Oscars! – 85th Academy Award Nominations Announced Today

UPDATE: Lincoln leads nominations with 12, Life of Pi earns 11.

With Ben Affleck being snubbed for Best Director (he was considered a lock by most – there was an audible gasp at the end of the Director`s nominee annoucements – was it because his name was missingÉ), that likely leads Lincoln taking most of the awards this year. Tom Hooper was also not nominated for Best Director hurting Les Misérables chances (although Anne seems a lock), but a lot of people were predicting that. Bests of the Southern Wild and Amour did better than generally predicted.

Today, the 85th Academy Award Nominations are going to be announced. MJ’s always does a wonderful live blog of the event, so let’s get the excitement started early. And it is early for us West Coasters. The announcements will be made live HERE at 8:30 am EST/5:30 am PST (all the better to catch the news cycle). Come and discuss who you think should win, who will win and who was SNUBBED.

Nobody from a reality show we cover is likely to be up for anything this year, but “Les Mis” is likely to get a lot of nominations and it has recently been a hot topic around here. It’s being touted for the two biggies (Best Picture and Director), acting awards (as has been pointed out, they are actors – most likely Anne Hathway in Supporting Actress and possibly Hugh Jackman in Actor) and a slew of technical awards. Blog favourite Adele sang “Skyfall” which is likely to be nominated.

The big nominees will likely be “Lincoln” and “Zero Dark Thirty”. “Argo” will probably get a lot of big nominations. “Django Unchained” seems to be headed for some “THEY WERE ROBBED” articles. Let’s see how things turn out in a few short minutes.

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

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

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

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, The Master
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Jackie Weavers, Silver Linings Playbook

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

Anna Karenina
Django Uchanined
Life of Pi

Costume Design
Anna Karenina
Les Misérables
Mirror Mirror
Snow White and the Huntsman

Amour – Michael Haneke
Beasts of the Southern Wild – Benh Zeitlin
Life of Pi – Ang Lee
Lincoln – Steven Spielberg
Silver Linings Playbook – David O’Russell

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

Documentary Short
Kings of Point
Mondays at Racine
Open Heart

Film Editing
Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

Foreign Langue Film
Amour – Austria
Kon-Tiki – Norway
No – Chile
A Royal Affair – Denmark
War Witch – Canada

Makeup and Hairstyling
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Misérables

Music – Original Socre
Anna Karenina
Life of Pi

Music – Original Song
Before My Time – Chasing Ice
Everybody Needs a Best Friend – Ted
Pi’s Lullaby – Life of Pi
Skyfall – Skyfall
Suddenly – Les Misérables

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

Short Film – Animated
Adam and Dog
Fresh Guacamole
Head over Heels
Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”

Short Film – Live Action
Buzkashi Boys
Death of a Shadow

Sound Editing
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty

Sound Mixing
Les Misérables
Life of Pi

Visual Effects
The Hobitt: An Unexpected Journey
Life of Pi
Marvel`s The Avengers
Snow White and the Huntsman

Writing – Adapted Screenplay
Arg – Chris Terrio
Beasts of the Southern Wild – Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin
Life of Pi – David Magee
Lincoln – Tony Kushner
Silver Linings Playbook – David O`Russell

Writing – Original Screenplay
Amour – Michael Haneke
Django Unchained – quentin Tarantino
Flight – John Gatins
Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola
Zero Dark Thirty – Mark Boal


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  • Miz

    Shocked and disappointed Argo didn’t get a nom for Best Director. Boo!

  • chillj

    I continue to be surprised by Lincoln.  I thought it was a good, but not great movie, that would have been a terrific PBS docudrama:  it was predictable, a little pedantic,  and not particularly creative.

  • pmreyn2010

    I agree that Lincoln was a good, not outstanding, movie. I like Sally Field, but this wasn’t my favorite performance of hers. It was ok. I will say that I think Daniel Day-Lewis, however, was awesome. He definitely deserves the Oscar.

  • Kirsten

    Shocked and disappointed Argo didn’t get a nom for Best Director. Boo!

    I know. Totally surprising. Afflack and the movie have been praised all year and everybody else (including the DGA) nominated him.

    Bigelow didn’t get nominated either despite all the nominations for Zero Dark Thirty.

    Some were speculating if Zero Dark Thirty might hurt Argo’s chances. People who like that sort of movie (CIA secret stories) might like both. Perhaps the vote got little split allowing others to come up the middle.

    At least both Affleck and Bigelow have Oscars they can hug at home already (and their movies did get a fair number of nominations).

