American Hustle

American Hustle

American Hustle and 12 Years a Slave will be the films to beat at the 2014 Critics' Choice Awards after landing 13 nominations apiece.

The two movies will compete for the Best Picture honour alongside Gravity, Dallas Buyers Club, Captain Phillips, Her, Inside Llewyn Davis, The Wolf of Wall Street, Saving Mr Banks, Nebraska and Her.

Russell and McQueen will also battle it out for Best Director with Gravity's Alfonso Cuaron, Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips), Spike Jonze (Her) and Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street), while the shortlist for Best Acting Ensemble features American Hustle, 12 Years a Slave, The Wolf of Wall Street, Lee Daniels' The Butler, Nebraska and August Osage County.

Meanwhile, Christian Bale (American Hustle), Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips), Robert Redford (All Is Lost) and Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) are all up for Best Actor.

Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Sandra Bullock (Gravity), Dame Judi Dench (Philomena), Brie Larson (Short Term 12), Meryl Streep (August Osage County) and Emma Thompson (Saving Mr Banks) will go head-to-head for Best Actress.

Supporting acting nods have also gone to Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle, Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o for 12 Years a Slave, Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club), Julia Roberts (August Osage County) and Oprah Winfrey (Lee Daniels' The Butler.

The winners of the Critics' Choice Awards will be announced at a ceremony in Santa Monica, California on 16 January (14).