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Oscars 2013: Lincoln leads race with 12 nominations


Story by Jack Foley

STEVEN Spielberg’s historical epic Lincoln lead this year’s Oscar race with a total of 12 nominations.

The film is one of nine to have been shortlisted for the coveted Best Picture, along with Michael Haneke’s Austrian Palme d’Or winner Amour, Ben Affleck’s Argo, indie hit Beasts of the Southern Wild, Quentin Tarantino’s controversial Western Django Unchained, Tom Hooper’s musical adaptation of stage favourite Les Misérables, Ang Lee’s Life of Pi, audience favourite Silver Linings Playbook and Osama bin Laden movie Zero Dark Thirty.

Lincoln‘s other notable nominations include one for best director for Spielberg himself (24 hours after he was left off the BAFTA shortlist), best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis and best supporting actor and actress for Tommy Lee Jones and Sally Field.

Other films to secure multiple nominations include Life of Pi, which followed closely behind Lincoln with 11 nods (including best director for Ang Lee), Django Unchained which included director Tarantino among its nominees and Christoph Waltz as best supporting actor, and Silver Linings Playbook, which secured a nod in all six of the major categories.

This included best film, best director (for David O Russell), best actor (Bradley Cooper), best actress (Jennifer Lawrence), best supporting actor (Robert De Niro) and best supporting actress (Jacki Weaver).

British hopes are led by Daniel Day-Lewis, who competes against Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables), Joaquin Phoenix (The Master), Cooper and Denzel Washington (Flight) for best actor.

While British animators fared well with Aardman leading the charge in the best animated film category now that their box office smash The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists.

Pixar’s Brave, which is based in Scotland and features a mostly British voice cast, has also been shortlisted along with Tim Burton’s stop-motion Frankenweenie (which was shot in England), ParaNorman and Wreck-It Ralph.

However, hopes that Bond movie Skyfall might break 007’s duck by securing some nominations in the six main categories were dashed. All of the film’s nominations came in technical categories, with the most high profile a nod for Roger Deakins and his cinematography.

And both Dame Judi Dench and Helen Mirren missed out in the best supporting actress category when hopes had been high for their films The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Hitchcock.

Competing for best actress, meanwhile, will be Jennifer Lawrence (for Silver Linings), Jessica Chastain (for Zero Dark Thirty), Emanuelle Riva (Amour), young Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) and Naomi Watts (for The Impossible).

Riva and Wallis made history in that category by becoming the oldest and youngest nominees at the age of 85 and nine respectively.

There were several surprises among the nominations, most prominent of which was Silver Linings Playbook‘s clean sweep of nominations in all six categories. In doing so, it becomes the first film since Warren Beatty’s REDS in 1981 to do so.

But Beasts of the Southern Wild fared better than expected, with nods including best film and best director (for Benh Zeitlin), and Michael Haneke’s Amour also stole a march on its rivals by being shortlisted for both best film and best foreign language movie, as well as landing Haneke a best director shot and Emanuelle Riva a best actress opportunity.

Indeed, Haneke’s inclusion on the best director shortlist, along with Zeitlin, came at the expense of one or two higher profile names, including Tom Hooper (who missed out for Les Mis), Kathryn Bigelow (for Zero Dark Thirty) and Ben Affleck (who missed out for Argo).

Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone unveiled the nominations on Thursday, January 10, 2013.

MacFarlane, who will host the Oscar ceremonies, is only the second Oscar host to take part in the nominations announcements.

The awards ceremony itself takes place at the Kodak Theatre on February 24, 2013.

View the nominations in full