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January 17, 2014

Snubs, surprises and 9 best picture nominees for Oscars

TRAVERSE CITY — Months of speculation from Hollywood insiders and film buffs ended early Thursday when this year’s list of Academy Award nominees went public.

And there’s a pretty good chance you’ve seen some of them in local theaters.

The best picture nominees are where the surprises began this year. “Philomena,” “Nebraska” and “Her,” were surprises on the Academy’s list for best picture, knocking out films like “The Butler” and “Saving Mr. Banks.”

Still there were plenty of nods that came as no surprise, like ones for “American Hustle,” “Gravity” and “12 Years a Slave.”

“I think as each year goes by, the nominees and ones that win the awards are more closely reflecting what are the best films and best work of the year,” said Michael Moore, an Academy Award winner and Academy member. “That wasn’t always true in the past, I don’t think anybody has any grumbles about the list today.”

A best picture nomination for “Captain Phillips” was where the good news ended for Tom Hanks. The actor was passed over for a best actor nomination for his portrayal of the Captain and lost out on a best supporting actor nod for playing Walt Disney in “Saving Mr. Banks.”

“‘Saving Mr. Banks’ was one of the nicest films of the year,” Moore said. “I’m sorry it only got one nomination, it’s a well regarded film by people who love the movies.”

Another disappointment for Moore came from the snub of Robert Redford for his performance in “All is Lost.”

“I was surprised that Robert Redford wasn’t nominated,” he said. “He goes 90 minutes as the the only actor and he has to carry the film, while saying only two or three words. It’s an incredible performance.”

Hanks and Redford shouldn’t feel too bad, though. The field of Oscar hopefuls was rife with strong acting in 2013.

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