I do however like Christoph Waltz getting the Best Supporting Actor nomination instead of Leonardo DiCaprio in Django Unchained. They are both great but its Waltz who steals the film. Congrats to Michael Haneke (Amour) getting Best Director nod (I picked that one right) and the film getting a Best Picture nomination. Emmanuelle Riva (Amour) getting a Best Actress nod is great too as well as Benh Zeitlin getting a Best Director nod for Beasts of the Southern Wild.
Biggest surprise and snub is no directing nominations for Affleck and Bigelow, as well as no Best Picture nomination for the fantastic Moonrise Kingdom. Happiest nominee for me is Michael Haneke's Best Director. Hell yeah! Lincoln led the field with 12 nominations and Life of Pi had 11. They seem to be the frontrunners as of now, but at least there was some excitement and variety in this years nominees. Oh yeah, way to go for the Silver Linings Playbook team. One of my favorite films and glad to see David O. Russell and four of his cast members get nominations. Should be interesting. Here is a full list of the Academy Awards nominations after the jump.