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January 17, 2014

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

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But “The Wolf of Wall Street” landed five big nominations, including best director (Scorsese, his eighth for directing), best supporting actor (Jonah Hill) and best adapted screenplay (Terence Winter). DiCaprio said he felt vindicated for what he said is clearly a cautionary tale of greed and hedonism.

“To be recognized like this and to see that there were enough people out there who said, ‘Look, we get what this film’ — not what it’s trying to say, but what it’s trying to reflect,” DiCaprio said. “Nobody wants to be misunderstood.”

Also doing well was Spike Jonze’s futuristic romance “Her” (five nominations, including best original screenplay for Jonze). Jonze actually earned three nominations yesterday, including best song, for co-writing “The Moon Song” with Karen O.

One of the day’s biggest winners was 27-year-old producer Megan Ellison, the daughter of billionaire Larry Ellison. Her Annapurna Pictures produced two of the best-picture nominees (“American Hustle” and “Her”) as well as the Wong Kar-Wai martial arts drama “The Grandmaster.” She celebrated by tweeting “17!” — the total nominations her films received.

Though much of awards season had played out between favorites “12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle” (both best picture winners at the Golden Globes on Sunday), the global box-office hit “Gravity” emerged yesterday thanks partly to its strength in technical categories. It was nominated for all seven technical awards, including cinematography, production design, editing and visual effects.

Alfonso Cuaron’s innovative depiction of being lost in space has been hailed for reinvigorating the spectacle of the big-screen experience. Having taken in more than $670 million worldwide, it’s easily the most popular of the best-picture nominees.

Though historically the most-nominated films have taken home best picture, that’s not been the case in recent years. In six of the last 10 years, the most-nominated film hasn’t triumphed in the end, including last year when Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” with 12 nominations, was beaten by Ben Affleck’s “Argo.”

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