The Oscar nominations 2013

News Ryan Lambie 10 Jan 2013 - 13:48

The nominations are in for the 2013 Oscars. Feast your eyes on the list within...

The nominations for the 85th Academy Awards have been announced, and especially for the occasion, we've rolled out the red carpet (well, hoovered the office) put on our finest tuxedos (well, dressing gowns) and opened a bottle of expensive bubbly (Tizer).

As ever, there are few true surprises among the various nominees. Take a look at who'll be up for a golden statue, and feel free to leave your messages of apoplectic fury in the comments section.  We'll forward them on to Emma Stone and Seth MacFarlane later.

Best Picture

Beasts Of The Southern Wild

Silver Linings Playbook

Zero Dark Thirty


Les Miserables

Life Of Pi


Django Unchained



Best Actor

Daniel Day Lewis - Lincoln

Denzel Washington - Flight

Hugh Jackman - Les Miserables

Bradley Cooper - Silver Linings Playbook

Joaquin Phoenix - The Master


Best Actress

Naomie Watts - The Impossible

Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark Thirty

Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook

Emmanuelle Riva - Amour

Quvenzhane Wallis - Beasts Of The Southern Wild


Best Supporting Actor

Christoph Waltz - Django Unchained

Philip 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 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


Animated Feature


The Pirates

Wreck-It Ralph




Foreign Language Film



War Witch

A Royal Affair

Kon Tiki


Music (Song)

Before My Time - Chasing Ice

Suddenly - Les Miserables

Pi's Lullaby - Life Of Pi

Everybody Needs A Best Friend - Ted

Skyfall - Skyfall


Writing (Adapted)

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


Writing (original)

John Gatins - Flight

Mark Boal - Zero Dark Thirty

Quentin Tarantino - Django Unchained

Michael Haneke - Amour

Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola - Moonrise Kingdom


Production Design

Anne Karenina

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Les Miserables

Life Of Pi




Seamus McGarvey - Anna Karenina

Robert Richardson - Django Unchained

Claudio Miranda - Life Of Pi

Janusz Kaminski - Lincoln

Roger Deakins - Skyfall


Costume Design

Jacqueline Durran - Anna Karenina

Paco Delgado - Les Miserables

Joanna Johnston - Lincoln

Eiko Ishioka - Mirro Mirror

Colleen Atwood - Snow White And The Huntsman


Documentary Feature

5 Broken Cameras

The Gatekeepers

How To Survive A Plague

The Invisible War


Documentary Short


Kings Point

Mondays At Racine

Open Heart




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

Short Film (animated)

Adam And Dog

Fresh Guacamole

Head Over Heels

Maggie Simpson In The Longest Daycare



Short Film (live action)


Buzjkashi Boys


Death Of A Shadow



Sound Editing


Django Unchained

Life Of Pi


Zero Dark Thirty


Sound Mixing


Les Miserables

Life Of Pi




Visual Effects

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Life Of Pi

The Avengers


Snow White And The Huntsman

Music (Score)

Dario Marianelli - Anna Karenina

Alexandre Desplat - Argo

Mychael Danna - Life Of Pi

John Williams - Lincoln

Thomas Newman - Skyfall


The 85th Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, February 24th 2013.

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Great list of movies for Best Picture, I havent seen Silver Linings Playbook or Amour, but I would feel ok with any of these winning. My vote is Django Unchained.

Does anyone get the feeling that the animation category needs some adjusting in how it gives out Oscars? Every year there are 5 animation movies from Pixar and Disney, so two studios fight over a guaranteed Oscar for a totally of 5 or 6 movies. Where the live action category has hundreds if not 1000's of movies to sift through to find the good gems. I feel that animation houses are just cranking out crap because they know there will only be 4 other competitors for the coveted Oscar and only one animated film needs to me marginally better than the rest to win the award, which is the holy grail of live action awards.

Id like to see animation Oscars given out every two or 4 years, otherwise to me this cheapens the value of an animated Oscar. To me none of the animated films are worthy of even nominations, just my two cents! Go Django!!

