Thursday, January 10, 2013

Thoughts on the oscar noms

Whatever other disappointments I have, I was so tickled pink to find that David O. Russell and Benh Zeitlin were in over Tom Hooper, I've just been happy all day.

A little sad that Quentin Tarantino wasn't in as well, but I do think Inglourious Basterds was probably his masterpiece and that not having his longtime editor on Django meant that the film wasn't quite as sharp as it otherwise could have been.

COMPLETELY thrilled with all the love for Silver Linings Playbook - including a huge surprise in Jacki Weaver for supporting actress! Yay Jacki Weaver!

And yay for Quvenzhané Wallis and Emmanuelle Riva as the youngest and oldest best actress nominees! (*cough*no roles for middle aged actresses*cough*)

As many other commentators have pointed out, the noms bode well for Silver Linings, Beasts of the Southern Wild and Amour, and not so for Django, Les Mis, Zero Dark, and Argo. Which is too bad - I loved Argo, and I loved a lot of Django. And I think those two should be up for more than Life of Pi. Then again, I always think editing TENDS to line up with those with a better shot at a best picture win (not last year, though!) So really good for Silver Linings and maybe not so bad for Argo and Zero Dark Thirty.

Other thoughts:
Disappointed that Looper was not in for original screenplay and Perks of Being a Wallflower was not in for adapted. *le Sigh*

Strange that Beasts didn't get a score nomination. 

It was a long shot, but sad that Freedom didn't make it in for best song. The song category I actually found quite weird. I don't think anyone predicted that right.

Pleasantly surprised that Pirates! made it in for animated over Rise of the Guardians. 

Sad for Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow. 

Sad that Cloud Atlas was entirely shutout.

I'm glad the noms didn't follow the DGA and SAGs, which I thought were not as good of choices.

All the supporting actor nominees are past oscar winners.

A little sad for John Hawkes, but not too surprised. I do think he was better in both Winter's Bone and Martha Marcy Mae Marlene. I'd say I like him better bad, but... Deadwood. 

No production nom for Moonrise Kingdom? You must be joking.

SHOCKED the Avengers isn't in for sound. 

Happy that Seamus McGarvey is in for cinematography. He does good work. Surprised that Django is in over The Master, which had been getting raves. (Thank god Les Mis didn't get in!!!)

Happy that Eiko Ishioka is in. I didn't think they'd do a posthumous nom for costumes, but it was well deserved.

So - how did I do? 89/122 (103/122 if you include first round alternates) [Ed update: Which finishes at 73 and 84% correct respectively. That beats my 2011 (71/82% correct) and 2010 (74/78%) picks, for which I added in any correct alternate. For such an unpredictable year, I did pretty damn well.]

Best Picture:
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Les Mis
Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

If 8, Django Unchained
If 9, Moonrise Kingdom

Possible 10th: Amour, The Master, Skyfall, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Amour over Moonrise Kingdom. A little odd. But not wholly unexpected.

Best Director:
Ben Affleck
Kathryn Bigelow
Ang Lee
David O. Russell
Steven Spielberg

Alternate: Quentin Tarantino. I refuse to discuss Tom Hooper.

Michael Haneke and Benh Zeitlin. WHOA. Way to throw a curveball oscars!

Best Actress:
Jessica Chastain
Marion Cotillard
Jennifer Lawrence
Emmanuelle Riva
Naomi Watts

Aternate: Quevenzhane Wallis, Helen Mirren, Rachel Weisz

Whoo! Happy with that substitution!

Best Actor:
Bradley Cooper
Daniel Day-Lewis

John Hawkes
Hugh Jackman
Denzel Washington

Alternate: Joaquin Phoenix

Supporting Actress:
Amy Adams
Sally Field
Anne Hathaway
Helen Hunt

Nicole Kidman

Alternate: Maggie Smith

Jacki Weaver. WHOOOOO.

Supporting Actor:
Alan Arkin
Robert DeNiro

Leonardo DiCaprio
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Tommy Lee Jones

Alternate: Christoph Waltz, Matthew McConaughey, Eddie Redmayne, Javier Bardem

A little surprised. Not that I don't love Christoph Waltz in Django, but.... Leo cut his hand! He nearly gave a blood disease to Kerry Washington!

