2013 Oscar Nominations Announced; LINCOLN Leads with 12 Nominations, Kathryn Bigelow and Ben Affleck Snubbed for Best Director

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The nominations for the 85th Academy Awards have been announced, and it’s quite a whirlwind of nominees.  As expected, Lincoln landed the most nominations with 12, followed with Ang Lee’s Life of Pi which nabbed 11.  The big story here, though, is the Best Director category.  Shockingly, only two (two!) of the DGA nominees for Best Director made the Oscar cut: Ang Lee and Steven Spielberg.  The rest of the category was filled out by Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern WildDavid O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook, and Michael Haneke for Amour.  It was almost guaranteed that Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow would be landing nominations for Argo and Zero Dark Thirtyrespectively, but shockingly neither made the cut.  Apparently those films just directed themselves.  Based off today’s nominations, it now looks like it’s (surprisingly) down to Lincoln vs. Silver Linings Playbook for the big win.

Hit the jump to check out the list of nominees, and click here to check them against my predictions (somehow I predicted the Best Picture and Supporting Actor categories perfectly).  The 85th Academy Awards will take place on February 24th.

lincoln-movie-posterBEST PICTURE

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

[Adam's note: By some miracle I predicted this category perfectly. I love Moonrise Kingdom and I'm sad not to see it land a nomination, but this is one of the more solid nominees lists in recent years. Not many "filler" nominees like Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close or The Blind Side. Based on today's nominations and how the guilds have been going so far, it looks like it's going to be down to Lincoln vs. Silver Linings Playbook for the win, but my money's on the former.]

BEST DIRECTOR 

  • Ang Lee – Life of Pi
  • Steven Spielberg – Lincoln
  • David O. Russell - Silver Linings Playbook
  • Michael HanekeAmour
  • Benh ZeitlinBeasts of the Southern Wild

[I'm still kind of in shock about the snubs for Bigelow and Affleck, as both films were very much director-driven successes.  Affleck's miss makes a tiny bit more sense as the Academy isn't always fast to recognize actors turned directors, but Zero Dark Thirty is objectively one of the best films of the year if not the decade. This nuttiness is likely a result of the date changes.  This was the first year that Oscar nomination ballots had to be turned in before the DGA announced its list of nominees, hence the reason why the two lists look so different.  Haneke had been a dark horse for some time and Russell was always a fringe contender, but Zeitlin's nomination is actually a pretty nice surprise.]

BEST ACTOR

  • silver-linings-playbook-posterDenzel Washington – Flight
  • Hugh Jackman – Les Miserables
  • Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
  • Joauquin Phoenix - The Master
  • Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook

[This category filled out pretty expectedly, as many had been predicting either John Hawkes or Phoenix for the fifth slot. Phoenix undoubtedly gives one of the best performances of the year, so it's nice to see that recognized.]

BEST ACTRESS 

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

[As with Best Actor, not too many surprises in this category either.  Riva and Wallis make Oscar history as the oldest and youngest nominees ever, respectively.  This is a two-person race, though, between Chastain and Lawrence.]

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR 

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

[Another category I somehow predicted perfectly.  That fifth slot was always up in the air, but I had a feeling that Waltz's performance was just too good to overlook.  A neat bit of trivia: every single nominee here has won before.]

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS 

  • Anne Hathaway – Les Miserables
  • Helen Hunt – The Sessions
  • Sally Field – Lincoln
  • les-miserables-poster-anne-hathawayAmy Adams – The Master 
  • Jacki Weaver - Silver Linings Playbook

[The story of this category is that Weaver's nomination coupled with Russell's Best Director nod and the Best Editing nomination puts Silver Linings Playbook back in the hunt for the Best Picture win, especially now that Argo and Zero Dark Thirty have an uphill battle to face with no Best Director nods.]

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

  • Mark Boal Zero Dark Thirty
  • Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained
  • Michael Haneke – Amour
  • Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola – Moonrise Kingdom 
  • John Gatins – Flight

[I was really, really, gunning for Rian Johnson to land a nomination for Looper, especially since he has the WGA nod, but alas the Academy went with Flight.  So much for originality, eh?]

