2013 Oscar Nominations

Posted on January 10, 2013

Here you go, kittens. A place to discuss them amongst yourselves. One thing’s for sure, we’ve got a lot of movie tickets to buy in the next month if we want to be at all up to date on the nominees.

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
Quvenzhane 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 Original Screenplay
Amour, Michael Hanake
Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino
Flight, John Gatins
Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola
Zero Dark Thirty, Mark Boal

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

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

 

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  • karenbttc

    Very surprised by the Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow snubs for best director… And I would’ve like to see John Hawkes for Best Actor.

    Random trivia: Oldest (Emmanuelle Riva, 85) and Youngest (Quvenzhane Wallis, 9) Best Actress nominees ever!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1208138556 Sara Munoz Munoz

      John Hawkes was great in Lincoln. What was he lead in?

      • karenbttc

        The Sessions

        • http://twitter.com/Overesaggerated Overesaggerated

          One of the best performances I’ve seen in years.  I cannot believe he wasn’t nominated.

          • librarygrrl64

             I would have added him and left off Joaquin Phoenix. I was surprised to see him on there because it seems like these days they tend to skip people who don’t care, won’t show up, and/or disdain the whole process. He’s kind of in that camp.

          • editrixie

            I’m kind of actually enraged by it. Which surprises me, since I have been determined not to care. But he’s been doing amazing work for years, as any Deadwood fan can tell you, and I really thought after his nomination a few years ago for Winter’s Bone, he would have been a shoo-in for Best Actor this year based on the Sessions. Gah.

      • http://twitter.com/ILikeShiny Cindi Williams

        The Sessions with Helen Hunt

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1208138556 Sara Munoz Munoz

          Oh yes, thanks! I HAVE heard of that.

    • AlinaValero

      I agree! Agro nominated for best picture and nothing for Ben Affleck? Argo WAS Ben Affleck!!!

      • mshesterp

        Seriously!  I’m surprisingly disappointed with the Academy!  I figured he was a lock–that’s such a great story.  Don’t actors love giving the nod to other actors-turned-directors?  Aggravating.  

        I’m probably taking this harder because I really like Ben Affleck.  And his wife.  And their little moppets.  I don’t know why.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=571205045 Kent Roby

           Perhaps he has several more years (decades?) to atone for Gigli?

        • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

           I’m annoyed by it too — especially because this is his third really great movie in a row as a director. 

          • librarygrrl64

             Yes, it’s about time to take him seriously as a director. He is the common denominator in all of those great movies.

      • Sobaika

        I liked Argo well enough too and I like Ben Affleck, but his biggest mistake was casting himself. He’s a much better director than he ever was an actor.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1208138556 Sara Munoz Munoz

          (vanity)

        • altalinda

          Not that I’m disagreeing with anything you say, but he did a fantastic acting job in Dazed and Confused.

        • afabulous50

          I disagree – he was great in that film.

          • SassieCassy

            cant agree. the cgi tiger from life of pi could emote better.

        • kcarb1025

          She is not talking about Best Actor, she is talking about Director. What you think of his role in the picture is irrelevant.

          • SassieCassy

            and it was his choice as director to cast himself

        • http://twitter.com/Alloyjane Alloy Jane

          That’s not a stretch considering he’s a TERRIBLE actor.  He’s almost Keanu quality, lol.  I really wanted to see Argo but I wasn’t sure I could sit through him talking.

    • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

      Exactly! David O. Russel and Michael H. instead of Kathryn B. and Ben Affleck? I dont’ think so. They always get it wrong with the directors. Why is that? Do the members of the academy not understand what they do?

      • Lori

        Directors vote for the best director noms (IIRC the only category that all Academy members vote on is Best Picture). The fact that the director category is so often a mess leads me to suspect that the votes are based in part on either a lot of personal crap or professional differences of opinion about how things ought to be done.

      • librarygrrl64

         Yes, surprised about Bigelow as well. She was on a lost of critics’ lists.

    • kschwarting

      John Hawkes was really wonderful in “The Sessions”–I’m not sure how they can nominate Helen Hunt and not him.  His performance was so graceful and humorous.

    • librarygrrl64

       Agreed. Sorry to see Aflleck left off (because, seriously, two hours of sustained and believable suspense is HARD TO DO, people!). But glad to see David O. Russell on there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1208138556 Sara Munoz Munoz

    Not sure I’ve ever been LESS excited for the Oscars. This might be the only time I watch FOR the host. Seth McFarlane is pretty funny.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000052021548 Nizea Paqueo

      I’m counting on Poehler and Fey making it big on the Globes this Sunday, so they’ll be invited to host the Oscars next year. make it happen ladies!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1208138556 Sara Munoz Munoz

        Oh hell yes. I will be all over the Golden Globes. I just wish Mad Men hadn’t gotten completely snubbed (save for Jon Hamm). Harumph.

        • Sobaika

          The HFP must not watch TV. They skipped over Mad Men, Game of Thrones, and The Walking Dead to give us… The Newsroom.

          • http://heartprintandstyle.com/ Vivi N

            Golden Globes always like handing nominations to newcomers in TV. It’s really annoying. “The Newsroom” should not have been nominated. 

          • librarygrrl64

            The Newsroom is uber-Liberal and from uber-Liberal darling, Aaron Sorkin, and most of Hollywood skews Liberal. I’m not surprised.

            BTW, I am also uber-Liberal. I just think Sorkin is way overrated. ;-)

          • filmcricket

            But it’s not most of Hollywood voting on this – it’s 100-odd foreign journalists. My guess is the Mad Men people must not have wanted to have their pictures taken with HFPA members, so they got huffy.

          • librarygrrl64

            Yes, you’re right (I had Emmys on my mind), but my overall theory still possibly holds some weight. That’s still a fairly Liberal group of people, and also a group that would probably enjoy any show that consistently and overtly criticizes the Conservative Republican establishment.

          • editrixie

            I think pretty much every human in America who watches TV thinks Sorkin is overrated, except in Hollywood and NY. Throw in the fact that he’s a misogynistic, patronizing douchebag and you have a real winner that Hollywood can totally get behind.

          • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

            We could not stand The Newsroom. The very last thing television needs right now is another angry, privileged, middle-aged white man telling us all how things should be.

          • Iroqhard

            PREACH IT. I have not seen any episodes of The Newsroom, but I heard Aaron Sorkin’s Fresh Air interview, and my radio almost broke from the skeezy pretentiousness of it all. Every clip they played I had to like yell at the radio. OH YOU’RE A REPUBLICAN BUT BELIEVE IN GLOBAL WARMING HOW PRECIOUS.  Sorry for the all caps, but Aaron Sorkin is determined to piss away all the goodwill from The West Wing. 

          • librarygrrl64

            I enjoyed Sports Night but couldn’t really get enthused about anything else from him. Too superior and preachy (show, don’t tell, Aaron; it’s Theater 101), even though we actually share most of the same political views. I do know quite a few “civilians” who love The Newsroom, though.

      • filmcricket

        I’m still stumping for Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert to co-host (and they can bring Conan along too, if they want) but this would be pretty awesome. 

      • kimmeister

        Thanks for reminding me the Globes are this Sunday.  I must remember to record them!

    • RebeccaKW

       Love him, but I am concerned that his humor is not always…family-friendly?  Not that it bothers me, but I’m just concerned that the Oscars are going to water him down too much.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1208138556 Sara Munoz Munoz

        I think he can adapt. He reallllly wants to be a big star. 

