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February 20, 2013

The 2012 Golden Enchilada Nominees

I do these at my own time. And today is that time. I do them so late because I’m not a fancy professional with screeners. I have to watch movies on my own time, like the rest of you. I’m not complaining. I still make time to see most everything I want to. My goal for one year is to watch 100 releases. This year I got to 85. I’m okay with that because my slate of 85 was already so strong, some of these categories were impossible to choose. Impossible. So better fewer to choose from.

First things First, the obligatory Top 10:
1. Zero Dark Thirty
2. The Master
3. Sound of My Voice
4. Compliance
5. Beasts of the Southern Wild
6. Amour
7. Life of Pi
8. Killer Joe
9. Silver Linings Playbook
10. The Cabin in the Woods

Best Picture:

Amour

Amour

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beasts of the Southern Wild

The Cabin in the Woods

The Cabin in the Woods

Compliance

Compliance

Killer Joe

Killer Joe

Life of Pi

Life of Pi

The Master

The Master

Silver Linings Playbook

Silver Linings Playbook

Sound of My Voice

Sound of My Voice

Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty

Best Director:

Paul Thomas Anderson The Master

Paul Thomas Anderson
The Master

Kathryn Bigelow Zero Dark Thirty

Kathryn Bigelow
Zero Dark Thirty

Michael Haneke Amour

Michael Haneke
Amour

Joe Wright Anna Karenina

Joe Wright
Anna Karenina

Benh Zeitlin Beasts of the Southern Wild

Benh Zeitlin
Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Actor:

Bradley Cooper Silver Linings Playbook

Bradley Cooper
Silver Linings Playbook

Daniel Day-Lewis Lincoln

Daniel Day-Lewis
Lincoln

Philip Seymour Hoffman The Master

Philip Seymour Hoffman
The Master

Joaquin Phoenix The Master

Joaquin Phoenix
The Master

Jean-Louis Trintignant Amour

Jean-Louis Trintignant
Amour

Best Actress:

Jessica Chastain Zero Dark Thirty

Jessica Chastain
Zero Dark Thirty

Ann Dowd Compliance

Ann Dowd
Compliance

Jennifer Lawrence Silver Linings Playbook

Jennifer Lawrence
Silver Linings Playbook

Emmanuelle Riva Amour

Emmanuelle Riva
Amour

Naomi Watts The Impossible

Naomi Watts
The Impossible

Best Supporting Actor:

Tom Hiddleston The Avengers

Tom Hiddleston
The Avengers

Matthew McConaughey Killer Joe

Matthew McConaughey
Killer Joe

Ewan McGregor The Impossible

Ewan McGregor
The Impossible

Scoot McNairy Killing Them Softly

Scoot McNairy
Killing Them Softly

Sam Rockwell Seven Psychopaths

Sam Rockwell
Seven Psychopaths

Best Supporting Actress:

Amy Adams The Master

Amy Adams
The Master

Gina Gershon Killer Joe

Gina Gershon
Killer Joe

Anne Hathaway Les Miserables

Anne Hathaway
Les Miserables

Brit Marling Sound of My Voice

Brit Marling
Sound of My Voice

Juno Temple Killer Joe

Juno Temple
Killer Joe

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beasts of the Southern Wild
Lucy Alibar &
Benh Zeitlin

Life of Pi

Life of Pi
David Magee

Lincoln

Lincoln
Tony Kushner

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Stephen Chbosky

Silver Linings Playbook

Silver Linings Playbook
David O. Russell

Best Original Screenplay:

Amour

Amour
Michael Haneke

Compliance

Compliance
Craig Zobel

The Master

The Master
Paul Thomas Anderson

Sound of My Voice

Sound of My Voice
Zal Batmanglij

Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty
Mark Boal

Cinematography:

Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina
Seamus McGarvey

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beasts of the Southern Wild
Ben Richardson

Life of Pi

Life of Pi
Claudio Miranda

Magic Mike

Magic Mike
“Peter Andrews”

Skyfall

Skyfall
Roger Deakins

Costume Design:

Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina
Jacqueline Durran

Django Unchained

Django Unchained
Sharen Davis

Les Miserables

Les Miserables
Paco Delgado

Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom
Kasia Walicka-Maimone

A Royal Affair

A Royal Affair
Manon Rasmussen

Film Editing:

Argo

Argo
William Goldenberg

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beasts of the Southern Wild
Crocket Doob &
Affonso Goncalves

The Impossible

The Impossible
Elena Ruiz &
Bernat Vilaplana

The Master

The Master
Leslie Jones &
Peter McNulty

Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty
William Goldenberg &
Dylan Tichenor

Makeup:

The Impossible

The Impossible
Alessandro Bertolazzi

Les Miserables

Les Miserables
Lisa Westcott

Lincoln

Lincoln
Lois Burwell &
Kay Georgiou

Original Score:

Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina
Dario Marianelli

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Beasts of the Southern Wild
Dan Romer &
Benh Zeitlin

Haywire

Haywire
David Holmes

The Master

The Master
Jonny Greenwood

Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom
Alexandre Desplat

Original Song:

Damsels in Distress

“The Sambola! International Dance Craze”
Damsels in Distress
Lou Christie,
Michael A. Levine &Mark Suozzo

Django Unchained

“Who Did That to You?”
Django Unchained
John Legend

Life of Pi

“Pi’s Lullaby”
Life of Pi
Mychael Danna & Bombay Jayashri

Skyfall

“Skyfall”
Skyfall
Paul Epworth &
Adele

Wreck-It Ralph

“When Can I See You Again?”
Wreck-It Ralph
Adam Young &
Owl City

Production Design:

Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina
Sarah Greenwood & Katie Spencer

Life of Pi

Life of Pi
David Gropman &
Anna Pinnock

Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom
Adam Stockhausen &
Kris Moran

Prometheus

Prometheus
Arthur Max &
Sonja Klaus

Skyfall

Skyfall
Dennis Gassner &
Anna Pinnock

Sound Editing:

Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina
Craig Berkey

The Impossible

The Impossible
Oriol Tarrago

Killing Them Softly

Killing Them Softly
Robert Jackson &
Thomas O’Neil Younkman

Life of Pi

Life of Pi
Philip Stockton

Prometheus

Prometheus
Victor Ray Ennis &
Mark P. Stoeckinger

Sound Mixing:

Amour

Amour
Jean-Pierre LaForce

Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina
Craig Berkey&
Chris Burdon

The Impossible

The Impossible
Marc Orts

Les Miserables

Les Miserables
Frederick Cuevas,
Reagan Mendoza,
Andy Nelson &
Mark Paterson

Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty
Paul N.J. Ottosson

Visual Effects:

The Avengers

The Avengers
Erik Nash,
Janek Sirrs,
Colin Strause,
Greg Strause,
Jeff White,
Guy Williams &
Daniel Sudick

The Impossible

The Impossible
Felix Berges &
Pau Costa

Life of Pi

Life of Pi
Erik De Boer,
Donald Elliott,
Guilaume Rocheron &
Bill Westenhofer

Prometheus

Prometheus
Charley Henley,
Martin Hill,
Richard Stammers & Trevor Wood

Skyfall

Skyfall
Chris Corbould,
Asregadoo Arundi,
Steven Begg&
Steve Moncur

Best Ensemble:

Argo

Argo
Casting: Lora Kennedy
Acting: Ben Affleck,
Bryan Cranston,
John Goodman,
Alan Arkin,
Tate Donovan,
Chris Messina,
Christopher Denham,
Victor Garber,
Scoot McNairy,
Kyle Chandler,
Rory Cochran,
Kerry Bishé,
Clea Duvall,
Sheila Vand &
Pat Leong

Killer Joe

Killer Joe
Casting: Denise Chamian
Acting: Matthew McConaughey,
Emile Hirsch,
Juno Temple,
Thomas Haden Church &
Gina Gershon

Lincoln

Lincoln
Casting: Avy Kaufman
Acting: Daniel Day-Lewis,
David Strathairn,
Tommy Lee Jones,
Lee Pace,
John Hawkes,
Joseph Gordon-Levitt,
Hal Holbrook,
Michael Stuhlbarg,
James Spader,
Jackie Earle Haley,
Tim Blake Nelson,
Bill Camp,
Gulliver McGrath,
Jared Harris,
Bruce McGill, Sally Field,
Gloria Reuben,
Elizabeth Marvel &
S. Epatha Merkerson

Moonrise Kingdom

Moonrise Kingdom
Casting: Douglas Aibel
Acting: Edward Norton,
Jared Gilman,
Bruce Willis,
Jason Schwartzman,
Bob Balaban, Bill Murray,
Harvey Keitel,
Kara Hayward,
Frances McDormand &
Tilda Swinton

Zero Dark Thirty

Zero Dark Thirty
Casting: Mark Bennett,
Richard Hicks &
Gail Stevens
Acting: Jessica Chastain,
Jason Clarke,
Reda Kateb,
Mark Strong,
Kyle Chandler,
Chris Pratt,
Harold Perrineau,
Edgar Ramirez,
Joel Edgerton,
Mark Duplass,
Stephan Dillane,
Martin Delaney,
John Barrowman,
James Gandolfini &
Jennifer Ehle

Ubiquity Award:

