The president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and actor Chris Hemsworth announce the major category nominees for the 86th annual Academy Awards. (Jan. 16)

No Oprah Winfrey. No Robert Redford. No Tom Hanks.

And no "Blackfish," either.

The nominations for the Academy Awards, announced this morning, contained major suprrises.

"American Hustle" and "Gravity" lead the field with 10 nominations apiece, and "12 Years a Slave" is right behind with nine.

They will compete with six other nominees for the best picture prize: "Captain Phillips," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Her," "Nebraska," "Philomena" and "The Wolf of Wall Street." The three films with the most nominations are considered the front-runners.

The prizes will be presented March 2 on ABC.

"Blackfish," a look at the killer whale Tilikum at SeaWorld Orlando, was left off the best documentary list. Those choices are "The Act of Killing," "Cutie and the Boxer," "Dirty Wars," "The Square" and "20 Feet from Stardom."

The best actress nominees are Amy Adams of "American Hustle," Cate Blanchett of "Blue Jasmine," Sandra Bullock of "Gravity," Judi Dench of "Philomena" and  Meryl Streep of "August: Osage County." Blanchett, a previous winner for supporting actress, is the heavy favorite. Streep, a three-time winner, received a record 18th acting nomination. Left out: Emma Thompson of "Saving Mr. Banks." Adams is the only nominee who hasn't won an Oscar.

The best actor nominees are Christian Bale of "American Hustle," Bruce Dern of "Nebraska," Leonardo DiCaprio of "The Wolf of Wall Street," Chiwetel Ejiofor of "12 Years a Slave" and Matthew McConaughey of "Dallas Buyers Club." Bale is a previous winner for supporting actor. Left out were Redford of "All Is Lost" and two-time winner Hanks of "Captain Phillips."

Supporting actor nominees are Jared Leto of "Dallas Buyers Club," Michael Fassbender of "12 Years a Slave," Bradley Cooper of "American Hustle," Barkhad Abidi of "Captain Phillips" and Jonah Hill of "The Wolf of Wall Street." Hill's inclusion was a major surprise. Leto and Fassbender are considered the favorites.

Supporting actress nominees are June Squibb of "Nebraska," Jennifer Lawrence of "American Hustle," Sally Hawkins of "Blue Jasmine," Lupita Nyong'o of "12 Years a Slave" and Julia Roberts of "August: Osage County." Lawrence won the best actress award last year, and Roberts is a previous winner. Lawrence is considered the front-runner. These choices left no room for Winfrey of "Lee Daniels' The Butler."

The director nominees suggest which films have the inside track to best picture. The directors chosen are David O. Russell of "American Hustle," Alfonso Cuaron of "Gravity," Steve McQueen of "12 Years a Slave," Alexander Payne of "Nebraska" and Martin Scorsese of "The Wolf of Wall Street." Scorsese's selection demonstrated that the highly controversial "Wolf" had registered with academy voters.

Disney's major hit "Frozen" is among the animated movie contenders. The others are "The Croods," "Despicable Me 2," "Ernest & Celestine" and "The Wind Rises."

"Let It Go" from "Frozen" is a nominee for best song. The other choices are "Alone Yet Not Alone" from the movie of the same title, "Happy" from "Despicable Me 2," "The Moon Song" from "Her" and "Ordinary Love" from "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom."

Woody Allen received his 24th Oscar nomination, this one for writing "Blue Jasmine." He will compete for best original screenplay with the writers of "American Hustle," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Her" and "Nebraska." (By the way, Allen has won for writing and directing "Annie Hall" and writing "Hannah and Her Sisters" and "Midnight in Paris.")

The movies nominated for adapted screenplay are "Before Midnight," "Captain Phillips," "Philomena," "12 Years a Slave" and "The Wolf of Wall Street."

And Disney's "The Lone Ranger," a notorious box-office flop, can bill itself as an Oscar nominee. It's a contender for makeup and visual effects. Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks," a depiction of the making of "Mary Poppins," was snubbed in major categories and received a single nomination for its musical score.