2013 Oscar nominations – 86th Annual Academy Awards

oscarsON THE 16th JANUARY, actor Chris Hemsworth was alongside the Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs to announce the nominations for the 86th Academy Awards at a news conference which was attended by more than 400 international media representatives.

And as the BAFTAs have always been seen to be the starting point of the talent from the previous year and the New Year, they become a sort of guideline to the nominations and talents that will be shown at the Oscars. But with the BAFTAs over, it’s clear that this year’s Oscars are going to be full of a lot of strong contenders, and this is including a lot of British talent! With these nominations, we can clearly see that it looks like a battle between the two hot shot films out at the moment, Gravity and American Hustle, who have received ten nominations each in categories such as Best Picture, Best Actor/Actress, and Director.

It could be anyone’s game and come out top winning that highly respected golden statue that is the Oscar, showing all the strong, well-recognised actors and actresses as well as talented Directors. As seen at the BAFTAs, just because you are nominated in several categories does not always mean that you will be successful, but they could shine through in the Oscar ceremony. If you won the BAFTA does not mean you are going to win the Oscar!

Now looking at this year’s big films, . First, Gravity, directed by Alfonso Cuarón, which has been nominated for an outstanding 10 shiny Oscars. Not only has it received a nod for best picture and direction, and one for Sandra Bullock’s acting, but it has also been recognised in a run of below-the-line categories, such visual effects, where it has been titled as the leading favourite, editing, score, production design and both sound categories.

American Hustle has also received 10 nominations, with director David O. Russell and including a few of  his favourite actors seemingly repeating their trick from last year (with the film Silver Linings Playbook)  with their nominations in all major above-the-line categories,  all the acting categories, along with best picture, writing and directing. It seems like the film may well be leading runners in the acting categories as Silver Linings did, the real completion to American Hustle is Gravity and 12 Years a Slave, with who came away with a Golden Globes win, and rounding up nine nominations from Oscar.

12 Years a Slave comes extremely near to reproducing Hustle’s sweep of the board, with nominations in three out of four acting categories, and for best picture, directing and writing. The only difference is that there is no lead actress in the film, although the film’s Lupita Nyong’o is a strong competitor for supporting actress category.  And in the below-the-line categories, 12 Years a Slave was nominated in the costume, production design and editing categories.

Official screenings of all motion pictures with one or more nominations will begin for members on Jan. 25, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theatre. Screenings also will be held at the Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theatre in Hollywood and in London, New York and the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Oscars will be presented March 2nd, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Centre and televised live on the ABC Television Network.


Best Picture

American Hustle

Captain Phillips

Dallas Buyers Club




12 years a slave

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, Dallah Buyers Club


Best Actress

Amy Adams, American Hustle

Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Sandra Bullock, Gravity

Judi Dench, Philomena

Meryl Streep, August: Osage County


Supporting Actor

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


Supporting Actress

Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine

Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave

June Squibb, Nebraska


Best Director

David O. Russell, American Hustle

Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity

Alexander Payne, Nebraska

Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave

Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street