Zero Dark Thirty (Columbia Pictures/Jonathan Olley)

Steven Spielberg’s acclaimed epic Lincoln led the way with 12 Oscar nominations, and its dominance over the field was expected.  What wasn’t expected, in my opinion, was the horrific omission of Kathryn Bigelow as Best Director nominee.  The same argument could be made for Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master), Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained), and Peter Jackson (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), as each filmmaker gave audiences viscerally exciting and ambitious narratives in 2012.  As Doris Day once sang in The Man Who Knew Too Much, “whatever will be, will be” - so here’s a full list of the Oscar nominations.  Oh, and one more thing: we live in a movie world where Academy members believe Les Miserables is a better film than The Master.  I’m still trying to get over that one.  Anyways, here goes:

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

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

Lead Actress - Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Emmanuelle Riva (Amour), Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Naomi Watts (The Impossible)

Supporting Actor - Alan Arkin (Argo), Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook), Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master), Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln), Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)

Supporting Actress - Amy Adams (The Master), Sally Field (Lincoln), Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables),  Helen Hunt (The Sessions), Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook)

Directing - Michael Haneke (Amour), Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Ang Lee (Life of Pi), Steven Spielberg (Lincoln), David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)

Animated Feature Film - Brave, Frankenweenie, ParaNorman, The PIrates! Band of Misfits, Wreck-It Ralph

Cinematography - Seamus McGarvey (Anna Karenina), Robert Richardson (Django Unchained), Claudio Miranda (Life of Pi), Janusz Kaminski (Lincoln), Roger Deakins (Skyfall)

Costume Design - Jacqueline Duran (Anna Karenina), Paco Delgado (Les Miserables), Joanna Johnston (Lincoln), Eiko Ishioka (Mirror Mirror), Colleen Atwood (Snow White and the Huntsman)

Documentary - 5 Broken Cameras, The Gatekeepers, How To Survive A Plague, The Invisible War, Searching for Sugar Man

Documentary Short - Inocente, Kings Point, Mondays at Racine, Open Heart, Redemption

Film Editing - William Goldenberg (Argo), Tim Squyres (Life of Pi), Michael Kahn (Lincoln), Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers (Silver Linings Playbook), Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg (Zero Dark Thirty)

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

Makeup & Hairstyling - Hitchcock, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Les Miserables

Music Score - Dario Marianelli (Anna Karenina), Alexandre Desplat (Argo), Mychael Danna (Life of Pi), John Williams (Lincoln), Skyfall (Thomas Newman)

Original Song - “Before My Time” (Chasing Ice), “Everybody Needs A Best Friend” (Ted), “Pi’s Lullaby” (Life of Pi), “Skyfall” (Skyfall), “Suddenly” (Les Miserables)

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

Short Film (Animated) - Adam and Dog, Fresh Guacamole, Head over Heels, Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare,” “Paperman”

Sound Editing - Argo, Django Unchained, Life of Pi, Skyfall, Zero Dark Thirty

Sound Mixing - Argo, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Skyfall

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

Adapted Screenplay - Chris Terrio (Argo), Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild), David Magee (Life of Pi), Tony Kushner (Lincoln), David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)

Original Screenplay - Michael Haneke (Amour), Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained), John Gatins (Flight), Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom), Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty)

***The Oscars, aka as the event where Kathryn Bigelow is not nominated for a Best Director award, airs February 24th.  Tells us what you think of the nominations!!

Here’s an audio clip of Bigelow talking about shooting the street scenes in India for Zero Dark Thirty.

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Posted by Greg Srisavasdi


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