Oscars 2014: Was Wednesday the busiest day of TV campaigning ever?
Actress in a leading role: Sandra Bullock
WINNER: Director: Alfonso Cuarón
WINNER: Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki
WINNER: Film editing: Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger
WINNER: Original score: Steven Price
Production design: Production design: Andy Nicholson; set decoration: Rosie Goodwin, Joanne Woollard
WINNER: Sound editing: Glenn Freemantle
WINNER: Sound mixing: Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead, Chris Munro
WINNER: Visual effects: Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk, Neil Corbould (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Actor in a leading role: Chiwetel Ejiofor
Actor in a supporting role: Michael Fassbender
WINNER: Actress in a supporting role: Lupita Nyong’o
Director: Steve McQueen
WINNER: Adapted screenplay: John Ridley
Costume design: Patricia Norris
Film editing: Joe Walker
Production design: Production design: Adam Stockhausen; set decoration: Alice Baker (Francois Duhamel / Fox Searchlight)
Actor in a leading role: Matthew McConaughey
WINNER: Actor in a supporting role: Jared Leto
Original screenplay: Melisa Wallick, Craig Borten
Sound editing: John Mac McMurphy, Martin Pensa
WINNER: Makeup and hairstyling: Adruitha Lee, Robin Mathews (Anne Marie Fox / Focus Features)
Actress in a supporting role: Sally Hawkins
Original screenplay: Woody Allen (Merrick Morton / Sony Pictures Classics)
WINNER: Original screenplay: Spike Jonze
Original song: “The Moon Song” (Music: Karen O; lyrics: Karen O, Spike Jonze)
Original score: William Butler, Owen Pallett
Production design: Production design: K.K. Barrett; set decoration: Gene Serdena (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Actor in a leading role: Christian Bale
Actress in a leading role: Amy Adams
Actor in a supporting role: Bradley Cooper
Actress in a supporting role: Jennifer Lawrence
Director: David O. Russell
Original Screenplay: David O. Russell, Eric Singer
Costume design: Michael Wilkinson
Film editing: Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers, Alan Baumgarten
Production design: Production design: Judy Becker; set decoration: Heather Loeffler (Francois Duhamel / Sony - Columbia Pictures)
Actor in a supporting role: Barkhad Abdi
Adapted screenplay: Billy Ray
Film editing: Christopher Rouse
Sound editing: Oliver Tarney
Sound mixing: Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith and Chris Munro (Jasin Boland / Columbia Pictures)
Actor in a leading role: Bruce Dern
Actress in a supporting role: June Squibb
Director: Alexander Payne
Original screenplay: Bob Nelson
Cinematography: Phedon Papamichael
(Cannes Film Festival)
Actor in a leading role: Leonardo DiCaprio
Actor in a supporting role: Jonah Hill
Director: Martin Scorsese
Adapted screenplay: Terence Winter (Mary Cybulski / Paramount Pictures)
Actress in a leading role: Judi Dench
Adapted screenplay: Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope
Original score: Alexandre Desplat (Alex Bailey / The Weinstein Company)
Actress in a supporting role: Julia Roberts (Claire Folger / The Weinstein Company)
Like politicians on a whistle-stop tour before a big election, this year’s Academy Award nominees have flocked to TV talk shows in recent weeks. But no day may have seen as much of that flocking as Wednesday, when everywhere one looked — morning, afternoon and night — there was an Oscar nominee or three.
Here’s a rundown:
—Leonardo DiCaprio got an early start, appearing on “CBS This Morning” to talk about his portrayal of shady stockbroker Jordan Belfort in Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street,” which earned him a nomination for best actor.
—DiCaprio’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” co-star Jonah Hill followed with an afternoon appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Hill garnered his second nomination for playing Belfort’s partner in crime, Donnie Azoff. (Both “Wolf” nominees are seen as dark horses, though not without an outside chance, against favorites “Dallas Buyers Club” stars Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto.)
—Hill’s stiff competition might explain why he doubled up on TV appearances Wednesday. In a segment that aired on “The Tonight Show,” Hill teamed with new host Jimmy Fallon to reprise his popular “hashtag game” skit, in which the two blatantly overused social-media jargon while making silly hand gestures. Even Scorsese himself — an Oscar nominee for best director — got in on the act, appearing in a brief cameo.
—On the same “Tonight Show” episode, Fallon welcomed “American Hustle” star Bradley Cooper as a guest. Cooper is also nominated for best supporting actor for his performance as the loose-cannon FBI agent Richie DiMaso. Continuing Fallon’s M.O. of getting celebrities to join in his stunts, Cooper joined Fallon, musical guest Tim McGraw and surprise guest Emma Thompson for a game of charades.
—Cooper got some moral support from his “American Hustle” director, David O. Russell, who was spotted in the “Tonight Show” audience. Russell, another Oscar nominee for best director, was pounding the pavement in his native New York; he also appeared as a guest on Wednesday’s episode of “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart.
—Stewart’s Comedy Central compatriot, Stephen Colbert, also hosted a director vying for a statue: Alexander Payne, who is nominated for helming father-son road drama “Nebraska.” And back on the West Coast, one of Payne’s stars, June Squibb, stopped by “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Squibb is nominated for best supporting actress for her role as a sharp-tongued elderly wife and mother.
—Also appearing on Kimmel’s show was McConaughey, who has already claimed a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe for his performance as the real-life Texas electrician, AIDs patient and unlikely activist in “Dallas Buyers Club.”
—Not to be outdone, Lupita Nyong’o, an Oscar nominee for best supporting actress for her role as a tormented young woman in the historical drama “12 Years a Slave,” stopped by “The Late Show With David Letterman.”
Just what effect all this last-minute awards campaigning has on voting is impossible to say. It sure does keep bookers busy and couches filled, though.
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