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Gravity, Hustle lead Oscar nods

12 Years a Slave among 9 films nominated for best picture

Posted: January 17, 2014 at 3:21 a.m.

Chris Hemsworth and Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, announce nominees for best picture Thursday in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Conventional wisdom held true Thursday for the 86th annual Academy Awards as the comedic drama American Hustle, the space adventure Gravity and the searing historical drama 12 Years a Slave received the most nominations.

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