Gravity and American Hustle Lead the Academy Awards Race

By  January 16, 2014

This time last year, a historical drama about one of this nation’s most prolific presidents topped the list of Academy Awards nominations. For the Oscars’ 86th bow, a science-fiction thriller about an astronaut’s fight to come home and a comedic recount of the Abscam scandal of the 1970s lead the pack.

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Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity and David O. Russell’s American Hustle tallied the most noms for the upcoming ceremony with 10 each, including Best Picture and Best Director. They’re met with a resolute rival in both categories from Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave. The real-life account of Solomon Northup’s kidnapping and subjection to bondage in the antebellum south is up for nine honors, including Best Picture, which it took home in the drama category at the Golden Globes. Though all three films earned rave reviews from fans and critics alike, McQueen’s probable win in the Best Director battle would make history: he’d be the first black director to do so in Oscars history.

Not to be forgotten are Dallas Buyers ClubCaptain Phillips, and Nebraska with six nominations apiece; and PhilomenaHer, and The Wolf of Wall Street, all wrangling for the evening’s top honor.

Tune in to the 86th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday, March 2nd when Ellen DeGeneres takes the mic, and the list of distinguished winners are revealed. And the Oscar (hopefully) goes to…

Performance by an actor in a leading role
Christian Bale in American Hustle
Bruce Dern in Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street
Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave
Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Barkhad Abdi in Captain Phillips
Bradley Cooper in American Hustle
Michael Fassbender in 12 Years a Slave
Jonah Hill in The Wolf of Wall Street
Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club

Performance by an actress in a leading role
Amy Adams in American Hustle
Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock in Gravity
Judi Dench in Philomena
Meryl Streep in August: Osage County

Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Sally Hawkins in Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence in American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o in 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts in August: Osage County
June Squibb in Nebraska

Best animated feature film of the year
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Ernest & Celestine
Frozen
The Wind Rises

Achievement in cinematography
The Grandmaster, Philippe Le Sourd
Gravity, Emmanuel Lubezki
Inside Llewyn Davis, Bruno Delbonnel
Nebraska, Phedon Papamichael
Prisoners, Roger A. Deakins

Achievement in costume design
American Hustle, Michael Wilkinson
The Grandmaster, William Chang Suk Ping
The Great Gatsby, Catherine Martin
The Invisible Woman, Michael O’Connor
12 Years a Slave, Patricia Norris

Achievement in directing
American Hustle, David O. Russell
Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón
Nebraska, Alexander Payne
12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen
The Wolf of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese

Best documentary feature
The Act of Killing
Cutie and the Boxer 
Dirty Wars
The Square 
20 Feet from Stardom

Best documentary short subject
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

Best foreign language film of the year
The Broken Circle Breakdown, Belgium
The Great Beauty, Italy
The Hunt, Denmark
The Missing Picture, Cambodia
Omar, Palestine

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling
Dallas Buyers Club, Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, Stephen Prouty
The Lone Ranger, Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
The Book Thief, John Williams
Gravity, Steven Price
Her, William Butler and Owen Pallett
Philomena, Alexandre Desplat
Saving Mr. Banks, Thomas Newman

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
“Alone Yet Not Alone” from Alone Yet Not Alone, by Bruce Broughton and Dennis Spiegel
“Happy” from Despicable Me 2, by Pharrell Williams
“Let It Go” from Frozen, by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
“The Moon Song” from Her, by Karen O and Spike Jonze
“Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen

Best motion picture of the year
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity
Her 
Nebraska
Philomena 
12 Years a Slave 
The Wolf of Wall Street

Adapted screenplay
Before Midnight by Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke
Captain Phillips by Billy Ray
Philomena by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope
12 Years a Slave by John Ridley
The Wolf of Wall Street by Terence Winter

Original screenplay
American Hustle by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell
Blue Jasmine by Woody Allen
Dallas Buyers Club by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack
Her Written by Spike Jonze
Nebraska by Bob Nelson