Successes and Snubs: Oscars 2014

Written by Ian Kimbell

The eighty-sixth Oscars will be coming up soon in 2014. This year, the Oscars will be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. Nominations for the prestigious awards were announced on January sixteenth. Categories that I will announce in this article are “Best Picture”, “Best Actor in a Leading Role”, “Best Actress in a Leading Role”, and “Best Director.”

Nominees for “Best Picture” include American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Philomena, 12 Years a Slave, and The Wolf of Wall Street. Nominees for “Best Actor in a Leading Role” are Christian Bale, Bruce Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Matthew McConaughey. Nominees for “Best Actress in a Leading Role” are Amy Adams, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Judi Dench, and Meryl Streep. Nominees for “Best Director” are David O. Russel (American Hustle), Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity), Alexander Payne (Nebraska), Steve McQueen (Twelve Years a Slave), and Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street).

As there were many nominations, there were many actors, actresses, and films that surprisingly didn’t make the cut. One of these situations is the fact that Tom Hanks didn’t get nominated for best actor for his role in Captain Phillips. Speaking of Tom Hanks movies, Saving Mr. Banks is a surprising snub, as Emma Thompson did not get a nomination for best actress. A critically acclaimed film called Inside Llewyn Davis only got nominations for cinematography and sound mixing, with no major nominations. Other critically acclaimed movies snubbed for the Oscars include The Butler, All Is Lost, and Her.

All in all, the Oscars this year will be something worth watching. Tune in on Sunday, March 2 to watch this exciting event. No matter what happens, remember that you have the same amount of Oscars as Leonardo DiCaprio.