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Oscar Nominations 2013: Indies Score, Nine Best Pics Led by 'Lincoln' with 12, Plus 'Beasts,' 'Amour' UPDATED

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by Anne Thompson
January 10, 2013 9:12 AM
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'Lincoln'
'Lincoln'
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Jessica Chastain in 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Oscar nominations morning brought some welcome presents to independents "Beasts of the Southern Wild" (four nominations) and "Amour" (five) especially, as each film landed on the best picture list of nine and earned writing and directing nominations for Benh Zeitlin and Michael Haneke. Left off the directors list: Ben Affleck, Tom Hooper and Kathryn Bigelow, although their films were included in the top nine. The directors branch is known for making idiosyncratic choices, but rarely have the DGA and Academy lists been so different.

"Lincoln" lead the pack with a total 12 nominations. Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" scored eleven nominations, "Les Miserables" eight, "Argo" seven, "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Skyfall" five, but James Bond 23 did not make the best picture list.

"Silver Linings Playbook" and "Django Unchained" each earned eight and five nominations, respectively, and "The Master" three, so Weinstein Co. had a good day, with 17 nominations altogether, including "Kon-Tiki" on the foreign list, but the foreign language committee did not include "The Intouchables" and the documentary top five excluded "Bully." Christoph Waltz prevailed over "Django" co-star Leonardo DiCaprio for a supporting actor nod.

For the first time in 31 years ("Reds"), a film scored all four acting categories, putting "Silver Linings" in a league with "Sunset Boulevard" and "Streetcar Named Desire," as Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Jackie Weaver all scored nominations. "The Master" landed three acting nominations for Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams and Philip Seymour Hoffman, but no writing nod. Would-be best-actor John Hawkes was missing for "The Sessions," while Helen Hunt did score a supporting actress nod.

Also snubbed this morning was Marion Cotillard for "Rust and Bone," while "Amour" marks the first time since "The Emigrants" in 1973 that a foreign best picture nominee also gets a best actress nomination. Emmanuelle Riva, 85, became the oldest best actress nominee, and "Beasts" rookie Quvenzhane Wallis became the youngest ever at age nine. Naomi Watts repped the only nomination for "The Impossible." "Moonrise Kingdom" scored only one nod, for original screenplay.

A quick read of the Oscar tea leaves suggests that "Lincoln," the highest-grossing film of the nominees ($145 million) is steady as they go. The Academy directors' choices do not represent the entire voting group, but it is tempting to wonder if "Argo," "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Les Miserables" have the right stuff to beat "Lincoln" over the next voting phase. On the other hand, "Life of Pi," which is comparable to a "Lord of the Rings" or "Avatar," without acting nominations, and "Silver Linings Playbook," which lacks scale and scope, both look like strong contenders indeed.

In the animated category, "The Pirates: Band of Misfits" was a surprise inclusion, at the expense of flop "Rise of the Guardians." This will be a fierce battle for the win.

In the documentary category, "5 Broken Cameras" is doing well, as it also won the Cinema Eye Honors, joining another Middle East film on the Oscar list, "The Gatekeepers," plus "How to Survive a Plague," "The Invisible War" and "Searching for Sugar Man." Left off were Alex Gibney's "Mea Maxima Culpa," Rory Kennedy's "Ethel" and Bart Layton's "The Imposter."

Editor William Goldenberg was nominated twice, for "Argo" and "Zero Dark Thirty" (with Dylan Tichenor).

The full list is below.

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 of the year

    "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 cinematography

    "Anna Karenina" Seamus McGarvey
    "Django Unchained" Robert Richardson
    "Life of Pi" Claudio Miranda
    "Lincoln" Janusz Kaminski
    "Skyfall" Roger Deakins

Achievement in costume design

    "Anna Karenina" Jacqueline Durran
    "Les Misérables" Paco Delgado
    "Lincoln" Joanna Johnston
    "Mirror Mirror" Eiko Ishioka
    "Snow White and the Huntsman" Colleen Atwood

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"
    Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi
    "The Gatekeepers"
    Nominees to be determined
    "How to Survive a Plague"
    Nominees to be determined
    "The Invisible War"
    Nominees to be determined
    "Searching for Sugar Man"
    Nominees to be determined

Best documentary short subject

    "Inocente"
    Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine
    "Kings Point"
    Sari Gilman and Jedd Wider
    "Mondays at Racine"
    Cynthia Wade and Robin Honan
    "Open Heart"
    Kief Davidson and Cori Shepherd Stern
    "Redemption"
    Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill

Achievement in film editing

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

Best foreign language film of the year

    "Amour" Austria
    "Kon-Tiki" Norway
    "No" Chile
    "A Royal Affair" Denmark
    "War Witch" Canada

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

    "Hitchcock"
    Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel
    "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
    Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane
    "Les Misérables"
    Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

    "Anna Karenina" Dario Marianelli
    "Argo" Alexandre Desplat
    "Life of Pi" Mychael Danna
    "Lincoln" John Williams
    "Skyfall" Thomas Newman

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (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

Best motion picture of the year

    "Amour" Nominees to be determined
    "Argo" Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney, Producers
    "Beasts of the Southern Wild" Dan Janvey, Josh Penn and Michael Gottwald, Producers
    "Django Unchained" Stacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin and Pilar Savone, Producers
    "Les Misérables" Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward and Cameron Mackintosh, Producers
    "Life of Pi" Gil Netter, Ang Lee and David Womark, Producers
    "Lincoln" Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers
    "Silver Linings Playbook" Donna Gigliotti, Bruce Cohen and Jonathan Gordon, Producers
    "Zero Dark Thirty" Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow and Megan Ellison, Producers

Achievement in production design

    "Anna Karenina"
    Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
    "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
    Production Design: Dan Hennah; Set Decoration: Ra Vincent and Simon Bright
    "Les Misérables"
    Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Anna Lynch-Robinson
    "Life of Pi"
    Production Design: David Gropman; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
    "Lincoln"
    Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Jim Erickson

Best animated short film

    "Adam and Dog" Minkyu Lee
    "Fresh Guacamole" PES
    "Head over Heels" Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly
    "Maggie Simpson in "The Longest Daycare"" David Silverman
    "Paperman" John Kahrs

Best live action short film

    "Asad" Bryan Buckley and Mino Jarjoura
    "Buzkashi Boys" Sam French and Ariel Nasr
    "Curfew" Shawn Christensen
    "Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)" Tom Van Avermaet and Ellen De Waele
    "Henry" Yan England

Achievement in sound editing

    "Argo" Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn
    "Django Unchained" Wylie Stateman
    "Life of Pi" Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton
    "Skyfall" Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers
    "Zero Dark Thirty" Paul N.J. Ottosson

Achievement in sound mixing

    "Argo"
    John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia
    "Les Misérables"
    Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes
    "Life of Pi"
    Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin
    "Lincoln"
    Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins
    "Skyfall"
    Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson

Achievement in visual effects

    "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
    Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White
    "Life of Pi"
    Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott
    "Marvel's The Avengers"
    Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick
    "Prometheus"
    Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill
    "Snow White and the Huntsman"
    Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson

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

6 Comments

  • Greek Yiannis | January 10, 2013 7:04 PMReply

    There's a first in this year's nominations: it's the only instance when both supporting acting categories are comprised of actors previously nominated or victorious. No newcomers at all. Never
    happened before :-)

  • karin | January 11, 2013 4:25 PM

    i agree but also old old men...

  • Salty Bill | January 10, 2013 6:18 PMReply

    Both Snow White pictures got Best Costume nods. The Original Screenplay category is very strong. Zeitlin for Best Director over Bigelow or Tarantino? I think not. No mention of Matthew McConaughey in his best career year yet? No mention of Rachel Weisz?

  • KSat | January 10, 2013 12:35 PMReply

    Please learn how to spell "led" — especially when used in a title.

  • Brian | January 10, 2013 11:21 AMReply

    EXPENDABLES 2 wuz robbed, I tell you, ROBBED!

  • Tom | January 10, 2013 9:32 AMReply

    Surprised that Kon-Tiki beat out The Intouchables for a nomination. The directing category also ended up quite different from what many predicted, leaving out Affleck, Hooper and Bigelow. I wonder what that could mean for Zero Dark Thirty (5 noms) - is it not as strong as suspected, despite its Best Picture nod? Perhaps it's the bias in me, but I hope that could mean that Jennifer Lawrence may run away with the Best Actress win after all.

    Disappointed that Moonrise Kingdom didn't get a best picture nod, and I think Judi Dench deserved a nod for Best Supporting Actress. The Best Actress category is really strong this year, but I wish Marion Cotillard had gotten recognition for Rust and Bone.

    Very happy that Silver Linings Playbook got nominated in pretty much all the big categories, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and all the acting categories. I'm afraid it may end up one of those movies with a lot of nominations, but few to no wins though. Like True Grit that was nominated for 10 Oscars and won none. But I really do hope for a win either for Bradley Cooper or Jennifer Lawrence, as well as a win for the screenplay - at the very least.

    I genuinely cannot call Best Picture this year. It's gonna be exciting, for sure.

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