Oscar Nominations: ‘Hustle,’ ‘Gravity’ Edge Out ’12 Years a Slave’

Amy Adams (left) and Christian Bale in 'American Hustle' (Photo: Annapuma/Columbia)

Amy Adams (left) and Christian Bale in ‘American Hustle’ (Photo: Annapuma/Columbia)

Hollywood emerged from their lingering Golden Globes weekend hangovers this morning to find out who would be invited to the town’s biggest party of the year. That question has been answered: American Hustle and Gravity led today’s Oscar nominations (January 16) with 10 apiece, with 12 Years a Slave just behind them with nine. Clearly, as we’d surmised for months, the Best Picture race is a three-way competition between those startlingly different movies. (All three have strong British pedigrees, in cast or crew.)

Hustle‘s success clearly lifted stars Christian Bale and Amy Adams into the lead acting categories, with their more sure-thing supporting co-stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence also making the cut. Adams, who played a con-artist faking a British accent, edged out Saving Mr. BanksEmma Thompson, long considered a lock for a Best Actress nod for playing Aussie Mary Poppins creator P.L. Travers. However, fellow Brit Dame Judi Dench earned her seventh Oscar nomination, getting in today for Philomena.

Sadly, we didn’t see Idris Elba mentioned in the Best Actor field for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, but his British compatriots Bale and Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) were shortlisted. Fine British actress Sally Hawkins, snubbed for Happy-Go-Lucky five years ago, finally received a long-delayed Oscar nomination, this year for Woody Allen‘s Blue Jasmine opposite presumptive Best Actress winner Cate Blanchett.

Michael Fassbender, dancing partner for Benedict Cumberbatch and formerly of BBC AMERICA’s Hex, won his very first nomination today. He was honored for his role as vicious slave master Epps in 12 Years a Slave. His frequent British collaborator Steve McQueen received a Best Director nomination for 12 Years.

Meanwhile, British director Paul Greengrass was denied a nomination for helming Best Picture nominee Captain Phillips.

And while Steve Coogan (I’m Alan Partridge) did not score a Supporting Actor nomination, he did receive a nod for co-writing Philomena.

The Academy Awards will be handed out Sunday, March 2 in a ceremony hosted by Ellen DeGeneres on ABC. Here are select nominees:

BEST PICTURE
12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity
Her
Nebraska
Philomena
The Wolf of Wall Street

BEST DIRECTOR
David O. Russell, American Hustle
Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Alexander Payne, Nebraska
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street

BEST ACTOR
Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

BEST ACTRESS
Amy Adams, American Hustle
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
American Hustle
Blue Jasmine
Her
Nebraska
Dallas Buyers Club

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Before Midnight
Captain Phillips
Philomena
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
June Squibb, Nebraska
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

BEST ANIMATED FILM
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Frozen
The Wind Rises
Ernest & Clementine

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
The Grandmaster
Gravity
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska
Prisoners

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Michael Wilkinson, American Hustle
William Chang Suk Ping, The Grandmaster
Catherine Martin, The Great Gatsby
Michael O’Connor, The Invisible Woman
Patricia Norris, 12 Years a Slave

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
The Act of KillingJoshua Oppenheimer and Signe Byrge Sørensen
Cutie and the Boxer Zachary Heinzerling and Lydia Dean Pilcher
Dirty Wars Richard Rowley and Jeremy Scahill
The Square Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer
20 Feet from Stardom Nominees to be determined

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
CaveDigger Jeffrey Karoff
Facing Fear Jason Cohen
Karama Has No Walls Sara Ishaq
The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life Malcolm Clarke and Nicholas Reed
Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall Edgar Barens

BEST FILM EDITING
American Hustle Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten
Captain Phillips Christopher Rouse
Dallas Buyers Club John Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa
Gravity Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger
12 Years a Slave Joe Walker

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
The Broken Circle Breakdown Belgium
The Great Beauty Italy
The Hunt Denmark
The Missing Picture Cambodia
Omar Palestine

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
Dallas Buyers Club Adruitha Lee and Robin Mathews
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa Stephen Prouty
The Lone Ranger Joel Harlow and Gloria Pasqua-Casny

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
John Williams, The Book Thief
Steven Price, Gravity
William Butler and Owen Pallett, Her
Alexandre Desplat, Philomena
Thomas Newman, Saving Mr. Banks

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Alone Yet Not Alone” from Alone Yet Not Alone
Music by Bruce Broughton; Lyric by Dennis Spiegel

“Happy” from Despicable Me 2
Music and Lyric by Pharrell Williams

“Let It Go” from Frozen
Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

“The Moon Song” from Her
Music by Karen O; Lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze

Ordinary Love from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen; Lyric by Paul Hewson

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
American Hustle
Production Design: Judy Becker; Set Decoration: Heather Loeffler

Gravity
Production Design: Andy Nicholson; Set Decoration: Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard

The Great Gatsby
Production Design: Catherine Martin; Set Decoration: Beverley Dunn

Her
Production Design: K.K. Barrett; Set Decoration: Gene Serdena

12 Years a Slave
Production Design: Adam Stockhausen; Set Decoration: Alice Baker

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
“Feral” Daniel Sousa and Dan Golden
“Get a Horse!” Lauren MacMullan and Dorothy McKim
“Mr. Hublot” Laurent Witz and Alexandre Espigares
“Possessions” Shuhei Morita
“Room on the Broom” Max Lang and Jan Lachauer

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
“Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)” Esteban Crespo
“Avant Que De Tout Perdre (Just before Losing Everything)” Xavier Legrand and Alexandre Gavras
“Helium” Anders Walter and Kim Magnusson
“Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa? (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)” Selma Vilhunen and Kirsikka Saari
“The Voorman Problem” Mark Gill and Baldwin Li

BEST SOUND EDITING
All Is Lost Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns
Captain Phillips Oliver Tarney
Gravity Glenn Freemantle
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Brent Burge
Lone Survivor Wylie Stateman

BEST SOUND MIXING
Captain Phillips Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith and Chris Munro
Gravity Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick and Tony Johnson
Inside Llewyn Davis Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland
Lone Survivor Andy Koyama, Beau Borders and David Brownlow

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Gravity Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and Eric Reynolds
Iron Man 3 Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash and Dan Sudick
The Lone Ranger Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams and John Frazier
Star Trek Into Darkness Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann and Burt Dalton

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Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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