Oscars: Silver Linings surprise contender, while Lincoln dominates

 

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper have both been nominated for Silver Linings Playbook

Silver Linings Playbook has become the first film to win Oscar nominations in all four acting categories for more than 30 years.

The comedy drama, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, received eight nominations in total.

Steven Spielberg's drama Lincoln dominated the shortlist with 12, while Ang Lee's Life of Pi picked up 11.

Nine films vie for the best picture award including action thriller Zero Dark Thirty, Argo and Les Miserables.

The musical, which takes its lead from Victor Hugo's historical novel set during the Paris uprising, received eight nominations in total - including nods for stars Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway.

Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, Beasts of the Southern Wild and French language film Amour complete the list of best picture contenders.

Quvenzhane Wallis Quvenzhane Wallis was just six when she filmed Beasts of the Southern Wild

Tarantino told the BBC that Django Unchained, a western which sees Jamie Foxx as a freed slave on a mission to rescue his wife from a Mississippi plantation owner, would not win best picture, but said "it's nice to be invited to the party".

The ceremony will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles on 24 February.

Emmanuelle Riva and Quvenzhane Wallis are the oldest and youngest nominees in the best actress category at the age of 85 and nine respectively.

Wallis, who was picked from obscurity to play the lead in Benh Zeitlin's Sundance winner Beasts of the Southern Wild, was just six when she took the role of a young girl stranded by rising waters and tending to a sick father in a remote corner of Louisiana.

Riva, a respected film actress in France, plays a retired music teacher afflicted by a stroke in Michael Haneke's Amour, which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival last year.

Silver Linings, Glad Tidings

Romantic comedy Silver Linings Playbook has eight nominations, four of them in each of the four acting categories.

The last film to achieve this feat was Reds in 1982, which earned nods for Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson and Maureen Stapleton.

Stapleton, who played the real-life anarchist Emma Goldman in the film, was the only one of the four to win an Oscar for acting.

Yet Beatty did not leave empty handed, taking home an award for directing this sprawling epic about the Russian revolution of 1917.

As well as both films appearing in the best film nominations, Haneke and newcomer Zeitlin won nominations in the best director category.

They will face competition from Spielberg, Ang Lee and Silver Linings Playbook's David O Russell.

But there was no nomination for Zero Dark Thirty's Kathryn Bigelow, who was named best director by the National Board of Review in the autumn and had been considered a frontrunner following nominations at the Baftas and the Golden Globes.

Bigelow became the first woman to win the best director Oscar with The Hurt Locker at the Academy Awards in 2010.

Tarantino also failed to secure a best director nomination. He told the BBC "it bites a little bit, but I got it from Bafta" - referring to his success in the Bafta nominations earlier this week.

Britain's Tom Hooper - who was named best director for The King's Speech in 2011 - was also snubbed, for his work on Les Miserables.

Oscars 2013: Main contenders

Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln

Lincoln (pictured) - 12 nominations

Life of Pi - 11 nominations

Les Miserables - 8 nominations

Silver Linings Playbook - 8 nominations

Argo - 7 nominations

"It was a complete shock," said Working Title's Eric Fellner. "But not just for Tom, but also for Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty and Ben Affleck for Argo."

Prior to the nominations it had been suggested that Skyfall might become the first James Bond film to win a best picture nod.

But the film was not shortlisted in any of the major categories, despite receiving Bafta nominations for Dame Judi Dench and Javier Bardem earlier this week.

"That's a great, great pity," Dame Judi told BBC Radio 4. "I thought Sam Mendes directed it absolutely beautifully. I thought it was a wonderful story, and I thought it was very exciting."

However, Adele did win a place on the best song shortlist and said she felt "like Meryl Streep", while the film received a further four nominations in the technical categories.

Aside from Riva and Wallis, the best actress category is completed by Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook, Naomi Watts in The Impossible and Jessica Chastain, who plays a CIA agent hunting Osama Bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty.

