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Oscar Snubs & Surprises: 'American Hustle,' 'Gravity' Lead With 10 Nods, '12 Years A Slave' Has 9… But Oprah & Tom Hanks Were Overlooked

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Jan. 16 2014, Published 11:10 a.m. ET

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American Hustle and Gravity lead this year's Academy Award nominations, announced Thursday in Beverly Hills, and we've got all the details for you right here on

David O. Russell's crime caper starring Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence, and Alfonso Cuaron's breathtaking space thriller both have 10 nominations at the 86th annual film awards, while 12 Years a Slave  follows closely behind with nine nods.

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American Hustle is up for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay, as well as acting nominations for all four main cast members including Bale, Lawrence, Amy Adams and Bradley Cooper.

Gravity and 12 Years a Slave are also in contention for Best Picture alongside Philomena, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Nebraska, Her, and The Wolf of Wall Street.

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12 Years a Slave has yielded a Best Actor nomination for leading man Chiwetel Ejiofor, Best Supporting Actor for Michael Fassbender and Best Supporting Actress for newcomer Lupita Nyongo. Sandra Bullock has earned an Oscar nod for Gravity, as has the film's visionary director Alfonso Cuaron.

Superstars Oprah Winfrey (The Butler) and Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips) were the morning's most notable snubs, as many outlets and social media users expressed shock and outrage over their respective exclusions. Others who were left out, to a puzzled response from the public, include Scarlett Johansson (Her), Robert Redford (All Is Lost), Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) and the late James Gandolfini (Enough Said).

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Elsewhere, Golden Globe Award winners Matthew McConaughey and Cate Blanchett continue to rack up award nominations as they are up for Best Actor and Best Actress for Dallas Buyers Club and Blue Jasmine, respectively.

Three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep earns a record 18th Oscar nomination for August: Osage County and her co-star Julia Roberts, who is also a past Best Actress winner, is up for Best Supporting Actress.

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The nominations were announced by Chris Hemsworth and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs.

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The 86th annual Academy Awards, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, take place on March 2.

2014 Academy Awards (selected nominations)

Best Picture

American Hustle

Captain Phillips

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12 Years a Slave

The Wolf of Wall Street

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Best Animated Feature

The Croods

Despicable Me 2

Ernest & Celestine


The Wind Rises

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

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Best Supporting Actor

Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips

Bradley Cooper, American Hustle

Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave

Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street

Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Supporting Actress

Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine

Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

Lupita Nyongo, 12 Years a Slave

Julia Roberts, August: Osage County

June Squibb, Nebraska

Best Adapted Screenplay

Before Midnight

Captain Phillips


12 Years a Slave

The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Original Screenplay

American Hustle

Blue Jasmine

Dallas Buyers Club



Best Original Song

Alone Not Yet Alone from Alone Not Yet Alone

Happy from Despicable Me 2

Let It Go from Frozen

The Moon Song from Her

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