January 10, 2013

Oscar Nominations (2013)


The Oscar nominations are out! The list of nominees, and my thoughts, await!




BEST PICTURE




Amour
Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained * 
Life of Pi
Lincoln 
Les Miserables
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

I believe that this is Tarrantino's year to shine. Possible upsets could include Lincoln & Les Miserables

DIRECTOR


Michael Haneke
Ang Lee
David O. Russell
Steven Spielberg *
Benh Zeitlin

Spielberg is back!!

ACTOR



Bradley Cooper
Daniel Day-Lewis *
Hugh Jackman
Joaquin Phoenix
Denzel Washington

The statue is Day-Lewis'

ACTRESS

Jessica Chastain
Jennifer Lawrence *
Emmanuelle Riva
Quvenzhane Wallis
Naomi Watts

Jennifer Lawrence is an incredible actress, and she will get recognized. 

SUPPORTING ACTOR


Alan Arkin
Robert De Niro
Philip Seymour Hoffman 
Tommy Lee Jones
Christoph Waltz *

Another solid performance from Waltz in Django

SUPPORTING ACTRESS


Amy Adams
Sally Field
Anne Hathaway *
Helen Hunt
Jacki Weaver

From the moment I saw the preview, I knew Anne was a force to be reckoned with.

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY


Amour
Django Unchained *
Flight
Moonrise Kingdom
Zero Dark Thirty

Tarrantino definitely knows how to create an original and unique story, no doubts there.

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Life of Pi
Lincoln *
Silver Linings Playbook

ANIMATED FILM


Brave *
Frankenweenie
ParaNorman
Prates Band of Misfits
Wreck it Ralph

Tough category! Either Brave or Frankenweenie will win here.

FOREIGN

Amour
Kon-Tiki
No
A Royal Affair
War Witch

SCORE



Anna Karenina – Dario Marianelli
Argo – Alexandre Desplat
Life of Pi – Mychael Danna
Lincoln – John Williams
Skyfall – Thomas Newman *


Scores from Marianelli, Desplat AND John Williams?? Very tough to pick here, but I'll go with Skyfall!

SONG


"Before My Time" from Chasing Ice – J. Ralph
"Everybody Needs a Best Friend" from Ted – Walter Murphyand Seth MacFarlane
"Pi's Lullaby" from Life of Pi – Mychael Danna and Bombay Jayashri
"Skyfall" from Skyfall – Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth *
"Suddenly" from Les Misérables – Claude-Michel Schönberg,Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil


"Skyfall" is a great song on and off the movie screens

SOUND (EDITING)



Argo – Erik Aadahl
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Skyfall  *
Zero Dark Thirty


SOUND (MIXING)



Argo
Les Misérables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Skyfall  *


PRODUCTION DESIGN



Anna Karenina
The Hobbit: Part 1 *
Les Misérables
Life of Pi
Lincoln 


The Hobbit: Part 1 was very well made, one of the strongest aspects of the film.

CINEMATOGRAPHY



Anna Karenina
Django Unchained  *
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Skyfall 


Django & Skyfall both had incredible cinematography, as did The Hobbit: Part 1...which was not nominated here. Django had more of an epic 'feel' and 'scope' to it.

MAKEUP



Hitchcock
The Hobbit: Part 1 *
Les Misérables 


I mean come on, it's Gandalf the Grey....and look at all those dwarves!



COSTUME

Anna Karenina
Les Misérables
Lincoln  *
Mirror Mirror
Snow White and the Huntsman 


EDITING

Argo
Life of Pi s
Lincoln  *
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty 



VFX



The Hobbit: Part 1  *
Life of Pi
The Avengers
Prometheus
Snow White and the Huntsman 


The Hobbit: Part 1 lives up to the expectations of the graphics department set by Lord of the Rings.

Thoughts: Some expected, some unexpected. I was surprise by the lack of nominees for The Hobbit: Part 1 and The Dark Knight Rises in the technical departments - cinematography, sound, and score. I wish well that film well, as well as Django, Les Miserables and Lincoln, as they are all excellent pieces of work in their own right. I'm glad for Django Unchained and Skyfall. 

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