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"American Hustle" "Gravity" Lead Oscar Nominations

A number of films based on real-life events are among contenders for this year's Academy Awards.

The films "American Hustle" and "Gravity" received 10 nominations each, followed by "12 Years a Slave, "Captain Phillips," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Her," "Nebraska," "The Wolf of Wall Street," and "Philomena."

The nominations for the annual Oscar awards were announced Thursday in Hollywood by the the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Nominees for best actor include Chiwetel Ejiofor for "12 Years a Slave", Leonardo DiCaprio for "The Wolf of Wall Street", and Christian Bale for "American Hustle".

Among those nominated for best actress are Judi Dench for "Philomena", Sandra Bullock for "Gravity," and Meryl Streep for her role in "August: Osage County".

Two actors with African connections were nominated in the best supporting role categories; Kenyan Lupita Nyong'o, for her role in "12 Years a Slave" and Somali-born Barkhad Abdi for his role as a pirate in "Captain Phillips".

The Academy Awards will be presented March 2nd in Los Angeles.

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