        • RebeccaKW

           I hope it works out.  I prefer the comedians as hosts over actors.  They seem to have a better handle on the delivery. 

          • http://profiles.google.com/dorothymichael Dorothy & Michael n/a

             And they can think on their feet much better than many actors.  They’ve usually had experience with being heckled and hence they’re quick with the ideas, or good at reacting to something that happens spontaneously (such as during an acceptance speech).

    • http://twitter.com/Alloyjane Alloy Jane

      Damnit, is he really?  Guess that means I’ll be watching the Oscars.

    • librarygrrl64

       No desire to watch. Will see the fashions here, the winners on the web, and any worthwhile clips on YouTube. Done. :-)

  • abfidy

    BEASTS! Best day ever!

    • http://twitter.com/ThisMersLife ThisMeredithianLife

      Agreed.

  • frappefest

    I have to say I didn’t really like Beasts of the Southern Wild … can’t put my finger on the reason. The young girl in the lead role was great though.

    Loved Amour, glad it is getting recognition!. A touching film without prentiousness and on a subject that affects us all but is not touched upon enough: aging.

    • afabulous50

      I wasted two hours of my life at Beasts of the Southern Wild…never to get them back…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UH5XQGXDKLXDSVGB626B53KXBA linda

      I saw it also.  From all the glowing reviews, I thought it would be great.  I thought it was a boring story, not well put together, and ameturish acting.  Maybe the nominators just read reviews and didn’t actually see the movie.

    • julnyes

      Happy for Quvenzhane Wallis getting a nod – she was stellar in Beasts.

  • mommyca

    I love it how your “You might also like:” seems to think you are talking about Oscar de la Renta :-)
    Yay for Lincoln! and for the actors in “The Master”, I have to see the rest…

    • Carly Warnock

      But where was Joaquin Phoenix’s nom?!?! He was incredible in the Master. Highly upsetting. 

      • Carly Warnock

        Oh wait, I just saw him. RELIEF. I was going to be beside myself with rage. Ah be still my BK heart.

    • MilaXX

       I thought Lincoln was a snooze.  My least fav of the nominees.

  • http://twitter.com/AbbottRabbit AbbottRabbit

    I’m so thrilled that Anna K. got a costume nomination, at least — I was ambivalent about the acting & screenplay, but came out of it saying “that had better get a shitton of visual and artistic nods.” 

    • Sobaika

      Agreed. It wasn’t that notable a film but the costume and set design was beautiful.

    • kschwarting

      It wasn’t a great telling of AK, but it was beautiful and never, ever boring.

      • http://twitter.com/AbbottRabbit AbbottRabbit

        Oh, totally. The way I finally settled on feeling about it was that it was a DIFFICULT film, but absolutely stunning to watch. And I got sucked in enough at points for my breathing to accelerate and so on. 

    • librarygrrl64

       Acting-wise, I thought that only Jude Law was deserving of awards consideration. But that is a loaded category this year, and he was in a movie that got mediocre reviews, so he really didn’t stand a chance. I am pulling for Arkin. :-)

  • clatie

    Ben Affleck is currently slamming doors around his house while JG silently rage cries in the bathroom so as not to wake the children.

    • Introspective

      snort. 

      this comment FTW.

    • Sobaika

      Leonardo DiCaprio is doing the same.

      • MilaXX

         nah, he just said, “eff it!” grabbed the nearest model and jetted off to some place tropical

        • Pants_are_a_must

          With a big bottle of expensive booze.

        • Sobaika

          He probably did, but methinks Leo wants an Oscar baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad.

          • NC_Meg

             I remember seeing a still from Django Unchained where Leo smashed some glass in his hand until it was bleeding. He never broke character and it was really dramatic so Tarantino left it in. One of the comments was, “He really wants that Oscar. I think they should give it to him before he murders someone on camera.”

          • pookiesmom

            That is both funny and sad. I still think he deserved an Oscar for The Departed. He was phenooooooomenal in that. 

          • Vickiefantastico

            I completely agree. Everyone in that movie was great, but Leo acted in circles around all of them!

          • UsedtobeEP

            I hear Leo is going to play H. H. Holmes. If he nails that, I predict his Oscar will come from this.

      • Offbalance

        Nah, he’s rocking back and forth and saying “Gatsby” over and over again.

        • SassieCassy

          how is that one looking to everyone? i saw the trailer. could be romeo + juliet great or really really bad. i am not a carey mulligan fan.

          • Offbalance

            I don’t know.  That’s honestly one I’m going to have to see.  I do love Baz Luhrmann’s aesthetic, though.  His movies are always a feast for the eyes.  (Esp. the cloooothes.)

          • librarygrrl64

            Based on the previews, which I saw before AK and which were EXTENSIVE, I have zero desire to see it. Looks like spectacle overwhelming storytelling. No me gusta.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1208138556 Sara Munoz Munoz

            Well if they pushed the release back from Late 2012 (aka Oscar Season) to Early/spring 2013 (dumping ground), it doesn’t bode well.

  • filmcricket

    So are we agreed “Lincoln”‘s going to take home the big prize? It’s the only one of the the BP nominees where the director is also nominated that looks like a legitimate contender to me. Thoughts?

    • Pants_are_a_must

      I think it’ll sweep the actor nominations, with the exception of Sally Field, because then Anne Hathaway will do a full rugby tackle on her. It’ll also take the screenplay, because come on, TONY KUSHNER. I’m not so sure about the director and best picture categories.

      • filmcricket

        You’re right about the screenplay, definitely. For picture, I tend to discount almost immediately all the ones where the director isn’t also nominated, because for most of Hollywood the two go together. So that leaves “Amour” which will probably win Foreign Film instead, “Beasts…” which will take home the “It’s An Honor Just to be Nominated” award (although the fact that it wasn’t nominated for Sound baffles me), “Silver Linings” which strikes me as being a bit too slight for the Academy, and “Life of Pi” which is a possible spoiler, but given the choice between a fantastical allegory and a hagiography of one of the greatest presidents ever, as directed by the king of Hollywood? 

        I could be wrong, they’ve split the Picture/Director prize often enough before, but this is my gut feeling.

        • Pants_are_a_must

          But the academy loves Ang Lee too. I feel like this is not going to be a cut-and-dry twice-winner in here. Either Lee takes director and Lincoln takes movie (the likely outcome), or the other way around. Lincoln had the advantage of not only a great screenwriter (Kushner), but also great source material (Kearns-Goodwin). Life Of Pi was considered unadaptable for screen until Ang Lee blew the doors off with it.

          • Sobaika

            I honestly think Lee deserves a hundred golden statues for making that movie work.

          • Elaine Lang

             And also for being the first and only director to USE 3D in a meaningful way, emphasizing layers of metaphor, etc…instead of just making like the old SCTV “Oooo!  That’s Scary!” skit.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=564839755 Jillian Liszewski

            I am going for the total surprise in Silver Linings — sort of a Crash moment (and god did I hate that movie).  I loved Django, so it has my hopes, but not my ballot pick.  The fact that Silver Linings received a director nod too?  That is my guess…  I am just excited to Oscar party!

    • Sobaika

      I really hope not. I didn’t think it was that great of a film on its own, just propped up superbly by DDL, Tommy Lee Jones, Lee Pace, James Spader, etc.

      But what do I know. If it were up to me I’d give it to Django Unchained, Life of Pi, or perhaps Beasts of the Southern Wild.

      • MilaXX

         I’d go with either DJango or Dark Zero

    • par3182

      It’s 1998 all over again – a Harvey Weinstein comedy will win best pic and Spielberg will take director as consolation. Harvey’s ingenue (Lawrence/Paltrow) takes actress over more deserving serious actress (Chastain/Blanchett) and foreign veteran (Riva/Montenegro).
      At  least there isn’t an annoying Italian clown to steal Daniel’s actor trophy…

      • Sobaika

        1998 is one of the years I’m most mad about in Oscar history (topped only by Denzel not winning in 1992), If a similar scenario goes down this year I will revolt.

        • filmcricket

          I appear to be one of the few who’s not mad about that: I think the Academy made the right choice. “Saving Private Ryan” is a technical marvel, but I have yet to stay awake all the way through it: it’s your standard-issue war film when you separate it from the amazing visuals. “Shakespeare in Love” wasn’t anywhere near the same kind of technical feat to pull off, but it took the best-known romance in the English language and made something fresh out of it. 

          • Billie_Dawn

            I am also completely okay with that decision. Saving Private Ryan is standard stuff outside of the first twenty minutes, but Shakespeare is Love somehow feels completely fresh. Plus, it features a good performance from Joseph Fiennes, which is like the acting equivalent of Halley’s Comet.

          • Sobaika

            I regard Shakespeare in Love as a really fancy rom-com. It was an entertaining and very good movie, but best of the year… I don’t see that.

            What about Elizabeth? I believe that was from the same year and an overall better film. Never saw Thin Red Line.

          • Qitkat

            If you ever get a chance, see The Thin Red Line. Gorgeously filmed, very cerebral and intricate, as different a war film from Saving Private Ryan as is possible. The cinematography will blow you away. I’m not really a fan of war films, although I liked much of Saving Private Ryan, but The Thin Red Line and Apocalypse Now (very different of course from TTRL) stand to me as the best war films ever.

          • Sobaika

            Thanks, it’s in the Netflix queue!

          • SassieCassy

            ya its a great one.

          • http://twitter.com/Alloyjane Alloy Jane

            Interesting, I love a good war movie.  And I hate a terrible one, heh.  Will have to check it out.

          • SRQkitten

            My FIL was in some of the actual battles depicted in thin red line and he said that it had a very accurate depiction of some of the experience. I thought the cinemotography was brilliant but didn’t overall love the movie.

            srq

          • filmcricket

            That’s fair. And yes, Elizabeth could have won and I’d have been fine with that. 

          • Tatiana Luján

            Elizabeth was great, far better than Shakespeare in Love.

          • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

             I really didn’t think either movie deserved it.  Saving Private Ryan deserved plenty of Oscars — for its cast, who were all brilliant.  But Best Picture?  I just didn’t find it that remarkable;  I’ve seen better war movies.

          • Elaine Lang

             I agree.   Plus I need to hold on to my ire over “Titanic” winning despite the fact that it was a steaming pile of crap.  

          • ampg

            I’m with you, “Shakespeare in Love” was one of those magical films where everything works just right – casting, script, costumes, score – and so the whole was much greater than the sum of its parts.  Every time I watch it, I’m transported. Meanwhile I’m glad that I saw “Saving Private Ryan,” but I never need to see it again.

    • http://twitter.com/FunButNutz John Spodick

      Don’t count out “Beasts of the Southern Wild” for best pic.  If you haven’t seen it yet you absolutely should, and its getting a groundswell of attention nationwide now.

      • filmcricket

        Oh, I’ve seen it twice. But I don’t see it beating out the bigger names on that list. That would be the biggest upset in Oscar history, if it pulled that off. 

        • http://twitter.com/FunButNutz John Spodick

          Hurt Locker beats Avatar would be hard to beat.

          • filmcricket

            Disagree, actually. Avatar was a huge blockbuster with state-of-the-art visuals… and a story that could have been written by a 12-year-old. IIRC it didn’t get a single non-technical nom besides Picture & Director. Hurt Locker was the first movie about the current war(s) that got people talking, because it approached it in a sideways direction, and was anchored by a great performance. Plus I think the opportunity to tell James “I’m the King of the World!” Cameron to stuff it by giving the awards to his ex-wife was too sweet to pass up for some folks. I wouldn’t have been surprised if Avatar had won, but I had Hurt Locker on my ballot.

          • http://twitter.com/FunButNutz John Spodick

            Well, Avatar had its problems, but the combined power of it having the most nominations and being the highest grossing movie of all time made it seem like a near sure thing.  When those two things happen simultaneously, it’s hard to beat.

    • MilaXX

       Lincoln bored me to tears. I only liked Daniel in it.

  • http://www.twitter.com/allforusophia AllForUSophia

    Adele is nominated for best song! Yay! :)

    • Offbalance

      I may have done a little bit of an end zone dance when I saw that. 

      • http://www.twitter.com/allforusophia AllForUSophia

         ”Academy Award Nominee Adele” has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? :)

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000052021548 Nizea Paqueo

          and it will be a big scoop for the Academy if she actually performs since she’s been MIA since giving birth!

          • http://www.twitter.com/allforusophia AllForUSophia

            Yeah, I think she’s actually supposed to, since it’s the 50 year anniversary of Bond and all. Fingers crossed!

        • Offbalance

          Academy Award WINNER Adele has a nicer one!  ;)

          • http://www.twitter.com/allforusophia AllForUSophia

            It does indeed! :)

          • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

             It does, but I’m hoping for MacFarlane to win for Best Song.  ‘Cause it’d be funny.

          • Monday1900

            My favorite (so far) was the year Barbra Streisand had to give the award to “It’s Hard Out There For a Pimp”.  Classic.

          • Sobaika

            Hehehe I believe she actually gave it to Eminem’s Lose Yourself.

          • Monday1900

            That’s right!  I’m getting my “hip hop” (according to Wikipedia) songs mixed up.  And it’s hard out “here” for a pimp, not “there” as I wrote (although here, there and everywhere probably). 

  • Sobaika

    Pleasantly surprised at the Beasts of the Southern Wild love. It was a magical film.

    Don’t get the Lincoln or Zero Dark Thirty hype. They’re both average-to-good films bolstered by subject matter and (in Lincoln’s case especially) the performances.

    • MilaXX

       Oh yes Beasts of the Southern Wild was awesome. I hope little Quvenzhane gets recognized. I see she is already filming another movie.

      completely agree with you on Lincoln & Zero Dark Thirty

      • afabulous50

        I loved Zero Dark Thirty.  If Chastain doesn’t win Best Actress that will be a travesty.

        • MilaXX

          That was a really good movie. Bigelow was snubbed. even sans makeup, I thought Chastain looked gorgeous in that movie.

  • http://twitter.com/hmbscully WendyD

    I’m starting my third attempt at the “Oscars Death Race”: seeing every film nominated in every category. Looks like there are 53 nominees this year. 

    I am very surprised at the snub for Ben Affleck. That movie was very well made.

    Give it to Anne Hathaway and DDL right now.

    • Violina23

      Pretty sure Anne Hathaway already won ;-)

    • formerlyAnon

       I’m reading this just after seeing Les Mis. I haven’t seen all the other nominees for best supporting actress, but if Hathaway wins it’s a travesty. (I’m not sure it’s 100% her fault, as a whole that movie couldn’t decide whether to be cinematic or operatic in tone). She just wasn’t that great an actress – you could see her working hard at it, if that makes sense.

      Though I’ll give her that her singing voice is better than that of the otherwise highly satisfying Hugh Jackman.

      • MilaXX

         Russel Crowe however was awful. At least Anne &Hugh can carry a tune

        • formerlyAnon

           Maybe I was just paying better attention to Jackman (hmmm, why would that be?) or that he had more singing time, but I noticed more real clinkers from him than Crowe.  Or maybe it was my growing frustration that Crowe started out all appropriately broody but never (for me, anyway) conveyed anywhere near the depth of tortured emotion that was supposed to be driving his character.

          • MilaXX

             Agree, Crowe was pretty one note. Coupled with the bad singing, he was pretty awful. Hugh’s singing wasn’t always spot on, but I liked his acting a bit more.

  • Offbalance

    I’m probably in the  minority here, but I’m kind of miffed that Moonrise Kingdom got passed over for Production Design.  Say what you will about Anderson’s choices as a director or screenwriter, but his movies are always so visually rich this felt kind of like a snub.  I also thought Moonrise deserved one for Costume Design for the Bird masks alone, but in a year with so many costume epics, that was unlikely to happen, I guess.   I’m just going to be happy that Wreck-It-Ralph and Argo got nominations, and Skyfall got one for Cinematography, which it so richly deserved.

    • Sobaika

      It came out in June. Seriously, it should be all over the nominations list and if it came out in October Hollywood would still be buzzing about it.

    • filmcricket

      I haven’t seen Skyfall, but if Roger Deakins wins his long-overdue Oscar for a James Bond film, that will be the best thing ever.

      • Pants_are_a_must

        For the BEST James Bond film too. That movie was meticulously visualized, beginning to end.

      • DeborahJozayt

        Skyfall is the first of the Bond films to really bring an emotional arc to Mr. James. It’s really worth seeing!

    • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

      Totally agree about Moonrise Kingdom. That movie was gorgeous and you wanted to watch it again just to drink in those beautiful scenes. 

      • Jepham

         I’ve seen it twice and loved it both times.

    • mamafitz

       the costuming in Moonrise Kingdom was just perfect.  Very well done, but the Academy *really* likes nominating those period epics for costuming, and anything remotely modern almost never gets nominated. 

    • filmcricket

      Also, I’m kind of surprised, given that there are allowed to be up to 10 films, that either Moonrise Kingdom or The Master weren’t nominated for Best Picture. 

      • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

         It was a pretty big year for movies, though.

        • filmcricket

          Yes, but it still surprises me that not enough people thought either of those were good enough to fill the final slot. The nomination process is convoluted & I still don’t quite understand it, but … yeah. Baffled by the Anderson shut-out.

    • Billie_Dawn

      Moonrise Kingdom was my favorite movie of the year, and its production design and costumes were brilliant. I was so sad to see it restricted to a single nomination.

    • artgirl9

       I so agree about Moonrise Kingdom.  Anderson continually creates his own worlds in his movies that are seamless and richly detailed and nuanced.

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    We have an Oscar party every year and every year it seems I’ve seen fewer and fewer of the nominees.  I haven’t even seen most of the Visual Effects noms and as a certified nerd girl, that is almost unheard of.  Looper didn’t get ANY nominations and that was probably my favorite movie of the last year.

    • kimmeister

      I’ve only seen one of the movies in the above list myself (Life of Pi).  Of the categories not mentioned, probably only two more (Skyfall and Wreck-It Ralph).

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=811053804 Stacy Parker Cole

    The Best Actor category is a killer.  Holy cow! It’s a who’s who of actors!

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Whatever technical nominees The Hobbit has received, it will have to fight for the prize tooth and nail with Life Of Pi, because that movie was GAAAAAAAWGEOUS.

    • Sobaika

      SERIOUSLY. It’s the only movie I wish I had actually seen in 3D.

      • Pants_are_a_must

        I know! I still kick myself for seeing it in 2D.

      • megara1028

        I flames-on-the-side-of-my-face HATE 3D, and still freaking loved “Life of Pi”‘s use of it. Not to rub it in or anything, but hoo boy was it beautiful.

        • http://twitter.com/FunButNutz John Spodick

          If it comes back in 3-D you MUST see it.  I found the movie a solid B…but the 3-D was amazing (And I hate 3-D)

    • filmcricket

      The Hobbit’s still got two films to go, so I suspect it will go home empty-handed this time. It’ll be a repeat of the ROTK, win-everything-at-the-end scenario, especially since the best scenes from the book are still to come.

      • Pants_are_a_must

        Yeah, agreed. Jackson is very protective of his veritable Santa’s Workshop in NZ, but this year it would probably be all about Pi.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Also, no Looper love makes me sad. That was the smartest movie out this year.

    • MilaXX

      Looper was interesting, but too timey whimey and not as sleek looking as say Inception.

      • Pants_are_a_must

        But hilariously, Inception had a far less realized universe than Looper. It was just the difference between an experienced filmmaker using the might of WB money and an ingenious use of IMAX cameras vs a less experienced filmmaker dipping his toes into big action Sci-Fi. And I say this as a huge Nolan and Inception lover.

        • MilaXX

           Not disagreeing, but I an understand why Looper didn’t get a nom.

      • Sobaika

        I thought it was going to bring in a Screenplay nomination. It already got the National Board of Review award. Not saying it was totally 100% deserved but these things usually rely on hype and the recognition tend to snowball.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Josefina-Madariaga-Suárez/100002964685796 Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    Now we’ll never get rid of Anne Hathaway.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=677547537 John Hodgins

      Maybe we will — I call it the curse of the Best Supporting Actress nominee/winner.  Remember Mira Sorvino???  It’s like the Best New Artist at the Grammys — kiss of death.  :-)

      • alyce1213

        There does seem to be a curse, but apparently not for everyone.  Don’t forget that Meryl Streep got her first Oscar nominations and her first win for Supporting roles.

      • librarygrrl64

         Yes, but I think that tends to happen more with comedic actress, or actresses who get nominated and win for comedies.

      • Lauren Hall

        Adele won Best New Artist in 2009! So there is Milli Vanilli but there’s also her.

    • Pants_are_a_must

      You know, I feel you, but she’s done solid work this year. She was the lead female character in two giant movies and she was fantastic (at least in the one I saw). I agree that she is super hammy, but whatever, the Oscars are political and she wants to be top dog. Just give it to her.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Josefina-Madariaga-Suárez/100002964685796 Josefina Madariaga Suárez

        I’m not saying she doesn’t deserve the nomination, but she will be appearing in every T.V. show and in every magazine around the world. I like her as an actress, but that doesn’t mean that I want to hear the same answers she will be asked over and over again in the media, especially if she’ll be playing the “I’m TOTALLY a serious actress, really” role.

        • Pants_are_a_must

          But she has to do that. She is super overcompensating for the fact that whenever someone mentions her and Oscars in the same phrase, all everyone could think of was the horrid job she’s done hosting them. That is a PR machine snowballing right there, and she will definitely suffer for all the overexposure she’s getting.

          • AnaRoW

            I don’t think her performance at the Oscars affected her all that much.  People talk about it but most have forgiven her because it was clear she was trying.  It’s Franco that people can’t stand.  Plus this is her second Oscar nomination.  The academy won’t have forgotten that.  I think the reason the media’s been all over her is because she also got raves for the Batman movie last summer.  However you look at it 2012 was a really good year for her. I don’t blame her for taking advantage of it.  To me it’s no worse than seeing Emma Stone all the time (especially on this site).  I really grew tired of her (even though I do like her as an actress) and she wasn’t even up for anything.

    • JosephLamour

      And Scarlett Johannson will never stop singing- She was nominated FOR A SONG.

      !!!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Josefina-Madariaga-Suárez/100002964685796 Josefina Madariaga Suárez

        Oh, yeah, the Nicole Kidman syndrome. Now she’ll be back with a solo album or a colaboration with a current male performer.

        • Nicholas

          The Glee syndrome, too. Lots of those kids can’t carry a tune to save their lives. Goddamn AUtoTUne.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1208138556 Sara Munoz Munoz

        WhatwhatWHAT?? Chica can’t sing!!

  • http://twitter.com/maggie162 Maggie

    So glad to see mega-love for Silver Linings Playbook, especially for the exceptional cast.  I know Anne Hathaway has already been crowned queen of all existence, but if those Academy voters have any sense at all (ha!) it’s Jennifer Lawrence by a landslide.

    • filmcricket

      They’re not nominated in the same category, so they could both win!

      • http://twitter.com/maggie162 Maggie

         D’oh! I do know how to read, I swear.

  • http://twitter.com/lisledanielle Danielle Lisle

    I was always curious how a movie got Oscar nods before it even came out. (I.E. Les Miserables). The hype factor alone?

    • MilaXX

       If the official release date meets the Academies deadline, it can be nominated. Some movies just squeak in because may directors want the movie fresh in the Acadamy voters minds.

    • Nicholas

      It’s out in some places in the U.S. Probably so it would be elegible for a nomination.

    • Offbalance

      It was released in NY and LA on Christmas day.  So, it made the deadline.

    • AnaRoW

       Academy members are sent screeners so they can watch them at home before they’re released to the theaters.

    • http://twitter.com/FunButNutz John Spodick

      Plus the nominations are extra early this year because they wanted the nominations to NOT be affected by the Golden Globe winners.

    • http://twitter.com/ms_smartiepants Beth Mellone

       Wait, it’s not out yet everywhere? Everyone I KNOW has already seen it! (At least it feels like it). I kind of hope it wins some major awards. I mean, isn’t this the first time a full-length musical film has had Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Costume Design? Phantom of the Opera got a couple of noms, Rent got nothing…those are the only ones I can think of at the moment.

      • formerlyAnon

         I wanted it to do well a lot more before I’d seen it. There was a lot about it that was musically unsatisfying.

        • http://twitter.com/ms_smartiepants Beth Mellone

          Yeah, much as I did enjoy it, it wasn’t perfect; but I’m greedy for more full-length film musicals and one way for those to get green-lit is for this one to win some high-profile awards.

  • Sobaika

    It might just be me, but I’m reaaaaallly hoping for a Hathaway snub. Mostly because a) I hate it when the winners are pretty much a lock weeks before the actual ceremony and b) Amy Adams was superb in The Master. I really liked DDL’s performance and want him to win all the things ever (still not over Last of the Mohicans) but Joaquin Phoenix was transformative in The Master.

    • elleg929

      It’s not just you.  I was hoping for a Hathaway snub as well.  SO. OVER. HER.

    • Nicholas

      My main problem is that a movie like Les Mis feels like it was lab-grown to win an Oscar rather than adapt a great musical.

      • http://twitter.com/ms_smartiepants Beth Mellone

         I would tend to agree with you, but I saw it last weekend and was really impressed. I’ve seen the staged musical a couple of times and…I actually liked the movie better.

        There were some bits I was looking forward to that I thought might not make it in, but the movie pays homage to the “traditional” staging in so many ways, even relatively minor things like Enjolras with the flag (if you have seen the stage version, you know what I mean; I don’t want to spoil the effect for people who aren’t as familiar with it).

        The main reason I liked it better is that using film allows for much better continuity in the story. On stage the story definitely gets broken up by the scene changes, and certain bits of the plot have to be implied or imagined rather than shown (e.g. how characters get from one place to another). The luxury of film and editing is that the camera can pan over a scene during an 8-bar musical introduction to give a sense of what is happening before cutting to the musical number. I thought it very effective.

        • Nicholas

          I expect the movie to be great—and in many ways better than any stage musical rendition, one reason being Hathaway’s Fantine—and I do intend to watch it eventually.

          I just think it’s sad that many in the industry can’t just appreciate a movie for its artistic merit without going on about how they are “hearing Oscar beeells!” This is particularly frustrating in a movie like this where there is so much to talk about with regards to acting and singing performances.

          There is nothing wrong with liking it; I like the Phantom of the Opera movie better than what I have gleaned of the stage performances. I can’t stand Sarah Brightman’s Christine.

      • UsedtobeEP

        Sort of like a boy band. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1208138556 Sara Munoz Munoz

        Lab-grown. Love that. That’s how I felt about “The King’s Speech”. 

    • JosephLamour

      Ohhhh snap. Ben Affleck was snubbed for Director and I love it. Mostly cause he cast himself as someone who in real life, is latino. SERVES YOU RIGHT (even though i liked the movie lol)

      • Sobaika

        GLAD I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE MAD ABOUT THAT. I’ve been raging about it for months but apparently it’s no big deal. 

        It takes a serious amount of hubris to direct a film and cast yourself in it when you’re not the best actor and also the wrong race of the role in question

        Have you read the quotes by him trying to explain it away?? Disgusting.

        • JosephLamour

          Yeah, we covered it on Racialicious, the site I work for. We’re also annoyed about Cloud Atlas’s yellowface, blackface, whiteface, latinface (which all happens too, and quite badly lol) so it serves them right too for being snubbed for everything up to and including Best Makeup.

          Lord their whiteface attempts WERE THE WORST.

          • Sobaika

            You work for Racialicious? That’s one of my go-to blogs haha. I am so chuffed about that 70 million dollar poor excuse for an adaptation failing spectacularly.

          • JosephLamour

            Yeah, I’m the Fashion & Entertainment Editor. Thank you for A: knowing what Racialicious even is, and B: using the word chuffed. LOL.

      • Judy_S

         The latino thing doesn’t bother me. The fact that he was like a hole in the screen did.

        • librarygrrl64

          I think he should have been nominated as a director, but not as an actor. It seems like what often happens in Hollywood is that a studio won’t sign on (and money won’t be raised) unless there is a “name” actor in the/a lead, especially if it’s a small drama. Other than Arkin, Goodman, and possibly Garber (all of whom were supporting), most of that cast were unknowns or very-little-knowns, which I LOVED. I can easily see the powers-that-be saying, “We will only green-light this project if you agree to be in it.”

          Is this an excuse not to cast race- or size- or age-inappropriate actors? Absolutely not. But I think it’s a widespread Hollywood problem.

    • formerlyAnon

       You left out d) she didn’t give a really wonderful performance.

      Yes, she showed ability she hasn’t had a chance to exercise before and yes, she gave a pretty good performance *for her.*

      But she wasn’t that impressive. At least, that’s my opinion. And I was disappointed by it, I was hoping she’d knock it out of the park.

  • allaboutthewalterbenjamins

    Sally Field will win and Anne steps on stage and turns the famous Sally speech in a negative speech about herself. Just a feeling..

    • ScarlettHarlot

      I’ve heard that as insurance, Anne is bringing Kanye as her date and has asked him to be ready to jump up on stage, just in case Sally, Helen, or Amy win.

      It would be hilarious if it went to Jackie Weaver won, since she’s so very low profile. I remember when she was nominated last time and everyone said “Jackie who now?” She ended up losing to Melissa Leo, who pulled the most shameless (pre-Hathaway) Oscar campaign ever. 

