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One Day Later, Thoughts on All 24 Oscar Categories: The Academy Done Done Robert Redford Dirty

The Academy may have announced its nominations for the 86th Oscars on Thursday morning, but you're a busy person and probably haven't had time to actually sift through the nominees yet. Too much Snapchatting, most likely. Don't worry — Popculturology is going to break down all 24 categories. Yup, all 24 categories, even down to the technicals. Don't worry, though, we'll take even deeper looks at each category over the next few weeks. We know that you have Oscar pools that you want to win.

Best Picture
This is the second year in a row that the Academy went with nine nominees, one short of the max of ten. I guess we're just going to have to accept that based on the voting system, we're not going to see a full slate of nominees any time soon. If you're looking for obvious Best Picture snubs, Inside Llewyn Davis and Saving Mr. Banks are automatic candidates. American Hustle, Gravity and 12 Years a Slave are your heavy hitters here.

Best Director
Thankfully the Academy didn't embarrass itself like it did last year when it failed to nominate Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow for Best Director. Spike Jonze (Her) and Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips) could have been included in this category, but there isn't a name among the five actual nominees who didn't earn his spot.

Best Actor
Two of this year's biggest Oscar snubs were in the Best Actor category. While I thought either Christian Bale or Leonardo DiCaprio could possibly snag a Best Actor nom, I didn't expect both of them to. Unfortunately, the inclusion of Bale and DiCaprio bumped out Robert Redford (All Is Lost) and Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips). Both of these actors were deserving of a nomination, Redford especially. If you haven't seen All Is Lost yet, go see it so you can be as disappointed in this snub as I am.

Best Actress
I think we just need to recognize that if Meryl Streep is in a movie, the Academy is automatically going to give her a nomination. This makes it more difficult for the non-Meryl Streep actresses of the world, as they're all now just competing for four slots. Streep has now been nominated 18 times but only has two Oscar wins to show for all those nominations. So the Academy really, really likes having her on the ballot but rarely thinks she's the best actress?

Best Supporting Actor
I still need to see Rush, but it seemed like a lot of the earlier awards season's accolades were leading to a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Daniel Bruhl. Jonah Hill appears to have pushed Bruhl out of this category, making Hill a two-time Oscar nominee. Not bad for the guy who was begging people to ask him about his weiner in Accepted like seven years ago. Pretty sure one-time Oscar nominee Redford never dressed up as a hot dog.

Best Supporting Actress
I thought that if anyone would be getting bumped out to make room for Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), it would be Julia Roberts (August: Osage County), not Oprah Winfrey. Pretty amazing that Lee Daniels' The Butler didn't score a single Oscar nomination.

Best Original Screenplay
Best Original Screenplay was another spot where Inside Llewyn Davis could've gotten a nomination, but it looks like the Coen brothers brand wasn't enough this year. Dallas Buyers Club padded out its performance with a nom here.

Best Adapted Screenplay
No surprises here.

Best Animated Feature
I've been saying for awhile now that Disney Animation Studios is back on top of the world, but I didn't think it had passed corporate sibling Pixar to the point where Frozen gets a nomination and Monsters University gets snubbed. Pixar's latest becomes only the second Pixar film to not get nominated for Best Animated Feature since the category began. The other film? Cars 2, Pixar's all-time worst offering. There's no reason for Monsters University to be included with that movie.

Best Documentary Feature
No Blackfish nomination. I guess the Academy is a Seaworld fan.

Best Foreign Language Film
Unlike last year with Amour, there doesn't seem to be a Best Foreign Language Film with a ton of momentum. Italy's The Great Beauty took home a Golden Globe this past weekend. Was Blue Is the Warmest Color eligible for an Oscar?

Best Animated Short Film
Out of these nominees, I'm only familiar with Get a Horse!, Disney's new Mickey Mouse short. I loved it. It was cutting-edge and nostalgic at the same time. It better win an Oscar.

Best Documentary Short Subject
Haven't seen any of these. Sorry.

Best Live Action Short Film
Sorry again.

Best Cinematography
Roger Deakins has been nominated for Best Cinematography 11 times but has yet to win. Up against Gravity in this category, I don't think Deakins' work on Prisoners is going to be enough to break that losing streak.

Best Costume Design
Does the Academy go super predictable and give an Oscar to The Invisible Woman for its Victorian costumes?

Best Film Editing
The three Best Picture favorites all score Best Film Editing nominations.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Like last year, not sure why the Academy went with just three nominees here. Bale's combover in American Hustle alone is Oscar-worthy.

Best Original Score
I'm pulling for Gravity in this category. There might not be sound in space, but Steven Price's score was the perfect match for Gravity's cinematography.

Best Original Song
Sadly, "Doby," the song Will Ferrell sings about nursing a shark back to health in Anchroman 2: The Legend Continues, didn't score an Oscar nomination. This category is still "Let It Go" from Frozen's to win.

Best Production Design
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was nominated for Best Production Design last year, but the Academy apparently wasn't feeling The Desolation of Smaug this year.

Best Sound Editing
The sole nomination for All Is Lost. I'd love to see it win something, but I think the sound categories belong to Gravity.

Best Sound Mixing
Like I said above, Gravity.

Best Visual Effects
How do we live in a world where The Lone Ranger is an Oscar-nominated movie? If Gravity doesn't win Best Visual Effects, we riot.
One Day Later, Thoughts on All 24 Oscar Categories: The Academy Done Done Robert Redford Dirty Reviewed by Bill Kuchman on 1/17/2014 Rating: 5

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