Sally Field and Daniel Day-Lewis in Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln"

Lincoln got the most nominations this morning with 12 including Best Picture, Director, Editing, Actor, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress. It’s one of only three films to receive nominations in Best Picture plus the key categories of Directing and Editing. The other two are Life of Pi and Silver Linings Playbook. I think you can look to one of those three for your eventual Best Picture winner (my money remains on Lincoln).

The Academy also showered plenty of love on Michael Haneke’s Amour, selecting it for Picture, Foreign Language Film, Director, Actress and Original Screenplay.

Though it didn’t get a Best Picture nomination, I’m glad to see The Master recognized in several other categories. I’m a little surprised Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow were overlooked in Directing for Argo and Zero Dark Thirty respectively, but I’m not going to lose any sleep over it.


  • Amour
  • Argo
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Django Unchained
  • Les Miserables
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Zero Dark Thirty


  • Michael Haneke, Amour
  • Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Ang Lee, Life of Pi
  • Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
  • David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook


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


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

Supporting Actor

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

Supporting Actress

  • Amy Adams, The Master
  • Sally Field, Lincoln
  • Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
  • Helen Hunt, The Sessions
  • Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook

Adapted Screenplay

  • Argo
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Silver Linings Playbook

Original Screenplay

  • Amour
  • Django Unchained
  • Flight
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Zero Dark Thirty


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


  • 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

Costume Design

  • Anna Karenina
  • Les Miserables
  • Lincoln
  • Mirror Mirror
  • Snow White and the Huntsman

Documentary Feature

  • 5 Broken Cameras
  • The Gatekeepers
  • How to Survive a Plague
  • The Invisible War
  • Searching for Sugar Man

Foreign Language Film

  • Amour
  • Kon-Tiki
  • No
  • A Royal Affair
  • War Witch

Animated Feature

  • Brave
  • Frankenweenie
  • ParaNorman
  • The Pirates! Band of Misfits
  • Wreck-It Ralph

Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Hitchcock
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Les Miserables

Production Design

  • Anna Karenina
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Les Miserables
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln

Sound Editing

  • Argo
  • Django Unchained
  • Life of Pi
  • Skyfall
  • Zero Dark Thirty

Sound Mixing

  • Argo
  • Les Miserables
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Skyfall

Visual Effects

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Life of Pi
  • The Avengers
  • Prometheus
  • Snow White and the Huntsman

Original Score

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

Original Song

  • Before My Time, Chasing Ice
  • Everybody Needs a Best Friend, Ted
  • Pi’s Lullaby, Life of Pi
  • Skyfall, Skyfall
  • Suddenly, Les Miserables

Animated Short

  • Adam and Dog
  • Fresh Guacamole
  • Head over Heels
  • Maggie Simpson in The Longest Daycare
  • Paperman

Live Action Short

  • Asad
  • Buzkashi Boys
  • Curfew
  • Death of a Shadow
  • Henry

Documentary Short

  • Inocente
  • Kings Point
  • Mondays at Racine
  • Open Heart
  • Redemption


35 Responses to “2013 Oscar Nominations: Lincoln grabs 12, Pi 11”

  1. Oscar watchers are in shock this morning after the BEST DIRECTOR category has yielded three titanic surprises:


    but the omissions of:


    surely has many reeling.

    Where did the love for the lame SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK come from?

    11 nominations for the magnificent THE LIFE OF PI was the one thing worth giving a sustained applause for.

    But it looks like this is LINCOLN’s game now, an opinion most have shared for quite some time.

  2. To answer my own question about SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, the reason is quite clear:

    Harvey Weinstein.

  3. Sam, most people I talk to outside of my own personal little movie bubble really loved Silver Linings Playbook. It’s this year’s Little Miss Sunshine.

  4. Ha, even though I don’t love every single choice, the unexpected variety and omission of predictable choices makes these the most interesting set of Oscar nominations I’ve seen in ages. I also love that all the classic prognosticating was flipped on its head today, even if I hold no ill will towards those who do it.

    Little disappointed that Cloud Atlas was shut out of editing, since it’s the most obvious candidate of the year, but not remotely surprised.

  5. Yeah, I’m not crazy about SLP getting BP, Director, all four acting categories, screenplay and editing, but as I said above it’s not a huge shock.

    Other than that, there are a few snubs I’d have liked to see get in there, but I can’t complain. Really happy about Lincoln.

  6. I should add that I’m thrilled above all that Life of Pi got 11 noms.

  7. Yep, THE LIFE OF PI’s 11 nominations is really something to stand up and cheer about. I’d love to see it go all the way!

    As far as the prevalent opinion here that everyone was turned upside down by the announcements I do agree that is a refreshing development. We were told for weeks what the LOCKS were over and over. Seems like the hardware was faulty and all we had to do was shake the mechanism to get it open.

    Still it was undeserved that Bigelow got snubbed.

  8. Pi got BAFTA, ASC, Globe, WGA, DGA, ADG nominations. The only significant one it’s missed so far is SAG Ensemble.

    I think part of the reasons there were so many surprises is because of the moved up date for ballots being due. Usually they’re not due until after PGA and DGA nominations

  9. In view of that fact -about PI getting all that love- well it can’t be counted out as an upset winner, even if LINCOLN is surely the favorite.