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

  • Tony Kushner – Lincoln
  • Chris Terrio – Argo
  • David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook
  • David Magee Life of Pi
  • Lucy Alibar, Behn Zeitlin - Beasts of the Southern Wild

[As with Looper in the original category, many thought The Perks of Being a Wallflower might land a surprise slot in Best Adapted, but the Academy obviously really went for Beasts this year.]

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FEATURE 

  • Amour – Austria
  • No – Chile
  • paranorman-posterA Royal AffairBarbara
  • Kon-Tiki – Norway
  • War Witch - Canada

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

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

[The Pirates! is a bit of a surprise nominee here, but it's nice to see stop-motion getting a lot of love in this category.]

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE 

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

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT 

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

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN 

  • Lincoln
  • Life of Pi
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • martin-freeman-the-hobbit-an-unexpected-journey-posterAnna Karenina
  • Les Miserables 
[A little surprised to see The Hobbit nominated here following all the hubbub over the 48 fps making the sets look like, well sets.]

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY 

  • Claudio Miranda – Life of Pi
  • Roger Deakins – Skyfall
  • Janusz Kaminski – Lincoln
  • Robert Richardson – Django Unchained
  • Seamus McGarvey – Anna Karenina

[Could this finally be the year that Roger Deakins wins an Oscar?  Skyfall is some of the best work of his career, so here's hoping.]

BEST FILM EDITING 

  • William Goldenberg, Dylan Tichenor – Zero Dark Thirty
  • William Goldenberg – Argo
  • Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers – Silver Linings Playbook
  • Michael Kahn Lincoln
  • Tim Squyers – Life of Pi

[One of the quintessential categories for predicting the Best Picture win is Best Editing, so odds are strong that our eventual winner is one of these five films.]

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE 

  • Dario Marianelli – Anna Karenina
  • Mychael Danna – Life of Pi
  • Thomas Newman – Skyfall
  • John Williams – Lincoln
  • Alexandre Desplat – Argo

[Given all the nominations for Beasts, I'm a little surprised to see the film not nominated for Best Score, but some have been talking about how the Academy isn't keen on recognizing directors who compose their own scores.  That would certainly explain the Cloud Atlas snub.]

skyfall-posterBEST ORIGINAL SONG 

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

[Oscar host Seth MacFarlane is also a surprise nominee, as he's listed as a co-writer on "Everybody Needs a Best Friend."  Really, though, does anybody think that Adele won't win this?]

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS 

  • Life of Pi
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Prometheus
  • Snow White and the Huntsman
  • The Avengers 

[This is the category where The Dark Knight Rises had a solid shot at a nomination, but the film was completely shut out of this year's Oscars.  The history of this category tells us that a Best Picture nominee is heavily favored over all the other contenders, so look for Life of Pi to most likely take home the trophy.]

BEST COSTUME DESIGN 

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

[Mirror Mirror's one and only nomination.]

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING 

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

zero-dark-thirty-poster[I'm also pretty surprised that Rick Baker wasn't nominated here for Men in Black 3as he won this category for his work in the first Men in Black film and MIB3 had some truly inspired makeup designs.]

BEST SOUND EDITING

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

BEST SOUND MIXING 

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

BEST SHORT FILM (ANIMATED) 

  • Adam and Dog
  • Fresh Guacamole
  • Head over Heels
  • The Longest Daycare
  • Paperman  

BEST SHORT FILM (LIVE-ACTION) 

  • Asad
  • Buzkashi Boys
  • Curfew
  • Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)
  • Henry

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  • FincherFan

    Leave it to the Oscars to surprise everyone! I’m mainly really pissed about Leo’s snub (I just might be in the minority who believes he deserved the nomination for Django over Waltz), but I have to say the Best Director nominees list is the single weirdest (and shocking) surprise I’ve seen from the Oscars in a while, and I’m kinda happy for that! I honestly have zero clue whose going to win.

    • SP1234

      I agree, though I wanted both of them to be up.

    • Peter

      Paul Thomas Anderson snubbed for Best Director/Original Screenplay for The master. No surprise there. The Academy is run by Scientology members who hate PTAs depiction of their cult.

      Also love him or hate him Christopher Nolan deserved a Best Director nod for the Batman trilogy just like Peter Jackson for LOTR.

      Oscars suck anyway though. No point getting angry.p there are plenty of other online awards that are more in touch with the public mood.

    • Peter

      Paul Thomas Anderson was snubbed because oscars are run by Scientology.

      • Lizard King

        Nolan does not deserve a best director nod for the Batman trilogy because TDKR was the worst movie I saw this year. It really surprises me how people overlook how truly bad something is because they’re like “I love Batman, so it’s good!”. Peter Jackson, on the other hand, created the most consistent (in terms of tone, story-telling, actors, sets, etc.) trilogy of all time. But I certainly won’t be a fanboy about Jackson either, because The Hobbit was…not of the same quality.

  • Mars

    Really? Nothing for Cotillard or Rust & Bone?

    • Jester

      My thoughts exactly. Easily the biggest snub of this years Oscars.

  • The Dude

    My predictions
    Best Picture: Zero Dark Thirty
    Best Director: Steven Spielberg
    Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis
    Best Actress: Jessica Chastain
    Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz
    Best Supporting Actress: Sally Field
    Best Original: Mark Boal
    Best Adapted: Tony Kushner

    • Anonymous

      It will be slumdog style win for life of pi

      • REALLY?

        No director nod for Bigelow doesn’t bode well for Zero Dark Thirty’s chances at the Best Picture.

        I would have to say that Lincoln or Silver Linings are probably this years front runners.

      • The Dude

        It’s such a toss up. I feel like Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings all are in the mix along with Zero.

  • Adi

    It will be slumdog style win for life of pi

  • Faiz

    the nominations surprisingly turned surprising at parts,..some of the things of interest :

    1.The Lack of Quentin Tarantino in the best director award, Django Unchained is my favorite movie of the year, and given The Oscars’ proclivity of tying the best director winner with that of the best picture, Django Unchained’s possibility of winning is more or less doomed
    2.Seriously surprised by the loss of Kathryn Bigelow in the list of best director nominees. Zero Dark Thirty is within my top 10 of the year and i thought Zero Dark Thirty was the frontrunner in this year’s oscars. Future doesn’t seem so bright for the movie anymore.
    3.Seriously delighted, though the Ben Zeithlin earned his due recognition. Beasts of The Southern Wild was probably one of the most inspired indies i’ve seen in years…the guy managed to create so much with so little….
    4.Wow, seriously surprised Joaquin Phoenix earned his first nomination. I guess the Guy’s attitude has gotten in his way only for so long…i haven’t seen The Master, but the trailers were enough to convince me he actually did a fine work
    5.Quvenzhane Wallis is officially the youngest oscar nominee in movie history. She portrayed her character wondrously well, but i thought The academy wouldn’t give her the nod yet…still happy for her though
    6.Another Mark Boal-Tarantino clash!, Boal undeservingly won over QT in 2009, i do hope the same thing won’t happen this time around. Both churned out fantastic screenplays, but i think ZDT’ success was more because of the raid in the final thirty minutes (which is attributed to Bigelow’s inspired direction)…Tarantino’s screenplay was much more inspired and iconic in my opinion.

    All in all, my prediction as to how the race will stack out :

    Best Picture : Lincoln (personal choice : Django Unchained)
    Best Director : Steven Spielberg (personal choice : Ang Lee )
    Best Actor : Daniel Day-Lewis (personal choice : Bradley Cooper)
    Best Actress : Jessica Chastain (personal choice : Jessica Chastain)
    Best Supporting Actor : Tommy Lee-Jones (personal choice : Tommy Lee-Jones)
    Best Supporting Actress : Anne Hathaway (personal choice : Anne Hathaway)
    Best Original Screenplay : Quentin Tarantino (personal choice : Quentin Tarantino)
    Best Adapted Screenplay : Tony Kushner (personal choice : Tony Kushner)

    The race is pretty much over, folks. Argo and ZDT didn’t land a best director nom, which means their chance at the best picture award is 90% gone. Lincoln is gonna win big (which is disappointing)

    i wish the academy hadn’t gotten this boring….

