The 2013 Academy Awards Nominees were announced this morning! As you may remember, there have been a few problems with the Academy Awards online voting system this year (“I’m typing in my password and it just isn’t working! Is it one word or two? I’m typing it into my online mail system, and then do I hit send or…Wait, what? The subject line. Wait. WHAT? What web address? Where do I type the web address, into the subject line? YOU AREN’T BEING VERY CLEAR.”) This caused low voter turnout, and a few suspected that it would lead to more unconventional nominees since only the reckless youngs could figure out how to even do the damn thing. I’m not sure if that happened? To me, almost everything looks like exactly what anyone would have expected. Lincoln, Les Miserables, and Silver Linings Playbook have a lot of nominations. Life of Pi, Beasts of the Southern Wild, and Django Unchained are all nominated for best picture, which may be less conventional, (not even really, though), but also it might help to remember that last year The Help and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close were both nominated for best picture because ten movies can be nominated now and you have to fill up that list somehow. (Not that all of the movies I listed are anything close to The Help and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, but I think you understand my meaning.) (That lots of movies are going to be in there, even ones you might not expect.) Jennifer Lawrence is nominated for best actress, FINALLY. Quvenzhané Wallis, of Beasts of the Southern Wild, is also nominated for best actress, which is great. (All of the Beasts of the Southern Wild nominations are surprising, actually.) (Benh Zeitlin is up for Best Director!) Joaquin Phoenix is nominated for best actor, even though he hates the Oscars and doesn’t want any of them. All the “Best Animated Feature Film” nominees are understandable enough. I don’t know! What do you guys think? Seems like a pretty straight-forward Academy Awards nominee list to me, except for how Ben Affleck, Kathryn Bigelow, and Tom Hooper weren’t nominated for Best Director. I’m not mad, though. It’s just an awards show that none of us are nominated in but that we will STILL have to sit through, so, you know. Whatever. R U mad? Happy? Not enough Django nominations? Take a look at the list and let me know.

Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Phillip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
Alan Arkin, Argo
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

Best Supporting Actress
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Amy Adams, The Master

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

Best Actress
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Original Song
“Before My Time,” Chasing Ice
“Pi’s Lullaby,” Life of Pi
“Suddenly,” Les Miserables
“Everybody Needs A Best Friend,” Ted
“Skyfall,” Skyfall

Best Original Score
Anna Karenina
Life of Pi

Best Animated Feature Film
Pirates! Band of Misfits
Wreck-It Ralph

Best Foreign Language Film
Austria: Amour
Chile: No
Canada: War Witch
Denmark: A Royal Affair
Norway: Kontiki

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

Best Original Screenplay
John Gatins, Flight
Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
Michael Haneke, Amour
Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola, Moonrise Kingdom

Best Adapted Screenplay
Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Chris Terrio, Argo
Tony Kushner, Lincoln
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
David Magee, Life of Pi

Best Picture
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Django Unchained

Best Cinematography
Seamus McGarvey, Anna Karenina
Robert Richardson, Django Unchained
Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi
Janusz Kaminski, Lincoln
Roger Deakins, Skyfall

Best Makeup
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Miserables

Best Costume Design
Jacqueline Durran, Anna Karenina
Paco Delgado, Les Misérables
Joanna Johnston, Lincoln
Eiko Ishioka, Mirror Mirror
Colleen Atwood, Snow White and the Huntsman

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

Documentary Short
“Inocente,” Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine
“Kings Point,” Sari Gilman and Jedd Wider
“Mondays at Racine,” Cynthia Wade and Robin Honan
“Open Heart,” Kief Davidson and Cori Shepherd Stern
“Redemption,” Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill

Best Animated Short
Adam and Dog
Fresh Guacamole
Head over heels
Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”

Best Live Action Short
Buzkashi Boys
Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)

Film Editing
William Goldenberg, Argo
Tim Squyres, Life of Pi
Michael Kahn, Lincoln
Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers, Silver Linings Playbook
Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg, Zero Dark Thirty

Film Mixing
Les Miserables
Life of Pi

Comments (66)
  1. I liked Lincoln alright. It’s a perfectly fine film.
    But I will be disappointed if it wins Best Picture (it will).

    I haven’t yet seen Zero Dark Thirty, but its definitely the film I’m most jazzed about. Though it would be funny to watch white people flip out if Django won.

  2. Nary a word about Seth McFarlane’s douchetastic performance at the announcement?

  3. Leonardo DeCaprio got robbed.

    • I am, however, pleased about Christoph Waltz getting a nomination. But then, I really like Christoph Waltz. Jamie Foxx should have been nominated too.

    • How so? Waltz is by far the best performer in that movie, by miles.

      • Oh, I don’t know. DiCaprio (who I always tend to underestimate) was pretty compelling in Django. I thought he played creepy with a thin layer of charm over it very well. And as much as I can’t stand fake southern accents, I thought he pulled it off fairly well.

  4. I saw “Beasts of the Southern Wild” a couple of days ago. Pretty good! I remember getting a little teary-eyed for a brief second. Visually stunning (Hollywood talk).

    • I do not think “Beasts” will win, but I sort of wish it would. There might be, technically, better movies this year. But if you’re talking purely “achievement in filmmaking,” then I think it was 2012′s most notable and certainly most enjoyable.

  5. Did anyone else watch Seth MacFarlane announce these this morning? It was less funny than the time I went ____________ with _____________ in the ________________.

  6. I am surprised that Bigelow was snubbed and for some reason INFURIATED that John Hawkes was not nominated. He can join Tilda’s gang of rogues for their next caper (stealing the oscars)(probably not she has better things to do)(stealing all the hot pockets)(perfect).

    Otherwise, it is exactly what everyone thought. I wish that Beasts of the Southern Wild got a score nomination because I loved that music but I too am surprised it got as many nods as it did. I am also debating if I want to see Amour because I heard it is great or if I just want to sit at home punching myself in the feelings because that will probably have the same end result AND be cheaper.

  7. This is how I imagine Ben Affleck is feeling right now:

  8. I just found out the director of How to Survive A Plague went to my college a hundred years before I myself went to my college, so I’m rooting for him. Go hornets!!!

    Also, every time I remember Tommy Lee Jones’ performance in Lincoln, I smile, so I’m rooting for him as well. I’m going to campaign at every hen house, boat house, and outhouse until he wins.

  9. Good gravy, I just realized that outside of visual effect/music awards, I haven’t seen ANY of the nominated pictures this year. Turdtown – Population: Me. =(

  10. Anyone else feel a little, I don’t know, odd about Zero Dark Thirty? Like Bin Laden got killed not even two years ago, and there is already a movie out about it that is going to win all of the Oscars or whatever and must be taken very seriously and I feel like it is too soon to have the kind of dramatic weight and gravity that its clearly going for. Not in a like “we must honor the dead” way but more in a “this seems like an obvious grab at some money and awards” way. It coming out so soon makes it seem kind of cheap, no pretentiouso, is basically what I am saying.

    • I saw W right when it came on dvd in 2008. I just put it on subtitle and fast-forwarded it. It was just too soon, like Ryan Lochte’s new reality show.

    • Yes. I think the main problem with it being so soon is it’s all still so fresh in our minds that we can’t pretend for a second that we won’t know how it ends. There is zero dramatic tension. If they waited a few more years, maybe we could trick our tiny little human brains into feeling some of the tension in the movie… but as it is, yup they’re going to find and kill Bin Laden.

      • I imagine there can still be quite a bit of tension. It’s like just because we know the titanic is going to sink doesn’t make the sinking of it any less exciting (maybe not the best example but whatever).

    • I was under-impressed. I also had issues with the water-boarding scenes because they did make it look like we got this information through torture. I am against torture, and while I understand that it sometimes works it doesn’t work the vast majority of the time. This movie makes it seem like no water-boarding – no bin laden. Also, I found the main character boring. I had little emotional connection to her and I felt like, although it was well done, the movie was really just a vehicle to reenact the Obama assassination. Which also, like OK, I guess a mass murder being dead is good…but I also don’t want to celebrate death.

    • Idk, thought it gives us a sense of connection with the material, which spans a decade. It’s certainly not made in the style of a cash grab, unless you think people really like to line up around the block to feel really conflicted about the horrible things their country did in response to terror attacks.

  11. Having not seen it I don’t want to make too much of a judgement on Life of Pi. I do, though, remember seeing a lot of average reviews for it? Was it really that good?

    Also, boo to the Moonrise Kingdom snub. I hate that more lighthearted movies get no love.

    Oh, and I’m the only person on this planet who has no interest in Django Unchained (or really any Tarantino)

    • Life of Pi is the only best picture nominee I’ve seen (because my mom wanted to see it on Christmas Eve). It was better than I expected. Very nice to look at and actually made a good use of 3D (speaking as someone who generally rolls her eyes at the concept). My sister and I were very charmed by the tiger, because we like cats. I probably wouldn’t watch it again but it was a good movie.

    • Life of Pi was incredible – I never read the book, and to be honest I didn’t really find the story/theme that impressive. But what Ang Lee did with the 3D medium was very impressive – not to mention someone had to tell me afterward for me to realize the tiger (and all the animals) were CGI.

      Django was pretty good, but not Tarantino’s best. Even he admitted himself that the editing process kind of spoiled his vision – it was supposed to be a 2 parter like Kill Bill, for one. But also he left in scenes that tested well, but that he wasn’t really 100% behind. And because he was pressured to cut it to a feature length, it is missing a LOT of character development. I’m excited for the director’s cut, but it definitely shouldn’t win any awards.

    • I refuse to see any movie that claims to make me “believe in god”. That’s like believing Paula Deen’s recipes are healthy.

  12. For some reason I’d thought Alan Arkin had died 5 years ago. And then I’d figured I’d confused him with Ian Holm. Then I looked up Ian Holm and he’s still alive too? So my brains killing off good actors as a goof, I guess.


  14. I have seen 0% of these movies, and since I was not asked to vote, I propose we stage a coup and take back the Oscars.

  15. Remember the time I didn’t watch the Oscars?

  16. I’m glad Beasts of the Southern Wild was recognized, but I’m sad because it shows the lack of really great roles available for Giant Dinosaur Rhinoceroses in Hollywood.

  17. I have not seen any of these movies!!! I have a lot of catching up to do.

    I was supposed to go see Django Unchained last weekend, but when we saw that it is 2 hours + 45 minutes, we just couldn’t commit. That is a long time to sit in the theater.

  18. I didn’t realize Snow White and the Huntsmen was costumed by Colleen Atwood which kind of makes me want to see that piece of garbage cinema.

    I really like costuming you guys.

    • the costumes were very pretty! At least, Charlize’s were. But overall the movie was garbage and you should just look at photos of the costumes instead.

      • You could watch the first 15-20 minutes or so and be okay. Charlize is amazing in that movie, but the rest is just terrible. So once they stop showing her as the evil queen being amazing, you can basically turn the whole thing off.

  19. “Argo fuck yourself, Oscar” -Ben Affleck

  20. Did anyone else watch the People’s Choice Awards? This is the first time I have sat through that, and I can’t tell what demographic is voting for these things.

    The nominees for Best Band were: No Doubt, Maroon 5, Green Day, Linkin Park, and Train.

    Train? Green Day? Is it 1996 again?

  21. As unnecessarily detailed titles go, Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare” is surely our generation’s Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire.

  22. Did they only watch 10 movies this year? How about a little variety, Oscars people?

  23. I haven’t seen any of the nominated movies but is anyone excited about the Golden Globes? And if so, is it also because it’s hosted by comedy Dream Team Amy Poehler and Tina Fey?

  24. I’m surprised Amour made it through because a) it’s French and b) it deals with death which is everything Hollywood avoids unless it’s bullets murdering people. They usually don’t go for the (no spoiler alert) sort of ambiguous endings. It’s a terrific movie and a little slow at times. It’s one of the best dismal, melancholic movies I’ve seen.

  25. I am annoyed that Mr. Jonny Greenwood seems to have gotten screwed regarding his score for The Master, just like last time with There Will Be Blood. seems pretty prescient, 4 months later.

    So next time, Jonny, make SUPER sure that not one note of music you use to score a PT Anderson movie has ever been used or recorded elsewhere, even a little, assuming you care about this sort of thing.

    I thought it was a great score.

  26. Okay, I am really kind of confused at the hubbub around Silver Linings Playbook? It had good moments, but was really kind of strange and turned into High School Musical at the end. And it kind of suggested that all you need to recover from mental illness is the love of a good 20-years-younger woman. Why is it being so lauded?

  27. My favorite film of the year, by faaaar, was Cloud Atlas. And while I know it isn’t perfect and it’s a little too ‘out there’ I was still hoping it would at least get some technical noms- editing and cinematography, maybe even adapted screenplay. Blah.

    Also, No Holy Motors. Blah.

    I can’t even bring myself to see half of the films nominated. Like, I’m bored just looking at Lincoln… and it’s obviously going to win everything. Secretly hoping for an upset by Beasts of the Southern Wild. If you haven’t see it, that movie will rip. out. your. heart. So good.

  28. Wow. Congrats to AMOUR. It’s rare to see a movie nominated for both Best Foreign Language and Best Picture. I think the last movie was Crouching Tiger?

  29. Also..congrats to my main man DENZEL. Loved Flight.

  30. I keep thinking Beasts Of The Southern Wild is like Big Foot. I know it exists (“I’VE SEEN FOOTAGE!” to quote Death Grips) but I’ve never found any physical proof.

    I’m also a little bummed that some of my favorites from last year got no attention: Sleepwalk With Me was great and promising. Also, the best movie of last year was Cabin In The Woods. Is Quentin Tarantino really the only postmodernist in film who deserves respect (even though Django was fantastic)?

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