OscarThe awards season is finally coming to its peak. The BAFTA nominations were announced yesterday. The Golden Globes ceremony will be held this Sunday. And now the Oscar nominations have been announced, cutting down the finalists that have been contending for the coveted awards over the past few months.

Waking up at an extremely early hour to announce the nominees at 5:30 a.m. PT this morning, the brilliant duo of Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone were on hand to give us the below nominations.

Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln sweeps the nominations with an impressive 12 nods. Ang Lee’s Life of Pi follows swiftly behind it with 11. Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables and David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook each take 8 nominations. Ben Affleck’s Argo picks up 7, followed closely by Sam Mendes’ Skyfall with 6. Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, and Michael Haneke’s Amour each have 5 to their name, and Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild emerges with 4.

In the Best Actress category, we have two excellent records set by the nominees, with Emmanuelle Riva becoming the oldest female to be nominated for the award at the age of 85, and Quvenzhané Wallis becoming the youngest to be nominated at the age of only 9!

Personally, I was hoping that Moonrise Kingdom would get a Best Picture nod, that Ben Affleck would get a Best Director nomination, that Keira Knightley and Marion Cotillard would appear in the Best Actress category, and that The Dark Knight Rises would get at least one nomination, especially given that Hans Zimmer’s score is incredible. But overall, I can’t argue with many of the below, and can’t wait to see how things play out on Oscar night next month.

The 85th Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, 24th February, and you can be sure we’ll be following the events live as they happen on the night, and we’d love for you to join us. For now, let us know what you think of the final shortlists in the comments below. Who do you think has been deservedly recognised this year, or unjustly snubbed?


Best Picture

  • Amour – Nominees to be determined
  • Argo – Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck & George Clooney
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild – Dan Janvey, Josh Penn & Michael Gottwald
  • Django Unchained – Stacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin & Pilar Savone
  • Les Misérables – Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward & Cameron Mackintosh
  • Life of Pi – Gil Netter, Ang Lee & David Womark
  • Lincoln – Steven Spielberg & Kathleen Kennedy
  • Silver Linings Playbook – Donna Gigliotti, Bruce Cohen & Jonathan Gordon
  • Zero Dark Thirty – Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow & Megan Ellison

Best Director

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

Best Actor

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

Best Actress

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

Best Supporting Actor

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

Best Supporting Actress

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

Best Animated Feature

  • Brave – Mark Andrews & Brenda Chapman
  • Frankenweenie – Tim Burton
  • ParaNorman – Sam Fell & Chris Butler
  • The Pirates! Band of Misfits – Peter Lord
  • Wreck-It Ralph – Rich Moore

Best Adapted Screenplay

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

Best Original Screenplay

  • Amour – Michael Haneke
  • Django Unchained – Quentin Tarantino
  • Flight – John Gatins
  • Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
  • Zero Dark Thirty – Mark Boal

Best Cinematography

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

Best Costume Design

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

Best Documentary

  • 5 Broken Cameras – Emad Burnat & Guy Davidi
  • The Gatekeepers – Nominees to be determined
  • How to Survive a Plague – Nominees to be determined
  • The Invisible War 0 – Nominees to be determined
  • Searching for Sugar Man – Nominees to be determined

Best Documentary Short

  • Inocente – Sean Fine & Andrea Nix Fine
  • Kings Point – Sari Gilman & Jedd Wider
  • Mondays at Racine – Cynthia Wade & Robin Honan
  • Open Heart – Kief Davidson & Cori Shepherd Stern
  • Redemption – Jon Aplert & Matthew O’Neill

Best Editing

  • Argo – William Goldenberg
  • Life of Pi – Tim Squyres
  • Lincoln – Michael Kahn
  • Silver Linings Playbook – Jay Cassidy & Crispin Struthers
  • Zero Dark Thirty – Dylan Tichenor & William Goldenberg

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Amour – Austria
  • Kon-Tiki – Norway
  • No – Chile
  • A Royal Affair – Denmark
  • War Witch – Canada

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Hitchcock – Howard Berger, Peter Montagna & Martin Samuel
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater & Tami Lane
  • Les Misérables – Lisa Westcott & Julie Dartnell

Best Original Score

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

Best Original Song

  • Before My Time – Chasing Ice (Music and Lyrics by J. Ralph)
  • Everybody Needs a Best Friend – Ted (Music by Walter Murphy, Lyrics by Seth MacFarlane)
  • Pi’s Lullaby – Life of Pi (Music by Mychael Danna, Lyrics by Bombay Jayashri)
  • Skyfall – Skyfall (Music and Lyrics by Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth)
  • Suddenly – Les Misérables (Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer & Alain Boublil)

Best Production Design

  • Anna Karenina – Production Design: Sarah Greenwood, Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Production Design: Dan Hennah, Set Decoration: Ra Vincent & Simon Bright
  • Les Misérables – Production Design: Eve Stewart, Set Decoration: Anna Lynch-Robinson
  • Life of Pi – Production Design: David Gropman, Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
  • Lincoln – Production Design: Rick Carter, Set Decoration: Jim Erickson

Best Short Film (Animated)

  • Adam and Dog – Minkyu Lee
  • Fresh Guacamole – PES
  • Head Over Heels – Timothy Reckhart & Fodhala Cronin O’Reilly
  • Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare” – David Silverman
  • Paperman – John Kahrs

Best Short Film (Live Action)

  • Asad – Bryan Buckley & Mino Jarjoura
  • Buzkashi Boys – Sam French & Ariel Nasr
  • Curfew – Shawn Christensen
  • Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw) – Tom Van Avermaet & Ellen De Waele
  • Henry – Yan England

Best Sound Editing

  • Argo – Erik Aadahl & Ethan Van der Ryn
  • Django Unchained – Wylie Stateman
  • Life of Pi – Eugene Gearty & Philip Stockton
  • Skyfall – Per Hallberg & Karen Baker Landers
  • Zero Dark Thirty – Paul N.J. Ottosson

Best Sound Mixing

  • Argo – John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff & Jose Antonio
  • Les Misérables – Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson & Simon Hayes
  • Life of Pi – Ron Bartlett, D.M. Helphill & Drew Kunin
  • Lincoln – Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom & Ronald Judkins
  • Skyfall – Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell & Stuart Wilson

Best Visual Effects

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton & R. Christopher White
  • Life of Pi – Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Kan De Boer & Donald R. Elliott
  • Marvel’s The Avengers – Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams & Dan Sudick
  • Prometheus – Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley & Martin Hill
  • Snow White and the Huntsman – Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould & Michael Dawson

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