    • cosanostra

      All in all you are just a brick in the wall

  • Josh Kaye

    I may be in the minority here but this is the first year I’m not completely fuming about nominations. The director category is a nice surprise. It’s obvious Affleck and Bigelow deserved to be nominated, but Haneke and Zeitlin do as well. This year was one of the best years in film. And I think that, for once, they actually did an acceptable job with nominations.

  • Caleb The Awesome

    Wow. Huge snub for Affleck and Bigelow.
    I hope some fan films get the props they deserve!
    Skyfall for best cinematography and The Avengers for best visual effects.

    • Peter

      How was The Dark Knight Rises not nominated for this?!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

      Life of Pi
      The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
      Prometheus
      Snow White and the Huntsman
      The Avengers

      • Um, Sure

        I’m not a TDKR hater but what FX did it have that stacks up to the likes of the nominees? Snow White was a lousy movie, but the FX work was quite good.

      • Caleb The Awesome

        If anything, I think Dark Knight Rises should have been nominated for Best Sound or Best Cinematography.

  • SP1234

    Bigelow’s snub may be payback for The Hurt Locker taking over Avatar’s Oscar night. And I know they wanted to respect the Aurora families, but they could have at least nominated Dark Knight for something.

  • Mike

    How can you not be fuming over these nominations? Bigelow clearly didn’t get it because she won recently and the Academy generally doesn’t like to give someone TOO much love. Affleck is still paying the price for his bad acting choices in the early 2000s. Amour is just nothing. It’s a boring, bland movie that could have been made in ANY year and therefore undeserving of these HUGE nominations.

    • T

      Did you even see Amour? Your inability to throw anything but vague criticisms at it makes me think you haven’t seen it and are just pissed that a film you’ve only heard of until now beat out a film that you badly wanted to be nominated for Best Directing. Also, you determining a film’s Oscar unworthiness by its ability to be made any year is one of the dumbest things I’ve ever read.

      • JW.

        Now I’ve seen Amour, and where I do see it as a really good film, I do think it’s spot for best picture should have been used for better films that have come out in 2012. What the top commenter probably meant was the film didn’t do anything to push film or it just didn’t take any risk which I do have to agree on both those accounts. The acting in it was great but as a whole the film doesn’t bring anything special to make me consider it the best of the year. I would say it sort of borders on Oscar bate with films suck as The Iron Lady. Oscar bate, good Oscar bate, but Oscar bate none the less. A good counter example is The King’s Speech or Slumdog Millionaire. If a film can be emotionally gripping AND can be creatively filmed then it deserves to have an Oscar nod. Personally I’m happy to see Beast of a Southern Wild on this list.

  • nyckage

    QT keeps getting screwed over and over by the Academy. I don’t think ZD30 will get the best picture win. The trend Best Pic is won by the film directed by the guy who won best Director. Lincoln is the front runner, but I’m hoping Life of Pi “slumdogs” itself into best picture. I can understand why Leo got snubbed, he didn’t have enough screen time, same with Javier Bardem. DDL is a lock for best Actor, TLJ will take best supporting, Adam said it best that Hathaway is already practicing her victory speech. Haven’t seen SLP yet, so I will just assume Lawrence takes it or the old hag from Amour, which I haven’t seen either. Hopefully QT gets some love with the Original screenplay category.

  • Bob

    I got so much of my predictions right. For Best Picture I got 8 out of the 9. For Best Actor 4 out of the 5, for Best Actress 4 out of the 5, for Best Supporting Actress 4 out of the 5, for Best Supporting Actor all 5 out of 5, but Best Director was my mistep. I had Tarantino, Bigelow, Affleck, Spielberg, and Lee. But, I did have David O. Russel as a possibility. Not a bad prediction year for me I guess. Still can’t believe they didn’t nominate Affleck, guy is just being played around with now.

