The 85th Academy Awards® will air live on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, 2013. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced nominations for the 86th Academy Awards overnight. I was up at 12.30am eagerly awaiting the news.

Leading the nominees were those for Best Picture: Gravity (10), American Hustle (10), 12 Years A Slave (9), Nebraska (6), Captain Phillips (6), Dallas Buyers Club (6), Her (5), The Wolf of Wall Street (5) and Philomena (4).

The full list of nominees, with accompanying commentary, follow. I actually did pretty well with my predictions.

BEST PICTURE American Hustle Captain Phillips Dallas Buyers Club Gravity Her Nebraska Philomena 12 Years a Slave The Wolf of Wall Street

Again we end up with 9 nominees. From the 12 or so films in hot contention, none of these surprise. I did expect to see Saving Mr Banks here though. I am a little baffled by the nod for Philomena when films like Blue Jasmine, Before Midnight and Inside Llewyn Davis also received nominations and were in contention. Nevertheless, this is a strong line-up. I have awarded three of these films 5 Stars (Gravity, Nebraska and The Wolf of Wall Street), 2 four and a half (Her, Captain Phillips), and Dallas Buyers Club is the only one I am yet to see.


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

I am thrilled for Alexander Payne, whom I didn’t predict in the end, but equally disappointed for the exclusion of Paul Greengrass, whom I thought was deserved a nomination. But it is hard to deny Scorsese for his phenomenal work with Wolf, and the other three were to be expected. Three masterpieces have been helmed by men in this category.  


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

Bale was a surprise, for sure. While Leo has been gathering a lot of momentum of late, I still thought Hanks (superb) would sneak in for Captain Phillips. The love for America Hustle is overwhelming, incredibly capturing four acting nominations (in four different categories) for David O. Russell again. Silver Linings Playbook did this last year). It is impossible to predict who will win this, though. I secretly hope it is Leo.


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

Amy Adams became a lock after her Globe win, but who would miss out? Many predicted Streep for August: Osage County. Turns out it was Emma Thompson as Saving Mr. Banks was overlooked for almost everything. Thrilled for Sandra Bullock, but this is Cate Blanchett’s award.


BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips Bradley Cooper, American Hustle Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

I am proud to announce that I predicted these nominees exactly right. Yet to see Leto’s work in Dallas Buyers Club, but all other nominees are undeniably deserving.


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

I am so glad to see Sally Hawkins here, even if it was at the expense of Oprah, terrific in The Butler. Lots of love for Nebraska with June Squibb receiving a deserved nomination, with Roberts’ peculiarly singled out from the Osage County supporting ensemble. How bout this – Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper are the first pair of actors to receive back-to-back Oscar noms for the same two films.


BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY David O. Russell and Eric Warren Singer, American Hustle Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack, Dallas Buyers Club Spike Jonze, Her Bob Nelson, Nebraska

No surprises here. Secretly hoping for a nomination for the Coen Bros for Inside Llewyn Davis but the Academy clearly weren’t on board with the film.


BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke, Before Midnight Billy Ray, Captain Philips Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, Philomena John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave Terence Winter, The Wolf of Wall Street

I also predicted this exactly right, too. This was one of the primary pushes towards Philomena’s surprising Best Picture nomination. They must have loved the script. Before Midnight and The Wolf of Wall Street feature here so I am happy enough. Billy Ray’s screenplay is very good, but Captain Phillips is more the film it is because of Greengrass and Hanks, making their exclusions sting even more. 12 Years A Slave might eventually win this award, but I am strongly in Winters’ corner for The Wolf of Wall Street.


BEST ANIMATED FEATURE The Croods Despicable Me 2 Ernest & Celestine Frozen The Wind Rises

Anyone else excited that Despicable Me 2 was nominated here? It’s such a fun film.


BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium) The Great Beauty (Italy) The Hunt (Denmark) The Missing Picture (Cambodia) Omar (Palestine)

I predicted this too. Somehow. I have the chance to see all of these before the ceremony. I hope I can. I am convinced this will go to The Great Beauty. Anything but The Broken Circle Breakdown will do.


