The 86th Academy Award Nominations were just announced at the ungodly hour of 5:30 A.M. Pacific Time. But the fact that the hunky actor Chris Hemsworth, along with the lovely head of the Academy, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, announced the nominees made getting up so early much easier.
Ok, here goes — in a nutshell, American Hustle, Wolf Of Wall Street, Gravity, 12 Years A Slave, Philomena and Nebraska had a solid morning. As always, there were the sure actor shoo-ins, Bruce Dern for Nebraska, Judi Dench for Philomena, Meryl Streep for August: Osage County and more. But there were some major snubs and surprises. Tom Hanks, so terrific in two films, Saving Mr. Banks and Captain Phillips, got nothing, while his co-star in Phillips, Barkhad Abdi, got a supporting nod.
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Continuing the snubs? Robert Redford for All Is Lost, a sure bet nominee, got nothing. Really Academy? What were you thinking? Nor did Emma Thompson for Banks. Again, what’s the deal on that?
The Butler and Inside Llewyn Davis were also left pretty much empty. A surprise snub also was the late James Gandolfini, whom Hollywood thought he might get a nomination for Enough Said, but sadly did not. Jonah Hill did get a well deserved supporting nod for Wall Street, although that race is seen as a lock for Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club. The lauded Fruitvale Station got zero, and even though Captain Phillips got a best pic nod, its director, Paul Greengrass, did not.
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Philomena could very well be the dark horse here and clean up big. And once again, surprisingly, the Academy could have voted for ten best picture noms, but chose only nine. Big winners also are Paramount, Warner Brothers and Sony. The Academy always does surprise.
Lets see what happens on the big night, March 2nd. Ellen DeGeneres hosts the big show, her second stint at it and TV Mix will be live tweeting. FYI, voting begins February 14th with ballots due back February 25th at 5 PM PT.
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