The 86th Annual Academy Awards are scheduled to take place in less than 24 hours.  Hosted by by Ellen DeGeneres, this year’s competition is chock full of great talent across all 24 categories.

 

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In the most coveted Best Picture category, the nominees are “American Hustle,” “Captain Phillips,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Gravity,” “Her,” “Nebraska,” “Philomena,” “12 Years a Slave,” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”  The excitement is heightened because there seems to be no clear cut winner like there has been in years past.

 

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The nominees for Best Leading Actor include Christian Bale for his role in “American Hustle” as a deceiving con man.  Bruce Dern was nominated for his role as a troublesome old man who believes he has just won one million dollars in a magazine sweepstakes in the movie “Nebraska.” In the “Wolf of Wall Street,” Leonardo DiCaprio took on the role of Jordan Belfort, a scheming stock broker who’s craze for money drives him into illegal stock market activities. Chiwetel Ejiofor is nominated for his role as a free black man who is kidnapped and forced back to life as a slave in the movie in “12 Years a Slave.” Lastly, in the movie “Dallas Buyers Club,” Matthew McConaughey is up for this award for his performance as a man diagnosed with HIV who goes to extreme measures searching for alternative medical care for his disease.

 

Photo: 11alive.com

Photo: 11alive.com

 

For the women, the first nominee is Amy Adams who plays a true con-woman in “American Hustle.”  Cate Blanchett is nominated for her role as a wealthy woman forced to move in with her sister in the film “Blue Jasmine.” Sandra Bullock portrays an astronaut who finds herself stranded in space in the film “Gravity.” Judi Dench takes on the role of a woman searching for her child that she previously gave up for adoption in the movie “Philomena.” Meryl Streep rounds out our leading actress nominees with her role as Violet Weston, the mother of three daughters who are all returning home for their fathers funeral in the movie “August: Osage County.”

 

Photo: hollywoodreporter.com

Photo: hollywoodreporter.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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