2013 Critics' Choice Awards Nominations are Topped by Steven Spielberg's 'Lincoln' in Record Fashion

2013 Critics Choice AwardsThe Broadcast Film Critics Association (of which I am a member) announced their nominations for the 2013 Critics' Choice Awards this morning, which was led by Steven Spielberg's Lincoln bringing in a record 13 nominations including a nomination for Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay (Tony Kushner), Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis), Supporting Actress (Sally Field), Supporting Actor (Tommy Lee Jones), Ensemble, Cinematography, Art Direction, Editing, Makeup and Score (John Williams).

The previous record for nominations was set by Black Swan with 12 in 2010, Les Miserables followed Lincoln with 11. Miserables was also nominated for Best Picture alongside Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Life of Pi, The Master, Moonrise Kingdom, Silver Linings Playbook and Zero Dark Thirty.

Just below is the complete list of nominees.

I will say this, these 13 nominations help support my current choice for Lincoln as the Oscar Best Picture front-runner. If you haven't yet checked up my up-to-date Oscar predictions click here.


  • Argo
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Django Unchained
  • Les Misérables
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • The Master
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Zero Dark Thirty


  • Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook)
  • Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
  • John Hawkes (The Sessions)
  • Hugh Jackman (Les Misérables)
  • Joaquin Phoenix (The Master)
  • Denzel Washington (Flight)


  • Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)
  • Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone)
  • Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
  • Emmanuelle Riva (Amour)
  • Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
  • Naomi Watts (The Impossible)


  • Alan Arkin (Argo)
  • Javier Bardem (Skyfall)
  • Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook)
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)
  • Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln)
  • Matthew McConaughey (Magic Mike)


  • Amy Adams (The Master)
  • Judi Dench (Skyfall)
  • Ann Dowd (Compliance)
  • Sally Field (Lincoln)
  • Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables)
  • Helen Hunt (The Sessions)


  • Elle Fanning (Ginger & Rosa)
  • Kara Hayward (Moonrise Kingdom)
  • Tom Holland (The Impossible)
  • Logan Lerman (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)
  • Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi)
  • Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)


  • Argo
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Les Misérables
  • Lincoln
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Silver Linings Playbook


  • Ben Affleck (Argo)
  • Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty)
  • Tom Hooper (Les Misérables)
  • Ang Lee (Life of Pi)
  • David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)
  • Steven Spielberg (Lincoln)


  • Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)
  • John Gatins (Flight)
  • Rian Johnson (Looper)
  • Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master)
  • Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom)
  • Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty)


  • Chris Terrio (Argo)
  • David Magee (Life of Pi)
  • Tony Kushner (Lincoln)
  • Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)
  • David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)


  • Les Misérables - Danny Cohen
  • Life of Pi - Claudio Miranda
  • Lincoln - Janusz Kaminski
  • The Master - Mihai Malaimare Jr.
  • Skyfall - Roger Deakins


  • Anna Karenina - Sarah Greenwood/Production Designer; Katie Spencer/Set Decorator
  • The Hobbit - Dan Hennah/Production Designer; Ra Vincent & Simon Bright/Set Decorators
  • Les Misérables - Eve Stewart/Production Designer; Anna Lynch-Robinson/Set Decorator
  • Life of Pi - David Gropman/Production Designer; Anna Pinnock/Set Decorator
  • Lincoln - Rick Carter/Production Designer; Jim Erickson/Set Decorator


  • Argo - William Goldenberg
  • Les Misérables - Melanie Ann Oliver and Chris Dickens
  • Life of Pi - Tim Squyres
  • Lincoln - Michael Kahn
  • Zero Dark Thirty - William Goldenberg and Dylan Tichenor


  • Anna Karenina - Jacqueline Durran
  • Cloud Atlas - Kym Barrett and Pierre-Yves Gayraud
  • The Hobbit - Bob Buck, Ann Maskrey and Richard Taylor
  • Les Misérables - Paco Delgado
  • Lincoln - Joanna Johnston


  • Cloud Atlas
  • The Hobbit
  • Les Misérables
  • Lincoln


  • The Avengers
  • Cloud Atlas
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • The Hobbit
  • Life of Pi


  • Brave
  • Frankenweenie
  • Madagascar 3
  • ParaNorman
  • Rise of the Guardians
  • Wreck-It Ralph


  • The Avengers
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • Looper
  • Skyfall


  • Christian Bale (The Dark Knight Rises)
  • Daniel Craig (Skyfall)
  • Robert Downey Jr. (The Avengers)
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Looper)
  • Jake Gyllenhaal (End of Watch)


  • Emily Blunt (Looper)
  • Gina Carano (Haywire)
  • Judi Dench (Skyfall)
  • Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises)
  • Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games)


  • Bernie
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Ted
  • This Is 40
  • 21 Jump Street


  • Jack Black (Bernie)
  • Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook)
  • Paul Rudd (This Is 40)
  • Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street)
  • Mark Wahlberg (Ted)


  • Mila Kunis (Ted)
  • Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
  • Shirley MacLaine (Bernie)
  • Leslie Mann (This Is 40)
  • Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect)


  • The Cabin in the Woods
  • Looper
  • Prometheus


  • Amour
  • The Intouchables
  • A Royal Affair
  • Rust and Bone


  • Bully
  • The Central Park Five
  • The Imposter
  • The Queen of Versailles
  • Searching for Sugar Man
  • West of Memphis


  • For You - performed by Keith Urban/written by Monty Powell & Keith Urban – Act of Valor
  • Learn Me Right - performed by Birdy with Mumford & Sons/written by Mumford & Sons – Brave
  • Skyfall - performed by Adele/written by Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth – Skyfall
  • Still Alive - performed by Paul Williams/written by Paul Williams – Paul Williams Still Alive
  • Suddenly - performed by Hugh Jackman/written by Claude-Michel Schonberg & Alain Boublil & Herbert Kretzmer – Les Misérables


  • Argo - Alexandre Desplat
  • Life of Pi - Mychael Danna
  • Lincoln - John Williams
  • The Master - Jonny Greenwood
  • Moonrise Kingdom - Alexandre Desplat

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fourleaf/ Fourleaf

    No Leo and no Django in ensemble with 6 nominees...interesting.

  • Nick

    So how come Django Unchained missed out on ANY acting nominations? Did the vote get split between the three supporting actors? That still doesn't explain its absense in the ensemble category.

    Good for Stephen Chbosky and Cloud Atlas getting at least some love though.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

      Django didn't get any nominations outside of Screenplay & Picture because critics are pretentious gasbags (Brad & Laremy excluded).

      P.S. If they liked Skyfall so much, why didn't they nominate it for Best Picture? What's the matter, did they think they'd lose "credibility" if they nominated a commercial blockbuster? Kinda silly, seeing as how they never had any credibility to begin with.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Travis/ Travis

        I think it had more to do with the fact that Django had screenings literally right around the time that their ballots were due. They just gave it screenplay and Picture because Tarantino usually has good scripts and they needed a tenth. That still speaks to the absurdity of the Critics' Group, but let's not forget that they didn't have a whole lot of time for the film to sit with them

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

          Well, neither did the National Board of Review and they gave DiCaprio Best Supporting Actor and the L.A. Film Critics Circle named Christoph Waltz the runner up in that category. Also, ZDT screened right before Django, but that didn't stop the critics from immediately making it one of the frontrunners. No, these people have knee-jerk reactions to films and time has nothing to do with it.

          • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Travis/ Travis

            I'd like to counter with the fact that while they got to vote that specific day, the Critics Choice had to send their ballots in in advance, however, you have already started to make me doubt my argument, so I'm just going to give up the cause

            • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

              lol, these awards are extremely irritating in the sense that we all know they mean absolutely nothing and at the end of the day, the wrong film/actor will win every time, yet we still continue to watch all of the ceremonies, comment on the nominations and rant about how awful they are. We do this because we're fans of cinema, and this is the time of year when cinema is recognized all over the world and we want to be a part of the conversation. It just sucks that the movies we're forced to talk about are so hopelessly boring and average while at the same time, there are several really good, provocative and interesting movies that will never be recognized because there's no sentimentality or Spielbergian ending.

              • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Travis/ Travis

                I'm a little more open to the sentimental films than you are, so I'm not as harsh on this year. However, as I said, I don't necessarily disagree with you on this topic

              • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

                First, I should clear things up by saying that I was referring to nominees, not winners. And if you collected all of the nominees from the last decade and put them together, most of them would probably fit into what I said.

                "If you know you're going to hate it, then that's unfair criticism if you watch it and then rant on and on about how the Oscars are useless just because the films you wanted to at least get nominated did not." - I don't "hate" these films. For instance, I thought Beasts was decent, but absolutely nothing worth commenting on. So it bums me out that the conversation centers around these kinds of films while other, more interesting films, are left out of the conversation.

                "Saying the Oscars are useless and the usual films that are nominated for BP are rubbish is an unfair judgement and an insult to filmmakers who work hard on the movies they mostly devote their lives to." - I didn't say they were rubbish or bad. I said I thought they were boring (in the sense that there's nothing to really talk about or explore) and average, which I maintain. Now it kinda sounds like you're saying I shouldn't dismiss films on the basis that the filmmakers put a lot of work into them. If that's what you're saying (and I hope I'm not misunderstanding you), I have to take issue with this line of thinking. Most would agree that Transformers 2 is a bad film and I don't know anyone who would hesitate before trashing it. Yet the filmmakers undoubtedly worked their ass off trying to get it made. So is that off limits too? Where is the line in the sand? If they're "Oscar worthy" than they're off limits but if the film is a commercial blockbuster than it's fair game? I don't get it. It sounds like you're saying that you have to always acknowledge "hard work," whether the film is great or not. I just don't agree. If I don't like a film, I'm not going to give credit where credit is not due.

                "an honest, true, but hugely cinematic retelling of the assassination of one of the nations greatest enemies" - Wow there buddy, I'd be careful about making such wild assertions about ZDT. "Honest" & "true"? I guess my first question would be: have you even seen the film yet? But I think it would be best to completely avoid talking about ZDT and the filmmakers politics at this time, since this conversation would inevitable lead to a politically motivated back-and-forth. So let's hold off on that one until the film comes out.

                "Criticizing these films(without seeing them no less!) just because they're widely praised and winning dozens of awards is not fair." - But by the same token, why is it any less wrong to praise these films or assume they are going to be great "without seeing them no less"? The pendulum swings both ways.

                "the critics like Zero Dark Thirty more and want that one to win. I have no problem with that." - Well that's fine, but I do. Why are you right for having "no problem with that" and I'm wrong for having a problem with it?

                "So hearing that the movies nowadays that win Best Picture are nothing but sentimental and political bullshit really make me fear for the future of cinema." - Here you're putting words in my mouth. As I said before, I was talking about nominees, not winners. Also, I would assert that the Academy has ALWAYS nominated those kinds of films. This is not some new trend. They have always preferred films that operate on a surface level and don't really challenge the audience. You may not have a problem with this, but I clearly do.

                "If cinema is meant to be supremely dark and gloomy, then the true meaning of films has disappeared." No one said this. But my point would be that when it comes to the Academy, movies SHOULD be feel-good or reassuring films. Those are the films that reign supreme, after all.

                "Now, if they're not artsy films like The Master or dark blockbusters like The Dark Knight, then it's just all bull to many people on the Internet blogosphere." Well, that's not what I'M saying...

                "They allow the mix of both like the visceral Hurt Locker winning one year and the fluffy yet lovely Artist garnering the award later." Films like No Country & Hurt Locker would be in the minority (if you consider Oscar legacy). So that's really a false equivalency. Also, most people know that The Departed won because it was "Scorsese's time." The Oscars are a show; they always have been and they always will be. Films don't just become prestigious because a small group of old white men says they are.

