Early Thursday morning, actress Emma Stone and Oscar host Seth MacFarlane announced the nominations for the 85th Academy Awards fron Hollywood in a playful ceremony in front of press. Steven Spielberg’s historical epic Lincoln led the 2013 pack with 12 nominations ahead of other leading Oscar contenders Silver Linings Playbook and Life of Pi.
In the Best Picture category, Lincoln heads a list of nominees that also includes Les Miserables, Zero Dark Thirty, Argo, Life of Pi, Amour, Silver Linings Playbook, Django Unchained and Beasts of the Southern Wild, a surprise to many movie fans and critics.
Although Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, and Les Misérables were nominated in the Best Picture category, directors Ben Affleck, Kathryn Bigelow, and Tom Hooper were surprisingly overlooked by the Academy in the Best Director category.
Interestingly, it was the same for Quentin Tarantino who was left out of the Best Director category despite Django Unchained landing an Oscar nomination for Best Picture.
Director Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild was the least known of all the Best Picture nominees but could be a shocker come Oscar come since Zetlin is also nominated for Best Director.
The Academy Awards will take place on February 24 and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane.
Zero Dark Thirty
Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Steven Spielberg – Lincoln
Ang Lee – Life of Pi
David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook
Michael Haneke – Amour
Benh Zeitlin – Beasts of the Southern Wild
Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
Denzel Washington – Flight
Hugh Jackman – Les Mis
Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook
Joaquin Phoenix – The Master
Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty
Naomi Watts – The Impossible
Emmanuelle Riva – Amour
Quvenzhané Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild
Best Supporting Actress:
Anne Hathaway – Les Misérables
Sally Field – Lincoln
Helen Hunt – The Sessions
Amy Adams – The Master
Jacki Weaver – Silver Linings Playbook
Best Supporting Actor:
Christoph Waltz-Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master
Robert De Niro – Silver Linings Playbook
Alan Arkin – Argo
Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln
Check out the official Academy Awards website for the full list of nominees.