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The Race for the Oscars Begin

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The Golden Globes have come and gone. It had record ratings, gave us all something to talk about and of course put on a star studded evening of awards. The Academy gets ready for its turn and announced the nominees for the years upcoming 86th annual Oscars which will air March 2nd and will be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.

To find a complete list of all the nominees visit: oscar.go.com. Here are a select few of the major categories.

Best Picture

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

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 Buyers Club"

Best Actress

Amy Adams, "American Hustle"
Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"
Sandra Bullock, "Gravity"
Judi Dench, "Philomena"
Meryl Streep, "August: Osage County"

Best Director

“American Hustle,” David O. Russell
"Gravity,” Alfonso Cuaron
“Nebraska,” Alexander Payne
“12 Years a Slave,” Steve McQueen
“The Wolf of Wall Street,” Martin Scorsese

Actor Chris Hemsworth and Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs hosted the announcements as all of Hollywood tuned in to see who would get the chance at the golden statues. Although there has been buzz for different films, there are few that really stand out as clear front runners.

"Gravity" and "American Hustle" received the most nominations with ten each, both including Best Picture. "Captain Phillips" received six including Best Picture and supporting actor (Barkhad Abdi). "Dallas Buyers Club" received six as well with three major category nominations Best Picture, Actor (Matthew McConaughey) and and supporting actor (Jared Leto).

There were disappointments as well with the cheers. Hanks was overlooked again by the Academy for his role in "Phillips". A big hit this year, yet missed the expanded animation nominations was "Monsters University". Spike Jonze also did not get a nod this year, despite his win at the Globes for "Her". Another big surprise is "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" did not receive any recognition for any technical categories or Best Song. Many other hopefuls longed to hear their names called this morning, but failed to get that satisfaction and must wait another long year for their chance at the gold.

Be sure to visit the Oscar site and find out interesting trivia, make predictions and get yourself ready for Oscar night. If you missed any of this years nominees, you have time to see them before the awards are handed out. Be sure to watch over the coming weeks, for reviews for all of this year's nominated Best Pictures.

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