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2013 Academy Award Nominees Announced

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This morning, Seth Macfarlane and Emma Stone announced the 2013 Academy Award nominations. My taste in film tends to run toward the lackluster, so I don't really feel qualified to discuss the nominees; however, in service of you, dear reader, I'll try my best.

Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln received twelve nominations, making it the most recognized film of the day. It got love in every major category – Best Picture, Best Actress & Supporting Actress, Best Actor & Supporting Actor – and several of the minor ones. Life of Pi, Ang Lee’s adaptation of Yann Martel’s novel, came in just behind Lincoln with twelve nominations.

The biggest surprise of the day came in the form of Beasts of the Southern Wild, the first feature from director Benh Zeitlin. Last October, due to Zeitlin’s use of amateur actors violating a SAG rule, the Screen Actors Guild deemed the production ineligible for their awards ceremony. Some took this as a sign that it’d have trouble come Oscar time. That ended up not being the case, though; the film was nominated in four categories – Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (the film’s 9 year old “amateur” actress, Quvenzhane Wallis). It’s one of the few contenders I saw this year that didn’t make me drowsy, so I’m pulling for it.

You’ll find a YouTube clip of MacFarlane and Stone announcing the nominations below. Give it a watch and post your picks in the comments. Who was the biggest snub? Who deserved to be on that list and who shouldn’t have? Let us know!

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