85th Oscars: Lee, Haneke in race for Best Director
Posted on: 09:26 PM IST Jan 10, 2013
Michael Haneke (Amour), Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Ang Lee (Life of Pi), Steven Spielberg (Lincoln) and David O Russell (Silver Linings Playbook) were among the directors nominated for the Best Director category in the 85th Academy Awards.
'Amour', a searing portrait of old age from Austria's Michael Haneke, was lauded by Hollywood's movie elite, receiving five nominations including best foreign film and - unexpectedly - best picture.The film stars octogenarian French acting greats Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant as a loving Parisian couple whose world is devastated by the wife's serious illness.Unflinching and in French, it was an unexpected best-picture nominee, and also received nominations for Haneke's direction, for original screenplay and for the performance of 85-year-old Riva.'Beasts of the Southern Wild' garnered a nod for its first time director Benh Zeitlin.Gay cowboy drama "Brokeback Mountain" may have been considered a risky film to make, but director Ang Lee said his new movie, "Life of Pi," a 3D exploration of faith about a boy stranded on a boat with a Bengal tiger, is his riskiest yet.The film, which was released in U.S. theaters this week, is adapted from Yann Martel's best-selling novel of the same name and was once considered impossible to make.Oscar-winning Taiwanese director Lee, 58, took on the laborious task of using computer-generated imagery to bring the sensational plot to the big screen, taking a year and a half just to edit the film together.Steven Spielberg offered a cinematic vision of President Abraham Lincoln's battle to outlaw slavery in 'Lincoln', which had a sneak preview that is already generating early buzz of awards for star Daniel Day-Lewis.####[View the story ”Oscar Nominations” on Storify]Oscar NominationsOscar NominationsStorified by IBNLive· Thu, Jan 10 2013 07:09:01Stay tuned for the live updates of the nominations of the 85th Academy Awards. #Oscars2013IBNLive MoviesWhich film do you think is going to win this year’s Oscar in the best film category? #Oscars2013IBNLive MoviesThe hopeful filmmakers would be waiting with bated breath for the announcements. #Oscars2013IBNLive MoviesSo, Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone are ready with the nominations. They are here. #Oscars2013IBNLive MoviesDjango Unchained gets the first nomination. All the actors have won it before. #Oscars2013IBNLive Movies#Amour is in the competition for the best foreign film. #Oscars2013IBNLive MoviesArgo, Silver Linings Playbook and Lincoln are big contenders. #Oscars2013IBNLive MoviesAng Lee and Steven Spielberg will fight for the best director. #Oscars2013IBNLive MoviesBest Director Nominations: Michael Haneke, Benh Zeitlin, Ang Lee, Steven Spielberg, David O Russell.IBNLive MoviesNaomi Watts and Jennifer Lawrence get nominations in the best actress category. #Oscars2013IBNLive MoviesBest Actress Nominations: Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Emmanuelle Riva, Quvenzhane Wallis, Naomi Watts.IBNLive MoviesDenzel Washington finds his name in the list of nominations. #Oscars2013IBNLive MoviesBest Actor Nominations: Bradley Cooper, Joaquin Phoenr, Denzel Washington, Daniel Day-Lewis, Hugh Jackman.IBNLive MoviesBest Supporting Actor Nominations: Alan Arkin, Robert De Niro, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tommy Lee Jones, Christoph Waltz.IBNLive MoviesBest Supporting Actress Nominations: Amy Adams, Sally Field, Anne Hathaway, Helen Hunt, Jacki Weaver.IBNLive MoviesBest Animated Feature Film Nominations: Brave, Frankenweenie, ParaNorman, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Wreck-It Ralph.IBNLive MoviesBest foreign language film of the year: Amour, Kon-Tiki, No, A Royal Affair, War Witch.IBNLive Movies’Pis Lullaby’ from ’Life of Pi’ received a nomination in the original song category. Bombay Jayashri has written this song.IBNLive MoviesOriginal Screenplay Nominations: Amour, Django Unchained, Flight, Moonrise Kingdom, Zero Dark Thirty.IBNLive MoviesEmma Stone and Seth Macfarlane are done with the announcements. #Oscars2013IBNLive Movies