2013 Academy Awards: Snubs & Surprises

by IMDb-Editors | created - 10 Jan 2013 | updated - 13 Jun 2013 | Public

The announcement of the nominees for the 85th Annual Academy Awards brought us 9 Best Picture nominees, some expected nods (Lincoln dominates the awards with 12), and a few surprises and snubs that helped mix up this year's Oscar race - check out our list of notable omissions and inclusions now!

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1. Argo (2012)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

86 Metascore

Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1979.

Director: Ben Affleck | Stars: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin

Votes: 550,238 | Gross: $136.03M

Snub: While Ben Affleck's thriller nabbed an impressive 7 nominations, including Best Picture, the actor-director -- who most definitely came into his own as a filmmaker this year -- was overlooked for a Best Director nomination, all the more shocking considering he was one of the few who looked to give Lincoln's Steven Spielberg some competition in that category.

2. Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

R | 157 min | Drama, Thriller

95 Metascore

A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L.s Team 6 in May 2011.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong

Votes: 259,048 | Gross: $95.72M

Snub: Well, at least Mr. Affleck has some distinguished company in the Best Director-omission category: former winner Kathryn Bigelow was also shut out of the race, though her film is up for Best Picture, Actress (Jessica Chastain), and Screenplay. This could be the most-discussed snub of the year considering ZDT's headline-garnering controversies.

3. Amour (2012)

PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Romance

94 Metascore

Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert, Alexandre Tharaud

Votes: 87,923 | Gross: $6.74M

Surprise: It was expected that Michael Haneke's superb and devastating drama would be up for Best Foreign Language Film, but it also received high-profile nods for Best Picture, Director, Actress (Emmanuelle Riva, officially the oldest nominee ever in that category now), and Screenplay, making it now one of the major players in the Oscar race.

4. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

PG-13 | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

86 Metascore

Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.

Director: Benh Zeitlin | Stars: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly, Lowell Landes

Votes: 78,685 | Gross: $12.80M

Surprise: The heavily favored indie was hoping for some recognition from the Academy, but probably didn't expect this much! It's up for Best Picture, Actress (Quvenzhané Wallis, officially the youngest nominee ever in that category now), Screenplay, and most surprisingly, Best Director for Benh Zeitlin, who outpaced Ben Affleck, Kathryn Bigelow, AND Quentin Tarantino.

5. Les Misérables (2012)

PG-13 | 158 min | Drama, History, Musical

63 Metascore

In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives forever.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried

Votes: 294,973 | Gross: $148.81M

Snub: Without Best Director or Screenplay nominations to go with its Best Picture nod, the Academy has pretty much killed any big-time Oscar dreams that this big-screen adaptation of the stage musical ever dreamed... Though Anne Hathaway should start working on her Supporting Actress acceptance speech right now!

6. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

PG-13 | 164 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

78 Metascore

Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman, with the help of the enigmatic Catwoman, is forced from his exile to save Gotham City from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman

Votes: 1,439,627 | Gross: $448.14M

Snub: Absolutely zero love for Christopher Nolan's Caped Crusader epic, not even in any of the tech categories. Heck, even The Avengers and Prometheus got one nomination each! (Both are up for Visual Effects) Sorry, Batman...

7. The Sessions (2012)

R | 95 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

79 Metascore

A man in an iron lung who wishes to lose his virginity contacts a professional sex surrogate with the help of his therapist and priest.

Director: Ben Lewin | Stars: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy, Moon Bloodgood

Votes: 40,356 | Gross: $6.00M

Snub: While his co-star Helen Hunt grabbed a nomination for Supporting Actress, star (and former nominee) John Hawkes, who plays a man in an iron lung who wishes to lose his virginity via a professional sex surrogate, was overlooked for Best Actor. Unlike the nominated Joaquin Phoenix, he would have attend the ceremonies.

8. Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

R | 122 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

81 Metascore

After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife. Things get more challenging when Pat meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with problems of her own.

Director: David O. Russell | Stars: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver

Votes: 636,385 | Gross: $132.09M

Surprise: The idiosyncratic romantic comedy was pretty much a sure thing for Best Picture nomination and nods for three of its stars (Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert De Niro), the additional nomination of Jacki Weaver for Best Supporting Actress makes it the first film since Reds to score nominations in all four acting categories.

9. Rust and Bone (2012)

R | 120 min | Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

Put in charge of his young son, Alain leaves Belgium for Antibes to live with his sister and her husband as a family. Alain's bond with Stephanie, a killer whale trainer, grows deeper after Stephanie suffers a horrible accident.

Director: Jacques Audiard | Stars: Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts, Armand Verdure, Céline Sallette

Votes: 60,629 | Gross: $2.06M

Snub: Former Oscar winner Marion Cotillard's powerful performance was on everyone's short list for Best Actress, but the French star found herself omitted in favor of Amour's Emmanuelle Riva and Beasts of the Southern Wild's Quvenzhané Wallis.

10. Life of Pi (2012)

PG | 127 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

79 Metascore

A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Adil Hussain, Tabu

Votes: 554,002 | Gross: $124.99M

Surprise: Another expected contender, the mystical Ang Lee is up for an impressive 11 nominations, making it the second-most nominated film after Lincoln and a prime contender for sweeping up a number of technical awards.

11. The Master (2012)

R | 138 min | Drama

86 Metascore

A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future - until he is tantalized by the Cause and its charismatic leader.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Jesse Plemons

Votes: 141,501 | Gross: $16.38M

Snub: Though it received three acting nods for stars Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams, filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson was left out in the cold in both Director and Screenplay categories.

12. Mirror Mirror (I) (2012)

PG | 106 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

46 Metascore

An evil queen steals control of a kingdom and an exiled princess enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright.

Director: Tarsem Singh | Stars: Lily Collins, Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane

Votes: 81,095 | Gross: $64.94M

Out of Left Field: Every year there's always one movie in a minor (or even a major) category that got very little critical love yet manages to score an Oscar nomination that makes you scratch your head and go, "Huh?" This year's Unexpected Academy Award Nominee is the Julia Roberts Snow White-redo, which is up for Best Costume Design opposite its film doppelganger, Snow White and the Huntsman -- though expect either the tophats of Lincoln or the furry hats of Anna Karenina to triumph.

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