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OSCARS 2014: Know Your Nominees: Best Actor

Posted on 26 February 2014 by William Gatevackes

2014 best actor nomineesIn the days leading up to the 86th Academy Awards, FilmBuffOnline will be offering profiles on all the nominees in the major categories. Some may be well known, others might be new to you, but if you need a refresher on these talented nominees, here it is.

Christian Bale

ChristianBaleNominated for: Playing a con man who works with the FBI to investigate ABSCAM in American Hustle.

Other honors for this role:

Nominated, Best Actor, Australian Film Institute.

Nominated, Best Leading Actor, 2014 BAFTA Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, 2013 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Nominated, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, Satellite Awards.

Where you might know him from:

He was the Batman after Clooney but before Affleck. Also, has had a long and productive career in films that didn’t require him to wear a cowl or codpiece.

History with Oscar:

This is Bale’s second nomination.

2011: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, The Fighter (Won)

 

Bruce Dern

brucedernNominated for: Playing an elderly man on a road trip with his son in Nebraska.

Other honors for this role:

Nominated, Best Leading Actor, 2013 BAFTA Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Actor, Cannes Film Festival

Nominated, Best Actor, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, 2014 Critics’ Choice Awards.

3rd Place, Best Actor, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Best Male Lead, Independent Spirit Awards.

Nominated,  Actor of the Year & British Actor of the Year, London Critics Circle Film Awards.

Won, Best Actor, National Board of Review.

Nominated, Best Actorin a Leading Role, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, Satellite Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, 2014 Screen Actors Guild Award.

Where you might know him from:

Dern has a fifty-plus year acting career  to his credit. Some of his more memorable films are The Cowboys, Black Sunday, That Championship Season, and Family Plot.

History with Oscar:

Bruce Dern has one previous Oscar nomination.

1979: Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Coming Home (Lost to Christopher Walken, The Deer Hunter)

Leonardo DiCaprio

leodicaprioNominated for: Playing Wall Street tycoon Jordan Belfort in  The Wolf Of Wall Street.

Other honors for this role:

Nominated, Best Actor, Australian Film Institute.

Nominated, Best Leading Actor, 2014 BAFTA Awards.

2nd Place, Best Actor, Boston Society of Film Critics Awards.

Won, Best Actor in a Comedy, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy, The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Actor of the Year, London Critics Circle Film Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Satellite Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association.

Where you might know him from:

DiCaprio is one of the most famous actors working today, thanks largely to his role in the blockbuster, Titanic. He has also appeared in Catch Me If You Can, Django Unchained and The Great Gatsby.

History with Oscar:

Leonardo DiCaprio has three prior Oscar nominations and is also nominated for Best Picture this year as a producer of The Wolf of Wall Street.

1994: Best Actor in a Supporting Role, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape ( Lost to Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive).

2005: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, The Aviator (Lost to Jamie Foxx, Ray)

2007: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Blood Diamond (Lost to Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland)

 

Chiwetel Ejiofor

chiwetelejioforNominated for: Playing Solomon Northup an free, Northern black man who is kidnapped and forced into slavery in 12 Years a Slave.

Other honors for this role:

Won, Best Actor, Austin Film Critics Association.

Won, Best Actor, Australian Film Institute.

Won, Best Leading Actor, 2014 BAFTA Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Actor, Motion Picture, Black Reel Awards.

Won, Best Actor, Boston Society of Film Critics Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Actor, Central Ohio Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Actor, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, 2014 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Actor, Florida Film Critics Circle Awards.

Nominated, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama, The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, Gotham Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture, Image Awards.

Nominated, Best Male Lead, Independent Spirit Awards.

Won, Best Actor, Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards.

Won, Actor of the Year, London Critics Circle Film Awards.

2nd Place, Best Actor, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards.

2nd Place, Best Actor, National Society of Film Critics Awards.

2nd Place, Actor of the Year, New York Film Critics Circle Film Awards.

Won, Best Actor, Online Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, San Diego Film Critics Society Awards.

Won, Best Actor, San Francisco Film Critics Circle.

Nominated, Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Satellite Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, 2014 Screen Actors Guild Award.

Won, Best Actor, Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards.

2nd Place, Best Actor, Toronto Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards.

Won, Best Actor, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association.

Where you might know him from:

Ejiofor’s big break was in the film version of Kinky Boots. He also appeared in films such as Serenity, Redbelt and 2012.

History with Oscar:

This Chiwetel Ejiofor’s first Oscar nomination.

Matthew McConaughey

matthewmcconaugheyNominated for: Playing an electrician who is diagnosed with AIDS and then goes on to help other AIDS patients in  Dallas Buyers Club.

Other honors for this role:

Nominated, Best Actor, Australian Film Institute.

Won, Best Actor, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

2nd Place, Best Actor, Central Ohio Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Actor, 2014 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Won, Best Actor, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama, The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Won, Best Actor, Gotham Awards.

Won, Actor of the Year, Hollywood Film Festival.

Nominated, Best Male Lead, Independent Spirit Awards.

Won, Best Actor, Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards.

Won, Desert Palm Achievement Award, Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Won, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

Won, Best Actor, Rome Film Fest.

Nominated, Best Actor, San Diego Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, San Francisco Film Critics Circle.

Nominated, Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Satellite Awards.

Won, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, 2014 Screen Actors Guild Award.

2nd Place, Best Actor, Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards.

3rd Place, Best Actor, Toronto Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association.

Where you might know him from:

McConaughey burst on the scene with an iconic role in Dazed and Confused and has built a leading man career in films such as A Time to Kill, Sahara, Failure to Launch and Magic Mike.

History with Oscar:

This Matthew McConaughey’s first Oscar nomination.

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OSCARS 2014: Know Your Nominees: Best Supporting Actress

Posted on 25 February 2014 by William Gatevackes

2014 best supporting actress nomineesIn the days leading up to the 86th Academy Awards, FilmBuffOnline will be offering profiles on all the nominees in the major categories. Some may be well known, others might be new to you, but if you need a refresher on these talented nominees, here it is.

Sally Hawkins

sallyhawkinsNominated for: Playing the put-upon, blue collar sister in Blue Jasmine.

Other honors for this role:

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, Australian Film Institute Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, 2014 BAFTA Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, Chlotrudis Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Female, Independent Spirit Awards.

Nominated, Supporting Actress of the Year, London Critics Circle Film Awards.

3rd Place, Best Supporting Actress, National Society of Film Critics Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, Online Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, San Diego Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, Satellite Awards.

Where you might know her from:

Hawkins has appeared in a diverse array of films ranging from period dramas such as Jane Eyre and Great Expectations to films like Layer Cake and Happy-Go-Lucky.

History with Oscar:

This is Sally Hawkins’ first Oscar nomination.

 

Jennifer Lawrence

jennifer lawrenceNominated for: Playing the brassy girlfriend of a con man in American Hustle.

Other honors for this role:

Won, Best Supporting Actress, Australian Film Institute Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actress, 2014 BAFTA Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actress, Central Ohio Film Critics Association.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, 2014 Critics’ Choice Awards.

3rd Place, Best Supporting Actress, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

2nd Place, Best Supporting Actress, Florida Film Critics Circle Awards.

Won, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Supporting Actress of the Year, London Critics Circle Film Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actress, National Society of Film Critics Awards.

Won, Supporting Actress of the Year, New York Film Critics Circle Film Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, Online Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, San Diego Film Critics Society Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actress, San Francisco Film Critics Circle.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, Satellite Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, 2014 Screen Actors Guild Award.

2nd Place, Best Supporting Actress, Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actress, Toronto Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actress, Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association.

Where you might know her from:

Lawrence has become America’s Sweetheart with her natural candor and humor. Also, being Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games franchise and playing the young Mystique in X-men: First Class also helped to raise her profile a bit.

History with Oscar:

Jennifer Lawrence is nominated for an Oscar for the second year in a row for her third nomination in total.

2011: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Winter’s Bone (Lost to Natalie Portman, Black Swan).

2013: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Silver Linings Playbook (Won).

 

Lupita Nyong’o

lupitanyongoNominated for: Playing an abused slave in 12 Years a Slave.

Other honors for this role:

Won, Best Supporting Actress, Austin Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, Australian Film Institute Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, 2014 BAFTA Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Supporting Actress, Motion Picture, Black Reel Awards.

2nd Place, Best Supporting Actress, Boston Society of Film Critics Awards

Won, Best Supporting Actress, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

2nd Place, Best Supporting Actress, Central Ohio Film Critics Association.

Won, Best Supporting Actress, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actress, 2014 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actress, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actress, Florida Film Critics Circle Awards.

Nominated, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, Image Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Female, Independent Spirit Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actress, Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actress, Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards.

Won, Supporting Actress of the Year, London Critics Circle Film Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actress, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards.

2nd Place, Best Supporting Actress, National Society of Film Critics Awards.

2nd Place, Supporting Actress of the Year, New York Film Critics Circle Film Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actress, Online Film Critics Society Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actress, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, San Diego Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, San Francisco Film Critics Circle.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, Satellite Awards.

Won, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, 2014 Screen Actors Guild Award.

Won, Best Supporting Actress, Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards.

2nd Place, Best Supporting Actress, Toronto Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actress, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association.

Where you might know her from:

12 Years a Slave was Nyong’o’s film debut, but you might recognize the actress from the MTV series, Shuga.

History with Oscar:

This is Lupita Nyong’o’s first Oscar nomination.

