Oscar nominations raise anticipation

January 23rd, 2014

The turn of the New Year can only mean one thing: red carpet season. The People’s Choice Awards were just a few weeks ago, followed by the Golden Globes and The Screen Actor’s Guild Awards.

Movie critics and fanatics are now marking their calendars for the Academy Awards, which air on ABC on March 2. The official Oscar website revealed that Ellen DeGeneres will be hosting this year, and fans expect her to bring her signature humor to the show.

On Thursday, Jan. 16, the nominees for the Oscars were announced. The nominees for Best Picture this year are “American Hustle,” “12 Years A Slave,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Gravity” and “Her,” to name a few.

Every Best Picture nominee has actors up for nomination in the categories of Best Actor or Actress in a Leading Role as well as Best Actor or Actress in a Supporting Role. Sandra Bullock has been nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role in “Gravity.” Amy Adams and Christian Bale are the Leading Role nominees for “American Hustle,” with Bradley Cooper up for the Best Supporting Actor nomination.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have both been nominated for “The Wolf of Wall Street,” with DiCaprio for Best Actor and Hill for Best Supporting. Chiwetel Eijofor has been nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role for “12 Years A Slave”.

Jennifer Lawrence has been nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for “American Hustle.”

Last but not least, in homage to B.J. Novak who came to John Carroll for a stand-up comedy show in September, the film “Saving Mr. Banks,” featuring Novak, is a nominee for Best Original Score.

The John Carroll University community expressed their views regarding the recently announced set of nominees. Sophomore Rachel Rheingrover said she was pleased that DiCaprio is a possible contender for a 2014 Oscar.

“I think that DiCaprio deserves this award 100 percent … He had to change and play so many different roles, and he was really convincing.”

Sophomore Corinne Hendrock, on the Best Picture nominees, said, “I believe ‘Gravity’ should win. It was really captivating, and Sandra Bullock did a great job portraying her character. I was interested the entire time and would definitely watch it again.”

Sophomore Morgan Paskert said, “‘American Hustle’ was a great film, however I don’t think the storyline was enough … for Best Picture.” Paskert believes that some of the actors in the film deserve their nominations and may even be the reason “American Hustle” may win Best Picture, despite her prediction. “I can definitely see the film winning for its outstanding acting, especially by Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence,” said Paskert.

Visit to view the complete list of the nominees and the reactions of movie fans and critics.