Oscar Nominations

2013 Oscar Nominations: Snubs, Surprises and Reactions

No Bigelow or Affleck? No 'Intouchables'? Is it 'Lincoln' vs. 'Life of Pi'?

Emma Stone and Seth MacFarlane announce the 2013 Oscar nominations
Emma Stone and Seth MacFarlane announce the 2013 Oscar nominations
Photo: AMPAS

The 2013 Oscar nominations were announced this morning, and if you haven't already checked out the list of nominees you may want to do that before reading this piece, just to make sure you are following along. You can get the full list right here.

As I noted in my nomination article, I went 80 for 107 (74.7%) on my Oscar nomination predictions, getting four of the five nominees correct in most categories, getting eight of the nine Best Picture nominees correct and only going five-for-five in Best Visual Effects. I crashed and burned on the Best Director predictions, going only two-for-five, which is where we should probably begin this conversation.

Ben Affleck / Kathryn BigelowThe nomination for Steven Spielberg (Lincoln) was a no-brainer, but when I look at the list of directing nominees I begin to ask myself, "Was it?" I also thought Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty) was a no-brainer and at one time I had Ben Affleck (Argo) in the #1 position in my predictions after Argo played the Toronto Film Festival. Yet, neither was nominated.

While many didn't really think Tom Hooper (Les Miserables) was deserving, he was nominated by the Directors Guild, and after winning for The King's Speech a couple years ago he seemed like, at the very least, a safe bet. Nope.

Ang Lee (Life of Pi) was considered a fringe nominee and he got in as Life of Pi ended up second in total nominations with ten, one shy of Lincoln's leading 11 as those two films were clearly the favorites with the Academy. But the directing category also shows us a couple of other favorites...

Michael Haneke (Amour), Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild) and David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook) joined Spielberg and Lee as the nominees for Best Director. All three films also scored Best Picture nominations, Screenplay nominations and at least one acting nomination each with Silver Linings Playbook earning four for Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver.

Jacki Weaver and Robert De Niro in Silver Linings PlaybookAs far as the acting categories go, Weaver was my lone miss in the Supporting Actress category as I was left to decide between her, Nicole Kidman (The Paperboy), Maggie Smith (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Anne Dowd (Compliance). Kidman was on a streak heading into the nominations so I went with her... Oops.

The Supporting Actor category delivered some interesting results as I went with Javier Bardem (Skyfall) at the last minute over Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained) for my fifth and final slot. I would have been wrong on both counts as the lone acting nom for Django Unchained ended with previous Oscar winner Christoph Waltz. I'm sure fans of the film are happy about the nom, but I'm also pretty sure fans of the film would argue DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson were more deserving, the latter of which especially.

The lead actor and actress categories weren't exactly surprising, though to see Joaquin Phoenix (The Master) get in over John Hawkes (The Sessions) seemed like a 50/50 bet before the nominations and I went with the wrong "50".

In the Best Actress category the Academy did ultimately go with Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) and the big question all along wasn't necessarily who would get in with that category, but who would be left out... In this case, with Emmanuelle Riva (Amour) also getting in, it was Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone) on the outside looking in.

The screenplay categories offered little to get too worked up over with Flight sneaking in over The Master in the original category and Beasts of the Southern Wild edging out Les Miserables for adapted.

NOTE: Download several of the Oscar nominated screenplays for free right here.

The Animation category still decided to go with nothing but studio features, but instead of DreamWorks' Rise of the Guardians it was Sony and Aardman's The Pirates! Band of Misfits that found its way in.

The IntouchablesI have to say, one major surprise for me was the absence of The Intouchables from the Best Foreign Language category. Not only is it a great film, it's a film some were predicting at the last minute as a Best Picture contender, let alone Best Foreign Language. It killed at the Cesar Awards last year and is the highest grossing French film in history making over $420 million worldwide. It was replaced by Canada's War Witch, which many did think would get in, but not at the expense of The Intouchables.

More love for Silver Linings was found in the editing category where it took the place of ASC nominee Les Miserables and while the Academy clearly loved Beasts of the Southern Wild, one of the greatest aspects of the film was unable to land a Best Original Score nomination, instead replaced by Thomas Newman's Skyfall composition.

Finally, I went eight-for-nine with my Best Picture predictions with Amour getting in over Moonrise Kingdom and The Master, but all-in-all I think we can all look at today's nominations and close the book on which film is taking it all... Lincoln... or is it?

Lincoln / Life of PiNow I don't want to be that conspiracy theorist, but does anyone think it is at all possible the Academy will look to right the wrongs of the 2006 Oscars where Crash was the surprise Best Picture winner over Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain?

Fox seemed to be playing under the radar with Life of Pi this season. It was the final screener sent to the Academy as it arrived in their hands on Christmas Eve and very little had been said about the film along the way. Then, come Oscar morning it scores the second most nominations, including one for editing, a category in which only nine times has the eventual Best Picture winner not been nominated.

Don't get me wrong, Lincoln is still my front-runner, but as I head in to update my predictions now that we have our nominees, I will definitely be keeping a close eye on Life of Pi over the coming months.

All of that said, what did you think of the Oscar nominations? Vote in the poll below if you haven't done so already and discuss your snubs, surprises and reactions. Based on the comments on my prediction article I have to assume there are some of you that are a little peeved The Dark Knight Rises didn't score a single nomination... I'm not, but I'm sure you are... Vent in the comments below.

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

    Seems like it's down to Lincoln vs. Life of Pi and Silver Linings to me.

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

    Personally, Christoph Waltz's performance in Django was my favorite of the 3.

    • Chris138

      Same here. If they went with anyone I'm glad it was him.

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

      I'm beyond ecstatic to see him nominated, I just wish in was as a Leading Performance as opposed to Supporting. Still, better to see he got in than not.

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

      I agree. Waltz was best in Django. Leo was a tiny step below that and still worthy of a nomination. Samuel L Jackson was fantastic, no doubt, but not really Oscar-worthy IMO.

      What I can't figure out is why Waltz is being considered a supporting actor? To me, he's the main actor in the film, even more than Jamie Fox.

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

        I disagree. I think the lead is clearly Foxx. We're with him from beginning to end. Waltz exits the film with almost 20 minutes left to go, so in my book, he's definitely supporting.

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

          Got to disagree with you here. Even when Foxx is on screen, it's usually Waltz that is the main focus of attraction, as evidenced by how talky his character is as opposed to the quiet nature of Django. Waltz and Foxx are both leads, while Leo and Jackson are supporting.

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

            Still, it's really Django's story. I look at Waltz as more of a buddy than a co-lead.

