2014 Oscar Nominations: The Snubs and Shockers!
The 2014 Oscar nominations were announced Thursday morning by actor 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.
'Lee Daniels' The Butler' was one of the snubs of this year's Golden Globes, which didn't even offer up any noms for Oprah, despite her clout. One would assume that she'd get her due come Oscar time, but the nominations left her out! In fact, the film at large didn't receive any noms.
'The Butler' had a hard enough time as it was by hitting theaters in August -- most of the others, like 'American Hustle' and 'Gravity' (with 10 Oscar nominations each), were fresher on the Academy's mind, thanks to their later release dates. The Weinstein Co. tried to turn things around by re-releasing the film in theaters later on, but that move ultimately fell flat.
Where Oscar Isaac, the multi-talented lead in Joel and Ethan Coen's latest film, 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' was nominated for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for the Globes, he was out shined at the Oscar nominations by Leonardo DiCaprio, Chiwetel Ejiofor and even Matthew McConaughey. As for the film itself, it was only nominated in two categories -- Sound Mixing and Cinematography. 'Inside Llewyn Davis' certainly topped our "Best of 2013" picks, so it's sad to see such work go relatively unnoticed in the Academy's eyes.
Another name nominated for the Globes and not for the Oscars was Robert Redford. The classic actor was sure to at least get a nom for Best Actor, given the man's standing amongst the older moviegoing crowd of the Academy, and seemed a likely contender. We certainly thought he was gonna take it home at the Globes, an award ultimately lost to McConaughey's fine work in 'Dallas Buyers Club,' and to see him left in the dust once again is a shame. Though, even Tom Hanks, another actor with a maritime flick, didn't get the Best Actor nom either.
For all of Disney's efforts to pose Emma Thompson as a sure-fire Oscar contender in the Best Actress category and Tom Hanks for Best Actor, 'Saving Mr. Banks' came up short -- too short, even. The film only landed one Oscar nomination and it was for Best Original Score. For that matter, Hanks didn't even earn himself a Best Actor nom for 'Captain Phillips,' which was instead honored for its supporting talent in Barkhad Abdi.
One of the big surprises was 'Dallas Buyers Club.' We're not so much shocked that it was nominated whatsoever -- Best Actor-nominated Matthew McConaughey and Best Supporting-nominated Jared Leto gave dynamite performances as HIV-stricken figures of the AIDS movement -- but we're more pleasantly surprised at how many noms the film received. Aside from the two stellar actors, 'Dallas' walked away with a total of six nominations, including one for Best Picture!
Despite all the hullabaloo going on in the papers with the real victims of Jordan Belfort stepping forward to pen open letters of disapproval for Martin Scorsese and DiCaprio's decision to "glorify" his lifestyle, 'The Wolf of Wall Street' took home a surprising five nominations. While DiCaprio and Scrosese were locks for the Best Actor and Best Director, respectively, Jonah Hill earned himself his second Oscar nomination for Supporting Actor (his first was for Bennett Miller's 'Moneyball').
'Her,' Spike Jonze's widely praised sci-fi-dating film, received a decent amount of Oscar nominations, including the coveted Best Picture nomination, but one member of the team left out was Mr. Joaquin Phoenix. But that's his fault -- he was publicly adamant about not campaigning for any awards recognition. Granted, so did Leto, but Phoenix has a long history (look at what he said when 'The Master' was up for awards) of bashing the Academy.
Well, at least Chris Hemsworth got to announce the 2014 Oscar nominations because his latest film, Ron Howard's 'Rush,' failed to score a single nomination -- not even for Best Supporting Actor, for which Daniel Bruhl was a sure contender. The Golden Globes offered up two noms for the car-racing film, though it lost Best Picture, Drama to '12 Years a Slave' (naturally) and Best Supporting Actor to Jared Leto.