In dramatic film, four of five nominations match Oscar
Dylan Tichenor and Goldenberg for “Zero Dark Thirty.” The ACEs also nominated Stuart Baird of “Skyfall” in place of Oscar nominees Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers of “Silver Linings Playbook,” who were part of the comedy/musical film category with Chris Gill (“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”), Melanie Ann Oliver and Chris Dickens (“Les Miserables”), Andrew Weisblum (“Moonrise Kingdom”) and Jeff Freeman (“Ted”). Weisblum also received a TV nomination for “Smash.” In animation, nominees were Nicolas C. Smith (“Brave”), Chris Lebenzon and Mark Solomon (“Frankenweenie”), Joyce Arrastia (“Rise of the Guardians”) and Tim Mertens (“Wreck-It Ralph”), while doc nominees were Ron Frick and Mark Magidson (“Samsara”), Malik Bendjelloul (“Searching for Sugar Man”) and Billy McMillin (“West of Memphis”). In television, commercial drama nominees were Skip Macdonald (“Breaking Bad”), Kelley Dixon (“Breaking Bad”), Tom Wilson (“Mad Men”), Keith Henderson (“Nashville”) and Weisblum, while non-commercial contenders are Terry Kelley (“Homeland”), Jordan Goldman (“Homeland”) and Anne McCabe (“The Newsroom”). Robert Frazen and Catherine Haight (“Girls”), Ryan Case (“Modern Family”) and Gary Levy (“Nurse Jackie”) were nommed in TV comedy, while Lucia Succhetti (“Game Change”), Don Cassidy (“Hatfields & McCoys”) and Walter Murch (“Hemingway & Gellhorn”) were tapped for miniseries/movie. TV doc finalists are Pamela Scott Arnold (“American Masters”), Craig Mellish (“The Dust Bowl”) and Paula Heredia (“The Weight of the Nation”), and in edited nonscripted series, the nominees are Rob Goubeaux, Mark Andrew, Paul J. Coyne, Mark Baum, Jeremy Gantz, Johnny Skaare, J.C. Solis and Ken Yankee for “Beyond Sacred Straight”), Andy Netley and Sharon Gillooly for “Frozen Planet” and Josh Earl and Alex Durham for “Deadliest Catch”). ACE’s 700 members will vote on the finalists from Jan. 23 through February 8. Blue Ribbon panels forjudging all television categories and the documentary film category take place Jan. 27. David Cross will emcee the kudofest at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.