Wow, Academy, when you decide to surprise us you really go all out. Where's the love for Ben Affleck? Sure, he earned an Oscar nod as producer of Argo, but he was snubbed in the 2013 Academy Awards Best Director category as were Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty), Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained), and Tom Hooper (Les Miserables). And the love for Beasts of the Southern Wild was equally surprising (not that its inclusion was undeserved). Other snubs include John Hawkes in the Best Acting category for The Sessions, Javier Bardem for Skyfall, and Marion Cotillard in Rust and Bone. Plus, The Perks of Being a Wallflower should have been at the top of the list for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Lincoln was pretty much a sure thing to snag the most nominations, however Silver Linings Playbook is going to be giving it a run for its money. Silver Linings Playbook is the first movie since 1981 to have nominations in all four acting categories as well as Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay.
Films with the most nominations:
Lincoln (12), Life Of Pi (11), Les MisÚrables (8), Silver Linings Playbook (8), Argo (7), Zero Dark Thirty (5), Skyfall (5), Amour (5), and Django Unchained (5).
Other bits of Oscar trivia:
- Nine of the 20 acting nominees are Oscar winners.
- Only four acting nominees are first-time Oscar nominees (Hugh Jackman, Bradley Cooper, Emmanuelle Riva, and Quvenzhané Wallis).
- For the first time in Oscar history, the five nominees in one of the acting categories are all previous Oscar winners. Alan Arkin (Argo), Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook), Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master), Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln), and Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) have all won Academy Awards and are all nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category.
- Jessica Chastain (Best Actress, Zero Dark Thirty) is the only acting nominee who was also nominated last year.
- George Clooney is only the second person to have garnered nominations in the acting, writing, directing, and Best Picture categories (Warren Beatty is the first).
- Beasts of the Southern Wild is the only Best Picture nominee to have been released prior to October 2012.
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