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The 2014 Oscar Nominations Have Been Announced, Do You Agree?


While last year’s Oscars certainly held its share of Geeky Moments, overall, we were pretty annoyed by it. But we’ve got Ellen DeGeneres hosting this year! And for that we’re thankful. Though she’s gonna have to pull out the stops to beat the tag-team that was Tina Fey and Amy Poehler at the Golden Globes. Without further ado, here are the nominations for the 2014 Academy Awards. 

FILM
12 Years A Slave
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Dallas Buyers Club
Her
Nebraska
Philomena
The Wolf Of Wall Street

DIRECTOR
Steve McQueen – 12 Years A Slave
David O. Russell – American Hustle
Alfonso Cuarón – Gravity
Alexander Payne – Nebraska
Martin Scorsese – The Wolf Of Wall Street

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell – American Hustle
Woody Allen – Blue Jasmine
Bob Nelson – Nebraska
Craig Borten, Melisa Wallack – Dallas Buyers Club
Spike Jonze – Her

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
John Ridley – 12 Years A Slave
Billy Ray – Captain Phillips
Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope – Philomena
Terence Winter – The Wolf Of Wall Street
Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Richard Linklater – Before Midnight

ACTOR
Bruce Dern – Nebraska
Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave
Christian Bale – American Hustle
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street
Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club

ACTRESS
Amy Adams – American Hustle
Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
Meryl Streep – August: Osage County
Judi Dench – Philomena
Sandra Bullock – Gravity

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 Buyers Club

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle
Julia Roberts – August: Osage County
Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave
Sally Hawkins – Blue Jasmine
June Squibb – Nebraska

ANIMATED FILM
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Ernest & Celestine
Frozen
The Wind Rises

ORIGINAL SCORE
Philomena – Alexandre Desplat
The Book Thief – John Williams
Gravity – Steven Price
Saving Mr. Banks – Thomas Newman
Her – William Butler, Owen Pallett

ORIGINAL SONG
‘Alone Yet Not Alone’ – Alone Yet Not Alone
‘Happy’ – Despicable Me 2
‘Let It Go’ – Frozen
‘The Moon Song’ – Her
‘Ordinary Love’ – Mandela: The Long Walk To Freedom

CINEMATOGRAPHY
The Grandmaster – Philippe Le Sourd
Gravity – Emmanuel Lubezki
Inside Llewyn Davis – Bruno Delbonnel
Nebraska – Phedon Papamichael
Prisoners – Roger Deakins

EDITING
American Hustle – Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers, Alan Baumgarten
12 Years A Slave – Joe Walker
Captain Phillips – Christopher Rouse
Dallas Buyers Club – John Mac McMurphy, Martin Pensa
Gravity – Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger

PRODUCTION DESIGN
12 Years A Slave – Adam Stockhausen, Alice Baker
American Hustle – Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler
Her – K.K. Barrett, Gene Serdena
Gravity – Andy Nicholson, Rosie Goodwin, Joanne Woodlard
The Great Gatsby – Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn

COSTUME DESIGN
American Hustle – Michael Wilkinson
The Great Gatsby – Catherine Martin
The Invisible Woman – Michael O’Connor
The Grandmaster – William Chang Suk Ping
12 Years A Slave – Patricia Norris

MAKE-UP & HAIRSTYLING
Dallas Buyers Club – Adruitha Lee, Robin Mathews
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa – Stephen Prouty
The Lone Ranger – Joel Harlow, Gloria Pasqua-Casny

SOUND EDITING
All Is Lost – Richard Hymns, Steve Boeddeker
Captain Phillips – Oliver Tarney
Gravity – Glenn Freemantle
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Brent Burge
Lone Survivor – Wylie Stateman

