Oscar Nominations

2013 Oscar Nominees: 'Lincoln' Leads the Way With 12 Nominations

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2013 Oscar nomination predictions
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This morning, at 5:38 AM PST the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 2013 Oscar nominations. Making the announcement will be the show's host, Seth MacFarlane, and Emma Stone and there were certainly a few surprises.

I'm sure the one that will have people scratching their heads more than any other is the nomination for Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild) over both Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty) and Ben Affleck (Argo) for Best Director. If you ask me, it's a travesty of an oversight, but I'll get into that a bit more in my reaction piece, which will also be touching on the fact The Intouchables somehow misses out on a Foreign Language nomination.

Looking over my predictions, I went 80 for 107 (74.7%) and only got the Visual Effects category 100% correct. My worst category, surprisingly (to me at least), was Best Director where I only got two of the five nominees correct as the Academy went with Michael Haneke, Zeitlin and David O. Russell instead of Bigelow, Affleck and Tom Hooper (Les Miserables). I'll have a little more on that, however, in my reaction piece, which I am working on right now.

Lincoln led the way with 12 nominations, followed closely by Life of Pi with 11. Here's the nomination count breakdown:

  1. Lincoln - 12 nominations
  2. Life of Pi - 11 nominations
  3. Les Misérables - 8 nominations
  4. Silver Linings Playbook - 8 nominations
  5. Argo - 7 nominations
  6. Amour - 5 nominations
  7. Django Unchained - 5 nominations
  8. Skyfall - 5 nominations
  9. Zero Dark Thirty - 5 nominations
  10. Anna Karenina - 4 nominations
  11. Beasts of the Southern Wild - 4 nominations
  12. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - 3 nominations
  13. The Master - 3 nominations
  14. Flight - 2 nominations
  15. Snow White and the Huntsman - 2 nominations

I'll be adding more information to this article, but for now, the complete list of 2013 Oscar nominees is directly below.

Best Picture
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Director
Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Writing (Original Screenplay)
Animated Feature Film
Documentary (Feature)
Foreign Language Film
Film Editing
Music (Original Score)
Music (Original Song)
Sound Mixing
Sound Editing
Production Design
Visual Effects
Makeup and Hairstyling
Best Documentary Short Subject
  • Inocente
  • Kings Point
  • Mondays at Racine
  • Open Heart
  • Redemption
Best Short Film (Animated)
  • Adam and Dog
  • Fresh Guacamole
  • Head over Heels
  • Maggie Simpson in "The Longest Daycare"
  • Paperman
Best Short Film (Live Action)
  • Asad
  • Buzkashi Boys
  • Curfew
  • Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)
  • Henry

I will have my reaction piece written soon, but for now let your opinion known in the comments and in the poll below.

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The Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

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  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/maja/ maja

    Here we go...hope the website doesn't collapse!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/G-Man/ G-Man

    Woo hoo! Following along live.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

    I'm at work so I can't really watch the announcement, but I'll do my best to follow your postings!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/DavidG/ David Gaillardetz

    Watching live as well. Come on "Beasts," "Moonrise," and "The Master!" I really hope Wallis can snag an actress nom.

  • http://timeforafilm.com Alex Thomas

    Lets go The Dark Knight Rises....!!!


    But in all seriousness, lets go Moonrise Kingdom! :D

  • http://www.rabidpictures.com Yaz

    Come on Phoenix!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/DavidG/ David Gaillardetz

    Wow! Way to go, Beasts!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/G-Man/ G-Man

    Ok. Now time to go watch Beasts of the Southern Wild and Amour. Expanded thoughts later.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

    Why is Amour nominated in both best foreign film and best picture?!

    • http://hypethemovies.wordpress.com Jordan B.

      There certainly is no rule against it happening.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

        Yeah but if it wins both, its utterly pointless for one movie to get two best films in the same awards

        • http://hypethemovies.wordpress.com Jordan B.

          Keep in mind, in 2009 and 2010, both Up and Toy Story 3 were nominated for Best Picture and Best Animated Feature. It's rare to pull off the double nom, but it happens. But it's rare that an Animated film or Foreign Language film is a serious contender, so they have the additional categories.

          • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/RandallPMcMurphy/ Randall P McMurphy

            I guess this means Amour is a lock for best foreign film

            • http://www.myfilmreview.nl Reindeer

              Since different people are boting for both awards it's not a sure thing completely...

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/maja/ maja

    Amour getting nominated for Best Picture was a bit of a shocker to me. Glad Waltz was nominated!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Owen/ Owen

    Glad to see Django, Waltz, and Phoenix get noms.... but how about that Ben Affleck directing snub?

