Reaction to the Oscar Nominees

So, with the nominees having literally just been announced, I’ll be talking now about who has nominated in the above-the-line categories (I’ll leave the other categories to those more educated in the matter than I), commenting on surprises, upsets and the like.

Best Original Screenply

Michael Haneke for Amour
Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained
John Gatnis for Flight
Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola for Moonrise Kingdom
Mark Boal for Zero Dark Thirty

A lot of the films that were nominated here were either expected to be (as in the case of ZD30 and Django for instance), but it’s not without it’s share of surprises. Flight, in particular is an interesting one, as when I talked about it’s Oscar chances in the past, I, and some others, assumed Washington was it’s only shot at a nomination (more on him later). But perhaps the biggest surprise of them all is the presence of Michael Haneke’s Amour, the critically loved foreign film which managed to make a strong showing across the board.

Best Adapted Screenplay

Chris Terrio for Argo
Lucy Alibar & Ben Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild
David Magee for Life of Pi
Tony Kushner for Lincoln
David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook

Now, the majority of these were all expected to turn up I suppose, other than Beasts of the Southern Wild. Now that was a surprise, as were it’s showings elsewhere.

Best Supporting Actress

Amy Adams for The Master
Sally Field for Lincoln
Anne Hathaway for Les Miserables
Helen Hunt for The Sessions
Jacki Weaver for Silver Linings Playbook

The only surprise here is Jacki Weaver, even though Scott (over at THR) mentioned on Twitter that she was going to get nominated, I’m still shocked she got in, I mean, Kidman had all the precursors (although her film was challenging, shall we say), and Dench seemed like a likely 6th slot for her sterling work in Skyfall (which was interestingly shut out of the major categories).

Best Supporting Actor

Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained
Phillip Seymour Hoffman for The Master
Robert De Niro for Silver Linings Playbook
Alan Arkin for Argo
Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln

Believe it or not, I went five for five predicting these, so I suppose there were no real surprises to comment on.

Best Actress

Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty
Jeniffer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook
Quvenzhané Wallis for Beasts of the Southern Wild
Emmanuelle Riva for Amour
Naomi Watts for The Impossible

The bigger surprises here are probably Wallis for Beasts and Riva for Amour. Perhaps the one that surprised the most was the choice of foreign language performance, with most people (myself included) had Cotillard over Riva. Still, it’s a rather daring crop of actresses, and there’s some really talent on display here.

Best Actor

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

Well, for me at least, Hawkes was considered a lock for a long time, so to see him miss the cut is interesting (although Hunt did get in Supporting Actress). Of course, the nomination everyone will be raving about is Phoenix’s for The Master, one that’s well deserved, despite his campaigning misstep when he called the Oscars ‘bullshit’, it seems the Academy managed to look past that to reward one  of the finest performances of the year.

Best Director

Michael Haneke for Amour
Ben Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild
Ang Lee for Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg for Lincoln
David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook

Although a lot of people had Lee taking a slot, I recently read a piece about how the movie could have been out of the Oscar race, so to see him here is something of a surprise. The presence of Russell over Hooper is interesting, considering that Russell didn’t get a DGA nomination where Hooper did (although Hooper’s film, and in fact his direction, was less well received). The inclusion of Haneke is a pleasant surprise (it’s always nice to see foreign films get major nominations), but nowhere near as shocking as the inclusion of Zeitlin (which I don’t think anyone saw coming) or the lack of Bigelow.

Best Picture

Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Misérables
Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

An interesting crop of best picture nominees, particularly for it’s inclusion of Amour and Beasts… As I mentioned before, the showings for Life of Pi are quite interesting, although the majority of the category has gone the way many predicted. A tenth slot would have been interesting to see, as it would have probably been filled by either an audience favourite like Moonrise Kingdom, or a critically acclaimed blockbuster, most likely Skyfall.

Well, that’s all from me, and once I’ve seen more of this season’s films, I’ll be commenting on potential winners, as well as slowly crafting my own personal ballot (but don’t expect that until after the Oscars, so I have enough time to catch up.)

Personally, I loved this years nominees, plenty of picks to keep things interesting, and a few that nobody expected, which are always fascinating. Bring on the ceremony so we can celebrate this years cinematic achievements.


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