A period-drama chronicling the final four months of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, a young man's self discovery while lost at sea and a dramedy about an unexpected love found between two individuals battling mental illness have come out as the main contenders for the 85th annual Academy Awards, as announced this morning (Jan 10) in Beverly Hills, California.
Lincoln, Life of Pi and Silver Linings Playbook garnered 12, 11 and 8 nominations respectively, each vying for Best Picture along with additional acting, directing and writing category wins. The remaining six films in the Best Picture category include Amour, Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Misérables and Zero Dark Thirty.
For Lincoln; director Steven Spielberg and actors Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones all received nominations for their work in the period-drama about the president's struggle to end the Civil War by trying to get rid of slavery via the 13th Amendment.
Life of Pi, a film with Canadian presence since it's based on fellow countryman Yann Martel's award-winning novel, not only earned director Ang Lee an Oscar nod, but Toronto composer Mychael Danna received two nominations (original score and original song) for his "Pi's Lullaby". CBC News spoke with Martel this morning via Skype to get his reaction:
And Silver Lining's Playbook - which won the People's Choice Award at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival - interestingly accomplished something this morning that hasn't been done in more than 30 years. Stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver were nominated in each of the four acting categories. The last film to do so was Reds in 1981.
Another Oscar nomination moment for the history books came in the Best Actress category where Amour's Emmanuelle Riva (85) and Beasts of the Southern Wild's Quvenzhané Wallis (9) became the oldest and youngest actresses ever to receive a nod for a leading lady.
The surprise of the announcement - or lack there of - perhaps came in the Best Director category when Zero Dark Thirty's Kathryn Bigelow was not included. Bigelow, who became the first women to ever win Best Director in 2010 for Hurt Locker, had been considered a definite contender. Also not included - Quinton Tarantino for Django Unchained (even though he received a BAFTA nomination) and Tom Hooper for Les Misérables (who won the Oscar in 2011 for The King's Speech).
For a full list of Oscar nominations, head over to CBC Arts & Entertainment.