Last night’s Academy Awards ceremony was a story of upset and redemption, as Life of Pi‘s Ang Lee beat out early favorite Steven Spielberg for best director, and Ben Affleck, long the butt of jokes for his work in front of the camera, accepted the trophy for best picture of Argo.
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And so, the Oscar nominations have been released, unleashing waves of frustration across the Internet that [Your Selection Here] was unfairly snubbed, or that the Academy seems to believe that [Your Other Selection Here] is worth the time of day, never mind an award. But looking at the nominations as they stand, who and what actually manages to make the cliche “Just being nominated is an award in itself” come true …?
With nominations in 12 categories, including best picture and best director, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln leads the list of contenders for the 85th Academy Awards. The winners will be announced Feb. 24.
Moonrise Kingdom and Silver Linings Playbook each earned five nominations for the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards.