85th Academy Award Nominations: 'Beasts Of The Southern Wild,' 'Lincoln,' And 'Silver Linings Playbook' Earn Major Recognition

Emma Stone and Seth MacFarlane woke up at the crack of dawn this morning to announce the nominees for the 85th Academy Awards. Academy members nominated nine contenders for Best Picture, with Amour, Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, and Zero Dark Thirty all in the mix. The choices aren't totally surprising, but it's still a strong group of competitors.

It's always interesting to see how the Best Picture category correlates to the Best Director one, and the notable names shut out this year include Kathryn Bigelow, Ben Affleck, Tom Hooper, and Quentin Tarantino — the first three of whom were all nominated for the DGA prize earlier this week. Another notable snub that I know /Film readers will be all over is the lack of recognition for Looper, which scored in none of the major categories.

On a happier note, The Master hasn't been getting much love so far but it managed to score three Oscar nominations, all in the acting categories. The Best Actress group proved a historic one, with both the oldest (85-year-old Emmanuelle Riva) and youngest (9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis) nominees in the category. And the animated field went exactly the way you'd suspect, but I'm just happy to see ParaNorman get a nod. Hit the jump to read the list of nominees.

BEST PICTUREBeasts of the Southern WildSilver Linings PlaybookZero Dark ThirtyLincolnLes Misérables Life of PiAmourDjango UnchainedArgoBEST 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


Naomi Watts, The Impossible

Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty

Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Emmanuelle Riva, Amour

Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild


Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Denzel Washington, Flight

Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables

Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook

Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

BEST ANIMATED FEATUREFrankenweeniePirates: Band of MisfitsWreck-It-RalphParanormanBraveBEST FOREIGN FILMAmour (Austria)No, (Chile)War Witch, CanadaA Royal Affair, DenmarkKon Tiki, NorwayBEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Sally Field, Lincoln

Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables

Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook

Helen Hunt, The Sessions

Amy Adams, The Master


Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Phillip Seymour Hoffman, The Master

Robert de Niro, Silver Linings Playbook

Alan Arkin, Argo

Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln


Written by Chris Terrio

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Screenplay by Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin

Life of Pi

Written by David Magee


Written by Tony Kushner

Silver Linings Playbook

Written by David O. Russell


Written by Michael Haneke

Django Unchained

Written by Quentin Tarantino


Written by John Gatins

Moonrise Kingdom

Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola

Zero Dark Thirty

Written by Mark Boal


'Before My Time,' Chasing Ice

'Pi's Lullaby,' Life of Pi

'Suddenly,' Les Misérables

'Everybody Needs a Best Friend,' Ted

'Skyfall,' Skyfall


Seamus McGarvey, Anna Karenina

Robert Richardson, Django Unchained

Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi

Janusz Kaminski, Lincoln

Roger Deakins, Skyfall


Jacqueline Durran, Anna Karenina

Paco Delgado, Les Misérables

Joanna Johnston, Lincoln

Eiko Ishioka, Mirror Mirror

Colleen Atwood, Snow White and the Huntsman

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE5 Broken CamerasThe GatekeepersHow to Survive a PlagueThe Invisible WarSearching for Sugar ManBEST DOCUMENTARY SHORTInocente, Sean Fine and Andrea Nix FineKings Point, Sari Gilman and Jedd WiderMondays at Racine, Cynthia Wade and Robin HonanOpen Heart, Kief Davidson and Cori Shepherd SternRedemption, Jon Alpert and Matthew O'NeillBEST FILM EDITING

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


Dario Marianelli, Anna Karenina

Alexandre Desplat, Argo

Mychael Danna, Life of Pi

John Williams, Lincoln

Thomas Newman, Skyfall


Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel, Hitchcock

Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell, Les Misérables


Sarah Greenwood (Production Design); Katie Spencer (Set Decoration)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Dan Hennah (Production Design); Ra Vincent and Simon Bright (Set Decoration)

Les Misérables

Eve Stewart (Production Design); Anna Lynch-Robinson (Set Decoration)

Life of Pi

David Gropman (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration)


Rick Carter (Production Design); Jim Erickson (Set Decoration)

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILMAdam and Dog, Minkyu LeeFresh Guacamole, PESHead over Heels, Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O'ReillyMaggie Simpson in "The Longest Daycare", David SilvermanPaperman, John KahrsBEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILMAsad, Bryan Buckley and Mino JarjouraBuzkashi Boys, Sam French and Ariel NasrCurfew, Shawn ChristensenDeath of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw), Tom Van Avermaet and Ellen De WaeleHenry, Yan EnglandBEST SOUND EDITINGArgo, Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der RynDjango Unchained, Wylie StatemanLife of Pi, Eugene Gearty and Philip StocktonSkyfall, Per Hallberg and Karen Baker LandersZero Dark Thirty, Paul N.J. OttossonBEST SOUND MIXINGArgo, John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio GarciaLes Misérables, Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon HayesLife of Pi, Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew KuninLincoln, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald JudkinsSkyfall, Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart WilsonBEST VISUAL EFFECTSThe 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


Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill

Snow White and the Huntsman

Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson