2013 Oscar noms!

2013 Oscar noms!

I follow the Oscars closely every year, but I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited to see what gets nominated.

As I’ve written, I think 2012 was arguably the best movie year since 1939. That makes this a difficult year to make choices, and will make our annual BOPMadness a particular challenge.

I’ll send this out pretty much right after it happens, then I’ll update the post.

First, there was probably collective forehead slapping at the Academy when Seth Macfarlane made a Hitler joke. How hard was it to go ten minutes reading off a teleprompter without offending such a large number of people with a great history of movie-making and movie going?

Emma Stone gamely kept going.

I was disappointed not to see John Goodman nominated for Argo. He was great in that, and very different and excellent in Flight. This would have been a good year to nominate him.

Not getting Best Picture nods? The Dark Knight Rises, Skyfall. they could have had up to ten nominations, but only had nine. Django Unchained was nominated.

Lincoln got significant nods, as did Life of Pi (an arguably geeky 3D movie). Silver Linings Playbook had multiple significant noms. Amour and Beasts of the Southern Wild were those darling movies that most people haven’t seen.

Tom Hooper was not nominated for directing for Les Miz, although Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway were…I guess we’ve matured to the point where you can nominate actors who have played Wolverine and Catwoman (Halle Berry was nominated before Catwoman, and has not been nominated since).

Ben Affleck was not nominated for directing…I thought Argo was expertly directed.

Oscar nominations:

Best Picture

Beasts of the Southern Wild (nice to see this small geeky movie get it)
Django Unchained
Les Misérables
Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Actor

Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln (this seems like a lock to me)
Hugh Jackman for Les Misérables
Joaquin Phoenix for The Master
Denzel Washington for Flight

Best Actress

Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva for Amour (I think the oldest nominee ever at 85)
Quvenzhané Wallis for Beasts of the Southern Wild (the youngest nominee ever…currently nine years old)
Naomi Watts for The Impossible

Supporting Actor

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

Supporting Actress

Amy Adams for The Master
Sally Field for Lincoln
Anne Hathaway for Les Misérables (great performance…tough category, but I’d figure she’s in front)
Helen Hunt for The Sessions
Jacki Weaver for Silver Linings Playbook (excellent performance)


Michael Haneke for Amour
Ang Lee for Life of Pi
David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook
Steven Spielberg for Lincoln
Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

Amour: Michael Haneke
Django Unchained: Quentin Tarantino (Screenplay? Really? Did they see the Baghead scene? Was this really a coherent script that held together from beginning to end? On the other side, quote me three one-liners?)
Flight : John Gatins
Moonrise Kingdom: Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola
Zero Dark Thirty: Mark Boal (should get some pushback from people unhappy with the opening)

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published

Argo: Chris Terrio
Beasts of the Southern Wild: Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin
Life of Pi: David Magee (an undeniably difficult task)
Lincoln: Tony Kushner (great adaptation…more of an inspiration, I think)
Silver Linings Playbook (2012): David O. Russell

Best Achievement in Cinematography

Anna Karenina: Seamus McGarvey
Django Unchained: Robert Richardson
Life of Pi: Claudio Miranda (note that this is a 3D movie nominated for cinematography)
Lincoln: Janusz Kaminski
Skyfall: Roger Deakins (I thought this would happen…amazing imagery)


Argo: William Goldenberg
Life of Pi: Tim Squyres
Lincoln: Michael Kahn
Silver Linings Playbook: Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers
Zero Dark Thirty: William Goldenberg, Dylan Tichenor

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
Brave: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
Frankenweenie: Tim Burton
ParaNorman: Sam Fell, Chris Butler
The Pirates! Band of Misfits: Peter Lord
Wreck-It Ralph: Rich Moore

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

Amour: Michael Haneke(Austria) (also nominated for Best Picture)
War Witch: Kim Nguyen(Canada)
No: Pablo Larraín(Chile)
A Royal Affair: Nikolaj Arcel(Denmark)
Kon-Tiki: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg(Norway)

Production Design

Anna Karenina: Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: Dan Hennah, Ra Vincent, Simon Bright
Les Misérables: Eve Stewart, Anna Lynch-Robinson
Life of Pi: David Gropman, Anna Pinnock
Lincoln: Rick Carter, Jim Erickson

Costume Design

Anna Karenina: Jacqueline Durran
Les Misérables: Paco Delgado
Lincoln: Joanna Johnston
Mirror Mirror: Eiko Ishioka (that’s the “Oscar-nominated Mirror Mirror to you, buddy!”)
Snow White and the Huntsman: Colleen Atwood


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Misérables: this is probably the surest bet for me out of all of these

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score

Anna Karenina: Dario Marianellit
Argo: Alexandre Desplat
Life of Pi: Mychael Danna
Lincoln: John Williams
Skyfall: Thomas Newman

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song

Chasing Ice: J. Ralph(“Before My Time”) (…because nothing says singing like time-lapse photography of glaciers)
Les Misérables: Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg, Herbert Kretzmer(“Suddenly”)
Life of Pi: Mychael Danna, Bombay Jayshree(“Pi’s Lullaby”)
Skyfall: Adele, Paul Epworth(“Skyfall”)
Ted: Walter Murphy, Seth MacFarlane(“Everybody Needs a Best Friend”) (following last year’s nomination for a song from The Muppets…and some day, getting this movie on TCM)

Sound Mixing

Argo: John T. Reitz, Gregg Rudloff, José Antonio García
Les Misérables: Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, Simon Hayes
Life of Pi: Ron Bartlett, Doug Hemphill, Drew Kunin
Lincoln: Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom, Ron Judkins
Skyfall: Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell, Stuart Wilson

Best Achievement in Sound Editing

Argo: Erik Aadahl, Ethan Van der Ryn
Django Unchained: Wylie Stateman
Life of Pi: Eugene Gearty, Philip Stockton
Skyfall: Per Hallberg, Karen M. Baker
Zero Dark Thirty: Paul N.J. Ottosso

Visual Effects (the Hulk versus Gollum…)

The Avengers: Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams, Daniel Sudick
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012): Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, R. Christopher White
Life of Pi): Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik De Boer, Donald Elliott
Prometheus: Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley, Martin Hill
Snow White and the Huntsman: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Phil Brennan, Neil Corbould, Michael Dawson

Best Documentary, Features

5 Broken Cameras: Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi
The Gatekeepers: To Be Determined
How to Survive a Plague: To Be Determined
The Invisible War: To Be Determined
Searching for Sugar Man: To Be Determined

Best Documentary, Short Subjects

Inocente: Sean Fine, Andrea Nix
Kings Point: Sari Gilman, Jedd Wider
Mondays at Racine: Cynthia Wade, Robin Honan
Open Heart: Kief Davidson, Cori Shepherd Stern
Redemption: Jon Alpert, Matthew O’Neill

Best Short Film, Animated

Adam and Dog: Minkyu Lee
Fresh Guacamole: PES
Head Over Heels: Timothy Reckart, Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly
Paperman: John Kahrs
The Simpsons: The Longest Daycare: David Silverman (Yes, those Simpsons)

Best Short Film, Live Action

Asad: Bryan Buckley, Mino Jarjoura
Buzkashi Boys: Sam French, Ariel Nasr
Curfew: Shawn Christensen
Death of a Shadow: Tom Van Avermaet, Ellen De Waele
Henry: Yan England

What do you think of the noms? Feel free to comment on this post.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.


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