Thursday, 10 January 2013

OSCAR NOMINATIONS: Spielberg’s Lincoln, Ang Lee’s Life of Pi top 2013 list of nominees

CREAM OF THE CROP: Stone and McFarlane announce the nine movies up for Best Picture.

They’re here! The nominees of the 85th Annual Academy Awards were revealed in Hollywood Thursday morning, and the long-awaited list came with snubs and surprises galore. Steven Spielberg’s abolition-of-slavery drama Lincoln led the pack with 12 nominations, including nods for Best Picture, Best Director and acting recognition for its stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones. Ang Lee’s page-to-screen adaptation Life of Pi followed closely with 11 bids. 

Yet while the world celebrated with those who landed nominations, much talk centred on the glaring snubs, chief among them the omission of directors Ben Affleck (Argo), Kathryn Below (Zero Dark Thirty) and Tom Hooper (Les Misérables). But there were some delightful inclusions on the list such as Best-Actress nods for 9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild), 85-year-old Emmanuelle Riva (Amour), and Naomi Watts (The Impossible), as well as a well-deserved original screenplay nod for John Gatins for Flight and songwriting recognition for Adele (Skyfall).

The 2013 Oscars will be presented on Sunday, February 24, at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center. Comic Seth McFarlane, who announced the nominees alongside actress Emma Stone, will serve as host of the star-studded ceremony. 

Below, a rundown of nominees in the major categories: 

Best motion picture: “Amour”; “Argo”; “Beasts of the Southern Wild”; “Django Unchained”; “Les Misérables”; “Life of Pi”; “Lincoln”; “Silver Linings Playbook”; “Zero Dark Thirty” 

Performance by an actor in a leading role: Bradley Cooper in “Silver Linings Playbook”; Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln”; Hugh Jackman in “Les Misérables”; Joaquin Phoenix in “The Master”; Denzel Washington in “Flight” 

Performance by an actor in a supporting role: Alan Arkin in “Argo”; Robert De Niro in “Silver Linings Playbook”; Philip Seymour Hoffman in “The Master”; Tommy Lee Jones in “Lincoln”; Christoph Waltz in “Django Unchained” 

Performance by an actress in a leading role: Jessica Chastain in “Zero Dark Thirty”; Jennifer Lawrence in “Silver Linings Playbook”; Emmanuelle Riva in “Amour”; Quvenzhané Wallis in “Beasts of the Southern Wild”; Naomi Watts in “The Impossible” 

Performance by an actress in a supporting role: Amy Adams in “The Master”; Sally Field in “Lincoln”; Anne Hathaway in “Les Misérables”; Helen Hunt in “The Sessions”; Jacki Weaver in “Silver Linings Playbook” 

Best animated feature film: “Brave” – Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman; “Frankenweenie” – Tim Burton; “ParaNorman” – Sam Fell and Chris Butler; “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” – Peter Lord; “Wreck-It Ralph” – Rich Moore; 

Achievement in directing: “Amour” – Michael Haneke; “Beasts of the Southern Wild” – Benh Zeitlin; “Life of Pi” – Ang Lee; “Lincoln” – Steven Spielberg; “Silver Linings Playbook” – David O. Russell 

Best documentary feature: “5 Broken Cameras”; “The Gatekeepers”; “How to Survive a Plague”; “The Invisible War”; “Searching for Sugar Man” 

Best foreign language film: “Amour” (Austria); “Kon-Tiki” (Norway); “No” (Chile); “A Royal Affair” (Denmark); “War Witch” (Canada) 

Achievement in music (Original score): “Anna Karenina” – Dario Marianelli; “Argo” – Alexandre Desplat; “Life of Pi” – Mychael Danna; “Lincoln” – John Williams; “Skyfall” – Thomas Newman 

Achievement in music (Original song): “Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice”, Music and Lyric by J. Ralph; “Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from “Ted” Music by Walter Murphy, Lyric by Seth MacFarlane; “Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi” Music by Mychael Danna, Lyric by Bombay Jayashri; “Skyfall” from “Skyfall” Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth; “Suddenly” from “Les Misérables” Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, Lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil 

Adapted screenplay: “Argo” Screenplay by Chris Terrio; “Beasts of the Southern Wild” Screenplay by Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin; “Life of Pi” Screenplay by David Magee; “Lincoln” Screenplay by Tony Kushner; “Silver Linings Playbook” Screenplay by David O. Russell 

Original screenplay: “Amour” Written by Michael Haneke; “Django Unchained” Written by Quentin Tarantino; “Flight” Written by John Gatins; “Moonrise Kingdom” Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola; “Zero Dark Thirty” Written by Mark Boal

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