‘Lincoln’ Leads Oscars Pack With 12 Nominations

At long last, the 2013 Oscar Nominations have been announced, and to no one’s surprise, ‘Lincoln’ leads all the contenders with a whopping twelve nominations, including one for Best Picture, Best Director (Steven Spielberg, Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis) and many more. Ang Lee’s ‘Life of Pi’ is in hot pursuit with eleven nominations – several in the same categories as ‘Lincoln’, including in the best picture, director, and adapted screenplay categories.

In keeping with Oscar tradition, a dark horse contender surprised many with its inclusion in some of the major categories: that would be ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’, an Best Picture-nominated independent film with a 9 year-old leading actress in Quvenzhane Wallis, who picked up a Best Actress nod. ‘Beasts’ received four nominations, matching the number earned by equally under-the-radar emotional film, ‘Amour’, Michael Haneke’s exploration of love under the strain of aging and illness.

‘Django Unchained’ faired expectedly well, though failed to capture a Best Director nomination for Quentin Tarantino, as ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ came up short for director Katheryn Bigelow and ‘Argo’ for favorite Ben Affleck. Wild card candidates predominated in the directorial category, making predictions for Best Picture somewhat more unpredictable than usual. Rarely does a film win Best Picture if not also a leader in the Best Director contest.

Here are the major nominations. You can see the full list on Oscar.com. Tune in February 24th to see the drama unfold live!

Best picture

“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


“Amour” Michael Haneke
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” Benh Zeitlin
“Life of Pi” Ang Lee
“Lincoln” Steven Spielberg
“Silver Linings Playbook” David O. Russell

Lead actor

Bradley Cooper in “Silver Linings Playbook”
Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln”
Hugh Jackman in “Les Misérables”
Joaquin Phoenix in “The Master”
Denzel Washington in “Flight”

Lead actress

Jessica Chastain in “Zero Dark Thirty”
Jennifer Lawrence in “Silver Linings Playbook”
Emmanuelle Riva in “Amour”
Quvenzhané Wallis in “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Naomi Watts in “The Impossible”

Supporting actor

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”

Supporting actress

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”

Animated feature film

“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

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