2014 Oscar Nominations: ‘American Hustle’ and ‘Gravity’ Lead


Actual superhero Chris Hemsworth rose from Asgard on Thursday morning to tell us all the nominees for the 86th annual Academy Awards. American Hustle and Gravity lead the race with 10 nominations apiece, and 12 Years a Slave is right behind with nine. Performers who got shut out after competing and losing at the Golden Globes include Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Idris Elba, Joaquin Phoenix, Julie Delpy, Robert Redford, and Kate Winslet. Jonah Hill is now a two-time Academy Award nominee, though. And Leonardo DiCaprio has his fourth nomination since 1994, and maybe his best shot at winning.

The Best Director category edged out Globes nominee Paul Greengrass in favor of Martin Scorsese; Dallas Buyers Club also snuck into the Best Picture race after the Globes saw acting awards go to Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey. Speaking of Best Picture: There are only nine nominees, marking the third consecutive year the Academy has eschewed the option for a 10th selection. We’ve included some of the shiniest categories below; head to the Academy’s site for a full list of the nominees, and stay tuned for Grantland Oscarologist Mark Harris’s take on the contenders.

Best Motion Picture
12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Director
Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
David O. Russell, American Hustle
Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street

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

Best Supporting Actor
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Jonah Hill, Wolf of Wall Street
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

Best 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

Best Original Screenplay
Spike Jonze, Her
Bob Nelson, Nebraska
Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine
Craig Borten and Melisa Wallack, Dallas Buyers Club
David O. Russell and Eric Singer, American Hustle

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

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