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Oscar Nominations 2013

oscr2013I always vaguely dread this time of the year, as my personal mission statement to see as many of the Oscar nominations as possible before the February ceremony usually leads to a few tedious hours in front of the TV, cinema or laptop, alas it now appears that I will have to see Les Misérables and that makes me, well, miserable. On first impressions I’m surprised to see Beasts Of The Southern Wild get so much acclaim, I liked it a lot and am happy to see the nominations, but the serious snubbing of The Master for anything but the two elementary acting awards is mystifying – just what has PT Anderson done to cause so much resentment? I guess the other headlines are the Silver Linings Playbook affection – I reckon this could be the dark horse to steal many of its nominations – and the poor performance of Skyfall in the year of Bond’s 50th anniversary, although I am pleased to see Roger Deakins stealthily covet yet another cinematography award, he never seems to win but one hopes he will finally gets the credit he is due. So as usual here are my predictions, as always the films in bold are those I’ve seen, the ones underlined are those which I think will win and those in italics are those which should win, for a change I’m actually fairly caught up once I see Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln which open here in a fortnight;

Best Picture

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

Director

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

Actor

Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
Denzel Washington (Flight)
Hugh Jackman (Les Misérables)
Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook)
Joaquin Phoenix (The Master)

Actress

Naomi Watts (The Impossible)
Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)
Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
Emmanuelle Riva (Amour)
Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)

Supporting Actor

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

Supporting Actress

Sally Field (Lincoln)
Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables)
Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook)
Amy Adams (The Master)
Helen Hunt (The Sessions)

Adapted Screenplay

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

Original Screenplay

Flight
Zero Dark Thirty
Django Unchained
Amour
Moonrise Kingdom

Animated Feature

Wreck-It Ralph
The Pirates
Paranorman
Brave
Frankenweenie

Best Foreign Language Feature

Amour
War Witch
A Royal Affair
Kon Tiki
No

Production Design

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

Cinematography

Anna Karenina
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Skyfall

Costume Design

Anna Karenina
Les Misérables
Lincoln
Mirror Mirror
Snow White and the Huntsman

Documentary Feature

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

Documentary Short

Inocente
Kings Point
Mondays at Racine
Open Heart
Redemption

Editing

Argo
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

Makeup

Hitchcock
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Misérables

Original Score

Anna Karenina
Argo
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Skyfall

Original Song

‘Before My Time’ – Chasing Ice
‘Pi’s Lullaby’ – Life of Pi
‘Suddenly’ – Les Misérables
‘Everybody Needs A Friend’ – Ted
‘Skyfall’ – Skyfall

Sound Editing

Argo
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Skyfall
Zero Dark Thirty

Sound Mixing

Argo
Les Misérables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Skyfall

Visual Effects

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Life of Pi
Marvel’s “The Avengers”
Prometheus
Snow White and the Huntsman

Animated Short

Adam and Dog
Fresh Guacamole
Head over Heels
Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare
Paperman

Live Action Short

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

It’s just occurred to me that there isn’t a single nomination for Nolan, not even in the technical categories despite the  financial performance of his behemoth trilogy, that’s quite a snub – I wonder if he and P.T. Anderson will go out and knock back a few beers to commiserate together? Then again, his new project sounds pretty darn exciting. Be sure to check back as I update this over the next few weeks, I will probably update my predictions accordingly…..

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