 

Julia Roberts

juliarobertsNominated for: Playing the headstrong oldest daughter in August: Osage County.

Other honors for this role:

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, Australian Film Institute Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, 2014 BAFTA Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, Central Ohio Film Critics Association.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, 2014 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Won, Supporting Actress of the Year, Hollywood Film Festival.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, Satellite Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, 2014 Screen Actors Guild Award.

Where you might know her from:

Roberts is one of the worlds best known actresses from her work in films such as Pretty Woman, My Best Friend’s Wedding and Notting Hill

History with Oscar:

This is Julia Roberts fourth nomination.

1990: Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Steel Magnolias (Lost to Brenda Fricker, My Left Foot)

1991: Best Actress in a Leading Role, Pretty Woman (Lost to Kathy Bates, Misery)

2001: Best Actress in a Leading Role, Erin Brockovich (Won)

 

June Squibb

JuneSquibbNominated for: Playing a stressed out wife in Nebraska.

Other honors for this role:

Won, Best Supporting Actress, Boston Society of Film Critics Awards

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, Central Ohio Film Critics Association.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, Chlotrudis Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, 2014 Critics’ Choice Awards.

2nd Place, Best Supporting Actress, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Female, Independent Spirit Awards.

Nominated, Supporting Actress of the Year, London Critics Circle Film Awards.

2nd Place, Best Supporting Actress, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards.

3rd Place, Supporting Actress of the Year, New York Film Critics Circle Film Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, San Francisco Film Critics Circle.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, Satellite Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, 2014 Screen Actors Guild Award.

3rd Place, Best Supporting Actress, Toronto Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actress, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association.

Where you might know her from:

Squibb has had reoccurring roles on Judging Amy, The Ghost Whisperer and The Young and the Restless. She has also had small roles in Scent of a Woman, About Schmidt, and Atlas Shrugged, Part I.

History with Oscar:

This is June Squibb’s first Oscar nomination.

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OSCARS 2014: Know Your Nominees: Best Supporting Actor

Posted on 24 February 2014 by William Gatevackes

2014 best supporting actor nomineesIn the days leading up to the 86th Academy Awards, FilmBuffOnline will be offering profiles on all the nominees in the major categories. Some may be well known, others might be new to you, but if you need a refresher on these talented nominees, here it is.

Barkhad Abdi

Barkhad AbdiNominated for: Playing a Somali pirate in Captain Phillips.

Other honors for this role:

Won, Best Supporting Actor, 2014 BAFTA Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Supporting Actor, Black Reel Awards.

2nd Place, Best Supporting Actor, Boston Society of Film Critics Awards

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Central Ohio Film Critics Association.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, 2014 Critics’ Choice Awards.

3rd Place, Best Supporting Actor, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Won, Supporting Actor of the Year, London Critics Circle Film Awards.

3rd Place, Best Supporting Actor, National Society of Film Critics Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Online Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, 2014 Screen Actors Guild Award.

Where you might know him from:

Captain Phillips is Abdi’s first film.

History with Oscar:

This is Barkhad Abdi’s first Oscar nomination.

 

Bradley Cooper

bradley cooperNominated for: Playing an undercover FBI agent in  American Hustle.

Other honors for this role:

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Australian Film Institute Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, 2014 BAFTA Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, 2014 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Nominated, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Satellite Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards.

Where you might know him from:

Cooper is known for his work in a number of films, including Wedding Crashers, The Hangover and The A-Team.

History with Oscar:

This is Bradley Cooper’s second Oscar nomination in as many years.

2013: Best Actor in a Leading Role, Silver Linings Playbook (Lost to Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln)

 

Michael Fassbender

michaelfassbenderNominated for: Playing a cruel and domineering slaveowner in 12 Years a Slave.

Other honors for this role:

Won, Best Supporting Actor, Australian Film Institute Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, 2014 BAFTA Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Capri Supporting Actor Award, Capri, Hollywood Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Central Ohio Film Critics Association.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, 2014 Critics’ Choice Awards.

2nd Place, Best Supporting Actor, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

2nd Place, Best Supporting Actor, Florida Film Critics Circle Awards.

Nominated, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Male, Independent Spirit Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actor, Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards.

Nominated, Supporting Actor of the Year, London Critics Circle Film Awards.

2nd Place, Supporting Actor of the Year, New York Film Critics Circle Film Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actor, Online Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, San Diego Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, San Francisco Film Critics Circle.

Nominated, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Satellite Awards.

Nominated, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, 2014 Screen Actors Guild Award.

2nd Place, Best Supporting Actor, Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards.

2nd Place, Best Supporting Actor, Toronto Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association.

Where you might know him from:

Fassbender is an actor as at home in big budget films such as X-Men: First Class and Prometheus as he is in art house fare such as Shame and A Dangerous Method.

History with Oscar:

This is Michael Fassbender’s first Oscar nomination.
Jonah Hill

5fee5_JonahHill300Nominated for: Playing renegade stockbroker Donnie Azoff in The Wolf of Wall Street.

Other honors for this role:

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Central Ohio Film Critics Association.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Where you might know him from:

Hill is most known for his comedic work, especially his collaborations with Judd Apatow, most notably, Superbad. He was also in Knocked Up, Get Him to the Greek, and The Sitter, and provided voices for animated features such as How to Train Your Dragon and Megamind.

History with Oscar:

This is Jonah Hill’s second Oscar nomination.

2012: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Moneyball (Lost to Christopher Plummer, Beginners).

Jared Leto

Esquire and Stella Artois summer party 2013 held at Somerset House - arrivals Featuring: Jared Leto Where: London, United Kingdom When: 29 May 2013 Credit: Lia Toby/WENN.comNominated for: Playing a transgender woman with AIDS in  Dallas Buyers Club.

Other honors for this role:

Won, Best Supporting Actor, Austin Film Critics Association.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Australian Film Institute Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Boston Society of Film Critics Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actor, Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.

2nd Place, Best Supporting Actor, Central Ohio Film Critics Association.

Won, Best Supporting Actor, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Chlotr0udis Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actor, 2014 Critics’ Choice Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actor, Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actor, Florida Film Critics Circle Awards.

Won, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture, The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Male, Independent Spirit Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actor, Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Supporting Actor of the Year, London Critics Circle Film Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actor, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards.

2nd Place, Best Supporting Actor, National Society of Film Critics Awards.

Won, Supporting Actor of the Year, New York Film Critics Circle Film Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, Online Film Critics Society Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actor, Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actor, San Diego Film Critics Society Awards.

Nominated, Best Supporting Actor, San Francisco Film Critics Circle.

Nominated, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Satellite Awards.

Won, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, 2014 Screen Actors Guild Award.

Won, Best Supporting Actor, Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actor, Toronto Film Critics Association Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actor, Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards.

Won, Best Supporting Actor, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association.

Where you might know him from:

A certain segment of the population will always remember Leto as Jordan Catalano on TV’s My So-Called Life. Another segment will recognize him as the front man of the rock band, 30 Seconds to Mars. Others will recognize him from films such as How to Make and American Quilt, Fight Club, and Prefontaine.

History with Oscar:

This is Jared Leto’s first Oscar nomination.

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HER And CAPTAIN PHILLIPS Take Writers Guild Prizes

Posted on 03 February 2014 by Rich Drees

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The screenplays for Spike Jonze’s futuristic romantic drama Her and the true-life tale told in Captain Phillips took the top honors at Saturday night’s Writers Guild of America’s annual award ceremony.

Jonze’s win in the Guild’s Original Screenplay category could presage how things will play out in the same category at the Academy Awards in March given that the five nominees for the award from both organizations are the same. Also, it has been 13 years since a WGA winner lost the Original Screenplay Oscar when Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous beat out DGA winner Kenneth Lonerga’s You Can Count On Me in 2000. Of course, you could argue that that is a streak due to be broken and it is possible that David O. Russell and Eric Singer’s American Hustle could be the one to do that.

The Best Adapted Screenplay win by writer Billy Ray is not as much a clear indicator as to how things will play out at the Oscars given that one of the favorites in the category for the Academy Awards – John Ridley’s 12 Years A Slave – had been ruled ineligible for the WGAs.

Additionally, Sarah Polley’s documentary Stories We Tell won the award for best screenplay for a documentary feature film. The documentary is not one of the five nominated films for the Academy Award’s Best Documentary Oscar.

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OSCAR CONTROVERSY: “Alone Yet Not Alone” Removed From Oscar Contention

Posted on 30 January 2014 by William Gatevackes

BrucebroughtonWhen the nominees were announced for Best Original Song for this year’s Oscars, you might have noticed a small chuckle raising from the stunned, puzzled audience when one of the nominees was announced. That nominee was for the song “Alone Yet Not Alone” from the film, Alone Yet Not Alone. People began to wonder why a song from a film they never heard of would be in contention for the same award as songs done by the like of Pharell, Idina Menzel and U2 from films such as Despicable Me 2Frozen and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

Some people did more than wonder. A public relations firm working for a snubbed rival hired a private investigator to see if the film itself was eligible to be nominated because it was not advertised in the Los Angeles area as per the Academy’s requirements.

The Academy decided the newspaper ads ran by the Encino theater that showed the film once a day for a week was sufficient advertisement. However, people who wanted to get the song removed from consideration would get their wish. It was discovered that the song’s nominated writer, Bruce Broughton, seen above, had e-mailed members of the music branch in order to make them aware of his submission. The Academy found this to be in violation from it’s standards and practices, and the song has now been disqualified from Oscar contention.

