Quvenzhané Wallis and Denzel Washington Score Oscar Noms

In another Oscar season where African-Americans are few and far between, 9-year-old newcomer Quvenzhané Wallis became the youngest ever to score a Best Actress nomination, for Beasts of the Southern Wild. The Louisiana-born youngster’s portrayal of Hushpuppy contending with rising floodwaters in the South resulted in an Academy Award nod that topples actress Keisha Castle-Hughes’s record for youngest Best Actress nominee (at age 13 for 2002’s Whale Rider). Two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington was also recognized yet again for Flight—his fifth overall nomination—where he played an embattled, alcoholic airline pilot.

Wallis and Washington are the sole African-American nominees this year. (Director Reginald Hudlin is also nominated as one of nine producers on Django Unchained, though Best Producer is not an Academy Award category.)

Beasts of the Southern Wild placed in the Best Picture category, along with Django Unchained, director Quentin Tarantino’s slave revenge fantasy starring Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington. (Both Tarantino and Foxx were snubbed for Best Director and Best Actor, respectively, though Tarantino received a nom for Best Screenplay.) Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, concerning the 16th American president’s ratification of the 13th Constitutional amendment abolishing slavery, racked up a whopping 12 nominations—including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay. 

The nominees are as follows:

Best Picture

Argo

Django Unchained


Les Misérables

Life of Pi

Amour

Lincoln

Silver Linings Playbook

Zero Dark Thirty

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Actor in a Leading Role

Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook

Daniel Day-Lewis - Lincoln

Hugh Jackman - Les Misérables

Joaquin Phoenix - The Master

Denzel Washington - Flight

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

Actor in a Supporting Role

Alan Arkin - Argo

Robert De Niro - Silver Linings Playbook

Philip Seymour Hoffman - The Master

Tommy Lee Jones - Lincoln

Christoph Waltz - Django Unchained

Actress in a Supporting Role

Amy Adams - The Master

Sally Field - Lincoln

Anne Hathaway - Les Misérables

Helen Hunt - The Sessions

Jackie Weaver - Silver Linings Playbook

Animated Feature Film

Brave

Frankenweenie


ParaNorman


The Pirates!

Band of Misfits


Wreck-It Ralph

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

Writing - Original Screenplay

Amour - Michael Haneke


Django Unchained - Quentin Tarantino


Flight - John Gatins


Moonrise Kingdom - Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola


Zero Dark Thirty - Mark Boal

Writing - Adapted Screenplay

Argo - Chris Terrio


Beasts of the Southern Wild - Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin


Life of Pi - David Magee


Lincoln - Tony Kushner


Silver Linings Playbook - David O. Russell

Music - Original Song

“Before My Time” from Chasing Ice, music and lyrics by J. Ralph


“Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from Ted, music by Walter Murphy, lyrics by Seth MacFarlane


“Pi’s Lullaby” from Life of Pi, music by Mychael Danna, lyrics by Bombay Jayashri


“Skyfall” from Skyfall, music and lyrics by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth


“Suddenly” from Les Misérables, music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil

Foreign Language Film

Amour (Austria)


Kon-Tiki (Norway)


No (Chile)


A Royal Affair (Denmark)


War Witch (Canada)

Cinematography

Anna Karenina

Django Unchained

Life of Pi

Lincoln

Skyfall

Costume Design

Anna Karenina

Les Misérables

Lincoln

Mirror Mirror

Snow White and the Huntsman

Documentary - Feature

5 Broken Cameras

The Gatekeepers

How to Survive a Plague

The Invisible War

Searching for Sugar Man

Documentary - Short

Inocente

Kings Point

Mondays at Racine

Open Heart

Redemption

Film Editing

Argo

Life of Pi

Lincoln

Silver Linings Playbook

Zero Dark Thirty

Makeup and Hairstyling

Hitchcock

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Les Misérables

Music - Original Score

Anna Karenina

Argo

Life of Pi

Lincoln

Skyfall

Production Design

Anna Karenina

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Les Misérables

Life of Pi

Lincoln

Short Film - Animated

Adam and Dog

Fresh Guacamole

Head over Heels

Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare’

Paperman

Short Film - Live Action

Asad

Buzkashi Boys

Curfew

Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)


Henry

Sound Editing

Argo

Django Unchained

Life of Pi

Skyfall

Zero Dark Thirty

Sound Mixing

Argo

Les Misérables

Life of Pi

Lincoln

Skyfall

Visual Effects

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Life of Pi

The Avengers

Prometheus


Snow White and the Huntsman