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

              And see, this is where there is a fundamental problem with the film for me, because while it is Django's story, Tarantino never places enough emphasis on the character. Waltz is the one who is developed properly, and thus it is his character that is the lead to me, where as Django is the buddy.

  • Stuart

    No Afflect, Cottilard and Hawkes. Ouch!

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

    Obviously there are some incredibly stupid nominations, but I wouldn't say I'm angry. I would've liked to have seen Moonrise get some love.
    Score was the place I thought Beasts would have been most deserving, so that's puzzling. Don't think it deserved all the love it got.
    As I said before, I think DiCaprio should be in for Waltz and Cranston should be in for Arkin.
    I'm happy about all the love for SLP. All those acting noms brings to mind The Fighter.
    Directing snubs were unfortunate, kind of took some of the suspense away on Oscar night.
    I haven't seen Life of Pi, and don't really want to (but I will), but apparently the Academy loved it. We probably should've seen that coming. . .

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

    Glad Joaquin got nominated and surprises flight got in over looper and the master for OS.

    Cannot believe the intouchables didn't get nominated. A good film, a money maker and had the Weinstein behind it and did not get nominated.

    I tend to not get bent out of shape about the oscars. I feel the academy got most of them right

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

    Even though I had not seen any talk about the possibility, I was still hoping Looper would get an original screenplay nom. Affleck and Bigelow both should have gotten Director noms.

  • The Dude

    If Lincoln wins, that will be 3 crappy best picture winners in a row.

    Fingers crossed for Silver Linings or Life of Pi.

    • Chris

      Agreed! Now that Django, Argo, and Zero Dark Thirty have no shit, I'm pulling for Silver Linings Playbook.

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

      I totally agree, we don't need another Best Pic/Dir/actor win especially in this case. I'm rootin' for either Beasts, Silver, Pi, or Zero Dark to cockblock Lincoln in any category, then it'll be a personal victory.

    • DavidG

      I think to call Lincoln "crappy" is a bit silly. I think it is a great film. Personally, I think a few others in the list are better, and certainly a couple not nominated, but crappy? Come on.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AndrewJ.S./ Andrew J.S.

    Disappointed about Leo not getting a supporting nom, but not too upset. Otherwise the only other thing is the scores for both Beasts and Cloud Atlas getting snubbed. They're my two favorite scores from this year.

  • Chris138

    These nominations are all over the place. I was genuinely shocked by some of the choices, especially the director nominees.

  • Eric

    Do the planets have to align for a woman to get nominated? I really don't want to play that card, but it feels sexist to not have her in there. I liked Beasts, but the direction wasn't exactly spectacular.

    Of course, it's possible that the Academy simply doesn't love Zero Dark Thirty as much as the critics do, but still.

    • loxmang

      she won best director like 3 years ago... i checked the planets, they were not aligned.

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

    A few points:

    - I finally got round to watching Django last night and am a little miffed with Christopher Waltz as supporting actor. I know it was probably a strategic move by TWC to get him a nomination but he was clearly the lead actor and was in nearly every scene. Would putting him forward for best actor not have put him ahead of Pheonix and Bradley Cooper and would have also solved what must have been a split of votes between the other Django cast members? Sam Jackson fully deserved a nomination at the least.

    - A am a bit miffed by the best picture nomination for Amour. Sure it's been a regular occurrence for animated films to be nominated for best animation and best picture but off the top of my head i can't recall the last time it happened for best foreign film. I would say surely it gurantees it best foreign film but knowing that category anything could happen.

    - Zeitlin getting nominated ahead of Bigelow and Affleck is another confusing one.

    • Jesse3232

      Fully agree on Waltz he carried the whole movie til Candieland and he still carried it. Samuel L. Jackson was the best part of the movie for me!

    • Jesse

      A foreign film being nominated for best picture isn't unheard of. 2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and 1998 Life Is Beautiful were nominated in both best picture categories.

    • tombeet

      The last time it happened for Best Foreign Language film to nominate for Best Picture was Letters from Iwo Jima in 2006, before that were Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000), Life is Beautiful (1998), Il Postino (1995). 3 films which nominated for both Best Picture and Best Foreign Language ended up to win the latter category: Z (1969), Life is Beautiful (1998) and Crouching Tiger. There were even a time when 2 foreign films were Best Picture contenders in 2 consecutive years. (The Emigrants in 1972 and Cries and Whispers in 1973, both in Swedish)

      => which is to say best foreign language film which also nominated for Best Picture happened much more regularly in the past and definitely more often than animated films.

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

        Thanks for that. After posting I thought of Crouching Tiger and Life is Beautiful but quite interesting about the others.

      • Newbourne

        Letters from Iwo Jima was not nominated for Foreign Language film. It was ineligible due to being a USA-produced film. It was a foreign language best picture nominee, but it did not get nominated in both categories.

  • Jimmy B

    Zero Dark Thirty is still building momentum, so depending on how people respond to it over the next couple of weeks, it could pose a threat to Lincoln (then again, Bigelow's snub is a big step back).

  • Irf

    Here's the thing, DJANGO UNCHAINED is a mess of a movie. Sure, the acting is solid, the dialogues has its moments and Tarantino knows how to direct individual scenes, but the story is all over the place. It's haphazard and unconvincing. Tarantino is a terrible storyteller and as his budgets have gone up exponentially, his focus has imploded massively. His films have nothing to say, and if any movie in his canon should have had something to say then that would've been DJANGO, yet it says nothing. It takes a seemingly important topic and sledgehammers it.

    There may be an interesting 90 minute exploitation movie in DJANGO, but its current cut is pretty worthless.

    • Chris

      U crazy.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/paul.thind/ Paul Thind

      I concur with your view. It was pretty entertaining but not worthy of all the hype surrounding it.

      Seven Psychopaths should have gotten some recognition along with a nomination for Sam Rockwell for best supporting.

      • Rich

        Tarantino's movies never have anything "to say." They're simply good, fun movies. That's the point of them, is the moviegoing experience.

        Completely agree on Seven Psychopaths though. It's personally been one of my favorite films of the year, and Sam Rockwell was at least better than Alan Arkin in Argo. I think he was at least as good as Tommy Lee Jones in Lincoln, but I get it with the historical significane and all.

  • Bertram J. Krogh

    So glad Beasts got so many nominations! Cheered out a high-pitched squeak when they said Quvenzhan’e Wallis’ name! And Benh Zeitlin! Daaamn :D
    And Amour and Silver Linings Playbook garnered a lot of unexpected notice :D

    Biggest ‘shocks’ for me is John Hawkes snub, Ben Affleck directing snub, Kathryn Bigelow not getting nominated (I’m fine with this, great movie, but it was sooooo expected she would be nominated, and possibly win), and Christoph Waltz ripping out the nod from Leo’s hands! Haha! I am fine with it, just a little shocked he was the one from Django to get it :P And Matt McConaughey didn’t get nominated, which I am perfectly fine with, I thought he was excellent in Killer Joe, but overrated in Magic Mike.

    The one performance no one ever talked about, but I would have nominated without hesitation, is Hugo Weaving in Last Ride. You probably don’t know about it :P

    • DavidG

      I agree with you in almost all of that.

  • Liathach

    I wouldn't be surprised if Lincoln wins Best Picture and Ang Lee wins Best Director.

    • MajorFilmFan

      I agree. Lee DEFFINATELY has a shot now

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

    Personally I'm angry over the Affleck and Bigelow snubs. Argo and Zero Dark Thirty were my favorite films of the year, and I though they were directed better than most films I'd seen in a while. Over all, the rest of the categories were what I predicted, aside from the Amour surprise.

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

    Happy to see Waltz get in. I also saw Lincoln last night and have no problem with all it's nominations. I'm also very happy to see Pirates! in Animated. The biggest snub for me is Affleck for Best Director. I was really hoping that he would get one especially since Argo may end up being my #1 film of the year. Other snubs would include Looper and Perks for Screenplay, but those were unlikely to get in. Still plenty of movies I haven't seen yet, but I'll get on that soon. Really excited to see how the Oscars turn out this year.

  • Jesse3232

    Also, The Dark Knight Rises is Nolan's first film to have no Oscar nominations since Insomnia

  • Gannon

    seems like the academy still hates leonardo...

    • carrie

      if once,he did ONE screener with his colleagues,that may help him (and i think they like him :Leo was nod for his "african" movie)

  • Jack

    Ben Affleck's votes were being counted as Benh Zeitlin's votes!!! I'm calling it!!!

    But in all honesty, Beasts was a terribly overrated mess. Wallis did nothing special, and the only redeeming quality was the score which was snubbed.

    Though I didn't love Argo, I still think Affleck should have got a Best director nod.

    PTA got robbed. Flight was a horrible screenplay. You nominated Flight, but not Shame's script...

    My predictions:
    1. Lincoln
    2. Silver Linings Playbook
    3. Life of Pi
    4. Argo
    5. Amour
    6. Beasts of the Southern Wild
    7. Zero Dark Thirty
    8. Les Miserables
    9. Django Unchained

    DIRECTOR:
    1. Steven Spielberg
    2. Ang Lee
    3. David O Russell
    4 Michael Haneke
    5. Benh Zeitlin

    ACTOR:
    1. Daniel Day Lewis
    2. Bradley Cooper
    3. Joaquin Phoenix
    4. Hugh Jackman
    5. Denzel Washington

    ACTRESS:
    1. Jennifer Lawrence
    2. Jessica Chastain
    3. Emmanuelle Riva
    4. Naomi Watts
    5. Quvenzhane Wallis

    SUPPORTING ACTOR:
    1. Tommy Lee Jones
    2. Philip Seymour Hoffman
    3. Robert DeNiro
    4. Alan Arkin
    5. Christoph Waltz

    SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
    1. Anne Hathaway
    2. Sally Field
    3. Amy Adams
    4. Jacki Weaver
    5. Helen Hunt

    ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
    1. Amour
    2. Zero Dark Thirty
    3. Django Unchained
    4. Moonrise Kingdom
    5. Flight

    ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
    1. Lincoln
    2. Silver Linings Playbook
    3. Life of Pi
    4. Argo
    5. Beasts of the Southern Wild

    CINEMATOGRAPHY:
    1. Life of Pi
    2. Skyfall
    3. Lincoln
    4. Django Unchained
    5. Anna Karenina

    EDITING:
    1. Lincoln
    2. Life of Pi
    3. Argo
    4. Zero Dark Thirty
    5. Silver Linings Playbook

    PRODUCTION:
    1. Life of Pi
    2. Lincoln
    3. Les Miserables
    4. Anna Karenina
    5. The Hobbit

    COSTUME:
    1. Lincoln
    2. Les Miserables
    3. Anna Karenina
    4. Mirror Mirror
    5. Snow White

    MAKE-UP:
    1. Les Miserables
    2. The Hobbit
    3. Hitchcock

    SCORE:
    1. Lincoln
    2. Life of Pi
    3. Anna Karenina
    4. Argo
    5. Skyfall

    SONG:
    1. Skyfall
    2. Suddenly
    3. Everyone Needs a Friend
    4. Life of Pi
    5. Chasing Ice

    • The Jackal

      Beasts of the Southern Wild was a wonderful film. Heartfelt and fascinating performances, especially by little Miss Wallis. This film was visual poetry and definitely one of the Best Pictures of 2012.

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

        Beasts is one of my absolute favorites too, the movie felt so personal and I agree the performances were really interesting. Argo was pretty generic and didn't challenge me in any way so the director snub's pretty sweet IMO. I still weep for Bigelow, but 5 really talented artists took her place and that's better than most years.

      • John

        lol I knew someone would defend Beasts of the Southern Wild.

    • John

      I agree, Beasts of the Southern Wild is just the indie film that's grossly overrated. Next year, when people reflect on this batch of nominations, BoSW will look like a joke once all the hype and "visual poetry" talk (it did look very nice and interesting) becomes leveled.

  • https://twitter.com/TooMuchHamza Hamza Zain

    For me, I loved John Hawkes in The Sessions, but I'm okay with how that category played out. Kind of annoyed by the lack of DiCaprio. Seems like awards committees just don't seem to want to nominate the guy. Waltz was great though, so that was good. And I'm sorry, but I don't see what everyone else sees about Beasts. I couldn't stand it, personally, and the director nomination baffles me. Especially since I think Ben Affleck absolutely deserved it this time around. Nice to see Wallis get some attention though.

  • Movie Fan

    Sadden that Leonardo, Bigelow and Affleck didn't get nominated but there is a slight chance that Silver Linings Playbook can win the big five but doubt it and I think Lincoln is gonna win most of it. Am I the only one who liked Crash a lot better than Brokeback Mountain???

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/SirTrey/ Sir Trey

      Someone else, thank you! I certainly enjoyed Brokeback but the backlash against Crash has gone way, way too far. I still think the subject matter was a little too in-your-face and off-putting for a lot of people, but as far as I was concerned Crash was the clear-cut leader that year.

      And while I also don't think The Artist deserved to win last year, it wasn't a bad movie people, calm down...

      • Movie Fan

        Exactly, in my opinion Crash is one of my favorites but sadly I think it will be remembered as the biggest Oscar flop and I don't think The Artist should of won but it was the best out of all the films nominated

      • Geri

        I agree that the backlash against "Crash" has gotten WAY out of hand. The real reason "Brokeback" didn't have much success was because everything written about it SAID it was all in your face. A lot of folks did not want to see that. However, the reality was that it was a love story between two people who happened to be men. Terrible ad campaign cost "Brokeback" the Oscar.

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

    I strongly feel that SLP is sneaking up the inside and will win the whole thing. It's an easy pill for the Academy to swallow and the nominations show that is has support with basically every major camp. Lincoln is the easy front-runner BUT at also means that every film will be gunning for it. Remember the Saving Private Ryan/Shakespeare in Love battle or the smear campaign launched at A Beautiful Mind. I think that Lincoln isn't likely to stir passionate support but could stir passionate hatred. Again, I'm no expert like Brad is, I just have this feeling that SLP will take it. However, last year, I had a theory that Hugo was going to beat the Artist which, obviously, did not happen. So, perhaps I'm just full of shit.

    • Disco Paco

      A Beautiful Mind won BP

    • Geri

      "Hugo" should have beaten "The Artist". It was by far the best film of 2011.

  • http://cinemaconfessions.blogspot.com Gautam

    Did quite well in Predictions, with 86/107 correct. Could have done better if I had stuck with Amour, which I ditched at the last moment. Cinematography, Score, Costume and Editing. all 5/5.

    On some other note, really disappointed to not see Bigelow.

    Brad, See if you agree with my theory. Many academy members thought that Affleck and Bigelow would anyway get in after looking at the critics awards they were winning one after another. And hence decided to support the ones they thought won't make it like Benh and Hanake. Then as it turns out, every member was thinking the same way resulting in Affleck and Bigelow getting snubbed.

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

    Pleasant Surprises:
    Amour coming out strong with a whopping five nominations
    Three acting nominations for The Master
    Christoph Waltz for Django (although I wish he was a lead, as opposed to supporting)
    Jacki Weaver for Silver Linings Playbook (as well as strong support for the film in general)
    Strong support for Skyfall

    Unpleasant Snubs:
    Affleck for director
    Bigelow for director
    Looper for screenplay
    Lack of strong support for Django (especially original songs), Zero Dark Thirty
    Matthew McConaughey missing out on a nomination for either Killer Joe or Magic Mike

    Obviously there are some other snubs I'm not happy about, like Jean-Louis Trigniant for Amour, but I can't say he was really a contender in general, so I won't list it in the above category.

    My biggest disappointment is the strong support for Beasts of the Southern Wild... All I can say is what a shame!

    Very surprised about the support for Life of Pi. Maybe I will need to check that one out soon...

    The strong support for Amour literally made this a very good morning for me. Otherwise, it was just fun to see so many surprises, even though many of them I was both disappointed and happy about.

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

      Let me put it to you this way, from what I can surmise from you, you're thinking about going into filmmaking of some sorts. Doesn't the fact that an upstart, out of nowhere, just out of film school, first time feature director getting nominated give you hope? Definitely does me. Saying that, Bigelow missing is my only issue. Amour is still, the only nominee that I haven't seen yet.

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

        Yes, I am planning on going into filmmaking, and the fact that Zeitlin, a young, first-time director did get an Oscar nomination is certainly inspiring. Yet, I still don't think he nor his film deserved it, and I definitely wouldn't nominate him on the basis that he is young and just out of film school. Now, I'm not saying his directorial effort on the film was bad, just that I would have much rather seen other directors score a nomination.

        BTW, Amour is great. Be sure to check that one out.

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

          For me, I think Affleck's direction isn't up to par with the nominees. Even Hooper did a better job than Affleck. Argo is vanilla and perfectly serviceable filmmaking. Zeitlin has more of a refined vision than Affleck. When judging directing, I think about if I hadn't known beforehand it was directed by someone, would I be able to figure it out afterwards. I can't do that with Argo. It blends into the background. That doesn't mean it's a bad film though.

          If it was up to me, I should say, these would be my nominations:

          Leos Carax
          Rian Johnson
          Kathryn Bigelow
          Steven Chbosky
          Christopher Nolan (Controversial, I know...)

          And with Amour, I've been DYING to see it since it premiered at Cannes. It doesn't come out where I live till the 25th...

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

            I should also say that Amour is the only nominee from all the main categories I haven't seen so I DEFINITELY need to see it soon.

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

            Haven't seen Les Mis yet, but at the moment, the only directors who I feel deserve nominations include Michael Haneke, Kathryn Bigelow, and Rian Johnson.

  • Movie Fan

    Why does Ben Affleck keep getting snubbed I extremely enjoy Gone Baby Gone and The Town and again why doesn't DiCaprio ever get nominated that dinner scene was fantastic

  • ThePrinceIsOnFire

    YAY for Amour.getting recognized for the amazing movie it is.
    NAY for Moonrise kingodom major snub.
    YAY for Les Miserables taking less nominations than expected, and for it probably not winning much(2012 most overrated movie IMHO)
    NAY for Perks of being a wallflower missing out on best adapted screenplay
    YAY for Beasts of southern Wild scoring director AND best actress
    NAY for Dicaprio snubbed
    YAY for A Royal affair in foreign.
    NAY for Intouchables missing. Thats unredeemable for the academy.
    YAY for Anna Karenina 4 technical nominations. Quality can't be denied.
    YAY for Mirror Mirror AND Snow with and Huntsman both in best costumes (deservedly so)
    NAY for Mirorr Mirror AND SHATH being left out for cinematography over LINCOLN and SKYFALL
    and a big NAY for not announcing Cinematography along with the most important categories. To me Cinematography is about 30-40 % of a movie!

    • MajorFilmFan

      I agree on the lack of support for Perks..

      • Chris138

        Since the writers branch are usually the ones who throw out some wildcard choices, I thought they'd go for Perks in adapted screenplay (which I would have been enthused about) and Looper in original screenplay (which I wouldn't have been enthused about). Guess I was wrong.

  • Chris

    These noms show that we can never predict what the Academy is going to do. I mean come on! Look at the Best Director category. How do Bigelow and Affleck get passed over for the Beasts of the Southern Wild director? Then no Leo?? I thought Waltz was the best part of the film, but Leo did something no others did. He stepped out of his comfort zone and played a supporting character and a villain at that. Instead they go with Alan Arkin? Who is basically playing the same character he has before. I thought he was great too, but not worthy of a nom.