      • allaboutthewalterbenjamins

        I like the way your wicked mind works. At least Melissa Leo gave us a very entertaining self-promo. It reminded me of The Combeack where Valerie Cherish tries to get on a magazine cover after one of her younger co-stars lands a Rolling Stone cover. I say yes to a Weaver win.

    • DeborahJozayt

      After watching “Rachel Getting Married”, Anne could make Kanye look like a sweet little choir boy if she did that. 

    • formerlyAnon

       Should Anne not win (I don’t think she should, but I have no clue what WILL happen) I confidently expect she will be interviewed being obviously charming and gracious about it, through very gritted teeth.

      The fact that she works so hard to do the right thing, even though it sometimes is easy to see that she’s not thrilled about it, is one reason why I wish I could be rooting for her. Which I was, until I saw the movie.

  • MilaXX

    I am just as behind. I’ve seen only 2 of these nominees.

  • Judy_J

    I’m so out of it.  Of the films nominated, I’ve only seen “Lincoln”.

  • http://profiles.google.com/vispreeve Daniel Vispreeve

    I love that “Snow White and the Huntsman” got a costume nomination, because the costumes (and the special effects) were the best things about this movie. If Kristen Stewart could act the way she wears clothes, her name would be on this list also.

    • RebeccaKW

       I was so excited when I heard about that movie being made.  Charlize Theron as the queen?  Yes.  And then…Kristen Stewart.  As Snow White?  Didn’t even watch it.

      • LLuL

         I saw it for Charlize. She was fantastic. I tried to keep an open mind for Kristen, but she really ruined it. She had one emotional rally-the-troops speech, and it was super funny. Unintentionally, of course.

    • librarygrrl64

       I didn’t see the movie, but a few magazines did features on the costumes/costume designer, and I thought they were stunning, especially Theron’s.

  • LearnedFoot

    Good for you, Will Tippin! (I mean, Bradley Cooper.)

  • Nicholas

    Eiko Ishioka nomination, fuck yes!

    This is the person the academy wouldn’t even recognize in their In Memoriam segment. Not the best movie, though.

    Is this the best Oscar field in decades? It just seemed stuffed to the brim with amazing performances and works. I am genuinely excited to watch the show for a change.

    • Billie_Dawn

      If nothing else, I think this field is a huge improvement over last year. I might not be a fan of every movie in the Best Picture category (looking at you, Life of Pi and Les Miserables), but even they had ambition and certain interesting qualities. As opposed to last year’s nominees, a big group of “meh” if ever there was one.

  • Nicholas

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  • Judy_S

    Hmm. I have been making an effort to see movies the past few months, but I have seen only 3 of the best film nominees, though a couple more are on my list.  My favorite categories are best supporting actor & actress, I think. I haven’t seen Les Miz so I have no opinion about Hathaway, though.

  • nannypoo

    I haven’t found Anne Hathaway’s pimping for the Oscar annoying at all. She wants to win and it’s part of her job to campaign her ass off, and that’s what she’s done. I find her openness refreshing. What irritates me is the Michelle Williams-type response. “I was so busy with my daughter and running late as usual because I’m an ordinary hands-on mom, then I went to my best friend’s house blah blah blah. I forgot all about it”. Yeah, right.

    • jmw1122

      THIS. The non-campaign campaign, or the “I couldn’t be bothered because I SO don’t care” campaign is far more annoying to me than what Anne is doing. I don’t see the harm in wanting to win and not bothering to hide it. At least it’s honest.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000052021548 Nizea Paqueo

    n my mind, i can see Sally Fields winning the Oscars with Anne H doing a Kanye on her, with her asking the audience, “you don’t really love me?” Please please make Roger Deakins win, Skyfall was awesome, especially with that Shanghai scene with the billboards. And i have my money on Jennifer Lawrence winning Best Actress because she was THAT great in Silver Linings.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000052021548 Nizea Paqueo

    link please?

  • LittleKarnak

    If you haven’t seen Amour, go! It will break your heart but well worth it. Really not getting the Affleck snub and totally pulling for Gidget to take down Catwoman!!!!

  • ellabob

    Les Miz should not be nominated – it is unforgivable to cast actors who cannot sing the score – including Hugh Jackman (who I adore)…

    • Jepham

       Totally agree! Russell Crowe is a very good actor but this was a singing part and didn’t belong to him. I adore Hugh Jackman and have enjoyed hearing him sing previously. I didn’t like his singing that much in Les Miserbles but I can’t carry a tune so what do I know.

      • http://twitter.com/FunButNutz John Spodick

        Its the singing “interludes” between the actual songs that ruins Les Miz.  Its tremendously hard to pull off a believable operetta.  They should have restructured it so the songs mostly stood alone.

        • formerlyAnon

          I think that where the film faltered (many times, though not often horribly), the root cause was the failure to either gracefully meld or to choose between an operatic approach and a cinematic approach.

      • http://twitter.com/ms_smartiepants Beth Mellone

        I think Hugh Jackman was emulating the singing style of Colm Wilkinson, the quintessential Broadway Valjean. He (Jackman) usually sounds much different.

        • http://twitter.com/FunButNutz John Spodick

          Well yeah Russell Crowe’s singing and the fact that he was dressed as Capt’n Crunch (From EW.com)

    • Nicholas

      I ruined the movie in advance by watching Colm Wilkinson perform “Bring Him Home” on YouTube. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

      • DeborahJozayt

        There’s a recent awards performance where Colm and other Valjean-ites (Alfie Boe, Simon Bowman, John Owen-Jones) sang that song together. He’s still got it. And at least he got to play the priest, which I was really happy about!

        • Nicholas

          I think the video I watched was his solo version at the 25th anniversary. He just can’t not nail that song.

          Links go into moderation limbo on this blog, but go to YouTube to see the behind-the-scenes video with him and Jackman. Wilkinson sings the “bring it down” song to perfection, and it’s “interesting” to see how differently how the two sing falsetto. Jackman has a very, very limited range, from the few videos I have seen. He just seems to do the boring recitativo in all of them, which is exactly what makes me jaded towards musicals in general.

          • Girl_With_a_Pearl

            I think my favorite was when Colm Wilkinson sang as one of the 17 Jean Valjeans at the 10th anniversary concert, with most of the other Jean Valjeans singing in languages other than english; the others all having starred in the part in their native countries.  Such fun!   

          • MilaXX

             chairman Kaga from the original Iron chef was the Japanese Valjean

          • formerlyAnon

             Now THAT is a fascinating tidbit that I am positive I’d never come across myself! (Huge fan of the original Iron Chef, here.)

    • formerlyAnon

       It was near tragic that the LEAD was the weakest singer in the film, as far as I can tell. And yes, I love Jackman.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=564839755 Jillian Liszewski

    I would have liked to see her nominated for Batman — I probably would’ve backed that one.

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

       That would have been the most awesome thing ever! 

      • http://twitter.com/Alloyjane Alloy Jane

        Except that Batman was unbelievably horrible.  It was almost as bad as a Joel Schumacher “interpretation.”  The best thing to come out of it was the Bane Outtakes.  Youtube it, it’s great.

  • ellabob

    Lincoln is a bit of a snooze fest – so slow and so long.. good god – did they really speak that slowly in the 1800′s?

    • Monday1900

      I really didn’t like Lincoln as a movie but thought the performances were amazing–if that makes any sense.  Give the statute to DDL now.  Supporting Actor is the most interesting category to me–I wish Tommy Lee Jones would win but somehow I wonder if Christoph Waltz won’t get it. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/ruthieoo Ruthie O

    HUSH PUPPY! Give her all the awards. ALL OF THEM.