                "So please, show some respect although you feel differently than other people regarding this topic." - Again, I don't understand why I should be forced to "respect" films I don't care for.

                "I'm one of thousands of young people who watch awards shows dreaming of one day being up there too in front of millions of people around the world accepting a statue shared by Spielberg, Coppola, Scorsese from an aging Paul Thomas Anderson." That's fine, but I'm sure that if you asked most directors, very few of them would say that they do it for the awards. That's tremendously superficial. Sure, it's nice to be recognized (in an industry that never stops recognizing itself), but an artist doesn't create art in an effort to be celebrated. So I don't know that the "Oscar" should be the final goal. I think that's more of an actor thing.

      • Michael

        Actually I'm a critic and I would've nominated DJANGO for a swag of awards including Samuel L. Jackson, Tarantino, and Waltz.

  • Matree

    Nominations I am pleasantly surprised to see:
    Matthew McConaughey for "Magic Mike"
    Gina Carano for "Haywire"

  • http://hypethemovies.wordpress.com Jordan B.

    These nominations seem to, more or less, confirm or at least give weight to a lot of popular notions about this year's Oscars. In other words, not many surprises. But with 6 nominees in some categories, it will be interesting to see which one misses out come Oscar nominations time, or if a film/performance that wasn't even nominated here will make it into the Oscar field in its respective category.

    Though I will say that I am surprised Moonrise Kingdom didn't find its way into Best Comedy, while Silver Linings Playbook (which feels more drama than comedy, to me) received a nom.

  • Christophe

    methinks Black swan had 12 noms, the artist and hugo had 11, so no record for Les Mis, sigh...

  • Mandarin

    What DiCaprio has to do, is to go away and make shitty films for the next ten years. Rom-coms with Kate Hudson and slapstick flicks with Ben Stiller. Then, suddenly, he gives a really decent performance that makes people get all teary eyed because "he´s turned his career around."
    Turning in one Oscar-worhy performance after the other for ten years, that just pisses people off.

  • Movie fan

    Wow Leonardo DiCaprio doesn't get nominated but Matthew McConaughey does?!?!!?

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

      You should have said: "Wow Leonardo DiCaprio doesn't get nominated but Alan Arkin & Robert De Niro does?!?!!?"

      McConaughey was terrific in Magic Mike and brilliant in Killer Joe. He deserves all the recognition he can get. De Niro & Arkin were only nominated because they're old veterans. I haven't see Playbook yet, but there was nothing award-worthy about Arkin's performance in Argo.

      • Chris138

        Couldn't agree more about the comments for Arkin. I have no idea why anyone thinks his performance is Oscar worthy. I think people are just amazed by De Niro because it's his first role that isn't totally forgettable in well over a decade.

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

          and isn't that a sad commentary on the way people vote. It's not about who you think is the best, its about nominating people for the good work they did in the past that you were too stupid to recognize at the time. When DiCaprio wins an Oscar, it'll be for some painfully average and unchallenging performance at the the age of 64.

      • Movie Fan

        I have seen Argo, Silver Linings Playbook, and Magic Mike and I would prefer either Alan Arkin or Robert DeNiro over Matthew McConaughey any day

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS


          • Movie fan

            I hope Leonardo DiCaprio wins

            • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

              Have you seen Django?

        • Bren

          Care to explain why? McConaughey is magnetic when ever he's onscreen. Arkin was good but nowhere near Oscar worthy. Haven't seen DeNiro but he's always in contention based on name alone.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/G-Man/ G-Man

        AS - you are right on the money about Arkin in Argo. Nothing amazing about the performance. It seems like performances get nominated from the films people tend to love, not necessarily the performances that were outstanding.

        • Chris138

          No one in Argo is worthy of any acting nominations, IMO.

  • Arjuna

    Pretty surprised about lack of Di Caprio and Anderson for directing considering that the Master got so many other nominations here.

