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Tomorrow, the Oscar nominations will be announced in Los Angeles, meaning Hollywood has to set the alarms really early. Everyone has to be up at 5:30 a.m., while those on the East Coast get to see them at a more manageable 8:30. Having looked at all four of the acting categories already, it is now time to look at the big one - Best Picture.
This originally looked to be a race between Gravity and 12 Years A Slave, but that is no longer the case. After its win at the Golden Globes on Sunday, American Hustle has emerged as a real contender for the prize. Other films like Her, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Saving Mr. Banks and The Wolf of Wall Street all have shots at securing nominations.
It should be noted that the Academy has special rules for its most prized Oscar. The field can include as little as five nominees now, but no more than ten. Films that get the most votes for Best Picture will be nominated. However, if a film only gets 5 percent or less of the vote, it is automatically cut from the category.
This lack of a finite number of nominees adds a bit of drama, but since these rules have been put in, the Academy has not nominated less than nine films for the award.