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'American Hustle,' 'Gravity,' '12 Years a Slave' lead Oscar race

Actor Chris Hemsworth (L) and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announce the nominees for the 86th Academy Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 16, 2014. REUTERS/Phil McCarten

Actor Chris Hemsworth (L) and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announce the nominees for the 86th Academy Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 16, 2014. REUTERS/Phil McCarten

Actor Chris Hemsworth (L) and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announce the nominees for the 86th Academy Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 16, 2014. REUTERS/Phil McCarten
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An Oscar statue and poster with host Ellen Degeneres is seen at the 86th Academy Awards nominee announcements in Beverly Hills, California January 16, 2014. REUTERS/Phil McCarten

An Oscar statue and poster with host Ellen Degeneres is seen at the 86th Academy Awards nominee announcements in Beverly Hills, California January 16, 2014. REUTERS/Phil McCarten

An Oscar statue and poster with host Ellen Degeneres is seen at the 86th Academy Awards nominee announcements in Beverly Hills, California January 16, 2014. REUTERS/Phil McCarten
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Actor Chris Hemsworth (L) and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announce the nominees for the 86th Academy Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 16, 2014. REUTERS/Phil McCarten

Actor Chris Hemsworth (L) and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announce the nominees for the 86th Academy Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 16, 2014. REUTERS/Phil McCarten

Actor Chris Hemsworth (L) and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announce the nominees for the 86th Academy Awards in Beverly Hills, California January 16, 2014. REUTERS/Phil McCarten
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Actor Chris Hemsworth (L) and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs pose for photographers after the 86th Academy Awards nominee announcements in Beverly Hills, California January 16, 2014. REUTERS/Phil McCarten

Actor Chris Hemsworth (L) and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs pose for photographers after the 86th Academy Awards nominee announcements in Beverly Hills, California January 16, 2014. REUTERS/Phil McCarten

Actor Chris Hemsworth (L) and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs pose for photographers after the 86th Academy Awards nominee announcements in Beverly Hills, California January 16, 2014. REUTERS/Phil McCarten
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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 at the 86th Academy Awards nominee announcements in Beverly Hills, California January 16, 2014. REUTERS/Phil McCarten

Actor Chris Hemsworth (L) and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announce the nominees for Best Animated Feature at the 86th Academy Awards nominee announcements in Beverly Hills, California January 16, 2014....more

Actor Chris Hemsworth (L) and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announce the nominees for Best Animated Feature at the 86th Academy Awards nominee announcements in Beverly Hills, California January 16, 2014. REUTERS/Phil McCarten
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Nominees for the Academy Awards best director category Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave), Alexander Payne (Nebraska), David O. Russell (American Hustle), Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street) and Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity) (clockwise from top left) appear in a combination photo. REUTERS/Files

Nominees for the Academy Awards best director category Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave), Alexander Payne (Nebraska), David O. Russell (American Hustle), Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street) and Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity) (clockwise from top left)...more

Nominees for the Academy Awards best director category Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave), Alexander Payne (Nebraska), David O. Russell (American Hustle), Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street) and Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity) (clockwise from top left) appear in a combination photo. REUTERS/Files
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