    Still, this os one of the best nominee list in a couple of years. For Best Picture I’m still gonna go safe and say Zero Dark Thirty wins. Would be funny if like Silver Linings Playbook wins and shocks a lot of people. Side note, Lincoln is a strong contender I feel now for the win. Director I’m giving to Spielberg, I think they just really want him to win. Actor I’m giving to Mr. Day-Lewis to stay safe. Actress, I’m giving it to Lawrence though I really don’t know who is gonna win here cause it really seems like a battle between her and Chastain. This is another category were if another actress wins it would be shocking to most. For Supporting Actor I’m going with Mr. Lee Jones. For Supporting Actress I’m going with Anne Hathaway. Her performance in the TRAILER moved me more than any other actress in the catagory this year. For Original Screenplay it will most likely end up going to Boal again, but I’m going with Tarantino because I truly think he should win it. For Adapted Screenplay I’m going with Kushner for Lincoln.

  • Stefan

    Ok I love Alan Arkin but he was in Argo for what… 15 minutes?? I don’t get how he gets a nod over Leo or even Christopher Walken for Seven Psychopaths.

    • Um, Sure

      He has been around forever + he plays a movie producer in Argo. There’s your answer.

    • Vinícius

      Well, that’s because Alan Arkin is amazing. He was in only 15 minutes, but he f@*#ing sold those 15 minutes.

  • Mark

    Zero Dark Thirty best film of the decade? What the hell are you smoking?

  • gotheeeem

    rachel weisz snubbed for the deep blue sea- she won the ny critics awards for best actress, not sure how her fellow “thespians” couldn’t acknowledge her performance.

    also how the fuck does dicaprio not get nominated. i thought this was about the best performances-dicaprio just fuckin killed it as calvin candie. waltz just did the same performance from bastards but instead of a nazi he was a “german bounty hunter”- no originality.

    sam mendes ,chris nolan, and ben affleck should’ve been nominated for best director instead of of haneke and zeitlin- 2 movies that i have no interest in, nor give 2 shits about.

    • Yeah,

      also LL Cool J was snubbed for Deep Blue Sea. He killed it as the cook and his hat is like a shark’s fin, yo!

  • F the Academy

    seriously, what is wrong with the Academy? every year i watch, rooting for my movies like it’s the god damn nerd super bowl, and just about every year i walk away with a sour taste in my mouth. i think the last time (and maybe only time) the movie i wanted to win the top prize actually won it was The Departed. this year will be no different. what’s the point of even rooting for Django? we all know the formula. we all know it won’t win. hell i’m sure Tommy Lee Jones and Mark Boal will even beat out Django in their respective categories. no nom for Leo is an absolute travesty. i’m not saying Waltz shouldn’t be nominated, but he did already win an oscar for this role a few years ago. has anyone ever seen Leo play a character like Monsieur Calvin Candie? that was one of the best performances in his career. and i could even go on about the no love for TDKR in best score, editing, cinematography etc, but i’ve ranted long enough. fuck i’m bored. i wonder what’s on BET

  • Peter

    Transformers 2 and Norbit get an Oscar Nom and TDKR gets snubbed. A credibility out the window. I didn’t expect the film to get major noms but there’s no denying the techs were Oscar worthy. Oh well, it’s in the AFI.

    • Nate

      Yeah, I agree. I wasn’t a fan of the storyline of TDKR, but the technical aspects were fantastic.

    • aj

      must be cause rise of the plotholes was worse than “Transformers 2 and Norbit”……

      • Peter

        Now that’s just trolling.

    • Nolan Super Fraud

      So now that Rises came up empty handed can we change to title? How about The Dark Knight Fails. Yeah that has a ring to it. It’s so, so gratifying to see the Nolanite fanboys moan and squirm trying to justify why a poor excuse for a film didn’t get accolades. Remember the cretins in the summer? “Oh my god best pic of the year. It will win all the oscarz!” HAHAhaHAHAHAHAHAHAHAhhaHAAAAA. When Nolan’s reputation is ashes…Nolanites have my permission to cry.