In a time where many trade journals are filled with “For Your Consideration” ads leading up to the nominations, this might seem at best a double standard. But what made Broughton’s campaigning a step over the line is that he was a former governor and current executive committee member of the music branch of the Academy. This takes his plea from a composer asking his peers for consideration to a man in a position of power asking the people who he works for for a favor. That apparently is an Oscar no-no.

“No matter how well-intentioned the communication, using one’s position as a former governor and current executive committee member to personally promote one’s own Oscar submission creates the appearance of an unfair advantage,” said Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the Academy president.

“I’m devastated,” Broughton said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “I indulged in the simplest grassroots campaign and it went against me when the song started getting attention. I got taken down by competition that had months of promotion and advertising behind them. I simply asked people to find the song and consider it.”

If Broughton can take some cold comfort for this, it that none of the accused competition will be able to reap the benefits from “Alone Yet Not Alone” being removed from contention. The Academy has decided to not replace the song with any of the other 70 songs eligible for nomination, and will just go with the four remaining nominees.

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GRAVITY’s Alfonso Cuaron Nabs Directors Guild Award

Posted on 26 January 2014 by Rich Drees

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Alfonso Cuaron took home top honors at last night’s Directors Guild Award for his science-fiction tale of survival Gravity. Cuaron beat out fellow directors Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips), Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave), David O. Russell (American Hustle), Martin Scorsese (The Wolf Of Wall Street).

The win, along with it tying for Best Film at last weekend‘s Prodocers Guild Awards, seems to position Gravity for the top prize at March’s Academy Awards, as the DGA and the PGA awards are often seen as predictors who will win their respective Oscar categories. Only seven times in the award’s 65-year history has the winner of the DGA not gone on to win the Best Director Oscar and only 13 times have the winning film at the DGAs gone on to win the Best Picture Oscar.

But some Oscar prognosticators are saying that there is still an outside chance that either 12 Years A Slave or American Hustle could still win in an upset. Gravity and 12 Years A Slave were not nominated in next weekend’s Screenwriters Guild Awards – 12 Years A Slave was ineligible due to a rule in the Guild’s bylaws – and American Hustle could pickup some much needed awards buzz with a win there.

It is perhaps worth remembering that Cuaron had a difficult time getting Gravity into production. The film was originally set up at Universal, but the studio put it into turnaround after original star Angelina Jolie dropped out. Finding at home at Warner Brothers, Cuaron found the project in danger a second time over casting when Robert Downey Jr. dropped out of the project while Cuaron continued to hunt for a lead with Natalie Portman was one of many contenders for the role that Sandra Bullock finally one.

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Oscar Nominations Post-Mortem: No Hanks, No Thompson, But Hill?

Posted on 16 January 2014 by William Gatevackes

oscartopYesterday, we handicapped the 2014 Oscar race by telling you who we thought was going to be nominated. Now, it’s time to face the music, and see how well we did. There have been a lot of surprises in the nominees,  and the surprises were puzzling. Let’s see how we fared against our predictions, then we’ll comment on surprises in other categories that we didn’t talk about on Tuesday. Let’s start with Best Actor:

Performance by an actor in a leading role-

  • 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

Number of Nominations We “Called”:  4.5 out of 5

We Say: I’m always generous when it comes to grading myself. So even though I thought Tom Hanks, with his two Oscar worthy performances and lots of Oscar love over the years, had a far better chance of getting nominated than Leonardo DiCaprio, a man who has been snubbed by the Academy on a number of occasions, I did think DiCaprio had a chance for a nomination. I’ll take my victories, no matter how small, where I can get them.

Performance by an actor in a supporting role-

  • 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

Number of Nominations We “Called”: 4 out of 5.

We say: Jonah Hill? Really? To be honest, I did consider including Hill on the list of longshots, but considering he has not been nominated in the category in any other major award organization, not even the Screen Actors Guild Awards, which is voted on by the same membership as those who vote for the Oscars, I thought it was fairly safe to keep him off the list.  Shows what I know. Pity poor Daniel Brühl, who did receive all the other nominations Hill didn’t get.

Performance by an actress in a leading role-

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

Number of Nominations We “Called”:  5 out of 5

We say: Emma Thompson, if my Facebook feed is any indication, seems to be the biggest snub of this year’s nominations. I’d like to pat myself on the back because I said she only had an outside shot of getting nominated. But that’s because I thought Meryl Streep was a lock for her showy role in August: Osage County.

