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Oscars: ‘Hustle,’ ‘Gravity’ lead field; Hanks, Redford snubbed


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Though much of awards season had played out between favorites "12 Years a Slave" and "American Hustle" (both best picture winners at the Golden Globes on Sunday), the global box-office hit "Gravity" emerged Thursday thanks partly to its strength in technical categories. It was nominated for all seven technical awards, including cinematography, production design, editing and visual effects.

Alfonso Cuaron’s innovative depiction of being lost in space has been hailed for reinvigorating the spectacle of the big-screen experience. Having taken in more than $670 million worldwide, it’s easily the most popular of the best-picture nominees.

At a glance

86th Annual Academy Award nominations

1. Best Picture: “American Hustle,” “Captain Phillips,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Gravity,” “Her,” “Nebraska,” “Philomena,” “12 Years a Slave,” “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

2. 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.”

3. Actress: Amy Adams, “American Hustle”; Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”; Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”; Judi Dench, “Philomena”; Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County.”

4. 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.”

5. Supporting Actress: Sally Hawkins, “Blue Jasmine”; Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”; Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”; Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”; June Squibb, “Nebraska.”

6. Directing: David O. Russell, “American Hustle”; Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity”; Alexander Payne, “Nebraska”; Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”; Martin Scorsese, “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

7. Foreign Language Film: “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” Belgium; “The Great Beauty,” Italy; “The Hunt,” Denmark; “The Missing Picture,” Cambodia; “Omar,” Palestinian territories.

8. Adapted Screenplay: Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, “Before Midnight”; Billy Ray, “Captain Phillips”; Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, “Philomena”; John Ridley, “12 Years a Slave”; Terence Winter, “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

9. Original Screenplay: Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell, “American Hustle”; Woody Allen, “Blue Jasmine”; Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack, “Dallas Buyers Club”; Spike Jonze, “Her”; Bob Nelson, “Nebraska.”

10. Animated Feature Film: “The Croods”; “Despicable Me 2”; “Ernest & Celestine”; “Frozen”; “The Wind Rises.”

11. Production Design: “American Hustle,” “Gravity,” “The Great Gatsby,” “Her,” “12 Years a Slave.”

12. Cinematography: “The Grandmaster,” “Gravity,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Nebraska,” “Prisoners.”

13. Sound Mixing: “Captain Phillips,” “Gravity,” “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Lone Survivor.”

14. Sound Editing: “All Is Lost,” “Captain Phillips,” “Gravity,” “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Lone Survivor.”

15. Original Score: “The Book Thief,” John Williams; “Gravity,” Steven Price; “Her,” William Butler and Owen Pallett; “Philomena,” Alexandre Desplat; “Saving Mr. Banks,” Thomas Newman.

16. Original Song: “Alone Yet Not Alone” from “Alone Yet Not Alone,” Bruce Broughton and Dennis Spiegel; “Happy” from “Despicable Me 2,” Pharrell Williams; “Let It Go” from “Frozen,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez; “The Moon Song” from “Her,” Karen O and Spike Jonze; “Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen.

17. Costume: “American Hustle,” “The Grandmaster,” “The Great Gatsby,” “The Invisible Woman,” “12 Years a Slave.”

18. Documentary Feature: “The Act of Killing,” “Cutie and the Boxer,” “Dirty Wars,” “The Square,” “20 Feet from Stardom.”

19. Documentary (short subject): “CaveDigger,” “Facing Fear,” “Karama Has No Walls,” “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life,” “Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall.”

20. Film Editing: “American Hustle,” “Captain Phillips,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Gravity,” “12 Years a Slave.”

21. Makeup and Hairstyling: “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa,” “The Lone Ranger.”

22. Animated Short Film: “Feral,” “Get a Horse!,” “Mr. Hublot,” “Possessions”, “Room on the Broom.”

23. Live Action Short Film: “Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me),” “Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just before Losing Everything),” “Helium,” “Pitaako Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?),” “The Voorman Problem.”

24. Visual Effects: “Gravity,” “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Iron Man 3,” “The Lone Ranger,” “Star Trek Into Darkness.”

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Though historically the most-nominated films have taken home best picture, that’s not been the case in recent years. In six of the last 10 years, the most-nominated film hasn’t triumphed in the end, including last year when Steven Spielberg’s "Lincoln," with 12 nominations, was beaten by Ben Affleck’s "Argo."

The Coen brothers’ folk tale "Inside Llewyn Davis," one of the most critically acclaimed films of the year, garnered only nominations for cinematography and sound mixing. And while 2013 was trumpeted as one of the best years for African-American cinema, movies like "Lee Daniels’ The Butler" and "Fruitvale Station" weren’t nominated (including Oprah Winfrey’s performance in "The Butler").

Along with Nyong’o, Squibb and Lawrence, the best supporting actress nominees were Julia Roberts ("August: Osage County") and Sally Hawkins ("Blue Jasmine").

Despite a lot of support, James Gandolfini wasn’t posthumously nominated for one of his final performances in "Enough Said."

Woody Allen scored his record 16th screenwriting nomination for "Blue Jasmine." Also up for original screenplay are "American Hustle," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Her" and "Nebraska." In the adapted screenplay category are "Before Midnight," "Captain Phillips," "Philomena," "12 Years a Slave" and "The Wolf of Wall Street."

Terence Winter, who penned the script to "Wolf," was able to uniquely share the nomination experience with his wife, Rachel Winter, a producer of "Dallas Buyers Club." Winter said it was "surreal."

Pixar, usually a mainstay in the best animation category, was left out this year. Its "Monsters University" ceded the category to "Frozen," "The Wind Rises," "Despicable Me 2," "The Croods" and "Ernest & Celestine."

Surprisingly overlooked in the documentary category was Sarah Polley’s acclaimed family history "Stories We Tell." Nominated were "The Act of Killing," "The Square," "Cutie and the Boxer," "Dirty Wars" and "20 Feet From Stardom."


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Nominated for best foreign-langue film were films from Italy ("The Great Beauty"), Denmark ("The Hunt"), Belgium ("The Broken Circle"), Cambodia ("The Missing Picture") and Palestine ("Omar").

This year’s Oscar telecast on March 2, with Ellen DeGeneres hosting for the second time, has particular pressure on it to live up to the increasingly popular Golden Globes. With hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, ratings for the Globes have increased the last two years and drawn good reviews. The Academy Awards have meanwhile struggled to freshen up its more prestigious brand.

But comebacks are always possible. The most notorious flop of 2013, "The Lone Ranger," managed to land two nominations, for visual effects and makeup and hairstyle.

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Associated Press writers Anthony McCartney, Derrik J. Lang and Jessica Herndon in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

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Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jake—coyle



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