2013 Oscars

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2013-01-10

Nominations announced this morning.  Below I will rank the nominees, with spaces appearing to separate the films I have not yet seen (notably now including ZDT, Pi, Master, Flight). Closer to the day of the Oscars, I will update this page with final predictions and commentaries, and then I will live-blog the event itself.

In the meantime, I would (naturally) recommend reading the reviews I’ve written for films which have been nominated:

Silver Linings Playbook
Amour
The Sessions
Anna Karenina
5 Broken Cameras
The Gatekeepers (to be published 02-18)
How to Survive a Plague
The Invisible War
No (to be published)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The Avengers
Moonrise Kingdom

NOMINEES:

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
* Joaquin Phoenix in “The Master”
* Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln”
* Denzel Washington in “Flight”
* Bradley Cooper in “Silver Linings Playbook”
* Hugh Jackman in “Les Misérables”

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
* Philip Seymour Hoffman in “The Master”
* Christoph Waltz in “Django Unchained”
* Tommy Lee Jones in “Lincoln”
* Robert De Niro in “Silver Linings Playbook”
* Alan Arkin in “Argo”

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
* Emmanuelle Riva in “Amour”
* Jessica Chastain in “Zero Dark Thirty”
* Jennifer Lawrence in “Silver Linings Playbook”
* Naomi Watts in “The Impossible”
* Quvenzhané Wallis in “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
* Amy Adams in “The Master”
* Anne Hathaway in “Les Misérables”
* Helen Hunt in “The Sessions”
* Jacki Weaver in “Silver Linings Playbook”
* Sally Field in “Lincoln”

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM OF THE YEAR

* “Brave” Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman
* “Frankenweenie” Tim Burton
* “ParaNorman” Sam Fell and Chris Butler
* “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” Peter Lord
* “Wreck-It Ralph” Rich Moore

ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
* “Life of Pi” Claudio Miranda
* “Anna Karenina” Seamus McGarvey
* “Django Unchained” Robert Richardson
* “Lincoln” Janusz Kaminski
* “Skyfall” Roger Deakins

ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN
* “Anna Karenina” Jacqueline Durran
* “Les Misérables” Paco Delgado
* “Lincoln” Joanna Johnston
* “Mirror Mirror” Eiko Ishioka
* “Snow White and the Huntsman” Colleen Atwood

ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING
* “Amour” Michael Haneke
* “Silver Linings Playbook” David O. Russell
* “Life of Pi” Ang Lee
* “Lincoln” Steven Spielberg
* “Beasts of the Southern Wild” Benh Zeitlin

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
* “The Invisible War” Nominees to be determined
* “5 Broken Cameras” Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi
* “The Gatekeepers” Nominees to be determined
* “How to Survive a Plague” Nominees to be determined
* “Searching for Sugar Man” Nominees to be determined

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

* “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

ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM EDITING
* “Silver Linings Playbook” Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers
* “Zero Dark Thirty” Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg
* “Life of Pi” Tim Squyres
* “Argo” William Goldenberg
* “Lincoln” Michael Kahn

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR
* “Amour” Austria
* “No” Chile

* “Kon-Tiki” Norway
* “A Royal Affair” Denmark
* “War Witch” Canada

ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
* “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane
* “Les Misérables”
Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell
* “Hitchcock”
Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SCORE)
* “Anna Karenina” Dario Marianelli
* “Argo” Alexandre Desplat
* “Lincoln” John Williams
* “Skyfall” Thomas Newman
* “Life of Pi” Mychael Danna

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SONG)
* “Skyfall” from “Skyfall”
Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
* “Suddenly” from “Les Misérables”
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil
* “Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from “Ted”
Music by Walter Murphy; Lyric by Seth MacFarlane
* “Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi”
Music by Mychael Danna; Lyric by Bombay Jayashri

* “Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice”
Music and Lyric by J. Ralph

BEST MOTION PICTURE OF THE YEAR
* “Amour” Nominees to be determined
* “Silver Linings Playbook” Donna Gigliotti, Bruce Cohen and Jonathan Gordon, Producers
* “Django Unchained” Stacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin and Pilar Savone, Producers
* “Zero Dark Thirty” Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow and Megan Ellison, Producers
* “Life of Pi” Gil Netter, Ang Lee and David Womark, Producers
* “Argo” Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney, Producers
* “Lincoln” Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers
* “Beasts of the Southern Wild” Dan Janvey, Josh Penn and Michael Gottwald, Producers
* “Les Misérables” Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward and Cameron Mackintosh, Producers

ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION DESIGN
* “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
Production Design: Dan Hennah; Set Decoration: Ra Vincent and Simon Bright
* “Anna Karenina”
Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
* “Life of Pi”
Production Design: David Gropman; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
* “Lincoln”
Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Jim Erickson
* “Les Misérables”
Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Anna Lynch-Robinson

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 FILKM

* “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

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING
* “Zero Dark Thirty” Paul N.J. Ottosson
* “Skyfall” Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers
* “Django Unchained” Wylie Stateman
* “Life of Pi” Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton
* “Argo” Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND MIXING
* “Skyfall”
Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson
* “Life of Pi”
Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin
* “Lincoln”
Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins
* “Les Misérables”
Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes
* “Argo”
John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia

ACHIEVEMENT IN 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
* “Prometheus”
Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill
* “Marvel’s The Avengers”
Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick

* “Snow White and the Huntsman”
Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
* “Silver Linings Playbook” Screenplay by David O. Russell
* “Lincoln” Screenplay by Tony Kushner
* “Life of Pi” Screenplay by David Magee
* “Argo” Screenplay by Chris Terrio
* “Beasts of the Southern Wild” Screenplay by Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
* “Amour” Written by Michael Haneke
* “Zero Dark Thirty” Written by Mark Boal
* “Django Unchained” Written by Quentin Tarantino
* “Moonrise Kingdom” Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
* “Flight” Written by John Gatins

And for those who have stuck in there, this is an excerpt of an email I wrote to a friend earlier today:

I grew up never being interested in the Oscars – funny, but I never gave it a second thought. “Shouldn’t I be interested? It’s my field.” In 2011 I started becoming interested, for political reasons mostly, and because I like to gamble. Taking it seriously and then being let down really made me bitter at them. They just blow it every time. They’re abjectly pathetic. The actual Oscar ceremony itself is a desperate, pompous, incestuous celebration. It also barely qualifies as anything remotely entertaining. The films they’re celebrating get worse and worse every year, and the spectacle gets bigger and bigger. It’s all just media-related. Bigger sales, bigger event, bigger promotions. It’s an industry of philistines. If they do make the right call, that’s an anomaly.

Really, I’ll never forgive them for Crash. I really thought that movie was just pure trash (annoyingly alliterated).

written by David Ashley

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