The 2014 Oscar nominations have been announced, and the list includes a number of places 'Men's Journal' visited and people we've talked to in recent months. For straight talk from 'Nebraska' director Alexander Payne, a lesson in creating space on Earth, suits inspired by 'The Wolf of Wall Street,' and a tour of Osage County, read on . . . 



Alexander Payne's True Midwest

While Hollywood scraps over the next superhero franchise, director Alexander Payne keeps collecting awards with darkly hilarious stories about real people in real places. It's not always pretty.

Alfonso Cuarón is Defying 'Gravity'

When someone like James Cameron says your script calls for special effects that don't exist, a lesser director might give up. But, as 'Gravity' cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki tells it, Alfonso Cuarón simply started inventing them. 

The Return of the Power Suit 

Leonardo DiCaprio and his crew bring Eighties workplace style (and other stuff from the '80s, as well) back in a big way in 'The Wolf of Wall Street,' but here are a few more contemporary ways to project power at the office. 

August in Osage County

'August: Osage County' is a showcase of melodramatic acting with a capital A, but the place itself is unique in a way only far-flung corners of the American Midwest can be. We toured its surprising architectural gems, found solid food destinations, and toured beautifully restored open spaces.