Philomena receives four Oscar nods

Published Thursday, 16 January 2014
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Critically acclaimed film Philomena, which was partly filmed in Northern Ireland, has been nominated in four categories at this year's Academy Awards.

The movie, which tells the story of an Irish woman's search for the son she was forced to give up for adoption in 1950s, has been shorlisted for the best picture prize, while Dame Judi Dench has been nominated for best actress.

Dench said: "This is just the loveliest news. I'm so happy for everybody involved, and so proud to have been part of the wonderful experience that Philomena has been."

Her co-star Steve Coogan is also recognised for the best adapted screenplay award and the film has been nominated in the best music category.

Leading the 2014 Oscar nominations is space drama Gravity and American Hustle who have each received ten nods.

American Hustle gathered acting nominations for each of its stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.

It will also compete for best picture, alongside Gravity, whose star Sandra Bullock is up for best actress and Alfonso Cuaron for best director.

Meanwhile Irish rockers U2 have been nominated for the best original song category.

Ordinary Love featured in the film Nelson Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom and it's video was directed by Belfast artist Oliver Jeffers.

The song was written in honour of the late Nelson Mandela, who died in December.

The nomination comes just days after the band won their second Golden Globe Award for best song at a ceremony in California on Sunday.

Critically acclaimed film 12 Years A Slave has lived up to expectations and received nine nominations, including best picture and best director.

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender were nominated for best actor and best supporting actor respectively.

Ejiofor said: "At no point during filming, in the sweltering heat of New Orleans, did any of us ever foresee the journey this film would take us all on.

"Steve McQueen created an entire family to tell one man's tale and I am delighted that so many of this family have also been recognised today. I am hugely grateful to the Academy for this great honour, and, of course, to Solomon Northup for sharing his story through his breathtaking book."

Martin Scorsese's The Wolf Of Wall Street picked up nominations for best picture and best director with two of its stars, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill, recognised in the best actor and best supporting actor categories.

Another of the cast, Matthew McConaughey, is recognised for his work in Aids drama Dallas Buyers Club with a nomination for best actor while his co-star Jared Leto is nominated for best supporting actor.

The 2014 Academy Award winners will be announced at a ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday 2 March, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.


List of nominations:

Best picture

  • 12 Years a Slave
  • American Hustle
  • Captain Phillips
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Gravity
  • Her
  • Nebraska
  • Philomena
  • The Wolf of Wall Street

Best director

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

Best actor

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

Best actress

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

Best supporting actor

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

Best supporting actress

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

Best adapted screenplay

  • 12 Years a Slave
  • Before Midnight
  • Captain Phillips
  • Philomena
  • The Wolf of Wall Street

Best original screenplay

  • American Hustle
  • Blue Jasmine
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Her
  • Nebraska

Best song

  • Alone Yet Not Alone - Alone Yet Not Alone
  • Happy - Despicable Me 2
  • Let It Go - Frozen
  • The Moon Song - Her
  • Ordinary Love - Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Best animated feature

  • The Croods
  • Despicable Me 2
  • Ernest and Celestine
  • Frozen
  • The Wind Rises

Best foreign language film

  • The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium)
  • The Great Beauty (Italy)
  • The Hunt (Denmark)
  • The Missing Picture (Cambodia)
  • Omar (Palestine)
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