“Gravity” and “American Hustle” came out on top when the Academy Award nominations were announced, picking up 10 nods each. “Gravity’s” haul included Picture, Director (Alfonso Cuaron), Actress (Sandra Bullock), and a slew of technical nominations. See the complete list of nominations here.
“American Hustle” earned bids for Picture, Director (David O. Russell), and all four acting categories: Actor (Christian Bale), Actress (Amy Adams), Supporting Actor (Bradley Cooper), and Supporting Actress (Jennifer Lawrence). Russell continues to outdo himself at the Oscars: the 10 bids for “Hustle” tops the eight earned last year by “Silver Linings Playbook” and the seven earned in 2010 by “The Fighter.”
“12 Years a Slave” earned fewer nominations than expected: nine. But those include all of its anticipated bids in top categories: Picture, Director (Steve McQueen), Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender), Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o), and Adapted Screenplay.
“Captain Phillips,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” and “Nebraska” were the next most nominated films with six apiece. Paul Greengrass‘s docudrama contends for Picture, Supporting Actor (Barkhad Abdi), and Original Screenplay, though Greengrass was snubbed for director and star Tom Hanks was left out of Best Actor. “Nebraska” earned a surprise bid for director Alexander Payne.
“Saving Mr. Banks” had been expected to do well but was left out of major categories, earning only a nomination for its score. “Inside Llewyn Davis” also underperformed. It was snubbed for Picture and Original Screenplay and earned only a pair of bids for Sound Mixing and Cinematography.
Two of the top contenders for Best Documentary Feature were omitted — “Blackfish” and “Stories We Tell” — in favor of “The Act of Killing,” “Cutie and the Boxer,” “Dirty Wars,” “The Square,” and “20 Feet from Stardom.”
There was also a major snub in the Best Animated Feature category: “Monsters University,” the rare Pixar film left out of the Best Animated Feature category. The nominees instead were “The Croods,” “Despicable Me 2,” “Ernest and Celestine,” “Frozen,” and “The Wind Rises.”
Wong Kar-Wai‘s “The Grandmaster” picked up nominations for Costume Design and Cinematography, though it was surprisingly omitted from the Foreign Language Film race, whose nominees are “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” “The Great Beauty,” “The Hunt,” “The Missing Picture,” and “Omar.”
COMPLETE OSCAR NOMINATIONS COVERAGE: