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Full List of 2013 Academy Award Nominees – Snubs and Surprises!

by Eric Melin on January 10, 2013

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Wow! Lots of surprises this year. Comment below!

“Lincoln” – 12 nominations

sharma-tiger-boat-life-of-pi-2012“Life of Pi” – 11 nominations

“Silver Linings Playbook” – 8 nominations

“Argo” and “Les Miserables” – 7 each

“Django Unchained,” “Amour,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Skyfall”- 5 each

“Anna Karenina,” “Beasts of the Southern Wild” – 4


Ben Affleck, Tom Hooper, Quentin Tarantino, and Kathryn Bigelow snubbed in Director in favor of Benh Zeitlin and Michael Haneke.

“The Dark Knight Rises” completely shut out.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson snubbed in favor of Christoph Waltz.

John Hawkes snubbed in Best Actor in favor of Joaquin Phoenix.

Matthew McConaughey was snubbed in Supporting Actor for five guys who have all won before.

Best Picture

“Beasts Of The Southern Wild”
“Django Unchained”
“Les Miserables”
“Life Of Pi”
“Silver Linings Playbook”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

Best Director

Michael Haneke – “Amour”
Benh Zeitlin – “Beasts Of The Southern Wild”
Ang Lee – “Life Of Pi”
Steven Spielberg – “Lincoln”
David O. Russell – “Silver Linings Playbook”

Best Actor In A Leading Role

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

Best Actress In A Leading Role

Emmanuelle Riva – “Amour”
Quvenzhane Wallis – “Beasts Of The Southern Wild”
Naomi Watts – “The Impossible”
Jennifer Lawrence – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Jessica Chastain – “Zero Dark Thirty”

Best Actor In A Supporting Role

Alan Arkin – “Argo”
christoph-waltz-djangoChristoph Waltz – “Django Unchained”
Tommy Lee Jones – “Lincoln”
Philip Seymour Hoffman – “The Master”
Robert De Niro – “Silver Linings Playbook”

Best Actress In A Supporting Role

Anne Hathaway – “Les Miserables”
Sally Field – “Lincoln”
Amy Adams “The Master”
Helen Hunt – “The Sessions”
Jacki Weaver – “Silver Linings Playbook”

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

Best Adapted Screenplay

Chris Terrio – “Argo
Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin – “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
David Magee – “Life Of Pi”
Tony Kushner – “Lincoln”
David O. Russell – “Silver Linings Playbook”

Best Foreign Language Film

“A Royal Affair”
“War Witch”

Best Animated Feature Film

“The Pirates! Band Of Misfits”
“Wreck-It Ralph”

Best Original Song
“Before My Time” – “Chasing Ice”
“Pi’s Lullaby” – “Life Of Pi”
“Suddenly” – “Les Miserables”
“Skyfall” – “Skyfall”
“Everybody Needs A Best Friend” – “Ted”

Best Cinematography

Seamus McGarvey – “Anna Karenina”
Robert Richardson – “Django Unchained”
Claudio Miranda – “Life Of Pi”
Janusz Kaminski – “Lincoln”
Roger Deakins – “Skyfall”

Best Film Editing

William Goldenberg – “Argo”
Tim Squyres – “Life Of Pi”
Michael Kahn – Lincoln
Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers – “Silver Linings Playbook”
William Goldenberg, Dylan Tichenor – Zero Dark Thirty

Best Costume Design

Jacqueline Durran – “Anna Karenina”
Paco Delgado – “Les Miserables”
Joanna Johnston – “Lincoln”
Eiko Ishioka – “Mirror Mirror”
Colleen Atwood – “Snow White and the Huntsman”

Best Documentary Feature

“5 Broken Cameras”
“The Gatekeepers”
“How To Survive A Plague”
“The Invisible War”
“Searching For Sugar Man”

Best Visual Effects

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“Life Of Pi”
“Marvel’s The Avengers”
“Snow White And The Huntsman”

Best Production Design

Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer – “Anna Karenina”
Dan Hennah, Ra Vincent, Simon Bright – “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
Eve Stewart – “Les Miserables”
David Gropman, Anna Pinnock – “Life Of Pi”
Rick Carter, Jim Erickson, Peter T Frank – “Lincoln”

Best Original Score

Dario Marianelli – “Anna Karenina”
Alexandre Desplat – “Argo”
Mychael Danna – “Life Of Pi”
John Williams – “Lincoln”
Thomas Newman – “Skyfall”

Best Make Up

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“Les Miserables”

Best Sound Editing

“Django Unchained”
“Life Of Pi”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

Best Sound Mixing

“Les Miserables”
“Life Of Pi”

Best Documentary Short Film

“Kings Point”
“Mondays At Racine”
“Open Heart”

Best Animated Short

“Adam And Dog”
“Fresh Guacamole”
“Head Over Heels”
“Maggie Simpson In The Longest Daycare”

Best Live-Action Short Film

“Buzkashi Boys”
“Death Of A Shadow”

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of Scene-Stealers.com and writes for The Pitch. He’s former President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls, Ultimate Fakebook, and Truck Stop Love . He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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1 diarra Harris January 10, 2013 at 9:12 am

*sigh* (shakes head) Well at least not some stop motion films got nominated for best animated film. I am surprise that Ben Affleck didn’t get nominated maybe the academy believes he still needs to pay his dues. I didn’t think Tarantino would get nominated. Django doesn’t see to be a film the academy would want to reward. Dark Knight Rises and The Hobbit not getting many or any nominations maybe because they are a victim of the previous films success.


2 Kyle Rohde January 10, 2013 at 9:23 am

Agreed on TDKR though I’m not sure what I would have nominated it for either – I guess one of the technical ones but it wasn’t worthy of best picture or any of the acting-related ones. I also agree on Django – I’m really surprised it got that many nominations. I am happy to see Lincoln get nominated for all the right awards and have to think Daniel Day Lewis is going to get Best Actor.

But, as usual, I won’t be watching the Oscars anyway – it just doesn’t matter much to me.


3 Eric Melin January 10, 2013 at 11:00 am

I’m surprised TDKR didn’t get one of the sound awards, but that’s about it. I know it’s wrong to obssess over Oscar this way, but when they honor films like ‘Amour,’ ‘The Master,’ and ‘Beasts,’ it gets me excited because I now know those films will be seen by more people. And they are wonderful movies. So that makes me happy.


4 diarra Harris January 10, 2013 at 9:13 am

correction I’m glad a stop motion film got nominated.


5 Dan S January 10, 2013 at 9:46 am

9 nominees for best picture? I legitimately thought we’d only see 6. Can anyone honestly say that Amour, Beasts, or Django are truly worthy of being called “The Best Movie Released in the Year 2012?”

The director snubbs are probably the most shocking of all, especially since they differ so much from the DGA noms. Spielberg looks to have this on lock down going forward (sorry Ang).

I think that Prometheus probably deserved a Prod Des nom over Hobbit or Life of Pi, but the Academy tends to get that award category mixed up with cinematography when they vote anyways so it’s not too big of a deal.

I know there’s a nomination process but it feels like there’s some heavy Haneke ass-kissing going on after The White Ribbon failed to win 2 years ago. Personally I just don’t care for his work so I admittedly hold some bias.


6 Eric Melin January 10, 2013 at 11:08 am

I CAN legitimately say that Amour is the best film of the year and I did right here: http://www.lawrence.com/news/2013/jan/06/scene-stealers-best-movies-2012/

I don’t think its Haneke ass-kissing; I think there is legitimate love for this movie. Have you seen it? It’s unsparing and unsentimental like most of his movies, but it is full of love and affection, something you can’t say about his other ones. It’s a deeply felt movie told with such precision and efficiency and was easily my favorite this year.

I agree that the best thing about Prometheus was its production design and that should have been where they rewarded it.

I also believe Beasts absolutely belongs in the Best Picture/Director conversation!


7 Sarah M. January 10, 2013 at 10:38 am

Ooof. I’d trade out David O. Russell for Kathryn Bigelow in the Best Director Category. I’d trade out John Hawkes for Bradley Cooper in Best Actor. (Can you tell which film I didn’t connect with this year?) And I’d trade out Tommy Lee Jones for Leonardo DiCaprio in Best Supporting Actor. Jones was fine, but I didn’t think it was a stand-out performance. DiCaprio was scary good in Django. Those are my gut-level reactions…I’ll probably have more to complain about later ; ) In the happy-about-it category, I was glad to see Searching for Sugarman get a nod. It was my favorite doc from Columbia’s 2012 True/False Fest. Also nice to see Beasts of the Southern Wild get recognition; I thought it was original and magical. It’s one that’s stayed with me months and months after viewing…can’t say the same for a few other of the big winners, even weeks after.


8 Eric Melin January 10, 2013 at 11:12 am

Yeah, there’s a lot f love for Silver linings, but I did connect with it and I think it will go down as one of the modern romcom classics (in the same category as Broadcast News, Bull Durham) in about 10 years or so, because those are so rare these days. I agree about Tommy Lee Jones. He and Arkin were simply blessed with great dialogue–neither of them brought all that much to their roles.

Also really excited for Sugarman and Beasts!!


9 Richard January 10, 2013 at 11:33 am

I’m incredibly excited that Jaoquin Phoenix, Hoffman, and Amy Adams all got acting noms for The Master, but PTA being snubbed for Best Director, Master snubbed for Best Picture, and Mihai Mălaimare Jr. snubbed for Best Cinematography is a goddamn shame.

Also, maybe I’ll be that guy, but I think that Wally Pfister deserves a Cinematography nod for TDKR. Those IMAX scenes were GORGEOUS .

Silver Linings was GOOD but nowhere near good enough to get as many nominations as it did. It’s disappointing to me because this year was a phenomenal year in film and there is so much that deserves a win, but probably won’t simply due to Oscar Politics. Lincoln and Les Mis will more than likely sweep every category because they’re time pieces, the subject matter is right up the old Academy voters’ alley, and both director’s have the Academy wrapped around their fingers. Yawn.


10 Eric Melin January 10, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Agree about The Master snubs, but its what I expected…I’d add Production Design to that list of snubs.

Actually Hooper and Les Mis doesn’t have the Academy wrapped around their fingers cuz he couldn’t even mount a Director nom! Mark my words, ‘Silver Linings’ will age well…


11 Xavier January 10, 2013 at 2:27 pm

ugh Ted is now an oscar nominee. So happy for Benh Zeitlin though, thoroughly deserved and certainly a better choice than Argo, to put it mildly, that film has problems.


12 Eric Melin January 10, 2013 at 3:25 pm

We can take comfort, I suppose, in the fact that Ted will lose to Adele’s ‘Skyfall’ theme and go down in the history books just like illustrious Oscar nominee Norbit.


13 Xavier January 10, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Also its really cool to see both the youngest and oldest nominees for best actress ever in the same year. Disappointment over the master not making screenplay, score or cinematography. It has the best score of the year by far and no nomination?


14 Eric Melin January 10, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Yep, and Jonny Greenwood’s score! I consider that a snub as well. Argh. Now you all are starting to get me angry…you wouldn’t like me when I’m…nevermind.


15 Xavier January 10, 2013 at 6:22 pm

no best score for Greenwood is INSANE, makes you think that there will be blood wouldn’t have made it even if it wasn’t ineligible on technicality.


16 Xavier January 10, 2013 at 6:23 pm

Did you watch the stream because that banter was awful, not a good sign of things to come on awards night.


17 Randall Paske January 11, 2013 at 9:02 am

It’s kind of interesting that on the same day he failed to get an Oscar nomination for best director, Ben Affleck won that same title at the Critics’ Choice Awards. I watched the telecast last night, and I’ll watch the Golden Globes, but I’m going to pass on the Oscars this year. (It’s the Seth MacFarlane factor.)


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