85th Annual Academy Award Nominations

Emma Stone and Seth MacFarlane announced the nominees for the 85th Annual Academy Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. this morning

Emma Stone and Seth MacFarlane announced the nominees for the 85th Annual Academy Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. this morning

There is no doubt that this year was a good year for movies. There were breakout directors; poignant, against-type performances; the usual heavyweights giving us brand new performances to think and rave about. It was easy, then, to predict who was going to be nominated for a coveted Academy Award by the end of the year.

Steven Spielberg’s epic “Lincoln” leads the Oscar race with 12 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director. Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” came in a close second with 11 nominations. Tied for third were Tom Hooper’s “Les Miserables” and David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook” with eight nominations each.

Below is the list of Oscar nominees announced by the Academy this morning. Were there any surprising snubs or recognition in your opinion?

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

I wasn’t surprised by any of these choices by the Academy except for Amour, and that’s only because I hadn’t heard of it and still have yet to see it. I will say that Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Silver Linings Playbook, and Zero Dark Thirty were great films whose reviews I will be posting sooner rather than later.

Actor in a Leading Role:
Bradley CooperSilver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis Lincoln
Hugh Jackman Les Miserables
Joaquin PhoenixThe Master
Denzel WashingtonFlight

I haven’t seen The Master or Flight, but given the two actors nominated for those films, I don’t doubt they both deserve to be nominated. Personally, I think Bradley Cooper winning is a long shot, but I enjoyed his performance. It was a pleasant surprise to watch him in a heavy role like that. Daniel Day-Lewis is definitely the one to beat in this category.

Actress in a Leading Role:
Jessica ChastainZero Dark Thirty
Jennifer LawrenceSilver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle RivaAmour
Quvenzhane WallisBeasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi WattsThe Impossible

I’m thinking this one is either going to Naomi Watts or Emanuelle Riva, but again, my own personal opinion.

Best Director:
Michael HanekeAmour
Benh ZeitlinBeasts of the Southern Wild
Ang Lee Life of Pi
Steven SpielbergLincoln
David O. Russell Silver Linings Playbook

The obvious snub in this category was Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty. That story could have been messy and disorganized, but she made it easy to watch and understand. That was the biggest surprise for me, but I’m thinking Ang Lee is taking this one home anyway.

Actor in a Supporting Role:
Alan ArkinArgo
Robert De NiroSilver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour HoffmanThe Master
Tommy Lee Jones Lincoln
Cristoph WaltzDjango Unchained

Don’t get me wrong, I loved Cristoph Waltz in Django, but it kind of seemed like he was reprising the role that won him this Oscar back in 2010. What’s interesting is that all five of these nominees have won in this category before, so it’ll be fun to see these guys duke it out for a repeat.

Actress in a Supporting Role:
Amy Adams The Master
Sally FieldLincoln
Anne HathawayLes Miserables
Helen HuntThe Sessions
Jacki WeaverSilver Linings Playbook

It seemed like Anne Hathaway might have been snubbed by the Academy since she only appeared in Les Miserables for 20 minutes or so, but every minute she was in the film was incredible. She’s obviously my personal favorite, but I don’t know if there’s any clear prediction as to who will win in this category.

Best Animated Feature:
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Wreck-It Ralph

I’ll be honest. I don’t watch many animated features, but Brave was a big disappointment. I’ll count that one out of contention for sure.

Writing – Adapted Screenplay:
Argo – Written by Chris Terrio
Beasts of the Southern Wild – Screenplay by Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin
Life of Pi – Written by David Magee
Lincoln – Written by Tony Kushner
Silver Linings Playbook – Written by David O. Russell

Writing – Original Screenplay:
Amour – Written by Michael Haneke
Django Unchained – Written by Quentin Tarantino
Flight – Written by John Gatins
Moonrise Kingdom – Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
Zero Dark Thirty – Written by Mark Boal

I am biased towards Quentin Tarantino, because the dialogue in his screenplays never fail to surprise me. It’s always inventive, smart, and fun. Moonrise Kingdom was classic Anderson-Coppola, but I don’t know that it deserves to win over the others. Zero Dark Thirty was an amazing film and navigated through a story that could have been a disaster with ease and clarity. Still not sure who deserves to win.

Anna Karenina – Seamus McGarvey
Django Unchained – Robert Richardson
Life of Pi – Claudio Miranda
Lincoln – Janusz Kaminski
Skyfall – Roger Deakins

Costume Design:
Anna Karenina – Jacqueline Durran
Les Miserables – Paco Delgado
Lincoln – Joanna Johnston
Mirror Mirror – Eiko Ishioka
Snow White and the Huntsman – Colleen Atwood

You can read Paco Delgado’s interview with The Reel Story about the inspiration for his costumes here: “Paco Delgado talks Les Miserables

Documentary Feature:
5 Broken Cameras
The Gatekeepers
How to Survive a Plague
The Invisible War
Searching for Sugar Man

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’Neil

Film Editing:
Argo – William Goldenberg
Life of Pi – Tim Squyres
Lincoln – Michael Kahn
Silver Linings Playbook – Jay Cassidy and Srispin Struthers
Zero Dark Thirty – Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg

Foreign Language Film:
Amour (Austria)
Kon-Tiki (Norway)
No (Chile)
A Royal Affair (Denmark)
War Witch (Canada)

Hitchcock – Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane
Les Miserables – Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell

Music – Original Score:
Anna Karenina – Dario Marianelli
Argo – Alexandre Desplat
Life of Pi – Mychael Danna
Lincoln – John Williams
Skyfall – Thomas Newman

Music – Original Song:
“Before My Time” from Chasing Ice – Music & Lyrics by J. Ralph
“Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from Ted – Music by Walter Murphy; Lyrics by Seth MacFarlane
“Pi’s Lullaby” from Life of Pi – Music by Mychael Danna; Lyrics by Bombay Jayashri
“Skyfall” from Skyfall – Music & Lyrics by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
“Suddenly” from Les Miserables – Music by Claude-Michel Schonberg & Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil

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 Miserables – Eve Stewart (Production Design); Anna Lynch-Robinson (Set Decoration)
Life of Pi – David Gropman (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration)
Lincoln – Rick Carter (Production Design); Jim Erickson (Set Decoration)

Best Short Film:
Adam and Dog – Minkyu Lee
Fresh Guacamole – PES
Head Over Heels – Timothy Reckhart and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly
Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare” – David Silverman
Paperman – John Kahrs

Best Short Film – Live Action:
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

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

Sound Mixing:
Argo – John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia
Les Miserables – 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

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. Elliot
Marvel’s The Avengers – Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick
Prometheus – Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill
Snow White and the Hunstman – Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson

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