2013 Satellite Award Nominations Topped by '12 Years a Slave' with 10 Noms

2013 Satellite Award Nominations12 Years a Slave continues to be the leader in the clubhouse when it comes to nominations. After leading the Spirit Award nominations it now leads the International Press Academy's (IPA) 2013 Satellite Award nominations with a total of ten noms, followed by American Hustle and Gravity, each with eight nominations.

The top five nominees were rounded out by Rush with seven nominations and Inside Llewyn Davis and Saving Mr. Banks with six nominations each.

The Satellites, however, are an interesting bunch. As you can see there are several nominations in each category, leaving pretty much no stone unturned. I guess you could say no nomination for Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station) is a surprise and, in my personal opinion, with such a large field of nominees I'd like to see Joaquin Phoenix (Her) get a nomination, but that certainly isn't going to be a film for everyone even though Arcade Fire was awarded a nomination for the film's score.

The IPA also hands out television and video game nominees, but I haven't listed those below. If those noms interest you, you can click here.

UPDATE: Kris Tapley at HitFix is reporting that while you'll notice The Wolf of Wall Street among the nominees below, the IPA did not actually see the film. So, that said, this will be the last time I cover the Satellite Awards.

The 18th Annual Satellite Awards will be held on March 9, 2014.

Motion Picture

  • 12 Years a Slave
  • All Is Lost
  • American Hustle
  • Blue Jasmine
  • Captain Phillips
  • Gravity
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Philomena
  • Saving Mr. Banks
  • The Wolf of Wall Street


  • Woody Allen (Blue Jasmine)
  • Ethan Coen, Joel Coen (Inside Llewyn Davis)
  • Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
  • Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips)
  • Ron Howard (Rush)
  • Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
  • David O. Russell (American Hustle)
  • Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street)

Actress in a Motion Picture

  • Amy Adams (American Hustle)
  • Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
  • Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
  • Judi Dench (Philomena)
  • Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue Is the Warmest Color)
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Enough Said)
  • Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)
  • Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks)

Actor in a Motion Picture

  • Christian Bale (American Hustle)
  • Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
  • Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips)
  • Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
  • Robert Redford (All Is Lost)
  • Forest Whitaker (Lee Daniels’ The Butler)

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)
  • Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
  • Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
  • Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)
  • Léa Seydoux (Blue Is the Warmest Color)
  • June Squibb (Nebraska)
  • Emily Watson (The Book Thief)
  • Oprah Winfrey (Lee Daniels’ The Butler)

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
  • Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
  • Harrison Ford (42)
  • Ryan Gosling (The Place Beyond the Pines)
  • Jake Gyllenhaal (Prisoners)
  • Tom Hanks (Saving Mr. Banks)
  • Casey Affleck (Out of the Furnace)
  • Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

Motion Picture, International Film

  • Bethlehem, Israel
  • Blue is the Warmest Color, France
  • The Broken Circle Breakdown, Belgium
  • Circles, Serbia
  • Four Corners, South Africa
  • The Great Beauty, Italy
  • The Hunt, Denmark
  • Metro Manila, United Kingdom
  • The Past, Iran
  • Wadjda, Saudia Arabia

Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media

  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
  • The Croods
  • Epic
  • Ernest & Celestine
  • Frozen
  • Monsters University
  • Turbo
  • The Wind Rises

Motion Picture, Documentary

  • 20 Feet from Stardom
  • The Act of Killing
  • After Tiller
  • American Promise
  • Blackfish
  • Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie
  • Sound City
  • The Square
  • Stories We Tell
  • Tim’s Vermeer

Screenplay, Original

  • David O. Russell, Eric Singer (American Hustle)
  • Woody Allen (Blue Jasmine)
  • Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said)
  • Spike Jonze (Her)
  • Ethan Coen, Joel Coen (Inside Llewyn Davis)
  • Kelly Mareel, Sue Smith (Saving Mr. Banks)

Screenplay, Adapted

  • John Ridley (12 Years a Slave)
  • Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Richard Linklater (Before Midnight)
  • Billy Ray (Captain Phillips)
  • Peter Berg (Lone Survivor)
  • Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope (Philomena)
  • Terence Winter (The Wolf of Wall Street)

Original Score

  • Hans Zimmer (12 Years a Slave)
  • John Williams (The Book Thief)
  • Steven Price (Gravity)
  • Arcade Fire (Her)
  • Alexandre Desplat (Philomena)
  • Theodore Shapiro (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty)

Original Song

  • "Happy" (Despicable Me 2)
  • "Let It Go" (Frozen)
  • "Young and Beautiful" (The Great Gatsby)
  • "I See Fire" (The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug)
  • "Please Mr. Kennedy" (Inside Llewyn Davis)
  • "So You Know What It’s Like" (Short Term 12)


  • Sean Bobbitt (12 Years A Slave)
  • Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity)
  • Bruno Delbonnel (Inside Llewyn Davis)
  • Roger Deakins (Prisoners)
  • Anthony Dod Mantle (Rush)
  • Stuart Dryburgh (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty)

Visual Effects

  • Robert Munroe, Colin Davies, Brendon O’Dell (All Is Lost)
  • Markus Manninen, Matt Baer (The Croods)
  • Tim Webber, Charles Howell, Chris Lawrence (Gravity)
  • Scott Stokdyk, Troy Saliba, James Schwalm (Oz the Great and Powerful)
  • Jody Johnson, Mark Hodgkins, Antoine Moulineau (Rush)
  • Scott Farrar, Andrew R. Jones, Jessica Norman, and Matt Johnson (World War Z)

Film Editing

  • Joe Walker (12 Years a Slave)
  • Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers (American Hustle)
  • Alfonso Cuaron, Mark Sanger (Gravity)
  • Joel Cox, Gary D. Roach (Prisoners)
  • Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill (Rush)
  • Thelma Schoonmaker (The Wolf of Wall Street)

Sound (Editing and Mixing)

  • Steve Boeddeker, Richard Hymns, Brandon Proctor (All Is Lost)
  • Oliver Tarney, Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor (Captain Phillips)
  • Craig Berkey, Dave Whitehead, David Husby, and Christopher Scarabosio (Elysium)
  • CGlenn Freemantle, Niv Adiri, Skip Lievsey (Gravity)
  • Skip Lievsay, Paul Urmson, Igor Nikolic (Inside Llewyn Davis)
  • Danny Hambrook, Frank Kruse, Markus Stemler (Rush)

Art Direction & Production Design

  • Catherine Martin, Beverly Dunn (The Great Gatsby)
  • Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana Macdonald (The Invisible Woman)
  • Tim Galvin, Diane Lederman (Lee Daniels’ The Butler)
  • Robert Stromberg, Nancy Haigh (Oz the Great and Powerful)
  • Mark Digby, Patrick Rolfe (Rush)
  • Michael Corenblith, Lauren E. Polizzi (Saving Mr. Banks)

Costume Design

  • Patricia Norris (12 Years a Slave)
  • Catherine Martin (The Great Gatsby)
  • Michael O’Connor (The Invisible Woman)
  • Gary Jones (Oz the Great and Powerful)
  • Julian Day (Rush)
  • Daniel Orlandi (Saving Mr. Banks)

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

    The Hunt should win Foreign Film category!

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms


  • carrie

    RUSH is well-liked (and it deserved) but just one question: did they really see Wolf of Wall Street (i thought that the first screen was this week-end)

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fox/ Fox

      I thought it was funny too so I looked it up. Turns out no, it hasn't been screened for the IPA. BUT, fear not, they decided to nominate it anyway! What a joke. . .

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/EPayneDDS/ EPayneDDS

    Actor in a Supporting Role

    "Ryan Gosling (The Place Beyond the Pines)"


  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

    Sorry to see Dirty Wars left out of the documentary category.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

      and The Crash Reel.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

      Unfortunately Dirty Wars will probably be completely over looked by every awards organization. I'm guessing it's because the documentary is too political?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Cordia/ Cordia

    I find it very strange that they nominate DiCaprio in such a strong field and not Hill in a field with Harison Ford in 42.