  • bss121

    Kathryn Bigelow didn't get a Best Director nomination? What?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Sorkinfan/ Sorkinfan

    The directing noms are--to me--really suprising. No Affleck, no Bigelow. I think Zero Dark Thirty is moving out and Silver Linings Playbook is moving up. May I point out that it was nominated in every acting category and, as we all know, actors are the biggest branch of the academy.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Elijah/ Elijah

    Hell yeah!! Holy crap I didn't think I'd actually be satisfied with most of these nominations, Beasts of the Southern Wild is my absolute favorite with Zero Dark Thirty close behind and I'm glad Tom Hooper got the snub.

    And my birthday was tomorrow so this is a lovely way to top it off!

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Elijah/ Elijah

      Oh dear now that Bigelow snub is hurting me... And dear lord Brad now you're forced to watch Pirates Band of Misfits, but besides that nothing's stinging me too hard.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

    So happy Bigelow & Affleck didn't get nominated!
    Django for Picture!
    QT for Screenplay!
    Phoenix for Actor!

    ...better than I was expecting.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

      What I got right:

      7/9 for BP
      4/5 for Actor
      5/5 for Actress
      4/5 for Supporting Actress
      4/5 for Supporting Actor
      2/5 for Director
      4/5 for Original Script
      4/5 for Adapted Script

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Elijah/ Elijah

      Oh I am dying over Phoenix, and hell if it's Zeitlin for Bigelow that's just fine.

      • DavidG


    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Elijah/ Elijah

      Oh I am dying over Phoenix (good thing), and hell if it's Zeitlin for Bigelow that's just fine .

    • http://www.rabidpictures.com Yaz

      I don't think Django has a chance... QT MIGHT get screenplay, if only because he was cheated out of it for Inglorious... Though I can still see them giving ZD3 some love there and giving it to Boal.

      I think the Director noms are so freakin underwhelming, but whatever. Really happy about Phoenix... I think it's going to Day-Lewis no matter what, but glad to see Phoenix get some love there.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

        QT has NO chance of winning, but I'm still happy to see him nominated.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AndrewJ.S./ Andrew J.S.

    Well, that just made making predictions a lot easier.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Corbin/ Corbin

    I am PISSED at these nominations. There is no real film I'm rooting for with these nominees.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Corbin/ Corbin

      But, in retrospect, the nominees aren't all that bad. I guess I was just upset that Amour got in over Moonrise Kingdom.

    • DavidG

      Then I think you are crazy. I think these nominees are impossibly better than last year and better than any year in the last decade. I am sad Moonrise didn't get in, but I am pretty excited.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Corbin/ Corbin

        I know I acted irrational. I was just overreacting. This year is certainly better than last year. I am happy about these nominees.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/sean/ sean

    Wow. Lot of love for Amour and Beasts. And no Best Director noms for QT, Hooper, and Affleck has to all but ruin each of their respective film's shots at Best Pic.

  • http://hypethemovies.wordpress.com Jordan B.

    Wow. Some seriously interesting selection and omissions. Here are my quick reactions:

    1. Best Director is very interesting and makes me think, now, that Lincoln really does have this thing wrapped up. No Affleck, no Hooper, no Bigelow, but instead Zeitlin, Haneke, and Russell.

    2. That is, unless the love for Silver Linings could somehow carry it to victory. Weaver got a surprise Supporting Actress nom, and Russell a Director nom, both of which make me very happy. And it even scored an Editing nom, giving it seemingly all the prerequisites needed to make a prediction for Picture valid.

    3. So we now have the youngest and oldest nominees, ever, for Actress in Riva and Wallis. There certainly is love for both Amour and Beasts among the Academy that I think many of us didn't see.

    4. Moonrise Kingdom picked up one nomination, and that is a serious shame.

    5. ...especially considering that its lone nomination wasn't Best Picture. Instead, it was ousted, and Amour appears to have taken its place. This could certainly make for an interesting year.

    6. Finally, I'm surprised Intouchables didn't get in for Foreign Language. One of my favorites of the year, and a film that is extremely uplifting.

    • Jake17

      I'm also very, very happy about SLP, and pretty furious about Moonrise Kingdom. The one thing I know is I clearly need to see Amour now.

  • Unknown/Anonymous

    This year's nominations are very interesting, it appears the Academy is embracing diversity here (standard Oscar bait with a few surprising bonuses).

  • Michael57483920

    I think it's down to Silver Linings and Lincoln now!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Corbin/ Corbin

    But on the plus side, this makes predicting a lot easier!

  • DavidG

    David O. Russell and Benh Zeitlin for Director! Wow! So happy to see that. I feel that Beasts may be a bigger contender than we expected... And what does it say about ZD30's and Argo's chances to not nab a director nom?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Andrew13/ Andrew13

    1. Still baffling to me how someone could think Alan Arkin gives a better performance in ‘Argo’ than DiCaprio did in ‘Django.’ Glad to see Waltz there though.

    2. No Affleck or Bigelow for director is shocking.

    3. Great to see the recognition for the three stars of ‘The Master,’ but John Gatins getting in for Original Screenplay over P.T. Anderson and Rian Johnson doesn’t seem right to me.

    4. I’m still genuinely surprised ‘The Master’ wasn’t able to get 5% of the vote, considering how well it clearly did with the acting branch of the Academy. Even outside of Best Picture, the fact it didn’t get consideration for cinematography, production design, or even original score just doesn’t feel right to me.

    5. I had completely forgotten that ‘The Pirates! Bands of Misfits’ was something that actually existed.

    6. ‘The Intouchables’ getting snubbed in Foreign Language Film seems a bit strange, but when has that category not been?

    7. Surprising how well ‘Argo’ did overall, receiving 7 nominations, especially with Affleck getting snubbed for director.

    8. I think overall these nominations show weakness for ‘Zero Dark Thirty,’ ‘Les Mis,’ and ‘Argo,’ as only one film since 1932 has won best picture without a directing nod (‘Driving Miss Daisy’). ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ looks like a real contender again after getting nominated in every major category, but given these nominations I think ‘Lincoln’ is poised for a massive sweep in February.

    • http://www.rabidpictures.com Yaz

      Yeah I totally agree with you on the first point. Arkin gave a good performance, but I never once thought he'd get a nomination. Argo was a decent flick, well made and competent, but in retrospect I don't find anything overly memorable about it - and that says something, what I'm not sure... But nothing wow'd me, I suppose, is what I'm trying to say. So I can't say I'm surprised to not see Affleck get a nod. As for Bigelow, I haven't seen ZD30, so can't really say... Was hoping to see Master in the writing or Picture category though.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

      With you 100% on first point. Completely absurd.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/G-Man/ G-Man

      As AS told me yesterday, "prepare to rage". Well I'm not completely raging because Waltz got a nomination, but you're completely right on the first point. There was absolutely NOTHING special about Alan Arkin's performance in Argo. All I can remember is that one good line.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fox/ Fox

      I think I would've rather seen Cranston get in over Arkin, and DiCaprio getting in over Waltz. I thought Waltz's acting was basically identical to what he did in Basterds. I hope he doesn't become to one dimensional. DiCaprio gave a great performance though

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/RandallPMcMurphy/ Randall P McMurphy

        In what way do you think his acting was identical? Hans Landa is selfish and Dr. Shultz is the other way around, helping people for no reason at all.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/mattm17/ mattm17

    I'm just shocked at the Ben Affleck directing snub and the ZERO noms for both TDKR and Cloud Atlas. Other than those quips it's a pretty good list this year.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

    I would hate it if Amour won foreign language film AND best picture. If that happens it means it stole the best picture spot another movie could get like Lincoln or Zero Dark Thirty. One movie does not need 2 best pictures in the same awards

    • bss121

      No chance Amour wins best picture.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Aleonardis/ Aleonardis

      Well it's not going to WIN in Best Pic but it COULD win in foreign language now that The Intouchables wasn't nominated.

      And why can't a movie be nominated in foreign language and Best pic? I'm sure you weren't adverse to an Up or Toy Story 3 nomination in Best animated and Best Pic?

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

        I am not really into animated movies so I cannot say about Up and Toy Story 3. But in general having it in 2 best film categories is pointless. Because IF a movie does happen to win 2 best films in a given year.... it's just pointless for one movie to have 2 best films in the same awards.

        • Alex

          You're a bit off though, in implying that Best Foreign Language Film and Best Picture are the same caliber of awards.

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Aleonardis/ Aleonardis

          But it's LITERALLY almost a separate awards show. There are more than 6000 people in the Academy. The foreign branch is almost a whole other entity. People that saw Amour, didn't see it because it was being campaigned in Foreign and they were only voting for the Foreign nominees. A consensus of the 6000 or so members saw the film that CAME OUT THIS YEAR and was InContention for all categories. Film is Film is Film. Every thing nominated is a movie and THAT'S ALL that should matter. If it's one of the BEST MOVIES to come out in 2012 then it's nomination is warranted.

  • Chris

    Academy picks Zeitlin over Bigelow and Affleck?? Their noms surprise me every year.

    Also WTF!!! No DiCaprio???

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Aleonardis/ Aleonardis

    I go on over to IMDB...Silver Linings in my face. Harvey is doing his job, splendidly.

