“American Hustle” and “Gravity” led nominations for the 86th Academy Awards with 10 each, followed by nine for “12 Years a Slave.” The trio will compete for best picture in a category that this year has nine entrants, also including “Captain Phillips,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Her,” “Nebraska,” “Philomena,” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
Oscar voters always provide a few surprises, but this year they outdid themselves. In a strong year, a lot of good work went unrecognized, including Paul Greengrass, Tom Hanks, Robert Redford and Emma Thompson, while critical favs “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Saving Mr. Banks” and “Lone Survivor” got less-than-hoped-for attention.
Sally Hawkins, Christian Bale and Amy Adams were not shoo-ins, so their inclusion is a mild surprise. Bale and Adams, along with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, mean that a David O. Russell film has been repped in all four acting categories…
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