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The 2013 Academy Award Nominations: Snubs, Surprises, and Analysis

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | January 10, 2013 | Comments ()


The 85th Academy Award nominations were announced this morning, and it's kind of a sh*t show in the snubs department, in particular in the directing category: No Quentin Tarantino. No Ben Affleck. No Tom Hooper. No Kathryn Bigelow (I had to double check that, in fact). The surprise here is how much momentum Beasts of the Southern Wild has been able to maintain going into the nominations (it was nominated for best film, best actress, and best director), and the omnipresence of Michael Haneke's Amour.

A big surprise is also the multiple nominations for David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook, a movie I loved but which is poised to be this year's The Artist: Primed for the most backlash, since it's a fairly formulaic romantic comedy that just happens to hit every beat perfectly and not exactly the heavy, statement film that most Best Picture nominees tend to be. It really is, as Joanna said, The Cutting Edge, except with Prozac instead of ice-skating.

Also disappointing: Looper is nowhere to be found (nor is Safety Not Guaranteed , though we didn't have huge expectations for either). There's no Matthew McConaughey in the supporting category, nor Javier Bardem, nor Leonardo DiCaprio: That fifth slot went somewhat surprisingly to Robert DeNiro, proving once again that the Weinsteins have bought the Oscar nomination process (they are behind Silver Linings Playbook, The Master and Django Unchained).

I think the biggest snub of the day, however, goes to the criminal omission of John Hawkes for The Sessions, even though Helen Hunt did got nominated in the supporting actress category (along with another surprise: Jacki Weaver).

We can also usually rely upon the screenplay categories to recognize the more offbeat films that aren't chosen in the Best Picture categories, but other than Moonrise Kingdom that wasn't the case this year, either, although the horrendously scripted Flight got a nod (as did Denzel, in the Best Actor category, to no one's surprise).

Fun Facts: Quvenzhané Wallis (9) is the youngest nominee ever, while Emmanuelle Riva (85) is the oldest nominee ever.

Here are your 2013 Academy Award Nominations.

Best Picture

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Silver Linings Playbook

Zero Dark Thirty


Les Miserables

Life of Pi


Django Unchained


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

Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Supporting Actor

Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Phillip Seymour Hoffman, The Master

Robert DeNiro, 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

Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola, Moonrise Kingdom

Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty

John Gatins, Flight

Michael Haneke, Amour

Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Best Adapted Screenplay

Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Tony Kushner, Lincoln

David Magee, Life of Pi

David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook

Chris Terrio, Argo

Best Animated Film


Pirates: Band of Misfits


Wreck-It Ralph


Best Foreign Film

Amour, Austria

No, Chile

War Witch, Canada

A Royal Affair, Denmark

Kon-Tiki, Norway

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  • junierizzle

    Well, now we know if you want nods just make a period Musical. Has anyone ever mentioned Chicago after it won?

  • junierizzle

    I'm just glad TOM Hooper didn't get nominated. He should in fact been asked to give his Oscar back for the lame ass Kings Speech. THE SPEECH WAS HIM IN A ROOM ALL BY HIMSELF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Are you kidding me!

  • poopnado

    I don't really understand the immense love on this website for Safety Not Guaranteed. I didn't think it was a great movie. It was cute and enjoyable, but I don't think it deserves anything in the way of an Oscar nom.

    Is it dumb of me to be surprised that Jamie Foxx didn't get a nomination? I guess Django wasn't a super demanding role, but he played it really well. Too many other great performances?

  • kimk

    All in all, looking at who was nominated and who wasn't made me realize that it was a pretty decent year for film; there are a lot of folks I would have liked to see added, but not many I can offhand suggest to drop (other than the Hawkes vs. Washington issue - Hawkes gave an amazing performance, and I think Washington got the "hey, you're one of our most well-established, respected, and well-liked actors even though the movie you are nominated for is kinda meh" nom, i.e., the Tom Hanks nom). I am of the minority view that Les Miz was kind of awful, but that film's nominations were a foregone conclusion (as is Anne Hathaway winning the Jennifer Hudson "hey she sang that one song real good" award).

