2014 Oscar Nominations: “American Hustle” and “Gravity” Lead The Pack

oscars“12 Years A Slave” garnered just one nomination less than “Gravity” and “American Hustle” who both lead the Oscar nominations with 10 nominations apiece. “Nebraska,” “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Captain Phillips” garnered six nominations each.

The full list of nominations can be found below. The Oscars air LIVE from Hollywood on Sunday March 2 at 7/6c on ABC with host Ellen DeGeneres!

Best Picture:

“American Hustle”

“Captain Phillips”

“Dallas Buyers Club”





“12 Years a Slave”

“The Wolf of Wall Street”

Best Supporting Actor:

Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”

Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”

Jonah Hill, “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”

Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club”

Best Supporting Actress:

Sally Hawkins, “Blue Jasmine”

Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”

Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”

Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”

June Squibb, “Nebraska”

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 Buyer’s 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”

“Blue Jasmine”

“Dallas Buyers Club”



Best Adapted Screenplay:

“Before Midnight”

“Captain Phillips”


“12 Years a Slave”

“The Wolf Of Wall Street”

Best Animated Feature:

“The Croods”

“Despicable Me 2”

“Ernest & Celestine”


“The Wind Rises”

Best Foreign Feature:

“The Broken Circle Breakdown,” Belgium

“The Great Beauty,” Italy

“The Hunt,” Denmark

“The Missing Picture,” Cambodia

“Omar,” Palestine

Best Visual Effects:


“The Hobbit: The Desolation”

“Iron Man 3”

“The Lone Ranger”

“Star Trek Into Darkness”

Best Cinematography:

“The Grandmaster”


“Inside Llewyn Davis”



Best Costume Design:

“American Hustle”

“The Grandmaster”

“The Great Gatsby”

“The Invisible Woman”

“12 Years a Slave”

Best Documentary Feature:

“The Act of Killing”

“Cutie and the Boxer”

“Dirty Wars”

“The Square”

“20 Feet from Stardom”

Best Documentary Short:


“Facing Fear”

“Karama Has No Walls”

“The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life”

“Prisoner Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall”

Best Film Editing:

“American Hustle”

“Captain Phillips”

“Dallas Buyers Club”


“12 Years a Slave”

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:

“Dallas Buyers Club”

“Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa”

“The Lone Ranger”

Best Music (Original Score):

“The Book Thief”




“Saving Mr. Banks”

Best Music (Original Song):

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

“Happy” from “Despicable Me”

“Let It Go” from “Frozen”

Brett Ratner Steps Down as Oscars Producer

Amid recent controversy surrounding some anti-gay remarks, Brett Ratner has stepped down from producer of the 2012 Academy Awards. At a recent screening of his new movie, Tower Heist, Ratner used an anti-gay slur and later made graphic remarks regarding his sex life on The Howard Stern Show. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Tom Sherak expressed support for Ratner, but labeled his comments as “inappropriate…dumb and insensitive.” Even with the support. Ratner felt it necessary to step down and leave his post. Earlier today, Sherak released a statement acknowledging Ratner’s choice. “He did the right thing for the Academy and for himself. Words have meaning, and they have consequences. Brett is a good person, but his comments were unacceptable. We all hope this will be an opportunity to raise awareness about the harm that is caused by reckless and insensitive remarks, regardless of the intent.”

It’s still unclear as to who will replace Ratner as producer of one of the biggest award shows of the season. The question is … will Eddie Murphy resign, after being hand picked by Ratner as the show’s host?

You can read Ratner’s official statement below.

The Oscars are set to take place on February 26 from the Nokia Theater in LA.

Dear Colleagues,

Over the last few days, I’ve gotten a well-deserved earful from many of the people I admire most in this industry expressing their outrage and disappointment over the hurtful and stupid things I said in a number of recent media appearances. To them, and to everyone I’ve hurt and offended, I’d like to apologize publicly and unreservedly.
As difficult as the last few days have been for me, they cannot compare to the experience of any young man or woman who has been the target of offensive slurs or derogatory comments. And they pale in comparison to what any gay, lesbian, or transgender individual must deal with as they confront the many inequalities that continue to plague our world.
So many artists and craftspeople in our business are members of the LGBT community, and it pains me deeply that I may have hurt them. I should have known this all along, but at least I know it now: words do matter. Having love in your heart doesn’t count for much if what comes out of your mouth is ugly and bigoted. With this in mind, and to all those who understandably feel that apologies are not enough, please know that I will be taking real action over the coming weeks and months in an effort to do everything I can both professionally and personally to help stamp out the kind of thoughtless bigotry I’ve so foolishly perpetuated.

As a first step, I called Tom Sherak this morning and resigned as a producer of the 84th Academy Awards telecast. Being asked to help put on the Oscar show was the proudest moment of my career. But as painful as this may be for me, it would be worse if my association with the show were to be a distraction from the Academy and the high ideals it represents.

I am grateful to GLAAD for engaging me in a dialogue about what we can do together to increase awareness of the important and troubling issues this episode has raised and I look forward to working with them. I am incredibly lucky to have a career in this business that I love with all of my heart and to be able to work alongside so many of my heroes. I deeply regret my actions and I am determined to learn from this experience.

Sincerely, Brett Ratner

Oscar Week: Didja Know? More Fun Oscar Facts!

For today’s Didja Know, we thought we’d visit memorable red carpet fashions from the Academy Awards! Presenting, the Top 5 Best and Top 5 Worst Oscar Gowns throughout the years! It’s definitely hard to pick from so many, feel free to tell us what yours would be in our forums!

Top 5 Best

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Top 5 Worst

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Well, there you have it! Think we will see some “bests” or “worsts” at this years Oscars? Leave us a comment below!

Banksy in L.A.: Maybe No Oscar Appearance, but Still Leaving His Mark!

As we reported earlier, Banksy, the famed Graffiti Artist, was denied by Oscar officials to accept his award, if he should win Best Documentary for Exit Through the Gift Shop, incognito. Questions have been swirling whether Banksy will attend the event masked, or if he will bypass it all together.

However, signs that he is in Los Angeles are popping up everywhere, and his art has been spotted around the city. People out in Southern California, myself included, are getting a rare treat. We know it’s him, as he has posted pictures of his works of art on his own website, laying claim. Have a look at the pictures below, and let us know what you think!

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Oscar Week: The History Of The Oscars

Welcome to YakkityYak’s Oscar Week! We have a whole bunch of fun things planned for the week so be sure to keep your eyes on the Yak! Also, be sure to head into our forum HERE during the week where we will be voting for what nominees we think should win, leading up to First Annual Yakkster Oscars to be handed out on Sunday, February 27th. (No need to register to vote!) PLUS, just to see who’s the best when it comes to actual Oscar predictions, we’ll have a “Predict The Actual Winner” contest, with a prize of course! To enter to win a prize, you must be registered in the forum. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER, then go vote!

We thought we would start out this week with the history of the Oscars and how the annual tradition got it’s start. It began with man named Louis B. Mayer, studio boss of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, who conceived the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1927. Initially, it was a non-profit corporation made to promote the art of movie making. The Academy had 36 members at it’s beginning, with Douglas Fairbanks Sr. acting as president. The very first Academy Awards were actually held out of the public eye; a private banquet at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel was held to hand out the awards on May 16th, 1929. Tickets to the event held in what is known as the “Blossom Room” cost just $5!

There was very little suspense, actually no suspense at all, during this first ceremony, as the winners were already announced three months prior to the event. The following year, however, the Academy decided to keep the results private, only releasing a list of the winners to various news publications to be released at 11:00pm the night of the awards. This practice worked for awhile, until 1940, when the LA Times broke protocol and published the winners in the evening edition, which nominees were able to read as they arrived at the event. Yikes! Thus, the sealed envelope system was born in 1941, which is still in use today.

Only 15 awards were handed out at the first awards ceremony, representing cinematic achievements for 1927 and 1928. Emil Jannings won the first Best Actor Oscar, and received the very first Oscar statuette, literally. Jannings put in a request to have it delivered to him early since he was unable to attend the ceremony; he needed to return to Europe before the event could begin. This first ceremony was the only one that didn’t have an audience, but the enthusiasm surrounding the event was so great that an L.A. radio station began having a special one hour broadcast. It has been broadcast via radio and TV ever since.

The awards themselves continued to be held as a banquet at the Biltmore or Ambassador Hotels until 1942, when increased attendance made it impractical. The Academy needed a change of scenery to accommodate the growing amount of guests, so the 16th Annual Academy Awards were held at Grauman’s Chinese Theater, marking the move to a theater ever since. The first televised Oscars occurred in 1953 allowing millions across the U.S. and Canada to take in this prestigious event. The first color broadcast occurred in 1966, and the first international broadcast in 1969!

There are a ton of little known facts and fascinating Oscar trivia which the Yak will be proudly presenting to you in the coming week, with “Oscar Didja Know?” daily articles, Nominee specific articles, and more! So, keep your browsers tuned into the Yak all week, and don’t forget to come over to the FORUM and vote in the Oscar polls. You just may win a prize!

Also, be sure to leave a comment below! Are you excited for the Oscars? Do you have Oscar parties? Who do you want to win?