2013 Awards Season: Lincoln Oversees a Divided Group of Nominees
January 10th, 2013
The Oscar nominations were announced this morning, and there's certainly a lot to talk about. There are some nominations that should surprise no one. For instance, Lincoln led the way with twelve nominations, and it has been seen as the major contender for a long time. However, there were also a few surprise nominations and some major snubs. Here are the list of nominations, and some reactions.
The categories and nominations are...
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Django Unchained
- Les Miserables
- Life of Pi
- The Silver Linings Playbook
- Zero Dark Thirty
- Michael Haneke for Amour
- Ang Lee for Life of Pi
- David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook
- Steven Spielberg for Lincoln
- Behn Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty
- Jennifer Lawrence for The Silver Linings Playbook
- Emmanuelle Riva for Amour
- Quenzhane Wallis for Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Naomi Watts for The Impossible
- Bradley Cooper for The Silver Linings Playbook
- Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln
- Hugh Jackman for Les Miserables
- Joaquin Phoenix for The Master
- Denzel Washington for Flight
- Alan Arkin for Argo
- Robert De Niro for Silver Linings Playbook
- Philip Seymour Hoffman for The Master
- Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln
- Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained
- Amy Adams for The Master
- Sally Field for Lincoln
- Anne Hathaway for Les Miserables
- Helen Hunt for The Sessions
- Jacki Weaver for Silver Linings Playbook
- Wes Anderson for Moonrise Kingdom
- Mark Boal for Zero Dark Thirty
- John Gatins for Flight
- Michael Haneke for Amour
- Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained
- Lucy Alibar and Behn Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Tony Kushner for Lincoln
- David Magee for Life of Pi
- David O. Russell and Matthew Quick for The Silver Linings Playbook
- Chris Terrio for Argo
- Amour (France)
- A Royal Affair (Czech Republic.php, Denmark, and Sweden)
- Kon-Tiki (Norway)
- No (Chile)
- War Witch (Canada)
- Kings Point
- Mondays at Racine
- Open Heart
- Buzkashi Boys
- Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)
- Adam and Dog
- Fresh Guacamole
- Head Over Heels
- Maggie Simpson in 'The Longest Daycare'
- The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey
- Life of Pi
- Marvel's The Avengers
- Snow White and the Huntsman
- "Before My Time" from Chasing Ice
- "Everybody Needs a Best Friend" from Ted
- "Pi's Lullaby" from Life of Pi
- "Skyfall" from Skyfall
- "Suddenly" from Les Miserables
- There's no real surprise which film led the way with the most Oscar nominations, as Lincoln has everything going for it and its 12 nods are pretty much as expected. Meanwhile, Life of Pi was right behind with 11.
- Silver Linings Playbook did better than expected with eight nominations. It was expected to do well, but not this well. I was expecting at least four nods, but anything above six was going to be a pleasant surprise.
- Likewise, Amour did better than expected with five nominations. Foreign Language films rarely earn nominations outside of their category.
- Skyfall also picked up five nominations, which is the best in the franchise's history.
- On the other hand, Django Unchained didn't perform up to expectations with just five nominations. That's not bad, but not as many as expected.
- Marvel's The Avengers earned 92% positive reviews and only one nomination. Les Miserables earned 70% positive reviews and eight nominations.
- There are no real surprises here, but Amour and Beasts of the Southern Wild are the closest.
- One could argue Moonrise Kingdom was snubbed here.
- On the other hand, I've seen Les Miserables in a lot of Worst of the Year lists and given its reviews, it didn't deserve this nomination. I would argue it was nominated based on its pedigree alone.
- This year, this category has more surprises than nominations.
- Michael Haneke, David O. Russell, and Behn Zeitlin were all surprise nominations, while Ben Affleck, Quentin Tarantino, and especially Kathryn Bigelow were all snubbed.
- I think Steven Spielberg is the heavy favorite here.
- Two age-related records were broken this year, as Emmanuelle Riva became the oldest nominee for Best Actress, while Quenzhane Wallis became the youngest. Both are surprise nominations. Neither will win.
- It's a close two-way race between Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence.
Best Actor in a Lead Role:
- Every actor here earned at least one previous major nomination for their performance, so none can be seen as surprises.
- Daniel Day-Lewis is the heavy favorite, as Lincoln is likely going to be the big winner.
- Again, there are no surprises in this category. However, there are also no real favorites.
- Anne Hathaway is practically guaranteed to win for Les Miserables, which is good news for Warren Buffet.
- Jacki Weaver is a bit of a surprise nomination. Then again, Silver Linings Playbook did better than expected overall.
- Amour continues to perform better than expected.
- That said, Mark Boal should win for Zero Dark Thirty
- Lucy Alibar and Behn Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild replaces Stephen Chbosky for The Perks of Being a Wallflower, otherwise this matches the WGA nods.
- Some think The Pirates! Band of Misfits is a surprise nomination, but I disagree. I think the only surprise was its previous snubs.
- Surprisingly, this is a close race this year.
- It is rare for a Foreign Language film to earn more than one nomination. Amour earned five. It will win this one.
- On the other hand, I will be cheering for War Witch, because it is Canadian.
- I think it is a race between How to Survive a Plague and The Invisible War, but this category has been notoriously difficult to predict this year.
- These three categories are notoriously difficult to predict. It will take a bit of research to come up with even an educated guess.
- This could be a close race. Lincoln might be the big winner of the night and perhaps a lot of voters will vote a straight ticket.
- On the other hand, Life of Pi was thought to be one of the big winners during Awards Season, and that hasn't quite happened, so this could be a category it can win if Oscar voters pass it over time and time again.
- This is another category where Lincoln could win because of straight ticket voting, or one where a film with lots of nominations will win their only award, like Les Miserables or Life of Pi .
- You also can't disregard Anna Karenina and The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey, films that didn't live up to expectations, but still look amazing.
- This is a category where a non-Oscar bait movie can win, so Mirror Mirror could take home an Oscar. That said, Anna Karenina or Les Miserables have a much better chance at winning.
- Anyone else find it weird that the two Snow White adaptations, Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman, both earned nominations?
- A lot of people thought Les Miserables would win a bunch of awards, but that hasn't really happened so far. As a result, it could win this Oscar as a consolation award. I hope not, because The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey deserves the win.
- Life of Pi probably has this one wrapped up, but I want Marvel's The Avengers to win.
- If there's a favorite in this list, I don't know which one it is. The Silver Linings Playbook was the biggest surprise in this category, so it is the least likely to win, but that's as close as I'm going to come to a prediction.
- Every single year, I have to research the difference between the two sound categories. It's like I have a hole in my brain where that information is supposed to be stored. If I'm correct, Sound Editing is for sound effects, while Sound Mixing is for placing those effects in the audio track to maximize the effect.
- ... Yes, I cut and pasted that part from last year. It saves time.
- This is a hard category to predict. Zero Dark Thirty could win because it has Oscar bait all over it, but it is also the kind of category a popular action film can win, like Marvel's The Avengers could win... oh right, that film wasn't even nominated.
- Les Miserables appears to be the favorite. It is a musical, so the sound mixing is really important. Marvel's The Avengers should have won, but whatever.
- I feel like I'm out of my depth on this one, but Lincoln appears to be the favorite.
- "Everybody Needs a Best Friend" from Ted was a surprise nomination, but I really want it to win.
- More realistically, it is probably a race between "Skyfall" from Skyfall and "Suddenly" from Les Miserables.
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