SOUND MIXING
Captain Phillips – Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith, Chris Munro
Gravity – Skip Lievsay, Christopher Benstead, Niv Adiri, Chris Munro
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick, Tony Johnson
Inside Llewyn Davis – Skip Lievsay, Greg orloff, Peter F. Kurland
Lone Survivor – Andy Koyama, Beau Borders, David Brownlow

VISUAL EFFECTS
Gravity – Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, Neil Corbould, Nikki Penny
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug – Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, Eric Reynolds
Iron Man 3 – Bryan Grill, Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Dan Sudick
Star Trek Into Darkness – Ben Grossmann, Burt Dalton, Patrick Tubach, Roger Guyett
The Lone Ranger – Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams, John Frazier

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Broken Circle Breakdown – Belgium
The Great Beauty – Italy
The Hunt – Denmark
The Missing Picture – Cambodia
Omar – Palestine

ANIMATED SHORT FILM
Feral
Get A Horse!
Mr. Hublot
Possessions
Room On The Broom

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
The Act Of Killing
Cutie And The Boxer
Dirty Wars
The Square
20 Feet From Stardom

DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Cavedigger
Facing Fear
Karama Has No Walls
The Lady In Number 6: Music Saved My Life
Prison Terminal: The Last Days Of Private Jack Hall

LIVE ACTION SHORT
Aquel No Era Yo
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

See anything wrong with this list? Share your thoughts in the comments! Personally, the fact that The Lone Ranger took a nomination for visual effects over Pacific Rim makes me want to jaeger-smash (Though the Visual Effects Society has announced their nominees for the 12th Annual VES Awards and they’re on that list.). And Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa got a nomination for makeup and hair but The Hobbit didn’t. I just… Oh, and obviously no women directors nominated.

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  • https://twitter.com/adamhowardcross Adam Cross

    if Lupita Nyong’o doesn’t win for supporting actress i’m gonna be super upset :/

  • astrofelt

    American Hustle does not deserve 10 nominations. It was a good film and quite enjoyable, but no.
    It’s a shame that Blackfish and Stories We Tell didn’t get nods in the Documentary category.
    It’s also a shame that a movie like Short Term 12 isn’t getting attention it deserves because it doesn’t have the money to campaign.

  • https://twitter.com/adamhowardcross Adam Cross

    of course it doesn’t deserve 10 nominations, just like Argo didn’t deserve any nominations. But any film that feeds that “America is a force for good in the world” propaganda machine will always get plenty of nominations. Zero Dark Thirty was another.

    areed with Short Term 12, it was one of my favourites of the year and yes for Blackfish, too. I’m also sad that Wadjda hasn’t been nominated in the foreign film category, I know it made the short list but oh well :(

  • Harrison Grey

    I think The Croods being nominated means the Best Animated Film category officially means nothing anymore.

    And really, handing out nominations to Lone Ranger, Great Gatsby, and Bad Grampa but not a single bone thrown to Pacific Rim is just spiteful and mean spirited.

  • SpaceWalrus

    best visual effects…. so are they just gonna pretend Pacific Rim didn’t happen?

  • astrofelt

    It’s weird seeing The Croods in the same award category as The Wind Rises, definitely.

    As for Pacific Rim not getting a VFX nod, I guess that’s just American cinema thinking for ya.

  • Haleigh Yonish

    Going to be real with you: I’ve only seen The Croods (while I was babysitting, okay?!) and Iron Man 3. I’m with Jill — Pacific Rim was, like, the sexiest thing. WHO ARE THE OSCARS FOR, I DON’T GET IT.

  • Haleigh Yonish

    The Croods is a nightmare come true.

  • Anonymous

    Obviously They needed to add some other movies, because just giving the Oscar to Hayao might have seemed a little unfair.

  • Revolution of Eva

    Snubs for scifi on most fronts, once against ghettoizied into just sound mixing and visual effects.
    Interesting that Miyazaki’s final film is nominated again, but up against a major and fairly well received Disney release. Animated Feature will be the category to watch this year.

