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Oscar Nominations Announced: Most Suprising Morning in a Few Years
Where do I begin to talk about the Oscar nominations this morning? I think one thing I’ve learned from this Awards season is that you can’t depend on precursors to forecast the nominations anymore. Lots of surprises here. The biggest shocker: Best Director category. I would’ve thought that Affleck, Bigelow & Spielberg were completely locked up for nominations. It turns out it was only Spielberg. Affleck & Bigelow were left off of the list despite the fact that both of them received the most wins and nominations from the critics groups. Replacing them: Michael Haneke for Amour & Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild. Both of those films did much better here than at the precursors. Silver Linings Playbook also did extremely well: getting nominations in all of the major categories. It’s the first film since Reds in 1981 to get nominations in every acting category. I think that film is back in the hunt for Best Picture. It’s definitely in a better position now than Argo & Zero Dark Thirty. Lincoln lead the pack with 12 nominations followed by Life of Pi with 11 and Les Miserables & Silver Linings Playbook with 8 each. I still need time to process the nominations, but here they are. What did you guys think of them?

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

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

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

Best Actress:
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Quvenzahane 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 Miserables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Original Screenplay:
Amour
Django Unchained
Flight
Moonrise Kingdom
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook

Best Animated Feature:
Brave
Frankenweenie
ParaNorman
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Wreck-It Ralph

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

Best Foreign-Language Film:
Amour
Kon-Tiki
No
A Royal Affair
War Witch

Best Film Editing:
Argo
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Cinematography:
Anna Karenina
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Skyfall

Best Original Score:
Anna Karenina
Argo
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Skyfall

Best Original Song:
Chasing Ice – “Before My Time”
Les Miserables – “Suddenly”
Life of Pi – “Pi’s Lullaby”
Skyfall – “Skyfall”
Ted – “Everybody Needs a Best Friend”

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

Best Costume Design:
Anna Karenina
Les Miserables
Lincoln
Mirror Mirror
Snow White and the Huntsman

Best Makeup:
Hitchcock
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Miserables

Best Sound Mixing:
Argo
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Skyfall

Best Sound Editing:
Argo
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Skyfall
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Visual Effects:
The Avengers
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Life of Pi
Prometheus
Snow White and the Huntsman

Best Animated Short Film:
Adam and Dog
Fresh Guacamole
Head Over Heels
Maggie Simpson in The Longest Daycare
Paperman

Best Documentary – Short Subject:
Inocente
Kings Point
Mondays at Racine
Open Heart
Redemption

Best Live Action Short Film:
Asad
Buzkashi Boys
Curfew
Death of a Shadow
Henry

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