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American Hustle and Gravity vie for Oscars

The heavy weight cast of “American Hustle” is pushing its weight on the Oscars.
The heavy weight cast of “American Hustle” is pushing its weight on the Oscars.

Con drama “American Hustle” and space movie “Gravity” lead this year's Oscar nominations, with 10 nods each.
“American Hustle” was shortlisted in all four acting categories for its stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. It is also up for best picture alongside “Gravity”, which earned a best director nod for Alfonso Cuaron and best actress for Sandra Bullock.
“12 Years a Slave” got nine nominations, including best director and picture. The film's stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o were also nominated in the best actor, supporting actor and supporting actress categories.
British film “Philomena” is up for four awards, including best picture.
“Captain Phillips”, “12 Years a Slave”, “Nebraska”, “The Wolf of Wall Street”, “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Her” are also among the nine films nominated for the coveted top award.
David O Russell's “American Hustle” is only the 15th movie in Oscars' history to land nominations in the four main acting categories - although no film has ever won all the awards. Russell achieved the same feat with “Silver Linings Playbook” last year as well, with Lawrence winning best actress.
It is Adams's fifth Oscar nomination - and her first in the leading actress category, although she has never collected a statuette. She will compete with Bullock for “Gravity”, Cate Blanchett for “Blue Jasmine”, Dame Judi Dench for “Philomena” and Meryl Streep - who scored her 18th Oscar nomination - for “August: Osage County”.


The best actor category sees British stars Bale and Ejiofor up against Bruce Dern for “Nebraska”, Leonardo DiCaprio for “The Wolf of Wall Street” and Matthew McConaughey for “Dallas Buyers Club”.
Sally Hawkins is up for best supporting actress for her role in Woody Allen's “Blue Jasmine”, alongside Lawrence, Nyong'o, Julia Roberts and June Squibb.
In the best supporting actor category, Michael Fassbender and Cooper will vie with Jonah Hill, Barkhad Abdi and Jared Leto.
“Philomena”, based on the true story of an Irish woman who was forced to give up her son, was also nominated for best original score and adapted screenplay for its writers Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope.
The five films competing for the best animated feature prize include “The Croods”, “Despicable Me 2”, “Frozen”, Japanese film “The Wind Rises” and Belgian animation “Ernest & Celestine” - the story of an unlikely friendship between a bear and a mouse.
Irish band U2 were nominated for best original song for “Ordinary Love”, which featured in “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”.
However, the film's star Idris Elba was among some notable omissions for his role as Nelson Mandela. Other actors who didn't make the cut included Tom Hanks for “Captain Phillips”, Emma Thompson for “Saving Mr Banks” and Robert Redford for “All Is Lost”.
There was also no recognition for biographical drama “The Butler”, while Paul Greengrass and the Coen brothers were overlooked in the best director category - with the Coen's film “Inside Llewyn Davis” earning just two nominations, despite high expectations.
The winners will be announced at the Oscars ceremony on March 2, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.
 

Source: BBC

Published: 12:00 am Saturday, January 18, 2014

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