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2014 Oscar nominees announced, ‘American Hustle’ and ‘Gravity’ dominate

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Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences President Cheryl Boone Issacs and “Rush” actor Chris Hemsworth announced the 2014 Oscar nominations earlier today from the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California.

Ellen DeGeneres will host the movie heroes-themed 86th Academy Awards on Sunday, March 2 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California. DeGeneres previously hosted the 79th Academy Awards in 2007, for which performance she received a Primetime Emmy. When asked about hosting the show, DeGeneres said, “I am so excited to be hosting the Oscars for the second time. You know what they say—the third time's the charm.”

“Gravity” and “American Hustle” led the pack for most nominations with 10 each, including Best Picture. “12 Years a Slave” was close behind with 9 nominations, among them Best Picture, Actor, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress.

“American Hustle”, directed by David O. Russell, has already enjoyed award show success, a good predictor of success at this year’s Oscars. Similar to Russell’s award-winning film of 2012, “Silvers Lining Playbook”, “American Hustle” has earned a nomination in the four main acting categories: Christian Bale for Actor, Amy Adams for Actress, Bradley Cooper for Supporting Actor and Jennifer Lawrence for Supporting Actress; both Adams and Lawrence won a Golden Globe last week for their acting work in the film.

Other Best Picture nominees include “Captain Phillips”, “Dallas Buyers Club”, “Her”, “Nebraska”, “Philomena” and “The Wolf of Wall Street”. “12 Years a Slave” won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture (drama) and “American Hustle” for Best Motion Picture (comedy or musical). With such an impressive and diverse list of nominees, it is really anyone’s game.

Want to find out who wins? Watch the 2014 Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 7 p.m. on ABC.

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