By Peter Knegt | Indiewire January 16, 2014 at 8:04AM
David O. Russell's "American Hustle" and Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" led the 2014 Academy Award nominations, taking 10 nods a piece including best picture and best director.
In the best picture category, they were joined by "Captain Phillips," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Her," "Nebraska," "Philomena," "12 Years a Slave" and "The Wolf of Wall Street." Notably for the third consecutive year, there were 9 best picture nominations.
"12 Years a Slave" was also nominated for best director and best adapted screenplay, though ended up with 9 nominations. Clearly not too shabby, but many expected the film to lead the count, and its snubs in best cinematography and best original score were certainly surprises. Though they were nothing compared to a quintet of major acting snubs: The absence of Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Robert Redford, Daniel Bruhl and Oprah Winfrey were varying degrees of shocking. Thompson, Hanks and Bruhl all got nods from SAG, BAFTA, the Globes and the Critics Choice. To get all four of those and still miss out on Oscar is a very rare occasion.
Who got in instead? Well, basically the entire cast of "American Hustle," with Christian Bale and Amy Adams sneaking into the lead categories, and thus helping push out Redford, Hanks and Thompson. "Wolf of Wall Street" stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill both made it in as well, as did Sally Hawkins, whose performance in "Blue Jasmine" took out Oprah.
Oprah's "Lee Daniels' The Butler" was actually snubbed altogether, while other films that fared very poorly overall included "Rush" (no nods at all) "Saving Mr. Banks" (one for score) and "Inside Llewyn Davis" (two, for cinematography and sound).
Full list of nominations on the next page. Read our list of the 10 biggest surprises of the Oscar nominations here.