Thursday, January 10, 2013

2013 Academy Award Nominations Reactions

Well, I think some people's Oscar polls are already flipped on their head. With the nominations just being announced by the lovely Emma Stone and the (ugh) Oscar host Seth MacFarlane, the Internet is now free to make predictions and generally complain about the Oscars for the next seven weeks. That's right, the broadcast is still seven weeks away.

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So what about the nominations? Did the Academy actually shake things up this year? Yes and no. I would say it wasn't a shock who was nominated rather than who was NOT nominated, but isn't that always the case? The biggest category where there were some glaring omissions was for Best Director. Of course there are the staples, Ang Lee and Steven Spielberg, but then David O. Russel? Michael Haneke? I can't wait to see their films, which also got nominations, to judge for myself, but some people who everyone thought were shoe-ins that were not nominated were Ben Affleck, Quentin Tarantino, Katharine Bigelow, and Oscar-bait darling, Tom Hooper.

Another surprising fact is the presence of AMOUR and SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK all over the nominations. AMOUR raked in not only a Best Picture nomination, but one for Best Foreign Film as well. Unfortunately having your picture in two categories like that will split the vote, so it has next to no chance for the main prize. I can already feel the anger for SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK boiling up around the blogger sphere. I'm sure it's a good movie pulling at all the right strings, but when you look at the production company, The Weinstein Company, all the praise seems to be a little less genuine. This could be another SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE scenario where a movie will come as the front runner, LINCOLN, and the Weinsteins do a last minute campaign and SILVER LININGS comes out on top come awards day. If that happens, I hope Spielberg runs up to the stage, punches the Weinsteins in the face, and runs away with the Best Picture Oscar. Wouldn't that make for an interesting broadcast?

There was only one surprise with the main acting categories; no Leonardo DiCaprio. I guess the academy only likes him if he's a main actor, not a supporting. But we can go ahead and give the awards to Daniel Day-Lewis and Anne Hathaway because it's quite silly to make them sit for seven weeks.

As Javi pointed out in his disappointments post, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD ended up being a critic darling, but he just couldn't connect with it. I agree with him, yet it ended up with some pretty big nominations (Picture, Actress, Actor, Director, and Adapted Screenplay) this year. It's a pretty movie sure, and the young star, Quvenzhane Wallis, who now is the youngest nominee ever, has major screen presence, but overall, the film left an overall disappointed taste in my mouth.

The main nomination I am beyond stoked about is PARANORMAN for Best Animated Feature. I was afraid it would be snubbed because...well, I'm not exactly sure why it would have been. BRAVE does not deserve their nomination at all, but it's Pixar, and the Academy loves to be somewhat predictable.

Unfortunately, awards season will never make us happy, in fact, they can ARGO f#$@ themselves. There will always be snubs and disappointments when these nominations come out, but that's what the Internet is for right? To vent our frustrations and to tell the world what the best movies of the year really were. (You can find ours here and here!)

The 2013 Academy Awards will be held on February 24, 2013.

Here are the full list of nominees:

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

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

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

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

Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Phillip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Robert DeNiro, Silver Linings Playbook
Alan Arkin, Argo
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

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

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

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

Best Animated Film
Pirates: Band of Misfits
Wreck It Ralph

Best Foreign Film
Amour, Austria
No, Chile
War Witch, Canada
A Royal Affair, Denmark
Kon-Tiki, Norway

Best Original Song
‘Before My Time,’ Chasing Ice
‘Pi’s Lullaby,’ Life of Pi
‘Suddenly,’ Les Misérables
‘Everybody Needs a Best Friend,’ Ted
‘Skyfall,’ Skyfall
Best Cinematography 
Seamus McGarvey, Anna Karenina
Robert Richardson, Django Unchained
Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi
Janusz Kaminski, Lincoln
Roger Deakins, Skyfall
Best Costume Design
Jacqueline Durran, Anna Karenina
Paco Delgado, Les Misérables
Joanna Johnston, Lincoln
Eiko Ishioka, Mirror Mirror
Colleen Atwood, Snow White and the Huntsman
Best Documentary Feature
5 Broken Cameras
The Gatekeepers
How to Survive a Plague
The Invisible War
Searching for Sugar Man
Best Documentary Short
Inocente, Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine
Kings Point, Sari Gilman and Jedd Wider
Mondays at Racine, Cynthia Wade and Robin Honan
Open Heart, Kief Davidson and Cori Shepherd Stern
Redemption, Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill
Best Film Editing
William Goldenberg, Argo
Tim Squyres, Life of Pi
Michael Kahn, Lincoln
Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers, Silver Linings Playbook
Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg, Zero Dark Thirty
Best Originial Score
Dario Marianelli, Anna Karenina
Alexandre Desplat, Argo
Mychael Danna, Life of Pi
John Williams, Lincoln
Thomas Newman, Skyfall
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel, Hitchcock
Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell, 
Les Misérables
Best Production Design
Anna Karenina
Sarah Greenwood (Production Design); Katie Spencer (Set Decoration)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Dan Hennah (Production Design); Ra Vincent and Simon Bright (Set Decoration)
Les Misérables
Eve Stewart (Production Design); Anna Lynch-Robinson (Set Decoration)
Life of Pi
David Gropman (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration)
Rick Carter (Production Design); Jim Erickson (Set Decoration)
Best Animated Short Film
Adam and Dog, Minkyu Lee
Fresh Guacamole, PES
Head over Heels, Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly
Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”, David Silverman
Paperman, John Kahrs
Best Live-Action Short Film
Asad, Bryan Buckley and Mino Jarjoura
Buzkashi Boys, Sam French and Ariel Nasr
Curfew, Shawn Christensen
Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw), Tom Van Avermaet and Ellen De Waele
Henry, Yan England
Best Sound Editing
Argo, Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn
Django Unchained, Wylie Stateman
Life of Pi, Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton
Skyfall, Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers
Zero Dark Thirty, Paul N.J. Ottosson
Best Sound Mixing
Argo, John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia
Les Misérables, Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes
Life of Pi, Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin
Lincoln, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins
Skyfall, Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson
Best Visual Effects
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White
Life of Pi
Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott
Marvel’s The Avengers
Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick
Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill
Snow White and the Huntsman
Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson

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