Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips and reporter Nina Metz discuss the 2014 Oscar nominations. (Posted on: January 16, 2014)

This year’s Academy Award nominations? A little “Gravity,” a little levity and some actual gravity courtesy of “12 Years a Slave.”

Director and co-writer Alfonso Cuaron’s space survival thriller received 10 Academy Award nominations Thursday morning, including a best picture nod. The same went for “American Hustle” from director/co-writer David O. Russell,  a film also nominated in 10 categories.

“12 Years a Slave” received nine nominations, including one for best picture. Its star, Chiwetel Ejiofor, is one of this year’s five nominated actors in a leading role; the others are Christian Bale for “American Hustle,” Bruce Dern for “Nebraska,” Leonardo DiCaprio for “The Wolf of Wall Street” and Matthew McConaughey for “Dallas Buyers Club.” DiCaprio and McConaughey won Golden Globes recently for their work in “Wolf” and “Dallas.”

“Dallas Buyers Club” managed one of the nine best picture nominations this year, something of a surprise. Also a surprise: no nomination for Emma Thompson in “Saving Mr. Banks.” The nominated lead actresses are Amy Adams, “American Hustle,” the very, very, very likely winner Cate Blanchett for “Blue Jasmine,” Sandra Bullock, “Gravity,” Judi Dench, “Philomena,” and Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County.” The recent Globes went to Adams and Blanchett.

Complete list below. The Oscars are March 2, 2014.

Here is a list of the nominees:

Best Picture:

“American Hustle”

“Captain Phillips”

“Dallas Buyers Club”





“12 years a slave”

“The Wolf of Wall Street”

Best Actor in a Leading Role:

Christian Bale, “American Hustle”

Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”

Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”