Los Angeles (AFP) – Crime caper “American Hustle” and 3D space spectacular “Gravity” topped the Oscars nominations list Thursday with 10 each, leading a crowded field of contenders for Hollywood’s most coveted honors.
Historical drama “12 Years a Slave” was close behind with nine nominations in a year chock full of critically acclaimed movies, leaving no clear frontrunners ahead of the Academy Awards on March 2.
“American Hustle” already had momentum after winning three major prizes at last weekend’s Golden Globes, Tinseltown’s second most high profile awards show, while the harrowing “12 Years a Slave” took best drama.
“Hustle,” “Gravity” and “Slave” were among nine movies nominated for the best picture Oscar, along with “Captain Phillips,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Her,” “Nebraska,” “Philomena,” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
Under recently changed rules, the best picture category can include between five and 10 films. The fact that nine are in the race this year underlines the strength of the competition.
Somali pirate drama “Captain Phillips,” AIDS activist film “Dallas Buyers Club” and black and white road movie “Nebraska” were next with six Oscar nods each, according to a list released by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
But there were also snubs: two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks failed to win a nomination for his roles in “Captain Phillips” or “Saving Mr Banks,” while awards season perennials Ethan and Joel Coen got only two nods for “Inside Llewyn Davis” — neither of them in the main categories.
Veteran actor Robert Redford also did not make the best actor shortlist for his powerful solo performance in shipwreck movie “All is Lost.”
For best actor, the nominees were Christian Bale for “American Hustle,” Bruce Dern for “Nebraska,” Leonardo DiCaprio for “The Wolf of Wall Street,” Chiwetel Ejiofor for “12 Years a Slave” and Matthew McConaughey for “Dallas Buyers Club.”
Both DiCaprio and McConaughey won Golden Globes for their performances. At the Globes, the main acting prizes are split between drama and musical/comedy films.