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'American Hustle,' 'Gravity' Lead Oscar Nominations

  • Actor Chris Hemsworth (left) and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced the nominees for the 86th Annual Academy Awards in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Jan. 16, 2014, Los Angeles, California. (Oscars.org)
  • Winners of the "Academy Awards," often referred to as "The Oscars," are awarded these statuettes by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The 86th Academy Awards ceremony will be held in March in Los Angeles, California. (Oscars.org)
  • Spike Jonze, writer of the original screenplay of “Her,” was one of the nominees for best screenplay. (Oscars.org)
  •  “Gravity” was nominated best motion picture of the year. (Oscars.org)
  • Actress Sandra Bullock was nominated for best actress for her performance in "Gravity." (Oscars.org)
  • The French-Belgian film based on a series of children's books of the same name, “Ernest & Celestine,” was nominated for best animated feature film. (Oscars.org)



  • Jennifer Lawrence was nominated for best supporting actress in “American Hustle.” (Oscars.org)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio was nominated in the best actor category for his performance in “The Wolf of Wall Street.” (Oscars.org)
  • Jonah Hill was nominated for his supporting role in “The Wolf of Wall Street.” (Oscars.org)
  • Steve McQueen was nominated for achievement in directing for the film “12 Years a Slave.” (Oscars.org)
  • “12 Years a Slave” was nominated for best motion picture of the year. (Oscars.org)
  • “Dirty Wars” was nominated for best documentary feature of the year. (Oscars.org)
  • Julia Roberts was nominated for her performance in a supporting role in the film “August: Osage County.” (Oscars.org)
  • “Nebraska” was nominated for best motion picture of the year. (Oscars.org)
  • “Dallas Buyers Club” was nominated for the best motion picture of the year. (Oscars.org)
  • Christian Bale was nominated for best actor in a leading role for his performance in “American Hustle.” (Oscars.org)
  • Bradley Cooper was nominated for his supporting role in “American Hustle.” (Oscars.org)
  • “Captain Phillips,” starring Tom Hanks, was nominated for best motion picture of the year. (Oscars.org)

The 86th Academy Awards Nominees

Mike O'Sullivan
— A comedy about political corruption, a space drama and a tale of 19th-century slavery top the nominations for Hollywood’s Academy Awards, or Oscars, announced Thursday in Los Angeles. 

American Hustle, a corruption tale set in the 1970s, earned 10 Oscar nominations, including nods for leading actress Amy Adams, supporting actress Jennifer Lawrence, supporting actor Bradley Cooper, and actor Christian Bale, who plays a small-time confidence man.  The film's director, David O. Russell, earned an Oscar nomination for best director.

​Space saga Gravity also earned 10 nominations.  The film from Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, and tells the story of a disaster in space. Bullock earned an Oscar nomination for her starring role in the film.

12 Years a Slave earned nine Oscar nods.  Based on a true story, the film recounts the life of  Solomon Northrup, a free black man who was abducted and sold into slavery in the years before the American civil war.  The film earned nominations for British director Steve McQueen, supporting actor Michael Fassbender and supporting actress Lupita Nyong’o.  It brought a best actor nod for British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor.

From left, Chris Hemsworth and President of the Academy Cheryl Boone Isaacs announce the Academy Awards nominations at the 86th Academy Awards nomination ceremony, Jan. 16, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif.From left, Chris Hemsworth and President of the Academy Cheryl Boone Isaacs announce the Academy Awards nominations at the 86th Academy Awards nomination ceremony, Jan. 16, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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From left, Chris Hemsworth and President of the Academy Cheryl Boone Isaacs announce the Academy Awards nominations at the 86th Academy Awards nomination ceremony, Jan. 16, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif.
From left, Chris Hemsworth and President of the Academy Cheryl Boone Isaacs announce the Academy Awards nominations at the 86th Academy Awards nomination ceremony, Jan. 16, 2013 in Beverly Hills, Calif.
The Oscars are presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced the nominees with actor Chris Hemsworth. 

Captain Phillips, based on the true story of Somali pirates who attack an American cargo ship, earned six nominations, including one for Somali-born supporting actor Barkhad Abdi.  Absent from the list of nominees was the film’s star, Tom Hanks.

VOA's Pam Dockins spoke with Barkhad Abdi:



Dallas Buyers Club, also based on a true story, tells the story of Texas man with AIDS who becomes an unlikely activist.  The film’s six nominations include one for lead actor Matthew McConaughey, and another for supporting actor Jared Leto, who plays a transsexual.

Nebraska, the story of a father-son relationship, also had six Oscar nods, including for lead actor Bruce Dern, supporting actress June Squibb, as well as director Alexander Payne.

Other nominees include Meryl Streep for her starring role as the matriarch of a dysfunctional family in August: Osage County, Judi Dench for Philomena, and Cate Blanchett for her starring role in Woody Allen’s tragic comedy Blue Jasmine.  

​Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill earned acting nominations for Martin Scorsese’s corruption tale The Wolf of Wall Street.

Nine films will compete this year for best picture, and the Oscars will be presented March 2 in Hollywood.

Click here for full list of nominees

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