    My fear is Weinstein, and his ability to “sway” voters. A SILVER LININGS win would be as catastrophic as when CRASH beat BROKEBACK.

    Still, the smart money is probably on LINCOLN, at least at this early stage.

  10. So do we want to speculate that all the hoopla over ZDT kept Bigelow from getting an Oscar nom? I suppose the majority of voters could have seen it and made up their own minds, considering most of them live in LA/NY or got screeners, but her omission is by far the most glaring.

  11. Life of Pi would be my dark horse pick. I’m still sticking with Lincoln for now but we’ll see how those other awards pan out and yes, never count out Harvey when it comes to SLP.

    Bigelow is the biggest surprise to me too, Joel. If it was the controversy though, I wouldn’t have expected Boal to get nominated for screenplay. It’s the script I think where most of the controversy lies.

    In the end, I’m tempted to think the director’s branch (and maybe AMPAS as a whole) just just liked Amour and Beasts of the Southern Wild more than Zero Dark Thirty or Argo.

  12. I also think PI looks good for the Globe. I keep telling myself that Lincoln won’t play as well to non-US audiences but BAFTA went for it so…

  13. “In the end, I’m tempted to think the director’s branch (and maybe AMPAS as a whole) just just liked Amour and Beasts of the Southern Wild more than Zero Dark Thirty or Argo.”

    Oh yes. Precisely. I completely buy into that!

  14. I can see the directors being more into AMOUR and BEASTS than ARGO, which feels like more of a collaborative big-studio effort than an auteur-style work. On the other hand, ZDT may simply have been a victim of less across-the-board support than had originally been anticipated for it. Perhaps some of this stemmed from the recent “controversy” over the film’s depiction of torture and interrogation.

    ARGO, on the other hand, seems like the kind of movie that would play well with a showbiz crowd, being a “true Hollywood story” and all.

    Also, could we be looking at a surprise Riva win for Best Actress? I can totally see Sony Classics playing a sympathy vote for her, especially because Academy members clearly like the movie as a whole.

  15. I’ll leave it to you all since you follow this whole thing more closely than I do, but I figured Argo had more going for it than these nominations reflect. ZDT may suffer from a bit of Academy malaise, but Argo has been considered a front-runner for months and what I’ve read here and there implied enthusiasm for Affleck’s work was strong. Beasts and Amour certainly have their supporters, so maybe there’s something to that, but Affleck really seemed to have a strong following.

  16. Joel, I agree on ARGO, especially considering the Academy’s track record for recognizing name stars-turned-directors.

  17. Joel, I’m actually more surprised in a way by Affleck not getting in than I am Bigelow for exactly the reason you say. Maybe Argo just looked too easy.

  18. Riva has an excellent chance I the way I figure it. The big problem though is the Harvey Weinstein factor with Jennifer Lawrence.

    Riva (or the un-nominated Rachel Weisz) would be the best choice of any female leads this year for the Oscar.

  19. I thought Cloud Atlas would show up in the technicals at least. I mean really? Both Snow White movies in Costume over Cloud Atlas which had great, elaborate costumes from 6 distinct eras/styles?

    I was hoping Moonrise Kingdom would get a Best Pic slot, Leo would get nommed in Supporting, and John Hawkes in Actor. Would have loved to see Bernie show up in Original Screenplay, but would have been shocked if it had.

    Glad to see TDKR get snubbed, and most of The Hobbit.

    Love the crazy Beasts of the Southern Wild love. Very glad Joaquin got in–I was worried they wouldn’t have forgiven him for I’m Still Here yet.

    HATE the Silver Linings Playbook love, and am quite worried about Weinstein’s influence going forward to the awards.

    I really need to see Amour now. And learn how to spell (and pronounce) Quvenzhane.

  20. Sam I think Lawrence will give Riva a run for her money, but I’ll be rooting for Riva (wouldn’t be sad about Chastain either)

    Jennybee, I was hoping Cloud Atlas would turn up somewhere. People just really did not like that movie. Oh well.

  21. My early predix for the win in the majors:

    Best Pic: Lincoln – Too big to fail, and a remarkable achievement in both filmmaking and box office
    Best Director: David O’ Russell – Never won, done his time, and Weinstein
    Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis – He’s Lincoln for chrissakes.
    Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence – Hot young thang that has proven critical chops, box office prowess, and backed by Weinstein
    Best Supporting Actor: Tommy Lee Jones – In a tough race I’ll go with the BP winner
    Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway – If Mo’nique gets an award, and Jennifer Hudson gets an award, Oscar’s beloved darling co-host, former nominee, and still hot young thang gets an award for one of the most buzzed about by the public performances of the year
    Original Screenplay: Amour – It’s gotta win something big, plus Foreign
    Adapted Screenplay: Lincoln – A well-earned win for a dialogue-driven hard-to-adapt movie penned by a writing god

  22. I believe Quvenzhané is pronounced, “sorry, but you’re no Victoire Thivisol in PONETTE.”

  23. @Jennybee: I didn’t expect Cloud Atlas to get much love, but I’m surprised to Snow White in there too. That just goes back to the Academy’s tendency to stick whatever “fits” in those categories. And I guess a lot of Academy members saw that film, which was visually impressive, and weren’t turned off by the director’s affair with Kristen Stewart. The Team Edward vote apparently isn’t strong in the Academy.

  24. The Team Edward vote apparently isn’t strong in the Academy.
    Funniest sentence I’ve read about the nominations. :)

    It’s also noteworthy that three of the nominees (two in doc short, one live action short) were crowdfunded on Kickstarter. Pretty cool.

  25. The most saddening thing about these nominations is that AMPAS has revived the Great, Moustache-Twirling Villain of Oscar Lore, Harvey Weinstein. The monster is, once again, alive. Bleh.

    I really can’t help but think that the once-nascent “Oscar prognosticator” theory from a couple of months ago, and to which I subscribed for a long period of time, proved to be true: Argo and Zero Dark Thirty essentially killed each other off. It was one “clandestine mission in the Islamic world/southwestern Asia film” too many.

    I predict Lincoln wins Best Picture, Spielberg wins his third Best Director Oscar, Jones wins Best Supporting Actor and Kushner wins Best Adapted Screenplay. A near-sweep of the top categories. Hathaway is probably nearly a mortal lock for Supporting Actress, though, so Field loses. Miranda probably beats Kaminski and Deakins (poor Roger). Weinstein secures Best Actress for Lawrence because he’s evil and she’s the hot new babe… Might be wishful thinking to a large degree, though, who knows?

  26. Joel, if I’m not mistaken, the costume design category, like some of the other tech categories, is voted upon based not on the movie as a whole but rather the viewing of specially-submitted “reels” tailored to each category, which are designed to specifically show off the movie’s achievements in each particular area under consideration. If I’m right, SNOW WHITE’s nomination is just as much about selling its costume design well to the costume branch as it is about having good costume design in the first place.

    Also, Colleen Atwood is one of the costume branch’s favorites right now, so that didn’t hurt its chances.

  27. COLLEEN ATWOOD STRIKES AGAIN! Yeah, that’s an excellent point. I wonder if Weinstein has already bought the rights to the Colleen Atwood life story since we know that one is a future lock for Best Picture.

    Oh, the costume sizzle reel: I didn’t realize they did that but now that you’ve pointed that out, that makes perfect sense.

  28. I just watched the Broadcast Critics awards show. Most of the winners and nominees were in attendance.

    Almost as if fated, ARGO took the Best Picture prize, and Ben Affleck won Best Director. When he got up to the stage he satirically quipped “Thank you Academy.” He received a thundering standing ovation at that! The ever-present Mr. Weinstein was slapping hands all night as Jennifer Lawrence won two awards, Bradley Cooper was a winner, and the film took Best Comedy. Apparently thjs mediocre film is really working on some momentum.

  29. And just when many industry insiders and Oscar watchers and bloggers were estimating that good ol’ Harvey was sitting this year’s race out! LOL!

    The man was built in a political party’s financially-backed laboratory to be the most successful epitome of a schmoozing, glad-handing vote-buyer in history, but he went into the movies rather than directly into politics. Ironic that he’s probably most directly going after a film whose titular character wasn’t so bad at these arts himself, ha!

  30. I said it above. I can’t explain it, but people LOVE Silver Linings Playbook. I don’t have a problem with Harvey, I just wish he’d put the same muscle behind The Master or Django as he put behind Silver Linings.

  31. I have numerous criticisms of SLP, but it does everything a successful movie needs to. It has an uplifting story that’s also a good romance. It’s solidly cast with some striking performances (albeit extremely convoluted characters). It’s very, very funny. It doesn’t drag at any point. The audience I saw this was wrapped up in the film from the first scene, laughing loudly and consistently, and practically cheering by the end. It’s rare to see anything remotely Oscar-worthy command an audience’s enthusiasm like that these days.

    That said, I will be surprised if this wins the big awards but anything is possible this year.

  32. As I mentioned to Craig on Facebook, this feels a lot like 1999 redux, with a Spielberg historical epic paired off against a lighter, actor-friendly, Weinstein-backed comedy. I don’t see SLP being as strong as SHAKESPEARE was (contemporary = fewer tech categories, for one thing) but I definitely feel the same vibe as I did back in the day.

  33. I also pondered the 1999 scenario, but eventually came to the conclusion that the years are different. Even Weinstein for all his clout and powers of persuasive is extremely unlikely to derail the LINCOLN locomotive. Of course the nominations this year are bizarre that it would almost seem fated to end with the biggest shock of all. Maybe I’m bias because I found SLP so uneven and lightweight, so I am seeing the magnificent THE LIFE OF PI as the real dark horse.

    Still the connections between the two years are compelling on paper.

  34. I don’t think Saving Private Ryan really compares to Lincoln at all. It’s an interesting parallel though.

  35. Like I replied to Paul on Facebook, the difference for me is that Lincoln > Saving Private Ryan, but Silver Linings Playbook < Shakespeare in Love

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