Oscar 2014 Nominations: 9 Big Surprises (And 1 We Should Have Seen Coming)

Inside Llewyn Davis being left out in the cold we didn’t see coming…

Alex Leadbeater

Film Editor

Universal Pictures
Universal Pictures

As much as we love to moan how the Oscars are just ‘one night’ and criticise the clique nature of the whole thing, reminding ourselves whether a film wins or not doesn’t define its quality, it’s hard not to get excited as awards season steams to its climax. Although the ceremony itself is over a month away, now the nominations are revealed rampant speculation can officially begin (or rather continue at fever pitch).

All in all the nominations are as expected. There’s the favourites getting into double figures, Best Director and Best Actor categories that almost completely match and a Best Visual Effects nomination for The Hobbit, even though nothing but Smaug looked real.

Although on the face of it a bit predictable, taking a lengthy look over the nominations reveals some surprising things. Not everything is as easily guessable as first thought, be it unexpected nominations or big hitters make a small splash. Here are nine things from the Oscar nominations that have taken us all by surprise. But first, something painfully obvious masquerading as a shock.


The One We Should Have Seen Coming – Lesbian Sex Ruins Blue Is The Warmest Color’s Chances

Vertigo Films
Vertigo Films

The spellbinding drama Blue Is The Warmest Color won the Palme D’Or at Cannes last year and left critics dumbfounded when it reached cinemas. The reaction’s it’s coaxed makes it sound like a perfect outside chance for the Oscars.

But no one will be surprised to see the film not get a single mention on the nominee list. What proved to big the biggest commercial draw for the film will most certainly have put the Academy off; the Oscars just aren’t ready for lesbian sex. And we could guess that already.