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The Academy Awards appear to be the three-horse race many expected it would be, with Gravity, American Hustle and 12 Years a Slave all receiving a heap of nominations.
The nominations for the 86th Academy Awards, announced today in Beverly Hills, California, were led by the 3-D space odyssey Gravity and the con-artist caper American Hustle, both with 10 nominations. The harrowing historical epic 12 Years a Slave trailed closely with nine nominations.
All were among the nine films nominated for best picture. The other nominees are Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Her, Nebraska, The Wolf of Wall Street and Philomena.
The most notable omission by the academy was Tom Hanks, whose lead performance in Captain Phillips was widely considered a shoo-in. It was a particularly surprising snub since Hanks is widely beloved by the academy, having been nominated five times previously, winning for Forest Gump and Philadelphia. Robert Redford, expected by many to be nominated for the shipwreck drama All Is Lost, also missed out on a best actor nod. Redford has never won an acting Oscar.
The best actor nominees are Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street), Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) and Christian Bale (American Hustle).
Disney's making-of Mary Poppins tale Saving Mr Banks also failed to land either a best picture nomination or a best actress nod for Emma Thompson.
The best actress nominees are Amy Adams (American Hustle), Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Sandra Bullock (Gravity), Judi Dench (Philomena) and Meryl Streep (August: Osage County).
With her nomination, Streep pads her record for most acting nominations. This is her 18th nod, including three wins, the last for 2011's The Iron Lady.
Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street came in as one of the biggest question marks of an awards season that has often left many guessing. The nearly three-hour Wall Street extravaganza of money, sex and drugs became a lightning rod of debate, with many questioning whether it glamorized the infamous trader Jordan Belfort.
But The Wolf of Wall Street landed big nominations: best picture, best actor (DiCaprio), best director (Scorsese, his eighth for directing) and best supporting actor (Jonah Hill).
Also doing well were Spike Jonze's futuristic romance Her (five nominations, including best original screenplay for Jonze), and Alexander Payne's black-and-white road trip Nebraska (six nominations, including best director for Payne).
One of the day's biggest winners was the 27-year-old producer Megan Ellison, the daughter of billionaire Larry Ellison. Her Annapurna Pictures produced two of the best-picture nominees (American Hustle and Her) as well as the Wong Kar-Wai martial arts drama The Grandmaster. She celebrated by tweeting "17!" - the total nominations her films received.
Though historically the most-nominated films have taken home best picture, that's not been the case in recent years. Six of the last 10 years the most-nominated film hasn't triumphed in the end, including last year when Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, with 12 nominations, was beaten by Ben Affleck's Argo.This year's Oscar telecast on March 2, with Ellen DeGeneres hosting for the second time, has particular pressure on it to live up to the increasingly popular Golden Globes. With hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, ratings for the Globes have increased the last two years and drawn good reviews. The Academy Awards have meanwhile struggled to freshen up its more prestigious brand.
86TH ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS NOMINATIONS
Best Picture: American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, Her, Nebraska, Philomena, 12 Years a Slave, The Wolf of Wall Street.
Actor: 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.
Actress: Amy Adams, American Hustle; Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine; Sandra Bullock, Gravity; Judi Dench, Philomena; Meryl Streep, August: Osage County.
Supporting Actor: Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips; Bradley Cooper, American Hustle; Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave; Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street; Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club.
Supporting Actress: Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine; Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle; Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years a Slave; Julia Roberts, August: Osage County; June Squibb, Nebraska.
Directing: David O Russell, American Hustle; Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity; Alexander Payne, Nebraska; Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave; Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street.
Foreign Language Film: The Broken Circle Breakdown, Belgium; The Great Beauty, Italy; The Hunt, Denmark; The Missing Picture, Cambodia; Omar, Palestine.
Adapted Screenplay: Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Before Midnight; Billy Ray, Captain Phillips; Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, Philomena; John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave; Terence Winter, The Wolf of Wall Street.
Original Screenplay: Eric Warren Singer and David O Russell, American Hustle; Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine; Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack, Dallas Buyers Club; Spike Jonze, Her; Bob Nelson, Nebraska.
Animated Feature Film: The Croods; Despicable Me 2; Ernest & Celestine; Frozen; The Wind Rises.
Production Design: American Hustle, Gravity, The Great Gatsby, Her, 12 Years a Slave.
Cinematography: The Grandmaster, Gravity, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska, Prisoners.
Sound Mixing: Captain Phillips, Gravity, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Inside Llewyn Davis, Lone Survivor.
Sound Editing: All Is Lost, Captain Phillips, Gravity, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Lone Survivor.
Original Score: The Book Thief, John Williams; Gravity, Steven Price; Her, William Butler and Owen Pallett; Philomena, Alexandre Desplat; Saving Mr Banks, Thomas Newman.
Original Song: Alone Yet Not Alone from Alone Yet Not Alone, Bruce Broughton and Dennis Spiegel; Happy from Despicable Me 2, Pharrell Williams; Let It Go from Frozen, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez; The Moon Song from Her, Karen O and Spike Jonze; Ordinary Love from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen.
Costume: American Hustle, The Grandmaster, The Great Gatsby, The Invisible Woman, 12 Years a Slave.
Documentary Feature: The Act of Killing, Cutie and the Boxer, Dirty Wars, The Square, 20 Feet from Stardom.
Documentary (short subject): CaveDigger, Facing Fear, Karama Has No Walls, The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life, Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall.
Film Editing: American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Gravity, 12 Years a Slave.
Makeup and Hairstyling: Dallas Buyers Club, Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, The Lone Ranger.
Animated Short Film: Feral, Get a Horse!, Mr. Hublot, Possessions, Room on the Broom.
Live Action Short Film: Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn't Me), Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just before Losing Everything), Helium, Pitaako Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?), The Voorman Problem.
Visual Effects: Gravity, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Iron Man 3, The Lone Ranger, Star Trek Into Darkness.