The Oscar nominations were announced this morning in Los Angeles for the 85th Academy Awards, with Steven Spielberg’s film “Lincoln” garnering the most nods with 12, including the most prestigious for best picture. In addition to Spielberg being tagged for best director, the film was acknowledged with Daniel Day-Lewis for best actor, Sally field for best supporting actress and Tommy Lee Jones for best supporting actor. “Life of Pi” came in a close second with 11 nominations, including best picture and Ang Lee for best director. The Oscars will be presented on Feb. 24 in Hollywood with first time host Seth MacFarlane of “Family Guy” fame.
Records were made in the best actress category with both the oldest and youngest ever actresses being nominated. Quvenzhane Wallis, at just 9 years-old, was nominated for her work in the low budget indie picture “Beasts of the Southern Wild”, which surprised with four picks including best picture. French actress Emmanuelle Riva, at 85, got the nod for best actress in “Amour”.
Rounding out the best actress category are Jessica Chastain in “Zero Dark Thirty”, Jennifer Lawrence for “Silver Linings Playbook” and Naomi Watts in “The Impossible”, according to CNN.
The other four nominees for best actor include Hugh Jackman in “Les Miserables”, Denzel Washington for “Flight”, Joaquin Phoenix in “The Master” and Bradley Cooper for “Silver Linings Playbook”.
Neither Quentin Tarantino nor Kathryn Bigelow received best director nominations, even though both their pictures, “Django Unchained” and “Zero Dark Thirty” respectively, were tipped for best picture.
Besides Spielberg and Lee, the best director nominations went to Behn Zeitlin for “Beasts of the Southern Wild”, David O. Russell for “Silver Linings Playbook” and Michael Haneke for “Amour”.
The other four nominees for best supporting actor went to Robert De Niro for “Silver Linings Playbook”, Philip Seymour Hoffman in “The Master”, Alan Arkin in “Argo” and Christoph Waltz for “Django Unchained”.
Besides Field, the nominees for best supporting actress include Amy Adams for “The Master”, Anne Hathaway in “Les Miserables”, Helen Hunt for “The Sessions” and Jacki Weaver in “Silver Linings Playbook”.
As reported by ABC News, where a complete listing of all the nominees can be found, the rest of the crowded best picture nominations include “Silver Linings Playbook”, “Les Miserables”, “Amour" and "Argo”.
E! News reports that some of the biggest snubs were Leonardo DiCaprio for best supporting actor and Ben Affleck for best director.
The nominations were announced by MacFarlane and actress Emma Stone. Seth MacFarlane cracked wise several times, perhaps giving an advance look at what his hosting duties will look like.
You can watch the entire announcement ceremony here, or by clicking on the video at the top of the article.
Congratulations to all the nominees and good luck!