Gravity and American Hustle lead the pack with 10 nominations each, but there were also some big surprises in the mix.
“12 Years a Slave”
“The Wolf of Wall Street”
“Dallas Buyers Club”
Producer Angie was first to chime in on the evening’s most sought-after award.
“You know, I didn’t see all of them, but I feel like it’s going to be American Hustle’s year,” she said. “I feel like they’re going to take a lot of awards.”
“There’s something about what David O. Russell’s done with this particular cast,” Carson added. “He did it for Silver Linings Playbook last year. It seems to be magic in a bottle. So, American Hustle’s going to win a lot, but I think that last award for Best Picture will go to 12 Years A Slave.”
The Academy can nominate up to 10 films for this category, but similar to the past two years, chose to honor only nine films.
As for the snubs, lots of people were surprised Inside Llewyn Davis, August: Osage County, and The Butler didn’t make the cut.
“Oprah being overlooked, Forest Whittaker, nobody!” Carson said. “Nobody, no director, no music, no nothing from The Butler and that’s a shame.”
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”
Carson thinks this is the most competitive category of the year. In his opinion, it all boils down to 12 Years A Slave’s Michael Fassbender and Dallas Buyers Club’s Jared Leto.
“Those are the best two performances of the year, maybe even just in general. I’m not kidding.”
If you like rooting for the underdog, Captain Phillips‘ Barkhad Abdi is the Cinderella story of awards season. The Somalian native and former limo driver scored a coveted nomination for his first-ever film role.
“When people say, ‘I’m just happy to be nominated,’ he actually probably means it!” Producer Angie said.
Amy Adams — “American Hustle”
Cate Blanchett — “Blue Jasmine”
Judi Dench — “Philomena”
Sandra Bullock — “Gravity”
Meryl Streep — “August: Osage County”
“That’s a crazy, crazy category because there are such big names!” Producer Angie exclaimed. “I would have to go with Amy Adams. She was so good in American Hustle.
Carson thinks Adams has okay odds, but is putting his money on another critically-acclaimed actress.
“I think Cate Blanchett’s going to win it. If not, Amy Adams.”
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”
“If Jennifer Lawrence can win Best Actress in a Supporting Role, she’ll be only one of three actresses to ever win back-to-back, because she won last year,” Carson pointed out. “She is the biggest star in Hollywood.”
“I feel like she’s got a really, really strong chance,” Angie added. “She won the Golden Globe.”
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”
Fun fact: This is Leonardo DiCaprio’s fourth Academy Award nomination, but he’s never been able to pull off a win.
“Yeah Leo, it’s his turn, man! It’s his time,” said Carson. “Although the guy in 12 Years A Slave was incredible…and McConaughey was great.”
McConaughey has the momentum right now, having just won the Golden Globe, but a lot can change within the next month and a half.
Check out a full list of the nominees here.
The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, air live on Sunday, March 2 at 4pm PT.
- Were you surprised by this morning’s nominations? What do you think was the biggest snub? Share with us in the comments section!
-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles