Nominations for the 85th annual Academy Awards were announced by actress Emma Stone and Oscars show host Seth MacFarlane this morning at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
Steven Spielberg’s presidential biopic “Lincoln” leads this year’s Oscar race with 12 nominations, including best picture, best director, best adapted screenplay and acting nods for stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones.
The visually stunning survival adventure “Life of Pi” made an unexpectedly strong showing with 11 nominations, including best picture, best director for Ang Lee, best adapted screenplay and a host of technical nominations, ahead of “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Les Miserables,” which had been considered potential frontrunners.
Best actress nods went to youngest and oldest nominees in the history of the category, 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis for the indie underdog fantasy “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” and 85-year-old Emmanuelle Riva for the Austrian film “Amour.” Rounding out nominations for best actress were past nominees Jessica Chastain for “Zero Dark Thirty,” Jennifer Lawrence for “Silver Linings Playbook” and Naomi Watts for “The Impossible.”
Best actor nominations went to first-time nominee Bradley Cooper for “Silver Linings Playbook,” former Oscars show host Hugh Jackman for “Les Miserables,” and veteran nominees Daniel Day-Lewis for “Lincoln,” Joaquin Phoenix for “The Master” and Denzel Washington for “Flight.”
Nominations for best supporting actress went to Amy Adams for “The Master,” Sally Field for “Lincoln,” Anne Hathaway for “Les Miserables,” Helen Hunt for “The Sessions” and Jacki Weaver for “Silver Linings Playbook.”
Nominations for best supporting actor went to a crowded field of decorated veterans: Alan Arkin for “Argo,” Robert DeNiro for “Silver Linings Playbook,” Philip Seymour Hoffman for “The Master,” Tommy Lee Jones for “Lincoln” and Christoph Waltz for “Django Unchained” — all former Oscar winners.
The 85th Academy Awards will be presented on Sunday, February 24th, 2013 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and broadcast live on ABC.