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'American Hustle,' 'Gravity' Lead Oscar Nominations; 'Slave' Close Behind

Yahoo Movies
January 16, 2014

By Kevin Polowy and Bryan Enk

The nominees for the 86th Annual Academy Awards have been announced, and as widely predicted, the darlings of this year's Oscar season are "American Hustle," "12 Years a Slave" and "Gravity." (You can see the complete list of nominations below.)

"American Hustle" and "Gravity" tallied the most nods, with 10 apiece, while "12 Years a Slave" (considered by most pundits to be the frontrunner to win Best Picture), scored a not-too-shabby nine nominations.

Those three titans are joined by "Captain Phillips," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Her," "Nebraska," "Philomena," and "The Wolf of Wall Street," making for a total of nine contenders in the top race.

Left out of Best Picture: "August: Osage County," "Inside Llewyn Davis," "Lee Daniels' The Bulter," and most surprisingly, "Saving Mr. Banks."

[Related: Complete List of 2014 Oscar Nominations]

Even bigger surprises came in the acting categories: Tom Hanks was a double snub, failing to make the cut in Best Actor ("Captain Phillips") or Best Supporting Actor ("Banks"). Robert Redford, considered an early frontrunner, also missed the boat for "All Is Lost." Christian Bale received a somewhat unexpected Best Actor nomination for "American Hustle."

Meanwhile, Hanks's "Banks" costar Emma Thompson was MIA from the Best Actress list, while Oprah Winfrey, also considered an early top contender, missed out on Best Supporting Actress for "The Butler."

In addition to Best Picture and Best Actor, "American Hustle" also scored nods for Best Director (David O. Russell), Best Actress (Amy Adams), Best Supporting Actor (Bradley Cooper), Best Supporting Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Original Screenplay, Costume Design, Film Editing, and Production Design. The Academy apparently wasn't as impressed with Christian Bale's comb-over as the rest of us as, oddly enough, the '70s-set film failed to get a nod for Makeup and Hairstyling.

The outer-space survival tale "Gravity" also earned nominations for Best Actress (Sandra Bullock), Best Director (Alfonso Cuaron), Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Original Score, as well as nods recognizing its technical achievements: Production Design, Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and, of course, Visual Effects.

"12 Years a Slave" is also in the running for Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Best Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender), Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o), Best Director (Steve McQueen), and Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as for Costume Design, Editing, and Production Design.

[Related: 13 Snubs and Surprises from the 2014 Oscar Nominations]

Hot on the heels of Golden Globe wins for both Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, meanwhile, comes a lot of recognition for "Dallas Buyers Club," which received six nominations: Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actor, as well as nods for Original Screenplay, Film Editing, and Makeup and Hairstyling.

"Nebraska" also tallied a half-dozen nods — Best Picture, Actor (Bruce Dern), Supporting Actress (June Squibb), Director (Alexander Payne) Original Screenplay, and Cinematography — as did "Her," with noms for Best Picture, Original Screenplay, Production Design, and Original Song.

Meanwhile, the Academy seemed to be able to handle all that sex, drugs, and general mischief going on in "The Wolf of Wall Street" just fine, as the three-hour opus of sin and decadence received five nominations: Best Picture, Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), Supporting Actor (Jonah Hill), Director (Martin Scorsese), and Adapted Screenplay.

"Saving Mister Banks" proved the most notable underperformer, only receiving a nom for Best Original Score and failing to garner acting nods for both Hanks and Thompson. Hanks's "Captain Phillips" director Paul Greengrass was also snubbed, though the film itself did get noms for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Barkhad Abdi), Adapted Screenplay, Film Editing, Sound Editing, and Sound Mixing.

Other disappointments include "August: Osage County," which received only two nominations for Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts's performances, and the latest Coen brothers film, "Inside Llewyn Davis," which only earned two minor noms (Best Cinematography and Best Sound Mixing).

Finally, kudos to the Academy for the out-of-nowhere nominations for Wong Kar-wai's "The Grandmaster," which received nods for Cinematography and Costume Design … and for "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa," which got a Makeup and Hairstyling nomination for turning Johnny Knoxville into an old man.

Full list of nominees:

Best Picture
"12 Years a Slave"
"American Hustle"
"The Wolf of Wall Street"
"Dallas Buyers Club"
"Captain Phillips"

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

Best Actor
Christian Bale, "American Hustle"
Bruce Dern, "Nebraska"
Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave"
Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyer's Club"

Best Actress
Amy Adams, "American Hustle"
Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"
Sandra Bullock, "Gravity"
Judi Dench, "Philomena"
Meryl Streep, "August: Osage County"

Best 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 Buyer's Club"
Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Lawrence, "American Hustle"
Sally Hawkins, "Blue Jasmine"
Lupita Nyong’o, "12 Years a Slave"
Julia Roberts, "August: Osage County"
June Squibb, "Nebraska"

Best Animated Feature
"The Croods"
"Despicable Me 2"
"Ernest and Celestine"
"The Wind Rises"

Best Original Song

"Alone Yet Not Alone" from "Alone Yet Not Alone" 
"The Moon Song" from "Her,"  Karen O. and Spike Jonze
"Let It Go" from "Frozen," Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez
"Ordinary Love" from "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," U2 (Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr.) and Danger Mouse (Brian Burton)
"Happy" from "Despicable Me 2," Pharrell Williams

Best Original Screenplay
"American Hustle"
"Blue Jasmine"
"Dallas Buyers Club"
Best Adapted Screenplay
"12 Years a Slave" 
"Before Midnight"
"Captain Phillips"
"The Wolf of Wall Street"
Best Foreign-Language Film
"The Broken Circle Breakdown"
"The Great Beauty"
"The Hunt"
"The Missing Picture"
Best Documentary Feature
"20 Feet From Stardom"
"The Act of Killing"
"Cutie and the Boxer"
"Dirty Wars"
"The Square"
Best Documentary Short Subject
"The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life"
"Facing Fear"
"Karama Has No Walls"
"Prison Terminal: Last Days of Private Jack Hall"
Best Live-Action Short Film
"Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn't Me)"
"Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just Before Losing Everything)"
"Pitaako Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have To Take Care of Everything?)"
"The Voorman Problem"
Best Animated Short Film
"Get a Horse!"
"Mr. Hublot"
"Room on the Broom"
Best Original Score
Steven Price, "Gravity"
Alexandre Desplat, "Philomena"
William Butler and Owen Pallett, "Her"
John Williams, "The Book Thief"
Thomas Newman, "Saving Mr. Banks"
Best Sound Editing
"Captain Phillips"
"All Is Lost"
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"
"Lone Survivor"
Best Sound Mixing
"Captain Phillips"
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"
"Inside Llewyn Davis"
"Lone Survivor"
Best Production Design

"American Hustle"
"The Great Gatsby"
"12 Years a Slave"

Best Cinematography
"The Grandmaster"
"Inside Llewyn Davis"
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
"Dallas Buyers Club"
"Bad Grandpa"
"The Lone Ranger"
Best Costume Design
"The Great Gatsby"
"The Grandmaster"
"American Hustle"
"The Invisible Woman"
"12 Years a Slave"
Best Film Editing
"12 Years a Slave"
"Captain Phillips"
"American Hustle"
"Dallas Buyers Club"
Best Visual Effects

"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"
"Iron Man 3"
"The Lone Ranger"
"Star Trek Into Darkness"

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