'Lincoln' Tops Oscar Nominations

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Bulgaria: 'Lincoln' Tops Oscar Nominations - "Lincoln," director Steven Spielberg's film about the 16th president and his battle to end slavery, topped the nominations for the 85th Academy Awards on Thursday, receiving 12 nods, including best picture. Photo by CNN

"Lincoln," director Steven Spielberg's film about the 16th president and his battle to end slavery, topped the nominations for the 85th Academy Awards on Thursday, receiving 12 nods, including best picture, CNN reported.

Along with Spielberg, who picked up a best director nomination, the film earned picks for best actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), best supporting actress (Sally Field), best supporting actor (Tommy Lee Jones) and best adapted screenplay (Tony Kushner).

"Life of Pi" was second with 11 nominations, including best picture, best director (Ang Lee) and best adapted screenplay.

As always, there were a handful of surprises. The most notable, perhaps, was the showing by the small independent film "Beasts of the Southern Wild." Its 9-year-old star, Quvenzhane Wallis, earned a nomination for best actress, becoming the youngest person ever in that category. In addition, the film was nominated for best picture, best director (Benh Zeitlin) and best adapted screenplay -- four nominations in all.

Michael Haneke's film "Amour," about a husband and wife coping with the effects of a stroke and aging, also did strongly, receiving best picture, best director, best actress and best original screenplay nominations.

On the other hand, some expected nominations failed to pass. Neither Quentin Tarantino nor Kathryn Bigelow received best director nominations, though their films -- "Django Unchained" and "Zero Dark Thirty," respectively -- received best picture nominations. The snub of Bigelow, who won an Oscar for "The Hurt Locker," was particularly surprising, as she and her film have dominated critics' lists during awards season.

Tom Hooper, the director of the expansive musical "Les Miserables," also failed to be nominated, though his film received eight nods overall.

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sa-sha - 13 Jan 2013 // 15:05:56

Happy New Year (old Russia tradition)! and..."the maturation of society"---ну вот ёб твою мать!, sorry.....that "maturation of society"
is-First and Foremost- the Non-Interference into the home affairs of other peoples and states (and skin colour or any person' race is of a smallest significance here). What on earth is not clear!? Ну вот тяжело спорить с "искренними" идиотами [~It's impossible to open
the eyes of those who are blind].....

peterperfect - 13 Jan 2013 // 11:03:18

Saw this film last night, well half of it, found it the most boring, "wordy" film I have ever seen. I can understand that Americans would vote it for Oscars (although most illuminating that Speilberg did not get a nomination) as this is great emotional chapter in their national history? but to non'Americans all that comes across is a group of gas bags spending the whole time talking in rooms and council chambers. No action, no scenery, even (in the 11/2 hours I viewed) Lincoln did not make one captivating/emotional speech. I did something I have seldom done before, got up and left way before the end.

Jerry - 12 Jan 2013 // 21:16:51

Steven Spielberg's film "Lincoln" fully depicts the passage of the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery.

A Bulgarian should look closely through analogy the Roma issue and the demeaning form Bulgarian society treats the Roma Community through the Lincoln film.

The 13th Amendment led to the First Black African American President is a monumental significance that we can learn from in a positive sense through the maturation of society.

Jerry - 10 Jan 2013 // 20:30:27

One one can see the return of simplicity and the search of "Four Scores and Several Years Ago" a film with historical significance.

Maybe we have entered a new era moving away from violence in films to traditional filming.

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