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Scant Major Oscar Noms Already on Disc

10 Jan, 2013 By: John Latchem


Of the nine nominees for the Academy Award for Best Picture announced Jan. 10, only one is already available on DVD and Blu-ray. That would be Beasts of the Southern Wild, on disc from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Another, Argo, is slated for DVD and Blu-ray release by Warner Home Video Feb. 19, the week before the Feb. 24 Oscar ceremony.

The lack of home video availability for the major nominees is not surprising, given that most of them are released in theaters at the end of the year to make a fresh impression in the minds of Academy voters.

The other Best Picture nominees include Lincoln (12 nominations), Life of Pi (11), Silver Linings Playbook (eight), Les Misérables (eight), Zero Dark Thirty (five), Django Unchained (five) and Amour (five).

Argo earned seven nominations, though director Ben Affleck was overlooked. It was recognized for Best Supporting Actor for Alan Arkin, as well as Adapted Screenplay, Original Score, Film Editing, Sound Editing and Sound Mixing.

Beasts scored four total noms, including Best Actress for 9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis, the youngest-ever nominee in the category, as well as Best Director for Benh Zeitlin and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Outside the Best Picture nominees, the movie with the most nominations, with five, was the James Bond epic Skyfall, which has yet to be announced on disc. Its most notable nomination was for Best Original Song for its title tune, performed by Adele.

Next up, with four, was Anna Karenina, which Universal releases on disc Feb. 19. Its nominations include Best Cinematography, Original Score, Costume Design and Production Design.

The Weinstein Co.’s The Master, slated for disc Feb. 26, earned three acting nominations; Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix, Supporting Actor for Philip Seymour Hoffman and Supporting Actress for Amy Adams.

The Supporting Actor category includes five previous Oscar winners, with Seymour and Arkin joining Robert De Niro for Silver Linings Playbook, Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln and Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained.

The category with the best home entertainment tie-in is Best Animated Feature Film, with four of the five nominees already on disc: Universal’s ParaNorman, Sony Pictures’ The Pirates! Band of Misfits, and Disney’s Brave and Frankenweenie. Disney releases the fifth nominee, Wreck-It Ralph, on DVD and Blu-ray March 5.

Similarly, the Best Documentary Feature category will have three of the five nominees on disc by the time of the ceremony. Docurama’s The Invisible War is available now on DVD, while Kino Lorber releases 5 Broken Cameras on DVD Jan. 15, and Sony Pictures releases Searching for Sugar Man on DVD and Blu-ray Jan. 22. A fourth nominee, How to Survive a Plague, arrives Feb. 26 from MPI. The fifth nominee is Sony Pictures' The Gatekeepers.

Paramount's Flight, due Feb. 5, earned nominations for Best Actor for Denzel Washington and Best Original Screenplay. Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman earned two noms in technical categories, for its visual effects and costume design. Several more films already on disc received single nominations, including Universal’s Moonrise Kingdom for Best Original Screenplay, Disney’s The Avengers and Fox’s Prometheus for Best Visual Effects, Fox’s Mirror Mirror for Best Costume Design, and Universal’s Ted for Best Original Song (“Everybody Needs a Best Friend”). Among those announced for disc, Fox's The Sessions (due Feb. 12) earned a Best Actress nom for Helen Hunt, Fox’s Hitchcock (due March 12) received a nom for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, and Magnolia’s A Royal Affair (due March 26) was nominated for Best Foreign-Language Film.

According to the Intrade.com prediction market, early favorites include Lincoln for Best Picture, Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), Supporting Actor (Jones) and Director (Steven Spielberg), with Jennifer Lawrence favored for Best Actress for Silver Linings Playbook, and Anne Hathaway favored for Best Supporting Actress for Les Misérables.

A complete list of nominees for the 85th Academy Awards is available at Oscars.org.

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