Jan 102013

Briefly departing from our usual focus on metal, I thought I’d mention that the nominations for the 85th annual Academy Awards were announced this morning by actress Emma Stone and Oscars show host Seth MacFarlane. As usual, many of the the nominations were predictable and expected and some weren’t. And once again, there were omissions that will get many movie fans riled up and pissed off.

Not surprisingly, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln leads this year’s Oscar race with 12 nominations, including best picture, best director, best adapted screenplay, and acting nominations for Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, and Tommy Lee Jones.

Surprisingly, Life of Pi picked up a whopping 11 nominations, including best picture, best director for Ang Lee, best adapted screenplay, and a shitload of technical nominations.

The best actress nominations included both the youngest and the oldest nominees in the history of the category: 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis for Beasts of the Southern Wild” (she was 5 years old when the movie was filmed) and 85-year-old Emmanuelle Riva for the Austrian drama Amour. The other nominees are Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty, Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook, and Naomi Watts for The Impossible.

As mentioned, Daniel Day-Lewis picked up a predictable best actor nomination for Lincoln, but so did Hugh Jackman for Les Miserables, Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings Playbook, Joaquin Phoenix for The Master, and Denzel Washington for Flight. Now for a few oversights . . .

Although The Master picked up three top acting nominations, the movie wasn’t included in the best picture nominees despite the fact that the Academy could have nominated 10 and only nominated 9 films for the top honors, and Paul Thomas Anderson doesn’t appear among the best director nominees.

Ben Affleck (Argo) was also omitted from the best director list as was Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty), despite the fact that their films are nominated for best picture.

Django Unchained is on the best picture list, but neither Leonardo DiCaprio nor Samuel L. Jackson got any kind of acting nomination (though Christoph Waltz did).

Well, I’ll stop there and just go straight to the list of nominations in the top categories. What do you think of these?


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


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


  • Emmanuelle Riva, “Amour”
  • Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
  • Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”
  • Naomi Watts, “The Impossible”
  • Quvenzhane Wallis, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”


  • Alan Arkin, “Argo”
  • Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”
  • Robert De Niro, “Silver Linings Playbook”
  • Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”


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


  • Ang Lee, “Life of Pi”
  • David O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook”
  • Behn Zeitlin, “Beast of the Southern Wild”
  • Michael Haneke, “Amour”
  • Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln”


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


  • “Argo”
  • “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
  • “Life of Pi”
  • “Lincoln”
  • “Silver Linings Playbook”


  • “Brave”
  • “Frankenweenie”
  • “ParaNorman”
  • “The Pirates! Band of Misfits”
  • “Wreck-It Ralph”


  • “Amour”
  • “A Royal Affair”
  • “No”
  • “Kon-Tiki”
  • “War Witch”


  • “Anna Karenina”
  • “Django Unchained”
  • “Life of Pi”
  • “Lincoln”
  • “Skyfall”


  1. The only ones i have seen on that list is Kon TIki, Brave and Skyfall. I enjoyed them all, but i don’t know if i would give skyfall an award for cinematography. would have to re-watch it to be sure though..

    Fun to see Kon-tiki nominated again. The only Oscar Norway ever won was from the original documentary shot during that voyage.

    • I thought Skyfall was beautifully photographed. Of course, I saw it on IMAX, so that might have factored into my impressions. Either way, I’m pleasantly surprised to see it nominated.

      • Yeah i saw it in a shitty local theater. I do remember that i enjoyed the scenes from Scotland though.

        Im surprised The Hobbit didn’t make it into best cinematography.

  2. I’ve seen zero of these.

    • A lot of the best picture nominees came out late last year, and though I haven’t checked to be sure, I don’t think Zero Dark Thirty, Les Miserables, or Silver Linings Playbook got a widespread theatrical release in the U.S. until this month.

  3. No Cloud Atlas makes me sad. While not an entirely coherent film, Tom Hanks as well as a few upstart actors were showcased brilliantly and the cinematography was great.

    The only films I’ve seen on this list are Brave, Django, and Skyfall. Though I intend to see Zero Dark Thirty next week as the reviews for it were refreshingly positive (I had a lot of worries it was going to tank).

  4. I’ve seen Frankenweenie and The Pirates.

  5. Damn I need to see a lot of these movies!!!!

  6. I see that the real Lincoln movie “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” was slighted.

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