Thursday, January 16, 2014

Oscar Noms: Snubs Are the Big News

Snubbed: Robert Redford in All Is Lost
The big news with this morning's Oscar noms is who wasn't on the list: Robert Redford, Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, and Oprah Winfrey. It turns out Redford didn't want to push for a nomination and so did no campaigning and there were no industry screenings or Q&As with the star, so it's not so surprising that Christian Bale got his slot. That Best Actor race looks to be the most interesting with Redford out of the picture and not as much enthuiasm for the other sentimental favorite Bruce Dern, that leaves Leonardo DiCaprio, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Matthew McConaughey. DiCaprio and McConaughey won at the GGs (the Hollywood Foreign Press Assoc. splits their leading categories between comedy and drama) and Ejiofor seems to be losing steam. The Academy will probably honor 12 Years a Slave with the Best Picture Award. It might actually be DiCaprio since he's grown into such a solid actor (particularly in Revolutionary Road and The Aviator). In Wolf of Wall Street, he does all kinds of crazy stuff and has those long monologues which are great for clips. Jared Leto will definitely win for Dallas Buyers Club, so voters may feel they don;t need to vote for McConaughey (drag beats losing weight). Cate Blanchett is also a lock for Best Actress.

Jennifer Lawrence is the front runner for Supporting Actress and if she wins, she'll be the third actress to win consecutive Oscars (the other two are Luise Rainer and Katherine Hepburn) and the first to win consecutive leading and supporting awards. 

Tonight's Critics Choice Awards don't usually mean very much, but in a split year like this they might. Saturday's SAGs will have more impact. Here's an update on all the film awards:  

12 Years a Slave (AAFCA, AFI, bafta, BOS, CFCA, GG, is, NYFO, osc, pga, WAFCA)
All Is Lost (is)
American Hustle (AFI, bafta, cc, GG, NYFCC, osc, pga)
Blue Jasmine (pga)
Captain Phillips (AFI, bafta, cc, gg, osc, pga)
Dallas Buyers Club (cc, osc, pga)
Frances Ha (is)
Fruitvale Station (AFI)
Gravity (AFI, bafta, cc, gg, LAFCA--tie, osc, pga)
Her (AFI, cc, DET, gg, LAFCA--tie, NBR, osc, pga, SD)
Inside Llewyn Davis (AFI, cc, gg, GOTH, is, NSFC)
Nebraska (AFI, cc, gg, is, osc, pga)
Philomena (bafta, gg, osc)
Rush (gg)
Saving Mr. Banks (AFI, cc, pga)
The Wolf of Wall Street (AFI, cc, gg, osc, pga)

Amy Adams, American Hustle (bafta, GG, osc)
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine (bafta, BOS, cc, CFCA, GG, is, LAFCA--tie, NSFC, NYFCC, NYFO, osc, sag, SD, WAFCA)
Sandra Bullock, Gravity (AAFCA, bafta, cc, gg, osc, sag)
Julie Delpy, Before Midnight (gg, is)

Judi Dench, Philomena (bafta, cc, gg, osc, sag)
Adele Exarchopoulos, Blue Is the Warmest Color (LAFCA--tie)
Greta Gerwig, Francis Ha (gg, is)
Gaby Hoffman, Crystal Fairy (is)
Brie Larson, Short Term 12 (cc, DET, GOTH, is)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said (gg)
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County (cc, gg, osc, sag)
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr Banks (bafta, cc, gg, NBR, sag)
Kate Winslet, Labor Day (gg)

Shailene Woodley, The Spectacular Now (is, SD--San Diego Critics consider her a Supporting Actress)

Christian Bale, American Hustle (bafta, cc, gg, osc)
Bruce Dern, Nebraska (bafta, cc, gg, is, LAFCA, NBR, osc, sag)
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street (bafta, GG, osc)
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave (bafta, BOS, cc, CFCA, gg, is, NYFO, osc, sag, WAFCA)
Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (gg)
Tom Hanks, Captain Philips (batfa, cc, gg, sag)
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis (gg, is, NSFC, SD)
Michael B. Jordan, Fruitvale Station (is)
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club (cc, DET, GG, GOTH, is, osc, sag)
Joaquin Phoenix, Her (gg)
Robert Redford, All Is Lost (cc, gg, is, NYFCC)
Forest Whitaker, Les Daniels' The Butler (AAFCA, sag)

Supporting Actress:
Melonie Diaz, Fruitvale Station (is)
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine (bafta, gg, is, osc)
Scarlett Johansson, Her (cc, DET)
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle (bafta, cc, GG, NSFC, NYFCC, osc, sag)
Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave (bafta, cc, CFCA, gg, is, LAFCA, NYFO, osc, sag, WAFCA)
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County (bafta, cc, gg, osc, sag)
Yolanda Ross, Go for Sisters (is)
Octavia Spencer, Fruitvale Station (NBR)
June Squibb, Nebraska (BOS, cc, gg, is, osc, sag)
Oprah Winfrey, Les Daniels' The Butler (AAFCA, bafta, cc, sag)

Supporting Actor:
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips (bafta, cc, gg, osc, sag)
Daniel Bruhl, Rush (bafta, gg, sag)
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle (bafta, cc, gg, osc)
Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra (bafta)--released theatrically in the UK
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave (bafta, cc, gg, is, osc, sag)
Will Forte, Nebraska (is, NBR)
James Franco, Spring Breakers (LAFCA--tie, NSFC)
James Gandolfini, Enough Said (BOS, cc, is, sag)
Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street (osc)
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club (AAFCA, cc, CFCA, DET, GG, is, LAFCA--tie, NYFCC, NYFO, osc, sag, SD, WAFCA)
Keith Stanfield, Short Term 12 (is)

Shane Carruth, Upstream Color (is)
J.C. Chandor, All Is Lost (is)
Joel and Ethan Coen, Inside Llewyn Davis (NSFC)
Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity (batfa, cc, DET, dga, GG, LAFCA, NYFO, osc, SD)
Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips (bafta, cc, dga, gg)
Spike Jonze, Her (cc, NBR)
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave (AAFCA, bafta, BOS, cc, CFCA, dga, gg, is, NYFCC, osc, WAFCA)
Jeff Nichols, Mud (is)
Alexander Payne, Nebraska (gg, is, osc)
David O. Russell, American Hustle (bafta, cc, dga, gg, osc)
Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street (bafta, cc, dga, osc)

AAFA=African-American Film Critics Association; AFI=American Film Institute; BOS=Boston Society of Film Critics; cc=Critics Circle nomination; bafta=British Film and TV Awards; CFCA=Chicago Film Critics Association; DET-Detroit Film Critics Society; dga=Directors Guild of America; gg=Golden Globe; GOTH=Gotham Independent Film Awards; is=Independent Spirit Award; LAFCA=Los Angeles Film Critics Association; NBR=National Board of review; NSFC=National Society of Film Critics; NYFCC=New York Film Critics Circle; osc=oscar; pga=Producers Guild Awards; sag=Screen Actors Guild Awards; SD=San Diego Film Critics Society Awards; WAFCA=Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association; CAPS means winner, lower case denotes nominee.

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