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The 86th Academy Awards are just over a month away, and today begins the annual stir, as the public receives the list of nominees. As expected, highly lauded films like 12 Years a SlaveAmerican HustleThe Wolf of Wall Street, and Gravity are among the top of the crop.

12 Years a Slave received a whopping nine nominations, including the coveted Best Picture award. The film’s director, Steve McQueen, is nominated for Best Director, while Chiwetel Ejiofor, who starred as Solomon Northup, received a Best Actor nom. Current favorite Lupita Nyong’o may win Best Supporting Actress for her riveting role as “Patsey.”

Other big Best Actor nominees include Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, and Christian Bale. Best Actress could go to Sandra Bullock, Amy Adams, Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench, or Meryl Streep.

On a more controversial note, films like Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, The Butler, and Fruitvale Station were omitted from this year’s nominees, which should strike a lot of conversation.

For the full list, check below. Who or which films do you think should nab the big awards? How do you feel about the aforementioned films not being nominated. Share your thoughts in the comments.

Best Picture

12 Years a Slave

American Hustle

Captain Phillips

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The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Actor

Christian Bale (American Hustle)

Bruce Dern (Nebraska)

Leonardo DiCaprio (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 (Wolf of Wall Street)

Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)

Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)

Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)

June Squibb (Nebraska)

Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)

Best Director

Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street)

David O. Russell (American Hustle)

Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)

Alexander Payne (Nebraska)

Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)

Best Adapted Screenplay

John Ridley (12 Years a Slave)

Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke and Richard Linklater (Before Midnight

Terence Winter (The Wolf of Wall Street

Billy Ray (Captain Phillips)

Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope (Philomena)

Best Original Screenplay

David O. Russell and Eric Singer (American Hustle)

Bob Nelson (Nebraska)

Spike Jonze (Her)

Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack (Dallas Buyers Club)

Woody Allen (Blue Jasmine)

Best Foreign Film

The Hunt (Denmark)

The Broken Circle Breakdown (Belgium)

The Great Beauty (Italy)

Omar (Palestine)

The Missing Picture (Cambodia)

Best Documentary Feature

20 Feet from Stardom

The Act of Killing

Dirty Wars

The Square

Cutie and the Boxer

Best Animated Feature

The Wind Rises


Despicable Me 2

The Croods

Ernest & Celestine

Film Editing

American Hustle

Captain Phillips

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12 Years a Slave

Best Song

“Alone Yet Not Alone” (Alone Yet Not Alone)

“Happy” (Despicable Me 2)

“Let It Go” (Frozen)

“The Moon Song” (Her)

“Ordinary Love” (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)

Best Original Score

John Williams (The Book Thief)

Steven Price (Gravity)

Alexandre Desplat (Philomena)

Thomas Newsman (Saving Mr. Banks)

William Butler and Owen Pallett (Her)

Best Cinematography

Philippe Le Sourd (The Grandmaster)

Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity)

Bruno Delbonnel (Inside Llewyn Davis)

Roger Deakins (Prisoners)

Phedon Papamichael (Nebraska)

Costume Design

American Hustle

The Grandmaster

The Great Gatsby

The Invisible Woman

12 Years A Slave

Makeup and Hairstyling

The Lone Ranger

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Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

Production Design

American Hustle


The Great Gatsby


12 Years a Slave

Sound Editing

All is Lost

Captain Phillips


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Lone Survivor

Sound Mixing

Captain Phillips


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Lone Survivor

Inside Llewyn Davis

Photo: The Oscars