This film image released by Sony Pictures shows, from left, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence in a scene from 'American Hustle'. Photo: AP/Sony - Columbia Pictures, Francois Duhamel

Los Angeles - 'American Hustle' and '12 Years a Slave' lead this year's Academy Award nominations.

David O. Russell's crime caper starring Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence has scored seven nominations at this year's Oscars, including Best Picture and acting nominations for Christian, Jennifer, Amy Adams and Bradley Cooper.

The movie is also nominated for Best Director for David and Best Original Screenplay.

Steve McQueen's harrowing slavery drama is up for six awards including Best Picture, while leading man Chiwetel Ejiofor will compete for Best Actor. Co-stars Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o have earned nominations in the Best Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress fields, respectively. The film is also nominated for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.

There are nine Best Picture nominations in total this year, with the breathtaking space saga 'Gravity' also making the cut alongside 'Captain Phillips', 'Nebraska', 'The Wolf of Wall Street' and 'Dallas Buyers Club'.

Golden Globe Award winners Matthew McConaughey and Cate Blanchett continue to rack up award nominations as they are up for Best Actor and Best Actress for 'Dallas Buyers Club' and 'Blue Jasmine', respectively.

Three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep earns a record 18th Oscar nomination for 'August: Osage County' and her co-star Julia Roberts, who is also a past Best Actress winner, is up for Best Supporting Actress.

The nominations were announced in Los Angeles today by 'Thor: The Dark World' actor Chris Hemsworth and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs.

2014 Academy Awards – selected nominations:

Best Picture

'American Hustle'

'Captain Phillips'

'Dallas Buyers Club'




'12 Years a Slave'

'The Wolf of Wall Street'

Best Animated Feature

'The Croods'

'Despicable Me 2'

'Ernest & Celestine'


'The Wind Rises'

Best Actor

Christian Bale, 'American Hustle'

Bruce Dern, 'Nebraska'

Leonardo DiCaprio, 'The Wolf of Wall Street'

Chiwetel Ejiofor, '12 Years a Slave'

Matthew McConaughey, 'Dallas Buyers Club'

Best Actress

Amy Adams, 'American Hustle'

Cate Blanchett, 'Blue Jasmine'

Sandra Bullock, 'Gravity'

Judi Dench, 'Philomena'

Meryl Streep, 'August: Osage County'

Best Supporting Actor

Barkhad Abdi, 'Captain Phillips'

Bradley Cooper, 'American Hustle'

Michael Fassbender, '12 Years a Slave'

Jonah Hill, 'The Wolf of Wall Street'

Jared Leto, 'Dallas Buyers Club'