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Oscar Nominees Revealed

The 86th Annual Academy Awards announced their nominations on Thursday Jan. 16, 2014. There were several unexpected snubs and films expected to earn their nomination. Here is a partial list of the nominees.

Best Picture: “American Hustle,” “Captain Phillips,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Gravity,” “Her,” “Nebraska,” “Philomena,” “12 Years a Slave” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.

The Academy continues its latest tradition of including ten films in the Best Picture lineup. The competition this year is mainly between critics favorite “American Hustle,” the technological feat “Gravity” and the moving “12 Years a Slave.” 

Best Actor: 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.”

Two notable snubs include Joaquin Phoenix for “Her” and Robert Redford for “All is Lost.” While Chiwetel Ejiofor has gotten praise for his incredible portrayal of Solomon Northup, Matthew McConaughey seems to push him out as the frontrunner. McConaughey has already won the Golden Globe and the SAG Award this role, and is an expected win for the Oscar.

Best Actress: Amy Adams for “American Hustle,” Cate Blanchett for “Blue Jasmine,” Sandra Bullock for “Gravity,” Judi Dench for “Philomena” and Meryl Streep for “August: Osage County.”

Emma Thompson was snubbed for her role as the cold Mary Poppins creator in “Saving Mr. Banks.” While Amy Adams has earned her first leading actress Oscar nomination and acclaim for “American Hustle,” Cate Blanchett is a lock to take home her second Oscar for Streetcar Named Desire-esque role in “Blue Jasmine.”

Best Supporting Actor:  Barkhad Abdi for “Captain Phillips,” Bradley Cooper for “American Hustle,” Jonah Hill for “The Wolf of Wall Street,” Michael Fassbender for “12 Years a Slave” and Jared Leto for “Dallas Buyers Club.”

A surprising snub for this category was a posthumous nod for James Gandolfini in “Enough Said.” However, not even that nomination could stop Jared Leto from winning his assured lock in this category.

Best Supporting Actress: Sally Hawkins for “Blue Jasmine,” Julia Roberts for “August: Osage County,” Lupita Nyong’o for “12 Years a Slave,” Jennifer Lawrence for “American Hustle” and June Squibb for “Nebraska.”

Audience favorite Jennifer Lawrence has a strong chance of becoming the youngest actor to win two Oscars back-to-back. However, newcomer Lupita Nyong’o should take the prize for her poignant portrayal of the young slave Patsy in “12 Years a Slave.”

Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron for “Gravity,” Steve McQueen for “12 Years a Slave,” David O’Russell for “American Hustle,” Martin Scorsese for “The Wolf of Wall Street” and Alexander Payne for “Nebraska.”

Alfonso Cuaron is the assured frontrunner for the game-changing cinematic achievement about space travel, “Gravity.”

The 86th Annual Academy Awards air on Mar. 2, 2014 on ABC at 8 p.m. For the full list of nominees, go to http://www.oscars.com

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