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Awards Watch: Oscar Nominations, With Commentary!

Below is the complete list of the 2013 Oscar nominations announced this morning, with some comments, thoughts, bragging, complaining and general notes below some of the categories. All in all, I did really well with my predictions! I don’t think anyone saw that Best Director category coming, let’s be real.

Lincoln leads the nominations with 12 in all, followed by Life of Pi with 11. Silver Linings Playbook and Les Mis snagged 8 followed by Argo with 7. Zero Dark Thirty won 5, a somewhat lackluster showing, but so did Amour, whose 5 is a huge success (weird how that happens).

The really lovely thing that came out of this morning though were the little movies that could Beasts of the Southern Wild and Amour showing up in a big way. Both scored nominations for Picture, Director, Writing and Best Actress. Beasts, a movie funded by $1.8 million in non-profits featured non-actors, even the leads, and a director helming his first feature. Amour, though a film by internationally known and film buff favorite Michael Haneke, is a foreign language film starring old actors dealing with the inevitability of their own mortality. Non-mainstream stuff, guys. But the honestly and beauty of the material caught on. Yay, Haneke! Who wants to have a The Piano Teacher viewing party now to celebrate his entrance into mainstream Hollywood societayyyyy?

Mmmmmk, moving on to the nominations:

Best motion picture of the year
•    “Amour”
•    “Argo”
•    “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
•    “Django Unchained”
•    “Les Misérables”
•    “Life of Pi”
•    “Lincoln”
•    “Silver Linings Playbook”
•    “Zero Dark Thirty”

I guessed 8/8 correctly but missed Amour as the 9th. No true surprises here though, I was ignoring others who held steadfast by Amour. My bad. I like this list though, it’s diverse and truly does feature most of the best films of the year. Moonrise or Skyfall rounding out 10 would have been nice but it’s virtually impossible to get 10 in with this system of voting.

Immediate frontrunner: “Lincoln” [history + Spielberg + 12 (!) nominations]
Spoiler: “Silver Linings Playbook” [across the board acting noms + director + writing + picture]

Achievement in directing
•    “Amour” Michael Haneke
•    “Beasts of the Southern Wild” Benh Zeitlin
•    “Life of Pi” Ang Lee
•    “Lincoln” Steven Spielberg
•    “Silver Linings Playbook” David O. Russell

Holy SHIT with this category, right? It’s ALL anyone is talking about. Affleck and Bigelow were locks to everybody, but I assume the smear campaign against Bigelow paid off and Affleck, well….no one knows. Haneke and Zeitlin sneaking in here is the only good thing from this fallout I suppose. But no one knows why Russell is there, even fans of the movie. Though among Russell, Tarantino and Hooper they all have merits and flaws in their respective films so it’s a toss up for me.

Immediate frontrunner: Steven Spielberg “Lincoln” [Spielberg + Lincoln]
Spoiler: Ang Lee “Life of Pi” [he helms the movie + so. many. nominations!]

Performance by an actor in a leading role
•    Bradley Cooper in “Silver Linings Playbook”
•    Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln”
•    Hugh Jackman in “Les Misérables”
•    Joaquin Phoenix in “The Master”
•    Denzel Washington in “Flight”

Five for Five baby! I knew the Academy couldn’t ignore the 150% percent Joaquin gave in The Master despite his abrasive comments. Otherwise there aren’t any surprises here, but I still find this category exciting because it’s so strong. All five performances are hugely deserving of their nominations and carry each film with heart, soul and dynamic energy.

Immediate frontrunner: Daniel Day-Lewis “Lincoln” [LBR. Have you ever seen anything like it?]
Spoiler: Hugh Jackman “Les Miserables” [heart, soul, dedication, singing, loved actor]

Performance by an actress in a leading role
•    Jessica Chastain in “Zero Dark Thirty”
•    Jennifer Lawrence in “Silver Linings Playbook”
•    Emmanuelle Riva in “Amour”
•    Quvenzhané Wallis in “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
•    Naomi Watts in “The Impossible”

Another Five for Five! And I’m immensely proud of this one because I saw NO ONE out there with this lineup and I’ve had it locked for a while. Not to mention this group of women is amazing, one of the strongest Best Actress lineups I can remember! It’s special too because within this one category are both the oldest and youngest nominated actresses ever. Wallis at 9 and Riva at 85. Ugh, I’m just in love, so in love with this category.

Immediate frontrunner: Jennifer Lawrence “Silver Linings Playbook” [might be the only category they can give to SLP]
Spoiler: Naomi Watts “The Impossible” [gaining huge huge traction + veteran]

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
•    Alan Arkin in “Argo”
•    Robert De Niro in “Silver Linings Playbook”
•    Philip Seymour Hoffman in “The Master”
•    Tommy Lee Jones in “Lincoln”
•    Christoph Waltz in “Django Unchained”

Solid category. Kind of safe, a lot of veterans. No real surprises here. Two instances of category fraud. Hmph.

Immediate frontrunner: Tommy Lee Jones “Lincoln” [showy + heartfelt role + veteran]
Spoiler: Robert De Niro “Silver Linings Playbook” [first time he’s shined in nearly a decade]

Performance by an actress in a supporting role
•    Amy Adams in “The Master”
•    Sally Field in “Lincoln”
•    Anne Hathaway in “Les Misérables”
•    Helen Hunt in “The Sessions”
•    Jacki Weaver in “Silver Linings Playbook”

Ugh, what a safe, safe category. It jut doesn’t do much more me. Everyone is deserving, even Jacki Weaver, whose solid and thankless performance is what supporting roles are all about. But I guess I wanted to see something bold here. Kidman, Dowd, letting Adams sit out as America’s darling for a year.

