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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