The nominations: Chris Hemsworth announced the names of the Oscar nominees on Thursday morningFinally, the much awaited 2014 Oscar nominees list is out. And this year there are quite a few surprises as some prominent movies were noticeably omitted by the academy. ‘The Butler’ which starred Oprah Wilfrey’s, ‘Mandela’ which starred Idris Elba and ‘Saving Mr Banks’starring Tom Hanks are some of the movies that were snubbed by the academy this year.
The good thing however is that African stars were recognized. British born actor of Nigerian descent Chiwetel Ejiofor got a Best Actor nod for his role in the acclaimed movie ’12 Years a Slave’, Yale graduate and Kenyan rising star Lupita Nyong’o got a Best Supporting actress nod for same movie while Somalia’s Barkhad Abdi got Best Supporting actor nod for Captain Phillips.
Overall, American Hustle and Gravity lead this year’s Oscars with 10 nominations each, followed by 12 Years a Slave with 9. Captain Phillips – 6. Dallas Buyers Club – 6. Nebraska – 6. Her – 5 and The Wolf of Wall Street – 5. See full list below:
Looking good: The 30-year-old Thor star and Academy President Cheryl Boone do the honors