I thought Dark Knight Rises would be at least up for a technical award, I think it has a far better soundtrack than Skyfall with the cinematography on par with it or better. Some very strange choices this year, also thought Ben Affleck would be up for best director too.

Brave all the way for best animation! Hoping to see Les Mis win a few too. Thought TDKR would be up for a couple of the technical awards, I'm surprised at that!

Naaaah, I mean Brave was good, but there were better animations this year.

Paranorman for Best Animation, definitely!

"The 85th Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, February 27th 2013"

It's actually on Sunday 24th, not the 27th :)

HOLD THE PHONE - Where is Ben Affleck's Best Director Nom?!?

as much as i hated the dark knight rises, it was 1000000000000 prettier then the hobbit. TDKR got snubbed in cinematography, effects and sound. how these people didnt recognize that the hobbit was the most orange and blue movie ever made is beyond me.

right where it belongs. argo is pretty overrated

The Academy Awards are such a ridiculous parody! Why do we even bother?? LES MIS???? Seriously. Some of the best geek movies ever have been released this year, and they're all skipped over for best picture, as usual. Yeah the movies on the list are good, but come on!!! Just a bunch of old miserable blue hairs trying to tell movie fans what they think makes a "real" movie. Sorry, but I don't need a bunch of old farts, or a bunch of pompous young idiots who act like old farts, telling me what a good movie is. We can't get rid of these joke ceremonies soon enough for me!!

I think there's a spelling mistake in your post, shouldn't it read 'The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! all the way for best animation!'?

How the hell is dicaprio not nominated for best supporting actor? He stole the show as Calvin Candie in Django in my opinion

Comic book films, despite how good they were last year, are NEVER going to be up for a best film award. I dont know why people are surprised by that fact?

Odd that Wally Pfister is not up for a best cinematographer award, but there you go. Who really cares at the end of the day, it's the Oscars. It's not about what 'we' think, it's about what 'they' think.

The main loss here where I am actually a bit baffled, is no Ben Afleck for Best Director.

And also The Master not in Best Film. Oh no, wait a minute, it's run by Scientologists, and Zero Dark Thirty is about killing Osama Bin Laden. Makes sense now.

Dark Knight Rises does indeed have a better soundtrack than Skyfall. Mind you a bunch of drunken idiots let loose in a studio that did not no one end of an instrument from another would do a better job than the monkeys that worked on the Skyfall sound track. It was that bad. The only bit of it that was any good was the thirty seconds of classic Bond you got when he is in the Aston Martin, and thats because they did not make or write it, its the original piece. Having said that, Skyfalls music was clearly heavily influenced by the Nolan Bat Man films, and while it works for Batman, it did not work for Bond, it was just a lot of crashing noise played at different speeds. Utter crap and over rated to the skies, a bit like Skyfall itself..

I agree with Zaphod99 totally. Just look at the list..there is not a single interesting / geeky movie on the Best Picture list...well maybe Django unchained..I will wait until I have had chance to watch that this weekend, but its all so bloody predictable, Les Mis and Lincoln will win most of it. And they were made by people that you just KNOW were looking at scripts and ideas and thinking "would making this get me an Oscar???"

So Joaquin Phoenix played The Master? I did not even know there was a Doctor Who film out! I must have missed that...not like me at all eh dear readers?

Its all the same old boring crap that gets put up year after year after year. The only time it ever made me sit up and go WOW at LAST!!! was when Return of the King / LOTR won 12 Oscars, because never has a film / trilogy etc been so worthy of them as they were.

