Oscar nominations: ‘American Hustle,’ ‘Gravity,’ ’12 Years a Slave’ lead count

Friday, January 17th, 2014. Filed under: Entertainment Hollywood Stars
A giant screen shows the Oscar nominees for Best Actor, at the 86th Academy Awards nominations announcement ©AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECK

A giant screen shows the Oscar nominees for Best Actor, at the 86th Academy Awards nominations announcement
©AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECK

(Relaxnews) – Crime comedy “American Hustle” and sci-fi thriller “Gravity” emerged from the 86th Academy Award nominations round with ten apiece, while historical drama “12 Years a Slave” stood on nine.

Ensemble piece “American Hustle,” set in the 1970s and 1980s, picked up nominations for Best Picture, Best Director (David O. Russell), Actor (Christian Bale), Actress (Amy Adams), Supporting Actor (Bradley Cooper), Supporting Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Costume Design, Film Editing, Production Design and Original Screenplay.

By contrast, the minimal casting of “Gravity” saw Sandra Bullock nominated for Best Actress, Alfonso Cuaron was nominated to the Best Director category, and the film itself was among the nine contenders in the Best Picture group.

A giant screen shows the Oscar nominees for Best Actress at the 86th Academy Awards nominations announcement ©AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECK

A giant screen shows the Oscar nominees for Best Actress at the 86th Academy Awards nominations announcement
©AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECK

Otherwise, it collected nominations in Cinematography, Editing, Original Score, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects, with Production Design its only other category shared with “American Hustle.”

“12 Years A Slave,” based on the 1853 memoir of Solomon Northup, is also in for Best Picture, with Chiwetel Ejiofor nominated for Best Actor, Michael Fassbender as Best Supporting Actor, Lupita Nyong’o as Best Supporting Actress, and recognition given also for costume, direction (Steve McQueen), editing, production design, and adapted screenplay.

Sharing nominations for Best Picture were “Captain Phillips” (6 nominations total), “Dallas Buyers Club” (6), “Nebraska” (6), “The Wolf of Wall Street” (5), “Her” (4) and “Philomena” (4).

Other multiple nominees announced at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater on January 16 were “Blue Jasmine” and “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” with three each, while the twice-nominated works were “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “The Grandmaster,” “Lone Survivor,” “The Lone Ranger,” “The Great Gatsby” and “August: Osage County.”

Of those, “August: Osage County” is of particular note, having seen both principal lead Meryl Streep and supporting actress Julia Roberts nominated to their respective categories; “Blue Jasmine” won nominations for writer Woody Allen, his lead actress Cate Blanchett, and supporting actress Sally Hawkins.

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