    I hope Lincoln doesn’t sweep. As others have mentioned, it is a good movie but not great. DDL deserves the win, but I hate it when a movie wins everything. Surely, some other movies deserves Original Score or Best Make-up or something. I prefer to see a variety of movies win – although it is concievable that one movie has the best of everything, it just seems like voters are getting swept up.

  • http://twitter.com/bluinjewin Landon Cox

    Really disappointed that The Dark Knight Rises didn’t get nominated for score. That album is fantastic.

    But get that Oscar Adele! I hope she EGOTs at some point lol

    Anne Hathaway has been so thirsty in this Oscar campaign I was worried they might snub her

  • nncw

    I’ve seen Lincoln, The Impossible, Life of Pi, Hitchcock, Django Unchained, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty and The Master. Favorite movie and best ensemble cast: Silver Linings Playbook. Gut wrenching performances in The Impossible. I would not be surprised if Daniel Day Lewis wins another Oscar. Really like Jennifer Lawrence in all her performances to date.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IHIRO4P2ZPNQFGMK5KR57VH3E4 Nanc

    Extremely disappointed Leo and Samuel L. Jackson weren’t nominated….loved both of their performances in Django

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Eric-Mitchell/515077335 Eric Mitchell

    The only category that seemed off to me was Best Director. I don’t get the love for Beasts of the Southern Wild.

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    Several of the big movies up for Best Picture and other big awards saw their directors get slighted this year, which is kind of interesting.  While Ben Affleck might be the most notable, also no Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty, Quentin for Django or Tom Hooper for Les Miserables.   If there was a notable gasp at the end of the Best Director category, IMO it could have either been about Ben or Kathryn, or both honestly.  Not that they both don’t have Oscars at home already.

  • supersonic

    The Academy went nuts for Silver Linings Playbook.  Because of that now we have to deal with Academy Award Nominee Bradley Cooper.

    I actually cheered not seeing Leo’s name on the list.  He needs to stop being so desperate.

    I think I finally figured out why I hate Anne Hathaway.  She’s another desperate one.  She got that taste from her first nomination and she’s been trying to get that Oscar ever since.  Looks like it’s going to work out for her.

    Can’t be too sad for Ben Affleck, Kathryn Bigelow, Tom Hooper, and Tarantino.  They already have Oscars at the house that they can comfort themselves with.  People are still mad at Tom Hooper because they think he stole the Oscar from David Fincher.

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    Some were speculating if Zero Dark Thirty might hurt Argo’s chances.
    People who like that sort of movie (CIA secret stories) might like both.
    Perhaps the vote got little split allowing others to come up the

    That seems like a good supposition. Plus, I’m wondering if the director snub is more about the movie playing out like a good suspenseful thriller where there was really no stand out acting that Affleck “had to” draw out of someone. Every one was good, but it was more about the story and the suspense.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aleeatorio Alexandre Oliveira

    I really don’t understand people calling Hathaway desperate for an Oscar nomination, girl sure works her butt off in every single movie she appears, why is that a problem?She loves doing that, so can’t she show her passion for acting anymore?It seems like people are so used to insipid and bland actresses getting recognization that can’t give this girl credit for working hard to do what she loves to do.

  • girlygirltoo

    Haven’t seen the movie, but I understand that Jessica Chastain is considered the frontunner for Best Actress?

  • http://www.facebook.com/aleeatorio Alexandre Oliveira

    And I’m really bummed Ben Affleck didn’t get a nomination, he really deserved it, Argo is a phenomenal movie, in every aspect.I didn’t watch Lincoln yet so I can’t say a lot about it. Naomi Watts needs to win, I watched The Impossible last week and she was spectacular, I was really surprised to see such an inspired work from her, even though I knew she was a great actress

  • supersonic

    Yes, Jessica Chastain is considered the frontrunner.  But with all of the love that the Academy showed for Silver Linings Playbook, don’t count out Jennifer Lawrence.

  • lovesickheroine

    I’m appalled that Kathryn Bigelow was snubbed at the Best Director category. She did a great job on Zero Dark Thirty. After seeing Jessica Chastain’s performance, i think she’s destined to win the Best Actress category.

  • Montavilla

    FWIW, I’m happy for Ben Affleck. Not that he got slighted of course, but I remember when he was a punchline to a joke not that long ago. Now people are in shock and awe when he misses out on Oscar nominations. How times have changed.

    Great point.  Argo is a terrific movie.  It was obviously a labor of love and it’s so nicely understated.   Ben Affleck can be very proud of what he and everyone else working on the film achieved.  

