In case you haven’t heard (or don’t really care to which you won’t be reading this post anyway), this morning around 8:30 am EST, the nominations for the 85th Academy Awards were announced. I had some big hopes (Leo DiCaprio, who made Django Unchained so great! Argo, my pick for best film of the year! Anne Hathaway, who sang her heart out in Les Mis! Please, don’t nominate Jennifer Lawrence!). The nominations were announced by the duo of Seth MacFarlene (host for the upcoming award show) and Emma Stone (the resident “It girl” of the moment). Seth MacFarlene, who I never really found all that funny in the past, continues to surprise me (do you know he is a Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and now can add Oscar nominee if you see below) and is definitely growing on me. I found his banter with the always adorably funny Emma Stone to be cute. By the way, if you didn’t get to see the nominees announced live but sill want to see it, you can still watch it here.
I’m looking even more forward to Oscar night. And I started a new tradition last year to see whatever wins Best Film and Best Foreign Film as a double feature after the awards show if I hadn’t already (Last year, it was The Artist & A Separation) so excited to see what will win. Let’s get to my recap of the top nominees, my commentary and predictions as well as some good ol’ fashion Oscar trivia…
Best Motion Picture of the year:
Amour | Argo | Beasts of the Southern Wild | Django Unchained | Les Miserables | Lincoln | Life of Pi | Silver Linings Playbook | Zero Dark Thirty
According to the aggregate of critics, the frontrunners are Argo, Amour and Zero Dark Thirty (which just made it in since it entered theaters as a limited release in December). However, more likely than not, Best Film winners also have a best director nom. None for Ben Affleck (Argo) or Kathyrn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty) so they may relegate them off of the frontrunner list. My money was on Argo, but now I’m actually thinking Lincoln may sweep in there after it’s strong showing with nominations (the most with 12 noms). I do think it was a great movie, my favorite drama of the year. Or it can be Amour.
An interesting Oscar fact - With the nomination of Argo, GeorgeClooney (who produced with Affleck) has been Oscar nominated in the most categories ever: Actor, Directing, Supporting Actor, Original & Adapted screenplay, and today—Best Picture. Interesting.
The Les Mis nomination (did the Academy really see this?) makes me think it was for political reasons. Love the Django Unchained love. Really think Silver Linings Playbook is this year’s The Descendents… overrated; but this time it won’t win Best Film. I haven’t seen Beasts of the Southern Wild (not yet anyway) but seeing that it won top prize at Sundance 2012 (and represents my home state of Louisiana!), I think it’s probably well deserved.
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook | Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln | Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables | Joaquin Phoenix, The Master | Denzel Washington, Flight
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty | Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook | Emmanuelle Riva, Amour | Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild | Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Best Supporting Actor
Alan Arkin, Argo | Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook | Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master | Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln | Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, The Master | Sally Field, Lincoln | Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables | Helen Hunt, The Sessions | Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook
Best Adapted Screenplay
Argo | Beasts of the Southern Wild | Life of Pi | Lincoln | Silver Linings Playbook
Best Foreign Language Film
Amour | War Witch | No | A Royal Affair | Kon-Tiki
Best Animated Feature Film
Brave | Frankenweenie | ParaNorman | The Pirates! Band of Misfits | Wreck-It Ralph