It’s that time of year when awards season is in full swing and this year Lincoln leads the pack with 12 Oscar nominations.

Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone gave what was one of the most entertaining presentations as they read the awards at 5 a.m, L.A. time and for the most part, most of the contenders were predictable.

The notable snubs were Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow for Best Director, although their films Argo and Zero Dark Thirty did get Best Picture nods. Another surprise, or what pundits were including as a strong possibility, was the nomination for Quvenzhané Wallis star of Beasts of the Southern Wild for Best Actress. At nine years old, she’s the youngest person to be nominated for an Oscar. As well, at 85, Emmanuel Riva who stars in Emmanuel Riva - Amour, is the oldest ever to be nominated.

It’s also interesting to see the entire leading and supporting cast of Silver Linings Playbook get nominated including Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln leads the awards with 12 nominations.

Here are the nominees:

Best picture
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Silver Linings playbook
Zero Dark Thirty
Les Misereable
Life of Pi
Django unchained

Best Actor
Bradley Cooper - Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis - Lincoln
Hugh Jackman  - Les Miserables
Joaquin Phoenix  - The Master
Denzel Washington - Flight

Best Actress
Naomi Watts - The Impossible
Jessica Chastian  - Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence  - Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuel Riva - Amour
Quvenzhané Wallis - Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Supporting Actor
Alan Arkin - Argo
Robert De Niro - Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman - The Master
Tommy Lee Jones - Lincoln
Christoph Waltz - Django Unchained

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams The Master
Sally Field Lincoln
Anne Hathaway Les Misérables
Helen Hunt The Sessions
Jacki Weaver Silver Linings Playbook

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

Best Animated Movie
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Wreck-It Ralph

Were your favourite stars and movies nominated?

The Academy Awards ceremony airs live on February 24, 2021 @ 7 p.m est.


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