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“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

Eddie Murphy No Longer Hosting The Academy Awards

According to the statement released by the Academy, Murphy is no longer hosting because of Brett Ratner’s exit as the show’s producer earlier this year. I understand the whole loyalty thing, but this does not seem like the best move for him, career-wise.

Here’s the statement from the Academy:

Beverly Hills, CA (November 9, 2011) – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak announced that Eddie Murphy has withdrawn as host of the 84th Academy Awards. “I appreciate how Eddie feels about losing his creative partner, Brett Ratner, and we all wish him well,” said Sherak.

Commented Murphy, “First and foremost I want to say that I completely understand and support each party’s decision with regard to a change of producers for this year’s Academy Awards ceremony. I was truly looking forward to being a part of the show that our production team and writers were just starting to develop, but I’m sure that the new production team and host will do an equally great job.”

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar® presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.


AMPAS puts new limits on pre-Oscar campaigning

Oscar is clamping down on awards campaigning.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced new regulations Wednesday to curtail campaigning for the 84th annual Academy Awards. The new rules eliminate star-studded receptions for films and individual nominees after the Oscar nominations have been announced on Jan. 24, 2012.

There are no restrictions on screenings, receptions or filmmaker panel discussions prior to the nominations announcement, but once the nominees are known, receptions will not be allowed and no individual from any film can participate in more than two panel discussions.

Academy members and Oscar nominees are also prohibited from attending any non-screening events that promote or honor a nominated film or individual after the nominations announcement, but they’ll still be allowed to attend academy-sanctioned events and those held by various guilds and critics groups.

The run-up to the Academy Awards is typically crowded with countless parties and events aimed at courting awards voters. Earlier this year, parties for “The Social Network” and “The King’s Speech” each featured the casts of those films.

The new rules also extend the organization’s ban on negative campaigning to social media, and sets new penalties for violations. Members who break the rules will be subject to a one-year-suspension for their first infraction and possible expulsion for subsequent violations.

The regulations also allow for digital distribution of films to academy members, though academy president Tom Sherak says, “above all, we want academy members to see movies as they were meant to be seen, in a theatrical setting.”

The 84th annual Academy Awards will be presented Feb. 26, 2012.


Oscar Vault Monday – The Racket, 1928 (dir. Lewis Milestone)

The Racket was long thought a lost film. After the death of Howard Hughes, however, one surviving print was recovered. It was restored with help from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. As you can probably tell from the date, it was one of the first Best Picture nominees. This is a tricky ceremony, as the Academy had two Best Picture categories, one for Best Production and one for Most Unique and Artistic Production. After they dropped the latter category, the Academy tends to count the former as the official “Best Picture” nominees. Thus I decided to write about a film that was nominated in that category, but I am going to list all six films that were nominated in both categories. It’s important that you watch them all because you can really see why a split category like this was necessary at the tail-end of the Silent Era. But with the invention of sound, artistry got lost in the mire while the industry struggled to get back to the basics, only this time with sound. The nominees for Best Production were: The Racket, Seventh Heaven and winner Wings and the nominees for Most Unique and Artistic Production were: Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness, The Crowd and winner Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans.

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AMPAS Rule Changes Could Mean Anywhere From 5 to 10 Best Picture Nominees For 2011

The Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences has instituted all kinds of changes for the upcoming year, making predicting this year much more difficult than it has been in the last ten or so years. Full press release after the cut.

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The Academy Invites 135 New Members

Being a member of the Academy allows you to vote for nominees and on the nominees once they are announced. Some of the names on this list are pretty interesting, in that one would think they’d already be members!

Full list after the cut.

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