Oscars: Redford, Hanks, “Banks”, “Fruitvale” and Emma Thompson get robbed

oscarsWell, “All is Lost” plainly didn’t make enough money and have enough legs to give Robert Redford his last legitimate shot at a best actor Oscar. Bummer. His audience is as old as he is, and that wasn’t a help. He represents a tiny minority in a younger Academy.

The 86th Academy Awards will be a bit poorer for it.

Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks and “Saving Mr. Banks” were no shows. Hanks certainly deserved a nomination for “Captain Philips,” as did director Paul Greengrass.

Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts pulled nominations for the showy and maudlin melodrama “August: Osage County.” I guess being big and broad and loud pays off. The movie got no writing, directing or “best picture” nomination. They wasted these two nominations on an inferior film.

They only nominated nine best pictures for best picture in a year when “All is Lost”, “Saving Mr. Banks,” just the first two possibles to come to mind that seemed to have a shot, were left out.

Scorsese was nominated for a hot, hotly-debated film that falls into his second or third rank of accomplishments.

Daniel Bruhl, nominated for “Rush” at the Golden Globes, no best supporting actor nomination here.

“Star Trek Into Darkness” got a visual effects nomination.

All of the best picture nominees date from late in the year, so no “Butler,” “Mud” or “Fruitvale Station” or any summer film and barely any fall films had a shot. Short attention spans. No “Fruitvale”? Really?


Pleasant surprise? Jonah Hill’s best supporting actor nomination for “Wolf of Wall Street,”  June Squibb recognized for “Nebraska,” which she pretty much stole.

“The Hunt” is the best of the foreign films I’ve seen, “The Great Beauty” is the most recent. Guess which one will win?

“Blackfish” was worked and worked for a best documentary nomination, and Hollywood dodged it. Let the outrage begin.

“20 Feet from Stardom” got in instead, the slight “Cutie and the Boxer,” and a trio of docs that most filmgoers, and critics, haven’t even heard of. Nicely done, doc branch.

A big day for Steve Coogan, whose “Philomena” earned adapted screenplay, actress and best picture nominations. Nice.

Oprah and “The Butler” bombed out.

“Inside Llewyn Davis” had no real shot at anything huge, as I have been saying all along.  Cinematography is the biggest nod that one earned.

“The Grandmaster” picked up a few choice technical nominations, “Gatsby” earned a costumes nomination.

I’ll bet, with all the revived Woody Allen-child molester blowback, they’re regretting nominating him for the dated, talky, tone-deaf “Blue Jasmine” script. At least he won’t show up. At least he doesn’t have a shot at winning. Spike Jonze (“Her”) all the way.

Five  nominees for best animated film? “Ernest & Celestine” is the odd man out. “Frozen,” “Croods” “Despicable Me 2” and Miyazaki’s “The Wind Rises” are the real contenders.

“American Hustle” and “Gravity” pulled 10 nominations, “12 Years a Slave” 9.

The 86th Academy Awards will be handed out MAr. 2.


Best picture
“12 Years a Slave”
“The Wolf of Wall Street”
“Captain Phillips”
“American Hustle”
“Dallas Buyers Club”

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

Best actor
Bruce Dern — “Nebraska”
Chiwetel Ejiofor — “12 Years a Slave”
Matthew McConaughey — “Dallas Buyers Club”
Leonardo DiCaprio — “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Christian Bale — “American Hustle”

Best actress
Amy Adams — “American Hustle”
Cate Blanchett — “Blue Jasmine”
Judi Dench — “Philomena”
Sandra Bullock — “Gravity”
Meryl Streep — “August: Osage County”

Best supporting actor
Barkhad Abdi — “Captain Phillips”
Bradley Cooper — “American Hustle”
Jonah Hill — “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Jared Leto — “Dallas Buyers Club”
Michael Fassbender — “12 Years a Slave”

Best supporting actress
Jennifer Lawrence — “American Hustle”
Lupita Nyong’o — “12 Years a Slave”
June Squibb — “Nebraska”
Julia Roberts — “August: Osage County”
Sally Hawkins — “Blue Jasmine”

Best original screenplay
“American Hustle” — David O. Russell and Eric Warren Singer
“Blue Jasmine” — Woody Allen
“Her” — Spike Jonze
“Nebraska” — Bob Nelson
“Dallas Buyers Club” — Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack

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

Best animated feature
“The Wind Rises”
“Despicable Me 2”
“Ernest & Celestine”
“The Croods”

Best foreign feature
“The Hunt” (Denmark)
“The Broken Circle Breakdown” (Belgium)
“The Great Beauty” (Italy)
“Omar” (Palestinian territories)
“The MIssing Picture” (Cambodia)

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

Best music (original song)
“Frozen”: “Let it Go” — Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez
“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”: “Ordinary Love” — U2, Paul Hewson
“Her”: “The Moon Song” — Karen O, Spike Jonze
“Despicable Me 2”: “Happy” — Pharrell Williams

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

Best Sound Editing
“Captain Phillips”
“All is Lost”
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
“Lone Survivor”

Best Sound Mixing
“Captain Phillips”
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
“Inside Llewyn Davis”
“Lone Survivor”

Best Production Design
“American Hustle”
“The Great Gatsby”
“12 Years a Slave”

Best Cinematography
“The Grandmaster”
“Inside Llewyn Davis”

Best Makeup And Hairstyling
“Dallas Buyers Club”
“Bad Grandpa”
“The Lone Ranger”

Best Costume Design
“The Great Gatsby”
“The Grandmaster”
“American Hustle”
“The Invisible Woman”
“12 Years a Slave”

Best Film Editing
“12 Years a Slave”
“Captain Phillips”
“American Hustle”
“Dallas Buyers Club”

Best Visual Effects
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
“Iron Man 3”
“The Lone Ranger”
“Star Trek Into Darkness”

“Alone Yet Not Alone”: “Alone Yet Not Alone” — Bruce Broughton, Dennis Spiegel

About Roger Moore

Movie Critic, formerly with McClatchy-Tribune News Service, Orlando Sentinel, published in Spin Magazine, The World and now published here, Orlando Magazine, Autoweek Magazine
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