    I guess the Academy just does not like Leo or Ben. I'm rooting for Silver Linings Playbook now.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/SirTrey/ Sir Trey

      While we're talking about Django and "stepping out of his comfort zone", Samuel L. Jackson is widely known for playing a huge, swaggering and very (traditionally stereotypical) Black badass, and his performance as a 100% Uncle Tom was a brilliant departure, and I thought he delivered the best performance in the film, and by a decent margin. If anything, Waltz just reminded me of a good guy version of his Basterds character...granted, he was excellent in Basterds and here too, but I thought Jackson had to do more.

      The academy just loves Arkin...Little Miss Sunshine was my #1 film of 2006 and I didn't even think he deserved a win THAT year. He wasn't even the best supporting actor in Argo, that was Cranston. Bardem, Jackson and DiCaprio (AND Waltz, but behind those three) all deserved it more than Arkin.

  • V

    Ok... Bigelow is the single greatest disappointing snub. Probably because she was the biggest threat to Spielburg. I would love to see Lee or Russel nab a surprise win, but as things stand now, can't help but feel that the fight for "Best Direction" is just for second place.

  • TORRYZ

    Lincoln was good but I would never watch it again. It was kind of cold. I'm happy that Beasts got some love. That was my favorite last year. Disappointed at Marley didn't get a nod for best doc.

  • William

    I hate to be the one to say it; but the Academy tried to show that they're not sexist with some voting; and deservedly gave Bigelow the Oscar for The Hurt Locker.

    Well, they just shot themselves in the foot with Bigelow's snub this year.

    I only mention it; because the Academy had that male chauvinist reputation before Bigelow won; looks like it's still an uphill battle.

    Otherwise; I'm glad for the deserving Life of Pi nominations; I hope it at least ends up winning Cinematography and Visual Effects (I honestly don't see it winning anything else; but we'll see). I was also hoping that Looper would get in for Original Screen play, but alas.

    I'm actually glad for the Tom Hooper snub.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/kylejames182/ kyle coley

    i thought for sure ben was going to get a nom

  • gotta say it…

    Okay so.. my surprizes are that (outside of Jen Lawrence).. nooo character really represented the silver lnings handbook well.. and hollywood softened the crap out of it as usual..still don't think adults can handle a non happy ending... a Coopers character came across as no more bipolar than any other male in the movie... sure it was nice not that good "ahhhhh" kind of fluff but it was just fluff. Jennifer though great job you were truest to the book... and intouchables may have made a killing overseas but its notthat good. No nods for best exotic...IS a surprize.. and Django for best picture (seriously??????).. @

  • High Hanging Fruit

    Very impressed with your strike rate Brad.

  • britt

    I liked Lincoln, I loved other movies...although i loved Daniel day lewis' as Lincoln. But I am so irritated that Ben Affleck wasnt nominated, although not to take anything away from the other directors.....What a year.

  • Ben Roberts

    Wallis getting nominated over Cotillard and, especially, Weisz is a complete joke.

  • Newbourne

    Phoenix's nomination is fine, but if the dumbass doesn't want to be nominated, they shouldn't force it on him. Like the Emmys, actors should be required to submit for contention. It's ridiculous that they prefer to piss off Phoenix with a nomination instead of rewarding Hawkes for his triumphant performance.

    It's silly to see Helen Hunt nominated when she isn't even the best actress in her own movie. Same goes for Waltz. They were both great and deserving of nominations, but not above the likes of Hawkes, DiCaprio and Jackson. The latter two should have definitely been nominated above Arkin. Arkin's nominations have baffled me.

    All in all, this is an uninspiring batch of nominations. I think it has to do with the fact I haven't seen The Master, Beasts, Amour or Lincoln. I'll be seeing them soon to see if I can muster some sort of delight over these nominations.

    • Chris138

      I don't think they nominated Phoenix to 'piss him off', there were just enough members of the acting branch who thought he gave the best performance of 2012.

      • Newbourne

        I never said they wanted to piss him off, I am just acknowledging the fact that they voted for him even though they were aware he wouldn't like it. They should have voted for someone who wanted it.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Mv11391/ Michael

    First of all, i'm glad Joaquin Phoenix got in. I was worried, he gave the best male performance of the year IMO and kind of sad he won't it. No offense to DDL, I love him and he was excellent in Lincoln but Phoenix's performance was slightly more challenging. Glad Adams & Hoffman (who needs to win, more deserving) still got in. Not surprised Watts got in but i'm relieved she did.

    Now, on to the ridiculously snubs. I'm really pissed TDKR didn't get at least nods for both Sound categories, that's bullshit. Bigelow & Affleck snubs for Best Director are a freaking crime. Cotillard should have got in for Best Actress, one of her best performances in Rust & Bone. Probably the only one i'm not surprised but Cloud Atlas had the best original score of the year to me and didn't get in same with the visual effects.

    Can't say anything about Leo in Django since I haven't seen it yet. All I can say is I feel bad for the guy as usual, he's one of my favorite actors and he just can't get a break. However, I like Christoph Waltz as an actor. Good for him.

    But those snubs especially DKR both sound categories, Bigelow & Affleck best director & Cotillard for Best Actress. I'm just pissed, i'm sick to my stomach.

    • Chris138

      I figured TDKR wouldn't do very well, but I expected it to at least score a sound nod or two. I'm just shocked it was left out of all categories.

      • AJ

        The sound mixing on Bane's voice was really, really bad in places... as if not even integrated into the film at all. Seriously, it was like they threw up their hands and said "The only way anyone will understand him is if we just leave his voice as clear as a narrator's", which was a solution, yes... but not an artful one. I'm not at all shocked it didn't get nominated, myself.

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Mv11391/ Michael

          I'm just pissed off it didn't get anything (TDKR) at least from the technical categories, I knew it wasn't going to get a Best Pic nod and any of the major categories. I felt both sound categories were it's best shot to get nominated and possibly visual effects. I guess i'm the only that was perfectly fine with Bane's voice, had no problem with it at all from the 6 times i've seen the movie. I even love to do impersonations and quote him. Tom Hardy was terrific as Bane. Still, really pissed though.

          • Torryz

            TDKR to me was a huge disappointment. I'm glad it got no nods.

  • FUTURE SPIELBERG

    Brad, what's your opinion on Ted being nominated for best original song? I know it's quite a big surprise.

    • Jack

      It was far from a surprise. Big hit, song written by the Oscar host, a lot of people predicting it...

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

      I personally think Ted receiving a nomination here is ridiculous. So many more deserving songs, especially from Django. Ted was garbage to begin with though.

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

    Side note, I loved Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone up there!

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

      I enjoyed them as well. If Seth MacFarlane is as good as a host as he was announcing the nominees, it might just be a good show

  • Jack

    More I thnk about it, still can't believe Zeitlin got the nod. But didn't he win at Cannes?

    PTA
    Affleck
    Bigelow
    QT
    Nolan

    The list goes on, but he was completely undeserving. The movie was all style and no substance.

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

    For the record, I voted "not at all" in the poll. That's not based on my expectations of what would happen--the only MAJOR surprises came from Best Director--but based on what I think deserves to happen. As long as the Academy only recognizes certain genres of films, and rejects others based on their controversy, subject matter, etc., they will be a self serving joke of an organization to me. That being said, here are my thoughts on some of the categories, based on what I expected to happen:

    Best Picture
    Amour and Django are the only surprises here, though Django is definitely a pleasant one. No nomination for Moonrise Kingdom--one of Wes Anderson's most critically and commercially successful films--pretty much proves he is outside the Natural Order for the Academy and likely will never win an Oscar.

    Directing
    Pretty much nothing left to say about this one; definitely the most shocking upsets I can remember in the eight or so years I've been following the Oscars close enough to predict them. I haven't yet seen Zero Dark Thirty or Amour, so I can't speak to the quality there, but I was surprised to see a great deal of Argo bashing come seemingly out of nowhere this morning. I think it's a great film and Affleck legitimately deserved to be nominated. I can't complain about Beasts; I liked it and while it's not one of the five best directing jobs of the year, many of the ones I consider to be the best (Tarantino, Johnson, Anderson, Dominik) stood little to no chance. Speaking of Tarantino, I find it very interesting that the Ws can secure all sorts of love for their more Academy acceptable fare, but nothing for their longest partner. But maybe the Ws, like the rest of the Academy, believe only certain types of films are worthy of major recognition.

    Acting
    I'm definitely surprised to see Phoenix get in in spite of his comments. Pleased too; I think he gives the year's best performance. The Master clearly registered with the actors branch, but apparently no one else. Disappointed Hawkes didn't get in; I thought he was better than Washington but Washington was worthy even in a bad film. For that matter, so were Jackman and Cooper (yes I think both Les Miserables and Silver Linings are, if not bad films, certainly not good ones). Waltz getting in is a surprise, though I actually thought he gave the best performance of the three. I disagree that he's a lead actor though; the film is Django's story and Schultz supports Django's story. Yes he carries the first two acts but once they get to Greenville it becomes Django vs. Candie and by the fifth act...well, no spoilers, but most everyone knows how it goes. I thought Jackson really just played an old coot (admittedly quite well) and didn't really let loose until the scene in the barn with Django. Not an Oscar worthy performance in my opinion. It's worth noting that nominating Waltz--who just won three years ago--instead of DiCaprio clears the way for Jones to win the award. Yet another uninspired choice by the Academy. Finally, I was surprised Cotillard was left out; I figured she was a lock.

    Nothing major to write home about in the technical categories, except one thing: Silver Linings for editing. Probably the single most undeserving nomination, but one that is required for the film to win Best Picture. And one it wasn't considered a contender for beforehand. If anyone needed any evidence that the Ws buy nominations (even though they've pretty much admitted to it), look no further. Which brings me to my overall thoughts on the race moving forward. I know Life of Pi got a boatload of nominations (including the all important editing), but I don't see it as a serious contender. Brad has said, and I agree, that it's pretty much this year's Hugo. An all ages, visually oriented film from an acclaimed director that's now played very well with the Academy. It may win a bunch of technical categories, but it's not as acceptable as Lincoln and Silver Linings. And given how things went for Silver Linings today, to count out the W dollar is very very unwise. They're famously known for beating out Spielberg in 1998 and I wouldn't be a bit surprised to see it happen again. Obviously the PGAs, DGAs, WGAs, and (to a lesser extent) the Globes will help sort out the race but for now I see Lincoln as a very slight frontrunner over Silver Linings.

    I will say that even though they slobbered all over Silver Linings (which I heartily disliked, and I'll probably be more vocal about that now that it's become an actual contender), I'm pleasantly surprised that they really brutalized Les Miserables, another film I really disliked.

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

      I feel as though I may be the only person in these parts who actually predicted an Editing nom for Silver Linings, which I did over at Gold Derby. Glad to see it get recognized so heartily and hoping it finds a couple categories in which to come out on top.

  • rogerio Silvestre

    I am still in shock by the absences of:

    Bigelow, Affleck, Paul T. Anderson, DiCaprio, Rachel Weisz, ALL the original songs from DJANGO, Kidman, The Master, John Hawkes

    And the inclusions of:

    Life of PI ( beautiful but long and boring), Les Miz ( Miserably boring), Denzel Washington (a big great presence onscreen, but he always plays Denzel Washington.....nothing there to differentiate the actor from the character ), Wallis ( an adorable girl, but ...), Alan Arkin ( really? What for?); Amy Adams ( she does not do much in The Master....come on!), and FLIGHT - original screenplay? cliches and cliches ! ,

  • William

    These nominations basically killed most of the races and any competition this year; it's a one horse race now. SLP and Life of PI (movies that I love and I'm glad they got the nominations that they did) don't really have a shot. Beforehand Zero Dark Thirty and Argo made it a fun race; not any more.

    Now with the continued love of Lincoln, I'm afraid that Sally Field will be upset over Hathaway, even though she already has two awards, but in my opinion...yawn...

    And with their love of Amour, I'm terrified that Best Actress is now a 3 horse race; and if Emmanuelle Riva wins because she's a vet that's been around forever and they're now going to give her an Oscar for her age rather than her performance...ultra-yawn (just being honest). I'll admit that I haven't seen Amour :-D (kill any credibility?), but I prefer if it went to either Lawrence or Chastain. Best Actress is the only real category with an interesting race anymore, but now it frightens me that it'll end in boredom (same with Best Supporting Actress).

    • bss121

      See Amour and then comment on her acting. Her performance was incredible.

  • http://hypable.com Jeremy Baril

    Life of Pi will struggle because the lack of acting noms. To me, Silver Linings has a better shot at upsetting Lincoln.

  • The Jackal

    Overall, I very satisfied with how varied the nominations were. Yes, I fully expected noms for Kathryn Bigelow, Hooper and Affleck, but then what a wonderful surprise to see Zeitlin and Haneke receiving some love from the Academy. It's nice to see that the little guy can still compete against the massive machine of blockbusters and big-name directors. On that note, perhaps it's a bit unfair to nominate a 9-year-old over more seasoned actresses like Ms Cotillard; however, its the performance of Wallis that still resonates so strongly with me. Bravo for the underdogs at this year's ceremony.

    I'm not angry; however, one of the most impressive films this year, technically was The Dark Knight Rises. Cinematography, Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects; this film blew me away in all these categories. Still, nice to see some respect given to Snow White & the Huntsman, which was enjoyably popcorn type of film, but very enjoyable. The Hobbit got the nominations it deserved; no complaints there.