  • charlotte

    Am I the only person in the world who did not love Silver Linings Playbook?

    • altalinda

      The New Yorker had harsh words for it.

      • librarygrrl64

         Denby or Lane? Lane is notoriously cranky, but I usually love that about him. ;-)

        • altalinda

          I’m a Lane fan, too.  I think it was him.

          • librarygrrl64

             Wouldn’t surprise me. He hates sentiment.

          • altalinda

            Nope, I was wrong — it was Denby.

  • crash1212

    It’s the first time in my life that I haven’t seen one of these movies. Not one. Guess I haven’t been in movie mode! I did see two nominated documentaries though – Searching for Sugarman and Surviving a Plague – both well worth the time.

    • Billie_Dawn

      How to Survive a Plague is indeed excellent. I’m looking forward to seeing Searching for Sugar Man when it comes out on DVD in a few weeks.

    • Qitkat

      lol. Me too. You’ve got me bettered, as I’ve only seen the 60 Minutes segment on Searching for Sugarman. Looks good. Maybe I can catch a couple or so before the big night. I love movies, but have to drag my spouse, so I often end up going alone :-(

  • Sarah Thomas

    REALLY displeased that the only nods for Django Unchained went to white dudes. Sam Jackson was fucking blistering in that movie, and he’s way overdue. 

    • filmcricket

      I agree, that’s pretty gross. Upside: Spike Lee will be apoplectic about it, and that’s always fun to watch. But not enough of an upside to make up for that kind of oversight.

    • Sobaika

      Totally forgot about that. He stole the show (which isn’t easy when your every scene is with DiCaprio) and was the only actor worth nominating from the movie. I like Christoph Waltz but he played the exact same character from Inglorious Basterds.

    • Eva_baby

      This x 10000!!  But the “Uncle Tom” figure is so politically loaded, no way was he getting recognized.  The Academy is not that brave.  But Samuel L. Jackson’s portrayal was so nuanced  that he transcended that stereotype and made the character so insidious and sinister almost.  He was Django’s real obstacle, not Candie (DiCaprio).

      Waltz was excellent too.  He lit up every scene he was in and totally deserves his nom, but I wish Samuel had gotten a nod.

      • Sobaika

        That is a mighty good point. His character is the most… controversial? problematic? polarizing? Something along those lines.

    • DeborahJozayt

      I wonder if Jackson isn’t getting noms because he plays angry mofo in almost every role he’s been in (Except Star Wars, where he was just, well, nothing spectacular at all, really.) Being typecast to act a certain way doesn’t harm every actor, because when you see Morgan Freeman, you kinda expect a calm, introspective demeanor to his roles, and he’s won. 

      I just don’t know if him being the type of character actor that’s just “Bad ass” will get him over that hump.

      • Snailstsichr

         He was excellent as MLK on Broadway in Mountaintop. Maybe he needs to find a MLK bio project for the big screen. Wouldn’t that be awesome?

  • fringebenefit

    Les Mis was three hours of overwrought torture that I want back, damn you! But much as I hated it, Hugh Jackman never looked lovelier and Anne Hathaway earned her nod for Best Supporting Actress. Of course, this year’s Best Actor Oscar belongs to Daniel Day Lewis!

    • http://twitter.com/FunButNutz John Spodick

      Samantha Banks was better in Les Miz than Anne Hathaway was.  Go Eponine!

      • formerlyAnon

         THIS is the first thing I said to my son when we left the theater.

        • formerlyAnon

           Anne tried, but the  problem was you could see her trying.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Emily-Smith/12431153 Emily Smith

    I’m super pumped for the best actress category.  What a bummer on the supporting actor where every guy in it has already won before.  Also a big snub for Affleck as director, disappointed about that also.

    • librarygrrl64

       I really wanted Naomi Watts to be nominated. Much as I loved SLP and like Jennifer Lawrence overall, Watts was amazing.

  • bluefish

    I don’t understand why L’Amour is not under the Best Foreign Film category.  My guess is that anything Lincoln gets nominated for, it’ll win.  Best Supporting may go to the ever present Anne Hathaway.  The way the Academy seems to work, aside from the talent she brought to Fantine, the voters may well decide it’s a good way to say thank you for having hosted against Franco.  And perhaps encourage her to settle down for a bit.  I find her irritating beyond belief but she was terrific in Brokeback and Rachel Getting Married. 

    I would be delighted to see Naomi Watts take it for Best Actress but not holding my breath. 

    The exclusion of David Straithern is too bad.  He was amazing in Lincoln.

    • Billie_Dawn

      Amour is nominated for Best Foreign-Language Film, but it’s also nominated for Best Picture as well. That’s happened a number of times in the past.

      • librarygrrl64

         Yes, and it annoys me every time. Other than a Best Director winner also getting a trophy if his/her film wins Best Picture, nowhere else in Oscarville can something be nominated for the same thing twice. For instance, had Affleck been nominated twice, it would still have been for two different jobs/roles: actor and director.

        • Billie_Dawn

          Not true; since the creation of the Best Animated Feature category, there have been two animated films nominated in both that category and the Best Picture category.

          But in any case, I can’t get all worked up “every time” about the double nomination, since this is only the fifth time it’s happened in the sixty-five-year history of the foreign-language award, and none of them have ever won the top prize. Foreign-language films are at such an unbelievable disadvantage when it comes to getting any recognition from the Academy in any category (after all, there’s a single category with five nominees that’s meant to represent the whole of world cinema every year, so it’s not like that’s exactly an easy nomination to get) that I’m frankly thrilled when one makes it into Best Picture. If a double nomination ends up happening once every fifteen years on average, that’s a small price to pay for the Academy finally thinking outside the boundaries of Hollywood productions.

          • librarygrrl64

            Forgot about animated features since I am not the biggest animation fan. I recognize the artistry, they’re just not usually my thing.

            I like the thinking outside the boundaries part, but I also think that double-nominating leaves less room for other films to get nominated in either category.

    • Monday1900

      I loved David S. too–I really hope he gets the award one of these days, he’s excellent in everything he’s in.

    • librarygrrl64

       David Straithern is AMAZING always, and also kinda hot. I have always thought so. :-)

      • OrigamiRose

        I have loved him ever since “The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd.”  Moss!

        • librarygrrl64

          Same here! I wish that show would come out on DVD or to Netflix or something. Ditto Bonnie’s Hunt’s old sitcoms.

          • OrigamiRose

            I want to say that I’ve heard the reason “Molly” isn’t on DVD has to do with the musical rights involved, but don’t hold me to that.  I just *wish* they would resolve it, because honestly, I think it was one of the best (top ten) television shows of all time.  Her mother was hands-down the best depiction of a mother I’ve ever seen, big or small screen.

  • stoprobbers

    I thought Silver Linings Playbook was a rom-com? Am I wrong? Why does it have so many nominations?

    • Billie_Dawn

      Because it’s very good? Are romantic comedies (and it’s much more like a dramedy) not allowed at the Oscars?

    • ChaquitaPhilly

      …because its a wonderful movie. Sure, it’s a rom-com, but it’s SO MUCH MORE!
      Let’s not prejudge, please. It’s got rom and it’s got com but it’s also got PHILADELPHIA and some really good performances.
      See it before you dismiss it. 

    • librarygrrl64

       By that token, should Django Unchained have been snubbed because it’s an action movie?

  • Clueless_Jock

    Amour was an amazing movie.

