The Oscar 2014 nominations were announced early on Thursday morning, January 16, at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Was Amy Adams shortlisted for American Hustle? Did Meryl Streep break another Oscar record? Did Robert Redford nearly break the record for longest gap between nominations in the acting categories?
Was Jennifer Lawrence snubbed? Did Scarlett Johansson make Oscar history for her voice performance as Joaquin Phoenix’s love interest in Her? Was Peter Jackson-Ian McKellen’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug shortlisted in the technical categories?
Well, you’ll find the answers to all these questions here (and that includes the list of Oscar 2014 winners). Be prepared: as usual, there were quite a few surprises. (You can compare the Academy’s choices to our Oscar 2014 predictions.)
Oscar 2014 Nominations: Failed possibilities
In addition to several of those mentioned at the beginning of this article, here are those left out of the 2014 Oscar nominations: Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks (as Walt Disney) for John Lee Hancock’s Saving Mr. Banks; Margo Martindale for John Wells’ August: Osage County; Will Forte for Nebraska; George Clooney for Gravity; Alex Ebert for J.C. Chandor’s All Is Lost; Hans Zimmer for 12 Years a Slave; and Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux for Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue Is the Warmest Color.
Also: production designers Alfred Yau and William Chang for Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmaster; Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey for Lee Daniels’ The Butler; Tom Hanks and Paul Greengrass for Captain Phillips; Daniel Brühl, and film editors Daniel P. Hanley and Mike Hill for Ron Howard’s Rush; and the sound mixing and editing teams of Shane Black-Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man 3, Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Gore Verbinski-Johnny Depp-Armie Hammer’s The Lone Ranger.
Last batch: Brian Percival’s The Book Thief; Oscar Isaac for the Joel and Ethan Coens’ Inside Llewyn Davis; Idris Elba for Justin Chadwick’s Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom; and the special effects teams of Marc Forster-Brad Pitt’s zombie movie World War Z, Joseph Kosinski-Tom Cruise’s Oblivion, Guillermo del Toro-Charlie Hunnam’s Pacific Rim.
Note: Previously mentioned as an Oscar 2014 possibility, Inside Llewyn Davis‘ "Please Mr. Kennedy" was ineligible for the Best Original Song Oscar, and thus so were its songwriters: Ed Rush, George Cromarty, T Bone Burnett, Justin Timberlake, Joel Coen, and Ethan Coen.
Amy Adams American Hustle photo: Columbia Pictures / Sony Pictures.