“LOS ANGELES — Torture. Terror. Depression. Revolt. Where’s Uggie the dog when you need him?
“The 85th Academy Awards season jolted into place early Thursday morning, as the heaviest number of Oscar nominations—including nods for best picture—went to ‘Lincoln,’ about a president’s struggle with civil war; ‘Life of Pi,’ about a shipwreck survivor and a tiger…
“‘Beasts of the Southern Wild,’ about a child’s encounters with rising floodwaters in the South, and ‘Zero Dark Thirty,’ about the murky pursuit of a national enemy, also scored heavily and were nominated for best picture.
“But the morning’s real surprise was a triple snub in the best director category…”