THURSDAY, 10 JAN 2013 – Today at 6am Pacific Time, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences revealed its nominations for this year’s Academy Awards. As suggested by the BAFTAs shortlist only a few days ago, Lincoln had the strongest showing, earning 12 nods including nominations for director Steven Spielberg and leading man Daniel Day-Lewis, who could be taking home his third Oscar. Closely nipping at their heels is director Ang Lee and his film adaptation of the bestselling novel Life of Pi, which is in contention for no fewer than 11 awards.
Surprises were also abound as David O Russell’s feel-good comedy Silver Linings Playbook swept the major categories, including an unexpected Best Actor nom for The Hangover‘s Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence’s first return to the competition since Winter’s Bone.
Lawrence, however, is going to be facing some tough competition in the Best Actress Category. Going up against her are Emmanuelle Riva, 85, and Beasts of the Southern Wild star Quvenzhane Wallis, 9, who today became the oldest and youngest nominees ever. Riva’s Amour director Michael Haneke‘s also had a big day, with his masterful meditation on love in old age in the running for a number of major categories including Best Picture, Director and Original Screenplay.
The biggest snubs of the day came in the category of Best Director where Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow both failed to secure a nomination for Argo and Zero Dark Thirty. (cue cries of outrage: “What did those movies direct themselves??, etc...”) As highlight by many online pundits, the nominees for Best Director are determined by votes placed by fellow directors, which begs the question: why do other directors not like them as much as the critical community? It unquestionably is a dark day for Affleck, whose quest for the respect of his peers has hit a big road block today. He will have to console himself with merely having a successful acting career, a super-hot wife and the distinction of being one of the most coveted directors in Hollywood.
Below are the highlights of today’s nominees:
The winners will be announced on Sunday 24th February at a ceremony hosted by Family Guy’s Seth Macfarlane.