2013 Oscar Nominations Announcement
"Lincoln" leads the pack, but "Pi" took a surprisingly big slice of the nominations for the 85th annual Academy Awards. Actress Emma Stone and Oscars show host Seth MacFarlane announced the noms Thursday morning in Beverly Hills, and some smaller, little-seen films were recognized while many blockbuster hits got ignored.
[Photos: Oscar nomination snubs and surprises]
Steven Spielberg's presidential biopic "Lincoln" leads this year's Oscar race with 12 nominations, including best picture, best director, best adapted screenplay and acting nods for stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones.
The visually stunning survival adventure "Life of Pi" made an unexpectedly strong showing with 11 nominations, including best picture, best director for Ang Lee, best adapted screenplay and a host of technical nominations.
"Zero Dark Thirty" and "Les Miserables," which had been considered potential frontrunners, each received nods for best picture and in the acting categories, but were shut out of the directing category. Both "Zero" director Kathryn Bigelow and "Les Mis" director Tom Hooper have won Oscars before, but the fact that they were overlooked this year does not bode well for their respective films' chances to take the big prize. And while "Argo" is in the mix for best picture, Ben Affleck wasn't nominated for either best director or best actor.
Best actress nods went to youngest and oldest nominees in the history of the category, 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis for the indie underdog fantasy "Beasts of the Southern Wild" -- she was only 5 when she shot the movie -- and 85-year-old Emmanuelle Riva for the acclaimed Austrian drama "Amour." Rounding out nominations for best actress were past nominees Jessica Chastain for "Zero Dark Thirty," Jennifer Lawrence for "Silver Linings Playbook" and Naomi Watts for "The Impossible."
Best actor nominations went to first-time nominee Bradley Cooper for "Silver Linings Playbook," former Oscars show host Hugh Jackman for "Les Miserables," and veteran nominees Daniel Day-Lewis for "Lincoln," Joaquin Phoenix for "The Master" and Denzel Washington for "Flight."
Nominations for best supporting actress went to Amy Adams for "The Master," Sally Field for "Lincoln," Anne Hathaway for "Les Miserables," Helen Hunt for "The Sessions" and Jacki Weaver for "Silver Linings Playbook."
Nominations for best supporting actor went to a crowded field of decorated veterans: Alan Arkin for "Argo," Robert DeNiro for "Silver Linings Playbook," Philip Seymour Hoffman for "The Master," Tommy Lee Jones for "Lincoln" and Christoph Waltz for "Django Unchained" -- all former Oscar winners.
"Skyfall," the 23rd James Bond film, scored five nominations -- the best showing in the 50-year history of the 007 series. However, it was shut out of the major categories including best picture and best supporting actor for Javier Bardem. The highest-grossing movie of 2012, "Marvel's The Avengers," scored a single nod for visual effects, while the #2 film of the year, "The Dark Knight Rises," was shut out completely.
The 85th Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, February 24th, 2013 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and broadcast live on ABC. See the full list of nominees below.