      • murdernexxus

        look at my thumb….gee youre dumb

  • HAHAAHHAAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA

    THE DARK KNIGHT RISES WAS A PIECE OF SHIT! Not one nomination Nolanite assholes! CHOKE ON IT! CHOKE ON THAT BITTER PILL!!!! AHAHAAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAAHHAHHAHAAHAHAHAH! Victory for the Nolan Haters. Adults know Rises sucks.

    • murdernexxus

      nope its just you douche….most normal people could care less about an award nomination.. if you liked the movie fine, if you didnt who cares. was your life ruined when a Batman movie didnt live up to your expectations? sounds like it…hahahahaha

  • Person

    No Best Picture winner since 1980 has won without at least being nominated for Picture (obviously), Director, Screenplay (Adapted or Original, doesn’t matter), and EDITING. With this in mind, the only real contenders for Best Picture are Lincoln, Life of Pi, and Silver Linings Playbook.

    • Kay

      WRONG
      Titanic (1997) wasn’t nominated for screenplay and Driving Miss Daisy (1989) wasn’t nominated for directing

    • k

      Also Wrong – Bruce Beresford was not nominated for Best Director for Driving Miss Daisy.

      • k

        Oops – just saw the other “kay” did mention Bruce Beresford – sorry for being redundant.

    • Person

      My mistake, but still, the overwhelming majority of films needed all four nominations to win (for the record, James Cameron is something of an anomaly — Avatar didn’t have a Screenplay nomination either but it was still a very legitimate contender for Best Picture).

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  • GERARD KENNELLY

    My predictions
    Best Picture: Silver Linings Playbook
    Best Director: Ben Zeitlin
    Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix
    Best Actress: Mary Elizabeth Winstead ( i wish)
    Best Supporting Actor: philip seymour hoffman
    Best Supporting Actress: amy adams

    • REALLY?

      Gerard, I got a feeling your whole list is goin’ down…… but for now, I gotta study!

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  • Guess What

    Yay for Deakins!

  • scottishpunk

    For the record, I am pissed. Deeply. As a Batman loyalist (not a Nolanite), I’ve been emotionally invested in not just the film itself, but it’s very success and acceptance. And based on the crap that has occurred in association with TDKR, it’s been one rocky past year for me, obviously. And this morning’s Oscar announcements kickstarted the

    But allow me put some context and perspective on the issue, shall we?

    BATMAN (1989) 1 nomination (1 win)
    BATMAN RETURNS (1992) 2 nominations (0 wins)
    BATMAN FOREVER (1995) 3 nominations (0 wins)
    *BATMAN & ROBIN (1998) 0 nominations (obviously)
    BATMAN BEGINS (2005) 1 nomination (0 wins)
    THE DARK KNIGHT (2008) 8 nominations (2 wins)
    *THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (2012) 0 nominations (bullshit)

    * – WTF?

    Every Batman movie before TDKR has received as least one Oscar nomination, save for the mess of shit that is B&R. Are they actually trying to group TDKR in a catagory with B&R? Or are the 5,800 members of the of the AMPAS, caught between their naturely snobbery and fear of pissing off all the hipster trolls who go at great lengths to stone to death every aspect about TDKR, just easily spooked, spineless, elitist, stodgy oater vaginas?

    • Person

      I also liked TDKR (not as much as the other two), but honestly, what could it have been nominated for? It wasn’t as loved (or good) as TDK and Inception to have a shot at the big prizes (Picture, Director, Screenplay). It didn’t have a shot at any acting nominations except perhaps Michael Caine for Supporting Actor, but that was a very competitive field.

      Cinematography — this year’s selection is very strong, it unfortunately just got beat.
      Editing — some people thought it was too long, others too short, and there was stuff that shoulda been there that wasn’t.
      VFX — prolly its best bet, but again, it was a competitive field.
      Sound/Sound Editing — Bane’s voice killed its chances in these categories.
      Production Design — eh, pretty much the whole movie took place in a city, the Academy likes exotic places.

      Its lack of nominations is just indicative of how strong a year 2012 was. Woulda loved to see it get at least a few nods (especially over The Hobbit, which is arguably the biggest disappointment of the year), but oh well.

