Posted by: ckckred | January 8, 2013

Who I Think Should Get Oscar Nominations

Amour is one of the few films I'd like to see get some attention from the Oscars

Amour is one of the few films I’d like to see get some attention from the Oscars

Well, it’s about that time of year when the Academy Awards will be picking their nominations.  So here’s what I’d like to see get nominated.  These are my picks and not predictions, plus I have to mention I haven’t seen either Django Unchained or Zero Dark Thirty yet, so that’s why they aren’t here.  I’m also combining the supporting and main actor categories together.  So here are my choices in no particular order.

Best Picture:



The Master

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Moonrise Kingdom

Best Director:

Michael Haneke, Amour

Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master

Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom

Ang Lee, Life of Pi

Original Screenplay:

The Master


Moonrise Kingdom

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Adapted Screenplay:


Beasts of the Southern WIld

Life of Pi

The Dark Knight Rises


Best Actor:

Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

Jean-Louis Trintignant, Amour

Edward Norton, Moonrise Kingdom

Dwight Henry, Beasts of the Southern WIld

Best Actress:

Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Emmanuelle Riva, Amour

Kara Heyword, Moonrise Kingdom

Sally Field, Lincoln

Amy Adams, The Master


  1. Good stuff! I am dying to see Amour. Sadly it has never been showing here and may not until February. That sucks.

    • I was lucky to find it playing at a film festival and actually got to meet director Michael Haneke. I hope you see it; it’s a great movie. Thanks for commenting.

  2. Good choices.

    I think there will be a full ten nominees in for Best Picture. I’m expecting “Argo” and “Skyfall” to be added to your list

    I don’t think “Moonrise Kingdom” will have any nominations in the acting categories. I think their roles are a little too quirky for Academy voters. Also, I would consider Edward Norton as a supporting character.

    • Argo and Skyfall would be on my top 10 as well.

      I’d like to see Moonrise get some acting nominations, though that’s unlikely to happen. I think Norton had a supporting role as well, but I needed a spot to fill in for Best Actor. Thanks for commenting.

  3. Interesting choices man. Great to see Beasts of the Sputhern Wild in there but surprised that Life of Pi doesn’t feature among the best film category.

    • Glad you agree with Beasts! I was going to put Life of Pi in, but I didn’t have enough space. I still wanted it to get a big nomination and I hope Ang Lee gets a Best Director nomination.

  4. Lots of love for Amour here, definitely very high on my watch list after I missed it when it released. Definitely reckon Argo and Life of Pi will get best picture noms.

    • Amour’s great and probably would be my pick for the best film of the year. Argo and Life of Pi were close for making my Best Picture list. Thanks for commenting.

  5. I really like your list! You and me should have a wager on who’ll win. :p

  6. Some solid choices there. Lincoln’s a lock for adapted screenplay, right? LOL As is Day Lewis for Best Actor…

    It wouldnt suprise me if Amour wins, especially seeing as so few people have seen it yet. LOL

    • Yeah, I will be very surprised if DDL doesn’t win. He’s great in it.

      I don’t think it’s very likely Amour will be nominated since foreign films always have a tougher chance to get bigger nominations but would love it if it did. Thanks for commenting.

  7. The nice thing is that most of these are likely to get the actual nominations at this rate 🙂 I was wondering if you’d care to join in on my Oscar Nominations Game, there’s still 2 days left if you do. Details are here

    • I’ll try to put an entry in soon, I’m a little busy right now. Thanks for commenting.

  8. Sounds like I need to see The Master and Amour

    • Both are great and I highly recommend them. Thanks for commenting.

  9. Affleck should’ve gotten a nod for ARGO, that’s one of the biggest snubs this year. I agree that TDKR should get a few nods, too.

    • I was surprised to hear that Affleck wasn’t nominated, though I can’t complain about the other choices of directors. It’s a real shame that The Dark Knight Rises didn’t receive any nominations at all (I’m currently writing an analysis of the nominees that will come out tomorrow).

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