Immediate Frontrunner” Anne Hathaway “Les Miserables” [she’s all people are talking about]
Spoiler: Sally Field “Lincoln” [performance has a fierce following]

Best animated feature film of the year
•    “Brave” Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman
•    “Frankenweenie” Tim Burton
•    “ParaNorman” Sam Fell and Chris Butler
•    “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” Peter Lord
•    “Wreck-It Ralph” Rich Moore

Best foreign language film of the year
•    “Amour” Austria
•    “Kon-Tiki” Norway
•    “No” Chile
•    “A Royal Affair” Denmark
•    “War Witch” Canada

Note to self: See. These. Movies. Thanks. Bye.

Adapted screenplay
•    “Argo” Screenplay by Chris Terrio
•    “Beasts of the Southern Wild” Screenplay by Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin
•    “Life of Pi” Screenplay by David Magee
•    “Lincoln” Screenplay by Tony Kushner
•    “Silver Linings Playbook” Screenplay by David O. Russell

All best picture nominees, all strong.

Immediate Frontrunner: Tony Kushner “Lincoln” [it’s just genius]
Spoiler: Chris Terrio “Argo” [taut and precise]

Original screenplay
•    “Amour” Written by Michael Haneke
•    “Django Unchained” Written by Quentin Tarantino
•    “Flight” Written by John Gatins
•    “Moonrise Kingdom” Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
•    “Zero Dark Thirty” Written by Mark Boal

Two here aren’t Best Pic nominees which is cool. Looper‘s missing unfortunately, but it’s a helluva crowded field.

Immediate Frontrunner: Michael Haneke “Amour” [earnest, human, poignant]
Spoiler: Mark Boal “Zero Dark Thirty” [a feat, taut, exciting pacing]

Achievement in cinematography
•    “Anna Karenina” Seamus McGarvey
•    “Django Unchained” Robert Richardson
•    “Life of Pi” Claudio Miranda
•    “Lincoln” Janusz Kaminski
•    “Skyfall” Roger Deakins

The fact the The Master was omitted is kind of a tragedy. That is all. Oh, and Deakins is currently 0 for 9 nominations. This is his 10th. Another tragedy.

Immediate frontrunner: Roger Deakings “Skyfall” [I mean really…]
Spoiler: Claudio Miranda “Life of Pi” [visuals make the movie]

Achievement in film editing
•    “Argo”
•    “Life of Pi”
•    “Lincoln”
•    “Silver Linings Playbook”
•    “Zero Dark Thirty”

Immediate frontrunner: “Argo” [the tension created at the end is pure craft]
Spoiler: “Zero Dark Thirty” [ditto]

Achievement in costume design
•    “Anna Karenina”
•    “Les Misérables”
•    “Lincoln”
•    “Mirror Mirror”
•    “Snow White and the Huntsman”

Immediate frontrunner: “Lincoln”
Spoiler: “Anna Karenina”

Best documentary feature
•    “5 Broken Cameras”
•    “The Gatekeepers”
•    “How to Survive a Plague”
•    “The Invisible War”
•    “Searching for Sugar Man”

Note to Self and Others: See. These Movies. 2 available on Netflix Instant and one on Hulu Plus. GO GO GO.

Best documentary short subject
•    “Inocente”
•    “Kings Point”
•    “Mondays at Racine”
•    “Open Heart”
•    “Redemption”

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling
•    “Hitchcock”
•    “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
•    “Les Misérables”

Immediate frontrunner: “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
Spoiler: “Hitchcock”

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
•    “Anna Karenina” Dario Marianelli
•    “Argo” Alexandre Desplat
•    “Life of Pi” Mychael Danna
•    “Lincoln” John Williams
•    “Skyfall” Thomas Newman

Shame Beasts didn’t get in here, OR The Master. I need to listen to these scores again before I start deliberating though.

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
•    “Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice”
•    “Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from “Ted”
•    “Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi”
•    “Skyfall” from “Skyfall”
•    “Suddenly” from “Les Misérables”

No Django songs at all?! Weak.

Immediate frontrunner: “Skyfall” from “Skyfall”
Spoiler: “Suddenly” from “Les Miserables”

Achievement in production design
•    “Anna Karenina”
•    “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
•    “Les Misérables”
•    “Life of Pi”
•    “Lincoln”

Immediate frontrunner: “Lincoln”
Spoiler: “Anna Karenina”

Best animated short film
•    “Adam and Dog”
•    “Fresh Guacamole”
•    “Head over Heels”
•    “Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare””
•    “Paperman”

Best live action short film
•    “Asad”
•    “Buzkashi Boys”
•    “Curfew”
•    “Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)”
•    “Henry”

Achievement in sound editing
•    “Argo”
•    “Django Unchained”
•    “Life of Pi”
•    “Skyfall”
•    “Zero Dark Thirty”

Immediate frontrunner: “Zero Dark Thirty”
Spoiler: “Skyfall”

Achievement in sound mixing
•    “Argo”
•    “Les Misérables”
•    “Life of Pi”
•    “Lincoln”
•    “Skyfall”

Immediate frontrunner: “Les Miserables”
Spoiler: “Skyfall”

Achievement in visual effects
•    “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
•    “Life of Pi”
•    “Marvel’s The Avengers”
•    “Prometheus”
•    “Snow White and the Huntsman”

Immediate frontrunner: “Life of Pi”
Spoiler: “Marvel’s The Avengers”


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