It’s always fun when they announce the Academy Award nominees. First of all, there’s a sense of validation that comes when you realize that “they” like what we like. Secondly, there is a renewed interest in films that the Academy acknowledges by nominating them for Best Picture and some of the other award categories as well. It’s human nature to not want to miss out on all the movie hoopla; so when a film gets a lot of Oscar nominations, it certainly gets our attention and we definitely want to see what all the fuss is about!
And this year’s nominees for Best Picture are:
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Django Unchained
- Les Misérables
- Life of Pi
- Silver Linings Playbook
- Zero Dark Thirty
The very eclectic listing of nine Best Picture nominees includes a little something for everyone; clearly if you haven’t seen some of the nominated films, now’s your chance and you are very likely to find something here that appeals to you. Lincoln, rumored to be the frontrunner and clear favorite to eventually win the Best Picture Category, also came out with the most nominations, for a total of twelve Academy Award nominations. “The Life of Pi”, directed by Ang Lee, came out with the second most nominations with eleven, including a Best Picture nomination. Clearly, with a lot of nomination buzz going on, January is the perfect time to hit the theatres and see some of these films while they are still lighting up the big screen.
A Few Fun Facts about This Year’s Nominees:
- At eighty-five years of age, Emmanuelle Riva of “Amour” is now the oldest actress to be nominated in the category of Best Actress. On the flip side, nine-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis of “Beasts of the Southern Wild” is the youngest to be nominated in this category.
- Nine out of ten of all the award nominees have won an Academy Award before. These include: Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln), Denzel Washington (Flight), Alan Arkin (Argo), Robert de Niro (Silver Linings Playbook), Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master), Christopher Waltz (Django Unchained), and Helen Hunt (The Sessions). The only newbie amongst the nominees is Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty).
- Breaking nomination records this year are Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy who are sharing the record now for having the most Best Picture nominations for individual producers; each of them now have eight.
Don’t be left out in the cold come Oscar night. Now is your chance to see the films that everyone is talking about and pick your favorites. The Oscars are set to be broadcast live on February 24th.