2013 Oscar Nominations Announced – LINCOLN Leads Way With 12 Nominations

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The nominations for the 85th Academy Awards have been announced, and as always, the Academy had some tricks up their sleeve. Leading the way this year with 12 nominations, coming as no surprise, is Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln – including nominations in Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actor & Actress. The category that has provided the most talking points and the biggest surprises is that of the Best Director category. Only two of the five directors nominated for Best Director by the Director’s Guild of America made the cut for The Academy Awards – Ang Lee (Life of Pi) and Steven Spielberg. Leading up to the announcement of the nominations, it was almost guaranteed that Ben Affleck (Argo) and Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty) would receive nominations for their work, but that turns out to be the biggest snub of this year’s Oscars. Hit the jump for the full list of nominees. Also, check out my full reviews for these Academy Award nominated films: Zero Dark Thirty, Django Unchained, Lincoln, Skyfall, The Master.

The 85th Academy Awards will take place on February 24th, 2013 on ABC.

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BEST PICTURE

Amour

Argo

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Django Unchained

Les Miserables

Life of Pi

Lincoln

Silver Linings Playbook

Zero Dark Thirty

There aren’t many surprises when it comes to the Best Picture category. I for one would have preferred to have Moonrise Kingdom over Amour, simply for the fact that Amour is a foreign film and there’s a separate category for that – only nine foreign films have been nominated for Best Picture in the history of the award. Other than that, I’m fine with these selections.

BEST DIRECTOR

Ang Lee – Life of Pi

Steven Spielberg – Lincoln

David O. RussellSilver Linings Playbook

Michael HanekeAmour

Benh ZeitlinBeasts of the Southern Wild

Now this category is tricky. Apparently Zero Dark Thirty and Argo directed themselves. ZDT and Argo were very much director driven and I think Affleck and Bigelow are the biggest snubs of the Oscars this year. ZDT is a film that is arguably the best of the year and, as I stated in my review, quite possibly the film to define the last decade. Although Ben Affleck turned in a great acting performance in Argo, it was his direction that made the film truly great. Keep in mind, both films are Best Picture nominees. I would have liked to see Haneke and Zeitlin out, and Affleck and Bigelow in.

BEST ACTOR

Denzel Washington – Flight

Hugh Jackman – Les Misérables

Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln

Joauquin Phoenix – The Master

Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook

No real surprises for me in the Best Actor category. It’s nice to see Bradley Cooper get a nod for SLP, and I really thought Hugh Jackman was the most impressive of the bunch because of the range of acting seen in Les Mis. As far as a winner, I feel like Daniel Day-Lewis is the most obvious/popular choice, but there is some real stiff competition here.

BEST ACTRESS

Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty

Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook

Quvenzhane Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild

Naomi Watts – The Impossible

Emmanuelle RivaAmour

Once again, no real surprises for Best Actress. I like the nomination for Quvenzhane Wallis, seeing as she’s the youngest nominee ever and was damn adorable in Beasts of the Southern Wild. Emmanuelle Riva is the oldest nominee ever, so it’s nice to see her get a nod for her work in Amour. It will be a two-woman race between Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence, as both continued to prove that they can blend into any role thrown at them.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln

Robert De Niro – Silver Linings Playbook

Alan Arkin – Argo

Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master

Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained

From top to bottom, the Best Supporting Actor category is IMPRESSIVE. Every one of the nominees has brought home Oscar gold in their career. Christoph Waltz is the most recent of the bunch, bringing it home in 2010 for Inglourious Basterds – his work in Django Unchained was nothing short of spectacular. The most notable snub (if you could call it a snub) could be Leonardo DiCaprio for his role in Django Unchained, but there was stiff competition this year, so I don’t have a problem with these nominees. Hard to predict this one!

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Anne Hathaway – Les Misérables

Helen Hunt – The Sessions

Sally Field – Lincoln

Amy Adams – The Master

Jacki Weaver – Silver Linings Playbook

Rounding out the major acting categories is that of Best Supporting Actress. Once again, no surprises here. Lincoln and The Master both see nominations in three out of the four acting categories, while Silver Linings Playbook hits nominations with all four. Although she didn’t appear in Les Mis for long, Anne Hathaway blew me away. Hard to predict this category, but I feel like Hathaway may be the front-runner.

