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Lincoln Leads Oscar Field with 12 Nominations

Cinematographer Roger Deakins Gets His Ninth Nomination for Skyfall; Film Editor William Goldenberg Cited Twice, for Argo and Zero Dark Thirty

This is not a hugely surprising year for Oscar nominations, with the plaudits falling into place more or less as pundits had predicted. The biggest snubs took place in the Best Director category, which left Zero Dark Thirty's Kathryn Bigelow and Argo's Ben Affleck out in the cold — likely indicating a consensus forming behind Lincoln, which earned 12 nominations this morning, including nods in the categories of Best Picture, Directing, Cinematography, Film Editing, and Sound Mixing. It narrowly edged Life of Pi, which notched up 11 nominations. Les Misérables and Silver Linings Playbook earned eight nominations each.

Sneaking in among the nine Best Picture nods were the controversial Django Unchained, indie favorite Beasts of the Southern Wild, and the severe, mournful Austrian end-of-life film Amour, whose director Michael Haneke and star Emmanuelle Riva both eked out dark-horse nominations. Those films were flanked in the Best Picture category by the expected front-runners — Argo, Les Misérables, Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, and Zero Dark Thirty.

Scroll down for a complete list of this year's Oscar nominees. Continue reading for the background of honorees in major craft categories.

Oscar Histories

Film Editing

In the film-editing category, William Goldenberg has doubled his Oscar history, jumping from two previous nominations to a total of four, now that he's been cited for his work on both Argo and Zero Dark Thirty. The latter film was co-edited with Dylan Tichenor, himself a previous nominee for There Will Be Blood (2007). Life of Pi editor Tim Squyres was previously nominated just once, for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000). Silver Linings Playbook's Jay Cassidy was nominated for Into the Wild (2007), but his co-editor Crispin Struthers is new. The veteran in this category is clearly Michael Kahn (Lincoln), whose seven Oscar nominations date back to Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). He was a winner for three more Spielberg films — Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Schindler's List (1993), and Saving Private Ryan (1998) — and Lincoln was only the third film that Kahn and Spielberg edited digitally, in the Avid.

Cinematography

Cinematography nominations closely mirrored the ASC Awards nominees, announced yesterday, with the Oscars opting to recognize Robert Richardson, ASC, for Django Unchained in lieu of Danny Cohen, BSC, for Les Misérables. Seamus McGarvey (Anna Karenina), Claudio Miranda (Life of Pi), Janusz Kaminski (Lincoln), and Roger Deakins (Skyfall) were also named by the Academy. These DPs are veterans, for sure. Roger Deakins has now been nominated for a total of nine Oscars, though he has yet to win a single one. Robert Richardson is right behind him with eight nominations, and Richardson has already taken the Oscar stage three times, for JFK (1991), The Aviator (2004), and Hugo (2011).

In order to  break his losing streak, Deakins will also have to fight off multiple Oscar-winner Janusz Kaminski, who earned his sixth nomination this year, and is a two-time winner for Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). Claudio Miranda and Seamus McGarvey, BSC, have both been nominated just once before, Miranda for the VFX-infused The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) and McGarvey for Atonement (2007). McGarvey has been especially busy — he was also DP for another 2012 release that commanded some attention, Marvel's The Avengers.

Visual Effects

Speaking of which, you probably have to consider the Avengers VFX team of Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams, and Dan Sudick the one to beat in that category. This is the third nomination for Sirrs, who shared a big one back in 2000 for his work on The Matrix (1999) and earned another for helping Iron Man 2 (2010) take flight. Sudick has four previous Academy nominations under his belt, for Iron Man (2008) and Iron Man 2, War of the Worlds (2005), and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003). Jeff White and Guy Williams are both Oscar newcomers.

It's tough competition from all sides in that category. Also nominated is the team of Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, and R. Christopher White for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Letteri has clearly been to this show before — his five previous Oscar wins include a 2004 Technical Achievement Award he shared with Christophe Hery and Ken McGaugh for his work on subsurface scattering techniques, plus plaudits for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2003), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), King Kong (2005), and Avatar (2009). R. Christopher White was nominated last year for his work with Letteri on Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), and Saindon and Clayton are first-timers.

Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott were nominated for the VFX-rich Life of Pi. Westenhofer is now a three-time nominee with one win to his credit, for The Golden Compass (2007). Rocheron, De Boer and Elliott are Oscar newcomers.

From the Prometheus team, only Trevor Wood is a previous Oscar recipient, having shared that Golden Compass award with Westenhofer. The gorgeously mounted Ridley Scott project thus represents an auspicious Oscar debut for his co-honrees, Richard Stammers, Charley Henley, and Martin Hill.

Finally, from the Snow White and the Huntsman team, Neil Corbould has been previously nominated twice, and won once, for Gladiator (2000). The rest of that group — Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, and Michael Dawson — are Oscar rookies.

Sound Editing

Argo's sound-editing team of  Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn has been here before. Van der Ryn is now a five-time Oscar nominee with two wins, for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and King Kong. Aadahl has shared one nomination with Van der Ryn, for Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011). Django Unchained's supervising sound editor, Wylie Stateman, makes it his sixth nomination to date, continuing an Oscar history that began with a Best Sound statuette for Born on the Fourth of July (1989). Life of Pi's Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton shared last year's Sound Editing Oscar for Hugo, and Gearty was previously nominated for Gangs of New York (2002). The Skyfall team of Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers won an Oscar for The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), while Hallberg's résumé also includes a win for Braveheart (1995) and a nomination for Face/Off (1997). The fifth nominee, Paul N.J. Ottosson, did double duty on Zero Dark Thirty in both the editing and mixing departments, but only scored a nomination in this category. He was a dual Oscar winner for The Hurt Locker (editing and mixing), and was nominated for sound editing on Spider-Man 2 (2005).

Sound Mixing

Argo's sound-mixing crew reunites John T. Reitz and Gregg Rudloff, who shared one Oscar for The Matrix (1999) along with two more nominations for The Perfect Storm (2000) and Flags of Our Fathers (2006). Reitz's first nomination came for Days of Heaven (1978), while Rudloff's Oscar debut was Glory (1989). The third Argo honoree, José Antonio García, is new to the Oscars.

It was a busy year for Andy Nelson, whose IMDb credits list him as a re-recording mixer on no fewer than five 2012 feature films, A longtime Spielberg collaborator, he's nominated for both Lincoln and Les Misérables, bringing his total to (gulp!) 18 Oscar nominations. There is just one win among those — for Saving Private Ryan — but it's quite a track record nonetheless. His first Oscar nom was for Gorillas in the Mist (1988).  One of his co-honorees on Lincoln, Gary Rydstrom, is actually breathing down his neck with a total 17 Oscar nominations and a whopping seven wins, while Ron Judkins now has five nominations and is contemplating a possible third win. Nelson's Les Mis cohorts, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes, are enjoying their first Oscar nominations.

The category is finished off with the nomination of Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell, and Stuart Wilson for Skyfall. Wilson counts this as his second nomination, while Millan and Russell are both Oscar vets. Millan has nine total nominations and four wins (for The Bourne Ultimatum, Ray, Gladiator, and Apollo 13) to his credit, and Russell has 16 total nominations dating to Black Rain (1989).


Curious how those high numbers compare with other filmmaking figures? So were we. But, according to Wikipedia, 16, 17, or even 18 nominations for a single person is hardly a record-breaker. In its list of Miscellaneous Academy Award records, the online encyclopedia notes the following:

  • Sound re-recording mixer Kevin O'Connell (Poltergeist, Top Gun, Transformers) has been nominated 20 times without a single win.
  • Walt Disney is the most-nominated person ever, with 59.
  • Composer John Williams is the most-nominated living person, with 48.
  • Costume designer Edith Head was the most-nominated woman, with 35.
  • Sound mixer Mark Berger has the most perfect Oscar record, going four-for-four on his nominations for Apocalypse Now (1979), The Right Stuff (1983), Amadeus (1984), and The English Patient (1996) 

Here's the official nominee list for this year's Oscars, which will be handed out in a ceremony on Sunday, February 24.

BEST PICTURE

Amour
TBD, Producer
 
Argo
Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney,
Producers
 
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Dan Janvey, Josh Penn and Michael Gottwald,
Producers
 
Django Unchained
Stacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin and Pilar Savone,
Producers
 
Les Misérables
Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward and
Cameron Mackintosh, Producers
 
Life of Pi
Gil Netter, Ang Lee and David Womark, Producers
 
Lincoln
Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers
 
Silver Linings Playbook
Donna Gigliotti, Bruce Cohen and Jonathan
Gordon, Producers
 
Zero Dark Thirty
Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow and Megan Ellison,
Producers
 
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
 
Bradley Cooper
Silver Linings Pla ybook
 
Daniel Day-Lewis
Lincoln
 
Hugh Jackman
Les Misérables
 
Joaquin Phoenix
The Master
 
Denzel Washington
Flight
 
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
 
Alan Arkin
Argo
 
Robert De Niro
Silver Linings Pla ybook
 
Philip Seymour Hoffman
The Master
 
Tommy Lee Jones
Lincoln
 
Christoph Waltz
Django Unchained
 
Actress in a Leading Role
 
Jessica Chastain
Zero Dark Thirty
 
Jennifer Lawrence
Silver Linings Playbook
 
Emmanuelle Riva
Amour
 
Quvenzhané Wallis
Beasts of the Southern Wild
 
Naomi Watts
The Impossible
 
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
 
Amy Adams
The Master
 
Sally Field
Lincoln
 
Anne Hathaway
Les Misérables
 
Helen Hunt
The Sessions
 
Jacki Weaver
Silver Linings Playbook
 
ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
 
Brave
Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman
 
Frankenweenie
Tim Burton
 
ParaNorman
Sam Fell and Chris Butler
 
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Peter Lord
 
Wreck-It Ralph
Rich Moore
 
CINEMATOGRAPHY
 
Anna Karenina
Seamus McGarvey
 
Django Unchained
Robert Richardson
 
Life of Pi
Claudio Miranda
 
Lincoln
Janusz Kaminski
 
Skyfall
Roger Deakins
 
COSTUME DESIGN
 
Anna Karenina
Jacqueline Durran
 
Les Misérables
Paco Delgado
 
Lincoln
Joanna Johnston
 
Mirror Mirror
Eiko Ishioka
 
Snow White and the Huntsman
Colleen Atwood
 
DIRECTING
 
Amour
Michael Haneke
 
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Benh Zeitlin
 
Life of Pi
Ang Lee
 
Lincoln
Steven Spielberg
 
Silver Linings Playbook
David O. Russell
 
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
 
5 Broken Cameras
Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi
 
The Gatekeepers
TBD
 
How to Survive a Plague
TBD
 
The Invisible War
TBD
 
Searching for Sugar Man
TBD
 
DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
 
Inocente
Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine
 
Kings Point
Sari Gilman and Jedd Wider
 
Mondays at Racine
Cynthia Wade and Robin Honan
 
Open Heart
Kief Davidson and Cori Shepherd Stern
 
Redemption
Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill
 
FILM EDITING
 
Argo
William Goldenberg
 
Life of Pi
Tim Squyres
 
Lincoln
Michael Kahn
 
Silver Linings Playbook
Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers
 
Zero Dark Thirty
Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg
 
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
 
Amour
Austria
 
Kon-Tiki
Norway
 
No
Chile
 
A Royal Affair
Denmark
 
War Witch
Canada
 
MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
 
Hitchcock
Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel
 
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane
 
Les Misérables
Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell
 
MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
 
Anna Karenina
Dario Marianelli
 
Argo
Alexandre Desplat
 
Life of Pi
Mychael Danna
 
Lincoln
John Williams
 
Skyfall
Thomas Newman
 
MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)
 
Before My Time
Chasing Ice
Music and Lyric by J. Ralph
 
Everybody Needs A Best Friend
Ted
Music by Walter Murphy
Lyric by Seth MacFarlane
 
Pi’s Lullaby
Life of Pi
Music by Mychael Danna
Lyric by Bombay Jayashri
 
Skyfall
Skyfall
Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul
Epworth
 
Suddenly
Les Misérables
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg
Lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil
 
PRODUCTION DESIGN
 
Anna Karenina
Production Design: Sarah Greenwood
Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
 
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Production Design: Dan Hennah
Set Decoration: Ra Vincent and Simon Bright
 
Les Misérables
Production Design: Eve Stewart
Set Decoration: Anna Lynch-Robinson
 
Life of Pi
Production Design: David Gropman
Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
 
Lincoln
Production Design: Rick Carter
Set Decoration: Jim Erickson
 
SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)
 
Adam and Dog
Minkyu Lee
 
Fresh Guacamole
PES
 
Head over Heels
Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly
 
Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Da ycare”
David Silverman
 
Paperman
John Kahrs
 
SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)
 
Asad
Bryan Buckley and Mino Jarjoura
 
Buzkashi Boys
Sam French and Ariel Nasr
 
Curfew
Shawn Christensen
 
Death of a Shadow (Dood van een
Schaduw)
Tom Van Avermaet and Ellen De Waele
 
Henry
Yan England
 
SOUND EDITING
 
Argo
Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn
 
Django Unchained
Wylie Stateman
 
Life of Pi
Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton
 
Skyfall
Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers
 
Zero Dark Thirty
Paul N.J. Ottosson
 
SOUND MIXING
 
Argo
John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio
Garcia
 
Les Misérables
Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes
 
Life of Pi
Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin
 
Lincoln
Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins
 
Skyfall
Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson
 
VISUAL EFFECTS
 
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and
R. Christopher White
 
Life of Pi
Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron,
Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott
 
Marvel’s The Avengers
Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and
Dan Sudick
 
Prometheus
Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley
and Martin Hill
 
Snow White and the Huntsman
Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan,
Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson
 
WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)
 
Argo
Screenplay by Chris Terrio
 
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Screenplay by Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin
 
Life of Pi
Screenplay by David Magee
 
Lincoln
Screenplay by Tony Kushner
 
Silver Linings Playbook
Screenplay by David O. Russell
 
WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)
 
Amour
Written by Michael Haneke
 
Django Unchained
Written by Quentin Tarantino
 
Flight
Written by John Gatins
 
Moonrise Kingdom
Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
 
Zero Dark Thirty
Written by Mark Boal

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  • http://www.facebook.com/alan.halfhill Alan Halfhill

    Where is Moonrise Kingdom? This was my favorite picture. Why Beasts?

    • Anonymous

      Just one (screenplay) nomination for Moonrise Kingdom. My fingers were crossed, but it was not to be.