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2014 Oscar Nominations - 'Gravity,' 'American Hustle' lead the pack

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The nominations for the 86th Annual Academy Awards were finally announced on the morning of Jan. 16, 2014 and many are as expected. Leading the way with 10 nominations each is "Gravity" and "American Hustle." The Oscars will air on ABC on March 2, 2014 with Ellen DeGeneres stepping into the hosting spot and the night celebrating movie heroes.

As of now, the race is on for the biggest awards of the season and there were a few expected announcements, a few big surprises, and even a few snubs.

What is being looked at as the biggest snub is that Tom Hanks was left out of the running for the Best Actor award for his role in "Captain Phillips." It isn't that the others weren't deserving of a nod, but many thought Hanks would be in contention.

The nominees for Best Picture are “12 Years a Slave,” “American Hustle,” “Captain Phillips,” "The Dallas Buyers Club,” “Gravity,” “Her,” “Nebraska,” "Philomena,” “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

The five contenders for Best Actor are: Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave”), Christian Bale (“American Hustle”), Matthew McConaughey (“Dallas Buyers Club), Bruce Dern (“Nebraska”), and Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Wolf of Wall Street.”)

Best Actress nominees include Amy Adams (“American Hustle”), Meryl Streep (“August: Osage County”), Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine”), Sandra Bullock (“Gravity”), and Judi Dench (“Philoemna”).

Jennifer Lawrence (“American Hustle”) is the favorite to win a second consecutive Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Rounding out the category are Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave”), Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), Julia Roberts (“August: Osage County,” June Squibb (“Nebraska”).

Fresh off his Golden Globe win, Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club”) is up against Michael Fassbender (“12 Years a Slave”), Barkhad Abdi (“Captain Phillips”), Bradley Cooper (“American Hustle”) and Jonah Hill (“The Wolf of Wall Street”).

Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”), Alfonso Cuaron (“Gravity”), David O. Russell (“American Hustle”), Alexander Payne (“Nebraska”), Martin Scorsese (“The Wolf of Wall Street”) are vying for Best Director.

Best Original Screenplay is wide-open with David O. Russell and Eric Singer (“American Hustle”), Craig Borton and Melisa Wallack ("Dallas Buyers Club"), Woody Allen (“Blue Jasmine”), Spike Jonze (“Her”) and Bob Nelson ("Nebraska").

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

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