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Awards Watch: Oscar Pulls Surprises And Snubs While ‘Lincoln’ Rises

If you were following our awards season, you may be wondering, “What the heck happened?” upon hearing the Oscar nominations this morning. While there were some solid choices by the Academy, there was some mind boggling ones as well, which resulted in surprises, snubs, and the usual suspects.

Let’s get started shall we? The huge contender that no one can seem to touch is Spielberg’s Lincoln. Throughout the whole awards season, from the Director’s Guild Awards, to the Golden Globes, it seems like everyone wants back in on that love affair with director Steven Spielberg. Today his film Lincoln lead the pack like expected with a total of 12 nominations. However there were some surprises in the director category. Ben Affleck (Argo) and Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty) were considered to be huge contenders that would have given Spielberg a real run for his money in huge categories like Best Director and Best Film. Sadly even though critics and fans raved about the pulsating, tension-filled dramas, their respective directors failed to impress the Academy even though both nabbed Best Picture.

Awards Watch was predicting that this year would be Ben Affleck’s year, at least in the directing category. If not Affleck, then we were pretty sure that the honor would go to Kathryn Bigelow who was sure to pull big nominations off with Zero Dark Thirty. In the end the Bin Laden manhunt only pulled in a measly four, which isn’t a lot considering it was a favorite to win Best Picture. We would now say that its chances along with Argo’s are futile. In the end, we think Argo and Zero Dark Thirty might have been too similar for the Academy and canceled each other out. That’s the only excuse we have at this point.

However, in the most interesting twist, the film that some award shows gave up on, Silver Linings Playbook is holding strong in a solid 8 categories. If the Academy wants to go for a shocking tale, a la Crash, Russell could very much win Best Picture, with a split for directing to Spielberg for an old school versus new school win. This way everyone would win, except for Affleck and Bigelow that is. As it is Russell defied the odds against him by knocking Tom Hooper (Les Miserables) right out of that competition for Best Director.

Another shocker from the Academy is the life that Ang Lee’s Life of Pi has earned out of nowhere. Lee’s Life of Pi wasn’t favored by critics, or buzzed about like Silver Linings Playbook, but it still held some attention, or enough to pick up nominations from the Golden Globes and the Academy. Will it win best picture? Who knows at this point! Right now though, it looks like it’s Lincoln’s to lose, unless the Academy splits in favor of Silver Linings Playbook. Either way, don’t count Lee or Russell out just yet.