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Every year, there is a capricious quality to the nominations that makes it difficult to draw any particular meaning from them, but there are likely to be a few discussion points floating around today in the wake of these announcements.

  • Even for the Oscars — even for the Oscars — this is a really, really lot of white people. Every nominated actor in Lead and Supporting categories — 20 actors in all — is white.
  • Every nominated director is male. Every nominated screenwriter is male.
  • Shall we look at story? Every Best Picture nominee here is predominantly about a man or a couple of men, and seven of the eight are about white men, several of whom have similar sort of “complicated genius” profiles, whether they’re real or fictional.
  • Particularly in light of these two points, the lack of a Best Director nomination for DuVernay (nominations went to Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman, Linklater, Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher, Wes Anderson and Morten Tyldum) is a disappointment not only for those who admired the film and her careful work behind the camera, but also for those who see her as a figure of hope, considering how rare it is for even films about civil rights to have black directors, and how rare it is for any high-profile project at all to be directed by a woman. Scarcity of opportunity tends to breed much lower tolerance for the whimsical sense that nominations normally have, so that even people who know better than to take Oscar voting to heart feel the sting of what seems like a deliberate snub. (While the film has been criticized for the places were it takes liberties with facts, that issue doesn’t comfortably explain any challenges it faces with voters, given the welcoming of The Imitation Game and Foxcatcher, both of which have been criticized for substantial alterations to the stories of not supporting characters but principal characters.)
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At The Oscar Nominations, It’s A Good Year To Be An Idiosyncratic Man

Photo credit: Atsushi Nishijima/Fox Searchlight

No Ava DuVernay. No Gugu Mbatha-Raw. No Oscar Isaac. No David Oyelowo. No Bradford Young. No Justin Simien. No Tessa Thompson. 

While I am happy for Alejandro González Iñárritu for his nominations, I have to ask, why does the Academy choose to overlook us so much and yet praise boring and racist work like American Sniper as valuable. 

Oscar Nominations 2014 (Full list)

Best Picture:

"American Hustle"

"Captain Phillips"

"Dallas Buyers Club"

"Gravity"

"Her"

"Nebraska"

"Philomena"

"12 Years a Slave"

"The Wolf of Wall Street"

Best Supporting Actor:

Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”

Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”

Jonah Hill, “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”

Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”

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”

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 Actor:

Christian Bale, “American Hustle”

Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”

Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave”

Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyer’s Club”

Best Actress:

Amy Adams, “American Hustle”

Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”

Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”

Judi Dench, “Philomena”

Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County”

Best Original Screenplay:

"American Hustle"

"Blue Jasmine"

"Dallas Buyers Club"

"Her"

"Nebraska"

Best Adapted Screenplay: 

"Before Midnight"

"Captain Phillips"

"Philomena"

"12 Years a Slave"

"The Wolf Of Wall Street"

Best Animated Feature: 

"The Croods"

"Despicable Me 2"

"Ernest & Celestine"

"Frozen"

"The Wind Rises"

Best Foreign Feature: 

"The Broken Circle Breakdown," Belgium

"The Great Beauty," Italy

"The Hunt," Denmark

"The Missing Picture," Cambodia

"Omar," Palestine

Best Visual Effects: 

"Gravity"

"The Hobbit: The Desolation"

"Iron Man 3"

"The Lone Ranger"

"Star Trek Into Darkness"

Best Cinematography: 

"The Grandmaster"

"Gravity"

"Inside Llewyn Davis"

"Nebraska"

"Prisoners"

Best Costume Design: 

"American Hustle"

"The Grandmaster"

"The Great Gatsby"

"The Invisible Woman"

"12 Years a Slave"

Best Documentary Feature:

"The Act of Killing"

"Cutie and the Boxer"

"Dirty Wars"

"The Square"

"20 Feet from Stardom"

Best Documentary Short: 

"CaveDigger"

"Facing Fear"

"Karama Has No Walls"

"The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life"

"Prisoner Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall"

Best Film Editing: 

"American Hustle"

"Captain Phillips"

"Dallas Buyers Club"

"Gravity"

"12 Years a Slave"

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: 

"Dallas Buyers Club"

"Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa"

"The Lone Ranger"

Best Music (Original Score): 

"The Book Thief"

"Gravity"

"Her"

"Philomena"

"Saving Mr. Banks"

Best Music (Original Song): 

"Alone Yet Not Alone" from "Alone Yet Not Alone"

"Happy" from "Despicable Me"

"Let It Go" from "Frozen"

"The Moon Song" from "Her"

"Ordinary Love" from "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"

Best Production Design: 

"American Hustle"

"Gravity"

"The Great Gatsby"

"Her"

"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)"

"Avant Que De Tout Perdre" (Just Before Losing Everything)

"Helium"

" Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa?" (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)

"The Voorman Problem"

Best Sound Editing: 

"All Is Lost"

"Captain Phillips"

"Gravity"

"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"

"The Lone Survivor"

Best Sound Mixing: 

"Captain Phillips"

"Gravity"

"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"

"Inside Llewyn Davis"

"Lone Survivor"

 

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Right now at the Academy: we are putting together Oscar invite packets for the Nominees Luncheon, the Governors Ball, and the 87th Oscars ceremony.

Tomorrow at 5am Pacific Time: we will begin announcing the nominees.

Immediately after that: we will address and mail the invitations. 

You can watch the nomination announcements on Good Morning America, YouTube, and/or at Oscars.com