Posted by: ckckred | January 11, 2013

Oscar Nominations 2012: My Reactions

Lincoln took most of the nominations this year

Lincoln took most of the nominations this year

Yesterday, the Academy announced their nominees.  As I read them, I was partly thrilled and partly disappointed.  The Oscars tend to me more predictable than the Golden Globes and Emmys, but they had many surprises this year, some good, some bad.

First off, let’s talk about the biggest (and best) surprise, Amour’s surprising number of nominations.  I think Amour would be my pick for the best film of 2012, so I was thrilled to see it not only get a Best Picture nomination but also one for Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Original Screenplay (I would have given it a Best Actor nomination as well, but never mind).  Foreign films always have a tough time breaking the big categories, so it was great to see it in.

Now for the bad surprise: The Master’s omission for Best Picture.  I knew it didn’t have a very good chance because it was a very polarizing movie, but it was vastly superior to Les Miserables, as was Moonrise Kingdom.  It was also surprising that Paul Thomas Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, Kathryn Bigelow, or Ben Affleck didn’t get Best Director nominations (not that I don’t think the others are deserving).  Not to mention The Dark Knight Rises didn’t get any nominations.

There were multiple nominations for expected films like Lincoln and Life of Pi, which it deserved.  Overall, I would say I liked the Oscar nominations.  They aren’t perfect, but they’re decent.  Nominees below:

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

Michael Haneke, “Amour”

Ang Lee, “Life of Pi”

Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln”

David. O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook”

Benh Zeitlin, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

BEST ACTOR

Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook”

Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”

Hugh Jackman, “Les Miserables”

Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”

Denzel Washington, “Flight”

BEST ACTRESS

Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”

Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”

Emmanuelle Riva, “Amour”

Quvenzhane Wallis, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

Naomi Watts, “The Impossible”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Alan Arkin, “Argo”

Robert De Niro, “Silver Linings Playbook”

Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”

Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”

Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Amy Adams, “The Master”

Sally Field, “Lincoln”

Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”

Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”

Jacki Weaver, “Silver Linings Playbook”

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

“Argo”

“Beasts of the Southern Wild”

“Life of Pi”

“Lincoln”

“Silver Linings Playbook”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

“Amour”

“Django Unchained”

“Flight”

“Moonrise Kingdom”

“Zero Dark Thirty”

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

“Amour”

“Kon-Tiki”

“No”

“A Royal Affair”

“War Witch”

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

“Brave”

“Frankenweenie”

“Paranorman”

“The Pirates”

“Wreck-It Ralph”

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

“5 Broken Cameras”

“The Gatekeepers”

“How to Survive a Plague”

“The Invisible War”

“Searching for Sugar Man”

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

“Anna Karenina”

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”

“Les Miserables”

“Life of Pi”

“Lincoln”

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

“Anna Karenina”

“Django Unchained”

“Life of Pi”

“Lincoln”

“Skyfall”

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

“Anna Karenina”

“Les Miserables”

“Lincoln”

“Mirror Mirror”

“Snow White and the Huntsman”

BEST EDITING

“Argo”

“Life of Pi”

“Lincoln”

“Silver Linings Playbook”

“Zero Dark Thirty”

BEST MAKEUP

“Hitchcock”

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”

“Les Miserables”

BEST SCORE

“Anna Karenina”

“Argo”

“Life of Pi”

“Lincoln”

“Skyfall”

BEST SONG

“Before My Time” (“Chasing Ice”)

“Suddenly” (“Les Miserables”)

“Pi’s Lullaby” (“Life of Pi”
”Skyfall” (“Skyfall”)

“Everybody Needs a Best Friend” (“Ted”)

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 VISUAL EFFECTS

“The Avengers”

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”

“Life of Pi”

“Prometheus”

“Snow White and the Huntsman”

BEST ANIMATED SHORT

“Adam and Dog”

“Fresh Guacamole”

“Head Over Heels”

“Maggie Simpson in The Longest Daycare”

“Paperman”

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

“Inocente”

“Kings Point”

“Mondays at Racine”

“Open Heart”

“Redemption”

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT

“Asad”

“Buzkasi Boys”

“Curfew”

“Death of a Shadow”

“Henry”

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Responses

  1. I agree that those omissions for Best Director are pretty surprising. I was also hoping that Skyfall might get a Best Picture nod, especially when there was room for a 10th nomination. I thought The Impossible should have been nominated for one of the sound categories, it was absolutely amazing.

    • The omissions for Best Director are surprising but I can’t say the nominees aren’t undeserved. Skyfall should have been nominated and I was surprised that The Impossible wasn’t nominated for its sound effects (I haven’t seen it but expected it to). Thanks for commenting.

  2. i was surprised by the directing and “Dark Knight” snubs as well. You are definitely right, “Moonrise Kingdom” is a much better film then “Les Mis”.

    • I think the Oscars just can’t embrace Wes Anderson. Moonrise Kingdom was far superior to Les Miserables, but the latter is far more popular. Thanks for commenting.

  3. I have to say that this year’s Oscars is snub city, population: everyone. Perhaps it just means that 2012 was such a great year for movies. I mean, none of the nominees were bad by any means but I definitely think Skyfall and Django Unchained should have picked up a couple more nods.

    • Yeah, there were plenty of snubs but none of the nominees were undeserved with the exception of Les Miserables. I haven’t seen Django yet, but I think both The Master and Skyfall should have got Best Picture nominations. Thanks for commenting.

  4. I wonder why they didn’t just go for a 10th nominee for Best Picture. If ever there were a year for 10 picks, this is it. The Master or Moonrise Kingdom could have easily slipped in there.

    • I don’t understand why the Oscars implemented the 10 pick rule when they vary year after year. Both The Master and Moonrise deserved best picture nominations. Thanks for commenting.

  5. I’m shocked “The Intouchables” didn’t garner a Best Foreign Film nomination.

    • Yeah, I was surprised too. I haven’t seen it yet, but I was sure it would have. Thanks for commenting.


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