85th Annual Academy Awards Nominations Announced

The nominations for the 85th Annual Academy Awards were announced today. Here is the full list:

Best Picture

  • Amour
  • Argo
  • Beasts of the Southern Wilde
  • Django Unchained
  • Les Miserables
  • 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 Miserables
  • 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 Miserable
  • Helen Hunt, The Sessions
  • Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Animated Feature Film

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

Best Cinematography

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

Best Costume Design

  • Anna Karenina
  • Les Miserable
  • Lincoln
  • Mirror Mirror
  • Snow White and the Huntsman

Best Documentary Feature

  • 5 Broken Cameras
  • The Gatekeepers
  • How to Survive a Plague
  • The Invisible War
  • Searching for Sugar Man

Best Documentary Short

  • Inocente
  • Kings Point
  • Mondays at Racine
  • Open Heart
  • Redemption

Best Film Editing

  • Argo
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Zero Dark Thirty

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Amour (Austria)
  • Kon-Tiki (Norway)
  • No (Chile)
  • A Royal Affair (Denmark)
  • War Witch (Canada)

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Hitchcock
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Les Miserable

Best Original Score

  • Anna Karenina
  • Argo
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Skyfall

Best Original Song

  • "Before My Time" from Chasing Ice by J. Ralph
  • "Everybody Needs A Best Friend" from Ted by Walter Murphy (Music) and Seth McFarlane (Lyrics)
  • "Pi's Lullagy" from Life of Pi by Michael Danna (Music) and Bombay Jayashri (Lyrics)
  • "Skyfall" from Skyfall by Adele Adkins and Pauworth (Music and Lyrics)
  • "Suddenly" from Les Miserable by Claude-Michel Schonberg (Music), Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boubil (Lyrics)

Best Production Design

  • Anna Karenina
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Les Miserable
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln

Best Animated Short Film

  • Adam and Dog
  • Fresh Guacamole
  • Head over Heels
  • Maggie Simpson in "The Longest Daycare"
  • Paperman

Best Short Film - Live Action

  • Asad
  • Buzkashi Boys
  • Curfew
  • Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)
  • Henry

Best Sound Editing

  • Argo
  • Django Unchained
  • Life of Pi
  • Skyfall
  • Zero Dark Thirty

Best Sound Mixing

  • Argo
  • Les Miserable
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Skyfall

Best Visual Effects

  • The Avengers
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Life of Pi
  • Prometheus
  • Snow White and the Hunstman

Best Writing - Adapted Screenplay

  • Argo, by Chris Terrio
  • Beats of the Southern Wild, by Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin
  • Life of Pi, by David Magee
  • Lincoln, by Tony Kushner
  • Silver Linging Playbook, by David O. Russell

Best Writing - Original Screenplay

  • Amour, by Michael Haneke
  • Django Unchained, bu Quentin Tarantino
  • Flight, by John Gatins
  • Moonrise Kingdom, by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
  • Zero Dark Thirty, by Mark Boal

Some Immediate thoughts and opinions:

  • What first caught my eye was that The Dark Knight Rises has zero nominations. That's right, zero. I gave up on the Academu every nominating Christopher Nolan for Best Director, but it didn't even get a nod in on of the technical categories. It seems that people either completely forgot about it(either due to the shooting or other reasons) or they replaced it with Skyfall as their annual bone to the mass populace.
  • It's great to see Michael Haneke get some nominations. He hasn't gotten much love here in the States, but he is an amazing director. If you have the time, watch The White Ribbon. If you have even more time and you also want to feel bad inside, watch Funny Games.
  • It seems that Lincoln has taken over as the front runner for the major awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. Daniel Day-Lewis is a near lock for Best Actor and Spielberg's biggest competition (if he has any) is Ang Lee (speaking of past movies to see, go watch Brokeback Mountain which Ang Lee won Best Director for and deservedly so).

Anyways, what are your thoughts on this year's nominations? Who do you think will win? Who got snubbed? Let us know your opinions!

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83rd Academy Awards - Nominations

The nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards were announced (early) this morning.  Here are all of the nominees.
 
Best Picture

  • Black Swan
  • The Fighter
  • Inception
  • The Kids Are All Right
  • The King's Speech
  • 127 Hours
  • The Social Network
  • True Grit
  • Toy Story 3
  • Winter's Bone
 
Best Diretor
  • Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
  • David O. Russell, The Fighter
  • Tom Hooper, The King's Speech
  • David Fincher, The Social Network
  • Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, True Grit
 
Best Actor
  • Javier Bardem, Biutiful
  • Jeff Bridges, True Grit
  • Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
  • Colin Firth, The King's Speech
  • James Franco, 127 Hours
 
Best Actress
  • Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
  • Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
  • Natalie Portman, Black Swan
  • Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine
 
