Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone announced the 2013 Oscar nominations this morning, and the nominations for best actress included a few surprises. The list includes both the oldest and youngest nominees of all time. And here’s another shocker: Kathryn Bigelow, who became the first woman ever to win Best Director a few years ago, did not receive a nomination for her buzzed-about Zero Dark Thirty. Less shocking: The overwhelming number of dudes in just about every category, including Best Director.
As far as I can tell from the list of names, no women were nominated for Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, Cinematography, Film Editing, Original Score, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects. Keep in mind that in many of those categories, several people are nominated for each film, so that is really saying something.
Now, on to the ladies! The Best Actress nominees are Naomi Watts (The Impossible), Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Jennifer Lawrence (for Silver Linings Playbook), plus those record-breakers, 85-year-old Emmanuelle Riva (Amour) and 9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild).
Riva is French, and the vast majority of her career has centered on French movies and TV. Before her nomination, Jessica Tandy was the previous oldest nominee; she won for Driving Miss Daisy in 1990 at age 80. The average winner is 35, exactly Chastain’s age.
Riva will turn 86 the night of the Oscar ceremony.
Lil’ Quvenzhané Wallis was just 6 when she filmed Beasts of the Southern Wild. The next-youngest Best Actress nominee was Keisha Castle-Hughes, who was 13 when she was nominated for Whale Rider. In the Best Supporting Actor category, 8-year-old Justin Henry was nominated for Kramer vs. Kramer in 1980. Even if Quvenzhané, she is going to be super-adorable to watch on the red carpet and the ceremony, so although I haven’t seen her movie, I’m psyched about her nomination.
This year’s supporting actress nominees are Sally Field, Anne Hathaway (calling it now, she’s a shoo-in), Jacki Weaver, Helen Hunt, and Amy Adams. The most-nominated film is Lincoln, with 12 nominations.
Click here for a complete list of 2013 Oscar nominations.