  • Mike

    hahahaha. TDKR sucks, finally its official.

    • scottishpunk

      How is life as a vagina, Mike?

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  • johnny white

    Are The Academy Awards your benchmark for what’s considered good or great cinema? I hope Tarantino,Nolan, Dicaprio, and Affleck never win Oscars coz they’re better than any golden statue. I loved John Carter, and i liked Battleship and hated Skyfall. What are you gonna do about it motherfuckers?

    • Chris Nolan Hype Train Derailed

      Make hot gushing sex to yo mama.

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  • Nic Cage

    Hey not trying to be a douche but there aren’t ever many surprises with the Oscars so I decided to post my own awards rather than predict the winners. I’m sure some will call blasphemy for some of my inclusions and exclusions but again these are MY awards and I think I was fair. Feel free to comment.
    P.S. I didn’t do shit like editing, sound mixing, etc. because that would make me a douchebag.

    Picture

    • The Avengers
    • Django Unchained
    • Killing Them Softly
    • Looper
    • Moonrise Kingdom
    • The Raid: Redemption
    • Seven Psychopaths
    • Silver Linings Playbook
    • Skyfall
    • Wreck-it Ralph

    Director

    • Rian Johnson – Looper
    • Martin McDonagh – Seven Psychopaths
    • David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook
    • Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained
    • Joss Whedon – The Avengers

    Actor

    • Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook
    • Matthew McConaughey – Killer Joe
    • Joaquin Phoenix – The Master
    • Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained
    • Denzel Washington – Flight

    Supporting Actor

    • Javier Bardem – Skyfall
    • Leonardo DiCaprio – Django Unchained
    • Matthew McConaughey – Magic Mike
    • Guy Pearce – Lawless
    • Sam Rockwell – Seven Psychopaths

    Actress

    • Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty
    • Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
    • Aubrey Plaza – Safety Not Guaranteed
    • Naomi Watts – The Impossible
    • Mary Elizabeth Winstead – Smashed

    Supporting Actress

    • Amy Adams – The Master
    • Emily Blunt – Looper
    • Judi Dench – Skyfall
    • Jennifer Ehle – Zero Dark Thirty
    • Helen Hunt – The Sessions

    Young Actor/Actress

    • Pierre Gagnon – Looper
    • Jared Gilman – Moonrise Kingdom
    • Kara Hayward – Moonrise Kingdom
    • Tom Holland – The Impossible
    • Quvenzhané Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild

    Cast

    • The Avengers
    • Django Unchained
    • Killing Them Softly
    • Seven Psychopaths
    • Zero Dark Thirty

    Body of Work

    • Tom Hardy
    • Jennifer Lawrence
    • Matthew McConaughey
    • Channing Tatum
    • Bruce Willis

    Original Screenplay

    • Mark Boal – Zero Dark Thirty
    • Drew Goddard & Joss Whedon – The Cabin in the Woods
    • Rian Johnson – Looper
    • Martin McDonagh – Seven Psychopaths
    • Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained

    Adapted Screenplay

    • Michael Bacall & Jonah Hill – 21 Jump Street
    • Andrew Dominik – Killing Them Softly
    • Tony Kushner – Lincoln
    • David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook
    • Tom Twyker, Andy & Lana Wachowski – Cloud Atlas

    Animated Movie

    • Frankenweenie
    • ParaNorman
    • Pirates! The Band of Misfits
    • Rise of the Guardians
    • Wreck-it Ralph

    Score

    • Jonny Greenwood – The Master
    • Nathan Johnson – Looper
    • Thomas Newman – Skyfall
    • Howard Shore – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
    • Hans Zimmer – The Dark Knight Rises

    Photography

    • Roger Deakins – Skyfall
    • Greig Fraser – Killing Them Softly
    • Mihai Malăimare, Jr. – The Master
    • Robert Richardson – Django Unchained
    • Robert Yeoman – Moonrise Kingdom

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  • Mystery

    Hitchcock anyone? I haven’t seen the movie but, for what I saw in the trailers and read in some reviews, Helen Mirren was totally overlooked. Was this movie really that bad?

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