Oscar 2013 nominations: Silver Linings Playbook achieves rare feat

Earns nods in every acting cateogory, for first time since Reds in 1981

‘Silver Linings Playbook’ joined a small but illustrious list of movie classics after surprisingly earning Oscar nominations in every single acting category.

The intelligently-written romantic drama was expected to figure at this year’s Academy Awards, but its eight nominations in ALL the major categories was a shock.

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It earned nods for (deep breath) Best Film, Best Director (David O. Russell), Best Adapted Screenplay and in all four acting lists - Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper for Best Actress and Best Actor, and Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress.

This is a rare feat, and has only happened 14 times in Oscar history. The last time was in 1981, when Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson and Maureen Stapleton were all nominated for ‘Reds’. Other classic flicks to earn this accolade include ‘Network’, ‘Sunset Boulevard’ and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’.

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‘Silver Linings Playbook’ is an intelligently written romantic comedy drama that’s been slowly building Oscar momentum by winning prizes at several smaller awards shows, including the Independent Spirit Awards.

Director David O. Russell is known as talented but difficult to work with. Famously, George Clooney knocked him out on the set of ‘Three Kings’ because he was allegedly picking on extras. His last film was ‘The Fighter’, which earned seven Oscar nominations.

The film made a modest £29 million at the worldwide box office, including an okay £4million in the UK, but it can expect a major bump in DVD sales thanks to its Oscar nominations haul.

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Silver Linings PlaybookAfter a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back in with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife.