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Beasts Of the Southern Wild Oscars Nominations: Quvenzhané Wallis Nominated For Best Actress

Oscar nominations were announced this morning just after 5:30 a.m. PST, an ungodly hour for presenters Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone, but one that takes full advantage of the day’s news cycle and gets the Oscars race off to a swinging start.

There weren’t too many surprises, but there were a few notable achievements (as well as some unexpected snubs). As expected, Lincoln leads the pack with a total of 12 nominations. Silver Linings Playbook, Les Misérables, and Django Unchanined join Lincoln in the major categories, as well as Life of Pi, nominated in 11 categories. Everyone’s favorite indie of the season, Beasts of the Southern Wild, also made a strong showing.

French drama Amour was particularly successful for a foreign language film, with five nominations including Best Picture as well as Best Foreign Language Film. The unfailingly British James Bond also found some success, with five nominations for Skyfall (though not the elusive Best Picture category, which has never favored 007). This year’s awards will feature a 50th anniversary retrospective of Bond films, one of the Academy’s perennial attempts to draw in a larger audience.

Though the larger Best Picture category includes nine nominees this year, the films in the Best Director category generally indicate which films are the front-runners. Argo failed to pick up a Best Director (or Actor) nomination for Ben Affleck, as did Zero Dark Thirty for previous winner Kathryn Bigelow (the only female victor in the category to date), and Django Unchained for Quentin Tarantino – snubs for all three notable directors.

In the Best Actress category, nominees include both the oldest (Emmanuelle Riva, Amour, 85) and youngest (Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild, 9) nominees in Oscar history. And interestingly, no matter who wins Best Supporting Actor, a golden Oscar will be just another trophy to add to the case: all the nominees, from Alan Arkin to Cristoph Waltz, are previous winners.

The Golden Globes will be hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler this Sunday, and generally offer a good preview of Oscar winners (be sure to follow along with PolicyMic’s live blog of the event).

The list of major category nominees is below; a full list can be found here. Check back to see all the winners (and losers) on PolicyMic’s Oscars live blog during the ceremony on February 24 at 7 p.m. EST (airing on ABC). 

Best Picture
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty
Lincoln
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Amour
Django Unchained
Argo

Best Director
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Michael Haneke, Amour
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Actress
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Actor
Daniel Day Lewis, Lincoln
Denzel Washington, Flight
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

Best Supporting Actress
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Amy Adams, The Master

Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Phillip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
Alan Arkin, Argo
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

Best Original Song
"Before My Time," Chasing Ice
"Pi’s Lullaby," Life of Pi
"Suddenly," Les Miserables
"Everybody Needs A Best Friend," Ted
"Skyfall," Skyfall

Best Animated Feature Film
Frankenweenie
Pirates! Band of Misfits
Wreck It Ralph
Paranorman
Brave

Best Foreign Language Film
Austria: Amour
Chile: No
Canada: War Witch
Denmark: A Royal Affair
Norway: Kontiki

Best Original Screenplay
John Gatins, Flight
Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
Michael Haneke, Amour
Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola, Moonrise Kingdom

Best Adapted Screenplay
Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Chris Terrio, Argo
Tony Kushner, Lincoln
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
David Magee, Life of Pi

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