Now that we’ve all recovered from our Golden Globes hangover (because that drinking game that hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler came up with is no joke), the next major awards event in Hollywood celebrating cinematic achievements of the past year is the Academy Awards, the Oscars!

Nominations for the 86th Academy Awards were announced the morning of Thursday, January 16. This year, the Oscars will be held on Sunday, March 2, telecast on ABC, and hosted by the delightful Ellen DeGeneres.

One of the cool things about being a member of the film and television industry’s professional organizations as well as an academic department in the field is that I get a lot of special access and invites to see a lot of the films nominated, especially where voting for the winner is concerned. I get the print edition of Variety delivered to my house every week with special sections, advertising, and incentives like screenings included.

2014 Oscar Predictions

The films with the highest number of nominations are American Hustle (10), Gravity (10), and 12 Years a Slave (9). They are the strongest contenders when it comes to the overall categories i.e. Best Picture, Best Director, Best Production Design, and Best Film Editing. I would include the screenplay categories but unfortunately Gravity did not get a nomination there. Having seen all three films, I must say that Gravity is my favourite as the cinematic experience that comes with it really is a wonder in terms of filmmaking. See it in 3D IMAX format; it was re-released in theatres this weekend so you have no excuse! Content-wise, I think that 12 Years a Slave is particularly strong. I am expecting it to take honors because of the cohesive cast performance. American Hustle is my least favorite of the three but I am certain that Jennifer Lawrence is going to take home another Oscar… And I can’t say I will be mad, I had a good laugh during her scenes!

I was particularly surprised at some of the things that I didn’t see in the list of nominations. Despite the hard campaigning from Disney, Saving Mr. Banks only got one nomination, for original score. Tom Hanks seems to get no love from the Academy; he didn’t get a nomination for Saving Mr. Banks nor did he get one for Captain Phillips. Inside Llewyn Davis was also a huge contender during awards season but it only got two nominations: one in cinematography and one in sound mixing. The best film at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013, Blue is the Warmest Color, was also expected to get a foreign film nomination but, alas, no. Zero nominations for Lee Daniels’ The Butler as well. Robert Redford is incredibly pressed about All Is Lost only getting one nomination; he went so far as to going on record and blaming the film’s distributors for the snub! Perhaps the most pleasant surprise out of the entire list was to see that Netflix received a nomination under the documentary categories for their release of The Square.

What are your thoughts on the nominations for the 86th Academy Awards? See the full list below!

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BEST PICTURE

“12 Years a Slave”

“American Hustle”

“Captain Phillips”

“Dallas Buyers Club”

“Gravity”

“Her”

“Nebraska”

“Philomena”

“The Wolf of Wall Street”

BEST DIRECTOR

David O. Russell, “American Hustle”

Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”

Alexander Payne, “Nebraska”

Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”

Martin Scorsese, “The Wolf of Wall Street”

BEST ACTOR

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”

BEST ACTRESS

Amy Adams, “American Hustle”

Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”

Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”

Judi Dench, “Philomena”

Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

“American Hustle” – Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell

“Blue Jasmine” – Written by Woody Allen

“Her” – Written by Spike Jonze

“Nebraska” – Written by Bob Nelson

“Dallas Buyers Club” – Written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

“Before Midnight” – Written by Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke

“Captain Phillips” – Screenplay by Billy Ray

“Philomena” – Screenplay by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope

“12 Years a Slave” – Screenplay by John Ridley

“The Wolf of Wall Street” – Screenplay by Terence Winter

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”

Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”

June Squibb, “Nebraska”

Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”

Sally Hawkins, “Blue Jasmine”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

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”

BEST ANIMATED FILM

“The Croods”

“Despicable Me 2”

“Ernest & Celestine”

“Frozen”

“The Wind Rises”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

“The Grandmaster”

“Gravity”

“Inside Llewyn Davis”

“Nebraska”

“Prisoners”

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Michael Wilkinson, “American Hustle”

William Chang Suk Ping, “The Grandmaster”

Catherine Martin, “The Great Gatsby”

Michael O’Connor, “The Invisible Woman”

Patricia Norris, “12 Years a Slave”

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

“The Act of Killing”Joshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen

“Cutie and the Boxer” Zachary Heinzerling and Lydia Dean Pilcher

“Dirty Wars” Richard Rowley and Jeremy Scahill

“The Square” Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer

“20 Feet from Stardom” Nominees TBD

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

“CaveDigger” Jeffrey Karoff

“Facing Fear” Jason Cohen

“Karama Has No Walls” Sara Ishaq

“The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life” Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed

“Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall” Edgar Barens

BEST FILM EDITING

“American Hustle” Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten

“Captain Phillips” Christopher Rouse

“Dallas Buyers Club” John Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa

“Gravity” Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger

“12 Years a Slave” Joe Walker

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

“The Broken Circle Breakdown” Belgium

“The Great Beauty” Italy

“The Hunt” Denmark

“The Missing Picture” Cambodia

“Omar” Palestine

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

“Dallas Buyers Club” Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews

“Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” Stephen Prouty

“The Lone Ranger” Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

John Williams, “The Book Thief”

Steven Price, “Gravity”

William Butler and Owen Pallett, “Her”

Alexandre Desplat, “Philomena”

Thomas Newman, “Saving Mr. Banks”

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“Alone Yet Not Alone” from “Alone Yet Not Alone”

Music by Bruce Broughton; Lyric by Dennis Spiegel

“Happy” from “Despicable Me 2”

Music and Lyric by Pharrell Williams

“Let It Go” from “Frozen”

Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

“The Moon Song” from “Her”

Music by Karen O; Lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze

“Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”

Music by Paul Hewson [Bono], Dave Evans, Adam Clayton [The Edge] and Larry Mullen [U2]; Lyric by Paul Hewson [Bono]

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

“American Hustle”

Production Design: Judy Becker; Set Decoration: Heather Loeffler

“Gravity”

Production Design: Andy Nicholson; Set Decoration: Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard

“The Great Gatsby”

Production Design: Catherine Martin; Set Decoration: Beverley Dunn

“Her”

Production Design: K.K. Barrett; Set Decoration: Gene Serdena

“12 Years a Slave”

Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Alice Baker

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM

“Feral” Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden

“Get a Horse!” Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim

“Mr. Hublot” Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares

“Possessions” Shuhei Morita

“Room on the Broom” Max Lang and Jan Lachauer

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

“Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)” Esteban Crespo

“Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just before Losing Everything)” Xavier Legrand and Alexandre Gavras

“Helium” Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson

“Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)” Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka Saari

“The Voorman Problem” Mark Gill and Baldwin Li

BEST SOUND EDITING

“All Is Lost” Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns

“Captain Phillips” Oliver Tarney

“Gravity” Glenn Freemantle

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” Brent Burge

“Lone Survivor” Wylie Stateman

BEST SOUND MIXING

“Captain Phillips” Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith and Chris Munro

“Gravity” Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick and Tony Johnson

“Inside Llewyn Davis” Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland

“Lone Survivor” Andy Koyama, Beau Borders and David Brownlow

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

“Gravity” Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and Eric Reynolds

“Iron Man 3” Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash and Dan Sudick

“The Lone Ranger” Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams and John Frazier

“Star Trek Into Darkness” Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann and Burt Dalton