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  • Friday, 17 Jan 2014

While his co-star Barkhad Abdi received a nod for Best Supporting Actor, Captain Phillips lead actor and two-time winner Tom Hanks was surprisingly left out.

American Hustle, Gravity and 12 Years A Slave lead this year’s highly competitive race for Hollywood’s top trophies.

THREE films – American Hustle, Gravity and 12 Years A Slave – cemented their frontrunner status for the Oscars on Thursday in what is shaping up to be a highly competitive year for Hollywood’s top honours.

Director David O. Russell’s 1970s conmen caper American Hustle and Alfonso Cuaron’s space thriller Gravity each won 10 Academy Award nominations, while Steve McQueen’s brutal depiction of slavery in 12 Years A Slave secured nine. All three films garnered nods for best picture and best director.

“This has been an amazing ride, and to receive nine nominations from the Academy is testament to all of the hard work,” said McQueen, a British filmmaker who unearthed the real-life American story about a free man sold into slavery.

But in a year hailed as one of high quality for the Hollywood industry, several other films could challenge the favourites in the race for the world’s top film prizes.

Somali piracy thriller Captain Phillips, the AIDS activism tale Dallas Buyers Club, and heartland comedy Nebraska, each garnered six nominations.

Martin Scorsese’s cautionary tale on financial greed, The Wolf Of Wall Street, quirky computer-age romance Her and adoption drama Philomena round out the nine nominees for best picture.

Members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences may nominate up to 10 films for best picture, but only chose nine this year. A notable exclusion was the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, which had won some top critics’ awards, and scored only two nods overall.

The race could be complicated by the long lead time to the Oscars ceremony, to be hosted by comedian Ellen DeGeneres in Los Angeles on March 2.

Top actors snubbed

The crowded honours race spilled over into the acting categories, where the Academy snubbed some veteran stars and instead chose to recognise up-and-coming talent.

Eight individuals in the acting categories are first-time nominees, including Chiwetel Ejiofor as the free man sold into slavery in 12 Years A Slave. He will compete in the best actor race with Matthew McConaughey, the Golden Globe winner last Sunday for his role as the unlikely AIDS crusader in Dallas Buyers Club, and Leonardo DiCaprio as the swindling, fast-living stockbroker in The Wolf Of Wall Street. DiCaprio said he “found the role to be one of the most challenging and rewarding of my career”.

And while the best actor race included veteran Bruce Dern for his cantankerous old man in Nebraska and Christian Bale as the conman with bad hair in American Hustle, it excluded Robert Redford, who won acclaim for his solo role as a sailor lost at sea in All Is Lost, and Tom Hanks as the captain under siege in Captain Phillips.

Hanks, who has not won an Oscar since his back-to-back wins in 1994 and 1995, was considered a favourite, mostly because of his harrowing final scene in the film.

While his co-star Barkhad Abdi received a nod for Best Supporting Actor, Captain Phillips lead actor and two-time winner Tom Hanks was surprisingly left out.

“I’m disappointed by it,” said Captain Phillips producer Michael De Luca. “It was a crowded field this year. It’s a great field of movies. I think with Tom, who has been so excellent in everything for so long, he makes it look easy.” Hanks’ Somali nemesis in the film played by newcomer Barkhad Abdi did win a best supporting actor nod, however.

Good year for veteran actresses and Oscar winners

Meryl Streep extended her lead as the most nominated performer with an 18th nomination, this year for best actress as the matriarch in August: Osage County. Streep goes up against fellow Oscar winners Sandra Bullock as the astronaut lost in space in Gravity, Cate Blanchett as the riches-to-rags socialite in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, and Judi Dench as the Irish mother who loses her son in Philomena. Amy Adams is nominated for her turn as a con-lady in American Hustle.

The nominees for Best Actress. – AFP

“This is just the loveliest news,” said Dench. “I’m so happy for everybody involved, and so proud to have been part of the wonderful experience that Philomena has been.”

