Yesterday, Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone got up at the frankly ridiculous hour of 5am in LA to announce the nominations for the 2013 Academy Award. Meanwhile, we sat at our desks here at Grazia HQ quaffing the remains of the xmas Quality Street and watching the whole thing unfold online. It was actually pretty exciting (apart from MacFarlane’s slight awkward Hitler joke…5am is not the time for these things, Seth).
You’ve probably heard who is up for for the big gongs by now – but what does it all mean, eh? Don’t worry, we’ve scratched our heads and stroked our chins so you don’t have to. Ladies and gentleman, we present…the 12 things you need to know about this year’s Oscars…
1. Age ain’t nothing but a number…
This year, the Best Actress category features both the oldest and the youngest ever nominees. Star of Amour, Emmanuelle Riva, 85, is up against nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis, the star of Beasts of the Southern Wild.
2. Bradley Cooper’s got Ben Affleck’s back
How do you feel about your amazing Oscar nomination for Best Actor, Bradley Cooper? “Ben Affleck was robbed.” OK, then.
3. The Academy is as stubborn as ever
Daniel Craig could personally go round to the home of every member of the Academy and tell them that Skyfall is the biggest British film of all time - and they'd still completely ignore it.
4. ...but they love films about mental illness
Silver Linings Playbook is the first film since Reds (no, us neither) in 1982 to be nominated in all four acting categories – best supporting actor and actress, and best actor and actress. Speaking of which…
5. The kid from About A Boy got very lucky…
Nicholas Holt has certainly blossomed with age – not least by bagging one of the hottest actresses in Hollywood. And now, she’s a Best Actress Oscar nominee. And Lena Dunham has a crush on her, too.
6. Daniel Day Lewis is the best at winning awards, like ever
He is already the favourite to win Best Actor for Lincoln, and if he does it will make him the first man to have won the award three times. An award winning award winner, as it were.
7. Poor Suraj Sharma
Life of Pi was nominated for a mammoth 11 awards – second only to Lincoln…but its lead actor Suraj Sharma, who basically carries the entire film, missed out. On, don’t worry ‘the academy’ - he only spent his 18th birthday in a tank of cold water filming it.
8. Amour i
Yes it’s a foreign film that’s picked up a surprise amount of nominations (five), including best film. But, do not, repeat DO NOT, go see this expecting an uplifting, joyful film. Clue: it’s about old age and the inevitability of death.
9. Joaquin Pheonix needs to win Best Actor, please
Because this is the man who said of the Academy Awards last year: "I think it's total, utter bulls--t, and I don't want to be a part of it. I don't believe in it. It's a carrot, but it's the worst-tasting carrot I've ever tasted in my whole life. I don't want this carrot." GIVE HIM THE CARROT.
10. Get medics on standby for Anne Hathaway…
Anne was more than a little excited when she found out she was up for best actress. “I started crying and laughing, and then doing both at the same time.I almost hyperventilated.”
11. Adele might win an Oscar!
She’s already won nearly everything else and now she might pick up a shiny statuette for the Skyfall theme tune. On finding out, she tweeted: Oh my god I feel like Meryl Streep!! Thank you x. Bless.
12. We’ll be waiting a while for another woman to win best director
In 2009 Kathryn Bigelow was the first ever woman to win an Oscar for Best Director for . Many thought she might do the double this year with Zero Dark Thirty, but she hasn’t even been nominated.