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by Peter Knegt
January 10, 2013 9:20 AM
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'Lincoln' Leads 2013 Oscar Nominations; Bigelow Snubbed

Image courtesy of AMPAS.

The nominations for the 85th Academy Awards have been announced, and Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" leads the way with 12 nominations, including nods for best picture, best director and Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones for acting.

"Lincoln" was joined by 8 other films in the best picture race: Michael Haneke's "Amour," Ben Affleck's "Argo," Benh Zeitlin's "Beasts of the Southern Wild," Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables," Ang Lee's "Life of Pi," David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" and Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty." The most notable snubs in the category were "Moonrise Kingdom," "Skyfall" and "The Master," though none are huge surprises.

The huge surprises came in the best director category, where Bigelow, Affleck and Hooper -- all DGA nominees -- were passed over in favor of Haneke, Russell and, most shockingly, Zeitlin.

READ MORE: The 10 Biggest Surprises of the Oscar Nominations

The acting races show quite a few notable nominees (and non-nominees) as well. John Hawkes, Marion Cotillard, Helen Mirren, Javier Bardem, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, Maggie Smith and Judi Dench are among those that had reasonable chances of making Oscar's list but were ultimately left off, while Jacki Weaver, Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix, Christoph Waltz, Emmanuelle Riva and Quvenzhané Wallis made it despite not having a single SAG nomination among them. Also of note: All but three actors nominated are former nominees (Bradley Cooper, Riva and Wallis -- the latter two being the oldest and youngest nominees in their category ever, respectively), while 9 of 20 have already won (including 3 two-timers).

Full list of nominations below. Check out a list of the 10 biggest surprises here.


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

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

Performance by an actor in a leading role
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"

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"

'Beasts of the Southern Wild'

Performance by an actress in a leading role
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"

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


  • aj | January 12, 2013 8:53 PMReply

    why there is no nomination for TDKR.? n why no nominations to kathryn bigelow n ben affleck especially k.bigelow has won lot of other awards n affleck won annuel critics choice awards..? n how many voters r included in voting process ?

  • Ignatius Albert | January 11, 2013 7:06 AMReply

    Hugh Jackman is also receiving his first nomination, along with Cooper, Wallis & Riva.

    Best Directing was definitely the most shocking of all announced yesterday. You can even hear the gasps of disbelief among the audience in the studio. Kathryn Bigelow & Ben Affleck (whom many had thought to be locks) should have been nominated instead, while Quentin Tarantino had a very strong case.
    No offence to Ben Zeitlin, but I think he came out of nowhere to snatch a nomination. And I don't think his name would have been mentioned as a strong contender by most observers.
    Nonetheless, there is no denying all the 5 listed nominees are accomplished filmmakers so congrats to them.
    Michael Haneke won Palme d'Or and now an Oscar nomination with 'Amour', a pinnacle moment to his career; while Ang Lee and David O Russell's nominations had been widely expected.
    I feel there is not much stopping Spielberg from winning now though.

    My picks, or rather the 6 most likely winners in the major categories
    Best Picture: Lincoln - Best Director: Steven Spielberg - Best Actor: Daniel Day Lewis - Best Actress: Jessica Chastain - Best Supporting Actor: Tommy Lee Jones - Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway

  • Michael M. | January 10, 2013 7:29 PMReply

    This year's nominations proved to be eclectic and quite contrasting to say the least. I'm glad the Academy voter's recognized an opportunity to commemorate smaller features for once (Ex. Drive Snub). Overall the choices are def. worthy of their recognition. Sad to see directorial snubs for Bigelow, Affleck, and both Andersons!) I'm predicting Phoenix for a Best Actor win, Riva for actress, Jones or Hoffman for Supporting actor, Hathaway for support. actress respectfully, and lastly Lee for Picture/Director (He's definitely an overdue recipient for Best Picture). Although I could be wrong and indeed Lincoln will sweep every major category haha!

    GASP! a Denis Lavant snub is PREPOSTEROUS! (Can you say Fassbender again).

