Nominations for the 86th Annual Academy Awards

jlawhustleHere is a complete list of the nominations for the 2014 Oscars, which will be handed out on March 2 in Los Angeles.

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

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

Best Actor in a Leading Role: 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 in a Leading Role: Amy Adams, American Hustle
 • Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
 • Sandra Bullock, Gravity
 • Judi Dench, Philomena
 • Meryl Streep, August: Osage County
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New S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Reporting for Duty

paxtonPerhaps looking to up the action ante on the plodding spy series, the producers of AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. are importing a veteran field agent in the form of John Garrett, to be played by genre veteran Bill Paxton. Garrett will be working with agents Ward (Brett Dalton) and May (Ming-Na Wen), and that will certainly change the dynamic.

S.H.I.E.L.D. executive producer Jed Whedon described Paxton’s character:

“We wanted to bring in a rough-and-tumble former cohort of Agent Coulson with a little bit of attitude and cigar-smoking swagger.”

Cigar-smoking? Too bad the Marvel movie universe left Dum Dum Dugan back in World War II in Captain America: The First Avenger. Paxton, a veteran of the action classic Aliens, has impeccable comic timing (see also: True Lies), so maybe he can alleviate the audience-alienating problem of AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. taking itself too damn seriously!

Look for Cpl. Hudson Agent Garrett to report for duty in late March or so.