  • http://kaisaccofilm.tumblr.com/ Kai Sacco

    So apparently "Flight" had a more original screenplay than "Looper". Okay Oscars. Okay.

    • Arthur Carlson

      Remember it's BEST original screenplay, not MOST original screenplay. Though, I think Looper should've been nominated over Flight as well.

      • http://kaisaccofilm.tumblr.com/ Kai Sacco

        I know that, but still, no.

        • Art

          I was also rooting for Looper, but am not surprised.

    • Jesse

      Kai, it's for best original screenplay not most original screenplay. I can't comment which screenplay is better, but they definitely shouldn't be giving out the award based on the most original screenplay.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Aleonardis/ Aleonardis

        But you guys...Looper is THE most AND best original screenplay of the year... #MyBias

    • Roger

      Looper was overrated (my opinion) and had plot holes. How can anyone seriously consider it for Best Original Screenplay?

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Aleonardis/ Aleonardis

        Read it.

      • Art

        Imo it was underrated, but I'm not surprised because science fiction is not the academy's cup of tea.

      • Thornsy

        I didn't like Looper either, but I still had it down for Original Screenplay.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Orhan94/ Orhan94

      While I would've liked to have seen "Looper" and "The Master" or even "Magic Mike", "End of Watch", "Safety Not Guaranteed", "Jeff, Who Lives at Home" etc. take the fifth slot over "Flight", the point is to nominate the BEST original screenplay, not the MOST original one.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Aleonardis/ Aleonardis

        But Flight is not that...

        Looper is such a nuanced script. He's like a Nolan brother minus the heavy handed dialogue and overlong speeches.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Xarnis/ Xarnis

    Wow, talk about upset in Best Director!
    No Affleck or Bigelow? Those were talked about as being the best directed films of the year.

    • Roger

      Completely agree

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

    So glad Christoph Waltz got nominated. Freakin loved his character in Django Unchained

    • http://www.rabidpictures.com Yaz

      He should take it again... Tommy Lee is the only one standing in his way. Two-Face can't win!

    • Cory

      He shouldn't have gotten nominated. Tarantino uses him to maximum effort in the first hour of Django and then completely drops him from the rest of the picture. He's spectator.

      His performance is nowhere near as good as his performance in Basterds.

      • http://www.rabidpictures.com Yaz

        I disagree quite a bit... In fact, upon revisiting Basterds, I feel like he's less of a presence in that film than he was in Django... Just my opinion.

  • Arthur Carlson

    I'm not disappointed with the nominations. I wish Bigelow and Affleck got some best director love. That surprised me. Also Jacki Weaver was good in Silver LInings Playbook but far from memorable. Especially compared to the other actors. But I know this is an unpopular opinion, but I am in The Master is overrated camp, so glad it got snubbed for picture and writing. Phoenix and Hoffman were probably the best part of the film and glad they got the nod. Also glad Hooper didn't get the nod for Les Miserables. I feel the thing that kept this movie from being a masterpiece was the directing.

    And there's my two cents. Which I will be using to bet that Lincoln takes Best Picture.

  • Chris

    The Academy's choices the past few years have been rough. We can't even predict their bad choices anymore.

    • Jesse

      No matter what choice they make, a lot of people will see it as a bad choice as shown by these comments.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Aleonardis/ Aleonardis

        I don't understand what's so bad about these nominations...I mean the only real mistake is the Bigelow snub. That's EGREGIOUS. The rest are all welcomed surprises.

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

          I'm also pretty happy, but, of course, I'm happiest about the Bigelow & Affleck snubs.

          • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Aleonardis/ Aleonardis

            I could care less about Affleck's direction. It's completely bland and lifeless. But Bigelow...c'mon. Even you can recognize that Bigelow's direction is better than THE whole slate of nominations right now.

            • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

              I haven't seen Life of Pi or Silver Linings Playbook... but you know how disturbed I was by ZDT so I look at the Bigelow snub as a personal triumph.

              • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Aleonardis/ Aleonardis

                Objectively though...

                Anyway, now you have to see Life of Pi and Silver Linings so we shall see. lol

  • Justin

    Anybody else notice that ads were running for David O. Russell before the noms were even announced?


  • Bradley

    I've got a little question. Where the eff is Marion Cotillard!?

