2013 Academy Award Nominees

Well, it's that time of year again! Here's a list of the Oscar nominees. For the most part, I'm pretty happy with them. There were plenty of surprises. My biggest gripe is that The Dark Knight Rises was COMPLETELY shut out. No sound, no visuals, nothing. Why does the Academy hate Christopher Nolan movies so much? TDKR was easily one of the best reviewed movies this year, and they can't even give it a damn sound mixing nomination? My thoughts, as always, follow in green.


Best Picture:
AMOUR
ARGO
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
DJANGO UNCHAINED
LES MISERABLES
LINCOLN
LIFE OF PI
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
ZERO DARK THIRTY

Why do they only nominate 9 if there are 10 slots? You couldn't pick just one more movie to stick in there? No Moonrise Kingdom? The Dark Knight Rises? The Master? Nothing?

Best Director:
Michael Haneke, AMOUR
Benh Zeitlin, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
Ang Lee, LIFE OF PI
Steven Spielberg, LINCOLN
David O. Russell, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

This totally threw me off. I would've never guessed Zeitlin and Haneke would be in here. I'm happy for Zeitlin, I haven't seen Amour. I'm split on Haneke's films, I think him remaking Funny Games, pretty much shot for shot specifically for Americans is one of the douchiest things ever. Personally, I would've put Ben Affleck in here for Argo. He deserved it. Same with Tarantino for Django and PTA for The Master.

Best Actress:
Emmanuelle Riva, AMOUR
Quvenzhané Wallis, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
Naomi Watts, THE IMPOSSIBLE
Jennifer Lawrence, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
Jessica Chastain, ZERO DARK THIRTY

I am so happy that Quvenzhane got nominated. I could've cried, I thought her age would really hurt her here, and that she wouldn't get any recognition. I'm so glad I was wrong. Good for her.

Best Actor:
Denzel Washington, FLIGHT
Hugh Jackman, LES MISERABLES
Daniel Day-Lewis, LINCOLN
Joaquin Phoenix, THE MASTER
Bradley Cooper, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

This is exactly the nominees I thought it would be. No surprises here.

Best Supporting Actress:
Anne Hathaway, LES MISERABLES
Sally Field, LINCOLN
Amy Adams, THE MASTER
Helen Hunt, THE SESSIONS
Jacki Weaver, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

I'm pretty psyched that Jacki Weaver got in here. I love SLP so much. After today, I think it has moved to the front of the Best Picture race.

Best Supporting Actor:
Alan Arkin, ARGO
Christoph Waltz, DJANGO UNCHAINED
Tommy Lee Jones, LINCOLN
Phillip Seymour Hoffman, THE MASTER
Robert DeNiro, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

The only surprise here is that they left out Leonardo DiCaprio, which is a shame, because I thought he gave the best performance in Django. I think Hoffman is the front runner here, unless SLP nabs all the acting statues. That would be cool.

Best Original Screenplay:
AMOUR
DJANGO UNCHAINED
FLIGHT
MOONRISE KINGDOM
ZERO DARK THIRTY

I'm going to take John Gilpatrick's advice and try not to use the dreaded "S" word. But I really think Rian Johnson deserved to be in here for Looper. Much more than Flight and Amour in my opinion. Rian Johnson is a talented guy, and the Academy really should've acknowledged that.

Best Adapted Screenplay:
ARGO
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
LIFE OF PI
LINCOLN
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK



Best Animtaed Feature:
BRAVE
FRANKENWEENIE
PARANORMAN
THE PIRATES: BAND OF MISFITS
WRECK-IT RALPH



Best Foreign Language Feature:
AMOUR
KON TIKI
NO
REBELLE (WAR WITCH)
A ROYALE AFFAIR

I'm surprised that Intouchables wasn't nominated.

Best Cinematography:
ANNA KARENINA
DJANGO UNCHAINED
LIFE OF PI
LINCOLN
SKYFALL


Best Costume Design:
ANNA KARENINA
LES MISERABLES
LINCOLN
MIRROR MIRROR
SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN

Both Snow White movies? Really?

Best Documentary:
5 BROKEN CAMERAS
THE GATEKEEPERS
HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE
THE INVISIBLE WAR
SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN


Best Editing:
ARGO
LIFE OF PI
LINCOLN
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
ZERO DARK THIRTY


Best Original Score:
ARGO
ANNA KARENINA
LIFE OF PI
LINCOLN
SKYFALL

I would be upset about Beasts not being nominated here if they didn't snag so many other nominations. Though, Hans Zimmer's Dark Knight Rises score was worthy, as was Moonrise Kingdom's. Skyfall does have a pretty awesome score when I reflect upon this though.

Best Original Song:
“Before My Time” – CHASING ICE
“Everybody Needs a Best Friend” – TED
“Pi’s Lullaby” – LIFE OF PI
“Skyfall” – SKYFALL
“Suddenly” – LES MISERABLES

As much as I liked "Safe and Sound" from The Hunger Games, I'm glad it didn't get nominated. I'm getting sick of Taylor Swift.

Best Sound Editing:
ARGO
DJANGO UNCHAINED
LIFE OF PI
SKYFALL
ZERO DARK THIRTY


Best Sound Mixing:
ARGO
LES MISERABLES
LIFE OF PI
LINCOLN
SKYFALL


Best Visual Effects:
THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
LIFE OF PI
THE AVENGERS
PROMETHEUS
SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN


Best Makeup and Hairstyling:
HITCHCOCK
THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
LES MISERABLES

I'm actually quite surprised that Anna Karenina didn't get in here.

Best Documentary Short:
INOCENTE
KINGS POINT
MONDAYS AT RACINE
OPEN HEART
REDEMPTION


Best Animated Short:
ADAM AND DOG
FRESH GUACAMOLE
HEAD OVER HEELS
MAGGIE SIMPSON IN “THE LONGEST DAYCARE”
PAPERMAN


Best Live Action Short:
ASAD
BUZKASHI BOYS
CURFEW
DEATH OF A SHADOW
HENRY

3 comments:

  1. I'm really stunned that The Dark Knight Rises didn't get ANYTHING. And I agree, the voting for Best Pic is ridiculous. Make it 5 or make it 10, the in-between thing is silly.

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  2. I agree with both of you on TDKR and the Best Picture category. Glad Skyfall managed 5 nominations though, and I'm happy that Haneke was finally nominated.

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  3. I'm happy with most of the nominations actually. I've still yet to see Django and ZDT, but I'm already a little annoyed Leo got snubbed. I like Amy Adams, but I'm pretty pissed she got a nomination, it was such a nothing performance. Obviously I'm rooting for Life of Pi.

    I predicted the leading actor and supporting actor categories correctly, so happy about that haha.

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