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Mark Boal Zero Dark Thirty

Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained

Michael Haneke – Amour

Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola – Moonrise Kingdom

John Gatins – Flight

Mark Boal is the front-runner here. Zero Dark Thirty’s screenplay is extremely unique in its structure. The film is laid out like an extensive classified report and is more in the form of cinema journalism. If we’re basing it on originality, I think Rian Johnson’s Looper was much more “original” than John Gatins’ Flight.

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Tony Kushner – Lincoln

Chris Terrio – Argo

David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook

David Magee Life of Pi

Lucy Alibar, Behn Zeitlin Beasts of the Southern Wild

It’s hard to pick a favorite for Best Adapted Screenplay, every film was extremely impressive. I think Tony Kushner will pull it out for his work on Lincoln. Kushner, a decorated playwright, wrote the film as extremely dialogue heavy and it plays out like an extensive stage play.

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FEATURE

AmourAustria

NoChile

A Royal AffairBarbara

Kon-Tiki Norway

War Witch Canada

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Frankenweenie

Brave

ParaNorman

Wreck-It Ralph

The Pirates! Band of Misfits

The real Surprise in the Best Animated Feature category is The Pirates! The other four nominees were basically shoe-ins.

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

The Gatekeepers

How to Survive a Plague

Searching for Sugar Man

5 Broken Cameras

The Invisible War

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

Inocente

Kings Point

Mondays at Racine

Open Heart

Redemption

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Lincoln

Life of Pi

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Anna Karenina

Les Miserables

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Claudio Miranda – Life of Pi

Roger Deakins – Skyfall

Janusz Kaminski – Lincoln

Robert Richardson – Django Unchained

Seamus McGarvey – Anna Karenina

There is some serious competition in the Best Cinematography category. Every film was visually outstanding. I praised cinematography for Lincoln, Skyfall, and Django in my reviews, so it’s no surprise that they’re here. Roger Deakins has a solid chance to pick up his first Oscar here.

BEST FILM EDITING

William Goldenberg, Dylan Tichenor – Zero Dark Thirty

William Goldenberg – Argo

Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers – Silver Linings Playbook

Michael Kahn – Lincoln

Tim Squyers – Life of Pi

Looks like William Goldenberg is doing pretty well for himself. Receiving two nominations in the same category – I’m not sure how often that has been done, but I can imagine that it’s a rare feat. That being said, I expect Goldenberg to bring home the Oscar for his work on Zero Dark Thirty.

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

Dario Marianelli – Anna Karenina

Mychael Danna – Life of Pi

Thomas Newman – Skyfall

John Williams – Lincoln

Alexandre Desplat – Argo

One movie I’m disappointed to see excluded from the Best Original Score category is Cloud Atlas. John Williams has been nominated by the Academy a whopping 48 times – the most nominations behind Walt Disney – and has won five Oscars. I expect Williams to earn his sixth Oscar for his fantastic work on Lincoln.

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

“Skyfall” Skyfall

“Suddenly” – Les Misérables

“Pi’s Lullaby” – Life of Pi

“Before My Time” – Chasing Ice

“Everybody Needs a Best Friend” – Ted

Let’s be honest….is there anyone out there who doesn’t think Adele won’t bring Best Original Song home?

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Life of Pi

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Prometheus

Snow White and the Huntsman

The Avengers

Best Visual Effects was, in my opinion, The Dark Knight Rises’ best shot at earning a nomination. Snow White and the Huntsman? Really? Expect Life of Pi to bring home the Oscar here.

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Lincoln

Anna Karenina

Les Misérables

Mirror Mirror

Snow White and the Huntsman

I know TDKR didn’t have a shot here, but I just wanted to point out that Snow White and the Huntsman and Mirror Mirror earned more nominations….absurd. I expect this to be between Lincoln and Les Misérables.

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

Hitchcock

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Les Miserables

BEST SOUND EDITING

Skyfall

Argo

Zero Dark Thirty

Life of Pi

Django Unchained

Interesting to see which will win Best Sound Editing – four out of the five are Best Picture nominees.

BEST SOUND MIXING

Skyfall

Lincoln

Life of Pi

Les Miserables

Argo

As with Best Sound Editing, four out of the five films here are Best Picture nominees.

BEST SHORT FILM (LIVE-ACTION)

Asad

Buzkashi Boys

Curfew

Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)

Henry

BEST SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

Adam and Dog

Fresh Guacamole

Head over Heels

The Longest Daycare

Paperman

There you have it! The nominations for the 85th Academy Awards. 2012 was an incredible year for film, and all of these nominations were well earned. It will be interesting to see how it all unfolds on February 24th.

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