Oscar Nominations 2013: Shafted and Drafted

Who got feted and who got snubbed?

David O. Russell ought to be a very happy guy, or at least as happy as the notoriously mercurial director can be (see: his Lily Tomlin rant), but Ben Affleck might be bummed. The nominations for the 2013 Oscars were announced this morning by Seth MacFarlane, who will host the awards telecast, and Emma Stone. There were few surprises but plenty of snubs.

Most crucially, MacFarlane’s hilarity at the announcements gives us hope. Referring to the film Amour, which received five nominations, MacFarlane joked, “The last time Germany and Austria worked together to produce something it was Hitler. This is much better.” Maybe this year’s Oscars will take themselves less seriously and (gasp!) actually be funny. 

David O. Russell – Despite having one of the worst titles of any major film in 2012, Silver Linings Playbook (sounds like it should be a bad self-help book, right?) earned eight nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor for Bradley Cooper, and Best Actress for Jennifer Lawrence. The Hunger Games ingenue might have a shot at the Best Actress trophy, but even if she doesn’t win, it’s nice to see Russell back in the Academy’s good graces.
Steven Spielberg – To the surprise of absolutely no one, Lincoln received 12 nominations. Some of them — Daniel Day-Lewis for Best Actor and Sally Field for Best Supporting Actress — are actually deserved. Mostly, this is a film catering to the Academy’s largest and most predictable cadre of voters: emphysemic white dudes.
Michael Haneke – The German-Austrian filmmaker known for lighthearted romps like Funny Games and Hidden scored a rare coup. His dour drama about aging, Amour, was nominated in both the Best Foreign Language Film and Best Picture categories. That means it’s probably a lock for the former and has no shot at winning the latter.
Quvenzhane Wallis – At age nine, the star of the rapturously reviewed Beasts of the Southern Wild becomes the youngest nominee for Best Actress. Eat your heart out, Anna Paquin. It’s an even more impressive feat when you learn Wallis was only six years old during the film’s production. Now, we’ll all get to learn how to pronounce her name.
Ang Lee – The Life of Pi filmmaker is the sort of director the Academy loves: talented, thoughtful, humble, a consummate craftsman, and possessed of a middlebrow sensibility that never undermines Hollywood-style filmmaking conventions. Effects-heavy dramas sometimes get the heave-ho from the Academy, but not this time. Glorious visuals helped power the movie about a boy, a boat, and a tiger to 11 nominations.
Seth MacFarlane – The comedy in which Mark Wahlberg co-starred with a CG teddy bear (voiced by MacFarlane who also wrote and directed the film) earned a nod in the Best Original Song category for “Everybody Needs a Best Friend.” It’s up against the Adele tune “Skyfall” from the James Bond film of the same name. Even though they’ll both probably get beaten by “Suddenly” from Les Mis, it’s obvious what the Academy ought to do: Duet! Duet! Duet!
The SimpsonsMaggie Simpson in The Longest Daycare was nominated for Best Animated Short Film, and when you see it you’ll know why.

P.T. Anderson – Critics heaped praise on The Master, but it only received three nods: Joaquin Phoenix for Best Actor, Amy Adams for Best Supporting Actress, and Philip Seymour Hoffman for Best Supporting Actor. Anderson was ignored in the Directing and Best Picture categories. That’s fine with us. The film is ambitious but unfocused, lacking bite, and just plain boring. We didn’t know a single person who actually enjoyed watching it.
Ben AffleckArgo earned seven nominations most notably for Alan Arkin as Best Supporting Actor, so what does star and director Affleck have to complain about? The fact that the film didn’t receive a Best Directing or Best Actor nod. Instead, the Academy doled out a consolation prize: a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Wes Anderson – His quirky Moonrise Kingdom may be the sweetest film of the year, but Anderson only received one nod — for Best Original Screenplay.
Quentin Tarantino – The slave-revenge narrative Django Unchained earned four nominations including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor for Christoph Waltz, but Tarantino himself wasn’t nominated for Best Director and star Jamie Foxx didn’t get a nod for Best Actor. Many are also saying Leonardo DiCaprio merited a Best Supporting Actor nod for his portrayal of a brutal plantation owner.
Tom Hooper – Hugh Jackman got a nod for Best Actor, Anne Hathaway got a nod for Best Supporting Actress, and the film was nominated for Best Picture, but director Hooper, who won an Oscar for The King’s Speech, didn’t get a nod for Best Directing. That’s probably just right. Aside from the stunning opening in which convicts haul a massive boat into a dockyard, the staging of Les Miserables was mostly awkward. What should have been a visual triumph — the scene at the barricades — was actually less impressive than it was in the stage version.
Kathryn Bigelow – Plenty of other people associated with Zero Dark Thirty got nominations: star Jessica Chastain, screenwriter Mark Boal, editors Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg. Not the director. Like Tarantino and Hooper, Bigelow was snubbed for Best Director though her film was nominated for Best Picture.

Full list of nominees…

Actor in a Leading Role

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

Actor in a Supporting Role

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

Actress in a Leading Role

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

Actress in a Supporting Role

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

Animated Feature Film

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


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

Costume Design

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


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

Documentary Feature

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

Documentary Short Subject

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

Film Editing

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

Foreign Language Film

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

Makeup and Hairstyling

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

Music (Original Score)

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

Music (Original Song)

  • “Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice”
    Music and Lyric by J. Ralph
  • “Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from “Ted”
    Music by Walter Murphy; Lyric by Seth MacFarlane
  • “Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi”
    Music by Mychael Danna; Lyric by Bombay Jayashri
  • “Skyfall” from “Skyfall”
    Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
  • “Suddenly” from “Les Misérables”
    Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil

Best Picture

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

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 and 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

Short Film (Animated)

  • “Adam and Dog” Minkyu Lee
  • “Fresh Guacamole” PES
  • “Head over Heels” Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly
  • “Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”” David Silverman
  • “Paperman” John Kahrs

Short Film (Live Action)

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

Sound Editing

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

Sound Mixing

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

Visual Effects

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

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

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

Writing (Original Screenplay)

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