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Oscar Nominations 2013 Announced!
Lincoln leads the charge with 12

10 January 2013  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source:

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Oscar 2013 Nominations hosted by Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone

It's the big one! The 2013 Academy Awards nominations have been announced in LA, and Lincoln leads the pack with 12 nominations. Emma Stone and Seth McFarlane, this year's Oscar host, made an atypically funny and entertaining announcement this morning in LA, ahead of the ceremony on February 24 this year.

Life Of Pi came close behind with 11 awards, while Les Misérables and Silver Linings Playbook both picked up 8 (the latter did exceptionally well in the Acting categories, with nods in all four fields). Argo managed 7 nods, while there were 5 for Amour, Zero Dark Thirty, Django Unchained and Skyfall.

The Best Picture nominees are a respectable and eclectic bunch. The big, obvious Oscar contenders like Lincoln, Les Misérables, Argo and Zero Dark Thirty are rubbing shoulders with smaller films like Beasts Of The Southern Wild and Amour, with slightly left-field choices like the super-violent Django Unchained and the quirkily romantic Silver Linings Playbook.

For Best Actor, frontrunner Daniel Day-Lewis goes up against Denzel Washington for Flight, Hugh Jackman for Les Misérables, Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings Playbook and Joaquin Phoenix for The Master. We can't help wondering if there's any point those four guys showing up but best of luck to them.

Best Actress is a category that's harder to call. Jessica Chastain's intense turn in Zero Dark Thirty is nominated, as is Naomi Watts for her desperate straits in The Impossible, while Jennifer Lawrence is up for her simmering anger in Silver Linings Playbook. But what's most interesting is the extreme age range added by the other two nominees: Emmanuelle Riva, at 85, gets the nod for her heartbreaking work in Amour, while 9 year-old Quvenzhane Wallis is up for Beasts Of The Southern Wild.

Best Director is perhaps the most surprising category of all. Previous nominees Steven Spielberg, Ang Lee and David O. Russell go against arthouse giant Michael Haneke and absolute newcomer Benh Zeitlin. It's the most interesting selection in that category in ages, and one that we find a lot more interesting than the equivalent BAFTA line-up this year. Could it be Haneke's year? Probably not, but it's nice to see the Palme d'Or winner up there.

Best Supporting Actor shows nominations for Christoph Waltz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Alan Arkin and Tommy Lee Jones - all previous winners of an Acting award. Best Supporting Actress sees Sally Field, Anne Hathaway, Jackie Weaver, Helen Hunt and Amy Adams duke it out - all previous nominees, although only two have won before (Hunt and Field).

 Best Animated nominees are Frankenweenie, Paranorman, Brave, The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists and Wreck-It-Ralph. Always nice to see five films up for that award, and it's interesting that three of them are stop-motion rather than CG this year. 

Best Original Song saw love for Chasing Ice, Life Of PiLes Miserables, Ted and Skyfall - one of five nominations for the Bond film. Best Foreign Film sees Haneke's Amour pick up another nod, up against Chile's No, Canada's War Witch, Denmark's A Royal Affair and Norway's Kon-Tiki.

As an aside, Best Picture winners have all, since about 1980, had a Best Editing nomination to match. The nominees in that category are Argo, Life Of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook and Zero Dark Thirty - so consider those five the front-runners for Best Picture. Combine it with Best Director, another strong indicator, and the front-runners become Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook and Life Of Pi - all of which also get a Screenplay nod. Make your predictions accordingly.

The full list of nominees is below:

Django Unchained
Les Misérables
Life Of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty
Beasts Of The Southern Wild
Silver Linings Playbook

Life Of Pi - Ang Lee
Lincoln - Steven Spielberg
Amour - Michael Haneke
Silver Linings Playbook - David O. Russell
Beasts Of The Southern Wild - Benh Zeitlin

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

Alan Arkin - Argo
Christoph Waltz - Django Unchained
Robert De Niro - Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman - The Master
Tommy Lee Jones - Lincoln

Emmanuelle Riva - Amour
Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook
Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark Thirty
Quvenzhané Wallis - Beasts Of The Southern Wild
Naomi Watts - The Impossible

Amy Adams - The Master
Anne Hathaway - Les Misérables
Helen Hunt - The Sessions
Sally Field - Lincoln
Jacki Weaver - Silver Linings Playbook

The Pirates! In An Adventure WIth Scientists

Chris Terrio - Argo
Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin - Beasts Of The Southern Wild
David Magee - Life Of Pi
Tony Kushner - Lincoln
David O. Russell - Silver Linings Playbook

