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Oscar nominees announced for 88th Academy Awards

"American Hustle," "Gravity" and "12 Years a Slave" have raked in the nominations for the 88th annual Academy Awards. The three were among nine movies nominated for best picture, with the ceremony to be held on March 2.

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This year's Oscars nominations

Others to complete the list presented on Thursday were "Captain Phillips," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Her," "Nebraska," "Philomena," and "The Wolf of Wall Street." It was star-studded crime caper "American Hustle" and a space thriller "Gravity" that led the way, however, claiming 10 nominations apiece. "12 Years a Slave", an epic historical drama, was awarded nine.

Up for best actor are Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Wolf of Wall Street"), Christian Bale ("American Hustle"), Chiwetel Ejiofor ("12 Years a Slave"), Bruce Dern ("Nebraska") and Matthew McConaughey ("Dallas Buyers Club"), the latter of which won the Golden Globe for best actor on Sunday. Bale is the only one of the five to have previously won an Oscar, with veterans Tom Hanks ("Captain Phillips") and Robert Redford ("All Is Lost") missing nominations.

The best actress nominees are three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep ("August: Osage County"), as well as fellow former winners Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine"), Sandra Bullock ("Gravity"), Judi Dench ("Philomena") and now five-times nominated Amy Adams ("American Hustle").

Acclaimed director Martin Scorsese has the chance to add to his one Oscar win after a best director nomination for "The Wolf of Wall Street," but must fend off fellow nominees David O. Russell ("American Hustle"), Alfonso Cuaron ("Gravity"), Alexander Payne ("Nebraska") and Steve McQueen ("12 Years A Slave").

Among the best supporting actors in line for an Oscar are German-Irishman Michael Fassbender ("12 Years a Slave"), Bradley Cooper ("American Hustle") and Somali-American Barkhad Abdi, who made his film debut in "Captain Phillips". Previous Oscar winners Julia Roberts ("August: Osage County") and Jennifer Lawrence ("American Hustle"), meanwhile, could add to their trophy cabinet with a win in the best supporting actress category.

The awards ceremony will be held in Los Angeles and will be hosted by comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres for the second-straight year.

Nominees for main categories:

Best picture: "American Hustle," "Captain Phillips," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Gravity," "Her," "Nebraska," "Philomena," "12 Years A Slave," "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 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 supporting actress: Sally Hawkins ("Blue Jasmine"), Jennifer Lawrence ("American Hustle"), Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years a Slave"), Julia Roberts ("August: Osage County"), June Squibb ("Nebraska").

Best foreign language film: "The Broken Circle Breakdown" (Belgium), "The Great Beauty" (Italy), "The Hunt" (Denmark), "The Missing Picture" (Cambodia), "Omar" (Palestine).

Best animated feature: "The Croods," "Despicable Me 2," "Ernest & Celestine," "Frozen," "The Wind Rises."

ph/dr (AFP, Reuters, AP)

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