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
The most welcome surprise in these nominations is the huge embrace the Academy have offered for American Hustle. Cooper is the surprise nomination here, but I LOVE that he's been included, alongside acting nominations in all four categories. Daniel Bruhl is missing too, which is surprising.
Sally Hawkins - Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence - American Hustle
Lupita Nyong'o - 12 Years A Slave
Julia Roberts - August: Osage County
June Squibb - Nebraska
The Sally Hawkins nomination is fantastic. After her snub for Happy Go Lucky several years ago, this is great for her. It does push out who I assumed was going to be the fifth nomination and eventual winner though: Oprah Winfrey in The Butler. I'm pleased with the result, but it leaves the category wide open now, and anyone could take it.
Christian Bale - American Hustle
Bruce Dern - Nebraska
Chewitel Ejiofor - 12 Years A Slave
Leonardo DiCaprio - The Wolf Of Wall Street
Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club
Though I'm generally pleased with the nominations, it's Tom Hanks' snub here that stings the most. I would substitute Christian Bale for Hanks in Captain Phillips definitely, however Leonardo DiCaprio's nomination, as well as Matthew McConaughey's, is fantastic. Again, this is a very open category, but I am totally behind DiCaprio for the win.
Amy Adams - American Hustle
Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock - Gravity
Judi Dench - Philomena
Meryl Streep - August: Osage County
No Emma Thompson here for Saving Mr Banks. I can't say I'm *that* disappointed, but obviously Meryl got the fifth spot. The other nominations are as predicted and I'm over the moon for Adam's inclusion. Blanchett will take this though, no problems.
Alfonso Cuaron - Gravity
Steve McQueen - 12 Years A Slave
Alexander Payne - Nebraska
David O. Russell - American Hustle
Martin Scorsese - The Wolf Of Wall Street
Greengrass' exclusion stings here; I'd give it to him over Alexander Payne, but I understand Payne's inclusion. This is between McQueen or Cuaron though; I'm totally supporting the latter though. This category also sees the first real exclusion for the Coen Brothers too.
Dallas Buyers Club
12 Years A Slave
The Wolf Of Wall Street
This lineup is fantastic. I'm surprised by Philomena, delighted that Dallas Buyers Club is included and Her got its nomination as I expected. The one exclusion I'm surprised by is Inside Llewyn Davies. With five star reviews across the board, I'm surprised it's not there, especially considering that the Academy love the Coens enough to nominate even A Serious Man. This is a two-horserace though; Gravity will be a close runner-up, but 12 Years A Slave is definitely our winner.