  • Montavilla

    Extremely disappointed Leo and Samuel L. Jackson weren’t nominated….loved both of their performances in Django

    I thought they were both great, but three supporting actors from a single movie?  I don’t think that could happen.  Not with Alan Arkin and Tommy Lee Jones turing in the stellar they did.  (I can’t comment on Robert De Niro or Phillip Seymour Hoffman, because I didn’t see their films.  But… they are Robert De Niro and Phillip Seymour Hoffman, so you know they’re going to be great.)

    I think my disappointment was not to see Helen Mirren nominated for Hitchcock.  I didn’t think it was the greatest movie, but I thought she was excellent.  The only two supporting actress nominees that I’ve seen were Sally Field and Anne Hathaway and both of them blew me away with their performances.  I wouldn’t be able to choose between them if I had a vote.

  • Montavilla

    I think Lincoln fully deserves any honors it receives from the Academy.  The acting across the board, from Daniel Day-Lewis down to the smallest role was at the highest level.  It could have been so ponderous and grandiose, and instead it was fascinating with a take on the period (and Lincoln himself) that was refreshing.

    James Spader and David Strathairn both deserve supporting actor nominations, but I can understand why Tommy Lee Jones got the nod.  

  • MV007

    Jennifer Lawrence FTW!  I think we need to see Jennifer win just to so we can all witness an awesome hot mess of an acceptance speech.  And I say that as a massive fan of Jennifers and how she is willing to say whatever comes to her mind.  She’s one of the few people at these awards that we might get a genuine reaction from.   

  • EvenMoreron

    The category to watch will be Best Director.  Kathryn Bigelow and Ben Affleck have won the majority of the early critics awards, but they are out of the equation.  Steven Spielberg has won nothing so far for Lincoln, but Lincoln’s momentum appears to be gaining and he is Steven Spielberg after all.  Ang Lee’s technical mastery and successfully adapting “an unfilmable novel” could be the difference.  He’s no stranger to winning best director (Brokeback Mountain) when another film wins best picture (Crash), which may happen again this year.   

  • jeffreyd95821

    Best Actress has the oldest and youngest nominees ever in the category. Emmanuelle Riva is 85 and Quvanzhane Wallis is 9. My favorite for best picture is Life of Pi. They owe Ang Lee after giving best picture to Crash instead of Brokeback Mountain. Unless there’s a major backlash, I believe Daniel Day-Lewis will win his 3rd Oscar. Then again they made Meryl Streep suffer for 20 years before she got a third. Daniel makes it look too easy. Actress seems to be between Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence. I can’t wait for The Impossible to be released here so I can go with Naomi Watts instead. Tommy Lee Jones should win a second Oscar. Anne Hathaway seems to be getting all the attention for Les Miserables. She sings the show-stopper, then disappears. I’m going with Sally Field to win a third (on her third nomination!). Without Ben Affleck or Kathryn Bigelow, I’m picking Ang Lee for director. Other directors tried to make that movie and he was the one who made it happen. His leading men were a 17-year-old boy who had never acted before, and a computer-generated tiger. And it worked. Either Adele is a lock for best song or some may think she’s won enough stuff for the time being and needs to suffer some more before they award her again. 

  • jeffreyd95821

    Another surprise “snub.” John Hawkes for The Sessions. Helen Hunt got nominated for it, but Entertainment Weekly critics seemed to think he was the only lead actor candidate who could give Daniel Day-Lewis a run for his money. 

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    The consensus seems to be that Joaquin Phoenix got John Hawkes presumed spot.  Which is not to say that Joaquin didn’t deserve his nod necessarily, but it was unsure whether Joaquin would get one since the actor himself has denounced the Oscars publicly and pretty much made it widely known he wants little to do with any of this. 

  • hcpoirot

    It didnot surprise me at all Lincoln nab  so many major nominations.

    The reason?

    The Oscar Voters tend to love movies about real life President or King or Queen or wars. Movies based on that theme usually nab tons of nominations and then win some too.

  • bridgette12

    I agree that Daniel Day lewis has this locked up, he was riveting, but I think Sally Field will win again because she was in a better movie, but also because of her years in the business.

  • EvenMoreron

    The Anne Hathaway v. Sally Field match-up will be interesting.  Les Mis is allegedly getting some backlash and Lincoln is gaining strength.  If Sally Field goes 3 for 3 with Oscars that’d be crazy.  

