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Oscar nominees announced; ’12 Years a Slave’ earns 9 nominations

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Fresh off its best picture win at the Golden Globes last weekend “12 Years a Slave” has the chance to take home more gold during awards season. The film netted 9 Academy Awards nominations when the 2014 Oscar nominees were announced on Thursday by Academy President Cheryl Boone Issacs and actor Chris Hemsworth.

The film is a close second to “Gravity” and “American Hustle” which both were nominated for 10 Oscars. The categories for which “12 Years a Slave” received nominations include; Best Picture, Best Director for helmer Steve McQueen, Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o ), Best Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender) and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Among the most glaring snubs this year is the absence of Idris Elba in the Best Actor category for his critically acclaimed performance as Nelson Mandela in “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”. Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey co’stars in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” also didn’t make the cut. To see which of your favorite actors, actresses and films were nominated you can view the entire list of nominees at the Academy’s website.

The 86th annual Academy Awards hosted by Ellen Dengeneres will be held Sunday March 2 on ABC at 7 p.m. ET.

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