  • Henry | January 10, 2013 6:46 PMReply

    Marion Cotillard had to be nominated not Wallis

  • MikeRezus | January 10, 2013 4:53 PMReply

    I've watched it here and i like lincoln moovie a lot. and I think Amy Adams should have been left out!

  • Guesty | January 10, 2013 11:22 AMReply

    Really surprised PTA didnt at least get an original screenplay nom. Bigalows snub sortof makes sense but PTAs annoys me to no end. Also, i think they have something against leo, how he didnt at least get a nomination is beyond me.

  • jingmei | January 10, 2013 11:08 AMReply

    John Hawkes definitely should be nominated. They really gave the indie representive Beasts of the Southern Wild a big face. But by all means the Academy never finds a real balance, just dominates the shallow mainstream, so it's just boring. Needless to say they always miss out something valuable for real potentially on purpose.

  • Evan | January 10, 2013 11:03 AMReply

    Doesn't the Bigelow snub just show that the academy has problems nominating female directors. It's bullshit. It's some of the best direction of the year and better than her deserving win for the Hurt Locker.

  • Simon | January 10, 2013 10:41 AMReply

    No nomination for PTA? Not even for The Master's beautiful cinematography? Bullshit.

  • hamid | January 10, 2013 10:33 AMReply

    the best list

  • Michael M. | January 10, 2013 9:56 AMReply

    Michael Haneke is going to shit on everyone, and Phoenix. Finally the awards season got a little more interesting.

  • Corvo | January 10, 2013 9:45 AMReply

    Bigelow snubbed.... ahahahah yeah! I'm glad Academy is not pro-torture!

  • Rob | January 10, 2013 9:40 AMReply

    All but 4 actually... it is also Hugh Jackman's first Oscar nomination

  • Tania | January 10, 2013 9:39 AMReply

    Where is Marion Cotillard? please the Academy ruins everything like always

  • GERARD KENNELLY | February 23, 2013 2:52 PM

    @ TANIA

    i agree
    her work in RUST AND BONE just blew me away

  • Michelle | January 10, 2013 9:23 AMReply

    Academy supporting again child exploitation, fuck yourself!

  • rocky | January 10, 2013 9:22 AMReply

    This is the worst academy awards nominations ever!

  • serpico | January 10, 2013 9:22 AMReply

    Yeah, I doubt "Zero Dark" is winning best picture if it's not even nominated for director.

  • Juha Hovilainen | January 10, 2013 9:13 AMReply

    Fuck the academy....Where is Marion Cotillard, Nicole Kidman and Kathryn Bigelow...?
    Assholes !

  • BLOB | January 10, 2013 9:12 AMReply

    Oh my, I feel so happy and relieved. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the Best Director nominations and noticed Bigelow was nowhere to be found. This is a miracle. I haven't been this happy in quite some time.

  • Corvo | January 10, 2013 9:48 AM

    I feel exactly the same! It was a liberal miracle. Bigelow OUT! But I'm sorry for Affleck...

  • Lllll | January 10, 2013 9:38 AM

    Then you have a sad life.

  • serpico | January 10, 2013 9:11 AMReply

    Thank christ Phoenix is nominated. Yahoo had an error and replaced Phoenix with John Hawkes (who is great, btw). I nearly lost my shit after I read it. But you have the right one. Good.

  • DukeD | January 10, 2013 9:01 AMReply

    Flight screenplay over Looper...the Academy truly does hate actual originality.

  • paul | January 10, 2013 8:57 AMReply

    Amy Adams should have been left out!

  • GERARD KENNELLY | February 23, 2013 2:54 PM

    @ PAUL

    i agree
    she has already been nominated 4 times in the exact same category every time
    her nomination should have gone to Ann Dowd for COMPLIANCE

  • ??????? | January 10, 2013 8:55 AMReply

    How the hell did Snow White get two, and Cloud Atlas and The Dark Knight Rises get zero?

  • JW Dant | January 10, 2013 8:40 AMReply

    8:42 and i see nothing here.