Sally Hawkins finally got her Oscar nomination! (Photo courtesy of The Associated Press)
Well, the Oscar nominations were announced this morning, and they were, as always, a mess. There were snubs (no love for “Inside Llewyn Davis”) and surprises (way too much love for “August: Osage County” and “Wolf of Wall Street”), something called “Alone But Not Alone,” and a whole bunch of nominations for “American Hustle,” “Gravity” and “12 Years a Slave.”
But if you’re a regular reader of this blog, or if you’ve read just one entry (or even if you’ve stumbled across it after googling the words “sexy Oprah .gifs hot”), then you know I have been displeased with Sally Hawkins’ snub five years ago for her performance in “Happy-Go-Lucky” and the fact that I’ve mentioned it in every other post I write. Well, my constant whining has paid off, because Sally was nominated this year for her performance in “Blue Jasmine!” I, for one, will be taking all the credit for the nod.
Here’s a list of the nominees, though, and a quick rundown on their standings:
1. “12 Years a Slave”
2. “American Hustle”
4. “The Wolf of Wall Street”
6. “Captain Phillips”
8. “Dallas Buyers Club”
“Hustle” and “Gravity” both scored the most nominations of the year — 10 — while “12 Years” was close behind with 9. Though I’m sticking with “12 Years” as the victor right now, if “Hustle” continues to rack in the awards in the next few weeks from the SAGs and BAFTAs, an upset wouldn’t be a complete shock.
1. Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club”
2. Chiwetel Ejiofer, “12 Years a Slave”
3. Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”
4. Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
5. Christian Bale, “American Hustle”
My predictions for “All is Lost’s” Robert Redford and “Captain Phillips'” Tom Hanks getting nominated didn’t pan out. (Redford was expected, but Hanks? Not so much.) The Academy voters must have been full of a lot of bros this year, which would explain the love for “Wolf of Wall Street” and DiCaprio. I was surprised by the inclusion of Bale, too (he’s been mainly ignored by a lot of awards groups this year), but the Oscars REAAAAALLY loved the performances of “Hustle,” nominating it in all four acting categories.
The big showing of “Dallas Buyers” in the nominations (aside from Picture and acting nods, it also scored surprise bids for Original Screenplay and Film Editing) makes me think that film has a stronger-than-originally-thought momentum going, and McConaughey’s recent Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award wins push him to the top of the list (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey just sounds wrong, though). But I wouldn’t completely rule out Ejiofer just yet.
1. Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”
2. Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”
3. Judi Dench, “Philomena”
4. Amy Adams, “American Hustle”
5. Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County”
Poor Emma Thompson. She was the best thing about “Saving Mr. Banks (which fell from being a dark-horse contender for the Best Picture prize to only getting a Best Score nomination), but she ended up getting snubbed, with Adams (getting her fifth nomination and first in the leading actress category) and Streep (receiving nomination No. 18!) sneaking in.
Still, there’s no question that this is Blanchett’s award to win. She’s probably the closest thing to a lock right now.
1. Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”
2. Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”
3. Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”
4. Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”
5. Jonah Hill, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Well, I did not see that coming. Instead of the late James Gandolfini and acclaimed German actor Daniel Bruhl, we get one of the Wolf Pack and the co-star of “22 Jump Street” (both of whom scored their second nominations).
Unless Abdi, Cooper and Hill score a surprise upset, it’s down to first-time nominees Leto and Fassbinder, with Jordan Catalano currently in the lead.
1. Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”
2. Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”
3. June Squibb, “Nebraska”
4. Sally Hawkins, “Blue Jasmine”
5. Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”
The one category I nailed, thanks to my never-ending campaign for more Sally Hawkins love. Oprah’s snub was surprising, if not exactly unexpected, as the buzz for her film “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” had waned over the past few weeks. While Golden Globe winner Lawrence and Critics Choice Award champ Nyong’o are battling it out for the top spot, this is the category that often picks way-out-of-left-field choices (see: Tilda Swinton, Marcia Gay Harden, Marisa Tomei), so it’d be lovely to see first-time nominees Squibb and Hawkins possibly win.
1. Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”
2. Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”
3. David O. Russell, “American Hustle”
4. Martin Scorsese, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
5. Alexander Payne, “Nebraska”
Like Tom Hanks’ snub from Best Actor, “Captain Phillips'” director Paul Greengrass was a big surprise — he wasn’t exactly a major contender to win, but he seemed like a stable enough candidate for a nomination. Instead, they went with old favorite Payne (his third nod for Best Director), and proved me wrong in thinking that “Wolf of Wall Street” wasn’t going to make a big impact with the Academy.
Like it’s been all season, though, it’s a head-to-head smackdown between McQueen and Cuaron — like the Best Picture prize, it just depends on how their respective films do once more trophies are handed out from the guild awards and the BAFTAs.