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Arts and Music

2014 Oscar Nominees

Best Picture

American Hustle — Inspired by the F.B.I.’s ABSCAM sting operation of the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Captain Phillips — Thriller based on the 2010 book, A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs and Dangerous Days at Sea, the true story of the 2009 Maersk Alabama hijacking.

Dallas Buyers Club — Biographical drama set in the early days of AIDS treatment when AZT was still in experimental trials and AIDS patient Ron Woodruff was fighting the FDA to use unapproved yet effective drugs in treating the epidemic.

Gravity — Science fiction thriller about astronauts whose space shuttle is destroyed by a meteor storm and their attempts to get back to Earth.

Her — Director Spike Jonze’s writing debut is a science fiction romantic comedy about the relationship between a man and his intelligent computer operating system.

Nebraska — A road film about an ornery father traveling with his adult son to collect a sweepstakes prize that becomes about far more than claiming a monetary award.

Philomena — The true story of an Irish woman’s 50-year-search to find her adopted son.

12 Years a Slave — Adopted from the 1853 memoirs of Solomon Northrup, this historical drama tells the story of a kidnapped free black man sold into slavery.

The Wolf of Wall Street — A black comedy based on the memoir of former stockbroker and current motivational speaker Jordan Belfort.

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Christian Bale (American Hustle)

Second Oscar nomination; one win (The Fighter)

Bruce Dern (Nebraska)

Second Oscar nomination.

Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)

Fifth Oscar nomination.

Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)

First Oscar nomination.

Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)

First Oscar nomination.

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Amy Adams (American Hustle)

Fifth Oscar nomination.

Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)

Sixth Oscar nomination; one win (The Aviator)

Sandra Bullock (Gravity)

Second Oscar nomination; one win (The Blind Side)

Judi Dench (Philomena)

Seventh Oscar nomination; one win (Shakespeare in Love)

Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)

Eighteenth Oscar nomination; three wins (Kramer vs. Kramer; Sophie’s Choice; The Iron Lady)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)

First Oscar nomination.

Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)

Second Oscar nomination.

Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)

First Oscar nomination.

Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street)

First Oscar nomination.

Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

First Oscar nomination.

Best Directing

American Hustle (David O. Russell)

Second Best Director Oscar nomination.

Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)

First Best Director Oscar nomination.

Nebraska (Alexander Payne)

Third Best Director Oscar nomination.

12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen)

First Best Director Oscar nomination.

The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese)

Eighth Best Director Oscar nomination; one win (The Departed)