Beverly Hills, Jan. 16 (Reuters): Con-men caper American Hustle and space thriller Gravity led Oscar nominees today with 10 nominations each, including best picture, in the race for the world’s top film prize.
Slavery drama 12 Years a Slave received nine nominations, including in the best picture category, in a year crowded with high-quality films. Those three films will be joined by six others in the best picture competition: Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Her, Nebraska, Philomena, and The Wolf of Wall Street.
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’s Inside Llewyn Davis.
The Somali piracy thriller Captain Phillips, the AIDS activism tale Dallas Buyers Club, and heartland comedy Nebraska each secured six nominations. Director Martin Scorsese’s cautionary tale on financial greed, The Wolf of Wall Street, followed with five, as did the quirky computer-age romance, Her.
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.