  • Viral

    WOW ! bigelow and affleck get snubbed! TDKR not managing a single nom was expected but still disappointing all these tech noms for skyfall is baffling to me because I was hugely let down by skyfall except for adele

  • Lenny feder

    I had read a theory that "intouchables" wouldn't be nominated. I can't recall the site (I'd like to give him credit) but he had said that the foreign language team that had to create the short list would omit intouchables due to the conservative tastes of the voting body that could have ignored the more difficult, "amour." Now, "amour" had a much stronger showing than expected but the foreign language committee still conceivably left "intouchables" off of their short list to ensure they didn't have a repeat of "4months, 3 weeks, 2days." Honestly, I loved "amour" and did not care for "intouchables" but I'm sorry for anyone who's a fan and is disappointed.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/RyanJayden/ Ryan Jayden

    I think the winner today was Silver Linings Playbook.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/maja/ maja

      I think the clear winner was Lincoln which now has the Best Pic wrapped up. SLP and Amour were the surprise winners.

  • Chris

    Well Lincoln has this all wrapped up unless Weinstein somehow gets Silver Linings to steal. This is no longer a race now that Affleck and Bigeliw were snubbed. I know it's just the Academy's point of view but they are deemed the a reflection of the year and for the past few years I do not see the obvious best getting nominated.

  • Jack

    Flight in screenplay? FLIGHT IN SCREENPLAY!!

    Over The Master, Looper, Cabin in the Woods, Intouchables, Paranorman, Magic Mike...FLIGHT?

    No PTA? Joaquin, Hoffman, Adams all got in, but no PTA?

    Zeitlin for Director...WTF

    No DiCaprio...

    I really liked Playbook, but Weaver?

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

      Yes. The screenplay for Flight was terrible. Let me quote: "It was as if I had reached my lifetime limit of lies"....

    • Jake17

      I feel like I should have known Weaver would get in, the Academy seems to LOVE her.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/RandallPMcMurphy/ Randall P McMurphy

        I'm glad Weaver got in, its as the cast of the australian film, Animal Kingdom, are now all appearing in great films.

  • Jesse3232

    Now Affleck and Bigelow know how Nolan feels. I'm quite surprised that Bigelow and Affleck get left out and Tarantino can't slip in. Amour and Beasts are clearly much bigger contenders then anyone has imagined. I feel bad for Affleck as at least Bigelow has won before and Hooper too (if he's considered a snub like Hollywood claims). Alan Arkin had nothing to do in comparison to DiCaprio or Jackson and I think his one liner in the film assured his nomination. I do think Argo is a bit overrated but good nevertheless!

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/SirTrey/ Sir Trey

      Not quite on Bigelow's part, considering she's WON the award before...still doesn't mean I'm not pissed she didn't even get nominated, but still. And Affleck needs to get snubbed at least once, possibly twice more to get the full effect.

  • Jack

    Lincoln, it won. Over. It'll win every category, wouldn't be surprised if they do Hathaway wrong.

    1. Lincoln
    2. Silver Linings Playbook
    3. Life of Pi
    4. Amour
    5. Beasts of the Southern Wild
    6. Zero Dark Thirty
    7. Les Miserables
    8. Django Unchained

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Aleonardis/ Aleonardis

    The Hawkes omission is also really terrible. Definitely in the top 5 performances of the year.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

    I'm sure there will be a follow up article with Brad's full thoughts, and I'll save mine for then. But just real quick...clearly there were some MAJOR upsets in Best Director...only two directors were nominated for both the Oscar and the DGA...has that ever happened? Also, the Ws clearly opened the checkbook for Silver Linings. The most telling nomination out of all of them is Silver Linings being nominated for editing, a category in which it wasn't a strong contender and certainly doesn't deserve. But to win Best Picture, you have to have it. There are two contenders for Best Picture...Lincoln and Silver Linings. I still think Lincoln is the prohibitive favorite, but Spielberg's been outbid by the Ws before.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fox/ Fox

      I don't disagree with you, SLPs presence in all those categories seems more than a little fishy. I can't say I'm complaining though, it was my favourite of the year. Just didn't think the academy would view it in the same light.

  • Winchester

    The Best Actor race becomes mildly more interesting now Phoenix returns to contention but Lewis probably still has it.

    I didn't think Riva AND Cotillard would make the cut but expected Cotillard to edge it. Wallis should keep people happy.

    Very surprised by snub for Bigelow and a bit re Affleck as well. Especially when Ang Lee stayed in contention. Seems to clear the way for Spielberg though.

    Apart from that all seems relatively fine. Not upset by TDKR snubs at all and I think it does make win predictions a skoosh easier.

  • S.P.M.

    Guys, we are just talking about the Oscars! No need to be upset... I like watching them as well, but what they are primarily for - that's FUN! And I will certainly have a lot of fun watching the show this year, even though Bigelow (who is probably one of my favorite directors nowadays) got snubbed. At least WE HAVE A RACE:) I think that's the best thing what could have happened. And by the way... really good films will be remembered, even though they don't win [or get nominated for] an Oscar.

