Lincoln leads all contenders with twelve nominations to its name, but the big surprise of the morning was Kathryn Bigelow, Ben Affleck and Quentin Tarantino being left off for Best Director. Did not see that one coming. Also worth mentioning, this year has the oldest nominee for Best Actress and youngest ever (Emmanuelle Riva, 85, for “Amour” & Quvenzhane Wallis, 9, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”). And a point for consideration, can we swap Flight for Looper in Original Screenplay?
Best motion picture of the year: "Amour" "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 Miserables" 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
Best Achievement in 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
Best Performance by an actor in a supporting role: Alan Arkin in "Argo" Robert De Niro in "Silver Linings Playbook" Philip Seymour Hoffman in "The Master" Tommy Lee Jones in "Lincoln" Christoph Waltz in "Django Unchained"
Best Performance by an actress in a leading role: Jessica Chastain in "Zero Dark Thirty" Jennifer Lawrence in "Silver Linings Playbook" Emmanuelle Riva in "Amour" Quvenzhana Wallis in "Beasts of the Southern Wild" Naomi Watts in "The Impossible"
Best animated feature film of the year: "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
Best 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
Best 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
Best Achievement in cinematography: "Anna Karenina" Seamus McGarvey "Django Unchained" Robert Richardson "Life of Pi" Claudio Miranda "Lincoln" Janusz Kaminski "Skyfall" Roger Deakins
Best documentary feature: "5 Broken Cameras" Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi "The Gatekeepers" Nominees to be determined "How to Survive a Plague" Nominees to be determined "The Invisible War" Nominees to be determined "Searching for Sugar Man" Nominees to be determined
Best 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
Best Achievement in 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
Best foreign language film of the year: "Amour" Austria "Kon-Tiki" Norway "No" Chile "A Royal Affair" Denmark "War Witch" Canada
Best achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score) "Anna Karenina" Dario Marianelli "Argo" Alexandre Desplat "Life of Pi" Mychael Danna "Lincoln" John Williams "Skyfall" Thomas Newman
Best animated short film: "Adam and Dog" Minkyu Lee "Fresh Guacamole" PES "Head over Heels" Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly "Maggie Simpson in "The Longest Daycare"" David Silverman "Paperman" John Kahrs
Best live action short film: "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
Best Achievement in 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
Best Achievement in 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
It looks like Nathan Fillion might be playing a superhero afterall. After being considered for roles in Green Lantern, and Captain America,Fillion (most remembered as Malcolm Reynolds in the cult-hit Firefly) is reportedly in final negotiations to play Dr. Hank Pym in the new Avengers film. It hasn't been stated whether Pym would be Ant-man in the film, or just a S.H.I.E.L.D. scientist, but we're holding out hope.