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The Oscars 2014

Live Stream, Nominees, Predictions, Tickets

Dolby Theatre, Hollywood, Los Angeles CA, 2 March


The Oscars

Well this is the big one. The undisputed heavyweight champion of all of the Hollywood movie awards ceremonies, and without doubt the one they all want to win. Many newer awards have been introduced over the years, but the Oscar, presented each year since 1929, remains the most prestigious and the most coveted.

The Oscar, of which this year will be the 86th incarnation (and they always seem to be a little more dramatic when hitting a round number! are actually officially called the Academy Awards, named for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that presents them, but they are far more commonly known for the name of the statuette they actually present as the award, although the exact reasoning behind the naming of the statue is actually still contested!)

This year the main evens is being held at the Dolby Theatre, which may confuse some thinking this represents a switch to a new venue, but this is in fact just the Kodak Theatre that has been hosting the ceremony for several years (since its opening in 2001 to be precise) rebranded with a new name.

It may seem somewhat optimistic to include the Oscars on our bucket list of things to do and places we would love to go as tickets for the actual event are notoriously difficult to get your hands on (short of actually getting yourself nominated of course, which is probably just a little beyond our limited capabilities...) but there are a few ways for mere mortals to get a taste of the action. Interested? Read on...

One method is to apply to be a seat filler - you need to keep an eye on the official site (see link further down the page) for when the application process starts (usually pre-September the year before) and put in an application. It is of course a very competitive process, but someone has to get in there so its worth a try. A second option is to register for bleacher seats to watch the red carpet - again you'll need to keep an eye on the official site for details and submit an application. The seats are awarded through a random lottery and there will be a lot more applicants than seats, but you never know your luck!

Nominations and Predictions


2014 nominations below - as usual, our predictions for each category are in italics. Usual caveats apply: namely we haven't tried to predict categories we know nothing about!

Best Motion Picture
"12 Years a Slave"
"The Wolf of Wall Street"
"Captain Phillips"
"American Hustle"
"Dallas Buyers Club"

Best director
Steve McQueen - "12 Years a Slave"
David O. Russell - "American Hustle"
Alfonso Cuaron - "Gravity"
Alexander Payne - "Nebraska"
Martin Scorsese - "The Wolf of Wall Street"

Best actor
Bruce Dern - "Nebraska"
Chiwetel Ejiofor - "12 Years a Slave"
Matthew McConaughey - "Dallas Buyers Club"
Leonardo DiCaprio - "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Christian Bale - "American Hustle"

Best actress
Amy Adams - "American Hustle"
Cate Blanchett - "Blue Jasmine"
Judi Dench - "Philomena"
Sandra Bullock - "Gravity"
Meryl Streep - "August: Osage County"

Best supporting actor
Barkhad Abdi - "Captain Phillips"
Bradley Cooper - "American Hustle"
Jonah Hill - "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Jared Leto - "Dallas Buyers Club"
Michael Fassbender - "12 Years a Slave"

Best supporting actress
Jennifer Lawrence - "American Hustle"
Lupita Nyong'o - "12 Years a Slave"
June Squibb - "Nebraska"
Julia Roberts - "August: Osage County"
Sally Hawkins - "Blue Jasmine"

Best original screenplay
"American Hustle" - David O. Russell and Eric Warren Singer
"Blue Jasmine" - Woody Allen
"Her" - Spike Jonze
"Nebraska" - Bob Nelson
"Dallas Buyers Club" - Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack

Best adapted screenplay
"12 Years a Slave" - John Ridley
"Before Midnight" - Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater
"The Wolf of Wall Street" - Terence Winter
"Captain Phillips" - Billy Ray
"Philomena" - Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope

Best animated feature
"The Wind Rises"
"Despicable Me 2"
"Ernest & Celestine"
"The Croods"

