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The 2014 Oscar Nominations Are In!

by David Amerman

The Oscars’ golden luster did not shine as heavily upon the realm of cinematic geekery this year as it has in years past. While critically acclaimed movies like American Hustle (10 nominations) and 12 Years A Slave (9 nominations) raked in the glory on nomination day, big fantasy and science fiction movies like The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Star Trek Into Darkness were largely ignored.

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2014 Oscar Nominations

The second installment of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy led the pack with three nominations for Best Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Visual Effects, categories where fan-favorite sci-fi and fantasy flicks are often found. 2014 was no exception to said rule as The Desolation of Smaug was joined in the Best Visual Effects category by Iron Man 3Star Trek Into Darkness, and The Lone Ranger, which also enjoyed a nomination for Best Makeup and Hairstyling despite its recent walloping on Razzie nomination day.

The fifth nominee in the visual effects category, Gravity, is probably the closest relative to a triumph for geek-friendly movie lovers as it tied with American Hustle for the title of most nominated film of 2014. Alfonso Cuarón’s chillingly realistic space disaster movie received nominations for such paramount categories as Best Picture, Best Director (for Cuarón), and Best Actress in a Leading Role (for Sandra Bullock) as well as numerous technical categories like Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography and Best Production Design.

Another geek-friendly movie that found joy on nomination day is Her, Spike Jonze’s artificial intelligence-infused romantic comedy starring Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson. Her was nominated for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Original Score, and Best Original Song (“The Moon Song”).

Additionally, fans of literary adaptations may or may not be pleased to know that Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby received two nominations (Best Production Design and Best Costume Design) while hugely successful adaptations like Hunger Games: Catching Fire and World War Z were entirely shut out.

Lovers of Disney movies can also rejoice as Frozen was nominated for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song (“Let It Go”). Such happiness also applies for avid lovers of anime, as Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises joined Frozen in the Best Animated Feature category.

Now, for those of you wondering what non-sci-fi/fantasy films made Oscar’s cut this year, here’s a brief rundown of the major categories and the honored within:

Best Picture

American Hustle

Captain Phillips

Dallas Buyers Club

Gravity

Her

Nebraska

Philomena

The Wolf of Wall Street

12 Years A Slave

Best Director

Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity

Steve McQueen for 12 Years A Slave

Alexander Payne for Nebraska

David O. Russell for American Hustle

Martin Scorsese for The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Christian Bale for American Hustle

Bruce Dern for Nebraska

Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street

Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years A Slave

Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Amy Adams for American Hustle

Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine

Sandra Bullock for Gravity

Judi Dench for Philomena

Meryl Streep for August: Osage County

Best Actor in Supporting Role

Barkhad Abdi for Captain Phillips

Bradley Cooper for American Hustle

Michael Fassbender for 12 Years A Slave

Jonah Hill for The Wolf of Wall Street

Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Sally Hawkins for Blue Jasmine

Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle

Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years A Slave

Julia Roberts for August: Osage County

June Squibb for Nebraska

Best Animated Feature

The Croods

Despicable Me 2

Ernest and Celestine

Frozen

The Wind Rises

Click here for a complete list of this year’s Oscar nominees.

What say all of you about the Academy’s 2014 selections? Are you hopping skyward with glee? Are you centiseconds away from pummeling a hole in your laptop? What movie should have been nominated that went without recognition? Let us know in the comments below!

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