Mark Duplass

Mark Duplass
Safety Not Guaranteed, Your Sister’s Sister & Zero Dark Thirty

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt
The Dark Knight Rises, Lincoln, Looper & Premium Rush

Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey
Bernie, Killer Joe & Magic Mike

Michael Stuhlbarg

Michael Stuhlbarg
Hitchcock, Lincoln, Men in Black 3 & Seven Psychopaths

Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum
21 Jump Street, Haywire & Magic Mike

Movies I Wish I Rewarded More:

Frankenweenie

Frankenweenie

Looper

Looper

Pitch Perfect

Pitch Perfect

The Sessions

The Sessions

Seven Psychopaths

Seven Psychopaths

Movies I Regret Not Seeing:

Celeste and Jesse Forever

Celeste and Jesse Forever

Chronicle

Chronicle

Holy Motors

Holy Motors

Les Intouchables

Les Intouchables

No

No

Call Your Friends Award: (For 100% Recommend-ability across all four quadrants)

Life of Pi

Life of Pi

The Pants-Off Acting Hall of Fame Inductee:

Javier Bardem

Javier Bardem

January 10, 2013

They’re heeeeere! It’s Oscar Nom Morning!

It’s film buff Christmas and we’ve got lots of presents. AND I MEAN LOTS! So here’s this year’s Oscar nominations with all of my clearly unique analysis.

Best Picture:

  • Amour
  • Argo
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Django Unchained
  • Les Miserables
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Zero Dark Thirty

9 Nominations and all of the usual suspect show up. I’m only marginally surprised to see Amour here. Their push really paid off for them. Clearly the support for The Master wasn’t where I thought it was which really hurt me. 9 great nominees. This is perhaps the least interesting category from a “what got nominated” stand point. Yesterday, this race was wide open. Today, it’s Lincoln way out front with 12 nominations.

Best Director:

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

Holy shit face, guys. No one saw this line up coming. Ben Affleck was a front runner to win and just like that he’s gone. History was also unmade when Kathryn Bigelow failed to be the first female with 2 nominations in the category. Instead David O. Russell made it in, which was an outside chance, but plausible. Then Michael Haneke made it in, which braver Oscar pundits than I were punditing, and then finally Benh Zeitlin ALSO made it for Beats of the Southern Wild. What this tells is that if you think Les Miserables or Zero Dark Thirty were leading some given category, it’s not anymore. It’s that other thing that’s right behind. If it’s Amour, Silver Linings Playbook, or Beasts of the Southern Wild on its coattails push that one up. Exhibit to come momentarily.

Best Actor:

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

I still don’t believe John Hawkes got snubbed. He’s the star of The Sessions and his co-star gets in just because it was a weak category? I’m happy for everyone else in the category and none of it is a real surprise. Hugh Jackman is the only person that could potentially beat Daniel Day-Lewis in the Lincoln behemoth and my guess is he won’t.

Best Actress:

  • Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty
  • Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
  • Emanuelle Riva – Amour
  • Quvenzhane Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Naomi Watts – The Impossible

This category deserves an essay. Clearly the support for Amour and Beasts of the Southern Wild was strong enough across the board (see: Director) that Emanuelle Riva and Quvenzhane Wallis both handily made it. Naomi Watts also snuck in. I predicted the wrong frenchie but it was not secret that there was only enough room for one, sorry Marion. Predicting a winner is where things get interesting. Zero Dark Thirty only has 5 nominations which is far fewer than anyone was predicting, especially with a crucial snub in the Director category. Does this mean Jessica Chastain is weaker for the win or that this will be the only category to reward Zero Dark Thirty at all and therefore she wins it? Considering all Amour, Beasts, and Silver Linings all got a boost, this race just became a lot closer. The race is still between Chastain and Lawrence, and it’s closer than ever, but 3rd and 4th place are closer than ever.

Best Supporting Actor:

  • Alan Arkin – Argo
  • Robert DeNiro – Silver Linings Playbook
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master
  • Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln
  • Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained

I specifically asked for this not to happen, guys. This is the first time in history the category is 5 out of 5 previous winners. That means one of these 5 men will be a two-time Oscar winner in just 6 weeks. My guess? Philip Seymour Hoffman. We know that it’s not Alan Arkin since support for Argo is at an all-time low. Silver Linings and Lincoln are definitely the strongest movies here so maybe they will give DeNiro and Jones a bit of a push. This is a boring category and thank god it is.