  • Margaret

    I hope they give it to Miyazaki. Frozen was fine, but the fact that it’s Miyazaki’s last gives it a leg up.

  • Harrison Grey

    I just googled animated movies of 2013 to see if there might have been some other choices, but it was a pretty dismal year for animation. Like Turbo, Planes, Smurfs 2, and Free Birds kind of dismal. Even DC’s top direct to DVD movie was Flashpoint, and that thing was (uncharacteristically) god awful.

    But seriously, just nominate 4. Nominating the Croods, even if it doesn’t win, puts it in the same category as The Secret of Kells and Persepolis. And that’s just wrong.

  • http://readingwatchinglookingandstuff.blogspot.com/ Janna

    Seriously. I know there aren’t that many animated films to choose from, but just because a film is animated doesn’t mean it needs to be nominated.

  • Lady Viridis

    You can’t just nominate 4, if I understand the rules correctly. How many animated films are nominated depends on how many qualify by (whatever rules) that year. If enough qualify, there are 5 nominees, if there aren’t enough, there are only 3 nominees. No way to go in-between.

    From what I heard the Croods had some really nice animation and was actually a decent film, so it may not be totally out of place? I’d actually like to see the award go to Frozen over The Wind Rises– haven’t seen either yet, but I hear really good things about Frozen, and I’d like to encourage Disney to continue being progressive, even if they’re still taking baby steps.

  • Lady Viridis

    Whatever, Miyazaki has been going in and out of retirement for over a decade. “Spirited Away” was supposed to be his last film too. Pretty sure that Miyazaki will continue to make movies until he dies.

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    Yeah, there was an article that said he was making another a few weeks ago.

  • Emily Neenan

    Yo, Lone Ranger, I’m really happy for you, I’mma let you finish, but Pacific Rim had some of the greatest visual effects OF ALL TIME!

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    I’m offended she’s in the SUPPORTING category. She’s the lead woman in the movie, that should put her in the running for Best Actress, not supporting.

  • Lisa Liscoumb

    I’m not sure I saw American Hustle that way – the main FBI agent was a power-hungry idiot, and the FBI really didn’t come off very well overall. The one main politician (Jeremy Renner’s character) in the film was portrayed as a good guy who was only trying to do the best for his constituents.

    I do agree that it didn’t necessarily deserve 10 noms though. :)

  • Harrison Grey

    Are you sure they have to nominate a certain number? Just last year, they only had 9 Best Picture nominees instead of the full 10, and I can’t imagine they didn’t have enough movies submitted to reach 10.

    To be fair, I didn’t see the Croods. I know one person who did, who said the backgrounds and creatures were amazing. But from the trailers there’s no way the main characters (and as a result, the plot) can be anything better than totally obnoxious, putting the movie firmly in screen saver territory. And I don’t remember Flying Toasters getting any Oscar nods.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Not sure about the specific rules re: the Best Animation category, but for Best Picture it can be anywhere between 5 and 10 noms. Depends on how many films get a certain number of votes (or get placed high enough on voters’ lists… don’t know the specifics).

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone know whether Pacific Rim campaigned for a nomination? Unfortunately, I could see it falling off the voting membership’s radar without a refresher.

  • Chris Macpherson

    I’ve only seen AMERICAN HUSTLE and THE WOLF OF WALL STREET from the best picture noms, and I’m perfectly fine with both of those being nominated. Not sure how PACIFIC RIM didn’t get any nominations in the technical field….that’s just wrong.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    I guess. And we’ll pretend it had more impact than the climactic battles in every episode of the Power Rangers.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    Plus Frozen was better.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    Jennifer Lawrence!

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    Blackfish! I forgot about Blackfish. Totally agree.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    Maybe if it had been a better movie.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    I’d rather it not be given as if it were owed.

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    Never mind, I was wrong, but I’m still pissed about Nyong’o.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    I haven’t seen it, so I can’t say, but of the films I have seen, Lawrence is the only person in the supporting actress category that was so enveloped by her role that she was believably a different human being entirely.

