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'American Hustle' and 'Gravity' are the leading nominees for 2014 Academy Awards

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With 10 nominations each, "American Hustle" and Gravity" are the leading nominees for the 86th Annual Academy Awards, which will take place at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014. The nominations were announced in Los Angeles on Jan. 16, 2014. ABC will have the live U.S. telecast of the show, which will be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.

Other leading contenders at the awards show include "12 Years a Slave" (which received nine nominations); "Dallas Buyers Club," "Nebraska" and "Captain Phillips" (six nominations each); and "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "Her" (five nominations each).

Movies that were eligible for nomination had to be films released in at least one U.S. theater during 2013.

Here are the notable snubs and surprises:

  • "Lee Daniels' The Butler" was considered an early frontrunner for the Oscar race, but the movie was completely snubbed and didn't get any Oscar nominations. The same thing happened with the Golden Globe Awards, which also shut out "Lee Daniels' The Butler" from any nominations.
  • Tom Hanks appeared in two movies that got Oscar buzz: "Captain Phillips" (he was submitted for Best Actor consideration) and "Saving Mr. Banks" (he was submitted for Best Supporting Actor consideration). In the end, Hanks failed to score a nomination for either movie. "Captain Phillips" director Paul Greengrass was also snubbed, but "Captain Phillips" did get six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. Hanks has two Oscars for Best Actor: one for 1993's "Philadelphia" and the other for 1994's "Forrest Gump."
  • Emma Thompson was overlooked for Best Actress for "Saving Mr. Banks." The movie only got one Oscar nomination (Best Original Score, for Thomas Newman), but Newman has yet to win an Oscar despite several nominations, and the odds don't look to be in his favor this year either. Thompson has two Oscars: Best Actress (for 1992's "Howard's End") and Best Adapted Screenplay (for 1996's "Sense and Sensibility").
  • Idris Elba was snubbed for "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," but the movie did get one nomination: U2's "Ordinary Love" is nominated for Best Original Song. "Ordinary Love" won the Golden Globe Award in this category, but the Oscar winners and Golden Globe winners in the music categories tend to be very different. Elba's chances of getting an Oscar nomination for "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" may have been hurt by the movie getting mixed-to-negative reviews.
  • France's "Blue Is the Warmest Color," which has won several other major film awards, was not eligible for an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign-Language Film in 2014 because a film in this category must have opened in its home country by the end of September to be eligible for an Oscar nomination. "Blue Is the Warmest Color" was released in France on Oct. 9, 2013.
  • "Inside Llewyn Davis," a critics' darling, was snubbed in all the non-technical categories. The movie, which is about a struggling folk singer in 1960s New York City, featured original music produced by Oscar winner T Bone Burnett, but failed to get any Oscar nominations in the music categories. Oscar-winning brothers Joel and Ethan Coen, who wrote and directed "Inside Llewyn Davis," were also snubbed. Instead, "Inside Llewyn Davis" had to settle for two Oscar nods: Best Sound Mixing and Best Cinematography. The Coens won Oscars for writing, directing and producing 2007's "No Country for Old Men," while Burnett won an Oscar for Best Original Song for co-writing "The Weary Kind" from 2009's "Crazy Heart."
  • Robert Redford, who is the only actor in "All Is Lost," did not get a Best Actor nomination for the movie, despite many predictions that he would. Redford, who plays a man lost at sea in the movie, is mostly silent during the film. "All Is Lost" only got one Oscar nomination: Best Sound Editing. Redford won an Oscar for Best Director for 1980's "Ordinary People."
  • "Her" is the only movie this year with an Oscar nomination for Best Picture that did not get any nominations for any of its actors. Joaquin Phoenix was the most likely to get a Oscar nomination (Best Actor) for "Her," but he was snubbed. There have been some movies that have won an Oscar for Best Picture without get any nominations for the actors (such as 2008's "Slumdog Millionaire"), but it's rare.
  • Conversely, "August: Osage County" is the only movie this year that got Oscar nominations in the acting categories but not a nomination for Best Picture. "August: Osage County" was also snubbed in the categories of Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. The movie's only two Oscar nominations are for Best Actress (Meryl Streep) and Best Supporting Actress (Julia Roberts). Streep has three Oscars (for 1979's "Kramer vs. Kramer," 1982's "Sophie's Choice" and 2011's "The Iron Lady"), while Roberts has one Oscar (for 2000's "Erin Brockovich").
  • Jonah Hill of "The Wolf of Wall Street" got nominated for Best Supporting Actor, even though he did not receive Golden Globe or Screen Actors Guild nominations for his role in "The Wolf of Wall Street." He was previously nominated for an Oscar in the same category for his role in 2011's "Moneyball."
  • "Monsters University" failed to get a nomination for Best Animated Feature. It's a major snub for Pixar Studios, which usually gets an Oscar nomination in this category every year that Pixar releases a movie.

Here is the complete list of nominees for the 86th Annual Academy Awards

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

Best Director
Alfonso Cuarón, "Gravity"
David O. Russell, "American Hustle"
Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave"
Alexander Payne, "Nebraska"
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 Buyer's 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 Buyer's Club"

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

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

Best Original Screenplay
"American Hustle"
"Blue Jasmine"
"Dallas Buyers Club"

Best Adapted Screenplay
"12 Years a Slave"
"Before Midnight"
"Captain Phillips"
"The Wolf of Wall Street"

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

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

Best Documentary Short Subject

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

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

Best Original Song
"Alone Yet Not Alone" from "Alone Yet Not Alone"
"The Moon Song" from "Her," Karen O. and Spike Jonze
"Let It Go" from "Frozen," Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez
"Ordinary Love" from "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," U2 (Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr.) and Danger Mouse (Brian Burton)
"Happy" from "Despicable Me 2," Pharrell Williams

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

Best Sound Editing
"Captain Phillips"
"All Is Lost"
"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 Production Design
"American Hustle"
"The Great Gatsby"
"12 Years a Slave"

Best Cinematography
"The Grandmaster"
"Inside Llewyn Davis"

Best Makeup And Hairstyling
"Dallas Buyers Club"
"Bad Grandpa"
"The Lone Ranger"

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

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

Best Visual Effects
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"
"Iron Man 3"
"The Lone Ranger"
"Star Trek Into Darkness"