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Well, they are finally here…the 2014 Oscar nominations.

Announced EARLY in the morning (7:30am CST) on Jan. 16, the Academy Awards nominations capped what has been a very competitive and very active film year, as they do every year.

We’ve already had the Golden Globes. Most critics from around the country (and the world) have given their “Best of” film lists. All major awards have already posted their nominations…the Screen Actors Guild, the British Academy of Film and Television, the Directors Guild of America, the Independent Film Spirit Awards. All we were waiting for was the Oscars. And now, they are here.

Who or what film was overlooked? Who or what film was a surprise pick? Did you want Tom Hanks to be nominated for Captain Phillips, not to mention for Saving Mr. Banks? Well, he was not…for either film. Did you want James Gandolfini to get nominated for Enough Said? Well, sorry, the late actor was also overlooked. But, if you are a fan of Sally Hawkins or Christian Bale, you are in luck since they both snagged nominations this morning, relatively unexpectedly. 

Who do you think will win on Oscar Night, Mar. 2?

Enter our “Pick the Winners” Oscar contest (starting on Feb. 1), where you will vote in eight of the major Oscar categories for your chance to win “A Night Out in Niles” with gift cards to Portillos and to the theaters in Golf Mill.

Stay tuned to this blog for more Oscar news over the next coming weeks!

Here is the complete list of nominations:

Best Picture
“12 Years a Slave”

“American Hustle”
“Gravity”
“The Wolf of Wall Street”
“Dallas Buyers Club”
“Her”
“Nebraska”
“Philomena”
“Captain Phillips”

Best Director
Alfonso Cuarón, “Gravity”
David O. Russell, “American Hustle”
Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”
Alexander Payne, “Nebraska”
Martin Scorsese, “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Best Actor
Christian Bale, “American Hustle”
Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave”
Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyer’s Club”

Best Actress
Amy Adams, “American Hustle”
Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”
Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”
Judi Dench, “Philomena”
Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County”

Best Supporting Actor
Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”
Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”
Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”
Jonah Hill, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyer’s Club”

Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”
Sally Hawkins, “Blue Jasmine”
Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”
Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”
June Squibb, “Nebraska”

Best Animated Feature
“The Croods”
“Despicable Me 2″
“Ernest and Celestine”
“Frozen”
“The Wind Rises”

Best Original Screenplay
“American Hustle”
“Blue Jasmine”
“Dallas Buyers Club”
“Her”
“Nebraska”

Best Adapted Screenplay
“12 Years a Slave”
“Before Midnight”
“Captain Phillips”
“Philomena”
“The Wolf of Wall Street”

Best Foreign Language Film
“The Broken Circle Breakdown”
“The Great Beauty”
“The Hunt”
“The Missing Picture”
“Omar”

Best Documentary Feature
“20 Feet From Stardom”
“The Act of Killing”
“Cutie and the Boxer”
“Dirty Wars”
“The Square”

Best Documentary Short Subject
“The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life”
“Cavedigger”
“Facing Fear”
“Karama Has No Walls”
“Prison Terminal: Last Days of Private Jack Hall”

Best Live Action Short Film
“Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)”
“Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)”
“Helium”
“Pitaako Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)”
“The Voorman Problem”

Best Animated Short Film
“Feral”
“Get a Horse!”
“Mr. Hublot”
“Possessions”
“Room on the Broom”

Best Original Song
“Alone Yet Not Alone” from “Alone Yet Not Alone”
“The Moon Song” from “Her,”  Karen O. and Spike Jonze
“Let It Go” from “Frozen,” Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez
“Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” U2 (Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr.)
“Happy” from “Despicable Me 2,” Pharrell Williams

Best Original Score
Steven Price, “Gravity”
Alexandre Desplat, “Philomena”
William Butler and Owen Pallett, “Her”
John Williams, “The Book Thief”
Thomas Newman, “Saving Mr. Banks”

Best Sound Editing
“Gravity”
“Captain Phillips”
“All Is Lost”
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
“Lone Survivor”

Best Sound Mixing
“Gravity”
“Captain Phillips”
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
“Inside Llewyn Davis”
“Lone Survivor”

Best Production Design
“American Hustle”
“Gravity”
“The Great Gatsby”
“Her”
“12 Years a Slave”

Best Cinematography
“Gravity”
“The Grandmaster”
“Inside Llewyn Davis”
“Nebraska”
“Prisoners”

Best Makeup And Hairstyling
“Dallas Buyers Club”
“Bad Grandpa”
“The Lone Ranger”

Best Costume Design
“The Great Gatsby”
“The Grandmaster”
“American Hustle”
“The Invisible Woman”
“12 Years a Slave”

Best Film Editing
“Gravity”
“12 Years a Slave”
“Captain Phillips”
“American Hustle”
“Dallas Buyers Club”

Best Visual Effects
“Gravity”
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
“Iron Man 3″
“The Lone Ranger”
“Star Trek Into Darkness”

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About Cecilia C.

I order the DVDs, Blu-rays, and Audiobooks at the Niles Library. I love movies almost as much as I love being a librarian. Also, I am an Anglophile, Hitchcock-phile, destined to move to London/England one day, loves to travel (Europe), loves to read, wishes for some more time to write.

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