It’s here! The award seasons celebrating the films of what was supposedly the last year of the universe is here. Yet for me, it’s the most joyous days of the year.

The number 85 should be a celebratory milestone. A lustrum period where I’m pretty sure, many -I know I do- are marking a checkpoint in the Academy’s history. Can you believe that it’s only one-and-a-half-decade until a century of the Oscars?

85th_Academy_Awards_PosterBut what’s important is of course what’s coming ahead this season. Critics Choice and Golden Globes had started a considerably satisfying results, while the upcoming SAG, WGA, and DGA are also fueling the hype with great choices for nominations. Meanwhile, the top dog itself, The Academy -in its fourth attempt in multiple best picture nominations-, snubbed the most appreciated man of the year: Ben Affleck. His intense middle-eastern espionage-slash-exfiltrate mission caper Argo did not get him a nomination. Same goes for Kathryn Bigelow’s much lauded Zero Dark Thirty. Thank God though that both still gets a writing nominations.

One of the biggest surprise other than Argo is probably Amour. Michel Haneke’s latest work is said to be both modest but powerful, starring two great French character actors and set in an apartment. Best picture, director, screenplay, and lead actress for Emanuelle Riva are nominated, as well as a best foreign language picture -obviously. While, are there any doubts of how remarkably well Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln gonna do this season? The legend is back at his proper place -more than last year’s absurd nod for War Horse. Daniel Day-Lewis is probably gonna win his third Oscar next month, while the film is also beautifully rendered with the best of technical features. But without Affleck’s name on the shortlist, probably Spielberg is gonna bring home -also- his third Oscar.

This year’s humble breakthrough comes in The Beasts of Southern Wild and Silver Linings Playbook. Both will seem unlikely to win the main prize, but will surely be a worthy contender. Beasts, an indie set within the Louisiana bayou ghetto, whereas David O. Russell’s typical tale of twisted human relations is the best in ensemble cast this year. Nearly every single actor -even Chris Tucker- gave their best performance here.

In tradition of great musicals that have colored the Oscar’s big names, Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables would surely give the awards their lovely dynamics. Hugh Jackman’s first nomination, and Anne Hathaway’s much praised role for her second nod might be the highlight. Last but not least, the cinematic wonder that is Life of Pi. Ang Lee drifted from heartbreaking drama into making this eyefeast beauty. The technical departments would be tight, I’m sure. On the other hand, from the performances grid, the supporting male nomination list is just sick. Hoffman! De Niro! Arkin! Jones! Waltz! Sick.

Here are the nominations (only the 12 I usually predict every year), with the number of nominations for each pictures.

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

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

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Amour: Michael Haneke
Django Unchained: Quentin Tarantino
Flight: John Gatins
Moonrise Kingdom: Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola
Zero Dark Thirty: Mark Boal

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Argo: Chris Terrio
Beasts of the Southern Wild: Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin
Life of Pi: David Magee
Lincoln: Tony Kushner
Silver Linings Playbook: David O. Russell

Best Performance by an 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 Performance by an 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 Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Alan Arkin – Argo
Robert De Niro – Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master
Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln
Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained

Best Performance by an 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

Best Achievement in Cinematography
Anna Karenina
Django Unchained
Life of Pi

Best Achievement in Editing
Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Achievement in Production Design
Anna Karenina
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Misérables
Life of Pi

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
Anna Karenina
Life of Pi

There it is. I’ll see you at the end, as I will give you picks, predictions, and actual winners. Meanwhile, I need to catch up on the movies in the next 35 days.


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3 thoughts on “85!

  1. Lincoln all the way.

    • I haven’t even watch more than half of the best picture list. Seen Argo and Lincoln, and both were awesome. I think you’re right, Lincoln’s gonna win. But if I could choose between the two, my vote’s for Argo.

      • Same here. I enjoyed Argo a lot more than Lincoln. But just based on Oscar history and how the Academy votes, it seems doubtful any film can upset Spielberg and Lincoln.

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