Watts is the only nomination for The Impossible, the real-life story of a family caught up in the devastating 2004 tsunami. The actress said she was "truly honoured".

"I am so thrilled and humbled with this morning's wonderful news," she said. "The journey of telling Maria Belon's miraculous story of survival has been an incredible experience."

Quentin Tarantino spoke to the BBC after finding out about the nominations.

Previous Oscar winner Dame Helen Mirren missed out on a best actress nomination for Hitchcock, which leaves Daniel Day-Lewis as the key British hope at this year's ceremony.

The 55-year-old is currently the bookmakers' favourite to win the best actor award for his role as US president Abraham Lincoln.

Should he win he will become the first actor to win the best actor honour three times, after earlier triumphs with There Will Be Blood (2008) and My Left Foot (1989).

Bradley Cooper, best known for the Hangover films, is among his competition, which also includes Hugh Jackman for Les Miserables, Joaquin Phoenix in Paul Thomas Anderson's cult drama The Master and former winner Denzel Washington, as an alcoholic pilot in Flight.

There were no British contenders in the supporting categories. All five supporting actors, including Silver Linings' Robert De Niro, Argo's Alan Arkin, Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Master, Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained and Lincoln's Tommy Lee Jones, have won Oscars previously.

Anne Hathaway leads the supporting actress category for her role as the tragic Fantine, with competition from Amy Adams in The Master, Sally Field in Lincoln, Helen Hunt in The Sessions and Australia's Jacki Weaver in Silver Linings Playbook.

Life of Pi Life of Pi did not receive any nominations for its acting

Animated film The Pirates! Band of Misfits (also known as The Pirates! In An Adventure with Scientists!) may also bring British success for Aardman Animations - of Wallace and Gromit fame - who have previously won four Oscars.

Producer Peter Lord called the nomination "amazing". "We tried to do something a little different with The Pirates!, in terms of tone and comedy, and it's just brilliant that the Academy has responded to it in such a wonderful way."

The Oscars ceremony, which will feature a tribute to 50 years of the James Bond movie franchise, will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane, who created the animated series Family Guy.

The star, who is hosting for the first time, also secured an Oscar nomination on Thursday for best song, having written the lyrics for Everybody Needs A Best Friend from the movie Ted.

 

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    Comment number 175.

    The name I really wanted to see in the Best Actress category was Melanie Lynskey for her portrayal of the lead character of the 2012 Sundance favourite "Hello I Must Be Going". Will she ever be picked up on Hollywood's radar as a future leading lady?

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    Comment number 151.

    John Hawkes in "The Sessions" was magnificent. Not sure why Helen Hunt gets the nod but he doesn't. Argo deserves to win a lot of gongs, but I have a feeling Lincoln will sweep the board. DDL as best actor and Tommy Lee Jones as best support. Jennifer Lawrence to win best actress and Ann Hathaway best supporting actress. "The Hunt" should have been on best foreign and "Imposter" best documentary.

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    Comment number 105.

    The nominations excluded one of the best films of the year: "Anna Karenina" (Best Picture), and, Kiera Knightley, Best Actress, Joe Wright, Best Director, and Seamus McGarvey Best Cinematography. "Skyfall", too, was an omission in the Best Picture category.

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    Comment number 75.

    The Oscars are not about talent or art or cinema. Its about whose got the most leverage in the industry ! One of the reasons why the Academy has been criticized for decades by many main stream actors/actresses/production houses. Just enjoy the movies ! Good movies/actor/actresses will always be loved no matter if they get an Oscar or not !

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    Comment number 44.

    Helen Mirren not being nominated is a surprise, but at least we have the British represented through Naomi Watts and Daniel Day Lewis being nominated. As for Bond- If this was its time to win Oscars then this was it, Skyfall being the best Bond for a while, but yet again not recognised in the way it should- not even Javier Bardem- very surprising!

 

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