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The 2013 Oscar nominations were announced and it was great to see some of my favorites on the list. While going to the movies is my top entertainment, it has not been a huge focus lately. However, of the movies that received a “Best Picture” nod, three of my favorites made the list.
In recent years a trip to the movies means it is a “must see” before video. For me it was definitely Django Unchained, Argo and Lincoln which all were nominated. Of the three films, my favorite was Django Unchained, which had a perfect blend of humor, history, and violence (ok my mind is a bit warped:). However, Argo was well-acted and a true story which was very entertaining. Lincoln was the slowest of them all, but offered great dialogue and the actors gave stellar performances.
The full list of nominees can be found here and may shock some movie fans. Unfortunately, Ben Affleck did not get the “Actor in a leading role” nomination for Argo and he really did a great job. It is also surprising that Affleck and Quentin Tarantino did not make the “Best Director” list. Shockingly enough Leonardo DiCaprio did not receive props for his supporting role in Django, which was well-earned. Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow got also got robbed.
However, Denzel Washington did make the list for “Best Actor” in Flight, and he truly deserves it. His portrayal of an alcoholic pilot was outstanding and the movie was actually well done. Bradley Cooper also made the list for “Silver Linings Playbook”, and although I did not see the movie, it sounds like he may be the favorite to win.
It was also disappointing that Jamie Foxx did not make the list, but it was great to see Christoph Waltz receive a nomination for “Best Actor in a supporting role” because he rocked it in Django! His participation was so strong, they actually could have added him to leading role category.
Leading lady nominations include many unfamiliar names to me and I did not see any of these films, so it’s hard to guess who will take home the Oscar. But Sally Field getting a nod for Best Supporting Actress was a no brainer. She was incredible in Lincoln and should give them a run for the money.
In the end, the only things I will cheer for during the show is an Academy Award for Denzel, Christoph, Sally and Django. Fingers crossed for them all!On another note; it was great to hear the youngest girl in history to be nominated is Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild). The oldest woman was also nominated, which is 85-year-old Emmanuelle Riva (Amour). How incredible is that? Oldest and youngest in the same year!
SNAPSHOT OF NOMINEES
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Life of Pi
Lincoln (Most nominations at 12 this year!)
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty
Michael Haneke – Amour
Benh Zeitlin – Beasts of the Southern Wild
Ang Lee – Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg – Lincoln
David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook
BEST ACTOR in a leading role:
Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
Hugh Jackman – Les Misérables
Joaquin Phoenix – The Master
Denzel Washington – Flight
BEST ACTRESS in a leading role:
Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva – Amour
Quvenzhané Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts – The Impossible
BEST ACTOR in a supporting role:
Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master
Robert De Niro – Silver Linings Playbook
Alan Arkin – Argo
Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln
BEST ACTRESS in a supporting role:
Amy Adams – The Master
Sally Field – Lincoln
Anne Hathaway – Les Misérables
Helen Hunt – The Sessions
Jacki Weaver – Silver Linings Playbook