A few (late) musings on the 2014 Oscar nominees

Today I woke up extra early to catch the super exciting nominations announcement. I cheered, I gasped and I scratched my head at some of the names uttered by Chris Hemsworth and Academy president, Cheryl Boone Isaacs. Here are some of my thoughts on the nominees, the snubbed, the surprises and even a little trivia about the people who will be competing for Hollywood’s most coveted award.

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  • I’m happy to say that I correctly predicted all 9 nominees for Best Picture, so yay for that. I got one wrong in each acting category and two wrong in Directing. Oh well.

  • Tom Hanks left out of the Best Actor race and Emma Thompson out of Best Actress were real shockers. Haven’t seen Saving Mr. Banks, though I’m sure Emma is great in it, but Hanks was superb in Captain.

  • I’m bummed that Daniel Brühl wasn’t nominated as Best Supporting Actor for his marvelous performance in Rush.
     
  • With the Oscars, the last big crop of nominations have been announced and Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, who both gave career-best performances in Prisoners, were completely ignored.
     
  • Kudos to David O. Russell and the cast of American Hustle. That’s only the 15th movie to garner nominations in every acting category (Christian Bale and Amy Adams in Lead, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in Supporting). Russell accomplished this feat last year with Silver Linings Playbook (Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in Lead, Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver in Supporting, with Lawrence winning).
     
  • What can I say about my paisanos? Alfonso Cuarón is the frontrunner for Best Director, plus he scored nods for Best Picture and Editing. His Gravity is the film with the most nominations this year, tying with Hustle, with 10 each. Emmanuel Lubezki garners his sixth Oscar nom for Cinematography; he should’ve won for The Tree of Life, which is one of the most gorgeous films ever. Mexican-born Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o scored a Supporting Actress nod for 12 Years a Slave. The best thing? All three could very well go home with a little golden man on March 2.
     
  • I’m a little sad that Oprah Winfrey wasn’t acknowledged for her terrific turn in Lee Daniels’ The Butler, but I’m glad that the one that took “her” place was Sally Hawkins, great in Blue Jasmine.

  • Jonah Hill is now a two-time Academy Award nominee. Not bad for someone who usually stars in comedies produced by Judd Apatow (which I like, but the Academy, of course, doesn’t).

  • Queen Meryl nabs her 18th Oscar nomination, breaking her own record. That number is astonishing, but a couple women are getting steadily close: Jennifer Lawrence, who is only 23 years old, got her third nomination in just 4 years; Julia Roberts has 4; Amy Adams and Cate Blanchett are on their fifth, while Judi Dench is on her seventh.

  • Amy Adams is the only one in the Best Actress category who hasn’t won an Oscar before.

  • Thrilled that Leonardo DiCaprio was recognized by the Academy for an incredible performance in The Wolf of Wall Street, where Leo got to show off an impressive talent for comedy. This is his fourth nomination.

  • First time nominees include Barkhad Abdi (who’d never acted before), Matthew McConaughey (finally), Jared Leto, Michael Fassbender (finally), Chiwetel Ejiofor, June Squibb, Sally Hawkins (who should’ve been nominated for Happy-Go-Lucky) and Lupita Nyong’o.

  • Getting nominated for a second time are Christian Bale (can’t believe he only has 2), Bruce Dern, Sandra Bullock, Jonah Hill and Bradley Cooper.

  • Glad to see Gatsby in the running for Costume Design and Production Design. It was one of the most disappointing films of the year, but a gorgeous one.

  • Yay for Woody Allen for nabbing his 16th nomination in the Best Original Screenplay category, also breaking his own record.

  • While I didn’t like Before Midnight as much as its predecessors, the dialog was superb, so I’m happy for the Best Adapted Screenplay nod for Hawke, Delpy and Linklater.

  •  I think we can all agree Gravity has the Visual Effects Oscar in the bag, right?

  • I’m very “Happy” for Pharrell Williams’ deserved nomination for Best Original Song

 

How did you feel about the nominations?

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