Gather Round: It is Oscar Time

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by Noor Alnaqeeb (@nooralnaqeeb)

It’s the beginning of 2013, which means two things: broken New Year’s resolutions and the Academy Awards Nominations. Now since one of my New Year’s resolutions is to make a beautifully long list of really good movies and make sure I actually get around to watching them, I found myself thinking: what better way is there to start off than with a list of the highest critically-acclaimed movies of the year?

The 85th Annual Academy Awards Nominations were announced yesterday. Taking place on the 24th of February with Seth MacFarlane as host, we’re definitely all in for a treat. Lincoln, unsurprisingly, took the lead with twelve Academy Award nominations, including best director (Steven Spielberg) and best actor (Daniel Day-Lewis). Ang Lee’s Life of Pi wasn’t far behind with eleven nominations and Les Miserables tied with Silver Linings Playbook with eight nominations each. So let me take this opportune moment to stand in Emma Stone’s 5am-but-she’s-still-endearing-as-always shoes and announce the nominees:

Best Picture:

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


There were no surprises with the Best Supporting Actor category as all the nominees have won in previous years.

 

Best Supporting Actor:

  • Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Alan Arkin, Argo
  • Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
  • Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln 


In the Best Supporting Actress category, critics found a (pleasant?) surprise in the nomination of Jacki Weaver from Silver Linings Playbook, expecting Maggie Smith from The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel to be chosen instead.

 

Best Supporting Actress

  • Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Helen Hunt, The Sessions
  • Sally Field, Lincoln
  • Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
  • Amy Adams, The Master


Best Director was met with a few surprises as Ben Affleck didn’t receive a nomination for Argo and Katherine Bigelow also missed out on Zero Dark Thirty. Tom Hooper, although nabbing a nomination for Best Picture, did not find himself with a Best Director nomination.

 

Best Director:

  • Michael Haneke, Amour
  • Ang Lee, Life of Pi
  • Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
  • Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild


Again, no surprises for Best Actor:

  • Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
  • Denzel Washington, Flight
  • Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
  • Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

 

With their Best Actress nominees, the Academy has found their eldest and youngest contenders in the same category ever. Beasts of the Southern Wild star Quvenzhane Wallis, aged 9; and Amour’s Emmanuelle Riva, aged 85, are both nominated this year.

 

Best Actress:

  • Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
  • Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty
  • Naomi Watts in The Impossible
  • Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook

 

Best Original Screenplay:

  • Amour
  • Zero Dark Thirty
  • Django Unchained
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Flight

 

Best Adapted Screenplay:

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

 

Best Animated Feature:

  • Paranorman
  • Frankenweenie
  • The Pirates! Band of Misfits
  • Wreck-It Ralph
  • Brave

 

Best Foreign Feature:

  • No
  • Amour
  • A Royal Affair
  • Kon-Tiki
  • War Witch

 

Best Visual Effects:

  • Prometheus
  • Life of Pi
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (That was expected)
  • The Avengers
  • Snow White and the Huntsman

 

Best Cinematography:

  • Life of Pi
  • Skyfall
  • Anna Karenina
  • Django Unchained
  • Lincoln

 

With Best Costume Design:

  • Lincoln
  • Mirror Mirror
  • Snow White and the Huntsman
  • Anna Karenina
  • Les Miserables

 

Best Documentary Feature:

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

 

Best Documentary Short:

  • “Kings Point”
  • “Mondays at Racine”
  • “Open Heart”
  • “Inocente”
  • “Redemption”
  • “Snow White and the Huntsman”

 

Best Film Editing:

  • Zero Dark Thirty
  • Lincoln
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Life of Pi
  • Argo

 

Best Makeup and Hairstyling:

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Hitchcock
  • Les Miserables

 

Best Music (Original Score):

  • Lincoln
  • Anna Karenina
  • Argo
  • Life of Pi
  • Skyfall

 

Best Music (Original Song):

  • “Skyfall” from Skyfall
  • “Before My Time” from Chasing Ice
  • “Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from Ted
  • “Pi’s Lullaby” from Life of Pi
  • “Suddenly” from Les Misérables

 

Best Production Design:

  • Anna Karenina
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Les Misérables

 

Best Short Film, Animated:

  • “Head over Heels”
  • Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare'”
  • “Fresh Guacamole”
  • “Paperman”

 

Best Short Film, Live Action:

  • “Asad”
  • “Henry”
  • “Buzkashi Boys”
  • “Curfew”
  • “Death of a Shadow” (Dood van een Schaduw)

 

Best Sound Editing:

  • Life of Pi
  • Skyfall
  • Argo
  • Django Unchained
  • Zero Dark Thirty

 

Best Sound Mixing:

  • Les Misérables
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Argo
  • Skyfall


That’s all folks. Tune in on the February 24 to find out who gets what. And if you’re using this as a what-to-watch list, happy watching!


    One Comment

  1. FranciscoJanuary 11th, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Not one mention for Cloud Atlas? Not even best makeup or adpated screenplay? Does the SF bigotry goes this far?

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