2013 Oscars nominations love 'Lincoln,' not much else
The big news of the Oscar nominations released Thursday, as always, was more about who didn't get a look rather than who did. So, for the record, lots of white men were nominated, and lots of minorities and women were not. So, the same old story, really.
Best Picture nominees, announced by Emma Stone and Seth MacFarlane, numbered 10 again, including Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty, Argo and even Django Unchained, but low-budget flick Beasts of the Southern Wild also scored a nod. And while Steven Spielberg earned a 7th directing ticket for Lincoln, which had 12 nominations, Zero Dark Thirty's Kathryn Bigelow, Les Miserables' Tom Hooper and Argo's Ben Affleck did not, despite just being nominated for Directors Guild of America awards.
Beasts managed four bids for best film, Benh Zeitlin for director, adapted screenplay and 9-year-old Quevenzhane Wallis for best actress, the youngest-ever nomination for that award. She's bookended by French actress Emmanuelle Riva, who at 85 is the oldest actress ever put up for best actress for Austrian movie Amour, which had five nominations.
Further controversy was stirred when Daniel Day-Lewis was nominated for best actor for Lincoln (along with Sally Field for supporting actress and Tommy Lee Jones for supporting actor) and Christoph Waltz was picked for best supporting actor for Django Unchained, but none of the black actors from either movie focused on slavery were recognized for anything. No Jamie Foxx. No Kerry Washington. No Samuel L. Jackson. And since Lincoln was about politicians, there were no black actors in lead roles, anyway. At least the Academy has Denzel Washington playing a drug addict in Flight.
We don't possibly have the space or energy to list all the nominees, but you can go to oscar.go.com to see them all for yourself. You'll need to print out a checklist for your Feb. 24 Oscar party, anyway.
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