Oscar Nominations: 'Lincoln', 'Life of Pi', Silver Linings Playbook' Dominate

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook, an Alliance Films release

Well, it turned out to be an unpredictable morning after all. Two of Oscar’s biggest frontrunners, Argo and Zero Dark Thirty, took a bizarre hit this morning when Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow failed to make the Best Director slot. The other top contender, Steven Spielberg, was nominated although he was snubbed yesterday by the British Academy. Does this mean Life of Pi is the one to beat? I guess it could come down to Lincoln and Life of Pi, as the former earned 12 nominations while the latter earned 11, which is impressive since Pi scored zero acting noms while Lincoln got three. Joining Spielberg and Lee in the Best Director category are David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook, Michael Haneke for Amour, and Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild, the latter of which is perhaps the biggest—and most pleasant—surprise of the morning. Lincoln, Life of Pi, Amour, SLP, and Beasts are probably the top five films in the running for Best Picture. Also nominated for the big prize are Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, Django Unchained and Les Misérables. It was an especially good morning for Silver Linings Playbook as the TIFF winner was essentially nominated in every category in which it was a contender (its score was disqualified), including nominations in all four acting categories, which hasn’t happened, I think, since 1981’s Reds. The Best Supporting Actress nomination for Jacki Weaver (who should have won for 2010’s Animal Kingdom) is a pleasant surprise.

Canada did very well this morning with a nomination in the Best Foreign Language Film category for Rebelle/War Witch, which Canucks can now see on home video. It will be tough for Canada to beat Best Picture nominee Amour, although Best Foreign Language Film is one of few categories to require members to see all five nominees in order to vote. Canada is again a shorts nominee with Henry in the live action category. Also representing Canada is composer Mychael Danna, who earned two nominations for Life of Pi – one for Best Score and one for Best Song. The latter category will presumably be topped by frontrunner Adele for Skyfall who goes head to head with “Everyone Needs a Best Friend” from Ted, which is written by Oscar co-host Seth McFarlane (and performed by Norah Jones). Skyfall nabbed five nominations: Best Score, Best Cinematography, and two sound nominations in addition to Best Song.

Among the disappointing snubs are Marion Cotillard for Rust & Bone (Best Actress), John Hawkes for The Sessions (Best Actor), and Nicole Kidman (The Paperboy).

Finally, and most notably, Anna Karenina earned four nominations this morning: Best Cinematography, Best Costumes, Best Production Design, and Best Score. Hooray for Anna!

Nominees below:

Best Picture
Zero Dark Thirty
Best Director
Michael Haneke, Amour
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

Best Actor
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight

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

Best Supporting Actor
Alan Arkin, Argo
Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, The Master
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions

Best Original Screenplay
Amour, Michael Haneke
Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino
Flight, John Gatins
Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola 
Zero Dark Thirty, Mark Boal

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

Best Editing
Argo, William Goldenberg
Life of Pi, Tim Squyres
Lincoln, Michael Kahn
Zero Dark Thirty, William Goldenberg and Dylan Tichenor

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

Best Production Design

Best Costumes
Anna Karenina, Jacqueline Durran
Les Misérables, Paco Delgado
Lincoln, Joanna Johnston
Mirror Mirror, Eiko Ishioka

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

Best Foreign Language Film
Amour – Austria
Kon-tiki – Norway
A Royal Affair – Denmark
No – Chile
Rebelle – Canada

Best Documentary
5 Broken Cameras
The Gatekeepers
How to Survive a Plague

Best Hair and Make-up

Best Visual Effects

Best Animated Feature
Pirates: Band of Misfits
Wreck it Ralph

Best Song
Before My Time” from Chasing Ice
Skyfall” from Skyfall
Suddenly” from Les Misérables