Oscar 2013: Voters Didn’t Like Disney, Tom Hanks?

American Hustle” and “Gravity,” with 10 noms each, led nominations for the 86th Academy Awards, followed by nine for “12 Years a Slave. respectively. They will both compete for best picture, in a category that this year has nine entrants, also including “Captain Phillips,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Her,” “Nebraska,” “Philomena,” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Oscar voters at always provide a few surprises, but this year they outdid themselves.

For the second consecutive year, a David O. Russell film had acting contenders in all four categories.

Meryl Streep continues her streak with an 18th nomination.

The surprises include Sally Hawkins, Christian Bale and Amy Adams, since none was a shoo-in.

But biggest shocks were the omissions, including Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Robert Redford and Paul Greengrass as director.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and PricewaterhouseCoopers follow a complicated weighted system for best picture, which allows for five-to-10 contenders. For the past two years, there were also nine.

The nominees include some racial and cultural diversity, again raising the point that the film industry should reflect global changes around the world. It’s an expanded sensibility that theater and TV have been quicker and more effective with.

This year’s crop of nominees include pictures themed to the economy (“American Hustle,” “Blue Jasmine,” “The Wolf of Wall Street”), health care (“Dallas Buyers Club”), terrorism (“Captain Phillips”), survival (“12 Years,” “All is Lost,” “Gravity,” “Lone Survivor”) and technology (“Her” and “Gravity” again).

And then there are the classic American themes of family (“August: Osage County,” “Nebraska,” “Philomena,” “Saving Mr. Banks”) and creativity (“Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Saving Mr. Banks”).

Historically, the Oscars nominations rarely parallel box office performance. With $670 million globally, “Gravity” was the only best-picture nominee in the global top 10.

Those 10 films collectively scored $7.8 billion, but only a handful of nominations: “Iron Man 3,” “Despicable Me 2,” “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “Fast & Furious 6,” “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” “Monsters University,” “Gravity,” “Man of Steel,” “Frozen 3D” and “Thor: The Dark World.”

No foreign-language film or toon this year captured a best-picture nomination in the way that “Toy Story 3” and “Amour” did in the past few years.

Also missing were a few longshots whose supporters had hoped for awards attention: James Franco (“Spring Breakers”), James Gandolfini (“Enough Said”) and Scarlett Johansson (“Her”).

The build-up to today’s nominations has been long and intense. In most years, there have been three or four shoo-ins for a best-picture nomination, plus a handful of other possibilities. This year, in addition to four that seemed like shoo-ins, there were a dozen other contenders, all worthy of attention.

Every Oscar category was overcrowded, so the campaigning has been at a record level of activity since September.

There were 289 eligible pics.

This year, the Academy has 6,028 voters.

Largest single branch is actors, with 1176 (19% of the total); the smallest is casting directors, with 54 members (less than 1%).

The nominations were announced at 5:38 a.m. at the Academy’s Beverly Hills headquarters. Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences prexy Cheryl Boone Isaacs and Chris Hemsworth made the announcement.

Balloting runs Feb. 14-25. Awards will be handed out at ceremonies at the Dolby Theatre March 2, telecast live by ABC-TV.