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

Anna Karenina - Seamus McGarvey
Django Unchained - Robert Richardson
Life Of Pi - Claudio Miranda
Lincoln - Janusz Kaminski
Skyfall - Roger Deakins

Anna Karenina - Jacqueline Durran
Les Misérables - Paco Delgado
Lincoln - Joanna Johnston
Mirror Mirror - Eiko Ishioka
Snow White And The Huntsman - Colleen Atwood

5 Broken Cameras
The Gatekeepers
How To Survive A Plague
The Invisible War
Searching For Sugar Man

Kings Point
Mondays At Racine
Open Heart

Argo - William Goldenberg
Life Of Pi - Tim Squyres
Zero Dark Thirty - Dylan Tichenor, William Goldenberg
Lincoln - Michael Kahn
Silver Linings Playbook - Jay Cassidy & Crispin Struthers

Amour - Austria
Kon-Tiki - Norway
No - Chile
A Royal Affair - Denmark
War Witch - Canada

Hitchcock - Julie Hewett, Martin Samuel, Howard Berger
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Peter Swords King, Richard Taylor, Rick Findlater
Les Misérables - Lisa Westcott

Anna Karenina - Dario Marianelli
Argo - Alexandre Desplat
Life Of Pi - Mychael Danna
Lincoln - John Williams
Skyfall - Thomas Newman

'Before My Time' from Chasing Ice
'Everybody Needs A Best Friend' from Ted
'Pi's Lullaby' from Life Of Pi
'Skyfall' from Skyfall
'Suddenly' from Les Miserables

Anna Karenina
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Miserables
Life Of Pi

Adam and Dog
Fresh Guacamole
Head Over Heels
Maggie Simpson In "The Longest Daycare"

Buzkashi Boys
Death Of A Shadow

Django Unchained
Life Of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty

Les Miserables
Life Of Pi

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Life Of Pi
Marvel Avengers Assemble
Snow White And The Huntsman

Lincoln 12
Life Of Pi 11
Les Miserables 8
Silver Linings Playbook 8
Argo 7
Amour 5
Django Unchained 5
Zero Dark Thirty 5
Skyfall 5
Anna Karenina 4
Beasts Of The Southern Wild 4
The Master 3
The Hobbit 3
Flight 2
Snow White And The Huntsman 2

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Your Comments

Best Director
This is the wackiest year for director nominees that I can recall - only two carryovers from the DGA field. I'm slightly surprised at Hooper's omission, but if anyone was going to give way for David O. Russell, it was going to be him. Kathryn Bigelow's omission is outright shocking, and the snub of Ben Affleck? Words fail me. I was really pulling for him, and thought it would be his year. His track record as a director is, frankly, flawless. More

Posted by kcbranaghsgirl at 14:28 on 10 January 2013 | Report This Post

Cloud Atlas robbed
The editing and makeup in Cloud Atlas are outright winners. To not even get a nomination is an absolute joke. More

Posted by dubster at 14:25 on 10 January 2013 | Report This Post

RE: no DKR?
no TDKR? More

Posted by jackcarter at 14:23 on 10 January 2013 | Report This Post

Best Actress...
...should really already be Riva's. She is frankly astonishing in Amour and if there was any justice she'd win (as would Amour for Best Picture). However, the Oscars being the Oscars, she probably won't. More

Posted by ChesterCopperpot at 14:22 on 10 January 2013 | Report This Post

Best Actress
Can we talk about that please? Because to me, its one of the most interesting categories in years. Jessica Chastain is a front runner but at the same time even seeing Naomi Watts in there makes me happy and seeing Quvenzhané Wallis and Emmanuelle Riva is amazing for diversity. Even if its JUST for diversity they're all amazing. Not sure about Jennifer Lawrence but besides that a very strong category! More

Posted by kisswithatear at 14:18 on 10 January 2013 | Report This Post

The Master
I understand it is decisive but the lack of original screenplay or best cinematography nods is just wrong. BEST OF 2012 More

Posted by the_driver at 14:13 on 10 January 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Affleck
Agree about Affleck. But at least it seems like the running is wide open this year, with no obvious winners. More

Posted by DancingClown at 14:10 on 10 January 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Affleck
Yeah... *leaves thread* More

Posted by AxlReznor at 14:02 on 10 January 2013 | Report This Post

I'm surprised Ben Affleck's got no love in the Best Director category, but happy that Beasts of the Southern Wild has got so much recognition. More

Posted by Hawros at 14:01 on 10 January 2013 | Report This Post

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