Performance by an actress in a supporting role-

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

Number of Nominations We “Called”:  5 out of 5

We Say: Another fairly predictable category. The only one I was waivering on was Hawkins, but I’m glad the Academy recognized her. Co-star Blanchett got all the attention, but Hawkins put in an excellent performance in her own right. Oh, can Oprah’s snub really be a snub when she was a longshot to get a nomination in the first place?

Achievement in directing-

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

Number of Nominations We “Called”:  4.5 out of 5
We say: Again, I’m giving myself a half a point for picking Payne as having an outside shot. I still thought Paul Greengrass had a better chance than him, but the Academy seems to really like Payne (no pun intended).

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

Number of Nominations We “Called”:  It’s hard to calculate, but we mentioned 9 out of the 9.

We say: I find it ironic that in the three years since the Academy changed the rules for the number of nominees from ten to anywhere between five and ten because  there were not enough strong nominees, there have been 9 nominees each year. And this year, it should have been ten. I think Frozen deserved a spot on the list, perhaps more than some of the films that got a nomination. The fact that there was one “empty” spot and the film still wasn’t nominated is severly disappointing.

Other surprises and items of note:

  • I don’t know what was more annoying, watching the nominations on ABC: seeing an ad for August: Osage County every five seconds or the fact that the anchors for the Disney-owned ABC made a big fuss about Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks being shut out of the Oscars.
  • Maybe the whole country didn’t get the same amount of August: Osage County ads as I got, but there was two ads for the film every commercial break. That’s not an exaggeration. There were really two ads for it every commercial break. I was having flashbacks to last year, when the same thing happened with Silver Linings Playbook. The connection: The Weinstein Company. Like Harvey Weinstein wasn’t obnoxious enough.
  • Disney’s disappointment at Saving Mr. Banks’ lone nomination has to be mitigated by the whopping TWO nominations the studio’s cinematic masterpiece The Lone Ranger earned. I wonder if Disney will rerelease the film in theaters to capitalize on its unexpected nomination windfall. I might break even if they did! (No, no it wouldn’t)
  • But it still has to sting that Saving Mr. Banks has the same amount of nominations as Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. Yes, chew on that, will you. On Oscar night, the words  Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa will be uttered on stage during the ceremony.
  • While I’m glad that Get a Horse was nominated for Best Animated Short Film, I’m disappointed Disney’s other offering, The Blue Umbrella, didn’t get a nod as well.
  • This is a bad year for Pixar because for only the second time since the Best Animated Feature category was introduced, the Pixar feature released in that year didn’t get a nomination for it. The connection? Monsters University joins Cars 2 in the snubbed list. Maybe Pixar should reconsider making sequels to any of their films that do not have “Toy” or “Story” in the title.
  • That being said, it is good to see such a varied list of films in the Best Animated category. Like Best Picture, this is a flex category. It could have three nominees, or it can have five. This is the third year in row that the category had five nominees. I’m especially happy The Wind Rises got a nomination.

Stay tuned to FilmBuffOnline, because, as we get closer to the ceremony, the staff will bring you more news about this year’s ceremony.

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AMERICAN HUSTLE, GRAVITY And 12 YEARS A SLAVE Lead Academy Award Nominations

Posted on 16 January 2014 by Rich Drees

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A dark comedy political scandal, a harrowing tale of slavery and a story of survival in the harshest of environments lead the pack of nominations for the 2014 Academy Awards. Awards season heavyweight American Hustle and Alfonso Cauron’s Gravity received nominations in 10 Oscar categories this morning, while director Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave received nine.

American Hustle and 12 Years A Slave look to be shaping into the biggest rivalry and will be going head to head in the Best Costume Design, Film Editing, Production Design, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Actor, Director and Picture categories.

In addition to a number of technical category nominations, Gravity netted nominations in the Best Visual Effects, Cinematography, Actress (Sandra Bullock), Director and Picture.

Captain Phillips, Nebraska and Dallas Buyers Club all received 6 nominations each. Martin Scorsese’s critically lauded The Wolf Of Wall Street only received five categories, but they were for Best Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actor, Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), Director and Picture.

Our own Oscar maven William Gatevackes will be back later today with a complete analysis of the nominations but until then, here is the complete list as announced by the Academy this morning. The Academy Awards ceremony will be broadcast live on March 2.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
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

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska

Best Original Song
“Alone Yet 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

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

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

Best Animated Feature Film
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Ernest and Celestine
Frozen
The Wind Rises

Best Documentary Feature
The Act of Killing
Cutie and the Boxer
Dirty Wars
The Square
20 Feet From Stardom

Best Foreign Language Film
The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium)
The Great Beauty (Italy)
The Hunt (Denmark)
The Missing Picture (Cambodia)
Omar (Palestine)

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

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Amy Adams, American Hustle
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

Best Actor in a Leading Role
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

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

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

Best 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

Best Documentary Short Subject
CaveDigger, Jeffrey Karoff
Facing Fear, Jason Cohen
Karama Has No Walls, Sara Ishaq
The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life, Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed
Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall, Edgar Barens

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

Best 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

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

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

Best Animated Short Film
Feral, Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden
Get a Horse!, Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim
Mr. Hublot, Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares
Possessions, Shuhei Morita
Room on the Broom, Max Lang and Jan Lachauer

Best Live-Action Short Film
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 Sound Editing
All Is Lost, Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns
Captain Phillips, Oliver Tarney
Gravity, Glenn Freemantle
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Brent Burge
Lone Survivor, Wylie Stateman

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

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

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Oscar Nominations: Who Will Make The Cut

Posted on 15 January 2014 by William Gatevackes

It’s that time of year again. This Thursday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will announce the nominees for the 86th Annual Academy Awards.

Every year there are snubs and surprises, thrills and controversies. There is no way of knowing who will be nominated, but we here at FilmBuffOnLine, who believe the day nominations are announced should be a National holiday, are going to try and handicap the process for you.

We will try to tell you who we think are Almost Certainly getting a nomination, who Definite May Be nominated, and whose nomination is a Outside Shot in the major categories (the four acting categories, Best Director, and Best Picture). We are trying to cover all bases, but don’t come to us if you lose money on your Oscar Nomination pool.

Best Actor:

Almost Certainly:

Christian Bale, American Hustle; Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave; Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Definite May Be:

Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips or Saving Mr. Banks; Bruce Dern, Nebraska and/or Robert Redford, All Is Lost

Outside Shot:

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street;  Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom; Michael B. Jordan, Fruitvale Station; Joaquin Phoenix, Her; Forest Whitaker, Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Let’s face it, it’s a race between McConaughey and Ejiofor by this point, but while I don’t think that Bale has a chance of winning, I think he’s a lock for a nomination.

The next round is one of questions. I’m pretty sure that Hanks will be nominated, but for which film? If I had to bet the rent money on one role, it would be Captain Phillips. And Dern and Redford have the “older actor with a long career of quality work with no acting Oscar” going for them, so either could get the nod (or both if Hanks is left out). But if only one can get in, I vote Dern. Redford already has an Oscar for directing Ordinary People and an honorary one as well. Dern merely has one nomination.

So strong is the field on the top, the that “Outside Shots” should be called “It Would Take a Miracle.” And yes, I am saying that it would take a miracle for Golden Globe winner DiCaprio to even get nominated. He’s not even the next in line, in my opinion (he’s at the very least behind Elba and Jordan,if you ask me). Blame the unconfirmed grudge the Academy has against him or the backlash about the message his film presents, I’d bet he’s not even getting nominated.

Best Actress:

Almost Certainly:

Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine; Sandra Bullock, Gravity

Definite May Be:

Amy Adams, American Hustle; Judi Dench, Philomena; Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

Outside Shot:

Julie Delphy, Before Midnight; Brie Larsen, Short Term 12; Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks

Once again, this is a two-actress race. While Bullock lost to Blanchett at the Golden Globes, the roles might be turned this time around.

Amy Adams should get nominated, adding more fire to her reputation of being the Susan Lucci of the Oscars. A lot of prognosticators think Meryl Streep might not get the nod, but, come on, she’s Meryl Streep. Dench should also get represented as well.

But if Streep doesn’t get in, Thompson will. Delphy and Larsen are deserving, and in other years they’d be sure of a nomination, but this year, they are longshots.

Best Supporting Actor:

Almost Certainly:

Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club; Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips

Definite May Be:

Daniel Brühl, Rush; Bradley Cooper, American Hustle; Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave

Outside Shot:

Will Forte, Nebraska; James Gandolfini, Enough Said

This another category where it looks like the nominees are a given. I think Leto already has the Oscar, so the other nominations are just a consolation prize to the particular actor. Of the rest, I believe Abdi is safe from being knocked out by any kind of surprise nomination.

Brühl, Cooper and Fassbender should round out the list, but if there will be a glaring omission, it will come from these three.

Gandolfini has a slight, sentimental advantage over Forte as a possible upset candidate.

Best Supporting Actress:

Almost Certainly:

Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

Definite May Be:

Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine; Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave; Julia Roberts, August: Osage County; June Squibb, Nebraska;

Outside Shot:

Scarlett Johansson, Her; Octavia Spencer, Fruitvale Station; Oprah Winfrey, Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Like Supporting Actor, Lawrence is enough of a front runner that a nod is a given, and the rest of the field is pretty much set as well.

The only weak link in the next tier, in my opinion, would be Hawkins. No in the sense that she doesn’t deserve the nomination, she does, she more then held her own with Blanchett, but she has done Oscar worthy work before and has been passed over by the Academy.

