The 2012 Oscar Nominations!

10 01 2013

Best Picture

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

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”

Best Actor

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

Best Actress

  • 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 DeNiro, “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 Original Screenplay

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

Big winners

Lincoln“Amour” and “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”  For all those who said 2012 was the year where studio entertainment came roaring back, think again.  The Academy has a different narrative for you.  These two indie darlings, sprung from the festival circuit, scored crucial nominations for their screenplays while also ratcheting a key one-two punch of Best Picture and Best Director.  How much love for “Beasts of the Southern Wild” love was

Christoph Waltz.  Apparently the Academy thought Hans Landa, Part 2 was better than Leonardo DiCaprio’s dastardly villain, so much so that it overcame vote-splitting.  Bravo.

Emma Stone.  No, she’s not a nominee, but she reminded everyone during the nominations announcement that she should be.  And needs to be.  Preferably sooner rather than later.

“Life of Pi.”  It got 11 nominations, second to only “Lincoln” (and by only one nominee).  Though it was a few nominations short of the technical sweep “Hugo” scored last year, I bet “Life of Pi” is headed for a healthy win total.

“Lincoln.”  I knew it would probably take the lead for nominations, and it sure did.  With 12 nominations, it’s now going to win Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay … meaning I may be turning off the ceremony early.

Seth MacFarlane.  Announcing the nominations, MacFarlane wound up a nominee himself for “Ted.”  That worked out nicely.  Now he’ll be hosting while a nominee … hopefully he turns out better than nominee/host James Franco in 2010.

“Silver Linings Playbook.”  Boy, this was strong.  It scored in all the major categories – Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress (in a shock!), and Adapted Screenplay – and then also took a crucial Best Film Editing nomination.  I think it may now be the only movie that can take down “Lincoln.”

Big surprises

Best Director.  DGA nominees, among many other accolades, Ben Affleck, Kathryn Bigelow, and Tom Hooper miss out on Oscar nominations?  Who would have thought Ang Lee and David O. Russell would be the ones who made the category … and Affleck and Bigelow (or Hooper, who was less safe) get pushed out for shocking nominee Benh Zeitlin and surprising (but slightly predictable) Michael Haneke?  The director’s branch may have redefined the race as we know it.  And they’ve also called it for Spielberg, as far as I can see.

Phoenix in, PTA out.  The actors told us they were not all that into Joaquin Phoenix in “The Master” with a SAG snub, but he shows up to knock out (much to my pleasure) John Hawkes in “The Sessions.”  Meanwhile, WGA nominee and thrice-nominated by the writers’ branch Paul Thomas Anderson gets snubbed in favor of … the melodramatic “Flight?!”

Big losers

Argo FYC (2)“Argo.  All that talk of it being a surprise come-from-behind winner all just came to a screeching halt with that Best Director snub.  Still, seven nominations are nothing to shake a finger at.

“Les Misérables.”  Double-digit nominations should have been a no-brainer, I’m sorry.  With no nominations for Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, or Best Cinematography, it’s likely now only going to win for Anne Hathaway’s performance.

“Zero Dark Thirty.”  Only 5 nominations?  Now I wonder if it will win anything at all.  Jessica Chastain lost to Jennifer Lawrence this morning, if I had to guess.  “Silver Linings Playbook” will have to win at least one acting prize, and that’s the most likely category.  I think Boal probably won’t be able to beat Tarantino or Haneke.  And yesterday, I thought it was a big contender to take Best Picture.

Marion Cotillard and John Hawkes.  Once again, proving that the hat trick of nominations from BFCA, HFPA, and SAG do not make you safe if your movie doesn’t have much buzz or heat.



2 responses

14 01 2013
Lights Camera Reaction

Haha nice dig at James Franco, even though its true. I’m rooting for Life of Pi this award season 😀

14 01 2013

I wanted him to be good, just as everyone else did (except apparently him). And I’m on Team Les Mis for sure now that The Master is out.

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