    But I really wish they kept the other categories to 5 nominations instead of 6, especially Director and Actor which would give a better forecast for the rest of the season. Actress isn't as hard as I think Watts is the odd one out

  • http://cinemaconfessions.blogspot.com Gautam

    It's really a shame that the whole nomination list lacks any originality and it seems like a collective effort to guess what's the Oscar nominations going to look like.

  • Movie fan

    Sadly I think the master has been forgotten but overall a great list

  • russel

    Black Swan had 12 noms.

  • MajorFilmFan

    I predict Lincoln, Les Mis and Silver Linings Playbook will be the big winners. Glad to see Perks getting some love. It's my favorite movie of 2012. It deserves recognition simply becuase Chbosky crafted that movie on his own. So many called his novel 'unadaptable', but Chbosky believed that there was big screen potential in the book, so he made it himself. The fact that someone who had so little experience with directing or filmmaking in general, could make such a wonderful movie that is almost entirely faithful to the book it's based on.

  • John Doe Snow

    Shame on you Brad for forgetting the scores of Beasts and Cloud Atlas! :(
    By the way I didn't even remember Argo's one, so I searched for it on youtube and now I know why: it's terrible.

    • adu

      I agree, the Argo score is totally forgettable. It's a travesty that Beasts & Atlas are not on the list. Majority of these critics must be deaf! (sorry, I'm pissed)

  • MajorFilmFan

    I'm SURE That Rebel Wilson will win for Best Actress in a Comedy. She was HILARIOUS in Pitch Perfect

  • MajorFilmFan

    WHAT?!?!?! NO Nomination for Howard Shore's score for The Hobbit??

  • Arturo

    Lincoln is looking strong

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Elijah/ Elijah

    I just saw Lincoln yesterday and why did it get so many technical nominations? There's at least a dozen films out there with better cinematography, editing, score, etc... It just adds this tinge of "blah" to the nominations, but overall the list looks decent and predictable. Good enough! :-P

    • http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/27913-criterion10 Criterion10

      Completely agree about Lincoln. There are so many more deserving films in those respective categories. I personally wish Cloud Atlas got a nomination for score, and Killing Them Softly got a nomination for cinematography.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Travis/ Travis

    I think this is a good indicator for me that, as much as I want Les Mis to get in, I should move Matthew McConaughey into my top 5 instead. Not that I'm complaining. Overall, I like the critics' picks this year. And Brad, how wrong do you think they were on This is 40?

  • adu

    Very Happy to see both Pi and Master in the best picture list, they are both masterpieces for me. On the other hand, I am not a fan of Moonrise Kingdom so didnt want it on the list; it seemed like such an empty movie.

    I am kind of surprised to see the lack of love for Django.

    Looking at that foreign movie category, Brad, dont you think this the strongest year for foreign films? All those look incredible.

    I look forward to these awards, I think some of the categories in these make it more interesting than The Golden Globes.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/G-Man/ G-Man

    Things I'm most excited about from this list:

    - Javier Bardem for Supporting Actor

    - Rian Johnson for Screenplay

    - Anne Hathaway for Actress in an Action movie

    Rooting for all of these!

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/G-Man/ G-Man

    No PTA for Director - interesting. Can't help his chances for Oscar nom.

  • Jack

    Wish PTA woulda snagged a best director nod. Surprising he got a screenplay considering many critics complained about it. Also no Leo? Must have split votes.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Cordia/ Cordia

    I am not really surprised by a lot of things, Just Leo or Waltz missing out on a nom. Think SAG will nominate on of the 2.

  • Stiggy

    Loving the Skyfall love here. Here's hoping that Javier Bardem and Judi Dench upset the odds.

    • http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/27913-criterion10 Criterion10

      I was happy to see Judi Dench as well. One of the best supporting performances this year, and I hope she gets a nomination come Oscar time.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

      Neither of them will be nominated for an Oscar. Critics Choice Awards are just a step above the MTV Movie Awards and they will recognize more mainstream fare than the Academy.

  • http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/27913-criterion10 Criterion10

    Very annoyed about all of the nominations for Lincoln. I personally didn't love the film, and I don't see why everyone likes it so much. It's solid, but by no means great, but then again there isn't really much that is this year.

