So, that was an exciting morning! Nine Best Picture Nominees! A lot of my favourite roles got nominated. So lets go through the motions shall we?
Best Picture -Seen 5/9
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Django Unchained
- Life of Pi
- Les Miserables
- Silver Linings Playbook
- Zero Dark Thirty
The only films that are surprisingly/unfortunately missing from this list are The Master (Considering its three acting nods I am kind of shocked) and Moonrise Kingdom (which has been horribly overlooked this year).
Best Director – Seen 3/5
- Michael Haneke – Amour
- Ang Lee – Life of Pi
- David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook
- Steven Spielberg – Lincoln
- Benh Zeitlin – Beasts of the Southern Wild
It’s a very surprising list because:O. Russell, Zeitlin, and Haneke got nods here even thought they were up against Hooper, Tarantino, Affleck, and Bigelow.
Best Actress – Seen 1/5
- Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty
- Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
- Emmanuelle Riva – Amour
- Quvenzhané Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Naomi Watts – The Impossible
The only problem I have with this list is The Impossible but that’s not even a performance gripe, its an “HOLLYWOOD WHY YOU SO RACIST” gripe. It’s interesting that we have the oldest and the youngest nominated performances here with Riva and Wallis!
Best Actor -Seen 2/5
- Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook
- Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
- Hugh Jackman – Les Misérables
- Joaquin Phoenix – The Master
- Denzel Washington – Flight
I am glad that Phoenix got a nod here despite his anti awards show rhetoric a few months ago. This is a good list even though I haven’t seen all the performances. Missing are Richard Gere for Arbitrage and John Hawkes for the Sessions but this was a really strong year all around.
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 glad that Waltz got in on this list but sad that Arkin is here as well. I knew it was coming, but the list of alternates is too good to not gripe about ( McConaughey, Bardem, Jackson, and Fassbender for Prometheus)
Best Supporting Actress – Seen 2/5
- Amy Adams – The Master
- Sally Field – Lincoln
- Anne Hathaway – Les Misérables
- Helen Hunt – The Sessions
- Jacki Weaver – Silver Linings Playbook
Holy Jacki Weaver Batman! Silver Lining Playbook completes the performance rounds with all four Acting Nods, FROM A COMEDY. That’s unheard of! Although only one is likely to win (Lawrence) I’m very happy. Back to this list, Nicole Kidman, Maggie Smith, Samantha Barks, and Anne Dowd got the snub (not entirely surprisingly).
Best Original Screenplay – Seen 2/5
- Amour – Michael Haneke
- Django Unchained – Quentin Tarantino
- Flight – John Gatins
- Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola
- Zero Dark Thirty – Mark Boal
I’m ecstatic that Moonrise got its due here. The others aren’t too surprising although I’m sure the fans of The Master and Looper are a bit sad about not showing up.
Best Adapted Screenplay -3/5
- 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
Nothing surprising here.
Most interesting aspect of the Oscars this year – Silver Linings Playbook gets not only all four acting nominations (first to do so since Reds in 1981) but also is the only film of this year to get nominated for “The Big Five” (Picture, Director, Actress, Actor, Screenplay) and the first to do so since Million Dollar Baby in 2004! Its the first comedy to do so since Annie Hall in 1977!
I can’t wait for February 24th.