The Nominations for the 85th Annual Academy Awards Are In

Holy shit, guys. The Academy Awards nominations are in today!


By the way, the Golden Globes will kick off the major awards ceremonies this Sunday, January 13th on NBC (I’ll have my prediction post up either tomorrow or Saturday before the Globes). I’ve written two posts about the Screen Actors Guild nominations and the Golden Globe nominations, so you can check those out through the links, if you haven’t already.

If you didn’t know, the Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, are nominated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (*puts on mustache and monocle*). Yes, it’s a very official name. It also means that they are the top dog, so to speak. You see, most actors, directors, and such don’t really give a shit if they win the Globes (because they’re kind of lame) or the SAGs (because they’re kind of a popularity contest among actors), although those can sometimes—and I stress sometimes—be an indicator of who will win at the Academy Awards. But they give ALL the shits about winning an Oscar, as it’s the most prestigious award you can win in Hollywood. Just ask Meryl Streep, who holds the record for 17 nominations and three wins. It’s a big deal.

Please note: I didn’t include the entire list of the Academy Award nominees, as it’s a huge list with many more technical awards. I’m only including the major nominations that have been discussed previously in the other awards posts. Also, I’ve linked my reviews for the movies I’ve seen.

Best Picture

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

I haven’t seen Beasts of the Southern Wild yet, but I’m so glad it’s getting recognized! I’ve heard so many good things about it. As for the snubs? The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (which was nominated in both the SAGs and Golden Globes lists), The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneySkyfall, Moonrise KingdomSalmon Fishing in Yemen, Anna KareninaThe MasterThe Avengers (I know it seems silly to include a big blockbuster, but Harry Potter has made the list before) and The Impossible.

Best Actor

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

Absolutely none of these are surprises. While there are a few snubs that I could think of, I doubt they could even contend with this list of actors.

Best Actress

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

Child actor Quvenzhane Wallis made the list for Beasts of the Southern Wild! I told you she wouldn’t get overlooked by the Academy, like she was with the SAGs and Globes. Jessica Chastain, Naomi Watts, and Jennifer Lawrence were expected. I don’t know who Emmanuelle Riva is, as I haven’t seen Amour. But I think this is a very good list of contenders. Snubs? Marion Cotillard for Rust and Bone and Rachel Weisz for The Deep Blue Sea are the first to come to mind.

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

I’m still not convinced about Tommy Lee Jones’ performance in Lincoln being that good, but otherwise I’m very satisfied. Arkin, De Niro, Hoffman, and Waltz (my talent-crush) are all very worthy supporting actor opponents. Snubs? Once again, Andy Serkis is overlooked for his performance as Gollum in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which I have lamented in both the SAGs post and my Hobbit review.

Best Supporting Actress

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

Again, no surprises here. Although Jacki Weaver is new to the supporting actress list, but she was good in Silver Linings Playbook, so no worries!

Best Director

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

With this one, I’m very shocked. Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained, Tom Hooper for Les MisérablesKathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty, and Ben Affleck for Argo are HUGE snubs. Then again, the addition of Beasts of the Southern Wild seems about right. I haven’t seen Amour, so I couldn’t tell you. But I’m surprised Ang Lee made it in over one of these snubbed.

Best Original Screenplay

  • Michael Haneke, Amour
  • Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
  • John Gatins, Flight
  • Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola, Moonrise Kingdom
  • Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty

Glad to see Moonrise Kingdom getting some play here. Also, I’m very happy to see Tarantino.

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Chris Terrio, Argo
  • Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • David Magee, Life of Pi
  • Tony Kushner, Lincoln
  • David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook

Not surprised.

Best Animated Feature:

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

FINALLY someone recognized ParaNorman! Suck it, Hotel Transylvania and Rise of the Guardians! This is going to be a tough category, especially between Brave, Frankenweenie, and ParaNorman.

Best Cinematography

  • Seamus McGarvey, Anna Karenina
  • Robert Richardson, Django Unchained
  • Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi
  • Janusz Kaminski, Lincoln
  • Roger Deakins, Skyfall

All of these are beautifully shot from what I’ve seen. The only ones I could think of that would’ve been snubbed are Prometheus and Cloud Atlasthough I doubt either rival these films.

Best Costume Design

  • Jacqueline Durran, Anna Karenina
  • Paco Delgado, Les Misérables
  • Joanna Johnston, Lincoln
  • Eiko Ishioka, Mirror Mirror
  • Colleen Atwood, Snow White and the Huntsman

Here’s another really fierce set of competitors. These all have amazing period or fantasy costumes, so I have no idea where to place my bets. Can we take a moment though to laugh at the fact that the two Snow White movies are competing against each other once again?

Best Film Editing

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

Snubs? Django Unchained and Les Misérables.

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Amour, Austria
  • Kon-Tiki, Norway
  • No, Chile
  • A Royal Affair, Denmark
  • War Witch, Canada

Still haven’t seen these, but I notice Rust and Bone was left off of the list. Hmm…

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel, Hitchcock
  • Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell, Les Misérables

While I think these are all good choices, I think Django Unchained, Lincoln, Anna Karenina, and Argo were snubbed. All were films set in different times, so the makeup and hairstyling was just as important as the costuming.

Best Original Score

  • Dario Marianelli, Anna Karenina
  • Alexandre Desplat, Argo
  • Mychael Danna, Life of Pi
  • John Williams, Lincoln
  • Thomas Newman, Skyfall

A solid list despite snubs of Howard Shore for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, and Reinhold Heil for Cloud Atlas.

Best Original Song

  • “Before My Time” – Chasing Ice, J. Ralph
  • “Everybody Needs A Best Friend” – Ted, Walter Murphy and Seth MacFarlane
  • “Pi’s Lullaby” – Life of Pi, Mychael Danna and Bombay Jayashri
  • “Skyfall” – Skyfall, Adele and Paul Epworth
  • “Suddenly” – Les Misérables, Claude-Michel Schönberg, Herbert Kretzmer, and Alain Boublil

Ted made the Oscar list! Not surprising to see the rest.

Best Production Design

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

This will also be a really tough category.

Best Sound Editing

  • Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn, Argo
  • Wylie Statemen, Django Unchained
  • Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton, Life of Pi
  • Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers, Skyfall
  • Paul N.J. Ottosson, Zero Dark Thirty

Best Sound Mixing

  • John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff, and Jose Antonio Garcia, Argo
  • Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, and Simon Hayes, Les Misérables
  • Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill, and Drew Kunin, Life of Pi
  • Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom, and Ronald Judkins, Lincoln
  • Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell, and Stuart Wilson, Skyfall

DUDE. Someone in this list has my last name. Does that make me awesome by association?

Best Visual Effects

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

Hey, nice to see you, Avengers! Goddamn, they are really making the technical categories difficult with all of these awesome movies.

The 85th Annual Academy Awards will be live on Sunday, Feb. 24th on ABC at 7pm E/6pm C.

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