    • aslan

      exactly. thanks for mentioning.
      there are surprises but lets just have fun.

      • Art


  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Cordia/ Cordia

    Really surprised by the miss for Affleck, Lincoln takes it home.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

    I just realized Silver Linings was nominated in every major category. That is an extreme rarity...in fact, I'm not sure if it's ever happened before (it probably has, I just can't name the film(s)). I've kind of glossed over my dislike for this film since I didn't see it as a major player, but honestly...it may be the favorite now. Given that it's massively overrated, awards bating fluff backed by the cash of the Ws, it would fit right in with their last two Best Picture purchases.

  • David

    Wow DGA and Best Director nominations only have Spielberg and Lee in common, 2 out of 5.

  • Alex

    Not one person in this comment board has mentioned that, sure, Lincoln won big today but who expected 11 noms for Life of Pi? Including the all-important Editing?

    I have Lincoln too. But this is a three horse race between Lincoln, Silver Linings, and Life of Pi. And considering just how few people were talking about Pi, THAT's the big winner today.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

      agreed. i was just going through the list and counted 11 for pi. it's as good a contender as lincoln.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Aleonardis/ Aleonardis

      Lee could potentially upset with a Best Director win. With Lincoln or Silver Linings winning Best Pic. I'm actually starting to think that Silver Linings could win the big prize. Harvey Weinstein is REALLY good at this.

      • Stiggy

        Unless Harvey goes cocky and starts campaining for Django Unchained

  • JN Films

    These are total BS. I'm skiping this year's oscars

  • Alex

    He really is. Especially when people were counting his films out only, you know, an hour ago haha

  • Danny

    Life of Pi: 11 nominations, 8.3 on imdb, 89% on RT... and u gave it C+
    Suck it Brad! LOL

  • marion


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  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AntonioA/ Antonio A

    People around here is seriously underestimating Life of Pi. It got the most nominations after Lincoln, BAFTA loved it, its international box office numbers are strong (and about to get stronger in America after the nominations I believe)... I always heard Fox was dropping the ball with its campaign, so who knows what happens if they do a better, more focused work in this next round.

    I'm also trying to convince myself that the race is between Lincoln and Pi (now that Argo took a strong blow), because I CANNOT fathom Harvey Weinstein winning Best Pic third year in a row for yet another good, not great, movie.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Xarnis/ Xarnis

    7/9 in Picture
    5/5 in Actor
    4/5 in Actress
    4/5 in Supporting Actor
    4/5 in Supporting Actress
    4/5 in Original Screenplay
    3/5 in Adapted Screenplay
    4/5 in Animated Film

    This is why I hate predicting that fifth slot

  • marion


  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Xarnis/ Xarnis

    Now it looks like a 3 horse race between Lincoln, Life of Pi, and Silver Linings Playbook

  • matt hammill

    I'm really trying not to get too upset about this, but the PTA snub is pretty outrageous.

    Rian Johnson called it earlier; "I highly doubt an Oscar has a chance of earning The Master this year."

    The Flight nom for original screenplay is nuts. It has no chance of winning. The Master was clearly the most innovative screenplay this year. wtf is this? the golden globes?

    I am on board for all the Beasts love. That and the Master were the two best of the year, although I didnt see Amour.

    I don't know. I guess Ill watch to see if Wes Anderson and Roger Deakins can pull down long over due statues.

    No Johnny Greenwood either? BOOOOOOOO!

    • Jake17

      Rian Johnson called it earlier; "I highly doubt an Oscar has a chance of earning The Master this year." Hahahaha!! I agree with you on Beasts as well, I really liked that movie, and I think it's a much bigger contender than we thought.

  • http://cinemmaconfessions.blogspot.com Gautam

    So, Finally the interesting Oscar season comes to an End. Lincoln is going to sweep everything.

    • http://cinemmaconfessions.blogspot.com Gautam

      Basically no competition left.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/SirTrey/ Sir Trey

    So...full reactions for Brad's second piece, but...

    I haven't seen Beasts yet, I'll comment on that afterwards.

    I was coming to expect that The Master wouldn't get a Best Picture nod, but it still annoys the hell out of me, as does the lack of a screenplay nomination.

    Kathryn Bigelow's Best Director snub is absolutely absurd, considering for my money ZDT was the best picture of the year (with some challengers) and the raid the year's best filmed scene (without challenge),

    Glad Phoenix got in for Best Actor...sad Looper didn't get a Screenplay nod but I'm not particularly surprised. And while I hoped Skyfall could maybe pull a few more out of its hat, obviously I wasn't "expecting" that.