    • BradyD

      I agree. I didn't think Ford's performance was anything spectacular. He really hammed it up in 42.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Cordia/ Cordia

        Now we know it's because they haven't seen Wolf of wall street

      • http://jakesaysstuff.blogspot.com jake_w

        Thought '42' overall was okay, but I hated Harrison Ford's performance in it. A few genuine moments and some one-liners aside it just felt clunky and uneven.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/juanperezcarlos/ Carlos

    No love for Oscar Isaac for ILD even with all those nominees. Also Side Effects and Short Term 12 were ignored. Such a shame.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

    Not heard of the American Promise doc, it does sound good so i'll try and seek it out and of the ones i've seen, i'd vote for Stories We Tell.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

    With this many slots they can nominate pretty much all the major contenders, still have room for others, and ultimately not really shake up the race at all. No nomination for Michael B. Jordan is certainly surprising; on the other hand I love the nominations for Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux. The below-the-line categories are probably the most interesting as they haven't really been looked at yet, at least in terms of Brad's predictions (for the most part). For instance I think I knew John Williams scored The Book Thief but I'd forgotten. So that's guaranteed an Oscar nomination.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Newbourne/ Newbourne

      Both Sophie Nelisse and Michael B. Jordan are getting special Breakthrough Performance awards. No point in putting them in the race when they're getting free awards.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

        I don't see why that would be a reason to exclude him. That's the same theory as saying animation, documentaries, and foreign films shouldn't be eligible for Best Picture because they have "their own categories." They're still movies, and his performance is still a performance, therefore he should be considered. Granted I don't know whether they left him out because of getting the breakthrough award or if they just didn't find him worthy of a nomination.

  • Eli Sickel

    Why the heck did All is Lost get a Visual Effects nomination over anything else this year? Those visuals were pretty clunky and seriously dragged the film down for me, also not keen on Robert Redford's nom but we all need a little love now and then. Otherwise there's a lot of really solid noms here, cinematography is my favorite category and I've seen maybe 3 best pic noms. Glad for Rush, Prisoners, Gravity, etc...

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Elijah/ Elijah

      This is Eli under a different profile, I'll lay off but why all the down votes? Don't understand unless you guys think awful green screen is the pinnacle if great visual film making, awesome sportsmanship.

    • Malia

      @Eli ...the reason being is because unfortunately the Mechanical Special Effects aspect of it all doesn't get their own category, so my opinion is that the nomination would have been for the
      "Special Effects" , instead of the visual effects. Just in case you were not aware of this, they are two VERY different things.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/MovieFan/ Israel Valencia

    Nice to see Casey Affleck get a nomination

  • Kyle Milner

    ... how did Gravity not get a nomination in the Anitmated/MIXED-MEDIA!!!! category???

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fox/ Fox

    Man, with such a big crowd I would have hoped that JC Chandor got in for director. That film worked solely because of his vision. Disappointing.

  • lotl

    It's a shame that 'Lean' by the National from Catching Fire is most likely ineligible for Best Original Song as I think it really deserves a nomination of some sort.

  • Gautam Anand

    The moment I saw the Satellite nominations, I commented this on another website:

    "Ha. It’s funny how even awards committee have also started doing Oscar Predictions. No originality whatsoever. It seems they browsed through Gold Derby expert Oscar predictions and decided to hand out nominations."

    And why doesn't it surprise me that they didn't see Wolf of Wall Street and still went ahead with awarding them 5 nominations. Now, I feel I was dead right in seeing these nominations as Oscar predictions more than anything else. I doubt if IPA even did voting of any kind. They just picked up the films and performances which was in conversation and nominated everything. Not a single "surprise" or "original" choice. That goes on to say how they arrived at this list.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/lalecture/ lalecture

    I do like one thing for the Satellite Awards. They tend to consider a larger slice of films over the course of the year.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Newbourne/ Newbourne

    Just because the film wasn't screened for them doesn't mean they haven't seen it Brad. A lot of members of the IPA are members of other guilds and have colleagues in other guilds, and can easily get access to a screening of WoWS.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Newbourne/ Newbourne

    I just checked and Goldderby spoke with the Satellite chief and she claims that they did see the film. She attended the SAG screening on Saturday and says she saw 27 members there. She also said that the rest of the members or most of them probably saw the film at the three other industry screenings that were held over the weekend.

    See Brad, I was right on the money. You spoke too soon (or more accurately, Kris Tapley did).

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fox/ Fox

      straight from that GoldDerby article.

      "Only members of the SAG nominating committee could bring a guest to that screening," the source says, "and there are only about 20 of those. It's possible that one of them brought Van Blaricom as a guest and I didn't see her, but there's no way that 27 IPA members were there."

  • Guest

    They're giving a Special award to Michael B. Jordan, that's why he was snubbed from the main actor race:

    Breakthrough Performance AwardMichael B. JordanFruitvale StationSophie NelisseThe Book Thief
    Best Ensemble, Motion PictureNebraska