Best Motion Picture of the Year
Amour (2012): To Be Determined
Argo (2012): Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, George Clooney
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012): Dan Janvey, Josh Penn, Michael Gottwald
Django Unchained (2012): Stacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin, Pilar Savone
Les Misérables (2012): Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh
Life of Pi (2012): Gil Netter, Ang Lee, David Womark
Lincoln (2012): Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy
Silver Linings Playbook (2012): Donna Gigliotti, Bruce Cohen, Jonathan Gordon
Zero Dark Thirty (2012): Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow, Megan Ellison
All of these make sense, and these are all safe choices. I’ve watched all of these except Amour and Beasts of the Southern Wild, but by the time of the Academy Awards, I will. With my knowledge right now, the expected winner is either Zero Dark Thirty or Lincoln, but I would love love love to see Tarantino finally win in this category.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln (2012)
Hugh Jackman for Les Misérables (2012)
Joaquin Phoenix for The Master (2012)
Denzel Washington for Flight (2012/I)
I’m so happy for Bradley Cooper getting a nomination. All of the other nominations are pretty expected. I’m disappointed Matthew McConaughey wasn’t nominted for Killer Joe. I guess it was because it was risque or because it was NC-17. I’m thinking Daniel Day-Lewis will win in this category, and I’d love him to, he was great.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Emmanuelle Riva for Amour (2012)
Quvenzhané Wallis for Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
Naomi Watts for The Impossible (2012)
I have not seen The Impossible, but most people said she was just “eh”. I can’t comment on that, but I’m pretty sure Jessica Chastain will win, even though her character was pretty soulless. I don’t mean that in the sense that she was evil, but most of the characters in Zero Dark Thirty were just cardboard cut outs, and not to its detriment. It’s more of a factual fiction than an emotional movie. I’m really hoping for Jennifer Lawrence to win this, so we can forget The Hunger Games. Please.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Alan Arkin for Argo (2012)
Robert De Niro for Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Philip Seymour Hoffman for The Master (2012)
Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln (2012)
Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained (2012)
C’mon, where is Leonardo DeCaprio! He was amazing in Django Unchained. The Academy, to me, seems to be a room of white, old men. They never take any risks in their choices. Tommy Lee Jones was okay, he basically played himself. Alan Arkin was great and funny, but not deserving of a nomination. Out of these choices however, I’m shooting for Christoph Waltz.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams for The Master (2012)
Sally Field for Lincoln (2012)
Anne Hathaway for Les Misérables (2012)
Helen Hunt for The Sessions (2012)
Jacki Weaver for Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
This is another example of poor choices in this category. There weren’t many good performances for supporting actresses this year, sure, but Jacki Weaver literally was in the movie for like, 3 minutes. She has maybe 10 lines? Her performance does not warrant a nomination in my opinion. I would vote for either Anne Hathaway or Sally Field on this one. I haven’t seen The Master yet, mind you.
Best Achievement in Directing
Michael Haneke for Amour (2012)
Ang Lee for Life of Pi (2012)
David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Steven Spielberg for Lincoln (2012)
Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
Quentin Tarantino? His film is nominated for Best Picture, but he doesn’t get a Best Director? All of these men deserve this nomination though, so it’s fine. I’m honestly torn on this one, and I can’t quite decide yet without seeing the other films. All of these are great.
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Amour (2012): Michael Haneke
Django Unchained (2012): Quentin Tarantino
Flight (2012/I): John Gatins
Moonrise Kingdom (2012): Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola
Zero Dark Thirty (2012): Mark Boal
I have not seen Flight, but I will soon. I’m really glad Django Unchained got this nomination, it really deserves it. Many people are championing Looper for this, but I felt like that film was just okay. I’m voting for Django for this one.
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Argo (2012): Chris Terrio
Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012): Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin
Life of Pi (2012): David Magee
Lincoln (2012): Tony Kushner
Silver Linings Playbook (2012): David O. Russell
I gotta go with Life of Pi for this one, as the task to translate this movie to the screen is nearly impossible. I loved all of the other choices though.
Best Achievement in Cinematography
Anna Karenina (2012/I): Seamus McGarvey
Django Unchained (2012): Robert Richardson
Life of Pi (2012): Claudio Miranda
Lincoln (2012): Janusz Kaminski
Skyfall (2012): Roger Deakins
This is incredibly hard, as all of these are beautiful. I cannot stress how much I want for every one of these choices to have that golden statue in their homes. However, I have to give this to Roger Deakins, because his cinematography made Skyfall. Life of Pi is beautiful and Lincoln is slow and great looking. I honestly wished for all of these to win.
Best Achievement in Costume Design
Anna Karenina (2012/I): Jacqueline Durran
Les Misérables (2012): Paco Delgado
Lincoln (2012): Joanna Johnston
Mirror Mirror (2012/I): Eiko Ishioka
Snow White and the Huntsman (2012): Colleen Atwood
I’ll give this to either Lincoln or Les Miserables, because both of those just transported me to that time period. and really? Mirror Mirror and Snow White?
Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling
Hitchcock (2012): Howard Berger, Peter Montagna, Martin Samuel
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012): Peter King, Rick Findlater, Tami Lane
Les Misérables (2012): Lisa Westcott, Julie Dartnell
Really? You’re not going to include Looper or Cloud Atlas? Those two movies were amazing with the makeup. In Hitchcock, Anthony Hopkins just looks like Fat Hopkins. Joseph Gordon-Levitt looked amazing in Looper, and the pure ambition alone of Cloud Atlas warrants it a nomination.
Best Achievement in Visual Effects
The Avengers (2012): Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams, Daniel Sudick
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012): Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, R. Christopher White
Life of Pi (2012): Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik De Boer, Donald Elliott
Prometheus (2012/I): Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley, Martin Hill
Snow White and the Huntsman (2012): Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Phil Brennan, Neil Corbould, Michael Dawson
This is the category for huge, commercial films to really shine. Life of Pi has great CGI animals, but it cannot hold up against the beauty of Prometheus, or the frantic, yet clean action of The Avengers.
I feel like the Academy needs a shake-up, because all they do is choose very safe choices, and not show all of the different movies some love. I loved 2012 in film, and this is the first year that I’ve seen most of these movies. Woot! Let’s hope the show doesn’t bomb again though…