And they’re off – the 2013 Oscar derby is underway with the nominees list being relased! The nominees for the 85th Academy Awards are led by early fave Lincoln with 12 nominations, including Best Picture, Daniel Day-Lewis for Best Actor and Steven Spielberg for Best Director. In a big of a surprise, the visually stunning Life of Pi had the second most nominations with 11.
There were 9 films that made the cut for Best Picture this year, getting the required 5%+ of first place votes. They include Zero Dark Thirty, Les Miserables, Django Unchained, Amour, Silver Linings Playbook and Argo. Ben Affleck, star and director of Argo, was snubbed by the Oscars though as he did not receive a nomination in either category. Also getting snubbed was The Dark Knight Rises, receiving no nominations, not even in technical categories.
The 12 nominations for Lincoln matched Spielberg’s personal best on Schindler’s List, which won seven Oscars that year. Other top nominated films include Beasts of the Southern Wild
, Les Miserables and The Master. Fave actors receiving nominations include Bradley Cooper, Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman and Jennifer Lawrence.
Seth MacFarlane is set to host the Oscars this year, airing on February 24th. Expect his alter-ego Ted the bear to also make an appearance.