2013 Academy Award Nominations

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BEST PICTURE

Lincoln, Steven Spielberg

Silver Linings Playbook, David O. Russel

The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson

Life of Pi, Ang Lee

Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino

Argo, Ben Affleck

Zero Dark Thirty, Katherin Bigelow

Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson

Les Miserables, Tom Hooper

Beasts of Southern Wild, Benh Zeitilin

Amour, Michael Haneke (I guess Austrian/French film does qualify for BEST PICTURE in English language?!)

Potential surprises:

Sessions, Ben Lewin

Flight, Robert Zemeckis

Amour, Michael Haneke (if a foreign film can even compete in this category I would put it among 10)

BEST DIRECTOR

Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

Ben Affleck, Argo

Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master

Ang Lee, Life of Pi

Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Michael Haneke, Amour

Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern World

Potential surprises:

Katherine Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty

David O. Russel, Silver Linings Playbook

Tom Hooper, Les Miserables

Michael Haneke, Amour (if it can compete)

Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern World

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE:

Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

Daniel Day Lewis, Lincoln

Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables

John Hawks, Sessions

Denzel Washington, Flight

Bradely Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook

Potential surprise:

Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE:

Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty

Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone

Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of Southern Wild

Naomi Watts, The Impossible

Emanuelle Riva, Amour

Potential Surprise:

Helen Miren, Hitchcock

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:

Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master

Alan Arkin, Argo

Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained

Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

Robert de Niro, Silver Linings Playbook

Potential surprise:

Javier Bardem, Skyfall

BEST SUPORTING ACTRESS:

Amy Adams, The Master

Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy

Helen Hunt, Sessions

Sally Filed, Lincoln

Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook

Potential surprise:

Judy Dench, Skyfall

BEST WRITING – original screenplay

Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master

Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom

Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty

Michael Haneke, Amour

John Gatins, Flight

BEST WRITING – adapted screenplay

Benh Zeitilin, Lucy Alibar, Beasts of the Southern Wild

David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook

David Magee, Life of Pi

Chris Terrio, Argo

Tony Kushner, Lincoln

NOTE for the reader:

Knowing the Academy I am pretty positive that PTA’s The Master will not be nominated neither in the category of the BEST PICTURE nor BEST DIRECTOR but considering I find this film to be the best film of 2012 it would be hypocritical  and dishonest of me not to put it out there. Following this line of thought I would place Hooper’s Les Miserables as the first runner up in the category for BEST PICTURE and Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty in the category for BEST DIRECTOR. (Crazy enough I placed Zero Dark Thirty as the 2nd worst film of 2012, most overrated one)

But let me just put it out there…I am not really fond of Lincoln either.
Maybe its due the fact I am not a Spielberg enthusiast (except for Jaws, Close Encounter and Schindler) or American history pics of history pics in general but I really did not like it. Except for the cast, especially Day Lewis (who is always brilliant, but that is just love for one man) there is nothing extraordinary about this film. Just like there was nothing extraordinary with King’s Speech yet we all know what happened there.

Hm, considering I do not like it its chance of getting the Oscar has increased considerably…not that I am tapping myself in the back here but the truth is Oscar always goes to (a) the film I hate the most (referring to that terrible year when Hurt Locker, The Blind SideAvatar and Up in the air were nominated together!? What a sad sad bunch and what a terrible year for movies indeed) or (b) the only film of a bunch I disliked.

Slumdog Millionaire as opposed to The Reader (neither one THAT good I might add);
Hurt Locker winning against Inglourious Basterds and even a Serious Man; What is up with that?!
Not to mention King’s Speech winning against masterful The Social Network, man that sucked!
And last year’s Artists (which I saw as a B&W version of Singing in the Rain) running against Malick’s brilliant Tree of Life, come on!
And lets face it if PTA didn’t get the Oscar for There Will Be Blood (although it competed against fantastic No Country for Old Men) how on Earth will he get it now if he is about to compete against the 16th USA president who ended slavery and led the country through the only war they have ever known into a better, modern future. He stands no chance. But then again you never know. Its never too late for things to change. On a funny note, he was left out from the Golden Globe and BAFTA completely so,umm, things do change.. for worse …

Anyhow it seems that this year we will have clash of the Titans indeed: Lincoln vs Obama; noble goal of ending slavery vs even more noble one – the war against terrorism; torturing in the name of freedom; Spielberg vs Bigelow and so forth.  Oh my not even GOD can help us now! But I remain the optimist. One aspect of my optimism emerged from the number of good films we have seen this year. The other emerged from the presence of all-american-antithesis in the form of Affleck, Anderson and Tarantino.
If things go haywire *cross my fingers* they all have my vote.

In other words, anyone BUT Spielberg or Bigelow sounds just about right.

UPDATE: So the best film of the year was not even nominated. If you have seen The Master then you know why.

Anyhow, its not the first time I get disappointed by the Academy decision. And it is not the end of the world. Six wonderful films are competing…
My heart is all the way with Beasts of the Southern World, Amour and Django Unchained. I wouldn’t have problems with Life of Pi or Argo either. And I am yet to watch Silver Linings Playbook. Being fan of David O. Russell I have a hunch I am about to see something truly wonderful. Having Bradley Cooper in it doesn’t hurt either.

On a side note, can someone explain to me what on Earth have happened with the 10th film? If my ability to count still serves me, only 9 film are nominated in the category of BEST PICTURE. Maybe we will get an update on the 10th…maybe it is The Master?! Controversy continues…

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