Its just all the same old same old.. The animated films...hmmm wonder who will win that. The only one I have not seen is Wreck it Ralph....Brave was good...but worthy of and Oscar? Hmmmm I thought it was ok, but it was a safe fairy tale when all is said and done. Paranorman was a great achievment but a bit dull in the story department and so was Frankenweenie....the one thats not on there is Hotel Transylvania , and that got slammed by the critics. My wife and I watched it the other night, and did not expect much after seeing the reviews, but we loved it, and laughed until we had stitches, which is more than can be said about any of the other films on the list. We like old Monster movies, Dracula was absolutely HILARIOUS...stuff with the zombies and the Wolfman / Mummy / Frankenstein etc. But the bit they we had to pause it on, because we were laughing so much, was the Twighlight ripping on the plane. Drac Bat just looks at the camera with a pained expression and says " So this is how we are represented in the world these days....pathetic...!" I can honestly say I had a stitch from laughing that hard....and that only seems to happen to me these days when I watch either Bill Bailey or re runs of anything with Rick Mayall and Ade Edmonson in....Shows where I am at humour wise I suppose...but I hope there is a sequel to Hotel Transylvania, because it had the one thing most of the other films lacked, fun, comedy and laugh out loud moments. Adam Sandler as Dracular for PM!!!!! Did anyone else love this film???

lol, any other year, yes! But what can I tell ya, I fell completely in love with Brave ;)

If the Dark Knight didn't get a best picture nod, Rises never had a chance....

Skyfall should have been in the Best Picture and Best Actor category... Such a shame and opportunity missed.

The Aston Martin bit wasn't the original was a variation of the theme arranged by David Arnold for the end of Casino Royale (called 'The Names Bond, James Bond: he even got a credit for the arrangement in the end credits.)
Agreed that there are much better soundtracks than Skyfall, but the music was hardly inspired by Nolan's Dark Knight series! (If anything Thomas Newman's work was inspired by Eric Serra and David Arnold's previous work in the Bond films...go check them out and you'll see that alot of Nolan's work on Batman came from his love of the James Bond films.)
The cinematography in The Dark Knight Rises was actually a step down from the work in Inception and The Dark Knight, so while it may have deserved a nomination it certainly wasn't up to the level of Skyfall (which was easily the most well shot film this year) over-rated it managed to get a Best Picture nomination, Supporting Actor, Editing and pretty much every other nomination it was expected to get except directing! (What ever your personal feelings about the film, most predictions considered Affleck one of the strongest contenders for the award and a sure thing for a nomination)

Les Mis..? Les b******s more like! Win your Oscar, f**k off back to the mansion.

The lack of respect to Skyfall from both the Baftas and the Oscars is disgraceful!

As a massive fan of both Pixar an Aardman I was actually a bit disappointed with both Brave and The Pirates. They were both good and showed glimpses of the very best of both studios but overall they were weak compared to the usual very high standard they set.

All male dominated director nominations.... really no Kathryn Bigelow?? I say BS.

I don't see what the deal is with Argo, the origin story is interesting, the movie is rather well done, but that's it, I wasn't blown away or anything...

you do understand that everything you said is the very definition of overrated, right?

Hmmmm ok I will take your word for it. Even if it was a variation on the theme it still sounded pretty much like it. So he did not write the original, he took the classic and messed around with it a bit. I just sat through that film getting more and more angry and bored and depressed. And the music is just noise and back ground drumming / thumping horns etc that sounds very like the Batman back ground music...I half expected to see Christian Bale walk past. I agree Dark Knight rises was not up to the work in Dark Knight, but then how could you top that anyway? It was always going to be hard...Inception is a weird film..well for me, I wanted to like it, got bored, had a few WTF moments and then at the end of it I was just sitting there going...oh...ok.....To me it was another example of the over use of special effects and trying to look and be clever, while not being half as clever as it thought it really reminded me of the last Matrix film....As for Skyfall being the most well shot film of the year??!!?? Ermm..well ok I will let that one go, simply because 99.9% of everything else last year was pretty bad. And the stuff in Scotland looked pretty, but how hard is it to film 007 sitting in a chair being shaved for half an hour? Heheheh...They blew the budget on the pre credits action and the rest of the film just sat there for a couple of hours...I have said it on here before...Remember Roger Moore in Moonraker on the jungle river? Over the waterfall and into the jungle...that was fun, or off a cliff with a Union Jack parachute, or diving in beautiful seas in For Your Eyes Only...or the glamour of Japan in You only Live Twice...etc etc etc...Those were great fun Bond films...sigh..happy days. I so wanted to like Skyfall, But Casino Royale bored me, yes it was gritty etc but...urghhh and Quantum was crap and bored me, and Skyfall was Gloomy, Dull, Depressing and bored me! What can I say..I am a child of the 70s and I like action and glamour in Bond, with Girls, Guns Gadgets and fun and wacky villains and hidden bases in Space or volcanoes least it was pretty and FUN...anyway you get my point I am sure, and all you arguments are valid...I think I am going to go and lie down......