    Still, it could have been a lot worse. But leaving off the two best directing performances of the year (Bigelow and PTA) is frustrating, and The Master's (the other film I've considered for #1, along with ZDT) complete snub outside of acting is stupid, though not surprising.

    As for predictions, Lincoln is still slightly the favorite but I could easily see Silver Linings Playbook take this now. It got nominations in EVERY major category and has the Weinstein machine backing it, it might become the favorite within a month. The only other movie that I think has a chance now is Life of Pi, only because it pulled a whopping 11 noms...that means a lot of people clearly loved that film, double-digits is no accident or stroke of luck. Three horse race, people...I just wish it was three different horses.

  • Andrew

    Nothing for Battleship?!?!

    For shame Academy.

    • Jake17

      Not even The Lorax for Best Animated Featue. WTF?!

  • http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/27913-criterion10 Criterion10

    Quick thoughts while I have the chance to type down my thoughts...

    Wow! Talk about a series of surprises! All the love for Beasts and Amour! So happy for Haneke and Co., but man did Beasts really not deserve all those nominations...

    Great news for The Master, especially the inclusion of Joaquin, and it doesn't surprise me that the film missed out for Best Original Screenplay.

    And, can I ask, what the hell happened in the director field?! No Kathryn Bigelow, but Benh Zeitlin gets in?! And what about Ben Affleck?! Not saying he deserves it, but I'm just surprised he didn't make it. The inclusion of Michael Haneke almost makes up for Bigelow's snub... Doesn't surprise me that Tarantino didn't get in.

    Damn, some real surprises here. Should be interesting come Oscar night. Busy at the moment -- will post more later.

  • Connor420

    No DiCaprio for Supporting Actor? No Tarantino, no Bigelow, no Affleck for Director? And Ang Lee gets it over any of those 3? I would have wanted to see one of those 3 win. I am slightly disappointed. Not in the Best Picture noms, those are pretty satisfying. I am just disappointed mostly in the Best Director noms.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fox/ Fox

    Everyone seems to be mad that SLP got so many nominations. . .am I the only one who loved it?

    • Thornsy

      SLP was my favorite movie of 2012, I'm happy it did so well. Although Best Editing and Best Supporting Actress were definitely surprising.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fox/ Fox

        Yeah, I won't deny it probably got into some categories it shouldn't have. . .

  • Stuart

    No Bigelow & Afflect? No Hawkes?
    Cottilard over Watts? I love Watts but i guess Cottilard could make it. Darn!

    The only good news is Phoenix

  • Good Grief

    I haven't seen "Zero Dark Thirty" yet but Zeitlin over Affleck? Come on now. Am I the only person who genuinely disliked "Beasts of the Southern Wild?" Well, apart form Vince over at Film Drunk.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/jinjuriki187/ jinjuriki187

    i agree with most of these nominations but there are a few that just blow my mind, more for the ones that didn't get nominated. the fact that leo didn't get a nom blows my mind! im glad waltz got in because his performance was amazing be really? arkin gets in over leo, arkin's performance was not even that good, leo was amazing, the academy has to hate him, he still has never won an oscar, which makes no sense not even abomination here? stupid! amour got in over moonrise kingdom, not too upset over this but i think because its guaranteed a win in foreign film they should have gave its slot to something else. next to leo's snub, the worst is probably ben affleck and bigelow not getting in for best director. i havnt seen zero dark thirty yet, i will this weekend, but from what everyone is saying she deserved the nom. the big one is affleck. wtf!!! oscars!!! the must hate him to cuz this is the third time now hr got snubbed for best director. zeitlin, haneke, and O. Russll SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN NOMINATED!!!! zeitln did a great job, and im happy for him but there were more deserving ones that got snubbed here. tarantino also got robbed here. it should have been him with affleck and bigelow to make the top 5. im still blown away how affleck got robbed like that. now the next biggest snub goes to hawkes. ok cooper was good but really? not that good, hawkes gave easily one of the best performances of the year, he should of been in there for sure. next we got marion cotillard. why was she snubbed? i feel like it was more wanting the oldest and youngest in oscar history to get the noms more than anything else. cotilard should have been nominated for sure over riva i would say. there are some smaller things too, how did hitchcock make makeup over lincoln? why didnt django and the hobbit get in for costumes? the fact that sno white got in for visual effects ove the dark knight rises is stupid. les mis and the master were robbed of cinematography. anna karenina should not have been nominated for anything, and im still a little upset to see that seven psychopaths culdnt get a screenplay nom. overall modt of the noms are good this year, but the fact that affleck, tarantino, bigelow were snubbd for best director, hawkes for best actor, cotillard for best actress, and of course leo for supporting actor is just baffling.

