2013 Academy Award Nominees and Snubs


Every year film fans look forward to the Oscar nominations and then whinge about who was snubbed. Then the actual awards are handed out and outrage is expressed all over again. But let's remember that film is art and art is subjective. Having said that, there are some shocking inclusions and exclusions for the 2013 Academy Awards. Here's the list of nominees followed by a few personal thoughts…

BEST PICTURE
Amour
Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

BEST DIRECTOR
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Behn Zeitlin, Beast of the Southern Wild
Michael Haneke, Amour
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

BEST ACTOR
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Denzel Washington, Flight
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

BEST ACTRESS
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild




BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Alan Arkin, Argo
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams, The Master
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Sally Field, Lincoln
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Amour
Django Unchained
Flight
Moonrise Kingdom
Zero Dark Thirty

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook




BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Brave
Frankenweenie
ParaNorman
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Wreck-It Ralph

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Amour
A Royal Affair
No
Kon-Tiki
War Witch

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 CINEMATOGRAPHY
Anna Karenina
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Skyfall

BEST FILM EDITING
Argo
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Life of Pi
Marvel's The Avengers
Prometheus
Snow White and the Huntsman

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Anna Karenina
Les Miserables
Lincoln
Mirror Mirror
Snow White and the Huntsman

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
Hitchcock
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Miserables

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Anna Karenina
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Lincoln




BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Anna Karenina
Argo
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Skyfall

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
"Before My Time” from Chasing Ice
"Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from Ted
"Pi's Lullaby” from Life of Pi
"Skyfall” from Skyfall
"Suddenly” from Les Miserables

BEST SOUND EDITING
Argo
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Skyfall
Zero Dark Thirty

BEST SOUND MIXING
Argo
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Skyfall

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
Adam and Dog
Fresh Guacamole
Head Over Heels
Maggie Simpson in 'The Longest Daycare'
Paperman

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT
Asad
Buzkashi Boys
Curfew
Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)
Henry




SNUBS

Leonardo DiCaprio - That's two years in a row now that he's been snubbed. Has the Academy just given up on him? Will Leo ever win a much-deserved Oscar?

Ben Affleck - Seven nominations for his film and yet he misses out on a directing nod. He was my favourite to win too. He must be thinking, "Argo fuck yourself!"

Quentin Tarantino - Some consider Django Unchained to be his best work and yet he's left out in the cold.

Kathryn Bigelow - She's a former Oscar winning director and her film Zero Dark Thirty has been nominated in other categories but she still misses out?

Tom Hooper - Perhaps it's because people complained about his choice of camera style in Les Miserables?

John Hawkes - Helen Hunt was nominated for The Sessions and Hawkes wasn't? Bizarre.

The Dark Knight Rises - Not a surprise that the Academy refuses to acknowledge this masterpiece of film. Not even a visual effects nomination.

Garrett Hedlund - Not many would feel that this was a snub, but I thought he gave one of the best performances on screen this past year in On The Road.




SURPRISES

Beasts of the Southern Wild - A popular film, but it came out of nowhere to get several major nominations.

Silver Linings Playbook - I haven't seen this film yet, but I'm certainly intrigued with all these nominations, including all four acting categories.

Amour - Nominated for best foreign film and best picture. Highly unusual. The dark horse?



NEW RECORDS

- Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy share the record for the most best picture nominations for individual producers with eight each.

- With his best picture nomination for Argo, producer George Clooney joins Warren Beatty as the only person to have nominations for best picture, directing, writing and acting.

- Michael Kahn becomes the most-nominated film editor with his eighth nomination this year for Lincoln.




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