Here Are The 2013 Oscar Nominees

In the early hours of this Thursday morning Seth McFarlane and Emma Stone announced the 85th Academy Award nominations, and there were a few surprises mixed in with the no duh’s.

The biggest surprise was the snubbing of directors Kathryn Bigelow, Ben Affleck, and Quentin Tarantino. Zero Dark Thirty, Argo, and Django Unchained were all front runners at one point or another during the awards season, but without corresponding director noms a victory is highly unlikely.

Apparently the Academy dug Amour and Beast of the Southern Wild a lot more than anyone anticipated. The supposed frontrunner at the moment is Lincoln, but it looks like Amour might give the Spielberg pic a run for it’s money. The foreign languge film centers on an elderly couple, and it might resonate strongly with the mostly older Academy. Will it resonate enough to overtake Spielberg’s juggernaut? We’ll see.

Here’s the list of all the nominees:

Best Picture

  • “Amour”
  • “Argo”
  • “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
  • “Django Unchained”
  • “Les Misérables”
  • “Life of Pi”
  • “Lincoln”
  • “Silver Linings Playbook”
  • “Zero Dark Thirty”

Best Director

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

Best Actor

  • Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook”
  • Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”
  • Hugh Jackman, “Les Miserables”
  • 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 Writing (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 Writing (Original Screenplay)

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

Best Animated Feature Film

  • “Brave”
  • “Frankenweenie”
  • “ParaNorman”
  • “The Pirates! Band of Misfits”
  • “Wreck-It Ralph”

Best Cinematography

  • “Anna Karenina”
  • “Django Unchained”
  • “Life of Pi”
  • “Lincoln”
  • “Skyfall”

Best Documentary Feature

  • “5 Broken Cameras”
  • “The Gatekeepers’
  • “How to Survive A Plague”
  • “The House I Live In”
  • “The Iinvisible War”
  • “Searching For Sugar Man”

Costume Design

  • “Anna Karenina”
  • “Les Misérables”
  • “Lincoln”
  • “Mirror Mirror”
  • “Snow White and the Huntsman”

Best Makeup

  • “Hitchcock”
  • “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
  • “Les Misérables”


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
  • “Everybody Needs A Best Friend”—-Ted
  • “Pi’s Lullaby”—-Life of Pi
  • “Suddenly”—-Les Miserables
  • “Skyfall”—-Skyfall

Sound Editing

  • “Argo”
  • “Django Unchained”
  • “Life of Pi”
  • “Skyfall”
  • “Zero Dark Thirty”

Sound Mixing

  • “Argo”
    “Les Misérables”
    “Life of Pi”

Visual Effects

  • “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
    “Life of Pi”
    “Marvel’s The Avengers”
    “Snow White and the Huntsman”


  • “Argo”
  • “Life of Pi”
  • “Lincoln”
  • “Silver Linings Playbook”
  • “Zero Dark Thirty”

Production Design

  • “Anna Karenina”
  • “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
  • “Les Misérables”
  • “Life of Pi”
  • “Lincoln”

The Academy Awards will be handed out on February 24th. Just like last year, I’ll be live tweeting and blogging the show. And check out my final predictions for who takes the gold on Friday, February 22nd.

John Shannon

John Shannon studied Creative Writing at the University of Maine where he also served as a film critic for the Maine Campus Newspaper. He currently resides in the greater Portland area of Southern Maine where he works by day and watches film by night. He can be reached via email at and followed on Twitter @JohnWShannon
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