  • Anonymous

    I hope Idina Menzel wins for Best Song, but the Academy loooves the recently departed a little more than they love Disney. It’s looking like U2 will get it. But Frozen will definitely get Best Animated. I don’t see a film which glorifies the making of Japanese planes for WWII winning, even if it is Miyazaki.

  • http://pearlrose86.livejournal.com/ Maggie

    That sounds about right to me. I remember being upset back when Tangled didn’t get nominated, but it was also because of that darned confusing 3-or-5-never-4 rule, which depended on how many animated films were released that year.

    That said, I need to see The Wind Rises before I can judge, but I figure either that or Frozen is going to win. Ernest & Celestine seems adorable and I want to watch it, but Despicable Me 2 and The Croods were just OK. I supposed they were nominated to fill in the category (and more importantly) give Pixar the not too subtle snub.

  • Anonymous

    Stinky old men.

  • locuas

    No pacific rim? that is just bullshit! and no Madoka for best animated film! that is…unsurprising but dissapointing. i guess i can forgive this since the wind rises is miyazaki’s final film as a director.

    Also, Gravity is going to win special effects and best director and maybe best actress.
    12 years of slave is going to be best movie.
    I believe Frozen should get a nomination for designs. And she should win best song.
    Best animated feature will be the wind rise.

  • Anonymous

    There are specific rules for animation. It’s either 3 or 5 films. You need at least 15 films to qualify for 5.

  • locuas

    actually, the film is kind of critical about the japanese society back then.

  • http://pearlrose86.livejournal.com/ Maggie

    Pacific Rim is such an interesting movie, but sci-fi and fantasy are often looked down upon by the Academy, so I can’t say I’m too surprised it wasn’t nominated.

    However, I am a little annoyed Lone Ranger got a nomination, but that’s mostly because of my own personal feelings related to the whole terrible casting, marketing, and writing decisions that led to a really, really terrible movie.

  • http://pearlrose86.livejournal.com/ Maggie

    Yup! And back when Tangled was released, apparently 15 films weren’t nominated that year, so it didn’t get one. Which is a shame, because I thought it really deserved one. Oh, well. The rules can be quite confusing, though.

  • locuas

    best animation gets 3 nominations unless it has a ton of movies to nominate(this year it was like 17, so there had to be 5 noms)

  • Laura Truxillo

    “Personally, the fact that The Lone Ranger took a nomination for visual effects over Pacific Rim makes me want to jaeger-smash”

    I…I don’t understand. Pacific Rim should be on there. Seven hells, Pacific Rim should be on there MULTIPLE TIMES, because even if you think giant robot movies aren’t as fascinating as Serious Movies, you can’t deny that Del Torro did a phenomenal job as a director. And where is Idris Elba’s Best Supporting Actor nomination? And the MUSIC?

    And as you say, at the very, minimal least, they should be up there for visual effects. Because nobody for one second believed that Johnny Dep *insert anything over the top that Depp does* but everyone believed that a giant monster was crushing the Golden Gate Bridge.

    HELL. NOT EVEN COSTUME DESIGN?! When they manage to create complete characters with depth and history just by the things they gave them to wear?

    Aw, this is bull, man.

  • Laura Truxillo

    “America is a force for good in the world”

    Er…that’s really, emphatically not what you walk away with at the end of it.

  • Laura Truxillo

    Yeah, Lawrence MADE that movie for me.

  • Markus Sarén

    No, she’s supporting, sorry.

  • Anonymous

    I’m generally OK with Inside Llewyn Davis being largely snubbed, even though I really liked it, as it is the Coen’s at their most difficult and prickly, but Oscar Isaac was so wonderful. The fact that he got snubbed for best actor is the biggest tragedy of the year.

