Festivals & Awards, News — January 10, 2013 at 10:00 am



oscar nominations 2013

If you were up early this morning (early for us West Coasters at least) then you already know the news – the nominations for the 2013 Academy Awards have been announced. What follows is the usual celebration mixed with shock and awe over who did or didn’t make the cut. Either way, we will all find out who wins on February 24th when Seth Macfarlane hosts the yearly event…

Now, on to your nominees!

Lincoln led the way with 12 nominations, Life of Pi was next with 11, followed by Les Misérables and Silver Linings Playbook, with 8 each, and Argo with 7.




Beasts of the Southern Wild

Django Unchained

Les Misérables

Life of Pi


Silver Linings Playbook

Zero Dark Thirty

(There aren’t any real surprises except maybe the inclusion of Beasts of the Southern Wild. The rest have all been named on BEST OF lists since they came out. Lincoln is the frontrunner because of the most noms and it’s gonna be hard for either Argo or Zero Dark Thirty to win because neither director got a nomination – more on that in a second).


Michael Haneke – Amour

Benh Zeitlin – Beasts of the Southern Wild

Ang Lee – Life of Pi

Steven Spielberg – Lincoln

David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook

(Very shocked not to see Bigelow or Affleck here and to a lesser extent, Tarantino. Haneke and Zeitlin are surprise noms because their films are less known, certainly, and their names are not nearly on par with the A-List of Snubs, but for those who saw those movies – I am not one of them – maybe they are both very well deserved. Bigelow is probably the biggest snub though, with Affleck right behind.)


Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook

Daniel Day-Lewis - Lincoln

Hugh Jackman -Les Miserables

Joaquin Phoenix – The Master

Denzel Washington – Flight

(Heavy hitters here but if you’re taking the field over DDL then I’ll happily take that bet. It’s been his award to lose since that first picture of him in Lincoln garb came out!)


Naomi Watts – The Impossible

Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty

Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook

Emmanuelle Riva – Amour

Quvenzhané Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild

(J-Law was great in Silver Linings and since it’s the only one that I saw… I’ll be pulling for her. I’m a bit surprised to see Naomi Watts up there. The Impossible hasn’t really taken off like I’d thought.)


Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained

Phillip Seymour Hoffman – The Master

Robert De Niro – Silver Linings Playbook

Alan Arkin – Argo

Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln

(I love the names on this list although I’d have added in Dicaprio in place of De Niro, but for me, it’s Waltz all the way. I feel like it’s a two-man race though between Tommy Lee Jones and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Jones wins by an ear, I’ll say…)


Sally Field – Lincoln

Anne Hathaway – Les Miserables

Jacki Weaver – Silver Linings Playbook

Helen Hunt – The Sessions

Amy Adams – The Master

(Very surprised at Weaver’s inclusion – I didn’t think her role really was that spectacular. But congrats to her! Also, can we also changed Anne Hathaway’s nomination from Les Mis to The Dark Knight Rises just for fun?)


The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Wreck-It Ralph

(I have no real opinion here, as I only saw Ralph out of these and that wasn’t amazing or anything. I also know Brave wasn’t universally lauded so it’s not a shoo-in for the win.)


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

(Would’ve liked to have seen Looper get in here but this might be where QT gets his win because of his Direction snub.)


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

(This is probably Lincoln just because it’ll be on the war path to winning everything. Maybe. Who knows.)

Those are the main awards – all the technical stuff is the usual stuff, but I will mention a couple other things, just for kicks:

- The Dark Knight Rises was completely shut out. Terrible. I understand that it’s not a Best Picture film. Fine. But Visual Effects? Sound Editing? Score? Snow White and the Are You Kidding Me About This Huntsman got two nominations… Nolan and Co. deserved more than that!

- Adele got a nomination for the Skyfall song and the film also picked up a Cinematography nod. Well deserved!

Well that about wraps it u!

Let us know your thoughts on the nominations below!


  • Don’t have a lot to say that you haven’t. The only thing I’d add is that Best Actress feels like it will be Jessica Chastain. Between the acclaim she’s gotten and Hollywood’s tendency to overcorrect, I feel like that will be the award ZDT gets with Bigelow being snubbed.

  • I’m baffled Leo wasn’t nominated for Django (or Sam Jackson, for that matter), it was the best performance of his career.

  • I guess I have to see Amour, although I’m mostly turned off by foreign language films. The whole point of me seeing the movie is so I don’t have to read.
    Anyway, best actor will likely be DDL, I was fairly underwhelmed with Jackman.
    Best supporting actor should be Waltz my a mile, not that the others were bad, but he was just perfection.
    Best supporting actress will likely be Hathaway.
    Best animated film is a tough one. As an animation student, I have to appreciate the stop motion and black and white aspect of Frankenweenie, so I think that nabs my vote but props go to Brave which had some rad cgi.
    Original screenplay, honestly I think Django was just so dynamic but I don’t think it’s a shoe-in.

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