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And Your 2013 Oscar Nominees Are…

And Your 2013 Oscar Nominees Are...

I could write an elaborate introduction here. I could run down the year in film, and explain how these Academy Awards reflect a sea change in culture — how we have nine Best Picture nominees including “Lincoln,” “Argo,” and “Zero Dark Thirty” (but no “Skyfall,” sorry Bond nerds — you did pick up nominations for Best Sound, Sound Mixing, Cinematography, Original Song, and Score); how “The Master”‘s snub for Best Cinematography is the first significant evidence that film really is dead; and how “Beasts of the Southern Wild”‘s four nominees including a surprise nod for Best Director indicate a big step for the world of independent film.

But do you care? No, you don’t care. You want the nominees, plain and simple and fast. And I can respect that. So I’m going to give them to you. But come back later today, as we’re going to be filtering this year’s Oscar nominees through the lens of the reviews and letter grades of our own Criticwire Network. More on that later, but in the meantime, here are:

The 85th Annual Academy Award Nominees

Best Picture

“Beasts of the Southern Wild”
“Django Unchained”
“Les Miserables”
“Life of Pi”
“Silver Linings Playbook”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

Best Director

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

Best Actor

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

Best Actress

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

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”

Best Supporting Actress

Sally Field, “Lincoln”
Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”
Jacki Weaver, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”
Amy Adams, “The Master”

Best Original Screenplay

John Gatins, “Flight”
Mark Boal, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained”
Michael Haneke, “Amour”
Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola, “Moonrise Kingdom”

Best Adapted Screenplay

Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Chris Terrio, “Argo”
Tony Kushner, “Lincoln”
David O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook”
David Magee, “Life of Pi”

Best Animated Feature

“The Pirates! Band of Misfits”
“Wreck-It Ralph”

Best Foreign Language Film

“War Witch”
“A Royal Affair”
“Kon Tiki”

Best Documentary – Feature

“5 Broken Cameras”
“The Gatekeepers”
“How to Survive a Plague”
“The Invisible War”
“Searching For Sugar Man”

Best Documentary – Short Subject

“Kings Point”
“Mondays at Racine”
“Open Heart”

Best Live Action Short Film

“Buzkashi Boys”
“Death of a Shadow”

Best Animated Short Film

“Adam and Dog”
“Fresh Guacamole”
“Head over Heels”
“Maggic Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare'”

Best Original Score

Dario Marianelli, “Anna Karenina”
Alexandre Desplat, “Argo”
Mychael Danna, “Life of Pi”
John Williams, “Lincoln”
Thomas Newman, “Skyfall”

Best Original Song

“Before My Time,” from “Chasing Ice”
“Pi’s Lullaby,” from “Life of Pi”
“Suddenly,” from “Les Miserables”
“Everybody Needs a Best Friend,” from “Ted”
“Skyfall,” from “Skyfall”

Best Sound Editing

“Django Unchained”
“Life of Pi”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

Best Sound Mixing

“Les Miserables”
“Life of Pi”

Best Production Design

“Anna Karenina”
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“Les Miserables”
“Life of Pi”

Best Cinematography

Seamus McGarvey, “Anna Karenina”
Robert Richardson, “Django Unchained”
Claudio Miranda, “Life of Pi”
Janusz Kaminski, “Lincoln”
Roger Deakins, “Skyfall”

Best Makeup 

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“Les Miserables”

Best Costume Design

“Anna Karenina”
“Les Miserables”
“Mirror Mirror”
“Snow White and the Huntsman”

Best Editing

William Goldenberg, “Argo”
Tim Squyres, “Life of Pi”
Michael Kahn, “Lincoln”
Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Dylen Tichenor and William Goldenberg, “Zero Dark Thirty”

Best Visual Effects

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“Life of Pi”
“The Avengers”
“Snow White and the Huntsman”

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