This might open a spot for Winfrey, who was considered a lock to maybe win the whole thing before her film came out. Now, she’s an outsider looking in for a nomination. Personally, I’m rooting for Johansson to get a nomination for her voice work in Her.

Best Director:

Almost Certainly:

Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity; Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave; David O. Russell, American Hustle

Definite May Be:

Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips; Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street

Outside Shot:

Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee, Frozen; Ryan Coogler, Fruitvale Station; Lee Daniels, Lee Daniels’ The Butler; Spike Jonze, Her; Alexander Payne, Nebraska

Cuarón most likely has the Oscar already, so he will be in. Although, to be fair, I thought the same about Ben Affleck last year and he wasn’t even nominated. McQueen and Russell should definitely get the nods as well.

Greengrass has the best chance of the rest, and Scorsese should be able to hold off Payne and Jonze for the last slot.

Buck and Lee are my “wishful thinking” picks for an outside shot. I don’t think it’s likely they’ll get in, I’m just listing them here because I think they deserve to be nominated.

Best Picture:

Almost Certainly:

American Hustle, Gravity, 12 Years a Slave

Definite May Be:

Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Frozen

Outside Shot:

Her, Nebraska, Philomena, Saving Mr. Banks, Blue Jasmine, Fruitvale Station, The Wolf of Wall Street, Inside Llewyn Davis, Saving Mr. Banks, Lee Daniels’ The Butler.

With a floating five to ten spots for potential nominees, it is really hard to pin down what films will make the cut. The only sure thing is that American Hustle, Gravity  and 12 Years a Slave will get nominated.

Captain Phillips is in the best picture mix in a lot of places. I do believe that the acting nominations for Dallas Buyers Club will be enough to give it a Best Picture nod, and with ten possible spaces, it will be a sin if Frozen doesn’t get a nomination. I haven’t seen many of the films eligible this year, but Frozen was the best film I have seen in a long time. A Best Animated award is a lock, but I think it deserves a Best Picture nod as well.

After that, well, it depends on how deep the Academy wants to go with their choices. This list could only scratch the surface of the possible candidates.

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12 YEARS A SLAVE, AMERICAN HUSTLE Take Home Golden Globes

Posted on 13 January 2014 by William Gatevackes

GoldenGlobeIf the Golden Globes are truly the early indicator for Oscar glory, then we have a two horse race for Best Picture.

The 71st Golden Globes were given out in Los Angeles Sunday night. American Hustle led in the statute counts in the film category with three awards, including the award Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy. Dallas Buyers Club was second with two awards.

American Hustle’s win immediately gives it boost in the Oscar race, but odds-on Oscar favorite 12 Years a Slave also won an award, for Best Motion Picture, Drama. It will be interesting to see if the former overtakes the latter by Oscar night.

If we were looking for surprises, we’d find them in the male actor awards. Matthew McConaughey defeated the highly favored Chiwetel Ejiofor for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama and Leonardo DiCaprio overcame both Bruce Dern and Christian Bale in the Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy. If you were to look at this in terms of Academy Award chances, McConaughey’s chances of taking home an Oscar have just become very, very good and DiCaprio’s chances of possibly being nominated might have just registered a slight uptick. Maybe.

Here is a complete list of nominees and winners:

Best Motion Picture, Drama
*12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Philomena
Rush

 

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
*Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Idris Elba, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips
Robert Redford, All Is Lost

 

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
*Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks
Kate Winslet, Labor Day

 

Best Director – Motion Picture
*Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Paul Greengrass, Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
David O. Russell, American Hustle

 

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
*Spike Jonze, Her
Bob Nelson, Nebraska
Jeff Pope and Steve CooganPhilomena
John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave
David O. Russell and Eric Warren Singer, American Hustle

 

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
*American Hustle
Her
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska
The Wolf of Wall Street

 

Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
*Amy Adams, American Hustle
Julie Delpy, Before Midnight
Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

 

Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
*Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Oscar Isaac, Inside Llewyn Davis
Joaquin Phoenix, Her

 

Best Animated Feature Film
*Frozen
The Croods
Despicable Me 2

 

Best Foreign Language Film
*The Great Beauty (Italy)
Blue Is the Warmest Color (France)
The Hunt (Denmark)
The Past (Iran)
The Wind Rises (Japan)

 

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
*Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska

 

Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
*Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Daniel Bruhl, Rush
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips

 

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
*Alex Ebert, All Is Lost
Alex HeffesMandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Steven Price, Gravity
John Williams, The Book Thief
Hans Zimmer, 12 Years a Slave

 

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
*”Ordinary Love,” Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
“Atlas,” The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
“Let It Go,” Frozen
“Please Mr. Kennedy,” Inside Llewyn Davis
“Sweeter Than Fiction,” One Chance

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