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Richard Roeper recaps the 2014 Oscar nominations

<p>Reporters wait for the start of the 86th Academy Awards nominations announcement, at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, January 16,&nbsp;<a id="firsthit" name="firsthit"></a>2014&nbsp;in Beverly Hills, California. Crime caper "American Hustle" and 3D space spectacular "Gravity" topped theOscar&nbsp;nominations list Thursday with 10 each, followed by historical drama "12 Years a Slave" with nine. The&nbsp;Oscars&nbsp;will take place March 2,&nbsp;2014&nbsp;at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California. &nbsp;| &nbsp;Robyn Beck/AFP</p>

Reporters wait for the start of the 86th Academy Awards nominations announcement, at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, January 16, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. Crime caper "American Hustle" and 3D space spectacular "Gravity" topped theOscar nominations list Thursday with 10 each, followed by historical drama "12 Years a Slave" with nine. The Oscars will take place March 2, 2014 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California.  |  Robyn Beck/AFP

When I exited a screening of “Captain Phillips” last fall, I was dead certain of one thing: Tom Hanks would receive a Best Actor nomination for the best work he’s done since his twin Oscar wins in the mid-1990s.

So much for a sure thing.

The biggest shock Thursday morning was the absence of Hanks’ name when the Best Actor nominations were announced, with Christian Bale’s work in “American Hustle” the presumed nominee that bumped Hanks from the list. I LOVED Bale’s performance in my favorite movie of 2013, but it was still quite the stunner.

[Read the full story at the Chicago Sun-Times]

 
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