The nominations for the 85th Academy Awards have been announced, and it’s quite a whirlwind of nominees. As expected, Lincoln landed the most nominations with 12, followed with Ang Lee’s Life of Pi which nabbed 11. The big story here, though, is the Best Director category. Shockingly, only two (two!) of the DGA nominees for Best Director made the Oscar cut: Ang Lee and Steven Spielberg. The rest of the category was filled out by Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild, David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook, and Michael Haneke for Amour. It was almost guaranteed that Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow would be landing nominations for Argo and Zero Dark Thirty, respectively, but shockingly neither made the cut. Apparently those films just directed themselves. Based off today’s nominations, it now looks like it’s (surprisingly) down to Lincoln vs. Silver Linings Playbook for the big win.
Hit the jump to check out the list of nominees, and click here to check them against my predictions (somehow I predicted the Best Picture and Supporting Actor categories perfectly). The 85th Academy Awards will take place on February 24th.
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Django Unchained
- Les Miserables
- Life of Pi
- Silver Linings Playbook
- Zero Dark Thirty
[Adam’s note: By some miracle I predicted this category perfectly. I love Moonrise Kingdom and I’m sad not to see it land a nomination, but this is one of the more solid nominees lists in recent years. Not many “filler” nominees like Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close or The Blind Side. Based on today’s nominations and how the guilds have been going so far, it looks like it’s going to be down to Lincoln vs. Silver Linings Playbook for the win, but my money’s on the former.]
- Ang Lee – Life of Pi
- Steven Spielberg – Lincoln
- David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook
- Michael Haneke – Amour
- Benh Zeitlin – Beasts of the Southern Wild