The satire "American Hustle" and "Gravity," a story about survival in outer space, grabbed the spotlight ahead of the 86th Academy Awards show, receiving 10 nominations each.

"American Hustle," a comedy-drama about con-artists and FBI agents on a mission to take down the Mafia in 1970s New Jersey, is another critically acclaimed hit for director David O. Russell, whose "Silver Linings Playbook" received all the major Oscar nods a year ago.

Like "Silver Linings," "American Hustle" was nominated in all the acting categories and also picked up best picture and best director nods. The films were nominated in the best adapted screenplay and best original screenplay categories, respectively.

Meanwhile, "Gravity," directed, co-written and co-produced by Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron, was nominated in the best picture, best director, best actress (Sandra Bullock) and best cinematography categories, among others.

"Gravity" tells of the plight of two astronauts who are stranded in space with a limited supply of oxygen and must reach a space station re-entry capsule, a death-defying mission spectacularly shot in 3D.

The other big favorite in this year's Oscars is "12 Years a Slave," which picked up nine nominations, including best picture, best director (Steve McQueen), best actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), best supporting actor (Michael Fassbender) and best supporting actress (Lupita Nyong'o).

The films in the running for best picture are "American Hustle," "Captain Phillips," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Gravity," "Her," "Nebraska," "Philomena," "12 Years a Slave" and "The Wolf of Wall Street."

The Academy Awards show will be held March 2 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. EFE