Thursday, January 9, 2014

The 86th Academy Awards Nominations. Chosen by The Vern.

Hello my friends, it's that time again.  That special time of year to honor and respect all of the great movies that came out last year.    Either that or it's just an excuse for nerds like myself to try and impress everyone that we spent a lot of times in dark rooms looking at bright screens.  I'm pretty sure my therapy went a lot like this if I wasn't completely sedated.  Just kidding.  Ah but back to the subject.   2013 brought us a bunch of good movies.  Many of them were not seen by the general public, but that's the beauty about these award shows.  They can  help certain titles get that little extra push to be recognized and make a little more money.   Over on the site Film Actually, there is a contest to see who picked the correct nominees, and I sure hope I am the nerd that does so.   Keep in mind that this is not an official list, just my predictions.  I will write up a article on who I think we'll win after the nominations are announced.

Best Picture

12 Years a Slave

The Wolf of Wall Street

Saving Mr. Banks


American Hustle

Captain Phillips

Blue Jasmine



Best Actor

Bruce Dern - Nebraska

Chiwetel Ejiofor -  12 Years a Slave

Tom Hanks - Captain Phillips

Joaquin Pheonix - Her

Robert Redford - All is Lost

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine

Meryl Streep - Augest: Osage County

Sandra Bullock - Gravity

Emma Thompson - Saving Mr. Banks

Judi Dench - Philomena

Best Supporting Actor

Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club

Michael Fassbender - 12 Years a Slave

Barkhad Abdi - Captain Phillips

Daniel Bruhl - Rush

Bradley Cooper - American Hustle

Best Supporting Actress

Sally Hawkins - Blue Jasmine

Jennifer Lawrence - American Hustle

Lupita Nyong'o - 12 Years a Slave

June Squibb - Nebraska

Amy Adams - American Hustle

Best Original Screenplay

Her - Spike Jonze

Blue Jasmine - Woody Allen

Nebraska -  Bob Nelson

Dallas Buyers Club - Craig Borten, Melisa Wallack

American Hustle - David O Russell, Eric Singer

Best Adapted Screenplay

Before Midnight - Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Richard Linklatter

The Wolf of Wall Street - Terrance Winter

12 Years a Slave - John Ridley

August: Osage County - Tracy Letts

Captain Phillips - Billy Ray

Best Director

Alfonso Cuaron - Gravity

Steve McQueen - 12 Years a Slave

Martin Scorsese - The Wolf of Wall Street

Paul Greengrass - Captain Phillips

David O Russell -  American Hustle

Best Foreign Language Film

The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium)

Two Lives (Germany)

The Hunt (Denmark)

The Great Beauty (Italy)

The Grandmaster (Hong Kong)

Best Animated Film


The Croods

Despicable Me 2

The Wind Rises

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2

Best Cinematography.

Gravity -Emmanuel Lubezki

12 Years a Slave - Sean Bobbit

Rush - Anthony Dodd Mantle

Nebraska - Phedon Papamichael

Inside Llewyn Davis - Bruno Delbonnel

Best Production Design

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug - Dan Hennah, Ra Vincent

Her - K.K. Barrett, Gene Serdena

Gravity - Andy Nicholson, Rosie Goodwin

12 Years a Slave - Adam Stockhausen,Alice Baker

The Great Gatsby - Catherine Martin, Beverly Dunn

Best Editing. 

Gravity - Alfonso Cuaron, Mark Sanger

12 Years a Slave -  Joe Walker

Captain Phillips - Christopher Rouse

The Wolf of Wall Street - Thelma Shoonmaker

American Hustle - Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers

Best Visual Effects


The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug

Pacific Rim

Iron Man 3

Star Trek: Into Darkness

Best Documentary Feature.


Stories We Tell

The Act of Killing

20 Feet  From Stardom

Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer

Best Score

12 Years a Slave - Hans Zimmer

Gravity - Steven Price

Saving Mr. Banks - Thomas Newman

The Book Theif - John Williams

Her - Arcade Fire

Best Song

"Happy" from Despicable Me 2

"Young and Beautiful" from The Great Gatsby

"Let it Go" From Frozen

"Atlas" From Hunger Games: Catching Fire

"Ordinary Love" From Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Best Sound Editing



Pacific  Rim

Inside Llewyn Davis

Star Trek: Into Darkness

Best Sound Mixing

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug


 Captain Phillips


Iron Man 3

Best Costume Design

The Great Gatsby-Catherine Martin

12 Years a Slave - Patrica Norris

American Hustle - Michael Wilkenson

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug - Bob Buck, Lesley Bukes-Harding, Ann Maskrey, Richard Taylor

Saving Mr. Banks - Daniel Orlandi

Best Hair and Makeup

Dallas Buyers Club

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

American Hustle

So there it is folks.  My predictions on who is going to be nominated for the big golden statue.  If I forgot any category, I apologize, but I'm pretty damn sure I got all the real important ones.  The rest of them are ones when most of us are taking a bathroom break anyway    Let me know if you think I made the right choices or if I forgot anyone important.  Be sure to watch the real nominees be announced on January 16th.  Have a good day.


  1. Hey Vern, you'll have to make a few changes. The following aren't eligible:

    FOREIGN LANGUAGE (shortlist here:

    Blue is the Warmest Color
    The Past
    The Wind Rises

    DOCUMENTARY FEATURE (shortlist here:

    We Steal Secrets

    BEST ORIGINAL SONG (longlist here:

    Please Mr. Kennedy

    BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING only nominates 3 films. Only American Hustle is on the shortlist from what you predicted. Here's the shortlist:

    Also, you need to predict two more in Animated Feature, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.

    Once you've made those changes, you're good to go. Good Luck!

  2. I made the changes. Surprised Blue is The Warmest Color didn't make the shortlist since it was nominated for Critics Choice and Golden Globes.

    1. Blue is the Warmest Color wasn't eligible because France decided to go with Renoir instead. Shame.

  3. I guess they wanted to play it safe for Academy voters

  4. Damn fine list! (Though a touch safe in my opinion) ;)

  5. Yeah you are right Ben, although I feel Im taking a risk with choosing Pussy Riot for best Documentary

  6. Good choices but you were just a little off ;)

    1. Yeah. I still can't believe I didn't pick Leo to be nominated. I'm sort of kicking myself for that one. Thanks for the comment Miss Valkenburgs

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