In early September 2012, Cobweb told you about a little movie called Silver Linings Playbook, which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. This morning, Hollywood agreed by honoring the romantic comedy with something not seen from a motion picture in decades: Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.
Is it the best movie of the year? Maybe not. But pound for pound, it's pretty great.
Lincoln, Steven Spielberg's epic on our 16th president, led all films this morning, securing 12 nominations. Close behind was Life of Pi, Ang Lee's fable of destiny, which received 11 nods.
We'll have some fun over the next few weeks, parsing through who will win or who should win, but here is the list of nominees:
Best Director: David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook), Ang Li (Life of Pi), Steven Spielberg (Lincoln), Michael Haneke (Amour), Ben Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild).
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln), Denzel Washington (Flight), Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables), Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings), and Joaquin Phoenix (The Master).
Best Actress: Naomi Watts (The Impossible), Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Emmanuel Riva (Amour), and Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild).
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained), Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master), Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook), Alan Arkin (Argo), and Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln).
Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams (The Master), Sally Field (Lincoln), Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables), Helen Hunt (The Sessions) and Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook).
Best Foreign Language Film: Amour, No, War Witch, A Royal Affair, Kon-tiki.
Best Documentary Feature: 5 Broken Cameras, The Gatekeepers, How to Survive a Plague, The Invisible War, Searching for Sugar Man.
Best Animated Feature: Brave, Frankenweenie, ParaNorman, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Wreck-It Ralph.