Ang Lee's Life of Pi, Ben Affleck's Argo and David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook received Oscar nominations for best picture. In 2012, the Mill Valley Film Festival favorite The Artist won the top prize.
Silver Linings Playbook and Life of Pi snagged most of this year's nominations among MVFF35 films. in support of Russell's film about a mentally ill man's (played by Cooper) recovery after being released from a hospital, received a Oscar nomination, as did his co-stars Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Jackie Weaver. The film was also up for film editing, directing and writing categories. Lawrence won a Golden Globe for her performance last Sunday.
Other than best picture, Life of Pi also received nominations for its music, production design, cinematography, sound mixing, sound editing, visual effects and adapted screenplay.
Argo, which screened in Mill Valley with in-person appearances by actor Bryan Cranston and screenwriter Chris Terio, also received several nominations, including Alan Arkin for best actor in a supporting role, sound mixing, sound editing and adapted screenplay. Affleck's political thriller recently took home the prize for best motion picture drama and best directing at the 2013 Golden Globes.
, was nominated for her role in The Sessions.
The Academy Awards air on ABC at 4 p.m. PT on Feb. 24.