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'12 Years a Slave' Expected to Lead Oscar Nomination Lists

FILE - Cast member Chiwetel Ejiofor poses at a special screening of '12 Years a Slave' at the Directors Guild of America.
FILE - Cast member Chiwetel Ejiofor poses at a special screening of '12 Years a Slave' at the Directors Guild of America.
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A number of top-flight films based on real-life events will be the major contenders when the nominees for this year's Academy Awards are announced Thursday in Los Angeles.

The film 12 Years a Slave, the true story of a free black man kidnapped and sold into slavery in pre-Civil War America, is considered a likely nominee in the best picture category, along with American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street, two films set against actual political and financial corruption scandals. Captain Phillips, the real-life tale of the kidnapping of a tanker by Somali pirates, is expected to be nominated as well. Also considered likely to be a best picture nominee is the outer space adventure drama Gravity.

The leads from many of those same films are favorites to compete for the best actor Oscar, including Britain's Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave, Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street, Tom Hanks for Captain Phillips, and Matthew McConaughey for his portrayal of an AIDS patient in Dallas Buyers Club. A potential dark horse is 77-year-old Robert Redford for the survival drama All is Lost.

The official announcement is scheduled for 8:40 am EST. The 86th annual Academy Awards will be presented on March 2nd in Hollywood during a live televised broadcast.

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