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  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fan/ Fan

    Glad to see Ang Lee getting a nom. I really liked Life of Pi. But no DiCaprio... damn shame... I like Alan Arkins performance but it was nothing compare to DiCaprio performance. Very happy to see that Waltz got a nom though.

  • Dale

    What strikes me first as the biggest snubs are those of Ben Affleck in the best director category and John Hawks in the best actor category. I don't know who I'd trade Hawks with, since the actor category was a strong one this year, but I'd give Affleck Benh Zeitlin's spot for director. I thought "Beasts of the Southern Wild" was certainly an impressive piece of work, but I found it a little too rough around the edges.

  • John

    No makeup nomination for Lincoln - outrageous!
    Also very disappointed that John Hawkes did not get nominated for The Sessions. Brilliant performance. I would have replaced Denzel Washington (who was good, but not great) with him.
    The directing category is a travesty this year.

  • Crow

    Yeah. John hawkes. Goddamn Oscar retards. And the guy spells his name benh? Commmmoooonnn!!!!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/RandallPMcMurphy/ Randall P McMurphy

    Nice to see Waltz in best supporting as well as De Niro who I wasn't really expecting but I loved his performance though. I can't believe Beasts is even nominated, I don't get what people like about that movie.
    There is only 4 movies I liked out of the ones nominated for best picture and which I would be glad if they won the oscar:
    -Silver Linings Playbook
    -Zero Dark Thirty

    I can't believe I haven't seen The Master yet, I hope to see it before the oscars somehow, and how could they leave out The Intouchables. It was a much better film than both Amour and NO.
    I'm hoping both Django Unchained and Silver Linings Playbook get some awards, they deserve it.

  • http://hypethemovies.wordpress.com Jordan B.

    I'm digging the love for Silver Linings (Russell?! Weaver?! Editing?!), and am equally thrilled to see the outpouring of nominations for Life of Pi. Russell and Lee both deserve the Directing noms they received, but I will say that I am shocked and mildly disappointed by the snubbing of Bigelow and Affleck in that category.

    This makes me think that -- with Lincoln, Pi, and Silver Linings all receiving Directing, Writing, and Editing noms -- Best Picture is now a three-way race between those films. If an Editing nom is generally necessary for a Best Picture winner, then a Directing nom is damn-near a requirement (as Andrew13 pointed out, only Driving Miss Daisy won BP without a nod for Directing). So it seems that Argo, Les Miserables, and Zero Dark Thirty can more or less be considered "out." Though, now that I say that, maybe Argo sneaks up and pulls off the underdog win.

    The love for Beasts and Amour are palpably strong now, so it seems they are bigger contenders than we thought, and it would seem Amour is almost certain to win Best Foreign Language Film.

    Prediction-wise, I was:
    8/9 on Picture
    2/5 on Director
    5/5 on Actor
    4/5 on Actress
    4/5 on Supporting Actor
    4/5 on Supporting Actress
    5/5 on Adapted Screenplay
    4/5 on Original Screenplay

    Overall, not bad; as they say, it is the 5th slot that is hardest to pick. Praying for a strong showing by Silver Linings, expecting a sweep by Lincoln, though maybe the Academy will look to fix their snubbing of Ang Lee and Brokeback Mountain a few years back.

  • Risa

    It's not as much of a joke this year as it is usually the case when more deserved actors/directors/pictures are overlooked. Apart from Jennifer Lawrence's nomination, the rest of the nominations for Silver blah blah doesn't really make sense - Bradley Cooper, as much as I do like his mediocre affability, over Dwight Henry and John Hawkes?? Even Richard Gere deserved it more, I had high hopes for the academy to recognise Tom Hanks after a long time even. Phoenix's nomination, once again someone I love watching, is questionable for a film where he got overshadowed by "The Master" himself who in turn was overshadowed by a sensational Amy Adams. As I said before, DeNiro would get nominated for no good reason and he did, thanks to Weinstein and co. of course. Would've gone for DiCaprio over him who by the way got the Nicholson treatment. Zero Dark Thirty gets nominated for Best Picture but Bigelow gets ignored, who by the way was solely responsible for the film to reach the height that it's at now. I'm guessing Ang Lee will have a good night at the Oscars this year. I'll be happy for either Watts or Wallis to win the Actress gong this year. Lawrence deserves an oscar and she will win many in the fututre but she deserved her nomination and a win more for Winter's Bone than for Silver blah blah. Last year, Elizabeth Olson's powerful performance in Martha Marcy ... was ignored but thanks to Weinstein we even got Jackie Weaver as a nominee this year. Overall, this was very predictable but I would've loved a few well deserved surprises - seriously, nothing for Cloud Atlas?