Best foreign feature
"The Hunt" (Denmark)
"The Broken Circle Breakdown" (Belgium)
"The Great Beauty" (Italy)
"Omar" (Palestinian territories)
"The Missing Picture" (Cambodia)

Best music (original song)
"Frozen": "Let it Go" - Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez
"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom": "Ordinary Love" - U2, Paul Hewson
"Her": "The Moon Song" - Karen O, Spike Jonze
"Despicable Me 2": "Happy" - Pharrell Williams
"Alone Yet Not Alone": "Alone Yet Not Alone" - Bruce Broughton, Dennis Spiegel

Best music (original score)
"Gravity" - Steven Price
"Philomena" - Alexandre Desplat
"The Book Thief" - John Williams
"Saving Mr. Banks" - Thomas Newman
"Her" - William Butler and Owen Pallett

Best cinematography
"Gravity" - Emmanuel Lubezki
"Inside Llewyn Davis" - Bruno Delbonnel
"Nebraska" - Phedon Papamichael
"Prisoners" - Roger Deakins
"The Grandmaster" - Phillippe Le Sourd

Best costume design
"The Great Gatsby" - Catherine Martin
"12 Years a Slave" - Patricia Norris
"The Grandmaster" - William Chang Suk Ping
"American Hustle" - Michael Wilkinson
"The Invisible Woman" - Michael O'Connor

Best documentary feature
"The Act of Killing"
"20 Feet From Stardom"
"The Square"
"Cutie and the Boxer"
"Dirty Wars"

Best film editing
"Gravity" - Alfonso Cuaron, Mark Sanger
"12 Years a Slave"- Joe Walker
"Captain Phillips" - Christopher Rouse
"American Hustle" - Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten
"Dallas Buyers Club" - John Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa

Best makeup and hairstyling
"The Lone Ranger" - Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny
"Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" - Stephen Prouty
"Dallas Buyers Club" - Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews

Best production design
"12 Years a Slave" - Adam Stockhausen and Alice Baker
"The Great Gatsby" - Catherine Martin and Beverley Dunn
"American Hustle" - Judy Becker and Heather Loeffler
"Gravity" - Andy Nicholson, Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard
"Her" - K.K. Barrett and Gene Serdena

Best visual effects
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"
"Star Trek Into Darkness"
"Iron Man 3"
"The Lone Ranger"

Best sound mixing
"Captain Phillips"
"Lone Survivor"
"Inside Llewyn Davis"
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"

Best sound editing
"All Is Lost"
"Captain Phillips"
"Lone Survivor"
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"

Best short film, live action
"Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn't Me)"
"Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)"
"Pitaako Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)"
"The Voorman Problem"

Best short film, animated
"Get a Horse!"
"Mr. Hublot"
"Room on the Broom"

Best documentary short
"Facing Fear"
"Karama Has No Walls"
"The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life"
"Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall"

Streaming & Video


The Oscars appears to still be one of the few remaining major awards to not provide a live online streaming option, so for US viewers it looks like you'll still need to get to a TV to watch - ABC are the channel showing it again this year.

There are some options for international viewers though. In Canada, live streaming coverage is being provided by CTV - watch online here:

Oscars Live Stream Canada

In the UK there will be live coverage of the ceremony provided by a dedicated Sky Movies Oscars channel - you will need a subscription but there is an online option:

Sky Movies Oscars

In Australia, Channel 9 have the live broadcast rights, and their show starts 12:30pm AEDT, Monday 25th Feb, with a replay at 9.30pm:

Channel 9 Oscars

There will as usual be a live stream of the red carpet provided so you can watch the stars as they arrive for the ceremony:

Oscars Red Carpet Live

There is also extensive coverage of Academy Awards ceremonies past and present via their official Youtube channel:

Academy Awards on Youtube

Hotels & Accommodation


If you're in Hollywood or wider LA for the awards then there is a huge selection of places to stay. You can search for hotels, check availability and make reservations for local hotels here.



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