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Shock and Awe: Oscar Nomination Morn

Here is the beginning of my post.

Yes, of course I was up at 5:20 PST to watch the Oscr nominations live. I am obsessed.

Between bouts of uncomfortable schtick with Oscar host Seth MacFarlane and dream girl Emma Stone, the Academy pulled a fast one. No one got 100% on their predictions, I guarantee that right now.

The biggest surprise, I think, was the Best Director category: I knew Hooper was out, but the final list also excludes Kathryn Bigelow and former frontrunner Ben Affleck! They were considered the big locks, with many predicting their respective films to take home Best Picture. Gonna be hard to do that without a Director nom, although their films were Best Pic nominated.

Next surprise: Love for The Master, Beasts of the Southern Wild and Silver Linings Playbook. All three were more popular than I'd imagined, with Silver Linings netting four acting nominations in addition to its nods in Adapted Screenplay, Director and Picture. Beasts star Quvenzhane Wallis made history as the youngest Best Actress nominee of all time (she's nine!), while all three of The Master's stars were nominated.

Could this be due to the new voting process? Word spread that the new online balloting system was troubling older Academy members, leading many to fear that their votes would be miscounted or not processed at all. Looking at these nominees, they may not have been wrong -- although thank God, if so. This could not be a more fresh and exciting group of nominees.

Eschewing alphabetical order to make the suspense all the more agonizing, here, in order of their announcement, are the eleven categories featured on the live broadcast:

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Robert De Niro. Silver Linings Playbook
Alan Arkin, Argo
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
 
SONG
Before My Time - Chasing Ice
Suddenly - Les Miserables
Pi's Lullaby - Life of Pi
Everybody Needs a Best Friend - Ted
Skyfall - Skyfall

SUPPORTING ACTRESS 
"The Academy said YES!"
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook
Amy Adams, The Master

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

FOREIGN FILM
Amour
No
War Witch
A Royal Affair
Kon-Tiki

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Beasts of the Southern Wild - Lucy Alibar/Benh Zeitlin
Argo - Chris Terrio
Lincoln - Tony Kushner
Silver Linings Playbook - David O. Russell
Life of Pi - David Magee

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Flight - John Gatins
Zero Dark Thirty - Mark Boal
Django Unchained - Quentin Tarantino
Amour - Michael Haneke
Moonrise Kingdom - Wes Anderson/Roman Coppola

DIRECTOR
"Where are youuuuu? Why do you hiiiiiide?"
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 Miserables
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

ACTRESS
Nothing, Emmanuelle. For you, anyway.
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

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

I love that Zeitlin got in, but I think my favorite nomination is The Pirates! Band of Misfits for Best Animated Feature. 

You sly little devil, you.

Meanwhile, Anna Karenina gets the love it deserves, Life of Pi gets more mentions than I thought possible, my beloved Cloud Atlas is left in the dust despite it boasting INCREDIBLE production design and visual effects, and Skyfall corrects 35 years of Bond snubs by getting into four more categories.

The rest of the field:



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

PRODUCTION DESIGN
Anna Karenina
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Les Miserables

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

EDITING
Argo - William Goldenberg
Life of Pi - Tim Squyres
Lincoln - Michael Kahn
Silver Linings Playbook - Jay Cassidy/Crispin Struthers
Zero Dark Thirty - William Goldenberg/Dylan Tichenor

COSTUME DESIGN
Anna Karenina - Jacqueline Durran
Lincoln - Joanna Johnston
Mirror Mirror - Eiko Ishioka 
Les Miserables - Paco Delgado
Snow White and the Huntsman - Colleen Atwood

SOUND MIXING
Argo
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Les Miserables - ARE THEY FUCKING KIDDING ME?
Skyfall

SOUND EDITING
Argo
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Skyfall
Zero Dark Thirty

MAKEUP
Hitchcock
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Miserables 

VISUAL EFFECTS
The Avengers
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Life of Pi
Prometheus
Snow White and the Huntsman

 DOCUMENTARY
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"

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"
"Henry"

1 comment:

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

I'm sort of meh about it all. Not about the nominations specifically, AMPAS will do what the will and I don't dislike them but something about the 2012 crop has left me feeling very...apathetic. And this sex week deluge ahead could get worrisome.