'The Great Gatsby'

"The Great Gatsby" is expected receive Oscar nominations in the production design, costume design and song categories. (Warner Bros. Pictures)

"12 Years a Slave"

"American Hustle"

"Oz the Great and Powerful"

"The Invisible Woman"

Bubbling under: "Saving Mr. Banks," "The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug," "Lee Daniels' The Butler," "Inside Llewyn Davis," "The Lone Ranger"

Analysis: "Gatsby's" Martin again leads the field, which includes several impeccably dressed period entries ("Inside Llewyn Davis," "Saving Mr. Banks" and "The Butler" among them) that could find a spot over the ostentatious "Oz." Ralph Fiennes' Dickens tale, "The Invisible Woman," has the lowest profile of the group, but its costume designer, Michael O'Connor, is a branch favorite, having won an Oscar for "Jane Eyre" and a nomination for "The Duchess." Look for him to land another nod.

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"Captain Phillips"

"12 Years a Slave"

"The Wolf of Wall Street"


Bubbling under: "American Hustle," "Nebraska," "Inside Llewyn Davis," "Lee Daniels' The Butler," "Saving Mr. Banks," "All Is Lost"

Analysis: The category closely mirrors the best picture nominations, but there is precedent for recognition even if the movie doesn't make it in. (Most recent example: Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter won the Oscar for the non-nominated "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.") That could bode well for the superb work Daniel P. Hanley and Mike Hill did throughout Ron Howard's race movie, "Rush."


"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"

"12 Years a Slave"

"Lee Daniels' The Butler"

Bubbling under: "Rush," "Dallas Buyers Club," "American Hustle," "The Great Gatsby," "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"