    More depressing is having to face the reality the Seth McFarlane is actually hosting this thing. Are they trying to make me miss a stoned James Franco in a dress?

  • maureenc

    I was pretty shocked until I realized that the last time the elderly had difficulty with a ballot we got George W. Bush accidentally elected President.

  • Tinkerville

    Huh. Okay. I have a love/hate relationship with the Oscars but I'm feeling a bit apathetic this time around. I think all this did was remind me of how behind I am this year in my movie watching. Moonrise Kingdom was my favorite film of 2012 but I didn't exactly expect it to get nominated for much. The Academy is nothing if not predictable.

  • Since I'm the TDKR flag bearer around here I think you can predict what my thoughts are regarding that. No need to go on a long diatribe. Aside from that, I really don't get what not only the academy, but a lot of people are thinking. Argo was a good movie. But I wasn't blown away by the story or direction. I give Spielberg credit for not fucking up Lincoln. But I think a lot of people could have made a similar quality version of the subject.

    And this maybe just me, but musicals are the most foreign art form in the world to me. I love Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman. But I just don't get spontaneous bursting into song during a movie, or a tv show (yes, this is a Buffy reference). I'll even assume Le Mis is a really good movie. I just don't get it.

    I really enjoyed Django, particularly the performances of everyone involved. But I don't think I enjoyed it more than say The Avengers, or obviously TDKR. I strongly suspect that this is another instance in which the academy is rewarding their definition of "serious" art instead over "unserious". Granted, given the subject of Django I can understand that impulse. But given the Tarantino-esque nature of the movie I can't help but view it differently than the other movies listed, and thus wonder what the academy is thinking.

  • AudioSuede

    There are only four films I've ever gone to see twice in theaters within four days of each screening: The Dark Knight, Inception, Skyfall, and Django Unchained. And Django is not the least entertaining film on that list. I would say it holds up well in terms of pure entertainment and serious art.

    But then, opinions and subjectivity blah blah blah.

  • I'm also surprised at the Bigelow snubbing. If anything, I'd think the Oscars would love to pull out that whole "LOOK! We nominated a girl!" thing again. They love shit like that.

  • Samcvb

    Really? How many woman directors have ever been nominated?

  • Oh, I meant they love to be self-congratulatory like that.

  • mairimba

    4. Each in different decades which to me says: ladies, don't get your hopes up until at least 2020.

  • Samcvb

    I honestly don't get how this lack of female directors is still a problem in 2013.

    Fingers crossed for Michelle MacLaren from Breaking Bad going on to do features.

  • Kballs

    Jennifer Lawrence is not amused by your recognition of her stupid job, Academy.

  • kilmo

    I'm also glad Hugh Jackman was nominated. He's gonna be the most gracious and humble nominee ever. He can take a joke and he wears a suit well. It's going to be a great red carpet season. Unless Mr. Sourpuss grumpy face Joaquin Phoenix ruins it.

  • DominaNefret

    I have SO MUCH RAGE about the Moonrise Kingdom best picture snub. Rage

  • This must be a record for me--I've watched TWO of the nominees! Argo and Les Mis. And I'm actually planning to watch...most of them. That's kind of amazing.

    I've finally come to a place where I'm not really invested in who wins or loses, so I'm pretty happy. I just want to see Hathaway make her ugly crying face when she wins (not if, because, come on), and Affleck's sad face. I'm really surprised at his snub, at least.

    And, the evil Tolkien fan in me is laughing at all those people who were expecting 'The Hobbit' to get...any more than 3 nominations. Ouch.

  • Ruthie O

    HUSH PUPPY! I was worried she wouldn't get nominated because of the SAG drama, but she was! I am prepared to giver her all the awards.

  • Fredo

    I'm thinking they didn't nominate Bigelow to avoid the whole "torture" controversy. They had to nominate the movie cause it was that good, but no cookie for its maker.

