At 5:38 a.m. today in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences headquarters in Beverly Hills, Calif., Oscar host Seth MacFarlane and actress Emma Stone announced the nominations for the 85th Academy Awards. (Only once before has a host announced nominees: Charlton Heston in 1972.) Among the most honored motion pictures is the musical Les Misérables, which garnered eight nominations, including Best Picture, actor (Hugh Jackman), supporting actress (Anne Hathaway), costume design (Jacqueline Durran), makeup and hairstyling (Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell), original song (“Suddenly,” music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil), production design (Eve Stewart and Anna Lynch-Robinson), and sound mixing (Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes).
Also notable is the Best Documentary Feature nomination for Searching for Sugar Man, a music documentary directed by Malik Bendjelloul about the rumored death of American musician Rodriguez, whose music remained unknown in the U.S. while it became the soundtrack for a generation in South Africa. It was the opening film at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Special Jury Prize and the Audience Award.
For a complete list of nominees, visit www.oscar.com. The winners will be announced on Sunday, Feb. 24, during the live broadcast on ABC from the Dolby Theatre.