Published On: Fri, Jan 11th, 2013

‘Lincoln’ tops Oscar nominations with 12, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jessica Chastian lead acting candidates

Steven Spielberg’s presidential biopic,”Lincoln,” leads the Oscar nominated films with 12 while “Life with Pi,” directed by Ang Lee was second at 11.

Ben Affleck (right) got snubbed, no Best Director nod?

Ben Affleck (right) got snubbed, no Best Director nod?

“Silver Linings Playback” and “Les Miserables” each earned eight nominations.

“Lincoln” and “Life of Pi” are joined by the musical “Les Miserables,” Iran hostage drama “Argo,” French-language drama “Amour,” Osama bin Laden thriller “Zero Dark Thirty,” comedy “Silver Linings Playbook,” Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained,” and mythological film “Beasts of the Southern Wild” rounded out the competition for best picture.

But the director’s category contained four big omissions – Tom Hooper (“Les Miserables”) Ben Affleck for “Argo,” Kathryn Bigelow for “Zero Dark Thirty” and Tarantino for his violent slavery-era Western “Django Unchained.”

“Yes, it was a surprise,” Spielberg said of Bigelow. “But I’ve been surprised myself through the years, so I know what it feels like.”

Spielberg was snubbed for a directing slot on 1985’s “The Color Purple,” which earned 11 nominations, including best picture. He also was overlooked for director on 1975’s “Jaws,” another best-picture nominee.

“I never question the choices the academy branches make, because I’ve been in the same place that Kathryn and Ben find themselves today,” said Spielberg, who finally got his Oscar respect in the 1990s with best-picture and director wins for “Schindler’s List” and another directing trophy for “Saving Private Ryan.” “I’m grateful if I’m nominated, and I’ve never felt anything other than gratitude even when I’m not – gratitude for at least having been able to make the movie. So I never question the choices.”

Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln Oscar nominated performanceDaniel Day-Lewis, who plays the former President Lincoln, will go head-to-head in the Best Actor category with Denzel Washington (Flight), Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables), Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook) and Joaquin Phoenix (The Master).

Jessica Chastain leads the Best Actress category for her role in “Zero Dark Thirty,” and will face Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Emmanuelle Riva (Amour), Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild), and Naomi Watts (The Impossible)

Below is list of other nominations:

Christoph Waltz in 'Django Unchained'

Christoph Waltz in ‘Django Unchained’

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 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 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’

Best documentary short subject:
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
Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill
Zero Dark Thirty movie poster Jessica ChastainAchievement 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
Richard Armitage in "The Hobbit" photo

Richard Armitage in “The Hobbit” photo

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling:
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
New Skyfall poster

Skyfall poster, Daniel Craig as James Bond MGM

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
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
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
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