Hmmm...maybe, but see my above post for my thoughts...maybe its not as good as people think...Last I heard the Americans did not like it for most of the reasons I dont like it, Gloomy, dull and maybe that has a lot to do with it, the Oscars are American...shrug...they were bound to go for predictable crap like Lincoln / Les Mis no matter what.

lol...Les Mis...I mean the clue is in the name...its miserable...I just dont see what the hell the fuss about this play / film / book or whatever the hell it is. Talk about over rated....You just KNOW they made it because they knew it would go over well at the Oscars....I bet actors were fighting over it , trying to get parts, in the hope of winning a gold statue....

Yes they were. You are right. In fact Pirates was utter crap. It was nice to look at, but I can hardly remember a single thing about it, apart from Hugh Grant did a voice and something about a Dodo...Brave was ok, but forgettable compared to Toy story, Up , Wall E etc...

Paranorman was great, my wife loved it, the animation was superb, but the story was a bit slow and dull. Its funny that various studios decided to do 3 monster films almost at the same time. We got Paranorman, Frankenweenie and Hotel Transylvania. And out of all three of those, the one I liked best was Hotel T, it was the funniest by far. What can you do?

Wow. I've not seen (and no desire to see) any of the nominated films. Either that's awesome, or awful. I can't decide.

The Master was a movie made in 2012 :/ he didn't play Doctor Who's Master! :'(

orange and blue? Maybe you were wearing the wrong colour glasses mate because the one I watched had a fair bit of green in it. I liked the DKR alot but lets be honest, it's all blacks and shades of grey (if you are looking at the color palette). The Hobbit is a stunning and gorgeous film to look at.

I agree Pirates was pants and Brave was for girls. Wreck it Ralph or Paranorman for me...

im sorry you liked the hobbit so much you couldnt see its billions of flaws.

I'm a massive Thomas Newman fan, easily my favourite composer... but I have to agree, the soundtrack to Skyfall, apart from the odd piece here and there, did nothing for me. It was one of the many reasons I was excited for Skyfall.

For a composer who's music is often one of the rememberable and important parts of the films they're in, it was very disappointing. Not awful mind.

All that said, I won't be annoyed if he won. He has LONG been overdue an Oscar.

Arf, Jackson is definitely far from LOTR's success

Yay for all the Silver Linings nods! Love the variety in the Best Actress category but if Jennifer Lawrence doesn't win I'mma punch someone. (I'm also going to unfollow Bret Easton Ellis for a bit as he's been harping on about that film on Twitter for months, and his wrath will be a sight to behold.) Sad that the Best Supporting Actor category is so repetitive - was hoping Leo would sneak in there for Django Unchained. And the soundtrack shortlist is totally bland.

It's a show, book and a film, in fact!

well it is all opinion I guess ! but its the most successful, most liked film of the year pretty much!
I thought it was shot and acted very well better than most productions of the year, it was a critical success too!
Granted if the americans didnt like it fair enough for the Oscars but the BAFTA's
that really is a disgrace

Hahaha..Well said, ACEdotcom, very well said. Now.. @Richard Grant ..since when does a nomination determine if something is good. Are you one of these sheep that the Oscars are made for. Baaah....


You missed out Searching for Sugar Man from the Best Documentary list. Apart from that, really hope Silver Linings Playbook picks up some awards.

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