of best actors, best actresses, best directors. Bah. BAH.

      I’ll still watch the red carpet to see how idiotically these people dress.

      • CatherineRhodes

        Nobody tied you up and waterboarded you until you commented on this blog. If you don’t care about any of it, you can spend your time elsewhere. The rest of us are having fun.

        • little_miss_strange

          Nobody tied you up and waterboarded you until you replied to my comment. Opinions, lady. We all got em. I am free to express mine, just as you are free to express yours. And we are free to disagree with each other.

          I did not say that I do not like this website, quite to the contrary; I adore TLo. I was expressing frustration at the awards shows, not at TLo. So you may all continue to have your fun, and you let me have mine.

      • In_Stitches

        Who would you have preferred? I’m always looking for tips on great movies. Personally, I was bummed to see no noms for Short Term 12, a touching film about hurt and the disenfranchised.

    • Linderella

      Shameful omission of the year: Sam Rockwell, who gave the best male performance of the year in “The Way Way Back.”
      Eye-roll of the year: another fucking nomination for Meryl Streep? How daring and imaginative of the Academy!

    • ShaoLinKitten

      Disappointed not to see Michael B. Jordan or Idris Elba nominated for Best Actor.

    • CatherineRhodes

      Picture: 12 Years, Director: Steve McQueen, Actor: McConnaghey, Sup Actor: Leto, Actress: Blanchett, Sup Actress: Lupito.

      In another year, American Hustle would have swept all the categories, but this was such an amazing year for movies, lots of competition.

      Snub: Redford in All is Lost. He carried the movie as a solo actor, with only a few words of dialogue!

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Here’s who/what I would love to see win: 12 Years a Slave, Best Picture and Director. Best Actress, Cate Blanchett. Best Supporting Actress Lupita N’yongo. Best Supporting Actor, either Michael Fassbender or Jared Leto. Best Actor, Chiewetel Ejiofor, but if McConathing wins, that would be OK by me, too, because it has been such a strong year for male performances. Now, Amy Adams wins for playing a grifter with plunging necklines, she will go on my irrational hate list. Mr. B3 and I will probably watch the Ocsars with the sound turned down so that we won’t scare the cat with our screams of disgust.

    • AnneElliot

      I have not seen a SINGLE ONE of these movies. My life is just sad. The only Oscar-nominated movie I’ve seen so far is Despicable Me 2. I think I’m going to do some serious double-feature watching this holiday weekend!

      • little_miss_strange

        Hey, you ain’t the only one. I don’t like watching what the critics say I should be watching. I was somewhat interested in seeing Gravity, and I may eventually get around to that, but I am in no hurry whatsoever. It and all the rest of these movies, they’re probably not even that great anyway. The moment they were conceived, they were conceived as Oscar bait. And they are raised on pretension.

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

      Wow – how lovely!

    • amanda lynn

      just saw HER last night. it’s a right shame that Joaquim Phoenix wasn’t recognized for it.

    • judybrowni

      Just saw Inside Llewyn Davis, and I’m surprised that didn’t snag anything but a nomination for Cinematography.

    • Mike

      I’m so, so happy for Sally Hawkins’ ‘Blue Jasmine’ nomination. At last, Oscar recognition for this divinely gifted and undersung actress.

    • KT

      I’m pretty sure it’s going to be Lupita, Jared Leto, Cate Blanchett, Matthew McConaughey, 12 Years a Slave, Alfonso Cuaron. Not surprised Fruitvale got no nods; shocked that Blue Is the Warmest Color got no nods. Oprah didn’t even come close to getting nominated so if she’s pissed, then she’s also delusional.

    • http://deerskender.blogspot.com/ değer iskender

      The candidate directers; A. Payne, A. Cuaron, M. Scorsese, D. Russell, S. McQuenn; they can begin to their treads, treats, fights, struggles between their own selves for to be alone victor under secret cameras for to be premiere of 2014 !

    • http://deerskender.blogspot.com/ değer iskender

      Can the reuntgen films shooter medical doctors of the Oscar canditates or golden prize sculpture makers-producers be the earners, owners of these prizes ?

    • http://deerskender.blogspot.com/ değer iskender

      Do you know their reality; are the inspecters always at controlls of the reality of Oscar prize candidates at the celebrate day scene for their being their ownselves with their meant presented artistic creations or not contra the falsification probability ?

    • http://deerskender.blogspot.com/ değer iskender

      Did not come the momentumal time of the normal, commercial filming and presentation of Oscar awards, prizes and their celebrate days yet, anymore ?