Saturday, February 2, 2013

My Oscar Picks

A few disclaimers: The nominations I have seen will be italicized. The nomination I want to win will be in bold.  Categories in which I haven't seen any of the nominees work will not be included. These choices are not necessarily what I think will win the Academy Award, simply what I would have personally voted for. :]

Best Picture
"Argo"
"Django Unchained"
"Les Miserables"
"Life of Pi"
"Amour"
"Lincoln"
"Silver Linings Playbook" (This movie isn't a typical Oscar contender, but I enjoyed it more than any other movie I've seen this year!)
"Zero Dark Thirty"
"Beasts of the Southern Wild"

Actor in a Leading Role
Bradley Cooper - "Silver Linings Playbook"(I haven't seen Lincoln yet, but Bradley was amazing amazing amazing.)
Daniel Day-Lewis - "Lincoln"
Hugh Jackman - "Les Miserables"
Joaquin Phoenix - "The Master"
Denzel Washington - "Flight"

Actress in a Leading Role
Jessica Chastain - "Zero Dark Thirty"
Jennifer Lawrence - "Silver Linings Playbook"(Obviously I love Jennifer's work, but her role as Tiffany was so many different things at once and it was amazing amazing amazing.)
Emmanuelle Riva - "Amour"
Quvenzhané Wallis - "Beasts of Southern Wild"
Naomi Watts - "The Impossible"

Actor in a Supporting Role
Alan Arkin - "Argo"
Robert De Niro - "Silver Linings Playbook"(I'm just really rooting for SLP this year. De Niro had some scenes that were just soooo well executed.)
Philip Seymour Hoffman - "The Master"
Tommy Lee Jones - "Lincoln"
Christoph Waltz - "Django Unchained"

Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams - "The Master"
Sally Field - "Lincoln"
Anne Hathaway - "Les Miserables" (In a shocking turn of events....)
Helen Hunt - "The Sessions"
Jackie Weaver - "Silver Linings Playbook"

Directing
"Amour" - Michael Haneke
"Beasts of the Southern Wild" - Benh Zeitlin
"Life of Pi" - Ang Lee
"Lincoln" - Steven Spielberg
"Silver Linings Playbook" - David O. Russell (The reason I'm choosing Russell over Lee--whose movie I also loved--is because of a b-roll clip from SLP..click here to watch it.)

And The Oscars 2013 Nominations Are...
Writing - Adapted Screenplay
"Argo" - Chris Terrio
"Beasts of the Southern Wild" - Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin
"Life of Pi" - David Magee (How do you get a book like 'Life of Pi' and turn it into a movie? It's not easy, but was done extremely well.)
"Lincoln" - Tony Kushner
"Silver Linings Playbook" - David O. Russell

Music - Original Song
"Before My Time" from "Chasing Ice," music and lyrics by J. Ralph
"Everybody Needs a Best Friend" from "Ted," music by Walter Murphy, lyrics by Seth MacFarlane
"Pi's Lullaby" from "Life of Pi," music by Mychael Danna, lyrics by Bombay Jayashri
"Skyfall" from "Skyfall," music and lyrics by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth (When Skyfall--the song--first came out, I didn't care for it. But seeing it in the film was so dramatic and great, and made me such a huge fan of the song. Bravo!)
"Suddenly" from "Les Miserables," music by Claude-Michel Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil

Cinematography
"Anna Karenina"
"Django Unchained"
"Life of Pi"(Some of the shots in this film were stunning, even if they were CGI.)
"Lincoln"
"Skyfall"

Costume Design
"Anna Karenina"
"Les Miserables" (I guess I have to go with Les Miserables?)
"Lincoln"
"Mirror Mirror"
"Snow White and the Huntsman"

Film Editing
"Argo" (The editing of this movie is what made it so suspenseful and interesting.)
"Life of Pi"
credited
"Lincoln"
"Silver Linings Playbook"
"Zero Dark Thirty"

Makeup And Hairstyling
"Hitchcock"
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
"Les Miserables" (Everyone looked deathly sick at some point. Especially: Hugh Jackman + Anne Hathaway...although Hathaway's appearance can be to her 'indulgence' in anorexia for the role.)

Music - Original Score
"Anna Karenina"
"Argo"(I wish there could be a tie between the nominees. I choose Argo since, for me, the music created a big part of the suspenseful plot.)
"Life of Pi"
"Lincoln"
"Skyfall" 

Production Design
"Anna Karenina"
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"(A lot of effort was put in to make Middle Earth come to life.)
"Les Miserables"
"Life of Pi"
"Lincoln"

Sound Editing
"Argo" (In the film there were so many little noises from the people of Iran and the US that were very necessarily to the plot. Life of Pi was great too though.)
"Django Unchained"
"Life of Pi"
"Skyfall"
"Zero Dark Thirty"

Sound Mixing
"Argo" (Not sure what the difference between the previous category and this category is, so I'll go with my same choice from before.)
"Les Miserables"
"Life of Pi"
"Lincoln"
"Skyfall"

Visual Effects
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
"Life of Pi"(The visual effects in this film were outstanding.)
"Marvel's The Avengers"
"Prometheus"
"Snow White and the Huntsman"

1 comment:

  1. Critic from the eastFebruary 3, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    I just heard Ben affleck won the directors guild for Argo. He has won every award yet he was not even nominated for an Oscar! This seems crazy. How can a movie be best picture and the director is not even nominated?

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