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Actor Chris Hemsworth (L) and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announce the nominees for Best Animated Feature this morning at the 86th Academy Awards nominee announcements in Beverly Hills, Calif. Photo: Reuters/Phil McCarten

Update: 'American Hustle,' 'Gravity' and '12 Years A Slave' lead Oscar nominations

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Update 9 a.m.: Update: 'American Hustle,' 'Gravity' and '12 Years A Slave' lead Oscar nominations

By Mary Milliken and Nichola Groom

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Reuters

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Con-men caper "American Hustle" and space thriller "Gravity" led Oscar nominees on Thursday with 10 nominations each, including best picture, in the race for the world's top film prize.

Slavery drama "12 Years a Slave" received nine nominations, including in the best picture category, in a year crowded with high-quality films.

Link: List of key Oscar nominations

Those three films will be joined by six others in the best picture competition: "Captain Phillips," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Her," "Nebraska," "Philomena," and "The Wolf of Wall Street."

Members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences may nominate up to 10 films for best picture, but only chose nine this year. A notable exclusion was the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis," which had won some top critics' awards.

The Somali piracy thriller "Captain Phillips," the AIDS activism tale "Dallas Buyers Club," and heartland comedy "Nebraska" each secured six nominations. Director Martin Scorsese's cautionary tale on financial greed, "The Wolf of Wall Street," followed with five, as did the quirky computer-age romance, "Her."

Eight individuals in the acting categories are first-time nominees, including Chiwetel Ejiofor as the free man sold into slavery in "12 Years a Slave." He will compete in the best actor race with Matthew McConaughey, the Golden Globe winner last Sunday for his role as the unlikely AIDS crusader in "Dallas Buyers Club."

Meryl Streep extended her lead as the most nominated performer with an 18th nomination, this year for best actress as the matriarch in "August: Osage County." She goes up against fellow Oscar winners Sandra Bullock as the astronaut lost in space in "Gravity" and Cate Blanchett as the riches-to-rags socialite in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine."

The Academy will hand out the Oscars at a ceremony hosted by comedian Ellen DeGeneres in Los Angeles on March 2.

(Reporting By Mary Milliken and Nichola Groom; Editing by Sandra Maler)

Update 7:30 a.m.: 'American Hustle,' 'Gravity' lead Oscar nominations

Reuters

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Con-men caper "American Hustle" and space thriller "Gravity" led Oscar nominees on Thursday with 10 nominations each, including best picture, in the race for the world's top film prize.

Slavery drama "12 Years a Slave" received nine nominations, including in the best picture category.

The Oscars are given out by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and this year's winners will be named at a ceremony hosted by comedian Ellen DeGeneres in Los Angeles on March 2. (Reporting By Mary Milliken; Editing by Sandra Maler)

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Jan 16 (Reuters) - The Academy of

Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced nominations on

Thursday for the 86th Academy Awards. Winners will be revealed

in Hollywood on March 2.

Following is a list of nominees in leading categories.

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