    Good to see Denzel back at the top of his game with Flight, and so glad to see Naomi Watts nominated for her heart-wrenching performance in The Impossible, a truly great film.

    Finally, while I'm not angry, I still feel like Cloud Atlas should've received at least one nomination. Adapted Screenplay, Visual Effects, Costume Design, Supporting Actor (Tom Hanks), Music, Makeup (yes, I just went there)...you couldn't find it in your heart for one nomination, Academy? A shame. Still, how cool is it that Seth McFarland can add "Star of the Oscar-nominated film, Ted" to his resume? Awesomeness.

    Thems the facts

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

    Posted this on the Oscar Noms post, but intended to put it here:

    I'm digging the love for Silver Linings (Russell?! Weaver?! Editing?!), and am equally thrilled to see the outpouring of nominations for Life of Pi. Russell and Lee both deserve the Directing noms they received, but I will say that I am shocked and mildly disappointed by the snubbing of Bigelow and Affleck in that category.

    This makes me think that -- with Lincoln, Pi, and Silver Linings all receiving Directing, Writing, and Editing noms -- Best Picture is now a three-way race between those films. If an Editing nom is generally necessary for a Best Picture winner, then a Directing nom is damn-near a requirement (as Andrew13 pointed out, only Driving Miss Daisy won BP without a nod for Directing). So it seems that Argo, Les Miserables, and Zero Dark Thirty can more or less be considered "out." Though, now that I say that, maybe Argo sneaks up and pulls off the underdog win.

    The love for Beasts and Amour are palpably strong now, so it seems they are bigger contenders than we thought, and it would seem Amour is almost certain to win Best Foreign Language Film.

    Prediction-wise, I was:
    8/9 on Picture
    2/5 on Director
    5/5 on Actor
    4/5 on Actress
    4/5 on Supporting Actor
    4/5 on Supporting Actress
    5/5 on Adapted Screenplay
    4/5 on Original Screenplay

    Overall, not bad; as they say, it is the 5th slot that is hardest to pick. Praying for a strong showing by Silver Linings, expecting a sweep by Lincoln, though maybe the Academy will look to fix their snubbing of Ang Lee and Brokeback Mountain a few years back.

  • The Jackal

    My money is on Lincoln to sweep the Awards. While Life of Pi will do better at the box office, Steven Spielberg's latest will take home the big prizes.

    Lincoln (7 Wins)
    - Picture
    - Director, Stephen Spielberg
    - Actor, Daniel Day Lewis
    - Supporting Actress, Sally Field
    - Supporting Actor
    - Costume Design
    - Production

    Thems the facts

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

      I don't see it happening, but if Field does somehow pull off the upset win over Hathaway in Supporting Actress, I would be both surprised and disappointed. Field's performance in Lincoln is quite forgettable.

      • Torryz

        Amen to that!

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

    I really don't know what people are seeing in Affleck's direction. It's forgettable. Give me images or thoughts about the feeling or look that you remember. With Zeitlin, I didn't particularly LOVE the movie but the man has a vision. Dare I call him an auteur after one film.

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

      I appreciated that Affleck was able to take a standard by-the-numbers thriller and still make it enjoyable. While his direction wasn't anything to write home about, it was one of the better directorial efforts this year. I personally wouldn't have nominated him, but he does deserve it over Benh Zeitlin, IMO.

  • Winchester

    I'm not to bothered by the bulk of the nominations but the Bigelow snub seems very noticeable.

    I do have to say that if (hypothetically) it were to become a Lincoln vs Life of Pi fight I would vote for Lincoln to strike Pi down. I didn't like it much first time but my opinion on it has sunk further the more I think about it. It is not a good film and if the Academy wanted to correct the 2005 decision I'd advise them to wait and not give one out in panic. And I haven't even seen Lincoln yet.

    Other than that, I'm thinking it's an OK selection.

  • Gabriel

    I can't believe that The Master wasn't nominated for Original Score, Cinematography, production design or Original Screenplay.

  • bill

    I see it as Lincoln vs. Life of Pi which feels a lot like The Artist vs. Hugo. I think Pi takes a handful of techs and Lincoln cleans up Pic, Actor, Director, Sup Acotr, Screenplay and score

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/paul.thind/ Paul Thind

    Samuel L. Jackson just did Uncle Ruckus from The Boondocks.

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

      Did you get that from Internet Box? If not then just ignore me because i probably sound like a crazy person.

  • Ryan

    No Leo, no Cotillard, no Dowd, no Master nod in Screenplay (would have loved a surprise Looper nod, but that was asking too much), and no Moonrise for Best Picture. Overall I'm fine with the noms, but there are still several that should have been nominated.

    • Ryan

      Ben Affleck, Kathryn Bigelow, obviously, and the master for Best Pic as well, and I still think Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren are being robbed for not being recognized for their work in Hitchcock.

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

    And I was beginning to think that Argo or Ben Affleck stood a chance against Lincoln and Spielberg... Nope. And it sucks too when your favorite film isn't represented how you wanted it to be. However, I did like some of the upsets and I went 5/5 in Best Actor. So overall, I'm cool with these Nominations. And if Lincoln wins, I have no problem with that.

  • Sara

    I'm glad "ParaNorman" got nominated, but I can't help but feel a little sad about the fact that "Rise of the Guardians" didn't get any attention. Yeah, I know it wasn't one of the strongest in terms of story, but I was expecting a nomination for it anyway. If not in Animation, then how about score/music or something? I don't know, maybe because I'm just a dumb movie-goer who doesn't know any better...

    I was fascinated (and by that I mean shocked) that Joseph Gordan-Levitt didn't get any nominations this year. He was (as far as I know) in four movies this year, all of them well-recieved and in all of them, he was great.

    By the way, I saw "Ted" in the Original Song section and the first thing that came to my mind was "I-wha-I'm sorry, what?" Not that it was a bad movie (I love it to death!!), but I was NOT expecting that. At all. If anything, I thought one of the songs from "Brave" would get nominated. Oh well.

  • http://custodianfilmcritic.com Timbo

    Yes! I know a lot of people don't care, but I love that you included the snubbing of the Beasts score. For getting 4 noms in MAJOR categories, it seemed like it would be included in a smaller category that was one of the biggest achievements of the film. It is not often that I leave a film raving about a score, but that was the case with that film. Best score of this year, and probably one of the best over the last five to ten years.

