The 85th Academy Award nominations are out as of this morning, and Good Morning America has the list for us. I will pick who I think deserves to win in each category (based on the movies I've seen), and talk about who I think was snubbed:
Best Supporting Actor:
Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”
Robert De Niro, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Alan Arkin, “Argo”
Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”
My pick: It really is a toss-up between Tommy Lee Jones and Christoph Waltz for me, but in the end I think Christoph will take it (but both deserve it).
Best Supporting Actress:
Sally Field, “Lincoln”
Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”
Jacki Weaver, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”
Amy Adams, “The Master”
My pick: I really have to give this one to Anne Hathaway. She, the Revolutionary Boys, and Samantha Barks were the only good things to happen in “Les Miserables,” but Helen Hunt is a close one.
David O'Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Ang Lee, “Life of Pi”
Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln”
Michael Haneke, “Amour”
Benh Zeitlin, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
My pick: I would love for Ang Lee to win this since he created such an enthralling and stunning film, but I think it will go to Steven Spielberg (still a great choice). I am glad to see Tom Hooper and Katheryn Bigelow not receive any nominations, but Affleck could have used some love.
Daniel Day Lewis, “Lincoln”
Denzel Washington, “Flight”
Hugh Jackman, “Les Miserables”
Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”
My pick: I can’t even begin to understand why people think Hugh Jackman did amazing in “Les Miserable.” One of the most overrated performances for one of the most overrated films of 2012. Denzel Washington delivered his best performance since “Man on Fire,” but I don’t think he stands a snowball’s chance in Hell on this one. I believe this one is going to go to Daniel Day Lewis, and that would be my pick, but Joaquin Phoenix also delivered one helluva performance and is equally deserving of the award.
Naomi Watts, “The Impossible”
Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Emmanuelle Riva, “Amour”
Quvenzhané Wallis, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
My pick: Unfortunately I’m missing out on two of the Best Picture nominees since I haven’t seen them, “Amour” and “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” so I can’t comment on them. I think this one should go to Naomi Watts. Jessica Chastain did great, but her role was nothing phenomenal, and Naomi Watts really packed a punch in her performance.
Best Animated Feature Film:
“The Pirates! Band of Misfits”
My pick: Even though most people don’t care about this category it is still an art form and deserves to be mentioned and respected. I think “Wreck-It Ralph” will pick this one up as visually it was the best, and it had the best writing and entertainment value. Chances are “Brave” will win since it is Pixar, and for some reason they can do no wrong (even though both “Cars” movies sucked).
Best Writing – Original Screenplay:
“Amour” – Michael Haneke
“Django Unchained” – Quentin Tarantino
“Flight” – John Gatins
“Moonrise Kingdom” – Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola
“Zero Dark Thirty” – Mark Boal
My pick: This one has to go to, hands down, Quentin Tarantino. There is no one else that writes dialogue like he does, and even the most boring scenes in his movie are written so well that you can’t stop watching. Phenomenal.
Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay
“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
My pick: I would definitely give this one to “Life of Pi.” The movie was just fantastic, and the writing had to be really strong to make this work. For someone to make a Tiger a main character (much like Wilson in “Cast Away”), and have no dialogue, take a lot of finesse and skill.
“Beasts of the Southern Wild”
“Silver Linings Playbook”
“Zero Dark Thirty”
“Life of Pi”
My pick: If it was up to me “Life of Pi” would be taking this prestigious award. There wasn't a film out this year that had me as captivated in the end, but “Lincoln” is likely to win (keep in mind I didn't see two of the nominees). “Django Unchained” was fantastic, but just like “Argo” while it is an amazing movie it isn't the best movie. There is no reason why “Les Miserables” should win, and if it does I shall not be watching the Oscars next year.
All in all it was great to see “Silver Linings Playbook” get some love; up until “Lincoln” and “Life of Pi” came out it was my pick for Best Picture. I wish “Perks of Being a Wallflower” had gotten some love in the writing department, but there isn't room for everything.
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