The 2014 Oscar nominations were announced Thursday morning by Chris Hemsworth and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, and it surely had its share of shockers. Though the golden children -- David O. Russell's 'American Hustle,' Alfonso Cuaron's 'Gravity' and Steve McQueen's '12 Years a Slave' -- all earned big-time nominations, a surprising number of expected frontrunners got the shaft. Take a look as we dive deep into the snubs and surprises of the 2014 Oscar nominations.
There's something thematically appropriate about a movie telling the story of a butler who quietly influenced the United States taking the number one spot at the box office over its flashy, bigger rivals. Lee Daniels' 'The Butler' took multiplexes by storm this weekend, taking down last week's competition as well as a handful of seemingly strong newcomers.
'Lee Daniels' The Butler' is an eight-course meal of movies served all at once. The entree is a searing racial drama, haunting in its depiction of America's stained history. The other seven courses, delivered without grace, flatten the taste. Fine ingredients — a rousing ensemble and sporadically sharp script — can't make up for a cook's sloppy work. 'The Butler' is a mishmash of prestige qualifiers, unfit to dish out, but plated nonetheless.
From the opening frames of the trailer for 'The Butler,' it's as if you can hear everyone involved saying one word. That word? Oscar. Academy award-nominated director Lee Daniels leads Oscar winning actor Forest Whitaker in this tour of race relations in America as told through the perspective of a White House butler.
We always associate Mariah Carey first and foremost as a singer. But a couple of years ago she reminded us that she's got some decent acting chops when appearing in Lee Daniel's 'Precious.' Now she' back at it again, taking on another acting role in a monstrous production
For the past few years Robin Williams has been keeping a relatively low profile on the acting scene. He's popped up a couple of times in random movies like the 'Happy Feet' franchise, but the seasoned actor hasn't really been pushing himself in front of the camera until now.
If you didn't think director Lee Daniels was even just a little crazy after watching 'Precious' (yes, based on the novel 'Push,' by Sapphire), then wait 'til you hear what he's up to with his latest film, 'The Butler.'