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OSCAR NOMINATIONS: 'American Hustle' and 'Gravity' Lead with 10, '12 Years a Slave' Follows with 9

The Academy announced its nominations for the 86th Academy Awards on Thursday morning, and unlike in past years, there weren't any huge surprises. Sure, there were snubs, but they were snubs that people saw coming.

As expected, American Hustle, Gravity and 12 Years a Slave were the heavyweights come Oscar nomination times. American Hustle and Gravity both scored ten nominations, and 12 Years a Slave was close behind with nine. Overall, the Academy nominated nine films for Best Picture, making it the second year in a row they wound up with that number.

Thanks to the crowded nature of the acting categories this year, big names like All Is Lost's Robert Redford got squeezed out. When I made my predictions for this Oscar nominations, I said that Meryl Streep basically gets an automatic spot now, which means the candidates for Best Actress are competing for four open slots. Emma Thompson was the odd person out in that category, with Saving Mr. Banks getting all around ignored by the Academy.

Director David O. Russell once again delivered a film that scored nominations for Best Picture, Best Director and all four acting categories, matching the feat that he accomplished with Silver Linings Playbook last year with American Hustle this year.

Fans of Lee Daniels' The Butler scanning the list of nominations should give up now — the acclaimed film scored zero nominations on Thursday, with Oprah Winfrey getting pushed out of the Best Supporting Actress category by Julia Roberts (August: Osage County) and Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine). For a film that got so much early buzz, what happened to The Butler?

A kind of major shocker was that the Academy left Monsters University out of the Best Animated Feature category. I'm not alone in thinking that Monsters University was a better Pixar film than Brave, which won Best Animated Feature last year. Kind of a snub.

And for your sad closing thought, know that you live in a world where The Lone Ranger got two Oscar nominations this year and The Dark Knight Rises got none last year.

We'll have more coverage of the 86th Academy Awards as the day goes along. For now, check out the full list of nominees.

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

Best Director
Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
Alexander Payne (Nebraska)
David O. Russell (American Hustle)
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 Buyers 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 Buyers Club)

Best 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)

Best Original Screenplay
American Hustle (Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell)
Blue Jasmine (Woody Allen)
Dallas Buyers Club (Craig Borton and Melisa Wallack)
Her (Spike Jonze)
Nebraska (Bob Nelson)

Best Adapted Screenplay
Before Midnight (Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke)
Captain Phillips (Billy Ray)
Philomena (Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope)
12 Years a Slave (John Ridley)
The Wolf of Wall Street (Terence Winter)

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

Best Documentary Feature
The Act of Killing
Cutie and the Boxer
Dirty Wars
The Square
20 Feet from Stardom

Best Foreign Language Film
Broken Circle Breakdown
The Great Beauty
The Hunt
The Missing Picture

Best Animated Short Film
Get a Horse!
Mr. Hublot
Room on the Broom

Best Documentary Short Subject
Facing Fear
Karama Has No Walls
The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life
Prison Terminal: The 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 Hoittaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)
The Voorman Problem

Best Cinematography
The Grandmaster
Inside Llewyn Davis

Best Costume Design
American Hustle
The Grandmaster
The Great Gatsby
The Invisible Woman
12 Years a Slave

Best Film Editing
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
12 Years as Slave

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Dallas Buyers Club
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
The Lone Ranger

Best Original Score
The Book Thief (John Williams)
Gravity (Steven Price)
Her (William Butler and Owen Pallett)
Philomena (Alexandre Desplat)
Saving Mr. Banks (Thomas Newman)

Best Original Song
"Alone Yet Not Alone" (Alone Not Yet Alone)
"Happy" (Despicable Me 2)
"Let It Go" (Frozen)
"The Moon Song" (Her)
"Ordinary Love" (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)

Best Production Design
American Hustle
The Great Gatsby
12 Years a Slave

Best Sound Editing
All Is Lost
Captain Phillips
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 Visual Effects
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Iron Man 3
The Lone Ranger
Star Trek Into Darkness
OSCAR NOMINATIONS: 'American Hustle' and 'Gravity' Lead with 10, '12 Years a Slave' Follows with 9 Reviewed by Bill Kuchman on 1/16/2014 Rating: 5

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