  • BLZ Bubb

    sorry but i still don't get the love for that movie. It's basically a 160minute episode of Law and Order.

  • AvaLehra

    O.K., I'll say it...I did not like Beasts of the Southern Wild. There, I am a terrible person!

    Paperman, however, did make me shed a tear and I am very happy it got a nod for Best Animated Short (which I totally called the first time I saw it).

  • Samcvb

    You're not a terrible person for having an opinion. I adored the movie, but am a mediocre person.

    What were your problems with it? Emotionally manipulative? Too much narration? Overuse of post katrina imagery?

  • lauwer

    WHERE THE HELL IS RUST & BONE?!?! Seriously, Marion Cottilard was mindblowing! Denzel's nom *tsk tsk*

  • Dumily

    The Oscars are quickly becoming the Grammys of the awards world.

  • Henry_Hill

    Snubbing Bigelow is unacceptable, as is The Master for best cinematography.

  • dizzylucy

    I'll agree with that - I disliked the Master overall, but it was beautifully shot.

  • AudioSuede

    I didn't even think of Cinematography! I saw The Master in 70mm and it was one of the most gorgeous experiences of my life.

  • "That fifth slot went somewhat surprisingly to Robert DeNiro"

    No surprise there. He's been shortlisted by most critics groups and precursors. Jackie Weaver is the surprise nominee for Silver Linings Playbook.

    "We can also usually rely upon the screenplay categories to recognize the more offbeat films that aren’t chosen in the Best Picture categories, but other than Moonrise Kingdom that wasn’t the case this year, either"

    So I take it Beasts of the Southern Wild and Amour are mainstream cinema then? And is Django Unchained the token exploitation nod in the category?

    As for Flight, some people are reading it as a brilliant religious fable and their argument is strong. I think it's a terrible piece of shit that should have swept the Razzies, but what do I know? I would have nominated Safety Not Guaranteed and Seven Psychopaths for Original Screenplay, so obviously I'm way off base.

  • QueeferSutherland

    Flight was fine until the last five minutes.

  • Flight was fine for the first five minutes.

  • AudioSuede

    Seven Psychopaths was one of those wonderful scripts that suffered when it came time to advertise the film, because everyone thought it was just another typical action comedy, when really it was to action comedies what Adaptation is to biopics.

  • But there was no way to sell it like that unless they were willing to spoil the entire film. The bigger shock of the miss is that the Academy really loves Martin McDonagh. They gave him the win for his debut short film and nominated him for In Bruges. All the theater and screen actors clamor to be a part of his Broadway shows. He should have had enough support to get in for Screenplay and he missed.

  • AudioSuede

    Totally agree. Disappointing all around on that score.

  • zeke_the_pig

    zeke approves this entire conversation chain. You two are bang on.

  • mairimba

    I usually have a problem with LeoDiCap in movies cause most of the time I can't stop thinking that's Leonardo DiCaprio , but I finally saw Django last night and OH CHUITO!! He nailed it! Total snub there. Though I'm glad the movie still got some love as well as Moonrise.

    Also, what's up with only having 9 movies in BP category? Same as last year. What's the point of having that open slot?

  • mairimba

    And Amour nominated for both BP AND foreign? How does that work?

  • AudioSuede

    Same way Toy Story 3 was up for Best Picture and Best Animated. They needed to create categories for movies that don't normally get BP noms, but they often forget that a movie can still be Best Picture even if it's foreign.

  • AudioSuede

    There were also some pretty shocking music snubs. Johnny Greenwood's score for The Master and the score for Beasts were two of my favorite scores in ages (plus, screw Lincoln, that score was the worst part of the film). Also, in a year with two epic hip-hop soundtracks (The Man With The Iron Fists and Django Unchained), no rap songs in Best Original Song. Oh, but a Les Mis song is eligible? Please.

  • Puddin

    Lincoln was shameless cribbing of Ken Burns "Civil War" documentary. But then again, this is the Academy, where John Williams could auto tune a fart and they would nominate it.

  • John G.

    The Academy never got over the ridicule of "It's hard out there for a pimp", so no more black people music until the current crop die. Not long now, since they're all in their 80s

  • Miss Laaw-yuhr

    But that was by far my favorite Academy Awards musical performance of all time. I just kept picturing all the old academy folks waving their arms with it.

  • Mitchell Hundred

    The nods that The Master got for acting I can sort of understand. Some of the preformances in that movie were pretty good (even if the characters were written to be frustratingly static). There are probably others more deserving of that spot, but I'm not mad about it like I would be about a Picture/Direction/Screenplay nod.

  • AudioSuede

    Phoenix was on another level in that movie, and I love Philip Seymour Hoffman in anything, so the acting had me riveted even when the story left me scratching my head.

  • zeke_the_pig

    Dear me, dear me, dear me; no DiCaprio? I shudder to what lengths The Frown is going to grow to now. In 5 years we'll see an Oscar going to James Franco for portraying the harrowing story of the real-life hiker who fell and got stuck in DiCaprio's frown.

  • L.O.V.E.

    Stop it, zeke. Too good. You are fucking up the Eloquent commenter curve.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I keep stats, you know.

  • Natallica

    Now I hope YOU won't get snubbed in the Eloquents Eloquence nominations

  • Puddin

    In true Dicaprio fashion, Zeke will console himself with Victoria Secrets models and mountains and mountains of cocaine. On a YACHT.

  • zeke_the_pig

    I really don't like to disappoint, but 'local bar sluts and ant hills of cocaine. In East London' might be the most I'll be able to swing this weekend. Frugal January you know.

  • L.O.V.E.

    Sounds like the opening shot of a Guy Ritchie movie.

    Scene: East London bar. Tracking shot of local slut, Frugal January, walking towards the back room. On the table, ant hills of cocaine.

  • zeke_the_pig

    + everything shot through that wonderful piss filter of his. Oh yeahhh. AUTHENTIC.

  • Eve

    "In 5 years we'll see an Oscar going to James Franco for portraying the harrowing story of the real-life hiker who fell and got stuck in DiCaprio's frown."


  • QueeferSutherland

    The Best Director category is a joke. A Dane Cook joke. About child rape.

  • kirbyjay

    The sight I just looked at had John Hawkes and not Joaquin Phoenix. Strange

  • kirbyjay

    It was Yahoo and they already changed it.

  • pajiba

    Some people, I think, pre-wrote some of their shoo-in Oscar noms to get their posts up faster, is my guess. The Chicago Tribune had Kathryn Bigelow as a nominee on their initial list.

  • The next time I miss a deadline, I'm going with "because I have more journalistic integrity than the Chicago Tribune", and emphatically not because I was playing video games.

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    Glad to see that it's another Oscars that I'll be able to skip.

  • Zirza

    ...But at least Pirates: Band of Misfits got nominated. No way is it better than the other candidates but I haven't laughed as hard as when I saw that film for the first time in a loooooong time.

  • John G.

    How is it possible that Silver Linings Playbook got this much love? That's the same movie that tied everything up suddenly with a big speech and dancing, right?

  • And don't forget the Manic Pixie Dream Girl with a Frown as a look into clinical depression. That really helped bolster up that paper thin story about crazy people doing crazy things. Because mental illness is hilarious and not at all physically taxing.

  • I liked Silver Linings Playbook a great deal, but I don't get all the awards love outside of the acting noms (seriously, that scene of JLaw chewing out De Niro was dynamite). But Russell did not deserve Best Director over Affleck or Bigelow. No way.

  • Ruthie O

    typos abound. disregard my comment. kthxbye.

  • dizzylucy

    That's pretty much exactly how I feel about it.

  • John G.

    otherwise known as the "let's tie everything up as quickly and simply as possible to get to the dancing" scene?

  • Exactly. But I thought they sold it.

  • Brady

    Snubbing both Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow for Best Director? What is WRONG with you?

  • KBalls

    If you haven't seen Pirates: Band of Misfits, so see it right now. I'm serious. It's fucking awesome.

