Jan 10, 2013

Oscar Nominations: 2013

By Josh Oakley



  • Best Picture
    • Beasts of the Southern Wild
    • Silver Linings Playbook
    • Zero Dark Thirty 
    • Lincoln
    • Les Miserables
    • Life of Pi
    • Amour
    • Django Unchained
    • Argo
  • Actress in a Leading Role
    • Naomi Watts in The Impossible
    • Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty
    • Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook
    • Emmanuelle Riva in Amour
    • Quvenzhane Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Actor in a Leading Role
    • Daniel Day Lewis in Lincoln
    • Denzel Washington in Flight
    • Hugh Jackman in Les Miserables
    • Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook
    • Joaquin Phoenix in The Master


  • Actress in a Supporting Role
    • Sally Field in Lincoln
    • Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables
    • Jackie Weaver in Silver Linings Playbook
    • Helen Hunt in The Sessions
    • Amy Adams in The Master
  • Actor in a Supporting Role
    • Chistroph Waltz in Django Unchained
    • Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Master
    • Robert DeNiro in Silver Linings Playbook
    • Alan Arkin in Argo
    • Tommy Lee Jones in Lincoln
  • Directing
    • David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook
    • Ang Lee for Life of Pi
    • Steven Spielberg for Lincoln 
    • Michael Haneke for Amour
    • Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Original Screenplay
    • Flight
    • Zero Dark Thirty
    • Django Unchained
    • Amour
    • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Adapted Screenplay
    • Beasts of the Southern Wild
    • Argo
    • Lincoln
    • Silver Linings Playbook
    • Life of Pi
  • Animated Feature Film
    • Frankenweenie
    • The Pirates! Band of Misfits
    • Wreck-It Ralph
    • ParaNorman
    • Brave
  • Documentary Feature Film
    • 5 Broken Cameras
    • The Gatekeepers
    • How to Survive a Plague 
    • The Invisible War
    • Searching for Sugar Man
  • Foreign Language Film
    • Amour 
    • No
    • War Witch
    • A Royal Affair
    • Kon-Tiki
  • Original Score
    • Anna Karenina
    • Argo
    • Life of Pi
    • Lincoln
    • Skyfall
  • Original Song
    • "Before My Time" from Chasing Ice
    • "Pi's Lullaby" from Life of Pi
    • "Suddenly" from Les Miserables
    • "Everybody Needs a Best Friend" from Ted
    • "Skyfall" from Skyfall
While, as every year, the nominations mostly fell into somebody's set of predictions, there were still a number of welcome surprises, or at least things that were not positive bets that are nice to see. Chief among those is the love for Beasts of the Southern Wild, which only picked up four nominations, but surely where they count. While Best Picture was a lock for Beasts, not many thought it would snag director Benh Zeitlin a nomination. And Quevenzhane Wallis has officially become the youngest Best Actress nominee in Academy Awards history.

On the other side of that coin, Emmanuelle Riva, in Amour, is now the oldest nominee, also completely deserved. Though, if the Academy understood how incredible Amour was, and they clearly did, how did Jean Louis Trintignant get snubbed? Alas. Michael Haneke also surprised in the Best Director category, as him and Zeitlin beat out contenders such as Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty) and Tom Hooper (Les Miserables).

Though, if any any movie is feeling left out today, it is surely The Master, which garnered three acting nominations, and absolutely nothing else. Not Best Picture, not Best Director, and not even a consolation Best Screenplay nom (as Moonrise Kingdom was given).

It's nice to see Jackie Weaver for Silver Linings Playbook, a move few people saw coming. Also, I'll have to agree with the Academy that DiCaprio may have been very good in Django, but Waltz was absolutely stunning. And it's also nice to see that movie pick up a Best Picture nomination, despite drummed-up controversy (same for Zero Dark Thirty, though I fear that controversy kept it from Best Director. But maybe that's just my emotions talking).

Also, Snow White & The Huntsman grabbed two nominations, so this year's hilarious Oscar nominee is that. Congrats, Snow White & The Huntsman!

What do you think will take home the top honors? What are your favorite movies that made it, and favorite that didn't? Is Adele on her way to an EGOT? We'll have more coverage of the Oscars as the event grows nearer, but for now, enjoy speculation, and catch up on the films you haven't seen yet, because whatever reputation the Oscars has at this point, a lot of these movies are very, very good.

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