‘American Hustle’, ‘ Gravity’ lead at Oscars with 10 nominations

The nominations announced Thursday set up a race between three very different films, all of which were nominated for best picture.

Updated: January 22, 2014 4:50:24 pm
'American Hustle' and the 3-D space odyssey 'Gravity' lead the Academy Awards. (AP) ‘American Hustle’ and the 3-D space odyssey ‘Gravity’ lead the Academy Awards. (AP)

David O Russell’s con film ‘American Hustle’ and Sandra Bullock starrer outer space drama ‘Gravity’ led the Oscar nominations, announced today, by bagging 10 nods each, including in the best picture, acting and direction categories.
These two films are closely followed by Steve McQueen directed slavery drama ’12 Years A Slave’ which had nine nominations, ‘Captain Phillips’, ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ and ‘Nebraska’ with six nods each and ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ with five nominations.
The best picture nominated category at the 86th Academy Awards has nine nominees.
Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Gravity’, about a space mission gone wrong, will fight it out with Martin Scorsese’s financial thriller ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, ‘American Hustle’, ‘Captain Phillips’, ‘Dallas Buyers Club’, ‘Her’, ‘Philomena’, ‘Nebraska’ and ’12 Years A Slave’.
The best actor category will see ‘Hustle’ star Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio of ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ fighting it out. DiCaprio is a producer on the best picture nominee.
The category also has veteran actor Bruce Dern, who has been nominated for his role in ‘Nebraska’, Matthew McConaughey for playing an AIDS patient in ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ and Chiwetel Ejiofor for his performance in ’12 Years A Slave’.
Bullock, widely praised for her performance of an astronaut in the space disaster story, is facing tough competition from Amy Adams for her con-woman act in ‘Hustle’ in the best actress category.
The other contenders in this list includes Cate Blanchett for ‘Blue Jasmine’, Judi Dench for her role in ‘Philomena’ and Oscar veteran Meryl Streep for ‘August: Osage County’. Streep scored her record 18th Oscar nomination with this.
Veteran director Martin Scorsese has been nominated in the best director category alongside David O Russell, Alfonso Cuaron, Alexander Payne and Steve McQueen.
The supporting category is dominated by ‘Hustle’ with its stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence being nominated in the best supporting actor and actress category for their roles of a manipulative FBI officer and a bitter housewife, respectively. Besides Cooper, the best actor category has Michael Fassbender for ’12 Years a Slave’, Barkhad Abdi ‘Captain Phillips’, Jonah Hill ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ and Jared Leto of ‘Dallas Buyers Club’.
Other than Lawrence, the supporting actress category has heavy weight stars like Julia Roberts ‘August: Osage County’, June Squibb ‘Nebraska’, Sally Hawkins ‘Blue Jasmine’ and newcomer Lupita Nyong’o ’12 Years a Slave’.
The adapted screenplay category has Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke for ‘Before Midnight’, Billy Ray for his true-incident inspired story ‘Captain Phillips’, ‘Philomena’ screenplay writers Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, John Ridley for ’12 Years a Slave’ and Terence Winter for ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’.
Veteran Woody Allen may be surprise omission in best director category but he bagged his career’s yet another writing honour in the best original screenplay category for ‘Blue Jasmine’.
Russell and Eric Warren Singer are nominated for ‘Hustle’, Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack for ‘Dallas Buyers Club’, Spike Jonze for his futuristic love story ‘Her’ and Bob Nelson for ‘Nebraska’ in the original screenplay category.
Tom Hanks starrer ‘Saving Mr Banks’ scored its lone nomination in the best original score category for Thomas Newman. The others in the list are John Williams ‘The Book Thief’, Steven Price of ‘Gravity’ William Butler and Owen Pallett for ‘Her’ and Alexandre Desplat for ‘Philomena’
Irish ban U2 scored a nomination the best song category for “Ordinary Love” from ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’, also a lone nominee. Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen were nominated for the biopic.
“Alone Yet Not Alone” from ‘Alone Yet Not Alone’ saw Bruce Broughton and lyricist Dennis Spiegel getting nominated alongsie Pharrell Williams for “Happy” from ‘Despicable Me 2’, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez for “Let it Go” from ‘Frozen’ and Karen O and Spike Jonze for “The Moon Song” from ‘Her’.
The foreign language film nomination list had admired titles like ‘The Great Beauty’ from Italy, Denmark’s ‘The Hunt’, ‘The Broken Circle Breakdown’ from Belgium, ‘The Missing Picture’ from Cambodia and ‘Omar’ from Palestine.
No Indian film or talent made it to the Oscar nominations this year but ‘The Great Gatsby’, which saw Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan doing a cameo, earned nominations in best production design and costume design.
The Academy award nominations were announced today by actor Chris Hemsworth and Academy president Cheryl Boon Isaacs.
Disney’s blockbuster ‘Frozen’ will fight it out with ‘The Croods’, ‘Despicable Me 2’, ‘Ernest & Celestine’ and Japanese fantasy film ‘The Wind Rises’ for the best animation movie honour.
In the best animated short film category ‘Feral’, ‘Get a Horse!’ ‘Mr Hublot’, ‘Possessions’ and ‘Room on the Broom’ are nominated.
Cinematography list is dominated by ‘Gravity’, ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’, ‘Nebraska’, ‘Prisoners’ and ‘The Grandmaster’.
Costume designing has ‘American Hustle’, ‘The Grandmaster’, ‘The Great Gatsby’, ‘The Invisible Woman’ and ’12 Years a Slave’ as nominees.
The best documentary feature category comprises of ‘The Act of Killing’, ‘Cutie and the Boxer’, ‘Dirty Wars’, ‘The Square’, ’20 Feet from Stardom’.
Documentary short has ‘CaveDigger’, ‘Facing Fear’, ‘Karama Has No Walls’, ‘The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life’ and ‘Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall’.
Film editing category has predictable names like ‘Hustle’, ‘Captain Phillips’, ‘Dallas Buyers Club’, ‘Gravity’ and ’12 Years a Slave’.
Makeup and hairstyling has three nominees ‘Dallas Buyers Club’, ‘Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa’ and ‘The Lone Ranger’.
‘American Hustle’, ‘Gravity’, ‘The Great Gatsby’, ‘Her’ and ’12 Years a Slave’ have been nominated in the best production design category.
In the best live action short film category ‘Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)’, ‘Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just before Losing Everything)’, ‘Helium’, ‘Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)’ and ‘The Voorman Problem’ are nominated.
Sound editing category has ‘All Is Lost’, ‘Captain Phillips’, ‘Gravity’, ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ and ‘Lone Survivor’.
Achievement in sound mixing nominations have gone to ‘Captain Phillips’, ‘Gravity’, ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’, ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ and ‘Lone Survivor’.
In the visual effects category ‘Gravity’, ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’, ‘Iron Man 3’, ‘The Lone Ranger’ and ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ are nominated.
The 86th Academy Awards will take place on March 2 in the the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center.
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron return as producers while celebrity TV personality Ellen DeGeneres will host the mega event. It is DeGeneres’ second stint as Oscar host- she
previously anchored the ceremony in 2007.

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