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Matineecast 104, Wherein I discuss the 86th Academy Awards nominees with Ryan from The Matinee

For the fourth year in a row, I join Ryan McNeil’s Matineecast podcast for his website The Matinee. You can listen to the podcast here at his website or find it on iTunes. The podcast includes my discussion of a few off-kilter movie picks (y’all should go see Valet Girls), then a full on hour discussion of the Oscar nominations wherein we say we have no idea where this race is going and how exciting that is.


“American Hustle” Leads Oscar Nominations (Full List)


Best Picture

  • 12 Years a Slave
  • American Hustle
  • Gravity
  • Captain Phillips
  • The Wolf of Wall St.
  • Philomena
  • Nebraska
  • Her
  • Dallas Buyers Club

Best Actor

  • Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
  • Bruce Dern, Nebraska
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall St.
  • Christian Bale, American Hustle

Best Actress

  • Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
  • Sandra Bullock, Gravity
  • Judi Dench, Philomena
  • Meryl Streep, August: Osage COunty
  • Amy Adams: American Hustle

Supporting Actor

  • Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
  • Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
  • Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
  • Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall St.
  • Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave

Supporting Actress

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

Best Director

  • Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
  • David O. Russell, American Hustle
  • Steve McQueen, 12 Years A Slave
  • Alexander Payne, Nebraska
  • Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall St.

Original Screenplay

  • Eric Singer, David O. Russell, American Hustle
  • Spike Jonze, Her
  • Craig Borten & Melisa Wallick, Dallas Buyers Club
  • Bob Nelson, Nebraska
  • Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine

Adapted Screenplay

  • John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
  • Terrence Winter, The Wolf of Wall St.
  • Steve Coogan & Jeff Pope, Philomena
  • Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Richard Linklater, Before Midnight
  • Billy Ray, Captain Phillips


  • Gravity
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • American Hustle
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • Captain Phillips


  • The Grandmaster
  • Gravity
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Nebraska
  • Prisoners

Production Design

  • Gravity
  • The Great Gatsby
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • Her
  • American Hustle

Sound Mixing

  • Gravity
  • Lone Survivor
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Captain Phillips
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Sound Editing

  • Gravity
  • Captain Phillips
  • Lone Survivor
  • All is Lost
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Costume Design

  • American Hustle
  • The Grandmaster
  • The Great Gatsby
  • The Invisible Woman
  • 12 Years a Slave

Original Score

  • The Book Thief
  • Gravity
  • Her
  • Philomena
  • Saving Mr. Banks

Foreign Language Film

  • The Great Beauty (Italy)
  • The Hunt (Denmark)
  • Omar (Palestine)
  • The Missing Picture (Cambodia)
  • The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium)

Documentary Feature

  • The Act of Killing
  • The Square
  • 20 Feet from Stardom
  • Cutie and the Boxer
  • Dirty Wars

Animated Feature

  •  Frozen
  • The Wind Rises
  • Despicable Me 2
  • Ernest & Celestine
  • The Croods

Visual Effects

  • Gravity
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • Iron Man 3
  • The Lone Ranger
  • Star Trek Into Darkness

Makeup & Hairstyling

  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Bad Grandpa
  • The Lone Ranger


  • Let It Go (Frozen)
  • Ordinary Love (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)
  • The Moon Song (Her)
  • Alone, Not Alone (Alone, Not Alone)
  • Happy (Despicable Me 2)

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

Animated Short

  • Feral
  • Get a Horse!
  • Mr. Hulot
  • Possessions
  • Room on the Broom

Live Action Short

  • Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)
  • Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)
  • Helium
  • Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)
  • The Voorman Problem

19 Best Picture Winners Available On Instant Netflix

I’ve seen 11 of these films and love most of them. The other eight I intend to watch Instant Netflix and so can you!

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