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

    I can not believe that Affleck and Bigelow got left out. Or that Moonrise Kingdom didn't get nominated for Best Picture. And now I'm feeling that Silver Linings Playbook may have a shot at winning. Here's how I did on the overall predictions:

    Best Picture: 7/9
    Best Director: 3/5
    Best Actor: 5/5
    Best Actress: 4/5
    Best Supporting Actor: 4/5
    Best Supporting Actress: 4/5
    Best Original Screenplay: 3/5
    Best Adapted Screenplay: 4/5

  • http://timeforafilm.com Alex Thomas

    Your predictions were pretty great Brad, I also got 8/9 with Moonrise Kingdom over Amour.

    My thoughts:

    - Very disappointed that Moonrise Kingdom missed out, I'm also annoyed with all the Amour love. I must be the only person in the world who was extremely underwhelmed with the film, even bored throughout the last hour.

    - Director nominations: What happened!? Bigelow + Affleck deserved to get nominations. Again, didn't like Amour so a bit disappointed. Not a big fan of Beasts either...

    - Acting nominations were fine. Hawkes v Phoenix was always going to be a close one.

    - Foreign film: Wow, no Intouchables is a big shock and it's one of my favourite films of the year. I'm really glad Kon-Tiki got in which is a small consolation.

    Who's going to win Best Picture? Well, I didn't like Life of Pi either (geez I'm a big downer!) so I guess I'd prefer Lincoln, a film that didn't do much for me though. STILL waiting to see SLP, maybe I will love it and start cheering for it. I think it almost has to be considered now with so many acting noms as well as the Director nom.

    I also have to remind myself that the Academy are an extremely old demographic and not to get to worked up about some of the snubs! (Poor TDKR!)

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

      Agree on Moonrise and Intouchables, two of my favorites of the year and sad to see them not get into Picture and Foreign Language, respectively.

  • Jesse3232

    On the positve side of things, Brad what do you think of MacFarlane as a host?

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

    Anyone been to iMDB lately? The site mask may as well be a picture of the Ws holding millions in cash.

    And for everyone talking about Life of Pi somehow "writing the wrong" of Crash beating Brokeback...you do recall that Lee won Best Director for Brokeback right? I understand there's something to be said for the film as a whole, but really, he wasn't a producer of Brokeback and wouldn't have gotten an Oscar anyway.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/jinjuriki187/ jinjuriki187

    very happy for phoenix and waltz however i am very pissed off at a few of the snubs. firstly i want to say that arkin and weaver did not what so ever deserve a nom, like at all, what the hell is that. leo gave the best performance in django, even though waltz was my favorite, leo deserved recognition over him and should have taken arkin's place. ben Affleck, tarantino and bigelow should have been in with lee and steven for best director, and the fact that Affleck was snubbed yet again is prob the worst snub in my opinion. i thought argo was great, but not as good as everyone says it is, i wouldnt even give it a nom for best pic, but Affleck should really have gotten nomnated. cooper was great in silver linings playbook but for him to be in over hawkes is just stupid, hawkes' performance was amazing, how this happened is beyond me. also cottilard should have been nominated as well, another one with leo, hawkes, and affleck that i just cannot get over. she should have been in over riva for sure. les mis and the master should have gotten screenplay noms too, and theres a few other snubs that i wont go into, but overall i think the academy got a lot right, but a lot of the stuff they got wrong were major things. its a shame. im really hoping i can see tarantino, affleck, paul thomas anderson and nolan win for best director sometime in the future. i also hope to see hawkes get more recognition and hopefully win an oscar as well, and leo better win an oscar soon cuz this is getting insane already. i think cottilard has a good chance at a nom this next year for nightingale and blood ties, i hope she gets a nom for one of them.

  • Jake

    Silver linings playbook all the way for me. The most enjoyable movie experience. Bradley cooper deserves best actor. It's been 31 years since a movie has had a nomination in each of the acting categories

    • Movie Fan

      Calling it big five winner

  • Sadman

    I'm not one to swear...often...in public, but after watching the Critics Choice Awards, on behalf of Ben Affleck, may I just say: F***!!!

  • Val

    I'm sad for Leonardo and Nicole. I was rooting for both to get in especially Leo. If Leo got in, he could have won since all 4 co-nominees were previous winners. Nicole on the other hand should have gotten in for that amazing performance.
    At least watts made it.
    The thing that makes me feel better now is the thought that Leo and Nicole didnt get it for they are sure A listers and should only be considered for LEAD Acting nominations. :-)
    Leo for Gatsby/Wolf of wallstreet - Nicole for Grace of Monaco/Railway Men for 2013!!!

  • Zayne

    Lame. Lame, lame, lame. Dark Knight Rises deserved something. I mean c'mon, you gave Avengers an Oscar nom, and the movie that was better? If The Dark Knight Rises can't get an Oscar, or a Golden Globe nomination... They should just give up on making any other superhero movie. Affleck deserves the director's spot, and I am super glad that Beasts got some decent recognition this year. Ehhhh, I guess we nerds need to hang up our capes, and grow up... And start watching movies like Lincoln... ZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz... Wha? Did he get shot yet? Thanks for a loss of practically 3 hours of my life Speilberg. At least Jurassic Park in 3D will be fun.

    • V

      To be fair, The Dark Knight Rises was a plodding mess. Visual effects was the one chance it had at a nom, but surprisingly it got snubbed in favor of Snow White and the Huntsman.

  • John

    The fact that the Oscars have become so predictable - in terms of BP and acting noms - tells me that, maybe, each branch - acting and directing (or whoever votes for BP), are just going along with the marketing and the hype it brings. Of course some nominations in each respective category may indeed be the collective result of each person that voted, but I have my doubts.

    • John

      correction: collective result of each person on what they truly felt as the "top" five

  • Mandarin

    I feel so bad for DiCaprio. Not just for this snub, but for the whole pattern: Revolutionary Road, Shutter Island, J. Edgar, Django Unchained. Rave reviews, challenging roles, two of the films were even hits - but not one nomination. It´s infuriating because it´s just unfair.

  • jedia

    If only performance was to matter in the Lead Actress Race, Chastain, Cotillard, Riva, Wallis, and Weisz would have been toasting glasses by now!

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

    Only snub that really bothers me is Affleck. And a bit Bigelow. Otherwise I'm quite happy with the outcome. For now. I do not wish to Lincoln to win big time.

  • Tristan

    Enjoying the love for Amour and Beasts of the Southern Wild, as well as the writing nod for Moonrise Kingdom, but there are a few absences that irk:
    Michael Fassbender for best supporting actor, Prometheus. Particularly after his snub for Shame last year - he was phenomenal in both.
    Writing snub for Killing Them Softly, and to a lesser extent Looper, Cabin in the Woods, Avengers and Dark Knight Rises. All very excellent screenplays.