  • Anathema_Device

    I have a little catching up to do. I probably won’t see Zero Dark Thirty or Django Unchained. Life has been too stressful and I need more uplifting entertainment fare these days. No real shockers added or left off these lists, though, right?

    • Sobaika

      I wouldn’t write off Django Unchained, it isn’t exactly a bleak film. Or at least not in the same way that Zero Dark Thirty is. There are some really horrible bits dealing with the reality of slavery but I just shut my eyes during those parts. Other than that there are a lot of comedic and – dare I say, uplifting? – moments. Put it this way, the theater I was in burst into applause as soon as it was done. It’s a Tarantino flick, so if you have trouble with blood and language then skip it.

      It’s just now hitting me what a strange mix of genres it was. The tone shifted so rapidly and somehow it worked.

      • Anathema_Device

        Thanks.  I actually like Tarantino, mostly. I’ll see it at some point, but probably on DVD. After seeing Lincoln, Argo, and Les Miserables, I’m kind of up for a little unfettered fun.

      • formerlyAnon

         Thanks for this. So far, everything I’ve heard or read about Django (including Tarantino’s interview with Terry Gross) has led me to believe that it’s too violent for me, without a leavening, or even partially leavening, resolution. I DO have trouble with not blood, but violence, threatened and implied as much as shown, and particularly sadistic violence. But your comments give me reason to think seeing it might be a net plus.

  • snarkykitten

    I have seen none of those movies

    and I am okay with this.

    • alyce1213

      I encourage you to go.  I think this has been a really good year for movies!

  • Inspector_Gidget

    The fix is in for Ms. Hathaway, it seems.  Not that she isn’t deserving, but the PR has transcended publicity and morphed into actual buzz.  She’s reaching Portman levels of hysteria.

  • http://twitter.com/jamiehoovs JLH

    Les Mis is overpraised this year. There, I said it.

    • JimMcC

       You are not alone. I actually love Hathaway in it, but other than her, it’s a steaming pile of dreck. And I adore the show itself! It was just shot and directed so incompetently.

      You know what else was overpraised? Silver Linings Playbook. I actively hated that movie. It’s a nonsensical rom-com masquerading as serious by tacking on mental health problems for the main characters. Jennifer Lawrence is brilliant in it, but the other three actors didn’t deserve nominations. And screenplay and director? Puh-leaze.

  • afabulous50

    Ben Affleck & Kathryn Bigelow got shafted…and not in a good way.  Hopefully Lincoln won’t take everything.  Zero Dark Thirty & Flight were two of the best pictures I’ve seen all year.

  • Dhammadina

    Also Moonrise Kingdom for Best Picture and Wes Anderson for Best Director should be on the list. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/AntoniaDonnelly Antonia O’Connor Donnelly

    Daniel-Day Lewis for best actor.  His performance was incredible.  

  • alyce1213

    It’s a really good list of nominees. My only quibble: excessive nominations for Life of PI, for which the hype was bigger than the product. I looked forward to this movie, but was disappointed in a big way. It was boring, and pretentious. And 3-D didn’t fill the void.

    I’m surprised that Beasts, a strange and captivating little movie, did as well as it did.  It shows a shift among Academy members to recognize and include  low-budget, independent, off-beat films in the mix.

    I’m also surprised by the nominations of Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, and others for SLP.  Not displeased, just surprised.

    I’m looking forward to the show this year. Anything would be better than James Franco and Anne Hathaway (I still shudder).

  • Nancy Dunn

    I pray Ann Hathaway doesn’t win. I cannot imagine her being even more insufferable than she is.

    • OrigamiRose

      I think it was someone here who mentioned that if somehow she lost, it would be a total “Zoolander” moment – she’d be up at the podium giving her acceptance speech with the real winner and everyone else looking on in disbelief.

      We can hope, right? :)

  • glennethph

    No Ben? No Leo?

    You go, Sally.  Go steal that Oscar under Anne Smugaway’s nose.

    • formerlyAnon

       I actually like Anne Hathaway, but I think Field did a better job. Or maybe I should say, did a more successful job in her part. Can’t say she should win, because those are the only two nominees in their category I’ve seen this year.

  • ellabob

    Agree about the performances in Lincoln- not sure if Tommy lee Jones actually deserves the nom though… did not really connect with his performance.  Ben Affleck should have received a nom – he did an amazing job of keeping the tension throughout the film.

  • ellabob

    Well Colm Wilkinson and many other tenors have sung that score so much better… can’t even speak about Crowe – still trying to get that performance out of my head.  Anne Hathaway was chewing the scenery… (I am giving an Oscar winning performance – can’t you tell?)

    • formerlyAnon

       I minded Jackman’s singing more than Crowe’s.

      I think there were some staging decisions that worked against her, but you’re right – the main problem with Hathaway’s performance was that you could see her working at it.

  • http://twitter.com/cornekopia Shawn EH

    Colleen Atwood for the Snow White & the Huntsman steal! That’s all I care about. :)

  • Cali Sherwood

    I’m a little sad Wreck It Ralph wasn’t nominated for best picture as it was amazing.

  • greyhoundgirl

    Beasts of the Southern Wild, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Beasts of the Southern Wild.    

    • http://twitter.com/ThisMersLife ThisMeredithianLife

      BEAST IT! BEAST IT! BEAST IT! 

    • OrigamiRose

      But I’m so disappointed Dwight Henry didn’t get his due.

  • myristica_fragrans

    shocked about beasts of the southern wild getting all those noms. we know how this will end, but good for them anyway.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F73LIJ3SJGI5AJQMXMWXCKILHI Pamela

      Looks like another boring Oscar show…ZZZZZZ  Not one surprise in the whole bunch.

    • JimMcC

       Um…what? Not a single surprise? You just thought Benh Zeitlin and Michael Haneke had those Best Director nominations locked up, huh? Or that Jackie Weaver was a shoo-in for Supporting Actress? This was the least predictable list of nominees in years.

  • nerdykitten

    As always, so political. Ugh. SOOOOO thrilled with Eiko Ishioka’s nomination for Mirror, Mirror!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=805505 Steph Foster

    I’d personally like to comfort Ben Affleck after this snub. 

  • OrigamiRose

    Really keeping my fingers crossed for a Naomi Watts win.  I simply don’t think Jennifer Lawrence was all that, and Jessica Chastain is just kinda “meh” for me.  

    I continue to pray to the gods for an “Anyone But Anne” Supporting Oscar.  I just can’t with Hathaway anymore.  

  • http://twitter.com/ndpndntfilm Susan Velazquez

    I only remember seeing 2 of those movies on that list. 

  • LordZoe

    don’t forget best visual effects!  some of the bitter kittens worked on them :)

  • http://twitter.com/Nanskatoon Nancy Skaggs

    Hathaway’s role is considered Supporting, not Lead? Really? And Waltz but not Foxx?

    • formerlyAnon

       I don’t think Hathaway’s on screen enough for lead. There are no real female leads in the film. It’s really about the moral dilemmas played out between Jackman and Crowe’s characters, pretty much every thing else is a series of engaging subplots.

  • http://twitter.com/ThisMersLife ThisMeredithianLife

    BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD has all my votes, like HUGO did last year.

    Who else did NOT like Moonrise Kingdom? Over-the-top self indulgence on the director’s part, I thought. It was like watching a runway show of his favorite shots. Not a good or interesting or well told story. Only Frances McDormand’s part was interseting at all or well-played. There was nothing in that part for Ed Norton. Bill Murray is like just another flower on the repetitive wallpaper that is Wes Anderson’s films these days.