Jan. 16, 2014 at 9:25 AM ET
Hot off the heels of Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards, some familiar film faces nabbed coveted Oscar nominations Thursday morning. "Gravity" and "American Hustle" led the pack with 10 nominations each. "12 Years a Slave" follows in the most nominated list with nine.
Matthew McConaughey, who just brought home the Golden Globe for best actor has a shot at an accompanying gold Oscar statue.
"Look, I'm loving the process of making movies more than ever," he told USA Today of his first Oscar nomination. "Now you've got something like this and it's my first time that this really happened. A movie goes out and it does well. This was an important story. What you do through your art, you want it to translate. This movie is relevant right now."
McConaughey will compete with Bruce Dern of “Nebraska,” Leonardo DiCaprio of “The Wolf of Wall Street” and Chiwetel Ejiofor of “12 Years a Slave” also scored nominations. One critical surprise in the list is Christian Bale, for his role in “American Hustle.”
"At no point during filming, in the sweltering heat of New Orleans, did any of us ever foresee the journey this film would take us all on," Ejiofor told Us Weekly. "Steve McQueen created an entire family to tell one man's tale and I am delighted that so many of this family have also been recognized today. I am hugely grateful to the Academy for this great honour, and, of course, to Solomon Northup for sharing his story through his breathtaking book."
For best actress, there’s going to be stiff competition among some serious fan favorites in the office Oscar pools. Amy Adams of “American Hustle,” Cate Blanchett of “Blue Jasmine,” Sandra Bullock of space thriller “Gravity,” "Philomena’s" Judi Dench and Meryl Streep of stage-to-screen production “August: Osage County” round out that category.
"Making 'Hustle' was very challenging, so it's really nice that people not only recognized the film but all the actors as well," Adams told The Hollywood Reporter. "...As for celebrating today, maybe we should go out for a family hike? Then again, everyone looks pretty tired around here right now!"
The supporting actor category boasts first-time actor Barkhad Abdi of “Captain Phillips,” and very familiar faces Michael Fassbender (“12 Years a Slave”),Golden Globe winner for his role in “Dallas Buyers Club,” Jared Leto, and surprise nominee Jonah Hill for "The Wolf of Wall Street."
"I am in complete and total shock," Hill told The Hollywood Reporter. "I honestly was not expecting this, on a level you can't even imagine. Again, I'm clearly in shock. I didn't have a plan for celebrating today because I truly did not expect any of this! But I am going to the Critics' Choice Awards and it will be great to see everyone from the film there tonight. Truly, this is shocking."
Golden Globe winner for “American Hustle” Jennifer Lawrence scored an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress. The rest of the category was rounded out by Sally Hawkins for “Blue Jasmine,” Lupita Nyong’o for “12 Years a Slave”, Julia Roberts for “August Osage County” and June Squibb for "Nebraska.”
And then there’s the best picture category. The Academy allows for up to 10 nominees; this year, nine movies will vie for the ultimate film award. Golden Globe winners for best motion picture drama and best motion picture musical or comedy will now go head to head at the Oscars — “12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle” both made the cut. Joining them are two ripped-from-the-headlines films, “Captain Phillips” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Gravity,” “Nebraska,” “Her” and “Philomena” all made the list as well.
(Interested in all the films that have won this category in the past? Check out the list.)
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The Oscars will air March 2 at 7 p.m., live on ABC.