Can We Just Shut Up About Gravity?: Oscar Nominations 2014

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There are 58 Oscar nominated films this year. I’ve seen 12 of them. No one talk to me before March 2nd. You would think with a trip to Sundance, LA Film Fest, and Telluride, I would have made more of a dent, but apparently I was seeing the wrong films.

Sundance nominated films:
Before Midnight
Cutie and the Boxer
20 Feet From Stardom
Dirty Wars
The Square

LA Film Fest nominated films:
The Act of Killing
Ernest & Celestine

Telluride nominated films:
12 Years a Slave
Gravity
Nebraska
All Is Lost
Inside Llewyn Davis
The Invisible Woman
The Wind Rises

Telluride continues to prove to be the best bet for the Best Picture winner. We still have over a month left of the race, but it’s looking like it’s going to be 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, or American Hustle. Can we all just shut the fuck up about Gravity though? I am THRILLED that it did not get nominated for Screenplay. When I heard it was a contender, I thought I was going to pull my hair out. Thankfully, because of it’s horrendously simple dialogue, it was left out of that competition. As it should be, it was nominated for several special effects categories.

When I first read the nominations this morning, I was disappointed by the lack of surprises. If I lived in a perfect world, Adele Exarchopoulos would have received a Best Actress nomination for Blue is the Warmest Color. Of course, it was left out of the Foreign Language category due to some “small print,” causing it to be ineligible. I hoped the Academy would hook this girl up with a nomination. Academy, I get it. Judi Dench and Meryl Streep are legends and they don’t fuck around. Blanchett apparently gives the performance of the year and is unstoppable. Amy Adams was a nice surprise, but please don’t sit there and honestly tell me that Sandra Bullock was better in Gravity than Adele Exarchopoulos in Blue. She is a goddess. Her performance was so raw and real, easily my favorite of the year. She led me to feel exactly what her character was feeling. As if I was discovering myself and revisiting a broken heart all over again, Blue is the Warmest Color was brilliant because of her fearless and emotional performance.

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Adèle Exarchopoulos in Blue is the Warmest Color

Alas, Best Actress in a Leading Role was a tough race this year, as was Best Actor in a Leading Role. These categories are where we find our “biggest” surprises. No Emma Thompson. No Tom Hanks. No Robert Redford. Who do we have though? Leonardo DiCaprio. Just give this man an Oscar already. Maybe a little bit of tears came out of my eyes when he lost for The Aviator, which until I saw him in Wolf of Wall Street held my personal award for Best Performance by Leonardo DiCaprio. Will the tears reappear on March 2nd? I certainly hope not. Leo knocks it out of the park in Wolf. He is so deserving. I just can’t watch him lose anymore. I won’t stand for it.

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Margot Robbie and Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street

The documentary and foreign language categories seem the most off to me. Blackfish was not a shoe-in by any means, but with all of the buzz it’s been receiving, who knows? I thought we would see The Crash Reel, Tim’s Vermeer, and maybe Which Way Is the Front Line From Here? I have only seen one on this list: 20 Feet From Stardom, so there is a good chance that I will change my mind after I watch the other four. As for Foreign Language, The Wind Rises seems to be missing. It was only nominated for Animation. Is there a rule that it can’t be nominated for both? Is that what’s happening here? Must be.

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20 Feet From Stardom

Well, I’m way behind in the race myself, and I don’t have a strong favorite to win just yet. Mostly because two of my favorite films of the year were not nominated (The Spectacular Now and The Past). Right now, I would be happy to see Wolf of Wall Street take the prize. We’re going to ignore Shutter Island’s existence and I’m just going to say that you can never go wrong with a DiCaprio/Scorsese picture. Well acted, well directed, well paced. It made three hours feel like three minutes and I laughed the whole way through. Also, how is Margot Robbie only 23? Come on. If I want to be realistic, my ballot is going to say 12 Years of Slave. Telluride films win always.

Hopefully this list will be updated frequently as I get through these films, but for now, here is the list of the 58 nominated films for the Academy Awards. You can find the full list of nominations here: http://oscar.go.com/nominees

  1. 12 Years a Slave
  2. American Hustle
  3. Captain Phillips
  4. Dallas Buyers Club
  5. Gravity
  6. Her
  7. Nebraska
  8. Philomena
  9. The Wolf of Wall Street
  10. Blue Jasmine
  11. August: Osage County
  12. The Croods (animated feature)
  13. Despicable Me 2 (animated feature)
  14. Ernest & Celestine (animated feature)
  15. Frozen (animated feature)
  16. The Wind Rises (animated feature)
  17. The Grandmaster
  18. Inside Llewyn Davis
  19. Prisoners
  20. The Great Gatsby
  21. The Invisible Woman
  22. The Act of Killing (documentary feature)
  23. Cutie and the Boxer (documentary feature)
  24. Dirty Wars (documentary feature)
  25. The Square (documentary feature)
  26. 20 Feet From Stardom (documentary feature)
  27. CaveDigger (documentary short)
  28. Facing Fear (documentary short)
  29. Karama Has No Walls (documentary short)
  30. The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life (documentary short)
  31. Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall (documentary short)
  32. The Broken Circle Breakdown (foreign language)
  33. The Great Beauty (foreign language)
  34. The Hunt (foreign language)
  35. The Missing Picture (foreign language)
  36. Omar (foreign language)
  37. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
  38. The Lone Ranger
  39. The Book Thief
  40. Saving Mr. Banks
  41. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
  42. Feral (animated short)
  43. Get a Horse! (animated short)
  44. Mr. Hublot (animated short)
  45. Possessions (animated short)
  46. Room on the Broom (animated short)
  47. Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me) (live action short)
  48. Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just before Losing Everything) (live action short)
  49. Helium (live action short)
  50. Pitaako Mun Kaikki Hoitaa (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?) (live action short)
  51. The Voorman Problem (live action short)
  52. All Is Lost
  53. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  54. Lone Survivor
  55. Iron Man 3
  56. Star Trek Into Darkness
  57. Before Midnight