Oscar Awards or The Academy Awards are the American awards given for excellence in the field of cinema. The Oscar winners are given a statuette-‘the Academy Award of Merit’ popularly addressed by its nickname Oscar.
In 1929, the awards were presented for the first time at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).
Oscar awards ceremony was first telecasted in1953 and the awards are considered as probably the oldest awards for cinematic excellence. Grammy Awards for recording and music, Emmy Awards for television and the Tony Awards for theatre are the equivalent to Oscars but came into existence after the coveted Oscars.
Recently the nominations for the 86th Academy Awards was declared, though the actual ceremony will be held at the Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles on March 2nd, 2014.
The nominations surprised on following grounds:
Older Women Were Rewarded:
Older actress such as Meryl Streep above 60, were nominated and even Judi Dench, 79 received a nomination. Amazingly 6 out of the 10 actress nominated for either best supporting actresses or best actresses were above 40 years. Hey, young girls out there, time to show off your talent!
Lack of Diversity:
The award nominations lacked diversity as a number of noteworthy films were produced and directed by a line of people of color including “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”, Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” etc. but only ’12 Years’ got nominated for the Oscars among the nine films. “Fruitvale” with great acting by Michael B Jordan couldn’t make it while ‘Mandela” was given a yes for U2 song. “Fruitvale” was a huge box-office success, till nothing happened at the Oscars.
So, where is the diversity? Hard to find indeed!
Where are Oprah and Tom Hanks?
Tom Hanks is surely among the most beloved and admired stars in Hollywood. After a gap of few dull years, Hanks bounced back with “Saving Mr. Banks” and “Captain Phillips” and showed his success prowess. But there were no nominations at the Oscars.
As far as Winfrey is concerned, an immensely popular and successful personality and producer, the fact is that she couldn’t make it too!
Ms. Winfrey, Oneworldnews wishes you all the luck at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Strange and weird things happened at the nominations. Films with no actual performances were nominated. Here are some examples, have a look:
Robert Redford, “All Is Lost” with a solo wordless performance and gets nominated for Oscars. Surely ‘Lost”.
Emma Thompson, “Saving Mr. Banks” was hardly any savings except that it saved Disney pedigree.
“Philomena” is a small character oriented film where a woman searches for her lost son. This gets the best picture nomination, best actress nomination and more to the list; it even gets the best adapted screenplay nomination.
Nominations for the 86th Academy Awards
Best picture nominees:
“American Hustle” (pictured), “12 Years a Slave,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Captain Phillips,” “Her,” “Gravity,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Nebraska” and “Philomena”
Best director nominees:
Alfonso Cuaron (pictured) for “Gravity,” David O. Russell for “American Hustle,” Alexander Payne for “Nebraska,” Steve McQueen for “12 Years a Slave” and Martin Scorsese for “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Best actor nominees:
Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Wolf of Wall Street” (pictured), Christian Bale in “American Hustle,” Bruce Dern in “Nebraska,” Chiwetel Ejiofor in “12 Years a Slave” and Matthew McConaughey in “Dallas Buyers Club”
Best actress nominees:
Sandra Bullock in “Gravity” (pictured), Amy Adams in “American Hustle,” Cate Blanchett in “Blue Jasmine,” Judi Dench in “Philomena” and Meryl Streep in “August: Osage County”
Best supporting actor nominees:
Jared Leto in “Dallas Buyers Club” (pictured), Barkhad Abdi in “Captain Phillips,” Bradley Cooper in “American Hustle,” Michael Fassbender in “12 Years a Slave” and Jonah Hill in “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Best supporting actress nominees:
Lupita Nyong’o in “12 Years a Slave” (pictured), Sally Hawkins in “Blue Jasmine,” Jennifer Lawrence in “American Hustle,” Julia Roberts in “August: Osage County” and June Squibb in “Nebraska”
Best original screenplay nominees:
Spike Jonze for “Her” (actor Joaquin Phoenix pictured), Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell for “American Hustle,” Woody Allen for “Blue Jasmine,” Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack for “Dallas Buyers Club” and Bob Nelson for “Nebraska”
Best adapted screenplay nominees:
Billy Ray for “Captain Phillips” (actor Tom Hanks pictured); Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke for “Before Midnight”; Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope for “Philomena”; John Ridley for “12 Years a Slave”; and Terence Winter for “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Best animated feature nominees:
“Frozen” (pictured), “The Croods,” “Despicable Me 2,” “Ernest & Celestine” and “The Wind Rises”
Best documentary feature nominees:
“20 Feet from Stardom” (pictured), “The Act of Killing,” “Cutie and the Boxer,” “Dirty Wars” and “The Square”
Best foreign language film nominees:
Omar” (pictured), “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” “The Great Beauty,” “The Hunt” and “The Missing Picture”