Thursday, January 10, 2013

Oscar Nominations

Wow... I'm really disappointed by the nominations this year.

Best Movie
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained 
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

Glad to see Beasts of the Southern Wild included and I haven't seen or really heard anything about Amour so it's nice to see the Academy stretching out but where is The Sessions? No Golden Globe love and no love from the Academy. A bit disappointing. 

Best Lead Actor
Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln
Hugh Jackman for Les Miserables
Joaquin Phoenix for The Master
Denzel Washington for Flight

Denzel for Flight? Really? Joaquin? He doesn't even like awards so why honor him with a nomination when John Hawkes isn't even on the list? I'd even like to see Matthew McConaughey for Magic Mike on this list over Joaquin. 

Best Lead Actress
Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva for Amour
Quvenzhane Wallis for Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts for The Impossible

This is a good list. I would've liked to have seen Keria Knightley nominated for Anna Karenina but I'm not mad about it. 

Best Supporting Actor
Alan Arkin for Argo
Robert De Niro for Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman for The Master
Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln
Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained

I would've gone with Christoph over Leo DiCaprio as well for this category. I'm glad DeNiro made the cut when he didn't for the Globes. But I still would've liked to see Javier Bardem for Skyfall. It just bugs me that he won't get that recognition. Plus Tom Holland, who played the oldest son in The Impossible should be on this list. He was incredible. Or Russell Crowe? Where is he at in all of this? Not on the list I can tell you that much. 

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams for The Master
Sally Field for Lincoln
Anne Hathaway for Les Miserables
Helen Hunt for The Sessions
Jacki Weaver for Silver Linings Playbook

Jacki Weaver replaces Nicole Kidman from Globes to Oscar but I like this list. 

Best Director
Michael Haneke for Amour
Ang Lee for Life of Pi
David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook
Steven Spielberg for Lincoln
Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild

Where the hell is Ben Affleck for Argo? I can't BELIEVE he didn't make this list!! I'll nominate you for Best Movie but you're directing had nothing to do with it?!? Same goes for the snub of Tarantino. I just can't believe it... And where is Joe Wright??? His ambitious take on Anna Karenina alone should've guaranteed him a spot as a nominee.  This category is BEYOND frustrating!! No Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty. No Tom Hooper for Les Miserables. What the hell is going on here?!?!

Best Original Screenplay
Amour - Michael Haneke
Django Unchained - Quentin Tarantino
Flight - John Gatins
Moonrise Kingdom - Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola
Zero Dark Thirty - Mark Boal

Good list. No qualms over this one.

Best Adapted Screenplay
Argo - Chris Terrio
Beasts of the Southern Wild - Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin
Life of Pi - David Magee
Lincoln - Tony Kushner
Silver Linings Playbook - David O. Russell

No Les Miserables? Seriously? Ugggg!

Best Animated Movie
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Wreck-It Ralph

I only saw two of them (still need to see Frankenweenie) but a really solid list.

Best Foreign Language Movie
War Witch
A Royal Affair

Best Original Score
Anna Karenina  - Dario Marianelli
Argo - Alexandre Desplat
Life of Pi - Mychael Danna
Lincoln - John Williams
Skyfall - Thomas Newman

Very good list of nominees. I don't even care who really wins this one.  Although I do miss Brave. What a great score that was. And I'm wondering about the exclusion of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Is it because it borrows on themes from the same composer's other work about the same world/topics? Because that makes total sense (read: sarcasm). 

Best Original Song
"Before My Time" on Chasing Ice by J. Ralph
"Suddenly" on Les Miserables by Alain Boubil, Claude-Michel Schonberg and Herbert Kretzmer
"Pi's Lullaby" on Life of Pi by Mychael Danna and Bombay Jayshree
"Skyfall" on Skyfall by Adele and Paul Epworth
"Everybody Needs a Best Friend" on Ted by Walter Murphy and Seth McFarlane

So Adele does get included when Clint Mansell wasn't even a consideration for Black Swan. I wonder what they're excuse is. It's a beautiful song, don't get me wrong. But what I like most about it IS the use of the original James Bond theme by Monty Norman. Really makes me wish Ted wins it. 

Anyway... those are the categories I'm going to be paying the most attention to. I'm hoping The Hobbit rakes in a fair amount in the technical categories. An Unexpected Adventure isn't going to be the best of the trilogy so I can wait a few more years for those amazing people to get their due diligence. Here are the rest of the categories if you're interested.  PS: I laughed every time I typed Snow White and the Huntsman and Prometheus. Lol

Best Cinematography
Anna Karenina
Django Unchained
Life of Pi

Best Editing
Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Production Design
Anna Karenina
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Miserables
Life of Pi

Best Costume Design
Anna Karenina
Les Miserables
Mirror Mirror
Snow White and the Huntsman

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Miserables

Best Sound Mixing
Les Miserables
Life of Pi

Best Sound Editing
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Visual Effects
The Avengers
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Life of Pi
Snow White and the Huntsman

Best Feature Documentary
5 Broken Cameras
The Gatekeepers
How to Survive a Plague
The Invisible War
Searching for Sugar Man

Best Short Documentary
Kings Point
Mondays at Racine
Open Heart

Best Animated Short
Adam and Dog
Fresh Guacamole
Head Over Heels
The Simpsons: The Longest Daycare

Best Live Action Short
Buzkashi Boys
Death of a Shadow


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