  • Natallica

    Wow, Emu has come a long, long way

  • BWeaves

    John Hawkes was robbed!

    The Sessions was the best movie I've seen this year.

  • dmm

    I agree that John Hawkes was robbed! Happy for Joaquin Phoenix (didn't think he would get in) but really wish John Hawkes was one of the 5. I would have taken out Denzel Washington - a great actor in general but a so-so part this time around.

  • kilmo

    Glad Anne Hathaway got nominated. 'Cause that would've been embarrassing.

  • poopnado

    She would have cry-sang her embarrassment live on film from a mountain top.

  • As embarrassing as having Tilda Swinton and Charlize Theron lead the "we think these will be the Best Actress nominees" round table discussion last year when both got snubbed?

  • jcoa2

    It was probably naive to hope for, but I'm a little disappointed that Bernie didn't get any recognition.

  • mairimba

    YES! And McConaughey was really good in that too. They should get him to present an award where Les Mis is nominated so he can pronounce it Les Mise-R-Able.

  • John G.

    I guess I'll have to see Beasts of the Southern Wild now, but it looks like so much saturated fat about the joys of being poor.

  • junierizzle

    It's okay. The emotional punch didn't hit me. But now that it's been nominated it has some hype you might give it a meh.

  • Mitchell Hundred

    I'd say that the film's tone is more due to the fact that its protagonist is six years old and largely devoid of responsibility than any kind of message about poverty.

  • AudioSuede

    It's not, really. It's about a girl's relationship to her father and her desire for the mother she never knew, right as the girl gets to the age when she starts to wonder just why she is where she is and who her parents really are. The crap people say about it glamorizing the poor is a total misreading of the film.

  • John G.

    Is there a lot of magical realism? 'Cause I hate that stuff.

  • QueeferSutherland

    Its a lot like Where The Wild Things Are, only with stereotypical versions of how white people think magical black people would talk. It's an OK movie. I'll probably never watch it again.

  • AudioSuede

    There's a bit of magical realism, yeah. That's one aspect I loved about it: It has a lot of dreamlike beauty. As for the race stuff, all the white people in the movie talk the same way, so if anything it should be offensive to Southerners, though I would argue it shouldn't be offensive to anyone, because get over it, that script is goddamned poetry.

    I was beside myself walking out of that movie. I felt all the feels.

  • Puddin

    Mconaheeeeey was robbed. I will console myself in the knowledge that Affleck
    and Dicaprio don't always get what they want. But ugh, what a boring ass list.

  • I wanted him to perform "Ladies of Tampa" in place of an acceptance speech.

  • nini

    Snubbing 'Ladies of Tampa' in the Original Song category is absolutely the greatest tragedy this year! Hell, maybe ever! (At least in that category) Just imagine him singing that in tear away tuxedo and revealing assless chaps with a tail in the middle of the song.. That could have been so beautiful.

  • Emmet O'Cuana

    So.....Amy Adams Oscar?

  • AudioSuede

    Having not seen Les Mis because fuck Tom Hooper, I would love it if Amy Adams won. Hell, all the actors in The Master were extraordinary and compelling, which almost made up for the fact that the film is basically incomprehensible.

  • Puddin

    I would laugh my ass off if this happened. Literally. My ass would fall off from laughter.

  • KatSings

    Hathaway is the most solid lock of anyone this year, with Day Lewis a close second. And in both cases, well deserved.

  • Not a chance. Hathaway screamed her way to a win unless the older Academy members all decide to throw another statue at Sally Fields.

  • John G.

    Was nothing nominated for Best Foreign Film?

    Oh there they are.

  • Not seeing TDKR makes me so happy.

  • Lee


  • zeke_the_pig

    I hope Girl Whose Name I Can't Spell gets best actress.

  • I second that!

  • marigi

    I can't believe those suckers at the Academy voted for beasts of the southern wild!!! Great decision, for once. It still doesn't make up for Shakespeare in love, but what the hell...

  • Miss Laaw-yuhr

    Or Crash.

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