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January 16, 2014

2013 Oscar Nomination List!

I would say that there were tons of shocking surprises, and there were surprises, but nothing truly spectacular. Everything that happened someone could have predicted. Besides maybe that Dallas Buyers Club editing nomination. I mean seriously? But we’ll get there.

Best Picture:
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity
Her
Nebraska
Philomena
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

I went 9 for 9 here so this will be my bragging point for the next 1 million years. The support for Dallas Buyers Club, Her, and Philomena was all right there in the tea leaves. All of these movies were trending well and look where a good trend can lead you!

Director:
Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity
Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave
Alexander Payne – Nebraska
David O. Russell – American Hustle
Martin Scorsese – The Wolf of Wall Street

I feel bad for Paul Greengrass, but I guess someone had to miss out. All in all, this feels like a pretty good line-up, even if I’m not in love with all of the movies. This puts Russell and Payne into the 3-timers club, which now includes 53 names. Martin Scorsese moves up to 8 total nominations, tying him for 2nd place with Billy Wilder.

Actor:
Christian Bale – American Hustle
Bruce Dern – Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street
Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave
Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club

American Hustle got all 4 of its Oscar nominations, which quite frankly is unheard of. Besides Silver Linings Playbook picking up 4 last year, it hadn’t happened since… what, Reds? And Russell does it back to back years. Impressive.

Also, the fact that Robert Redford didn’t make it means that people just aren’t watching All is Lost, which is a shame. The fact that Tom Hanks didn’t make it in just seems kind of cruel.

Actress:
Amy Adams – American Hustle
Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock – Gravity
Judi Dench – Philomena
Meryl Streep – August: Osage County

We all thought Adams would nudge out Streep, but poor Emma Thompson had to take the fall. Personally, it was my least favorite of the 5 performances so I’m not too crestfallen here. What’s important is that Meryl is up to 18 total!
Oscar Nom Count:
Amy Adams – 5
Cate Blanchett – 6
Sandra Bullock – 2
Judi Dench – 7
Meryl Streep – 18
Total: 38 – this could be a category record.

Supporting Actor:
Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips
Bradley Cooper – American Hustle
Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave
Jonah Hill – The Wolf of Wall Street
Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club

As Dave Karger pointed out on Twitter, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence are the first pair to get back-to-back nominations for the same films. This whole David O. Russell dynasty thing is really quite fascinating. Also how weird is it that our only two repeat nominees here are Bradley Cooper and Jonah Hill?

Supporting Actress:
Sally Hawkins – Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts – August: Osage County
June Squibb – Nebraska

Hooray for Sally Hawkins! I hate to use the phrase overdue, but she was. I suspect I’ll have trouble coming up with all of these names from now until eternity. That’s fine though. I’m sorry Oprah isn’t here, except that I’m not really sorry at all.

Adapted Screenplay:
Before Midnight
Captain Phillips
Philomena
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

Everyone went 5 for 5 on this one. Everyone.

Original Screenplay:
American Hustle
Blue Jasmine
Dallas Buyers club
Her
Nebraska

While I’m not gobsmacked that the Coen brothers weren’t nominated, I was really counting on the nominations for Inside Llewyn Davis to play out identically to those of O Brother Where Art Thou? But no. They nominated Dallas Buyers Club instead.

Cinematography:
The Grandmaster
Gravity
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska
Prisoners

I’m shocked that 12 Years a Slave didn’t make it. For me, it’s possibly the most surprising exclusion of the morning.

Costume Design:
American Hustle
The Grandmaster
The Great Gatsby
The Invisible Woman
12 Years a Slave

They really liked The Grandmaster, except not in foreign film…

Film Editing:
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity
12 Years a Slave

Dallas Buyers Club people. Over Thelma Schoonmaker. Give me a break.

Makeup:
Dallas Buyers Club
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
The Lone Ranger

I’m mostly just happy that this justifies my having seen The Lone Ranger.

Original Score:
The Book Thief
Gravity
Her
Philomena
Saving Mr. Banks

So it’s WONDERFUL that Arcade Fire gets the nomination for Her, but these other 4 nominees are less than vintage. But with only 3 returning nominees (Williams, Desplat, and Newman) the music branch is looking a teensy bit less insular.

Original Song:
“Alone Yet Not Alone” – Alone Yet Not Alone
“Happy” – Despicable Me 2
“Let it Go” – Frozen
“The Moon Song” – Her
“Ordinary Love” – Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

And now we all track down Alone Yet Note Alone.

Production Design:
American Hustle
Gravity
The Great Gatsby
Her
12 Years a Slave

HER!!!!!! Also, Gravity really is such an unlikely nominee here, but I completely get it. That debris doesn’t design itself.

Sound Editing:
All is Lost
Captain Phillips
Gravity
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Lone Survivor

That Middle Earth franchise will never die. We’ll be nominating these movies for Oscars for

Sound Mixing:
Captain Phillips
Gravity
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Inside Llewyn Davis
Lone Survivor

No nominations for Rush! And good riddance too!

Visual Effects:
Gravity
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Iron Man 3
The Lone Ranger
Star Trek Into Darkness

Poor Pacific Rim was shut out of nominations too. But I guess I just have to be happy Star Trek Into Darkness made the list somewhere. I think that it’s one of the best franchises going right now, but that is actually just me.

Animated:
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Ernest & Celestine
Frozen
The Wind Rises

Despicable Me 2 is the first sequel nominated for Animated Feature whose predecessor was not nominated for the award (if eligible). I guess what I’m trying to say is, as far as sequels go, Despicable Me 2 did not have history on its side, but I liked it far more than I liked Monsters University so step up your game Pixar!

Documentary:
The Act of Killing
Cutie and the Boxer
Dirty Wars
The Square
20 Feet from Stardom

NO!!! I cannot believe Stories We Tell didn’t make the cut. Just… what?!?

Foreign Language:
The Broken Circle Breakdown
The Great Beauty
The Hunt
The Missing Picture
Omar

In a hundred years, I would never have guessed that Cambodia would get the first documentary nominated in the foreign language category. But here we are. Congrats to The Great Beauty and The Hunt. Now to see the other three.

Ultimately, I went 82 out of 107 or about 77%. I’ll take it. I must remember to check to see how I’ve done in the past, but I’m happy to post these numbers.

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January 15, 2014

Final 2013 Oscar Predictions

Because if it’s not published on the internet, it’s not official.

Picture:
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Gravity
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street
6. Nebraska
7. Dallas Buyers Club
8. Philomena
9. Her
10. Blue Jasmine

So I can’t believe no one else has figured out the ideal way to rank this new best picture system.

Director:
Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity
Paul Greengrass – Captain Phillips
Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave
David O. Russell – American Hustle
Martin Scorsese – The Wolf of Wall Street

Actor:
Bruce Dern – Nebraska
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street
Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave
Tom Hanks – Captain Phillips
Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club

Actress:
Amy Adams – American Hustle
Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock – Gravity
Judi Dench – Philomena
Emma Thompson – Saving Mr. Banks

American Hustle feels like an avalanche about to happen. It could get everything. Even Meryl Streep.

Supporting Actor:
Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips
Daniel Bruhl – Rush
Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave
Jonah Hill – The Wolf of Wall Street
Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club

Jonah Hill needs this the most. If he gets this, his career is improved the most, right?

Supporting Actress:
Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts – August: Osage County
June Squibb – Nebraska
Oprah Winfrey – Lee Daniels’ The Butler

I am not sure I’m comfortable with the world giving Jennifer Lawrence another Oscar, but I do like thinking of her as a modern day Audrey Hepburn. Which is fun.

Adapted Screenplay:
Before Midnight
Captain Phillips
Philomena
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

I think everyone in the world is predicting this.

Original Screenplay:
American Hustle
Blue Jasmine
Her
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska

Cinematography:
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Inside Llewyn Davis
Prisoners
12 Years a Slave

Costume Design:
American Hustle
The Great Gatsby
The Invisible Woman
Saving Mr. Banks
12 Years a Slave

Film Editing:
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Gravity
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

Makeup:
American Hustle
Bad Grandpa
Dallas Buyers Club

Original Score:
The Book Thief
Captain Phillips
Gravity
12 Years a Slave
Philomena

Original Song:
“Let it Go” – Frozen
“The Moon Song” – Her
“I See Fire” – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
“Ordinary Love” – Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
“So You Know What It’s Like” – Short Term 12

Production Design:
American Hustle
Gravity
The Great Gatsby
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
12 Years a Slave

Sound Editing:
All is Lost
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Pacific Rim
Rush

Sound Mixing:
All is Lost
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Inside Llewyn Davis
12 Years a Slave

Visual Effects:
Gravity
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Iron Man 3
Pacific Rim
Star Trek Into Darkness

Animated:
The Croods
Ernest & Celestine
Frozen
Monsters University
The Wind Rises

Documentary:
The Act of Killing
Blackfish
The Square
Stories We Tell
20 Feet from Stardom

Foreign Language:
The Broken Circle Breakdown
The Grandmaster
The Great Beauty
The Hunt
Omar