I had this really strange dream the other day. I dreamt that I was one of the people sorting the Oscar ballots. I was quite literally being handed slips of paper with people's names on them, and sorting them into piles. Then I had to count the piles when I was done to see who got the most. I kept getting Bruce Dern for Nebraska, and I was being totally smug about the whole thing. Like, "Oh Bruce Dern is getting nominated. derp de derrr." This makes zero sense because 1) I've never seen Nebraska. 2) Without looking at IMDB I couldn't name a single film Bruce Dern has been in, so why am I being such an asshole? and 3) Oscar ballots probably aren't hand sorted behind a cash register like I was doing. Anywho, I had to share that, here's a list of the 2014 nominees. My thoughts as always follow in green.
"Dallas Buyers Club"
"12 Years A Slave"
"The Wolf of Wall Street"
It drives me nuts when they only use 9 out of the 10 Best Picture slots. They could've thrown Prisoners in there.
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Christian Bale, "American Hustle"
Bruce Dern, "Nebraska"
Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years A Slave"
Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club"
I am SHOCKED that Tom Hanks got left out. I thought he was a lock. I guess my dream was accurate because there's Bruce Dern. This was a bloated category this year.
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Amy Adams, "American Hustle"
Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"
Sandra Bullock, "Gravity"
Judi Dench, "Philomena"
Meryl Streep, "August: Osage County"
I am so happy for Amy Adams.
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
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"
JONAH HILL!!! Yes! I did my Hans Landa happy dance when I saw his name.
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Sally Hawkins, "Blue Jasmine"
Jennifer Lawrence, "American Hustle"
Lupita Nyong'o, "12 Years A Slave"
Julia Roberts, "August: Osage County"
June Squibb, "Nebraska
I was hoping I wouldn't have to see Julia Roberts this season. I would've rather had Sarah Paulson get her spot.