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Oscars 2014: 12 Years A Slave and American Hustle lead nominees

12 Years A Slave

Story by Jack Foley

STEVE McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave will go head to head with David O Russell’s American Hustle at this year’s Oscars in most of the main categories.

Both films secured multiple nominations, including best film and best director. 12 Years – which secured nine nominations in total – also saw British actors Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender shortlisted for best actor and best supporting actor, as well as rising star Lupita Nyong’o for best supporting actress.

While American Hustle landed nominations in all of the main acting categories, with Brit Christian Bale shortlisted as best actor along with Amy Adams as best actress, Jennifer Lawrence as best supporting actress and Bradley Cooper as best supporting actor.

The two films, which were also shortlisted for their screenplays (12 Years for adapted, Hustle for original), were the big winners at Sunday’s Golden Globes, where 12 Years claimed the top prize of best film and Hustle walking away with three prizes.

Other multiple nominees include Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, which attracted nods for best film, for Scorsese himself as best director and for Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill for best actor and best supporting actor as well as Terence Winter for best adapted screenplay.

Dallas Buyers Club, which won Matthew McConaughey the best actor prize at the Golden Globes and saw Jared Leto take best supporting actor, is also shortlisted in several categories, including best film, best actor and best supporting actor.

While British film Philomena secured nominations for best film as well as best actress for Dame Judi Dench and best adapted screenplay for Steve Coogan (who also stars in the film) and Jeff Pope.

Space drama Gravity, which has a lot of technical British involvement, received nods for best film, best director (for Alfonso Cuaron) and best actress (Sandra Bullock) among the top awards – and tied with American Hustle with the most nominations overall (10).

A total of nine films will compete for the night’s top award – best film.

Of the notable snubs, Tom Hanks was overlooked in the best actor category for his jaw-droppingly good performance in Captain Phillips, as was the film’s director Paul Greengrass, while British actress Emma Thompson was snubbed in the best actress category for her role as Mary Poppins author PL Travers in Saving Mr Banks. Veteran actor Robert Redford also missed out on a best actor nomination for his role in JC Chandor’s All Is Lost.

Meryl Streep did, however, secure her umpteenth nomination in that category for her role in August: Osage County and will compete with Adams for American Hustle, Cate Blanchett for Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, Sandra Bullock for Gravity and Dame Judi for Philomena.

While Streep’s co-star in August, Julia Roberts, is shortlisted for best supporting actress along with current favourite Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle, June Squibb for Nebraska, Nyong’o for 12 Years and Britain’s Sally Hawkins for Blue Jasmine.

The race for best animated picture sees Disney’s Frozen emerge as an immediate front-runner for success. But there were also nods for The Croods, box office favourite Despicable Me 2, French film Ernest & Celestine and Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises.

The winners will be announced at the Oscars ceremony on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.

View the nominations in full