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January 17, 2014

'Hustle,' 'Gravity' lead Oscars with 10 nods each

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“Nebraska” earned six nominations, including best director for Alexander Payne and June Squibb for best supporting actress.

Disney’s making-of “Mary Poppins” tale “Saving Mr. Banks” surprisingly failed to land either a best picture nomination or a best actress nod for Emma Thompson.

The best actress nominees are Amy Adams (“American Hustle”), Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine”), Sandra Bullock (“Gravity”), Judi Dench (“Philomena”) and Meryl Streep (“August: Osage County”).

With her nomination, Streep pads her record for most acting nominations. This is her 18th nod, including three wins, the last for 2011’s “The Iron Lady.”

But many enjoyed their first Oscar nomination yesterday, including Ejiofor, McConaughey, Michael Fassbender (“12 Years a Slave”), McQueen, Barkhad Abdi (a limo driver before being cast in “Captain Phillips”), Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years”) 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,” Leto said. “Only in America.”

David O. Russell’s Abscam melodrama “American Hustle” has ridden a wave of enthusiasm for its manic performances, all draped in thick 1970s style. It’s a repeat success for the director, just a year after his “Silver Linings Playbook” was feted, like “Hustle,” with nominations in all four acting categories. A year after winning, Jennifer Lawrence was again nominated for “Hustle,” as was Bradley Cooper, both swapping lead nods for supporting nominations.

“We have a very big family that’s been working together on some films going back three films,” said Russell, referring also to his “The Fighter.” ‘‘It makes me feel very fortunate to have the trust of these actors and to build this bridge of trust that they would take these risks together with me.”

Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” came into yesterday as one of the biggest question marks of an awards season that has often left many guessing. The nearly three-hour Wall Street extravaganza of money, sex and drugs became a lightning rod of debate, with many questioning whether it glamorized the infamous trader Jordan Belfort.

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