    I'm also disappointed by all of the snubs for Killing Them Softly lately. The film certainly isn't perfect, but it is one of the better films this year. I'll talk more about that this Sunday in the What I Watched column.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

      I'm equally annoyed about Lincoln. This award season is going to be really difficult to endure (even more so than last year... and I didn't think was possible). It'll be just like 2009, when I had to watch movies like The Hurt Locker & Avatar sweep award shows while Inglourious Basterds was left hung out to dry. Same thing this year, only with Django Unchained this time.

      • http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/27913-criterion10 Criterion10

        See, least year I was pissed because there were a lot of movies I loved that just didn't get the attention they deserved (i.e. Shame, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Drive, etc.). This year, I don't even have any movies that I feel strongly about! It's a repeat of 2010 for me, another year where there wasn't anything I really cared for. At least in 2009, Inglourious Basterds had a slight chance, and I had something to root for. (I didn't care at all for neither Hurt Locker nor Avatar.)

        BTW, thought I'd mention that I opened up my thoughts about this being a poor year for movies (something I know you and I both agree on) to the Criterion facebook page and was chastised immediately! Everyone disagreed with me, and one poster said I just didn't understand what 2012 was for cinema. I was literally furious.

        Oh, well. Still have high hopes for a few films (Django, Zero Dark Thirty, Amour, and Holy Motors). At this rate, I'm not going to even make a top ten.

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

          I obviously agree with your first point about 2012 being a dud. But I have to disagree about 2010. I loved Inception and I was extremely impressed with films like Shutter Island, The Town, The Social Network and Animal Kingdom.

          You shouldn't be surprised about being chastised. When it comes to movies, the attitude is usually "if you don't have anything positive to say, don't say anything at all." lol, unless, of course, the consensus is that the given year is a disappointment. No need to get upset about it. Most people are misinformed and tasteless.

          Holy Motors is decent, but I don't think it's anything to get excited about. As far as ZDT is concerned, there's an excellent article about the films politics (even though Bigelow and Boal both claim it's "not political") that calls attention to the falsehood that the film hangs its thesis on:


          I'm actually against "Top 10's" in general. I refuse to subscribe to the notion that there are 10 truly GREAT films that come out every year. To me, this is rubbish. In a good year, you'll be lucky to get 5 GREAT films. And by great, I mean GREAT! Not "very good." You can save the "very good" films for the "honorable mentions." So I always do a top 5. Now, I usually always define "great" films as movies I've given a 4/5 or higher to. This year, I've given two films a 4/5: Killer Joe & Skyfall. Now assuming Django joins that list, we're looking at a "Top 3 films of 2012." Sad.... just sad.

          • http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/27913-criterion10 Criterion10

            See, I had mixed feelings towards both Shutter Island and The Town, although I quite liked The Social Network. The one film I did really like that year was Dogtooth, but with that being a foreign film meant literally nothing for its chances in any major categories. Yet, it did score a Best Foreign Language Film nomination.

            I'm going to avoid reading that Zero Dark Thirty article until I see the movie, but I have heard about some of the political controversy that has been surrounding the film as of lately.

            I think the only films I rated an 8 out of 10 this year were Moonrise Kingdom and Argo, but both aren't movies that I would call "great" by any means. They were incredibly entertaining, but they haven't really stuck with me.Right now, the top 3 movies of the year are for me are The Master, Killing Them Softly, and Skyfall, but I only rated all of those 7 out of 10 (or 3.5 out of 5). So, yeah it's been rather disappointing for me. The three films I listed above I liked all of them, but they all had significant flaws to me to prevent me from loving them, although I will admit that I need to see all of them a second time before closing the book on them.

            • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

              Yes, I would like to see Killing Them Softly & The Master again before the end of the year... but I don't think that's going to happen.

