American Hustle and Gravity were the big winners this morning when the 2014 Oscar nominations were officially announced. The con man ensemble and lost in space thriller led the way with ten nominations apiece, while 12 Years a Slave followed with nine. Familiar favorites Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Lawrence and Julia Roberts all secured nominations, joining first time nominees Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto for their respective performances in the Best Picture nominated Dallas Buyers Club.
After you take a peek at all of the nominees, continue reading to discover our five biggest surprises from the 2014 Oscar nominations!
1. “Hanks but no Hanks”
Tom Hanks, America’s greatest natural resource, did not receive a Best Actor nod for his captivating performances in Captain Phillips and Saving Mr. Banks. The Best Actor award will be leaving the Oscars with either Christian Bale, Bruce Dern, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthew McConaughey or Leonardo DiCaprio.
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Just kidding, Will Smith. We’re sorry. We don’t “wanna to see your hand where your hip be at.”
While J-Law’s nomination itself isn’t very surprising, if the 23-year-old actress wins she’ll make history as the youngest female ever to have two Academy Awards, and the first actress to win back-to-back Oscars since Katharine Hepburn accomplished the feat in the late 1960s.
The polarizing Spike Jonze film secured Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay nominations, but star Joaquin Phoenix was left on the outside looking in.
4. Jonah Hill: From Superbad to Super good
The now TWO time Oscar nominated actor made the seamless transition from “Judd Apatow Frat Pack” to serious actor — which, as the secret rules of Hollywood dictate, allows him the privilege of referring to his superstar co-star Leonardo DiCaprio as “Leo.”
If Hill wants to capture the Oscar he’ll have to defeat fellow nominees Barkhad Abdi, Bradley Cooper, Michael Fassbender and Jared Leto in the ultra-competitive Best Supporting Actor category.
5. Welcome to the snubs table
Take a quick lap around the ol’ cyber track and you’ll find quite a few people upset about a number of their favorite performers who were not invited to the cool table. Oprah Winfrey, Emma Thompson, Will Forte, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, the documentary Blackfish, Daniel Brühl, Inside Llewyn Davis and Robert Redford all have the right to gallantly adorn the badge of the snubbed.
What do you think about the Oscar nominations? Did the Academy get it right? Wrong? Somewhere in the middle?
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