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Like all movie theater owners, Dave Quincer took note of the 2014 Academy Award nominations released last Thursday.

It makes sense. Many moviegoers will want to see as many of the year's top films as possible before the March 2 award show. The Cozy Theatre has already shown three of the nine best picture nominees, and Quincer said he hopes to show at least three more in the next few weeks, starting with "Nebraska," which will make its Wadena debut tomorrow.

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"The best picture of the year, you'd rather see it in the theater than at home," he said.

Quincer spoke with the Pioneer Journal Friday about the early favorites in the major categories and who people think the Academy snubbed this season.

Best Picture

Frontrunners:

"American Hustle," based on the real life ABSCAM scandal that brought down several politicians in the early 1980s. (Quincer hopes to show this film within a few weeks.)

"12 Years a Slave," based on a nearly forgotten memoir written by a wealthy northern man captured into slavery. (Although the Cozy Theatre already played this film, Quincer said he will bring it back if it wins best picture, as long as it's not released on DVD before then.)

Snubs:

"The Butler," starring Forrest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey; based on the life of long-time White House butler Eugene Allen.

"Inside Llewyn Davis," a story about a week in the life of a 1960s New York City folk singer; produced, directed and written by Minnesota natives/perennial Oscar darlings the Coen brothers.

Other nominees:

"Captain Phillips," inspired by the 2009 hijacking of a merchant vessel off the coast of Somalia.

"Dallas Buyers Club," based on the life of an AIDS patients who smuggled unapproved but effective pharmaceuticals into Texas

"Gravity," a visually stunning fictional space drama about astronauts attempting to return to earth after the destruction of their shuttle.

"Her," a story about a man who develops a relationship with an intelligent computer.

"Nebraska," the tale of an alcoholic father making a trip from Montana to Nebraska with his estranged son to collect a prize.

"Philomena," based on a true story of a woman's search for a son she gave up for adoption.

"The Wolf of Wall Street," based on the life of a crooked New York stockbroker in the 1990s.

Director

Frontrunner:

Alfonso Cuaron, "Gravity"

Other nominees:

Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave"

Alexander Payne, "Nebraska"

David O. Russell, "American Hustle"

Martin Scorsese, "The Wolf of Wall Street"

Quincer said this category is a tough call. "I think you could make an argument for any one of these guys."

Best actor

Frontrunner:

Matthew McConaughey, "The Dallas Buyers Club"

Snub:

Tom Hanks, "Captain Phillips" ("To me," Quincer said, " he's the Jimmy Stewart of our time. He can play anyone.")

Other nominees:

Christian Bale, "American Hustle"

Bruce Dern, "Nebraska"

Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave"

Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Wolf of Wall Street"

Best actress

Frontrunners:

Amy Adams, "American Hustle"

Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"

Snub:

Emma Thompson, "Saving Mr. Banks" ("That to me was a major snub," said Quincer, questioning Meryl Streep's 18th nomination for "August: Osage County." "Why don't they just have a spot for (Streep) every year and just pick four other people?)

Other nominees:

Judi Dench, "Philomena"

Sandra Bullock, "Gravity"

Best supporting actor

Frontrunner:

Jared Leto, "The Dallas Buyers Club"

Other nominees:

Barkhad Abdi, "Captain Phillips" ("I think his award is that he was nominated" Quincer said about the Minnesota actor's first performance.)

Bradley Cooper, "American Hustle"

Michael Fassbender, "12 Years a Slave"

Jonah Hill, "The Wolf of Wall Street"

Best supporting actress

Frontrunner:

Jennifer Lawrence, "American Hustle"

Snub:

Oprah Winfrey, "The Butler"

Other nominees:

Sally Hawkins, "Blue Jasmine"

Lupita Nyong'o, "12 Years a Slave"

Julia Roberts, "August: Osage County"

June Squibb, "Nebraska"

While most people's attention Oscar night will be limited to these six categories, Quincer will be watching to see if his favorite movie composer finally gets a statue.

Although nominated 12 times, including for "The Shawshank Redemption," "American Beauty" and, this year, "Saving Mr. Banks," Thomas Newman has yet to win for best original score.

"He captures the emotion of a scene better than any composer I've ever heard," Quincer said. "When is he going to win?"

Having been immersed in films his whole life, movie scores evoke memories for Quincer. He also hears more of them than most people.

"I'm in the theater at the end of all these movies and I hear this music," he said. "Sometimes I just stand there and listen."

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