The 85th Academy Awards Nominees were announced this morning, and while many were locks for specific categories, plenty of snubs took place this year.
The nominations were put through the ringer by this years Oscar host, Seth MacFarlane. He called on the talented Emma Stone to help, as they made the auditorium and viewers at home smile. This year the Oscars are obviously tapping into the younger market, and MacFarlane is a wise choice to spice the old show up.
The nine best film nominees are: “Lincoln,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Argo,” “Les Miserables,” “Life of Pi,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Amour,” “Django Unchained” and “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”
“Lincoln” walked away the most nominations of the morning; 12. “Life of Pi” nabbed 11 nominations, while the musical “Les Miserables” and the unique comedy “Silver Linings Playbook” followed with eight nominations each. Important distinction for “Silver Linings Playbook” it is the only film to have acting nominees in all four of the acting categories, clearly the Academy is infatuated with the film.
The best director nominees are: Steven Spielberg for “Lincoln”, Ang Lee for “Life of Pi,” David O. Russell for “Silver Linings Playbook,” Michael Haneke for “Amour” and Benh Zeitlin for “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”
The director category is filled with snubs. Where is Kathryn Bigelow for “Zero Dark Thirty.” Where is Ben Affleck for “Argo.” Where is Quentin Tarantino for “Django Unchained.” The Oscars always throw a curve-ball, and this category curved the most.
“Amour” and “Beasts of the Southern Wild” came up big this morning. “Amour” is a French language film filled with emotion, and sorrow. “Beasts of the Southern Wild” is filled with courage and love.
Oscar fun fact here: Quvenzhané Wallis who plays Hushpuppy in “Beasts of the Southern Wild” is the youngest best actress nominee in Oscar history. Wallis was six years old when she made the film, she is now nine and will be at the Oscars. On the flip side you have Emmanuelle Riva who plays Anne in “Amour.” Riva is 85, making her the oldest best actress nominee in Oscar history.
The best actor nominees are: Daniel Day-Lewis for “Lincoln”, Bradley Cooper for “Silver Linings Playbook,” Hugh Jackman for “Les Miserables,” Joaquin Phoenix for “The Master” and Denzel Washington for “Flight.”
The nomination for Joaquin Phoenix is a big one. Not long ago Phoenix was falling off the deep end, and now he’s an Oscar nominee for the third time. Bradley Cooper had his most substantial role in “Silver Linings Playbook,” and Denzel Washington played a tremendous alcoholic in “Flight.” But let’s be honest, if Daniel Day-Lewis doesn’t win this category it would be a shocker.
The nominations for best actress are: Jessica Chastain for “Zero Dark Thirty,” Jennifer Lawrence for “Silver Linings Playbook,” Emmanuelle Riva for “Amour,” Naomi Watts for “The Impossible” and Quevenzhane Wallis for “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”
Wouldn’t it be something to see a nine year old accept an Oscar for best actress? I don’t see that happening, but this could be Jennifer Lawrence’s first Oscar win in her young career. She was previously nominated for “Winter’s Bone” making her the youngest at age 22 to ever have two best actress nominations in her career.
Helen Mirren was the snub here, for her work in “Hitchcock.”
The nominations for best supporting actor are: Tommy Lee Jones for “Lincoln” Alan Arkin for “Argo,” Robert De Niro for “Silver Linings Playbook,” Philip Seymour Hoffman for “The Master” and Christoph Waltz for “Django Unchained.” All nominees are previous Oscar winners.
A category that normally has one clear cut winner, this time does not. Waltz took home the honors in 2012 for “Inglourious Basterds.” Lee Jones won for “The Fugitive” in 1994. Arkin won for “Little Miss Sunshine” in 2007. De Niro won for “The Godfather Part II” in 1975. Seymour Hoffman won for “Capote” in a lead role.
The nominations for best supporting actress are: Sally Field for “Lincoln” Amy Adams for “The Master,” Anne Hathaway for “Les Miserables,” Helen Hunt for “The Sessions,” and Jacki Weaver for “Silver Linings Playbook.”
I think it’s safe to assume Anne Hathaway will win this category for her impressive performance in “Les Miserables.”
The 85th Academy Awards is scheduled for Feb. 24 live on ABC.