          • Chris138

            The only problem I have with that article is the fact that the guy admits up front that he hasn't seen the film. While I realize that he defends it by saying that he is simply giving his response to reviews that have come out, I don't think it's fair to be critical (or even give praise) to something before you've seen it. For all I know I may agree completely with what he thinks the film endorses, or I may think he's totally wrong. I just find it odd when people find it acceptable to form opinions of something they haven't seen themselves based on what the reviews of other film critics are saying, especially if you're going to publish an article for the public to read about it. That guy is setting himself up for backlash.

            The end.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

    Glad to see Looper is getting some attention in the best original screenplay. And in my opinion, Cloud Atlas at least deserves best makeup. They did a great job in transforming the characters on screen.

  • russel

    Glad Lincoln sweeped the noms!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Lincoln- 13 noms
    Les Miserable'- 11 noms
    Silver Linings Playbook- 10 noms
    Life of Pi- 9 noms
    Argo- 7 noms
    The Master- 7 noms
    Skyfall- 7 noms
    Moonrise Kingdom- 5 noms
    Zero Dark Thirty- 5 noms
    Looper- 5 noms
    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey- 4 noms
    The Dark Knight Rises- 4 noms
    Beasts Of The Southern Wild- 3 noms
    Bernie- 3 noms
    Cloud Atlas- 3 noms
    This is 40- 3 noms
    Ted- 3 noms
    Django Unchained- 2 noms
    Flight- 2 noms
    Brave- 2 noms
    The Perks of Being a Wallflower- 2 noms
    Amour- 2 noms
    The Impossible- 2 noms
    The Sessions- 2 noms
    Rust and Bone- 2 noms
    Anna Karenia- 2 noms
    Magic Mike- 1 nom
    Paranorman- 1 nom
    Madagascar 3- 1 nom
    Frankenweenie- 1 nom
    Rise of the Guardians- 1 nom
    Wreck it Ralph- 1 nom
    Bully- 1 nom
    Queen of Versailles- 1 nom
    West of Memphis- 1 nom
    Paul Williams Still Alive- 1 nom
    Central Park Five- 1 nom
    The Imposter- 1 nom
    A Royal Affair- 1 nom
    Compliance- 1 nom
    Searching For Sugar Man- 1 nom
    Ginger and Rosa- 1 nom
    Prometheus- 1 nom
    The Cabin In the Woods- 1 nom
    Pitch Perfect- 1 nom
    Haywire- 1 nom
    End of Watch- 1 nom
    The Hunger Games- 1 nom
    The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel- 1 nom

    Damn! Ted has more nom's then Amour, Flight, The Impossible and other films that the critics bragged about this year.............I'm just gonna' stop talking before Brad gets pissed!


      Missed A Few:

      The Avengers- 3 noms

      21 Jump Street- 2 noms

  • Movie Fan

    I am disappointed that Michael Pena wasn't nominated for End of Watch

  • http://timeforafilm.com Alex Thomas

    Pretty interesting, the 6 nominations make the Actress and Actor categories interesting, I think we all had the two lead categories down to those 6, with one to get the chop at the Oscar's.

    Will head over to the podcast now but lol This is 40.

  • Dale

    Anyone find a surprise anywhere. Not me.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Fan/ Fan

    Wow, only 2 nomination for Django... no Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz or Samuel L. Jackson... man... I am glad to see Javier Bardem getting a nomination though.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Ian/ Ian

    The only major surprise for me with these yesterday was the lack of major noms for Django. But after seeing the SAG noms this morning I think we can officially cross it off the Best Picture list. And while I thought DiCaprio was emerging as the supporting actor frontrunner, he may not even get nominated now. Look out for the old farts of Best Exotic though (something I've been saying since September).

  • Bren

    I don't get the love for Beast of the Southern Wild. Characters were annoying and the story was paper thin and half developed.

    I like McConaughey getting in and Bardem, too, though he won't sniff the Oscars.

    Ann Dowd is a nice surprise. I think she might be able to sneak into the Oscars.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Elijah/ Elijah

    Hey Brad, how come for animated feature you have Paranorman at the #8 slot? It's been winning animated feature from half of these critics circles, and even though I wasn't a big fan I kind of see it sneaking up.