Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” led the pack with 12 Oscar nominations followed by Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” with 11 as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled its choices for the 85th Academy Awards. Although mostly predictable, there were a few surprises.
Just over 5,700 voting members will be voting on the choices, which were announced this morning (Jan. 10) from the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Emma Stone and this year’s host Seth McFarland did the honors.
This is McFarland’s first time hosting, and he managed to get through the nominations with only one off-color joke. While announcing a nomination for the Austrian-German film “Amour,” he noted that the last collaboration between the two countries produced Adolf Hitler. “This is much better,” he said.
The joke drew only nervous twitters from what had to be a bleary-eyed audience. The awards were announced at 5:30am Pacific time, or 8:30am Eastern time.
MacFarlane most recently starred in the comedy “Ted” and was actually nominated for an Oscar for best song for “Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from “Ted.”
The Academy nominated nine films for best picture, which seems odd, since they could have nominated up to 10. Why they stopped one short, can be chalked up to the Oscar’s eccentricities. The lists included favorites “Lincoln,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Les Miserables” and “Life of Pi.”Missing in action was Christopher Nolan’s epic “Dark Knight Rises,” as well crafted as any epic film and “Skyfall,” perhaps the best James Bond film ever made in the long line of films in the series. Also overlooked were Golden Globe nominees “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Moonrise Kingdom” and “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.”
Two other Golden Globe nominees missing in action for Best Director were Ben Affleck for “Argo and Kathryn Bigelow for “Zero Dark Thirty.” It was Affleck’s directing debut and Bigelow’s second effort after becoming the first woman to win the Oscar for “The Hurt Locker.” Oddly both films were nominated for best picture.
Perhaps, Quentin Tarantino received the biggest snub after he was left off the best director list for “Django Unchained” even though the film itself is up for best picture. He received a Golden Globe nod.
It was nice to see Oscars recognize “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” and its star Quvenzhané Wallis, who is now the youngest ever best actress nominee at age 9. The were left out at the Globes.
The winners of the Academy Awards will be revealed, Feb 24 on ABC. The show will be broadcast from the Dolby Theater. Check out the nominees for all the major categories below and be sure to follow TheImproper on twitter for the latest Oscar updates.
|85th Academy Awards Nominations|
| 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 Thirty” Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow and Megan Ellison, Producers
| “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
Foreign Language Film