  • Jordana33

    I haven’t seen Les Mis yet, but based on Anne Hathaway’s track record, It would be great to see her win an Oscar. I’m surprised that The Dark Knight Rises didn’t get any nominations…it was one of the better ones, even with Christian Bale’s annoying Batman voice that sounded more like a growly whisper.   I also expected Samuel Jackson or Leonardo DiCaprio to get nominated for Django Unchained. Di Caprio is wayyyy overdue for an oscar, I think! 

    I was really hoping that the movie “Looper” would get some kind of recognition. It’s one of the best science fiction movies I’ve seen in a while, and the storyline was completely unexpected. I guess the critics didn’t agree….Stupid critics! LOL

  • guinness 416

    Best Actress has the oldest and youngest nominees ever in the category. Emmanuelle Riva is 85 and Quvanzhane Wallis is 9.

    That’s pretty cool.

    I really like Helen Hunt and think she was really good in this movie, hope she wins.  As your resident Irish commenter I will pull for Daniel Day too, though I found Lincoln a bit tedious, and hope Ang Lee gets it too, loved Life of Pi.  I never win these damn pools though.

  • EvenMoreron

    Yeah, Leo is overdue, but I’d put Johnny Depp and Robert Downey, Jr. ahead of him.  

  • milwlovesadam

    Leo and Affleck were robbed. Leo was stunning in Django. His character and acting kept getting more and more intense as the movie went on. Argo was a fantastic film. Affleck was robbed for director.  IMHO

    Thank G*d Tom Hooper wasn’t nominated for the mess of Les Miz.

  • kmd23

    I think Lincoln will do well if not sweep the awards. It is a great movie but it also has Spielberg behind it . Hollywood loves Spielberg and will vote for his movie.

  • jeffreyd95821

    Here’s one more. Marion Cotillard for Rust & Bone (and a previous winner herself). She plays a killer whale trainer at a marine park who gets her legs bitten off. Playing a character with a physical handicap is Oscar bait, and what better way than to have a whale bite off your legs? 

  • sdmama

    I loved Argo and hope Ben gets something, because it is over due. 

    Town was terrific, Push Nevada was terrific, though cancelled. I am stunned how good a director/producer Ben Affleck turned out to be. (Should have known from Good Will Hunting.) 
    He was lousy at picking good acting roles (Giggli, and some blind super hero that I cannot remember the name), and I think it is not his fault that he is too good looking to stay away from easy pay check for acting. 

    For me, it came to the point that if he is directing, I become automatically interested in watching the movie. 

  • Jaejae1

    Ben totally should have been nominated for best director. Argo was a terrific movie.  But I just saw Lincoln tonight and I LOVED it. It was fantastic and DDL should totally win best actor.  I am thrilled that little girl from Beasts of the Southern Wilds got nominated. She won’t win but that was another fantastic movie. 

  • http://MJO judes

    As an Aussie i am proud to say we have 3 actors nominated -Hugh of course & Naomi Watts in the best actress & Jackie Weaver in the supporting category [her 2nd supporting role nomination]. 
    Why on earth do they have so many films nominated ? What they should do is have 2 categories of films like the Golden Globes- One for Drama & one for Comedy/Musical Film- then musicals like Les Mis might have a chance of winning.Call me cynical but at this stage Lincoln is a no brainer to win unfortunately-it has all the ingredients needed for those that vote.
    Apart from these 2 movies & Life of Pi , I have no idea what the other movies are?
    Russell Crowe is part of the Academy voters -so no guessing who & what his vote will go towards- no Aussie in the actor best supporting role- maybe he’ll choose Robert De Niro as he ofen plays tough roles?

  • breakdown

    I’ve only seen about half of the performances so far but I can’t imagine anyone beating DDL’s brilliant portrayal of Lincoln.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake Williams

    I hope Les Miserables wins! Anne deserves best supporting actress in that film.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2K6LL4WPUTAY6TKG2VG3SYFA5M Erlinda

    Ben Afleck did not get the nomination for Best Director but his Argo might get the Oscar for best movie; if not I’ll wait for the Golden Globe Award as Argo is also being nominated as best movie or the SAG award. I hope the best for him. I would love for Adele to get the academy award for Skyfall original song for Skyfall movie. Love both Argo and Skyfall movie. Best of luck to all the nominees.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1759402889 Natalie Blake

    I’m shocked that Leo didn’t get a nom for his obscenely evil role in Django Unchained. I mean, the man made me hate him! Now that’s ACTING!

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    Anne Hathaway has never seemed desperate to me.  She put her heart and soul into this performance and deserves any win she gets!