Oscar night turned out to be something of a bust for Hamptons hopefuls on Sunday. It must have been especially stunning for East Hampton director Steven Spielberg.
Despite grabbing 12 nominations, Spielberg‘s biopic Lincoln won just two Academy Awards and neither went to the beloved local director. The film lost Best Picture to Ben Affleck‘s Argo and Spielberg was defeated for Best Director by Life of Pi creator Ang Lee.
Lincoln lead Daniel Day-Lewis did take home the Oscar for Best Actor and the movie earned Best Production Design Oscars for Rick Carter (Production Design) and Jim Erickson (Set Decoration). Sally Field, who played First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln lost Best Supporting Actress to Les Misérables‘ Anne Hathaway and Tommy Lee Jones, who played Thaddeus Stevens in Lincoln, lost Best Supporting Actor to Django Unchained actor Christoph Waltz.
Lincoln‘s Michael Kahn lost Best Film Editing to Argo‘s William Goldenberg and longtime Spielberg collaborator John Williams‘ Lincoln score lost Best Original Score to Life of Pi‘s Mychael Danna. Lincoln‘s Janusz Kaminski also lost Best Cinematography to Life of Pi‘s Claudio Miranda and Anna Karenina‘s Jacqueline Durran defeated Lincoln‘s Joanna Johnston for Best Costume Design.
Argo, written by Chris Terrio, also beat Lincoln, written by Tony Kushner, for Best Adapted Screenplay, and Les Misérables (Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes) won Best Sound Mixing over Lincoln (Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins).
Hamptons visitor Naomi Watts was nominated for Best Actress for her role in The Impossible, but lost to Jennifer Lawrence of Silver Linings Playbook, and East End regulars Bradley Cooper (of Silver Linings Playbook) and Hugh Jackman (Les Misérables) lost Best Actor to Day-Lewis.
Overall it was not a great evening for the East End talent. Let’s hope we do better at next year’s Academy Awards.