BEST DOCUMENTARY – FEATURE The Act of Killing Cutie and the Boxer Dirty Wars The Square 20 Feet From Stardom

One of the shocks of the night was Dirty Wars over Stories We Tell, tipped to win by many. I’m actually pleased about this. Dirty Wars is one of the year’s best documentaries. So is The Act of Killing and 20 Feet From Stardom. Fine selections.


BEST ORIGINAL SONG "Alone Not Alone," Alone Yet Not Alone "Happy," Despicable Me 2 "Let It Go," Frozen "The Moon Song," Her "Ordinary Love," Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Lana Del Rey was a notable exclusion here for The Great Gatsby, but another nomination for Despicable Me 2. Brilliant. ‘Let it Go’ would have to be the favourite, but ‘Ordinary Love’ won the Globe. ‘Moon Song’ is just so beautiful.


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

Great selections, here. The notable exclusion is Sean Bobbitt for 12 Years A Slave. Deakins is back for another nomination. Stunning work in Prisoners. Love that Papamichael was nominated too.


BEST FILM EDITING Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten, American Hustle Christopher Rouse, Captain Phillips John Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa, Dallas Buyers Club Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger, Gravity Joe Walker, 12 Years a Slave

A common pre-cursor for Best Picture. Though one recent exception was two years ago when The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo won this award, and The Artist went on to win Best Pic. Gravity, 12 Years A Slave and American Hustle were always going to be here, and Captain Phillips certainly deserves to be. The real surprise here is Dallas Buyers Club.


BEST COSTUME DESIGN Michael Wilkinson, American Hustle William Chang Suk Ping, The Grandmaster Catherine Martin, The Great Gatsby Michael O'Connor, The Invisible Woman Patricia Norris, 12 Years a Slave

No arguments here. I don’t know what The Invisible Woman is though.


BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathew, Dallas Buyers Club Stephen Prouty, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny, The Lone Ranger

Bad Grandpa. Wow.


BEST ORIGINAL SCORE John Williams, The Book Thief Steven Price, Gravity William Butler and Owen Pallett, Her Alexandre Desplat, Philomena Thomas Newman, Saving Mr. Banks

No Mark Orton for Nebraska? That is one of the more unforgivable exclusions. Forgettable is how I would describe Desplat and Newman’s work. I loved Butler and Pallet’s work on Her, which is so essential to the success of the film, but this HAS to go to Price for Gravity.


BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN Judy Becker (Production Design) and Heather Loeffler (Set Decoration), American Hustle Andy Nicholson (Production Design); Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard (Set Decoration), Gravity Catherine Martin (Production Design) and Beverley Dunn (Set Decoration), The Great Gatsby K.K. Barrett (Production Design) and Gene Serdena (Set Decoration), Her Adam Stockhausen (Production Design) and Alice Baker (Set Decoration), 12 Years a Slave

BEST SHORT FILM – ANIMATED Feral Get a Horse! Mr. Hublot Possessions Room on the Broom


BEST SHORT FILM – LIVE ACTION Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn't Me), Esteban Crespo Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything), Xavier Legrand and Alexandre Gavras Helium, Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?), Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka Saari The Voorman Problem, Mark Gill and Baldwin Li


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 SOUND EDITING Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns, All Is Lost Oliver Tarney, Captain Phillips Glenn Freemantle, Gravity Brent Burge, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Wylie Stateman, Lone Survivor


BEST SOUND MIXING Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith and Chris Munro, Captain Phillips "Gravity" Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro, Gravity Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick and Tony Johnson, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland, Inside Llewyn Davis Andy Koyama, Beau Borders and David Brownlow, Lone Survivor


BEST VISUAL EFFECTS Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould, Gravity Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and Eric Reynolds, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash and Dan Sudick, Iron Man 3 Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams and John Frazier, The Lone Ranger Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann and Burt Dalton, Star Trek Into Darkness


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