DAILY | Oscar Nominations

Lincoln leads the list with twelve, but perhaps the biggest surprise is the strong showing for Beasts of the Southern Wild. We’ll carry on collecting noteworthy commentary as it comes (see below), but for now, the nominees are:

Beasts of the Southern Wild

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 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

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

Best foreign language film of the year:

•    Amour (Austria)
•    Kon-Tiki (Norway)
•    No (Chile)
•    A Royal Affair (Denmark)
•    War Witch (Canada)

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

Adapted screenplay:

•    Argo, Screenplay by Chris Terrio
•    Beasts of the Southern Wild, Screenplay by Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin
•    Life of Pi, Screenplay by David Magee
•    Lincoln, Screenplay by Tony Kushner
•    Silver Linings Playbook, Screenplay by David O. Russell

Original screenplay:

•    Amour, Written by Michael Haneke
•    Django Unchained, Written by Quentin Tarantino
•    Flight, Written by John Gatins
•    Moonrise Kingdom, Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
•    Zero Dark Thirty, Written by Mark Boal

Achievement in costume design:

•    Anna Karenina, Jacqueline Durran
•    Les Misérables, Paco Delgado
•    Lincoln, Joanna Johnston
•    Mirror Mirror, Eiko Ishioka
•    Snow White and the Huntsman, Colleen Atwood

Best documentary feature:

•    5 Broken Cameras, 
Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi
•    The Gatekeepers, 
Nominees to be determined
•    How to Survive a Plague, 
Nominees to be determined
•    The Invisible War, 
Nominees to be determined
•    Searching for Sugar Man, 
Nominees to be determined

Best documentary short subject:

•    Inocente, 
Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine
•    Kings Point, 
Sari Gilman and Jedd Wider
•    Mondays at Racine, 
Cynthia Wade and Robin Honan
•    Open Heart, 
Kief Davidson and Cori Shepherd Stern
•    Redemption, 
Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill

Achievement in film editing:

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

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling:

•    Hitchcock, 
Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel
•    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, 
Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane
•    Les Misérables, 
Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score):

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

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song):

•    “Before My Time” from Chasing Ice, 
Music and Lyric by J. Ralph
•    “Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from Ted, 
Music by Walter Murphy; Lyric by Seth MacFarlane
•    “Pi’s Lullaby” from Life of Pi , Music by Mychael Danna; Lyric by Bombay Jayashri
•    “Skyfall” from Skyfall , Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
•    “Suddenly” from Les Misérables, 
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil

Achievement in production design:

•    Anna Karenina, 
Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
•    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, 
Production Design: Dan Hennah; Set Decoration: Ra Vincent and Simon Bright
•    Les Misérables, 
Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Anna Lynch-Robinson
•    Life of Pi, 
Production Design: David Gropman; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
•    Lincoln, 
Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Jim Erickson

Best animated short film:

•    Adam and Dog, Minkyu Lee
•    Fresh Guacamole, PES
•    Head over Heels, Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly
•    Maggie Simpson in The Longest Daycare, David Silverman
•    Paperman, John Kahrs

Best live action short film:

•    Asad, Bryan Buckley and Mino Jarjoura
•    Buzkashi Boys, Sam French and Ariel Nasr
•    Curfew, Shawn Christensen
•    Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw), Tom Van Avermaet and Ellen De Waele
•    Henry, Yan England

Achievement in sound editing:

•    Argo, Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn
•    Django Unchained, Wylie Stateman
•    Life of Pi, Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton
•    Skyfall, Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers
•    Zero Dark Thirty, Paul N.J. Ottosson

Achievement in sound mixing:

•    Argo, 
John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia
•    Les Misérables, 
Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes
•    Life of Pi, 
Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin
•    Lincoln, 
Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins
•    Skyfall, 
Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson

Achievement in visual effects:

•    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, 
Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White
•    Life of Pi, 
Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott
•    Marvel’s The Avengers, 
Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick
•    Prometheus, 
Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill
•    Snow White and the Huntsman, 
Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson

Updates:Argo is a fraud,” argues Kevin B. Lee in Slate. “Its modest achievements point to larger failures both in the film and in Hollywood’s ability to regard the world honestly.”

Vulture‘s Kyle Buchanan lists the “Seven Biggest Snubs and Surprises.”

To Salon‘s Andrew O’Hehir, “it sure looks as if Hollywood is getting skittish about Zero Dark Thirty and the continuing political controversy around its portrayal of torture and links to the CIA…. Kathryn Bigelow was denied a best-director nomination in a category many (myself included) thought she might well win…. Ben Affleck was denied a directing nomination for his Iran-hostage drama Argo, and Tom Hooper, who won the directing prize two years ago for The King’s Speech, was similarly rejected for Les Misérables. Also missing from the directing category was Quentin Tarantino of the slave-revenge western Django Unchained… But we can also choose to view what happened this morning as an embrace rather than a set of rejections. Once again the Academy has skewed in a more adventurous and indie-friendly direction than most observers expected. Both the riveting old-age drama Amour and the magical-realist bayou allegory Beasts of the Southern Wild were nominated for best picture, and their creators—severe Austrian genius Michael Haneke and first-time New Orleans filmmaker Benh Zeitlin—were both nominated for best director. If the first outcome is not an enormous surprise, the second one definitely is.”

More from Jason Bailey (Flavorwire), Peter Bradshaw (Guardian), Claude Brodesser-Akner (Vulture), Richard Brody (New Yorker), Richard Corliss (Time), Frank DiGiacomo (Movieline; the studios’ angle), Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times), Peter Knegt (Indiewire), Richard Lawson (Atlantic Wire), Guy Lodge (In Contention), Oliver Lyttelton (Playlist), Andrew Pulver (Guardian), Nathaniel R, A.O. Scott (New York Times), Dana Stevens (Slate), Scott Tobias (AV Club), Jen Yamato (Movieline), and Steven Zeitchik (Los Angeles Times).

Anna Tatarska interviews nominee Emmanuelle Riva right here in Keyframe.

Tom Shone explains why Life of Pi just might go all the way.

“If Critics Picked the Oscars, Here’s Who Would Win on February 24th.” Matt Singer‘s lined up the nominees with their grades on the Criticwire Network.

“Seth MacFarlane Shows Hollywood Just How Big of a Jerk He’ll Be at the Oscars.” At the Atlantic Wire, Esther Zuckerman collects reactions from all over to this morning’s presentation of the nominees.

The AP collects reactions from Behn Zeitlin, Alan Arkin, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Adele, Amour producer Margaret Menegoz, Mychael Danna (song and score for Life of Pi), Brave co-director Mark Andrews, Sally Field, Helen Hunt, Steven Spielberg, and Naomi Watts.

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