Best Supporting Actor
  • Christian Bale, The Fighter
  • John Hawkes, Winter's Bone
  • Jeremy Renner, The Town
  • Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right
  • Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech
 
Best Supporting Actress
  • Amy Adams, The Fighter
  • Helena Bonham Carter, The King's Speech
  • Melissa Leo, The Fighter
  • Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
  • Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom
 
Best Original Screenplay
  • Another Year by Mike Leigh
  • The Fighter by Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson
  • Inception by Christopher Nolan
  • The Kids Are All Right by Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg
  • The King's Speech by David Seidler
 
Best Adapted Screenplay
  • 127 Hours by Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy
  • The Social Network by Aaron Sorkin
  • Toy Story 3 by Michael Arndt, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkich
  • True Grit by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
  • Winter's Bone by Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini
 
Best Animated Feature
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • The Illusionist
  • Toy Story 3
 
Best Foreign Language Film
  • Biutiful
  • Dogtooth
  • In a Better World
  • Incendies
  • Outside the Law
 
Best Documentary Feature
  • Exit Through the Gift Shop
  • Gasland
  • Inside Job
  • Restrepo
  • Waste Land
 
Best Documentary Short
  • Killing in the Name
  • Poster Girl
  • Strangers No More
  • Sun Come Up
  • The Warriors of Quigang
 
Best Live Action Short
  • The Confession
  • The Crush
  • God of Low
  • Na Wewe
  • Wish 143
 
Best Animated Short
  • Day & Night
  • The Gruffalo
  • Let's Pollute
  • The Lost Thing
  • Madagascar, a Journey Diary
 
Best Original Score
  • 127 Hours
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • Inception
  • The King's Speech
  • The Social Network
 
Best Original Song
  • "Coming Home", Country Strong
  • "If I Rise", 127 Hours
  • "I See the Light", Tangled
  • "We Belong Together", Toy Story 3
 
Best Sound Editing
  • Inception
  • Toy Story 3
  • Tron: Legacy
  • True Grit
  • Unstoppable
 
Best Sound Mixing
  • Inception
  • The King's Speech
  • Salt
  • The Social Network
  • True Grit
 
Best Art Direction
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I
  • Inception
  • The King's Speech
  • True Grit
 
Best Cinematography
  • Black Swan
  • Inception
  • The King's Speech
  • The Social Network
  • True Grit
 
Best Makeup
  • Barney's Version
  • The Way Back
  • The Wolfman
 
Best Costume Design
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • I Am Love
  • The King's Speech
  • The Tempest
  • True Grit
 
Best Film Editing
  • Black Swan
  • The Fighter
  • The King's Speech
  • 127 Hours
  • The Social Network
 
Best Visual Effects
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I
  • Hereafter
  • Inception
  • Iron Man 2
 
 

A Few Thoughts


What immediately came to my mind after reading the nominations is the very apparent subs at the expense of Inception.  No Christopher Nolan for Best Director again (he was snubbed a couple of years ago for The Dark Knight).  I know David Fincher is going to run away with it for The Social Network and I am more than okay with him winning it, but not even giving Nolan a nomination is a travesty.  
 
Somehow, though, that is not even the worst Inception snub.  The would go to it's absence in the Best Film Editing nominations.  While I have a feeling that that award is going to get swept up under The Social Network's tidal wave, Inception deserved the award by far.  While the Academy snubbing him for Best Director doesn't surprise me too much, they usually give the Inception type of movies at least nominations in all of the technical categories (like it did with The Dark Knight when it didn't get a Best Picture or Best Director nod).
 
I am perfectly fine with The Social Network sweeping the awards this year.  It is the best film of this year (though my favorite to watch was Inception) and one of, if not the best film so far of this young century.  The only situation I see it's blitzgreig on awards getting stopped is for Best Picture due to people suddenly wanting a "feel good" movie like The King's Speech to win Best Picture instead.  If am not mistake, the voting for Best Picture (maybe all of the awards) is based of "preferential voting".  If you are familiar with the Heisman voting or even the voting we had for the Giant Bomb community's Game of the Year list earlier this month, it is like the same thing.  Meaning that a movie could win Best Picture even if it didn't have the most #1 votes, but had the highest average ranking.  I have not yet seen The King's Speech (I probably will this weekend), everything I have heard about it says that it all-around is only a good movie, but with great acting performances (which it will win Best Actor for Colin Firth).  If my reaction is going to be the same, having it winning Best Picture over The Social Network would be an outright travesty.
 
But, after watching and studying the Academy and other award shows for  more than a decade, no stupid move they make would surprise me.  Just look at how they snubbed Inception for the two aforementioned awards.
 

What Are Your Thoughts?

 
Enough about my thoughts/complaints.  What are your thoughts about the nominations or who you think will/should win?  Let your voice be heard! 

 
P.S.  I will post my "who should/who will win" list shorty for the awards I know enough about, even though I necessarily haven't seen all the films for each category.
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