2013 Academy Award Nominees Light on Reading

The 2013 Oscar nominations are here. Although the number of films based on books is lower than it has been in years past, several adaptations did make the cut. Per the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Best (Book-Based) Picture nominees are:

Based in part on historian Doris Kearns Goodwin'sTeam of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, this star-studded drama about the final months of the 16th American president's life leads the race with 12 impressive nominations.

  • Best Picture
  • Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis
  • Best Supporting Actor: Tommy Lee Jones
  • Best Supporting Actress: Sally Field
  • Best Director: Steven Spielberg
  • Best Adapted Screenplay: Tony Kushner
  • Best Cinematography: Janusz Kaminski
  • Best Costume Design: Joanna Johnston
  • Film Editing: Michael Kahn
  • Best Original Score: John Williams
  • Best Production Design: Rick Carter and Jim Erickson
  • Best Sound Mixing: Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins

    Life of PiLife of Pi
    Competing with Lincoln for Best Motion Picture - Drama at the 2013 Golden Globes as well, this spectacularly visual adaptation is the Academy's second most nominated film this year, earning 11 nods-- none in acting categories.

  • Best Picture
  • Best Original Song: "Pi’s Lullaby"
  • Best Director: Ang Lee
  • Best Adapted Screenplay: David Magee
  • Best Cinematography: Claudio Miranda
  • Film Editing:Tim Squyres
  • Best Original Score: Mychael Danna
  • Best Production Design: David Gropman and Anna Pinnock
  • Best Sound Editing: Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton
  • Best Sound Mixing: Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin
  • Best Visual Effects: Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott


     Les Miserables
    This filmic adaptation of the Broadway adaptation ties Silver Linings Playbook for third with eight nominations, including an original song sung by Hugh Jackman that was new even to fans of previous soundtracks.

  • Best Picture
  • Best Actor: Hugh Jackman
  • Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway
  • Best Original Song: "Suddenly"
  • Best Costume Design: Paco Delgado
  • Makeup and Hairstyling: Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell
  • Best Production Design: Eve Stewart and Anna Lynch-Robinson
  • Best Sound Mixing: Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes

     Silver Linings Playbook
    This rom-com-drama is noteworthy at the very least for its pre-show sweep of the acting categories -- the first time one film has had nominations in all four since Warren Beatty, Maureen Stapleton, Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton vied on behalf of Reds in 1982. (Only Stapleton won.)

  • Best Picture
  • Best Actor: Bradley Cooper
  • Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence
  • Best Supporting Actor: Robert De Niro
  • Best Supporting Actress: Jacki Weaver
  • Best Director: David O. Russell
  • Best Adapted Screenplay: David O. Russell
  • Film Editing: Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers
  • Beyond the top categories, Tolstoy's epic Victorian masterpiece Anna Karenina received four nominations (Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, and Best Production Design), while Peter Jackson's take on Tolkien's The Hobbit was acknowledged in only three categories (Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Production Design, and Best Visual Effects).

    Bonus Fun fact: All of the Best Production Design nominees were from movies based on books.

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