It’s nominations week! The Oscars, which everybody knew about, was today and the Golden Raspberry Awards, affectionately known as The Razzies, were yesterday. So both the best and the worst of Hollywood have been on show in the past 24 hours.
The Oscars delivered their customary mixture – the usual suspects, the surprises and the snubs. The usual suspects were the films with the most nominations – Gravity and American Hustle leading the way with ten apiece, 12 Years A Slave with nine and Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club and Nebraska each with six.
In the Best Picture category, the Academy voters could nominate as many as ten, but they opted this year for nine. All of the above, plus Philomena, Her and The Wolf Of Wall Street. And there’s the first snub. No All Is Lost. No Inside Llewyn Davis. And neither J C Chandor nor the Coens figured in the Best Director category, which comprised Steve McQueen, Alfonso Cuaron, David O Russell, Martin Scorcese and Alexander Payne.
Nobody could be sure exactly who would be up for Best Actor – there were so many names in the frame. In the end, the Academy went for Christian Bale, Bruce Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Matthew McConaughey. No Robert Redford – again – and, far more surprisingly, no Tom Hanks, who is usually an academy favourite. This is DiCaprio’s third nomination for Best Actor. Perhaps it’s his year?
American Hustle had the distinction of a nomination in all four acting categories. As well as Christian Bale, Amy Adams was on the shortlist for Best Actress, Jennifer Lawrence for Best Supporting Actress and Bradley Cooper is in the running for Best Supporting Actor. He faces a tough time against Jared Leto and Michael Fassbender, while Lawrence’s main competition comes from Lupita Nyong’o. Cate Blanchett is well ahead of the pack in the Best Actress stakes, although Amy Adams could give her a run for her money.
Surprises? Jonah Hill slipping into the Best Supporting Actor category,for one. And a nominationn for first time screenwriter Bob Nelson in Best Original Screenplay for Nebraska. And another snub, this time for the Best Film In A Foreign Language. Palme D’Or winner, Blue Is The Warmest Colour, was nowhere to be seen.
The full list can be found on www.oscar.com and the awards ceremony takes place on Sunday, 2 March.
From the near-sublime to the definitely ridiculous. The Golden Raspberry Awards are presented on the eve of the Oscars, 1 March, so naturally they announced their nominations on the eve of the Oscar shortlist as well.
This year’s line-up contains some past Oscar nominees, such as Johnny Depp, Will Smith and Naomi Harris, and some Razzie regulars like Adam Sandler, Lyndsay Lohan and Sylvester Stallone.
Leading what must be a reluctant charge is Grown Ups 2 with eight nominations, including yet another nod for Adam Sandler as Worst Actor. M Night Shamalamadingdong’s After Earth gets six, including nods for father and son, Will and Jaden Smith and one for M Night himself. The Lone Ranger and Movie 43 get five apiece, so Disney must be delighted to see their film in such company.
The full list is on www.razzies.com and the ceremony – such as it is – will be on Saturday, 1 March.