10 January 2013

My Thoughts on the 2013 Oscar Nominations

So that was a mixed bag. I honestly don't know what to make of these nominations. There were some great nominations but some very obvious snubs (looking at the complete snub of The Dark Knight Rises in particular). So, with my usual categories and discounting the short films, I dive into the 2013 Oscar Nominations:
Best Film:
Will Win: Lincoln
Should Win: Lincoln/Argo/Django Unchained/Zero Dark Thirty
Missing: Moonrise Kingdom/The Dark Knight Rises/Looper/Avengers Assemble

Best Director:
Will Win: Steven Spielberg - Lincoln
Should Win: Steven Spielberg - Lincoln
Missing: Ben Affleck - Argo/Kathryn Bigelow - Zero Dark Thirty/Christopher Nolan - The Dark Knight Rises/Wes Anderson - Moonrise Kingdom/Joss Whedon - Avengers Assemble/Peter Strickland - Berberian Sound Studio/Rian Johnson - Looper

Best Actor:
Will Win: Daniel Day-Lewis - Lincoln
Should Win: Daniel Day-Lewis - Lincoln
Missing: Toby Jones - Berberian Sound Studio/Martin Freeman - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey/Joseph Gordon-Levitt - Looper

Best Actress:
Will Win: Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark Thirty
Should Win: Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark Thirty/Quvenzhan√© Wallis - Beasts Of The Southern Wild
Missing: Alice Lowe - Sightseers/Marion Cotillard - Rust and Bone

Best Supporting Actor:
Will Win: Tommy Lee Jones - Lincoln
Should Win: Tommy Lee Jones - Lincoln
Missing: Mark Ruffalo - Avengers Assemble/Michael Fassbender - Prometheus/Javier Bardem - Skyfall/John Goodman - Argo

Best Supporting Actress:
Will Win: Anne Hathaway - Les Miserables
Should Win: Anne Hathaway - Les Miserables
Missing: Maggie Smith - The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel/Judi Dench - Skyfall

Best Animated Film:
Will Win: Frankenweenie
Should Win: Frankenweenie/ParaNorman/The Pirates in an Adventure with Scientists
Missing: None

Best Original Screenplay:
Will Win: Django Unchained
Should Win: Moonrise Kingdom/Django Unchained
Missing: Looper/Sightseers/The Cabin in the Woods

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Will Win: Lincoln
Should Win: Lincoln/Argo
Missing: Avengers Assemble/The Dark Knight Rises

Best Cinematography:
Will Win: Skyfall
Should Win: Skyfall/Django Unchained/Life of Pi
Missing: The Dark Knight Rises/Avengers Assemble/Looper

Best Costume Design:
Will Win: Anna Karenina
Should Win: Anna Karenina/Mirror, Mirror
Missing: Avengers Assemble/Dark Shadows/The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Best Documentary:
Will Win: 5 Broken Cameras
Should Win: 5 Broken Cameras
Missing: The Imposter/You've Been Trumped

Best Editing:
Will Win: Zero Dark Thirty
Should Win: Zero Dark Thirty/Argo
Missing: Avengers Assemble/Looper/The Raid

Best Foreign Language Film:
Will Win: Amour
Should Win: A Royal Affair
Missing: The Raid

Best Make-Up:
Will Win: Hitchcock
Should Win: Hitchcock/The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Missing: Cloud Atlas (and I really don't see how they could leave this off)

Best Original Score:
Will Win: Lincoln
Should Win: Lincoln/Argo/Skyfall
Missing: Brave

Best Original Song:
Will Win: Skyfall - Skyfall
Should Win: Skyfall - Skyfall
Missing: Learn Me Right - Brave/Touch The Sky - Brave/Song of the Lonely Mountain - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Best Production Design:
Will Win: Les Miserables
Should Win: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Missing: Dark Shadows/Avengers Assemble/The Dark Knight Rises/Moonrise Kingdom

Best Sound Editing:
Will Win: Life of Pi
Should Win: Life of Pi/Argo/Skyfall/Les Miserables
Missing: Berberian Sound Studio/The Dark Knight Rises/Avengers Assemble/Looper/Moonrise Kingdom

Best Sound Mixing:
Will Win: Life of Pi
Should Win: Life of Pi/Argo/Skyfall/Les Miserables
Missing: Berberian Sound Studio/The Dark Knight Rises/Avengers Assemble/Looper/Moonrise Kingdom

Best Visual Effects:
Will Win: Life of Pi
Should Win: Life of Pi/Avengers Assemble/The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey/Prometheus
Missing: The Dark Knight Rises

So there we go, a pretty mixed bad overall. Don't know what to expect from the ceremony when it come on February 24th. Hope that there will be some curveball decisions but, knowing the Oscars, I highly doubt it.

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