Best Supporting Actress:

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

So there’s nothing too out of the ordinary here except one major player. Jacki Weaver getting in for Silver Linings Playbook was largely unexpected. While she’s not going to win since Anne Hathaway has been locked to win since the trailer for Les Mis came out,  this nomination shows more support for Silver Linings Playbook than anyone ever thought. This is first time a movie has had an acting nomination in each category since Reds in 1981. Silver Linings Playbook now has a whopping 8 nominations that is really just the most it could have ever received so congratulations!

Best Adapted Screenplay:

  • Argo
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Silver Linings Playbook

This is the only category I got 5 out of 5 nominations correct in and that’s because it was boring. That’s fine. I needed this.

Best Original Screenplay:

  • Amour
  • Django Unchained
  • Flight
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Zero Dark Thirty

I truly wonder who is going to win this category. Right now it’s a three-way race between Django, Moonrise Kingdom, and Zero Dark Thirty. This is the best place to honor any of the three of them. I predicted Zero Dark Thirty yesterday, but it isn’t showing as much support as it could have. I wonder if Moonrise Kingdom can fight it’s way to the top.

Cinematography:

  • Anna Karenina
  • Django Unchained
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Skyfall

There are no big surprises here, which again, is a relief this year. I can see Anna Karenina, Life of Pi, Lincoln or Skyfall winning this. Lincoln could very well just sweep the technicals, but that does seem so boring.

Costume Design:

  • Anna Karenina
  • Les Miserables
  • Lincoln
  • Mirror Mirror
  • Snow White and the Huntsman

Well it looks like the character Snow White is the big winner here. Anna Karenina has this in the bag with its flashy dresses, but this is actually a really lovely category with some really interesting work.

Film Editing:

  • Argo
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Zero Dark Thirty

People often forget about Film Editing when thinking of things you need to win Best Picture, but you need it. You really do. No film has won Best Picture without the Editing nod since Ordinary People in 1980. This now seems like the only place to honor Argo, but it’s so weak now. I still think it will be the winner, but I could see Lincoln or Zero Dark Thirty taking it too.

Makeup:

  • Hitchcock
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Les Miserables

This is officially my least favorite category. How did Lincoln miss out on this? How?!?!?! I guess more is always more here. Except when it’s not and it’s Les Miserables. I guess Les Mis is my pick to win but as always with the Makeup category, it could be anyone. Anyone!

Original Score:

  • Anna Karenina
  • Argo
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Skyfall

It is fascinating that with so much support for Beasts of the Southern Wild it failed to get nominated here with a fantastic score. That was my predicted winner! Oh wait, this the most exclusive category ever. You really have to be in the club to get a nomination. Only Mychael Danna for Life of Pi is a new nominee. I really don’t know who will go on to win it. John Williams seems like his own punch line at this point, but he really is in the best position here. I guess that is where my money lies.

Original Song:

  • “Before My Time” – Chasing Ice
  • “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” – Ted
  • “Pi’s lullaby” – Life of Pi
  • “Skyfall” – Skyfall
  • “Suddenly” – Les Miserables

What you can’t see here is this means Scarlet Johansson might PERFORM at the Oscars. That’s right, she’s singing the song from the documentary Chasing Ice. This also makes host Seth MacFarlane a nominee with a song from Ted. The other three were widely predicted and Adele is still far out front. This is actually a really lovely surprising category.

Production Design:

  • Anna Karenina
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Les Miserables
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln

There is nothing surprising here.  Anna Karenina will walk away with this easily.

Sound Editing:

  • Argo
  • Django Unchained
  • Life of Pi
  • Skyfall
  • Zero Dark Thirty

This is one of the most prestige heavy Sound Editing categories ever. Usually the sound categories are stacked with summer blockbusters, but not this year. With the exception of Skyfall, everything else is in the hunt for Best Picture. I guess Life of Pi is my predicted winner? Tough category. It’ll change as the year goes on.

Sound Mixing:

  • Argo
  • Les Miserables
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Skyfall

See above except add: Oh and musicals do well here.

Visual Effects:

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Life of Pi
  • Marvel’s The Avengers
  • Prometheus
  • Snow White and the Hunstman

While I didn’t do well in this category, I like it a lot. Prometheus has such gorgeous work I can’t help but be happy for it. Also, this is 2 nominations for Snow White and the Huntsman which means I’m going to have to watch that tonight! Life of Pi is the easy winner in this category. Hands down.

Animated Feature:

  • Brave
  • Frankenweenie
  • ParaNorman
  • The Pirates! Band of Misfits
  • Wreck-It Ralph

No one saw one of these coming! Everyone was predicting something tiny and artful for the fifth slot, but instead the underwhelming The Pirates! Band of Misfits sneaks in for the nomination. Well, I say underwhelming, but it’s the only one I haven’t seen. None of these movies have any other nominations so there aren’t any context clues here. I’m standing by my prediction for Wreck-It Ralph. There’s no consensus so maybe I’ll be predicting with my heart by the end of the race.

Documentary Feature:

  • 5 Broken Cameras
  • The Gatekeepers
  • How to Survive a Plague
  • The Invisible War
  • Searching for Sugar Man

I’ve actually seen 2 of these already this year thanks to Netflix! I have no idea what’s going to win. The Gatekeepers?

Foreign Language:

  • Amour
  • Kon-Tiki
  • No
  • A Royal Affair
  • War Witch

Suck it Intouchables. I mean, it looks like Amour is going to run away with this.

Animated Short:

  • Adam and Dog
  • Fresh Guacamole
  • Head Over Heels
  • Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”
  • Paperman

HAHAHA THE SIMPSONS! THATS HILARIOUS. But really it is. I think everyone thinks that Paperman is the strongest here, but it’s also the only one anyone has seen.

Documentary Short:

  • Inocente
  • Kings Point
  • Mondays at Racine
  • Open Heart
  • Redemption

Live-Action Short Film:

  • Asad
  • Buzkashi Boys
  • Curfew
  • Death of a Shadow
  • Henry

 

I guess this is a year of a lot of surprises. My predictions were god awful. I only got 76/107 in the predicted categories. Oy vey. The big take away points are the following:

  • Lincoln is leading with 12, Life of Pi is close behind with 11, then Les Mis and Silver Linings Playbook with 8. 
  • Kathryn Bigelow and Ben Affleck and their films are the big losers today.
  • The big campaign push for Amour paid off times a million.
  • The Dark Knight Rises was completely shut out, so get ready to hear from Christopher Nolan fans until the end of time. So was The Hunger Games, Magic Mike, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,  Looper, and Cloud Atlas. A lot of people thought Cloud Atlas was going to sweep the techs, but that just didn’t happen.
  • Django Unchained cut the difference and got about half the nominations it could have, but better than an also possible shut out.

I’ve still got 14 movies to see to be a completist across the feature films so there’s still some work to do. Tonight’s project? Snow White and the Huntsman! Happy Oscars!

January 9, 2013

Final Predictions – 2012 Oscar Nominations

So it all comes down to this. If you’ve made it this deep down into the internet, you already know what’s going on. Oscar nominations. And all of my friends know that I’m crazy enough to predict the Oscars every year, usually with horrible accuracy. But here goes, my on the record predictions with a few explanations for why. Also, my first stab at predicted winners. Yikes.

Picture:
1. Lincoln
2. Argo
3. Les Miserables
4. Zero Dark Thirty
5. Life of Pi
6. Silver Linings Playbook
7. The Master
8. Django Unchained
9. Beasts of the Southern Wild
10. Skyfall
Predicted Winner: Lincoln

I guess I’ll predict 9 best picture nominees again. Why not? The top 6 are definitely the top 6. I think The Master has enough number one votes a la The Tree of Life last year to secure it a nomination here. Ditto Django Unchained and Beasts of the Southern Wild. Skyfall would be surprising, but with that PGA nomination and that elusive Brit vote, it could just do the trick.

I’m predicting Lincoln as the winner for a number of reasons. 1) It should easily have the most nominations tomorrow morning. If something passes it, take Lincoln down a notch. 2) It feels like the film most people will be watching 10 years from now. I’m stealing this line from Kris Tapley at InContention but it does feel like the kind of movie that will be shown in high schools on slow weeks after the AP exams. 3) Everything else but Argo has a big handicap against it. Only time will tell, but I’d be happy with this winner.

Director:
• Ben Affleck
• Kathryn Bigelow
• Tom Hooper
• Ang Lee
• Steven Spielberg
Predicted Winner: Steven Spielberg

This is a tougher category. I’m leaving out David O. Russell cause Silver Linings Playbook has faded just a bit. Leaving off Tarantino was a bit harder. However, after I drafted all of my technical nominations and realized I was giving Les Miserables everything and Django Unchained nothing, I went with Hooper. Sorry buddy. To predict a winner here is much more difficult. If this lineup stands, there will be 4 previous winners and an actor turned director. Well, if I thought Argo could win, I’d definitely put Ben Affleck right up there. But Argo just doesn’t feel like a winner to me. So I’m sticking with Spielberg. Plus, I think he would be a fine director to have 3 wins under his belt, rather than giving 2 to Tom Hooper.

Actor:
• Bradley Cooper
• Daniel Day-Lewis
• John Hawkes
• Hugh Jackman
• Joaquin Phoenix
Predicted Winner: Daniel Day-Lewis

I did a big no-no here. I snubbed Denzel. Maybe it’s just because I didn’t like that movie a lot. But when I thought about leaving off the other 5, I just couldn’t do it. How can Helen Hunt get in for The Sessions but with John Hawkes? It makes no sense. People are bending over backwards to talk about how great Joaquin Phoenix is. People are calling Hugh Jackman’s Valijean the performance of a lifetime. Bradley Cooper is astonishing, but I guess is the only one I could see slipping. But I can’t. And Daniel Day-Lewis is completely winning this, right?

Actress:
• Jessica Chastain
• Marion Cotillard
• Jennifer Lawrence
• Naomi Watts
• Rachel Weisz
Predicted Winner: Jessica Chastain

This category is a clusterfuck if I’ve ever seen one. Chastain and Lawrence are locked and I’m picking Chastain for the win if only because she’s the lead lead in her film and not the co-lead. But what about those other three slots? The next one I put on my list was Marion Cotillard. She seems in the club, as it were, and I think people will enjoy nominating her. Naomi Watts I put on next because she seems like the representative for The Impossible. The two of them have also picked up all the right precursors along the way. For that 5th slot I had no idea what to do? Go super old? Go super young? Instead, I listened to a non-pundit. When I was talking to a friend who couldn’t tell Emanuelle Riva from J. Michael Riva, he mentioned, “Ugh. I don’t want to see The Deep Blue Sea just because Rachel Weisz is going to be nominated for an oscar for it.” Since when was The Deep Blue Sea some magical Oscar contender? But maybe it is. I’m listening.

Supporting Actor:
• Alan Arkin
• Robert DeNiro
• Leonardo DiCaprio
• Philip Seymour Hoffman
• Tommy Lee Jones
Predicted Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio

If Javier Bardem or Christoph Waltz gets in instead I’ll lost my fucking shit. That would make it the first time in Oscar history an entire line-up consists of all previous winners. So, I’m picking Leo, a non-winner, to squeeze by for a nomination and then run away with it all for the win.

Supporting Actress:
• Amy Adams
• Sally Field
• Anne Hathaway
• Helen Hunt
• Nicole Kidman
Predicted Winner: Anne Hathaway

I obviously have a screw loose with my predicted support for The Master so Amy Adams is in. Field, Hathaway, and Hunt are as locked up as you can get. And I just think the name Nicole Kidman will get her into the finals. I’m kind of hoping there’s a big upset and Ann Dowd gets in over someone like Sally Field. It will feel so gratifying.

Adapted Screenplay:
• Argo
• Beasts of the Southern Wild
• Life of Pi
• Lincoln
• Silver Linings Playbook
Predicted Winner: Lincoln

This is the easiest category to make safe predictions. I just checked off the best picture hopefuls and put it aside. And people are praising Tony Kushner as if they’ve been fans of his since he was a fetus. It’s his to lose.

Original Screenplay:
• Amour
• Django Unchained
• The Master
• Moonrise Kingdom
• Zero Dark Thirty
Predicted Winner: Zero Dark Thirty

This has a few more permutations, but not many. It seems like Django Unchained, The Master, Moonrise Kingdom, and Zero Dark Thirty are all in. So what fills that 5th spot? I’m going with Amour if only because the Original Screenplay category is a little more foreign friendly than most.

Cinematography:
• Life of Pi
• Lincoln
• The Master
• Skyfall
• Zero Dark Thirty
Predicted Winner: Skyfall

I don’t really think Anna Karenina will get snubbed. I just couldn’t pick another to get snubbed. Oh, The Master you say? Well one of the big talking points about The Master is the cinematography and being projected in 70mm and all of this stuff. That’s what gets you a nomination… right?

Costume Design:
• Anna Karenina
• Les Miserables
• Lincoln
• Mirror Mirror
• A Royal Affair
Predicted winner: Anna Karenina

Do the costumes in Django look a little too… anachronistic for this award?

Film Editing:
• Argo
• Life of Pi
• Lincoln
• Skyfall
• Zero Dark Thirty
Predicted Winner: Argo

Makeup:
• Les Miserables
• Lincoln
• Looper
Predicted Winner: Lincoln

Original Score:
• Anna Karenina
• Argo
• Beasts of the Southern Wild
• Lincoln
• The Master
Predicted Winner: Beasts of the Southern Wild

Original Song:
• “Learn Me Right” – Brave
• “Pi’s Lullaby” – Life of Pi
• “Skyfall” – Skyfall
• “Suddenly” – Les Miserables
• “Who Did That To You” – Django Unchained
Predicted Winner: Skyfall

Production Design:
• Anna Karenina
• Les Miserables
• Life of Pi
• Lincoln
• Skyfall
Predicted Winner: Anna Karenina

Sound Editing:
• The Avengers
• The Dark Knight Rises
• Flight
• Life of Pi
• Skyfall
Predicted Winner: Skyfall

Sound Mixing:
• The Avengers
• The Dark Knight Rises
• Les Miserables
• Life of Pi
• Skyfall
Predicted Winner: Les Miserables

Visual Effects:
• The Avengers
• The Dark Knight Rises
• The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
• Life of Pi
• Prometheus
Predicted Winner: Life of Pi

Animated Feature:
• Brave
• Frankenweenie
• ParaNorman
• The Rabbi’s Cat
• Wreck-It Ralph
Predicted Winner: Wreck-It Ralph

Documentary:
• The Gatekeepers
• How to Survive a Plague
• Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God
• Searching for Sugar Man
• This is Not a Film
Predicted Winner: The Gatekeepers

Foreign Language:
• Amour
• The Intouchables
• Kon-Tiki
• No
• A Royal Affair
Predicted Winner: Amour

So that’s 12 nominations for Lincoln, 10 for Life of Pi, and 9 for Les Miserables. That all makes sense. What I didn’t realize as I was making these nominations was how hard I was betting on The Master. I have it down for 7 nominations with only 6 each for Argo and Zero Dark Thirty. And I’m betting against Django Unchained with only 4 nominations, if it gets best picture (which I think it will). Oh brother. Let’s see how wrong I am tomorrow.

Lincoln – 12
Life of Pi – 10
Les Miserables – 9
The Master – 7
Skyfall – 7
Argo – 6
Zero Dark Thirty – 6
Silver Linings Playbook – 5
Django Unchained – 4
Anna Karenina – 3
The Avengers – 3
Beasts of the Southern Wild – 3
The Dark Knight Rises – 3
Brave – 2
The Sessions – 2
Amour – 1
The Deep Blue Sea – 1
Flight – 1
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – 1
The Impossible – 1
Looper – 1
Mirror Mirror – 1
Moonrise Kingdom – 1
The Paperboy – 1
Prometheus – 1
A Royal Affair – 1
Rust and Bone – 1

January 10, 2012

My 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2012!!!

It’s a new year and that means new movies. With the sleeper hit The Devil Inside already surprising at the box office, it’s fun to think of what surprises lie in wait further down the road. You will notice some things missing. The Dark Knight Rises or The Hobbit for instance. What can I say, I’m not really anticipating them because I’m pretty sure I know exactly what they will look like. I’m already bored with their distant releases. These are movies that excite me personally and are surrounded by exciting questions. So without further ado, these are the 10 movies that I’m most excited to see – not that I think will be the best – but that I am truly interested in seeing what hits the screen.

Source: Warner Bros.

10. Magic Mike – When you combine one of my all-time favorite filmmakers with one of the most ridiculous young heartthrob’s life story, you get Magic Mike. Steven Soderbergh is known for getting great performances out of lesser actors and working with large ensembles. Here, he seems to be doing both and I can’t wait to see his interpretation of Channing Tatum’s life as a stripper. Or what Channing Tatum did as a stripper. Or what Soderbergh thinks male strippers do. There are so many questions and absurd things going on that the cast only adds to the confusion – the werewolf from True Blood, the beast from Beastly (is Alex Pettyfer from anything else?), Channing Tatum not playing himself, the “nerdy” guy from White Collar (which I love because Matthew Bomer wears glasses in real life. Represent.), and Matthew McConaughey who is possibly the most natural fit for a stripping movie ever. So many questions, so little time.

Source: Access Hollywood

09. Gravity – If there’s one thing that really gets me excited, it’s contained space movies. So this 2 person “stranded in space”  drama/thriller with His Clooneyness and Sandy B. is right up my alley. Who isn’t always looking for excellent Sci-Fi (it’s sci-fi if it takes place in space, right?). What’s more is that it’s directed by the superb Alfonso Cuarón who always does something interesting. There are so many unknowns about this project, but we do know it should be a sight to behold. And to all of those Bullock haters, she’s a lot better of an actress than we say she is. My Bullock Rule is that whenever she looks like Sandra Bullock, she’s an American treasure. Whenever they try and ugly her up or throw a wig on her or whatever, she’s an embarrassment (or at least not up to her full potential). I think she will look normal and I think she will be fantastic.

Source: Penguin Classics

8.  Anna Karenina – While I have never read the novel (although it is certainly on the eternal book list), how could I not be excited for this after watching Keira Knightley’s bonkers performance in A Dangerous Method? Not only that, but there’s secret treasure Jude Law, the always fantastic Emily Watson, my favorite girl Mary from Downton Abbey (Michelle Dockery), the relentlessly astonishing Olivia Williams, and a couple of other exciting people. Oh yeah. And it’s by super exciting film maker Joe Wright and the even more exciting screenwriter Tom Stoppard. This super baity project should be a sight to behold and I for one need a little more Russian drear in my life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Knopf Canada

7. Life of Pi – Based on the Yann Martel book that I have read and enjoyed, the ever-curious and chameleonic director Ang Lee directs this charming tale. And remember, most of it takes place on a life raft in the middle of the ocean. With animals. It should if anything be an extremely interesting piece of filmmaking. There is a really interesting frame narrative at play in the book that I hope will be utilized as it, to me, serves as the most powerful part of the message. Like many of Ang Lee’s projects, this could be very hit or miss, but I’ll be in line regardless.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: 20th Century Fox

6. This Means War – So what if it’s not super prestigious and pedigree. I truly fell in love with the trailer. Everything about it looks fun, sexy, witty, and a solid good time. I think a good popcorn flick is hard to find and this could be that gem. It’s also directed by the almost-too-hip McG whose involvement with the spy TV show Chuck bodes well for this project. The new it-boy Tom Hardy is against one of my favorite underrated actors Chris Pine and I think we can all agree that it’s nice whenever Reese Witherspoon doesn’t embarrass herself. *cough How Do You Know cough* I think it looks fun and that moment in the trailer when Tom Hardy hits Chris Pine with a blowdart kills me every time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Miramax

5. The Master – While my viewing of P.T. Anderson’s oeuvre is woeful at best, that doesn’t mean I’m not super excited for his next project. I am thrilled by the prospect of an arty film surrounding a charismatic cult leader played by my hometown hero Philip Seymour Hoffman. If he even holds a candle to John Hawkes’ performance in Martha Marcy May Marlene – and for the record, I expect him to surpass it! – this should beone of the most chilling performances of 2012. I also believe that Amy Adams is currently has the best P.R. team in the world because she is beloved for each of her hits and all of her flops are nonchalantly swept under the bus. Add the always interesting Joaquin Phoenix and the even still underrated Laura Dern and I’ve bought a ticket.

 

 

Source: Crown Publishing

4. World War Z – If my number one favorite working actor Brad Pitt is saving lives both on set and on screen, absolutely count me in. And it’s directed by the ever curious Marc Forster who I think has an incredibly fun career, I’m excited. While the whole zombie apocalypse thing has seemingly run its course, I always think there’s room for new and exciting genre films. Add the fact that the book has long been on the eternal reading list and The Killing’s astonishing Mireille Enos also stars and I’m super excited. While I don’t expect this to get many Oscars, I imagine it could have a large cult following, and who doesn’t like getting in on the cultish fun on the ground floor?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: MGM

3. Skyfall – I’m actually surprised this isn’t higher up on my list. I was raised as a James Bond fan having seen all of them more times than I can count. Daniel Craig is the most exciting James Bond ever – not necessarily the best, but definitely the most explosive and unpredictable. I also think that since there has been a lot of time and care put into this project unlike the debacle that is no known as Quantum of Solace, we can trust that it should have a similar quality to Casino Royale. Check. Javier Bardem and Ralph Fiennes as bad guys? Oh yeah! That’s Voldemort and Anton Chigurgh against James Bond. Not to mention Judi Dench, Ben Whishaw as Q (an inspired choice), Helen McCrory, Albert Finney, and IMDb says it’s rumored to star Maggie Smith. Don’t toy with me IMDb. That’s too big to tease. It’s also directed by Sam Mendes. I might pass out with excitement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Zap2It

2. Trance – I didn’t realize how highly I was anticipating this movie until I was doing research for this list. There are three simple elements that make this so incredibly appealing to me. Art Heist + James McAvoy + Danny Boyle = Insane. Danny Boyle is rapidly becoming one of my favorite filmmakers. His kinetic and active energy is perfect for this art-heist gone wrong story. I also wouldn’t mind seeing more from Vincent Cassel. I truly think this will be one of the most interesting films of 2012. Art Heists!

 

 

 

Source: Lionsgate

1. The Hunger Games – Does it help that I loved the book? Yes. Does it help that I’m hopelessly in love with Jennifer Lawrence? Yes. Does it help that the movie comes out on my birthday? Maybe. Regardless, the trailer came out and I was hooked on Hunger Games movie fever. The books are cinematically written and were begging to be made into movies. And it truly seems that director Gary Ross is handling them with care. I can guarantee that the trailer only has scenes from the first 30-45 minutes of the movie. That leaves the whole actual Hunger Games unspoiled. And trust me, that’s the best part. I just can’t wait. Nerdy bloggers can keep their Dark Knight fanboy craze, I’ll latch on to this tween phenomenon.