The Best Picture nominees include Michael Hanake’s “Amour,” Ben Affleck’s “Agro,” Behn Zeitlin’s “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained,” Tom Hooper’s “Les Miserables,” Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi,” “Lincoln,” David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook” and Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty.”
“The Master” and “Moonrise Kingdom” are among notable Best Picture snubs, although ‘Moonrise’ was nominated for Best Original Screenplay.
Hanake, Zeitlin, Lee, Spielberg and Russell were nominated for Best Director, with Bigelow and Hooper both recent Best Director winners who were snubbed in the category.
There were no huge surprises in the acting categories, with Daniel Day-Lewis of “Lincoln,” Bradley Cooper of “Silver Linings Playbook,” Hugh Jackman of “Les Miserables,” Joaquin Phoenix of “The Master,” and Denzel Washington in “Flight.” The Best Supporting Actor category features a murderers’ row of accomplished actors: Alan Arkin, Robert De Niro, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tommy Lee Jones and Christoph Waltz.
Jessica Chastain of “Zero Dark Thirty” and Jennifer Lawrence of “Silver Linings Playbook” are heavy favorites for Best Actress, with Emmanuelle Riva of “Amour,” Quvenzhané Wallis of “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and Naomi Watts of “The Impossible” also nominated.
The Acadamy Awards, hosted this year by Seth MacFarlane, air Feb. 24 on ABC. See the full nominee list here.