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Top Ten Shocks, Surprises, Snubs and Stats about the 2013 Oscar Nominations

January 11, 2013 | Written By: Nathan Swank

The 85th Annual Academy Award Nominations have been announced (click the link to see the entire list).  While many nominations may have been what we expected, the Oscars still managed a few shocks and surprises – most notably in the Best Director Category.  But we will get to that later.  I personally think the Academy thought outside the box and managed to be a little unpredictable, some good some bad, with their choices.  Six of the nine nominees landed on my Top Ten Best Movies of 2012 (click the link to read the list), so clearly I’m very happy with the results.  Plus, The Simpsons got an Oscar Nomination in the Animated Short category! Now I’ll have to wait until the winners are announced on February 24th to see if my happiness continues.  Enough small talk.  Lets take a look, in no particular order, at the Top Ten Shocks, Surprises, Snubs and Stats about the 2013 Oscar Nominations.

10.  LINCOLN leads the pack! – With 12 nominations, the historical drama about the 16th American President’s fight to emancipate slaves is now the front-runner to win Best Picture (LIFE OF PI has 11 nominations).  Originally thought to be more in the middle of the pack, LINCOLN has snuck in and taken the lead away from favorite horses ZERO DARK THIRTY, ARGO and LES MISERABLE. That leads us to…

Ben Affleck in Argo

9. Best Director category gets Huge shake up – Ben Affleck for ARGO, Katherine Bigelow for ZERO DARK THIRTY and Tom Hooper for LES MISERABLES all were expected to receive nominations and were replaced by directors of smaller films in Benh Zeitlin for BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, Michael Haneke for the foreign film AMOUR and to a lesser extent David O. Russell for SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK. Affleck just won the Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Director and I for one thought was competing with Bigelow for Director and Picture, the odds are clearly no longer in their favor.

8. Supporting Actor Category looks very familiar – Every nominee in this category has won a little golden guy statue before – Alan Arkin for LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, Christoph Waltz for INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, Tommy Lee Jones for THE FUGITIVE, Philip Seymour Hoffman for CAPOTE, and Robert De Niro for THE GODFATHER: PART II and RAGING BULL.  No matter the outcome someone will be adding another win.

Quvenzhane Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild

7. Best Actress Category makes history twice -  9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis is the youngest Oscar nominee for her role in BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD.  She will be competing against the oldest nominee in Oscar history in 85-year-old Emmanuelle Riva for her role in AMOUR. Another interesting fact – Unlike the Supporting Actor Nominees, none of these ladies have ever won the award and will be a first time recipient.

The Dark Knight Rises, starring Tom Hardy and Christian Bale

6. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES gets shut out – Despite some heavy campaigning, the third installment of the greatest superhero movie franchise of all time ended up not getting a single nomination anywhere.  It’s predecessor, THE DARK KNIGHT earned eight Oscar nominations with two wins and is perhaps the sole reason the Academy expanded their Best Picture nominees after it got snubbed from the list.  Unfortunately, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES apparently had too many flaws, causing voters to leave it off even the most obvious categories like Sound Editing and Sound Mixing. This also marks Director Christopher Nolan’s first film since 2002′s INSOMNIA not to have an Oscar Nomination.

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7 Responses to “Top Ten Shocks, Surprises, Snubs and Stats about the 2013 Oscar Nominations”

  1. Adam P says:

    What about CLOUD ATLAS not getting a single nomination? Whether you liked that film or not you cant deny the epic scope and awesome storytelling aspect it had in it despite some flaws. At the very least best costume or hello, Make UP!

    • I completely agree! I even had Cloud Atlas as my #1 movie of the year. Unfortunately, I think we’re in the minority with our love and respect for Cloud Atlas.

    • Nathan Swank says:

      I agree that CLOUD ATLAS was grand in scope and ambition but thought it failed in execution in nearly every category (although I thought it was well edited). Some of the makeup was great but a lot of it was also cartoonish. In my review, I predicted it would be forgotten once award season came around due to the uneven presentation:

      To be fair though, I thought the Best Makeup category was pretty weak (per usual). And I did like CLOUD ATLAS better than the atrocious MIRROR MIRROR, which received a nomination in Best Costume.

    • Keltari says:

      Everyone has their own opinion. But the majority of the people out there didnt like it, me being one of them. I was so bored watching that movie, I paused it at least 3 times to go do something else. Yes, there was good costume, makeup, sets, etc… but all that was killed by how terrible the movie was. Bad movies dont get nominations, they get forgotten.

  2. Stan says:

    Cloud Atlas was a failed experiment at best.There was alot of effort that went into it’s making but still a failure.The best I can give it is that somewhere in all that mess is a good movie.

  3. Russ says:

    When will people realize Dark Knight Rises was not a good movie

  4. Satanski says:

    In the end Cloud Atlas turned to be just banal story. As to Dark Knight, i couldnt force myslef to watch it all and started reading book in the middle of the movie. My god it was terrible.