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'American Hustle,' '12 Years a Slave,' 'Gravity' leads 2014 Oscar nominations

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The Academy Award nominations for 2014 with quite a few snubs. The nominations were announced this morning at by "Thor" star Chris Hemsworth and Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences president.

One of the biggest snubs is the lack of an nomination for "Blue Jasmine" in the Best Motion Picture of the Year category and Woody Allen in the Best Achievement in Directing category. The fact that Allen just took home the Cecil B. Demille award merely days ago makes this lack of nominations even more shocking.

And while obviously not everyone can be nominated for Best Actor, the lack of nominations for Tom Hanks and Robert Redford are mind-boggling. However, as a friend and I were speaking of the other day, the competition in this categroy were beyond stiff. The fact of the matter is had those actors been added, others would have been snubbed. I certainly do not envy the Acdemy voters job that is for sure.

However, despite the lack of a nominations for actors this morning, there were a few surprise nominations as well this morning. Most of them deriving from the film "Philomania." Not only did Judi Dench score big with a Best Actress nod, the film also managed to earn three other nominations for Best Screenplay, Best Original Score, and Best Picture.

Lastly, the other big surprise of the morning came for "The Wolf of Wall Street." The film earned a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Jonah Hill as well as a nomination for Best Adapated Screenplay.

The nominees are as follows:

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

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

Actor in a Leading Role
Christian Bale for "American Hustle"
Bruce Dern for "Nebraska"
Chiwetel Ejiofor for "12 Years a Slave"
Matthew McConaughey for "Dallas Buyers Club"
Leonardo DiCaprio for "The Wolf of Wall Street"

Actress in a Leading Role
Amy Adams for "American Hustle"
Cate Blanchett for "Blue Jasmine"
Judi Dench for "Philomena"
Meryl Streep for "August: Osage County"
Sandra Bullock for "Gravity"

Actor in a Supporting Role
Barkhad Abdi for “Captain Phillips”
Bradley Cooper for “American Hustle”
Michael Fassbender for “12 Years a Slave”
Jonah Hill for “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Jared Leto for “Dallas Buyers Club”

Actress in a Supporting Role
Sally Hawkins for “Blue Jasmine”
Jennifer Lawrence for “American Hustle”
Lupita Nyong’o for “12 Years a Slave”
Julia Roberts for “August: Osage County”
June Squibb for “Nebraska"

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

Original Screenplay
“American Hustle,” written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell
“Blue Jasmine,” written by Woody Allen
“Dallas Buyers Club,” written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack
“Her,” written by Spike Jonze
“Nebraska,” written by Bob Nelson

Animated Feature Film
“The Croods”
“Despicable Me 2”
“Ernest & Celestine”
“Frozen”
“The Wind Rises”

For all other nominations please click here.

The 86th Annual Academy Awards will take place at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland on Sunday, Mar. 2, 2014 and will air on ABC at 7e/4p this year.

For those interested in viewing the aforementioned features in Austell the safe bets are always Carmike Cinemas Movies 14 and Regal Stadium 22 in Austell. If there is a film not showing at one of those locations, please click here for other various locations.

Also remember, some of those films are currently available for rental. If you are interested in renting any of the films mentioned from last year, make sure to check out Videodrome, Netflix, or movie channels based upon your cable or satellite provider for availability.

To purchase any Blu-rays or DVDs mentioned in this review please check out your local Austell Best Buy, Walmart, Target, or Kmart.

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