LOS ANGELES — Only in Hollywood could a tiny, low-budget tale of a little girl named Hushpuppy who lives in the bayou take on a historical epic by master filmmaker Steven Spielberg about the 16th president’s struggle to end slavery and the Civil War.
But “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and “Lincoln” will both be vying for best picture and best director at the 85th Academy Awards ceremony, after Oscar nominations were announced this morning.
Rounding out the nine best picture nominees are: “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Argo,” “Les Miserables,” “Life of Pi,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Amour” and “Django Unchained.” The other nominees for best director are Ang Lee for “Life of Pi,” David O. Russell for “Silver Linings Playbook,” Michael Haneke for “Amour” and Benh Zeitlin for “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”
“Lincoln” earned the most nominations of the day — 12 — including nods for performers Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones and Sally Field.
In addition to Day-Lewis, the best actor nominees are Bradley Cooper for “Silver Linings Playbook,” Hugh Jackman for “Les Miserables,” Joaquin Phoenix for “The Master” and Denzel Washington for “Flight.” Best actress nominees include Jessica Chastain for “Zero Dark Thirty,” Jennifer Lawrence for “Silver Linings Playbook,” Emmanuelle Riva for “Amour,” Naomi Watts for “The Impossible” and 9-year-old Quevenzhane Wallis for “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”
“Amour,” the Austrian drama about an elderly couple, earned five nominations including best film, best foreign language film, best director, best original screenplay and best actress. “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” a magical story that has captured the hearts of critics and moviegoers, received four marquee nominations: best film, best director, best adapted screenplay and best actress.
Vying for best supporting actor along with Jones are Alan Arkin for “Argo,” Robert De Niro for “Silver Linings Playbook,” Philip Seymour Hoffman for “The Master” and Christoph Waltz for “Django Unchained.” All five nominees in the category are previous Oscar winners.
In the supporting actress category, Field will be competing against Amy Adams for “The Master,” Anne Hathaway for “Les Miserables,” Helen Hunt for “The Sessions,” and Jacki Weaver for “Silver Linings Playbook.”