    Also kinda shocked that Hans Zimmer didn’t get a nod for 12 Years a Slave. I though it was his best, most interesting score in a good long while.

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    Why? Again, she’s the main female lead, that is a Lead Actress nom for any white woman.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Something else to consider is that studios decide which category to submit their actors to, often based on their relative chances of winning. I don’t know if that was the case with Lupita, but I’d say she *does* have a better chance of winning as supporting than if she were up against Streep, Dench, Bullock, etc. None of the other supporting nominees can hold a candle to her. Speaking for myself, I’d rather she be a supporting actress winner than a lead actress nominee.

  • imccombe

    I found this site just by googling who else thought Pacific Rim being snubbed was ridiculous. Most sites don’t care about anything other than the big five. Lone Ranger over Pacific is the far larger oversight than any of the other (and there are several) omissions.

  • Anonymous

    I’m still annoyed Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 was snubbed here & at the Golden Globes.

  • Harvey Throneless King Thornto

    I finally watched it last night and am immensely disappointed that he, Ms. Spencer and the cast/film did not get recognized either here or at the Golden Globe, or the SAGs. WTF Hollywood, seriously WTactualF

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Thirded. Such a good movie, but by the time awards season rolled around everyone just forgot about it.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, where’s Monsters University? It was actually good.

  • Anonymous

    It depends how large the character’s role in the film is. George Clooney was the main male actor in Gravity, but he’d be considered a supporting actor because the majority of the film is centred on Sandra Bullock’s character.

    Similarly, Lupita isn’t present for a large part of the film – she has about as large a presence and role as Michael Fassbender, who’s a supporting actor. The movie is carried by and tightly focused around Solomon Northrop, played by Chiwetel Ejiofor; everyone else is a supporting character.

    And yes, there’s also the fact that the studios choose what categories to compete for, and going by every other award given thus far this year Cate Blanchett is going to walk away with Best Actress.

  • Anonymous

    How could it be conceivable be considered to be about “America is a force for good in the world”? It’s an entertaining story of scammers scamming each other, with some good characters, good acting, funny moments, and twists and turns of plot. But there’s nothing patriotic about it.

  • Anonymous

    Why in the world doesn’t The Hobbit have a nomination for best makeup/hairstyling? And why in the world does The Long Ranger have one?

  • Anonymous

    They should have nominated Monsters University, it was good.

  • Anonymous

    I’d be happy to see ether her or Lupita won, they both did a great job. I think it’ll be Jen, though; she stole every scene she was in.

  • frankenmouse

    Thank you! It seems like the only thing that most people know about the film is the “main character designs planes later used in WWII” part. It in no way glorifies war or the nationalistic jingoism of wartime Japan.

  • Anonymous

    Croods and Despicable Me over Rio 2096, Monsters University and Gravity !

  • Anonymous

    Lots of problems like always.

    Lets just hope that if Jaret Leto wins, he don’t waste another speech joking on depilation

  • locuas

    His last film as DIRECTOR. He explained that it is more because he feels his age is making it difficult for him to direct anymore, so he plans to stop directing but still doing thing in ghibli.

  • Dr.Judd

    I’m glad to see “Pacific Rim” getting some special effects love. For sheer number, complexity and execution of CGI effects there aren’t any films that surpassed it. The film as a whole tickled me, but whether one liked it or not, you’d have to change the meaning of the category to leave it off this nominee list. Not the first or worst error made by the Academy, but an error nonetheless.

  • imelda

    Of course it doesn’t deserve 10 noms, but it didn’t get them for propaganda reasons. It got them because it features today’s hottest stars in fun clothing.

  • imelda

    “When they manage to create complete characters with depth and history just by the things they gave them to wear?”

    Who now? I assume you’re not referring to the other pilots who were entirely identified by their nationalities. What are you referring to?

  • imelda

    Yeah, like Lone Ranger.

