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2013 Oscar Preview: Part 2

2013 Oscar Preview: Part 2

Our Oscar coverage continues. Here we overview the best acting and best directing award nominees. 

 

 


Best Actor Nominees                                 


Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook


cooper

 Age: 38

Previously Best Known For: “Phil” from The Hangover

 

Previous Oscar Nominations: None

 

Interesting Fact: Was a medalist on the Men's Heavyweight Crew team at Georgetown University.

 

Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln


daniel

Age: 55

Previously Best Known For:

“Bill Cutting” from Gangs of New York

“Daniel Plainview” from There Will Be Blood

 

Previous Oscar Nominations: 4

Won – Best Actor, Leading Role for There Will Be Blood (2007)

Nominated – Best Actor, Leading Role for Gangs of New York (2002)

Nominated – Best Actor, Leading Role for In The Name of The Father (1993)

Won – Best Actor, Leading Role for My Left Foot (1989)

 

Interesting Fact: He first became interested in acting when he learned to replicate the accent and mannerisms of people in his neighborhood to avoid standing out to bullies.

 

Hugh Jackman – Les Misérables


hugh

Age: 44

Previously Best Known For:

“Wolverine” in numerous X-Men films

“Van Helsing” in Van Helsing

 

Previous Oscar Nominations: None

 

Interesting Fact: Hugh credits his good friend Russell Crowe with catapulting his career into super stardom. After Crowe turned down the lead in X-Men (2000), he personally recommended Jackman to director Bryan Singer for the part.

 

Joaquin Phoenix – The Master


jaoquin

Age: 38

Previously Best Known For:

“Commodus” in Gladiator

“Johnny Cash” in Walk the Line

 

Previous Oscar Nominations: 2

Nominated – Best Actor, Leading Role for Walk the Line (2005)

Nominated -- Best Actor, Supporting Role for Gladiator (2000)

 

Interesting Fact: He and River Phoenix are the first pair of brothers to both be nominated for acting Academy Awards.

 

Denzel Washington – Flight


denzel

Age: 58

Previously Best Known For:

“Detective Alonzo Harris” from Training Day

“Malcolm X” from Malcolm

 

Previous Oscar Nominations: 5

Won – Best Actor, Leading Role for Training Day (2001)

Nominated – Best Actor, Leading Role for The Hurricane (1999)

Nominated – Best Actor, Leading Role for Malcolm X (1992)

Won – Best Actor, Supporting Role for Glory (1989)

Nominated – Best Actor, Supporting Role for Cry Freedom (1987)

 

Interesting Fact: Washington is the first African-American actor to receive two Academy Awards

 


Best Actress Nominees


  

Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty


jessica

Age: 35

Previously Best Known For:

“Celia Foote” in The Help

“Mrs. O’Brien” in The Tree of Life

 

Previous Oscar Nominations: 1

Nominated – Best Actress, Supporting Role for The Help (2011)

 

Interesting Fact: Became the first woman in nearly 50 years to have the leading role in the top two movies at the box office, she accomplished this honor when Mama (2013) debuted in the #1 spot knocking Zero Dark Thirty (2012) to the #2 position. (January 2013). This marked the second time that she had two movies at the top of the box office twice: in 2011 she had The Help (2011) (at #1) and The Debt (2010/I) (at #2).

 

Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook


jennifer

Age: 22

Previously Best Known For:

“Katniss” in The Hunger Games

 

Previous Oscar Nominations: 1

Nominated – Best Actress, Leading Role for The Winter’s Bone (2010)

 

Interesting Fact: Lawrence graduated from high school two years early in order to begin acting.

 

Emmanuelle Riva – Amour


emmanuele

Age: 85

Previously Best Known For:

“Elle” in Hiroshima, mon amour

 

Previous Oscar Nominations: None

 

Interesting Fact: Is one of 12 French actresses to have received an Academy Award nomination. The others in chronological order are: Claudette Colbert, Colette Marchand, Leslie Caron, Simone Signoret, Anouk Aimée, Isabelle Adjani, Marie-Christine Barrault, Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Marion Cotillard and Bérénice Bejo.

 

Quvenzhane Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild


qvenzale

Age: 9

Previously Best Known For:

Nothin

 

Previous Oscar Nominations: None

 

Interesting Fact: She is the first Academy Award nominee who was born in the 21st century.

 

Naomi Watts – The Impossible


naomi

Age: 44

Previously Best Known For:

“Ann Darrow” from King Kong

“Betty Elms” from Mulholland Dr.

 

Previous Oscar Nominations: 1

Nominated – Best Actress in a Leading Role for 21 Grams (2003)

 

Interesting Fact: The maniacal laughter heard in the Pink Floyd song, "Money", is her father's, Peter Watts, the band's road manager at the time.

 


Best Actor in a Supporting Role Nominees


 

Alan Arkin—Argo


alan

Age: 78
Previously Best Known For:
“Grandpa Edwin Hoover” in Little Miss Sunshine
“LT. Rozanov” in The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming

Previous Oscar Nominations: 3
Won—Best Actor, Supporting Role for Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
Nominated—Best Actor, Lead Role for The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1968)
Nominated—Best Actor, Lead Role for The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming (1966)

Interesting Fact: Arkin is one of the founding members of Second City improve troupe. 

Robert De Niro—Silver Linings Playbook


robert

Age: 69
Previously Best Known For:
“Travis Bickle” in Taxi Driver
“James Conway” in Goodfellas

Previous Oscar Nominations: 6
Nominated—Best Actor, Lead Role for Cape Fear (1992)
Nominated—Best Actor, Lead Role for Awakenings (1991)
Won—Best Actor, Lead Role for Raging Bull (1980)
Nominated—Best Actor, Lead Role for The Deer Hunter (1978)
Nominated—Best Actor, Lead Role for Taxi Driver (1976)
Won—Best Actor, Supporting Role for The Godfather: Part II (1974)

Interesting Fact: He and Martin Scorsese were brought up blocks apart in the Greenwich Village area of Manhattan, but never formally met when they were young. When introduced at a party in 1972, the two came to realize that they had seen each other many times but had never spoken

Philip Seymour Hoffman—The Master


phillip

Age: 45
Previously Best Known For:
“Brandt” in The Big Lebowski
“Truman Capote” in Capote

Previous Oscar Nominations: 3
Nominated—Best Actor, Supporting Role for Doubt (2008)
Nominated—Best Actor, Supporting Role for Charlie Wilson’s War (2007)
Won—Best Actor, Lead Role for Capote (2005)

 

Interesting Fact: Beat Heath Ledger for an Academy Award for Best Actor in 2005 for his title role in Capote (2005), and then lost to the late actor for the Best Supporting Actor in 2008 to Ledger's performance in The Dark Knight (2008)


Tommy Lee Jones—Lincoln


Tommy-Lee-Jones

Age: 66
Previously Best Known For:
“Samuel Gerard” in The Fugitive
“Agent K” in Men In Black

Previous Oscar Nominations: 3
Nominated—Best Actor, Supporting Role for In the Valley of Elah (2007)
Won—Best Actor, Supporting Role for The Fugitive (1993)
Nominated—Best Actor, Supporting Role for JFK (1991)

Interesting Fact: He and Al Gore were roommates while the two were students at Harvard University.


Christoph Waltz—Django Unchained


christoph-waltz

Age: 56
Previously Best Known For:
“Col. Hans Landa” in Inglorious Basterds
“August” in Water for Elephants

Previous Oscar Nominations: 1
Won—Best Actor, Supporting Role for Inglorious Basterds (2007)

Interesting Fact: Waltz is fluent in German, English, and French. He is also skilled at mimicking Italian speech.

 


Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nomines


 

 

Amy Adams—The Master


amy

Age: 38
Previously Best Known For:
“Giselle” in Enchanted
“Charlene Fleming” in The Fighter

Previous Oscar Nominations: 3
Nominated—Best Actress, Supporting Role for The Fighter (2010)
Nominated—Best Actress, Supporting Role for Doubt (2008)
Nominated—Best Actress, Supporting Role for Junebug (2005)

Interesting Fact: Adams is one of seven children, and was born at the US military base located in Aviano, Italy.

Sally Field—Lincoln


sally field

Age: 66
Previously Best Known For:
“Norma Rae” in Norma Rae
“Sister Bertrille” in The Flying Nun (tv series)

Previous Oscar Nominations: 2
Won—Best Actress, Lead Role for Places in the Heart (1984)
Won—Best Actress, Lead Role for Norma Rae (1979)

Interesting Fact: In 1988, she survived the crash of her private airplane with no injuries. The plane lost power on take-off and skidded into some parked airplanes on the tarmac.

Anne Hathaway—Les Misérables


anne hathaway

Age: 30
Previously Best Known For:
“Andy Sachs” in The Devil Wears Prada
“Selina/Catwoman” in The Dark Knight Rises

Previous Oscar Nominations: 1
Nominated—Best Actress, Lead Role for Rachel Getting Married (2008)

Interesting Fact: She has the same name as William Shakespeare’s wife.

Helen Hunt—The Sessions


HELENHUNT

Age: 49
Previously Best Known For:
“Carol Connelly” in As Good as It Gets
“Dr. Jo Harding” in Twister

Previous Oscar Nominations: 1
Won—Best Actress, Lead Role for As Good As It Gets (1997)

Interesting Fact: Has won Four Emmys, four Golden Globes, a Blockbuster Award, two Screen Actors Guild awards, four American Comedy Awards, three Viewers for Quality Television Awards and an Oscar, along with other awards.

Jacki Weaver—Silver Linings Playbook


jacki

Age: 65
Previously Best Known For:
“Janine ‘Smurf’ Cody” in Animal Kingdom

Previous Oscar Nominations: 1

Nominated—Best Actress, Supporting Role for Animal Kingdom (2010)

Interesting Fact:  Weaver is a symbol for the Australian New Wave that began in the 1970s through her work in the films such as Caddie, for which she tied for the very first AFI Award for Best Supporting Actress, and Stork, for which she won the second ever AFI Award for Best Lead Actress

 

 


 

Best Achievement in Directing Nominees


 

 

Michael Haneke—Amour


michael

Age: 70
Previously Best Known For:
The White Ribbon
The Piano Teacher
Caché

Previous Oscar Nominations: 0

Not previously nominated

Interesting Fact:  Twice winner of the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival for The White Ribbon (2009) and Amour (2012)


Ang Lee—Life of Pi


ang lee

Age: 58
Previously Best Known For:
Brokeback Mountain
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Hulk

Previous Oscar Nominations: 7

Won—Best Achievement in Directing for Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Nominated—Best Director for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
Nominated—Best Picture for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Won—Best Foreign Film for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Nominated—Best Picture for Sense and Sensibility (1995)
Nominated—Best Foreign Film for Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)
Nominated—Best Foreign Film for The Wedding Banquet (1993) 

Interesting Fact:  Lee never storyboards his movies, even visually complex films such has his acclaimed Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.


David O. Russell—Silver Linings Playbook


david

Age: 54
Previously Best Known For:
The Fighter
Three Kings
I Heart Huckabees

Previous Oscar Nominations: 1

Nominated—Best Achievement in Directing for The Fighter (2010)

Interesting Fact:
 According to an interview with Playboy Magazine, Russell antagonized George Clooney on the set of Three Kings one day, telling him to “hit him.” Clooney obliged, and hit Russell in the face.

 

Stephen Spielberg—Lincoln


steven speilberg

Age: 66
Previously Best Known For:
Schindler’s List
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Jaws

Previous Oscar Nominations: 14

Nominated—Best Motion Picture for War Horse (2011)
Nominated—Best Motion Picture for Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
Nominated—Best Achievement in Directing for Munich (2005)
Nominated—Best Motion Picture for Munich
Won—Best Director for Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Nominated—Best Picture for Saving Private Ryan
Won—Best Director for Schindler’s List (1993)
Won—Best Picture for Schindler’s List
Won—Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award (1987)
Nominated—Best Picture for The Color Purple (1985)
Nominated—Best Director for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Nominated—Best Picture for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Nominated—Best Director for Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Nominated—Best Director for Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Interesting Fact:
 Confessed to host James Lipton that he has a phobia about "furniture with feet" on Inside the Actor’s Studio.

 

Benh Zeitlin—Beasts of the Southern Wild


ben

Age: 30
Previously Best Known For:
Beasts of the Southern Wild is Zetlin’s first feature length film

Previous Oscar Nominations: 0

Not previously nominated

Interesting Fact:
Zeitlin suffered a shattered hip and dislocated pelvis in a car accident in March 2008 on the way to Austin, Texas for the screening of his award-winning short film Glory at Sea (2008) at the South by Southwest festival. Benh was uninsured, and fellow filmmakers soon after staged a benefit to raise money to help his medical expenses. Eventually he made a full recovery. 

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