March 2014


What will prove to be stronger?  The power of hatred or the will to live?

What will prove to be stronger? The power of hatred or the will to live?

The 86th annual Academy Awards, for the film year 2013.  The nominations were announced on 16 January 2014 and the awards were held on 2 March 2014.

Best Picture:  12 Years a Slave

  • Gravity
  • The Wolf of Wall Street
  • American Hustle
  • Nebraska
  • Philomena
  • Her
  • Captain Phillips
  • Dallas Buyers Club

Most Surprising Omission:  Inside Llewyn Davis

Best Eligible Film Not Nominated:  Inside Llewyn Davis

Rank (out of 86) Among Best Picture Years:  #8

note:  If they had nominated Inside Llewyn Davis instead of Dallas Buyers Club, this year would have been #3. (more…)

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I always knew Alfonso had this film in him.  I never knew Sandra had this performance in her.

I always knew Alfonso had this film in him. I never knew Sandra had this performance in her.

My Top 20:

  1. Gravity
  2. The Wolf of Wall Street
  3. Inside Llewyn Davis
  4. American Hustle
  5. Nebraska
  6. Philomena
  7. 12 Years a Slave
  8. Blue is the Warmest Color
  9. Her
  10. Blue Jasmine
  11. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  12. Frozen
  13. Wadjda
  14. Prisoners
  15. The Hunt
  16. August: Osage County
  17. The World’s End
  18. In a World . . .
  19. Captain Phillips
  20. I’m So Excited

note:  There are only three films from this year that I haven’t seen that I have any expectation might eventually make it into my Top 20: The Wind Rises, The Past and The Great Beauty.

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Joad got out and stood beside the cab window.  The vertical exhaust pipe puttered up its barely visible blue smoke.  Joad leaned toward the driver.  'Homicide,' he said quickly."

“Joad got out and stood beside the cab window. The vertical exhaust pipe puttered up its barely visible blue smoke. Joad leaned toward the driver. ‘Homicide,’ he said quickly.”

You can read more about this year in film here.  The Best Picture race is discussed here, with reviews of all the nominees.  First there are the categories, followed by all the films with their nominations, then the Globes, where I split the major awards by Drama and Comedy, followed by a few lists at the very end.  If there’s a film you expected to see and didn’t, check the very bottom – it might be eligible in a different year.  Films in red won the Oscar in that category.  Films in blue were nominated.  The Academy added two categories this year.

Nighthawk Awards:

  • Best Picture
  1. The Grapes of Wrath
  2. Rebecca
  3. The Philadelphia Story
  4. The Great Dictator
  5. His Girl Friday

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