By JIMMY WILLDEN
Awards-season fervor is at its peak since the 2014 Academy Awards nominations were announced on Thursday, Jan. 16. For the most part, the nominees were direct shoe-ins; movies that have been highly publicized as critical and awards-season darlings since their release. On the other hand, as always, a few backhanded snubs were also dealt this year.
All things considered, let’s recap this year’s nominees, point out the notable snubs, and prepare ourselves for my Oscars Picks & Predictions, which will be announced on Thursday, Feb. 27.