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Lincoln Leads Oscar Nominations

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This year’s Oscar nominations were announced this morning by Emma Stone and the host for this year’s Academy Awards ceremony, Seth MacFarlane.

As many expected, Lincoln led the way with 12 nominations. Life of Pi received 11. There was less love than some predicted for Zero Dark Thirty, which received just five nominations; Kathryn Bigelow was not nominated for Best Director. Tom Hooper, who directed Les Miserables, did not receive a nod either, but his film got eight nominations.


In a mild surprise, Silver Linings Playbook also received eight nominations, including one for its director, David O. Russell. Argo got seven; its director, Ben Affleck, was not nominated. 

There was a lot of love for Benh Zeitlin’s Bayou-set indie film Beasts of the Southern Wild, which was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay.


You can read the full list below.

Best Picture
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Actress
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts, The Impossible

Best Actor
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight


Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, The Master
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook

Supporting Actor
Alan Arkin, Argo
Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Best Director
Michael Haneke, Amour
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln*
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Original Screenplay
Zero Dark Thirty
Django Unchained
Moonrise Kingdom

Adapted Screenplay
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Silver Linings Playbook
Life of Pi

Foreign Feature
War Witch
A Royal Affair

Animated Feature
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Wreck-It Ralph


Music (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

Music (Original Score)
Dario Marianelli - Anna Karenina
Alexandre Desplat - Argo
Mychael Danna - Life of Pi
John Williams - Lincoln
Thomas Newman - Skyfall

Production Design
Anna Karenina
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Miserables
Life of Pi

Achievement in Cinematography
Seamus McGarvey - Anna Karenina
Robert Richardson - Django Unchained
Claudio Miranda - Life of Pi
Janusz Kaminski - Lincoln
Roger Deakins - Skyfall

Achievement in Costume Design
Jacqueline Durran - Anna Karenina
Paco Delgado - Les Miserables
Joanna Johnston - Lincoln
Eiko Ishioka - Mirror Mirror
Colleen Atwood - Snow White and the Huntsman


Best Documentary Feature
5 Broken Cameras
The Gatekeepers
How to Survive a Plague
The Invisible War
Searching for Sugar Man


Best Documentary Short Subject
Kings Point
Mondays at Racine
Open Heart

Achievement in Film Editing
William Goldenberg - Argo
Tim Squyres - Life of Pi
Michael Kahn - Lincoln
Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers - Silver Linings Playbook
Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg - Zero Dark Thirty

Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling
Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel - Hitchcock
Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell - Les Miserables

Achievement in visual effects
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Life of Pi
The Avengers

Snow White and the Huntsman

* This post originally misstated the film for which Spielberg was nominated.