The list excluded Emma Thompson, praised for her role as the Mary Poppins author in Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks.

Rare feat for ‘American Hustle’

In the supporting categories, there was a nod for newcomer Lupita Nyong’o as the slave Patsey and another for her cruel master, played by Michael Fassbender, in 12 Years A Slave.

American Hustle also earned supporting nominations for actors from Russell’s hit last year Silver Linings Playbook – Jennifer Lawrence, who won the best actress Oscar, and Bradley Cooper.

The nominees for Best Supporting Actress. – AFP

Russell’s romp through 1970s New York earned nominations for best picture, directing, writing and all four acting categories, a rare feat he also scored last year.

At the Golden Globes on Sunday, 12 Years A Slave, distributed by Fox Searchlight, a unit of 21st Century Fox , won best drama while American Hustle, distributed by Sony, won best musical or comedy. Gravity was distributed by Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner Inc.

In the next few weeks, Hollywood will look to see how the actors, producers, directors and writers guild awards shape up.

Their members also constitute the bulk of the 6,000 Academy members.

Oscar voters have a longer time this year between nominations and awards and there is a risk they could get bored by the frontrunners, change their minds or be distracted by the Winter Olympics, said awards handicapper Tom O’Neil of

“Right now it’s looking like 12 Years A Slave is ahead based on the momentum,” said O’Neil. “It feels very important. It has the urgent social message that the Oscar voters like, but it’s a hard movie to take.”

American Hustle, he added, has an A-list cast, a good box office and lighter fare, while Gravity is “a spectacular achievement cinematically”. Cuaron won best director at the Globes and the techical advances he used to depict the wonders of space in Gravity yielded nominations for cinematography, visual effects and sound, among other technical categories. – Reuters

List of key nominations of the 86th Academy Awards (winners will be revealed in Hollywood on March 2):


American Hustle

Captain Phillips

Dallas Buyers Club





12 Years A Slave

The Wolf Of Wall Street


Christian Bale in American Hustle

Bruce Dern in Nebraska

Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf Of Wall Street

Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years A Slave

Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club


Amy Adams in American Hustle

Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine

Sandra Bullock in Gravity

Judi Dench in Philomena

Meryl Streep in August: Osage County


David O. Russell for American Hustle

Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity

Alexander Payne for Nebraska

Steve McQueen for 12 Years A Slave

Martin Scorsese for The Wolf Of Wall Street


Barkhad Abdi in Captain Phillips

Bradley Cooper in American Hustle

Michael Fassbender in 12 Years A Slave

Jonah Hill in The Wolf Of Wall Street

Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club


Sally Hawkins in Blue Jasmine

Jennifer Lawrence in American Hustle

Lupita Nyong’o in 12 Years A Slave

Julia Roberts in August: Osage County

June Squibb in Nebraska


Before Midnight

Captain Phillips


12 Years A Slave

The Wolf Of Wall Street


American Hustle

Blue Jasmine

Dallas Buyers Club




Broken Circle Breakdown, Belgium

The Great Beauty, Italy

The Hunt, Denmark

The Missing Picture, Cambodia

Omar, Palestine


The Croods

Despicable Me 2

Ernest & Celestine


The Wind Rises


The Act Of Killing

Cutie And The Boxer

Dirty Wars

The Square

20 Feet From Stardom


Alone Yet Not Alone from Alone Yet Not Alone

Happy from Despicable Me 2

Let It Go from Frozen

The Moon Song from Her

Ordinary Love from Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom


The Book Thief




Saving Mr. Banks


American Hustle

The Grandmaster

The Great Gatsby

The Invisible Woman

12 Years A Slave


The Grandmaster


Inside Llewyn Davis




Dallas Buyers Club

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

The Lone Ranger



The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

Iron Man 3

The Lone Ranger

Star Trek Into Darkness

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