2012 was definitely an exciting time for movies. From historical drama, to blaxploitation/spaghetti western mashups, to major musicals- there was a range that was breathtaking. On February 24th, we're going to find oput which films and actors will take home golden statuettes at the 85th annual Academy Awards show.
The Best Picture nominees are heavy with starpower. Ben Affleck scored big with Argo, and Quentin Tarantino got a nod for Django. Silver Linings Playbook is on the list, along with Beats of the Southern Wild, Lincoln, Amour, and Zero Dark Thirty. The massive spectacle Les Miserables is on the slate, and Life of Pi has a chance as well. I am holding out for Lincoln. After having the 16th President trotted out as some sort of bizarre vampire hunter, this stately film starring Daniel Day-Lewis re-polished his tarnished image.
One of my personal faves from 2012, Anna Karenina, got votes for cinematography, costume design, production design, and music. Boo. I thought it was better than that, but I'm not in the Academy, so there you go.
Best Actor nominees are Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook), the aforementioned Danie Day-Lewis (Lincoln), Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables), Joaquin Phoenix (The Master), and, Denzel Washington (Flight). Best Actress picks are Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Emmanuelle Riva (Amour), and Naomi Watts (The Impossible).
Amy Adams and Anne Hathaway are in best supporting, and I'm leaning towards Anne. I just like her, and Fantine is such a spectacular once-in-a-lifetime role. Best Supporting Actors include Robert Deniro (Silver Linings Playbook) and Phillip Seymour Hoffman (The Master). I'm picking Christoph Waltz for Django, because his character really shone, and in a film packed with high-profile talent that says something. Tarantino got a nod for writing, and from what I understand, he tailored the part to Waltz as a person, so the character has that added depth.
I hope that Quentin Tarantino takes the Oscar for best Screenplay, and I want Steven Spielberg for Best Director.
I can't wait to find out who wore what, and see who won!