The 2013 Oscar Nominations are Announced
Posted on: January 10, 2013
The 2013 Oscar Nominations are Announced

As you may remember from last year, I’m a big fan of the Oscars. The nominations came out this morning and I’m already filling out my ballot and planning the menu for the watch party.

Lincoln leads the pack this year, with 12 nominations. I don’t think this will shock anyone (Spielberg + Daniel Day Lewis + historical epic + it’s Lincoln = Oscar bait), but some of the other categories might. Specifically, what’s missing in some of the other categories. Like Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow’s  absence from Best Director (and remember, it’s exceedingly rare to win Best Picture without having been at least nominated for Best Director). Or Leonardo DiCaprio for his incredible turn in Django Unchained.  I’m a little surprised to see Alan Arkin’s name instead of John Goodman’s for Argo. And why on earth isn’t Cloud Atlas in the Best Makeup and Hairstyling category?

The acting prizes are the hottest contests and it’s a pretty packed field. Of note, the Best Actress category includes both the youngest (Quvenzhané Wallis) and the oldest (Emmanuelle Riva) actresses to ever be nominated for the award. Congratulations to the cast of Silver Linings Playbook – they earned a nod  in each of the four acting categories.

Remember, you’ve still got time to hit the theaters for those films that are still playing nationwide (and a good portion of them are! Especially the best picture nominations). And of course, many of this year’s nominated films are available anytime in your living room via On Demand. I plan to watch as many as I can between now and the awards show on Sunday, February 24!

Here are the nominations (televised awards):

Best Picture Beasts of the Southern Wild Silver Linings Playbook Zero Dark Thirty Lincoln Les Misérables Life of Pi Amour Django Unchained Argo

Best Director David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook Ang Lee, Life of Pi Steven Spielberg, Lincoln Michael Haneke, Amour Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln Denzel Washington, Flight Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

Best Actress Naomi Watts, The Impossible Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook Emmanuelle Riva, Amour Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Supporting Actor Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained Phillip Seymour Hoffman, The Master Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook Alan Arkin, Argo Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

Best Supporting Actress Sally Field, Lincoln Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook Helen Hunt, The Sessions Amy Adams, The Master

Best Original Screenplay John Gatins, Flight Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained Michael Haneke, Amour Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola, Moonrise Kingdom

Best Adapted Screenplay Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild Chris Terrio, Argo Tony Kushner, Lincoln David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook David Magee, Life of Pi

Best Original Song “Before My Time,” Chasing Ice “Pi’s Lullaby,” Life of Pi “Suddenly,” Les Misérables “Everybody Needs A Best Friend,” Ted “Skyfall,” Skyfall

Best Animated Feature Film Frankenweenie Pirates! Band of Misfits Wreck-It Ralph Paranorman Brave

Best Cinematography Seamus McGarvey, Anna Karenina Robert Richardson, Django Unchained Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi Janusz Kaminski, Lincoln Roger Deakins, Skyfall

Best Costume Design Jacqueline Durran, Anna Karenina Paco Delgado, Les Misérables Joanna Johnston, Lincoln Eiko Ishioka, Mirror Mirror Colleen Atwood, Snow White and the Huntsman

Best Foreign Language Film Austria: Amour Chile: No Canada: War Witch Denmark: A Royal Affair Norway: Kontiki

Documentary Feature 5 Broken Cameras The Gatekeepers How to Survive a Plague The Invisible War Searching for Sugar Man

Documentary Short “Inocente,” Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine “Kings Point,” Sari Gilman and Jedd Wider “Mondays at Racine,” Cynthia Wade and Robin Honan “Open Heart,” Kief Davidson and Cori Shepherd Stern “Redemption,” Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill

Film Editing William Goldenberg, Argo Tim Squyres, Life of Pi Michael Kahn, Lincoln Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers, Silver Linings Playbook Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg, Zero Dark Thirty

Makeup and Hairstyling Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel, Hitchcock Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell, Les Misérables

Best Original Score Dario Marianelli, Anna Karenina Alexandre Desplat, Argo Mychael Danna, Life of Pi John Williams, Lincoln Thomas Newman, Skyfall

Best Production Design Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer, Anna Karenina Dan Hennah, Ra Vincent and Simon Bright, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Eve Stewart and Anna Lynch-Robinson, Les Misérables David Gropman and Anna Pinnock, Life of Pi Rick Carter and Jim Erickson, Lincoln

Best Animated Short “Adam and Dog,” Minkyu Lee “Fresh Guacamole,” PES “Head over Heels,” Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly “Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare,’” David Silverman “Paperman,” John Kahrs

Best Live Action Short “Asad,” Bryan Buckley and Mino Jarjoura “Buzkashi Boys,” Sam French and Ariel Nasr “Curfew,” Shawn Christensen “Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw),” Tom Van Avermaet and Ellen De Waele “Henry,” Yan England

Best Sound Editing Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn, Argo Unchained Wylie Stateman, Django Unchained Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton, Life of Pi Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers, Skyfall Paul N.J. Ottosson, Zero Dark Thirty

Best Sound Mixing John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia, Argo Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes, Les Misérables Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin, Life of Pi Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins, Lincoln Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson, Skyfall

Best Visual Effects Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott, Life of Pi Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick, Marvel’s The Avengers Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill, Prometheus Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson, Snow White and the Huntsman

What are your reactions to the nominations? Who deserves to win? Who got snubbed?

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Nicole Callahan
Nicole Callahan

(2) Readers Comments
  1. I’m also surprised at the Affleck & Bigelow snub for Best Director and the lack of acknowledgement for DiCaprio in “Django Unchained” is almost a travesty. His performance was beyond excellent. I mean, the man literally bleeds for that picture and never breaks stride in his surprisingly villainous performance.

    Another shocker for me was not one mention of “The Dark Knight Rises” anywhere. The opening sequence of that movie deserves at least one award for Scariest Plane Ride Ever.

    • Agreed! And you would think Batman would be able to come up with at least a nomination in the sound mixing or editing categories? Looks like the Avengers snapped up the only superheo recognition.

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