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The con-artist comedy "American Hustle'' and the 3-D space odyssey "Gravity'' lead the Academy Awards with 10 nominations each, with the historical epic "12 Years a Slave'' trailing closely with nine nominations.
The nominations announced Thursday set up a race between three very different films, all of which were nominated for best picture. The 86th annual Academy Awards will take place March 2.
Mexican-born "Gravity'' director Alfonso Cuaron and British-born "12 Years a Slave'' director Steve McQueen both received best director nominations.
Nine films were nominated for best picture. The other nominees are "Captain Phillips,'' `'Dallas Buyers Club,'' `'Her,'' `'Nebraska,'' `'The Wolf of Wall Street'' and the British film "Philomena.''
The nominations for best foreign language film are "The Broken Circle Breakdown'' from Belgium, "The Great Beauty'' from Italy, "The Hunt'' from Denmark, "The Missing Picture'' from Cambodia and "Omar'' from the Palestinian territories.
The most notable omission for a nomination was Tom Hanks for his lead performance in "Captain Phillips.'' Hanks is widely beloved by the academy, having been nominated five times previously, winning for "Forest Gump'' and "Philadelphia.''
Robert Redford, expected by many to be nominated for the shipwreck drama "All Is Lost,'' also missed out on a best actor nod. Redford has never won an acting Oscar.
The best actor nominees are British-born Chiwetel Ejiofor (''12 Years a Slave''), Bruce Dern (''Nebraska''), Leonardo DiCaprio (''The Wolf of Wall Street''), Matthew McConaughey (''Dallas Buyers Club'') and Christian Bale (''American Hustle'').
Disney's making of "Mary Poppins'' tale "Saving Mr. Banks'' also failed to land either a best picture nomination or a best actress nod for British-born Emma Thompson.
The best actress nominees are Amy Adams (''American Hustle''), Australian-born Cate Blanchett (''Blue Jasmine''), Sandra Bullock (''Gravity''), British-born Judi Dench (''Philomena'') and Meryl Streep (''August: Osage County'').
This is Streep's 18th nomination, including three wins.
Many enjoyed their first Oscar nomination Thursday, including Ejiofor, McConaughey, Michael Fassbender (''12 Years a Slave''), McQueen, Barkhad Abdi (a limo driver before being cast in "Captain Phillips'') and Jared Leto, who had devoted himself to music before returning to play a transsexual in the Texas HIV drama "Dallas Buyers Club.''
"Yesterday I was doing jury duty, today I woke up with an Academy Award nomination,'' said Leto. "Only in America.''
Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street,'' a nearly three-hour Wall Street extravaganza of money, sex and drugs, landed big nominations: best picture, best actor (DiCaprio), best director (Scorsese, his eighth for directing) and best supporting actor