  • Anonymous

    Animated is only there because the Academy realized that they almost gave Best Picture to a (shock, horror) *cartoon* with Beauty & the Beast. By ghettoizing animated films in their own category, they don’t run that risk. See also: Foreign Language Films.

  • Miss Cephalopod

    Take Raleigh, for example. He’s still traumatized and secretly in need of being comforted, hence all the cuddly knitwear he dons all the time. His colour scheme changes subtly throughout the movie and shows his changing relationship with the Mako/Stacker pair.
    Mako’s strict separation of “public” and “private” shows in the clothes we see her wear at different times, which is very typical of Japanese culture. The strands in her hair are a callback to the blue coat she was wearing in the flashback.
    Hermann’s clothes aren’t simply those of a stuffy old nerd – he’s a fairly young genius that dresses up as he imagines a respectable old professor would, probably because he was bullied plenty in the past and now tries to be recognized this way. His clothes are all just a bit too wide, to ill-fitting, and he has no idea what to do with the collar – well, as long as it looks cultured and grown-up, right?
    Tendo. Holy shit, Tendo. His design is amazing! Rockabilly with a possibly shady past – the nicotine patches on his arms, the prison tat on his hand, the rosary wrapped around his wrist, these are all lovely details that give a minor character a lot of history.
    Hannibal Chau is of course the king of tacky display of money.

  • Laura Truxillo

    Miss Cephalopod beat me to it, but I’ll include a couple of essays that were making the rounds awhile back (that, IIRC, Miss C showed me the first time):
    Analysis of Newt’s costume and its reflection on his character: http://so-i-did-this-thing.tumblr.com/post/56483607290/lets-talk-about-newts-costume-today-and-what-it
    Analysis of Hermman’s costume:
    http://so-i-did-this-thing.tumblr.com/post/56217130952/im-currently-in-research-mode-for-some-cosplays#notes
    (also, apparently, from the same person, Hermann’s horrible parka is a design originally used for the Air Force. Hermann wanted to be a pilot as a child.)

    Tendo is still my favorite in terms of HOLY CRAP I JUST NOTICED THAT. Every single time I went to see the movie, I noticed something new about his outfit. I mean, I like his hipster rockabilly look on it’s own, because the movie is set in the not-to-distant future, and that does seem like a likely sort of ensemble, fashion-wise for someone growing up right now. But the patches, the tats, the weird long thumbnail on his right hand–because his character plays classical guitar. They had a scene apparently, but it didn’t really fit the flow. But it does something to make him seem like a person who has a life outside of LOCCENT

    One more for good measure: http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/07/14/dress-for-success-an-analysis-of-the-pacific-rim-costume-designs/

  • Lady Viridis

    Yeah, the award will either go to Frozen or the Wind Rises. I’m interested to see how the Wind Rises fares in the US; from what I heard it was rather controversial in Japan. I saw some clips from Ernest & Celestine and it looks really cute, but foreign animation that’s not anime/Ghibli tends to not get much attention.

  • Lady Viridis

    Pacific Rim really DID deserve at least the Visual FX nod, but… you know the Academy. They hate sci-fi and fantasy films. They waited until the very last year before they finally admitted that the LotR trilogy had done some pretty awesome things. A movie like Pacific Rim, which is basically one huge tribute to geeks, is nowhere near cool enough to get the Academy’s attention. Also, it apparently didn’t make that much money in the US, which is usually the other deciding factor.

    I’d really like the VFX award to go to Gravity, because simulating realistic zero-g for an entire movie is a HUGE accomplishment, but I kinda suspect that the flashy explosion movies will get it instead. Because subtle details done right are harder to appreciate than obvious flashy effects.

  • http://pearlrose86.livejournal.com/ Maggie

    I read that Ernest & Celestine is being distributed/dubbed for the US by the same group that did The Secret of Kells, so I think if anything, it’ll probably be good. But yes, absolutely, it’s going to be overlooked in the same category as a Ghibli film.

