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2014 Academy Awards: 'American Hustle,' 'Gravity' lead Oscar nominations

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(USA TODAY) -- American Hustle showed some amazing moves and Gravity continued to soar as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science handed down Oscar nominations for its 86th awards show.

Both films lead the field with 10 nominations each.

12 Years a Slave was right behind with nine nods at the predawn ceremony Thursday in Beverly Hills, the start of the final leg of jockeying before the March 2 show (ABC, 7 p.m. ET/4 PT) hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.

Hustle brought in a slew of acting nominations besides its best-picture nomination: best actor for Christian Bale, supporting actor for Bradley Cooper, actress with Amy Adams, and supporting actress with Jennifer Lawrence. Director David O. Russell also was nominated.

Gravity earned nods for leading actress Sandra Bullock, picture and director for Alfonso Cuaron.

12 Years a Slave took a best-picture nomination, along with director with Steve McQueen, leading actor in Chiwetel Ejiofor, supporting actor Michael Fassbender and newcomer Lupita Nyong'o as supporting actress.

LIST: Full list of nominees

In best director, McQueen, Cuaron and Russell will square off against Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street) and Alexander Payne (Nebraska).

Disney's Frozen followed up its box office success with an animated film nomination and a song nomination for Let It Go. In the animated film category it will compete with The Croods, Despicable Me 2, Ernest & Celestine and The Wind Rises.

Of particular note in the field was the large number of best-picture nominations. With a minimum of five films and a maximum of 10 films allowed in the widened field, Academy voters picked nine, including the surprise Philomena starring Judi Dench, Dallas Buyers Club, Nebraska and Her. These films fit in with some of the season's heavy hitters including American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Gravity, 12 Years a Slave and The Wolf of Wall Street.

There were high-profile snubs, as well. Tom Hanks was knocked completely out of the Oscars race, ignored for both his acting performances in Captain Phillips and Saving Mr. Banks. The Oscars will also be Oprah Winfrey-free, as she was denied a nomination for her supporting role in Lee Daniels' The Butler, as was director Lee Daniels. And Robert Redford did not make the cut for his widely praised performance in All Is Lost.

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