Thursday, January 10, 2013

85th Annual Academy Award Nominations

It wouldn't be the Oscars without a film I'm dead set against in the running.  This year, Les Miserables has accumulated a few too many for my liking, undoubtedly earned after the same trail of tears that allowed Extremely Loud to sneak into the Best Picture category last year.  I won't complain too much, though, as the nomination is offset by the films I generally expected to find, and recognition has been given to several unexpected (and deserving folks).  Frankly, I'm of the opinion that it was a largely mediocre film year.  Sure, there were quite a few solid dramas, but very little that seemed visionary or tremendously exciting.  In general, the directors and actors we expect good things from followed through on our expectations, and there was much to like but not enough (in my opinion) to love. Lincoln, for example, is the big winner here.  Spielberg's film leads the pack with 12 nominations, with Life of Pi trailing just behind at 11.  Pleasant surprises include big love for Amour and the tiny, interesting (but a bit overrated) Beasts of the Southern Wild.  The snubs?  No Best Picture or Director nods for the critically adored and beautiful Moonrise Kingdom and The Master, no director nods for Tarantino or Bigelow, a shut out on John Hawkes and Marion Cotillard, and Leo is ignored again.

Ah well, time for me to go tally up my League points.  We'll see what happens when the Oscar telecast airs on February 24.

The full list of nominees is after the jump.




Best Picture:
AMOUR
ARGO
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
DJANGO UNCHAINED
LES MISERABLES
LINCOLN
LIFE OF PI
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
ZERO DARK THIRTY
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
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
Best Actor:
Denzel Washington, FLIGHT
Hugh Jackman, LES MISERABLES
Daniel Day-Lewis, LINCOLN
Joaquin Phoenix, THE MASTER
Bradley Cooper, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
Best Supporting Actress:
Anne Hathaway, LES MISERABLES
Sally Field, LINCOLN
Amy Adams, THE MASTER
Helen Hunt, THE SESSIONS
Jacki Weaver, SILVR LININGS PLAYBOOK
Best Supporting Actor:
Alan Arkin, ARGO
Christoph Waltz, DJANGO UNCHAINED
Tommy Lee Jones, LINCOLN
Phillip Seymour Hoffman, THE MASTER
Robert DeNiro, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
Best Original Screenplay:
AMOUR
DJANGO UNCHAINED
FLIGHT
MOONRISE KINGDOM
ZERO DARK THIRTY
Best Adapted Screenplay:
ARGO
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
LIFE OF PI
LINCOLN
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
Best Animated 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
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
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
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
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 Production Design:
ANNA KARENINA
THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
LES MISERABLES
LIFE OF PI
LINCOLN
Best Makeup and Hairstyling:
HITCHCOCK
THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
LES MISERABLES
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

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