The 2013 Academy Awards Nominees

The 2013 Academy Awards Nominees were announced this morning! As you may remember, there have been a few problems with the Academy Awards online voting system this year (“I’m typing in my password and it just isn’t working! Is it one word or two? I’m typing it into my online mail system, and then do I hit send or…Wait, what? The subject line. Wait. WHAT? What web address? Where do I type the web address, into the subject line? YOU AREN’T BEING VERY CLEAR.”) This caused low voter turnout, and a few suspected that it would lead to more unconventional nominees since only the reckless youngs could figure out how to even do the damn thing. I’m not sure if that happened? To me, almost everything looks like exactly what anyone would have expected. Lincoln, Les Miserables, and Silver Linings Playbook have a lot of nominations. Life of Pi, Beasts of the Southern Wild, and Django Unchained are all nominated for best picture, which may be less conventional, (not even really, though), but also it might help to remember that last year The Help and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close were both nominated for best picture because ten movies can be nominated now and you have to fill up that list somehow. (Not that all of the movies I listed are anything close to The Help and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, but I think you understand my meaning.) (That lots of movies are going to be in there, even ones you might not expect.) Jennifer Lawrence is nominated for best actress, FINALLY. Quvenzhané Wallis, of Beasts of the Southern Wild, is also nominated for best actress, which is great. (All of the Beasts of the Southern Wild nominations are surprising, actually.) (Benh Zeitlin is up for Best Director!) Joaquin Phoenix is nominated for best actor, even though he hates the Oscars and doesn’t want any of them. All the “Best Animated Feature Film” nominees are understandable enough. I don’t know! What do you guys think? Seems like a pretty straight-forward Academy Awards nominee list to me, except for how Ben Affleck, Kathryn Bigelow, and Tom Hooper weren’t nominated for Best Director. I’m not mad, though. It’s just an awards show that none of us are nominated in but that we will STILL have to sit through, so, you know. Whatever. R U mad? Happy? Not enough Django nominations? Take a look at the list and let me know.

Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Phillip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Robert De Niro, 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 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 Original Song
“Before My Time,” Chasing Ice
“Pi’s Lullaby,” Life of Pi
“Suddenly,” Les Miserables
“Everybody Needs A Best Friend,” Ted
“Skyfall,” Skyfall

Best Original Score
Anna Karenina
Life of Pi

Best Animated Feature Film
Pirates! Band of Misfits
Wreck-It Ralph

Best Foreign Language Film
Austria: Amour
Chile: No
Canada: War Witch
Denmark: A Royal Affair
Norway: Kontiki

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

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

Best Picture
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Django Unchained

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

Best Makeup
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Miserables

Best Costume Design
Jacqueline Durran, Anna Karenina
Paco Delgado, Les Misérables
Joanna Johnston, Lincoln
Eiko Ishioka, Mirror Mirror
Colleen Atwood, Snow White and the Huntsman

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

Documentary Short
“Inocente,” Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine
“Kings Point,” Sari Gilman and Jedd Wider
“Mondays at Racine,” Cynthia Wade and Robin Honan
“Open Heart,” Kief Davidson and Cori Shepherd Stern
“Redemption,” Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill

Best Animated Short
Adam and Dog
Fresh Guacamole
Head over heels
Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”

Best Live Action Short
Buzkashi Boys
Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)

Film Editing
William Goldenberg, Argo
Tim Squyres, Life of Pi
Michael Kahn, Lincoln
Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers, Silver Linings Playbook
Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg, Zero Dark Thirty

Film Mixing
Les Miserables
Life of Pi