Oscar nominations: 'American Hustle,' 'Gravity' get 10 each

The Fresno BeeJanuary 15, 2014 

The con-artist comedy "American Hustle" and the 3-D space odyssey "Gravity" led Academy Awards contenders with 10 nominations each, including nods for best picture, it was announced early Thursday.

Nine films were nominated for best picture. The other nominees are "12 Years a Slave," "Captain Phillips," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Her," "Nebraska," "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "Philomena."

"12 Years a Slave" narrowly trailed "Gravity" and "American Hustle" with a total of nine nominations.

Here's the full Associated Press story on the nominations, and a complete list of the contenders.

Bee movie and TV critic Rick Bentley posted his nomination predictions on the Beehive blog. Bentley also is tweeting his reactions @RickBentley1

Here are Bentley's reviews and grades for many of the films named in the nominations:

"12 Years a Slave" (grade: A)

"American Hustle" (grade: A)

"August: Osage County" (grade: B)

"Captain Phillips" (grade: B+)

"Dallas Buyers Club" (grade: B)

"Gravity" (grade: A)

"Her" (grade: A)

"Nebraska" (grade: B+)

"Philomena" (grade: A-)

"The Wolf of Wall Street" (grade: B)

The 86th Academy Awards show will air March 2 on the ABC network.

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