Night at the Oscars

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With just a few hours to go till the movie industry most glamourous and awaited night, here are a few things you need to know about this year’s nominees.

Daniel Day Lewis, who is nominated for his role in “Lincoln”, is one of the 12 actors who have won two awards. On this list you can find Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando, Dustin Hoffman, Tom Hanks and Sean Penn.  If tonight Daniel Day Lewis will receive the award (and according to the predictions, he has the most chances of winning), he will become the actor with the most Best Actor awards. So far he’s won for his roles in “My Left Foot” and “There Will Be Blood”.

Daniel Day Lewis and his co-star from “Lincoln”, Tommy Lee Jones, who is a Best Supporting Actor nominee this year, have competed against each other in 2008 for the Best Actor award. Jones, nominated for his role in “In The Valley of Elah” , lost to Daniel Day Lewis for “There Will Be Blood”.

The same thing happened with the co-stars of “The Master”, Joaquin Phoenix and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Phoenix, nominated for his performance in “Walk the Line”, lost the Best Actor award to Hoffman, for his role in “Capote”.

Denzel Washington, nominated this year for his role in “Flight” has already won a Best Supporting Actor for “Glory” and a Best Actor award for “Training Day”. If he’s lucky this year he will be one of the three actors with the most overall wins, among Walter Brennan (three Best Supporting Actor statues) and Jack Nicholson (two  Best Actor, one Best Supporting Actor).

Three of this year’s nominees have to chance to get a 100% strike rate if they win. Sally Field, who is nominated for a Best Supporting Actress for “Lincoln”, has won both times when she was nominated. Christoph Waltz, nominated Best Supporting Actor for “Django Unchained”,  won we he was nominated for “Inglorious Basterds”.  Helen Hunt is also on this list, with her nomination for Best Supporting Actress for the role in “The Sessions”, winning when she was nominated for Best Actress for “As Good As It Gets”.

Two of the directors nominated this year have already competed against each other once. Steven Spielberg and Ang Lee have been nominated together again in 2006, when Spielberg’s “Munich” lost to Ang Lee’s “Brokeback Mountain”.

Emmanuelle Riva might become the oldest actress winning tonight. She’s nominated for her role in “Amour”, at the Best Actress category. Also she will be the fifth French actress to win an Oscar after Claudette Colbert (Best Actress for It Happened One Night), Simone Signoret (Best Actress for Room At The Top), Marion Cotillard (Best Actress for La Vie En Rose), and Juliette Binoche (Best Supporting Actress for The English Patient).

Full list of nominations


  • Ang Lee – Life of Pi
  • Amour – Michael Haneke
  • Lincoln – Steven Spielberg
  • Silver Linings Playbook – David O Russell
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild – Behn Zeitlin


  • Beast of the Southern Wild
  • Zero Dark Thirty
  • Amour
  • Argo
  • Life of Pi
  • Les Miserables
  • Lincoln
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Django Unchained


  • Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty
  • Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
  • Emmanuelle Riva – Amour
  • Quvenzhané Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Naomi Watts – The Impossible


  • Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook
  • Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
  • Hugh Jackman – Les Misérables
  • Joaquin Phoenix – The Master
  • Denzel Washington – Flight


  • Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master
  • Robert DeNiro – Silver Linings Playbook
  • Alan Arkin – Argo
  • Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln
  • Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained


  • Sally Field – Lincoln
  • Anne Hathaway – Les Miserables
  • Jacki Weaver – Silver Linings Playbook
  • Helen Hunt – The Sessions
  • Amy Adams – The Master
  • Animated Feature Film


  • The Pirates! Band of Misfits
  • Wreck it Ralph
  • ParaNorman
  • Brave


  • Django Unchained – Robert Richardson
  • Anna Karenina – Seamus McGarvey
  • Lincoln – Janusz Kaminski
  • Life of Pi – Claudio Miranda
  • Skyfall – Roger Deakins

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

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

Foreign Language Film

  • Amour
  • NO
  • War Witch
  • A Royal Affair
  • Kon Tiki

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

  • Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin – Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Chris Terrio – Argo
  • Tony Kushner – Lincoln
  • David O’Russell – Silver Linings PLaybook
  • David Magee – Life of Pi

Writing (Original Screenplay )

  • John Gatins – Flight
  • Mark Boal – Zero Dark Thirty
  • Django Unchained – Quentin Tarantino
  • Moonrise Kingdom – Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
  • Amour – Written by Michael Haneke

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