Oscar Nomination Thoughts


Oscar NominationsThis morning Seth McFarlane and Emma Stone announced the nominees for this year’s Oscar ceremony.

This year’s list, like so many before it, snubs some movies and talent and includes others than have no business being here.

My take:

Best Supporting Actor:

  • Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained
  • Phillip Seymour Hoffman for The Master
  • Robert DeNiro for Silver Linings Playbook
  • Alan Arkin for Argo
  • Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln

It’s amazing to me that virtually no one is mentioning DeNiro any longer. When did that happen? For me, this comes down to Jones vs. Waltz and while I think Jones may win it, I believe Waltz did the better job. Would voters be willing to pick Waltz yet again for another role from Quentin Tarantino?

Best Supporting Actress:

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

Anne Hathaway has this locked up. However, Helen Hunt made The Sessions. Without her the movie’s a bust. Sally Field doesn’t even belong on the list. I love Field but this role was totally a bore.

Best Actor:

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

Day-Lewis has had this one nailed for quite some time. However, I hear Phoenix is great (I haven’t seen The Master) and Washington was terrific. The upset could be Jackman. I’ll stick with Day Lewis.

Best Actress:

  • Naomi Watts for The Impossible
  • Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty
  • Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook
  • Emmanuelle Riva For Amour
  • Quvenzhane Wallis For Beasts Of The Southern Wild

So, this is probably the toughest category and has a slew of challenges. There’s just no way they’re going to give the award to Riva. No one has any idea who she is. It seems highly unlikely that Chastain or Lawrence would get it. They’re just too pop culture-laden right now. That leaves Watts and Wallis. Neither would be there for me as Watts spends half the movie in bed and Wallis (then 6) was simply too young to know what she was really doing. I’m going to go with Watts who’s due.

Best Director:

  • David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook
  • Ang Lee for Life Of Pi
  • Steven Spielberg for Lincoln
  • Michael Haneke for Amour
  • Benh Zeitlin for Beasts Of The Southern Wild

Russell has no shot even though the film is in every category. Spielberg is getting some mention but Lincoln just wasn’t that impressive. I wouldn’t be surprised if Zeitlin gets it but Ang Lee deserves it. Life of Pi must have been a real bear (or tiger) to shoot.

Best Movie:

  • Beasts Of The Southern Wild
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Zero Dark Thirty
  • Lincoln
  • Les Miserables
  • Life Of Pi
  • Amour
  • Django Unchained
  • Argo

I’m most disappointed by this list. I can see Lincoln, Les Miserables and Life Of Pi taking it and I’ll go with the latter.

What’s missing?

  • Helen Mirren in Hitchcock
  • Alan Cummins in Any Day Now
  • Ezra Miller in The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
  • Tom Hooper as Director for Les Miserables
  • Headhunters for Best Foreign Film
  • Jack Black for Bernie
  • Shirley Maclaine for Bernie
  • Maggie Smith for Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

I’ll skip past the snubs for Best Film and wait instead until I unveil my own list in my yearly roundup in the next few weeks.

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