    This is one of the occasions where I feel that getting the nomination is a good thing for the movie (it’s truly an honor just to be nominated, etc. etc) because it’ll get Ernest & Celestine some serious attention that it wouldn’t get otherwise.

    I mean, I hadn’t really heard of it until yesterday. Granted, I’m an animation fan, but European animation, especially the “arty” stuff, does tend to get overlooked.

  • Lady Viridis

    Right. I haven’t seen it yet, but I’ve heard the Wind Rises was pretty controversial in Japan. For Ghibli, a hugely respected studio, to produce a movie that is (apparently) very anti-war and critical of Japan during that time period? It’s a big deal. My impression was that Miyazaki only got away with something so overtly political because it’s supposed to be his last film before he retires. (Again).

  • Markus Sarén

    She’s a supporting role, though. It just doesn’t feel as if she can be called anything but supporting.

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    Helen Hunt in As Good As It Gets was ALSO only a supporting role, and which nod did she get? Oh, yeah, Best Actress.

    Reese Witherspoon in Walk The Line was a supporting role, yet won for Best Actress.

    It’s traditional, if you’re white, to be awarded the Best Actress nomination, if you are the LEAD ACTRESS is a movie, even if the role is only a supporting role.

  • Cad Wallader

    And yet Up and Toy Story 3 both also got Best Picture nominations. THEY’RE PLAYING WITH FIRE.

  • Ashe

    It makes me wonder what the Best Animated movie category is judged on. Just the animation alone? Because The Croods was a gorgeous and cleverly designed film.

    Someday I want to see animated movies win Best Drama or Best Picture (here’s sighing at you, Beauty and the Beast).

  • Ashe

    *cough*

    it’sbecausetheoscarsarebullshit

  • Ashe

    Considering America doesn’t want to recognize its racial issues, I’m not surprised the Oscars don’t want to recognize Fruitvale Station…

  • Anonymous

    WHAT WILL BECOME OF US!?!

  • Harrison Grey

    And that is a good point that a group of reasonable and impartial movie judges would have to consider, even in the face of other horribly obnoxious aspects of the same film. But you know what was also a gorgeous and cleverly designed film, but without any horribly obnoxious aspects?

    Pacific Freaking Rim.

  • Skye

    So many comments and none have voiced my concern yet…WILL LEO FINALLY GET HIS OSCAR? HOW MANY DEPRAVED RICH MEN WILL HE HAVE TO PLAY BEFORE IT HAPPENS??

  • Markus Sarén

    Those were in their respective flicks more than Nyong’o was in “12 Years a Slave”, though.

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    You are nitpicking. She was the lead actress. Full stop. She is not being given the same consideration that other white lead actresses were given. Full stop.

    Everything else is just excuses.

  • Markus Sarén

    Wrong, I am not nitpicking. Nyong’o is only a supporting role. Full stop.

    Stop pulling out the race card. This has nothing to do with race, it has everything to do with how big her role is.

  • Dr.Judd

    It’s nice to see “Pacific Rim” get some needed love on this site. The movie tickled me no end, but even if you hated it, the Academy is only asking about one phase of filmmaking in its Visual Effects category. In that phase, “Pacific Rim” is an undeniable stand out for the sheer number, complexity and execution of its effects. Ah well. Not the Academy’s first or worst oversight.

  • Ashe

    Without horribly obnoxious aspects? I don’t think we watched the same movie.

    Every time Charlie Day appeared on screen I got Shia Labeouf flashbacks.

  • imelda

    Intriguing! And that’s right, Hannibal Chau’s character design was fantastic. However, I now better understand the comment – she wrote that they developed personalities “just” through costume design, but I see that’s not what was meant.

  • Seanna Tucker

    Her should definitely get a nod for Best Original Screenplay. That was some of the best dialogue I’ve heard in awhile.

  • Heryja

    I thing Lea Seydoux deserve oscar in this category