Screenplay - Original:
Django Unchained
The Master
Moonrise Kingdom
Zero Dark Thirty

Alternate: Flight, Amour

Screenplay - Adapted:
Beasts of the Southern Wild

Perks of Being a Wallflower
Silver Linings Playbook

Alternate: Life of Pi, Les Mis


A Royal Affair

War Witch

Alternate: Beyond the Hills, Kon-Tiki

Kon-Tiki over Intouchables. Surprising, but not unwelcome.

The Gatekeepers
How to Survive a Plague
The Invisible War
Searching for Sugar Man

Alternate: Mea Maxima Culpa

5 Broken Cameras


Rise of the Guardians

Alternate: Hotel Transylvania (Or The Painting, if they decide to go all Chico & Rita, Cat in Paris on us)

Pirates! Band of Misfits

Les Mis
The Master
Zero Dark Thirty

Alternate: Life of Pi, Skyfall, Cloud Atlas, Dark Knight

Silver Linings Playbook

Life of Pi
Les Mis
The Master

Alternate: Anna Karenina, Zero Dark Thirty

Django Unchained

Anna Karenina

Cloud Atlas
Life of Pi

Alternate: Beasts of the Southern Wild, Skyfall, The Master, Moonrise Kingdom

Ancora Qui - Django Unchained
Learn Me Right - Brave
Suddenly - Les Mis
Skyfall - Skyfall

Abraham's Daughter - Hunger Games

Alternate: Everybody Needs a Best Friend - Ted, Freedom - Django Unchained (This should SOOOO be nominated), Fire in the Blood - Lawless (THIS SHOULD ALSO BE NOMINATED), Lawless Love - Madagascar 3, Still Alive - Paul Williams Sill Alive, Safe and Sound - Hunger Games, Breath of Life - Snow White and the Huntsman, From Here to the Moon and Back - Joyful Noise

Before My Time - Chasing Ice
Pi's Lullaby - Life of Pi

Wow. I don't think ANYONE had these two on their radar. Maybe the Hunger Games and Django multiple choices split the votes?

Production Design:
Anna Karenina
Django Unchained
The Hobbit
Les Mis

Alternate: Argo, The Master, Life of Pi, Cloud Atlas

Anna Karenina
Cloud Atlas
Django Unchained
Les Mis

Alternate: Mirror Mirror, The Hobbit, Snow White and the Huntsman. I feel like the Academy doesn't tend to go for costumes on foreign films, so probably not A Royal Affair.

Sound Editing:
The Avengers
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty

Alternate: Flight, Killing them Softly, Les Mis, Dark Knight

Argo. Huh.

Sound Mixing:
The Hobbit
Les Mis
Zero Dark Thirty

Alternate: Django Unchained, The Avengers, Life of Pi, Dark Knight

Unless the Academy decides to totally double the Edit/Mix categories again. [update: not totally!]

Argo. Huh again. I thought their soundworks piece was interesting, so cool.

Visual Effects:
Cloud Atlas
Life of Pi

Alternate: Battleship, Dark Knight, Skyfall

Snow White and the Huntsman. *SNIFF* Total Cloud Atlas shutout.

Les Mis


Alternate: Hitchcock, MIB3, Looper

It is so wrong that Cloud Atlas won't be up for this.

Short Documentary:
Kings Point
Mondays at Racine
Open Heart

The Education of Mohammad Hussein

Alternate: Redemption


Short Animated:
Adam and Dog
Head Over Heels
Maggie Simpson in The Longest Daycare

The Eagleman Stag

Alternate: Dripped, Fall of the House of Usher, Combustible

Fresh Guacamole. Which I had on the list and took off! I haven't seen it, but I did enjoy the Eagleman Stag.

Short Live:

when you find me

Alternate: Buzkashi Boys, A Fabrica, Salar

Death of a Shadow. Which I ALSO had and changed my mind on.

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