2013 Oscar Preview: Possible Contenders from the First Half of the Year

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It’s never too early to start talking Oscar, right?  We’re officially at the midway point of 2013, and while the bulk of awards season is normally concentrated towards the latter third of the year, there have been some strong contenders in the past that were released closer to the beginning of the year—Silence of the Lambs is probably the most famous example, having won Best Picture after being released in February of 1991.  The first half of 2013 has seen at least a couple of potential Best Picture contenders, and in addition to more than a handful of standout performances in smaller indie fare, we may very well have already seen the release of the film that will go on to take home the Oscar in technical categories like Best Visual Effects or even Best Production Design.

Hit the jump to read on as we examine the possible Oscar contenders from the first half of 2013.

First off, a caveat: A couple of films that won’t see nationwide release until later this year have already debuted at festivals to positive response, but I won’t be discussing these films because A) they haven’t officially been released yet and B) early festival buzz, be it positive or negative, doesn’t always translate to how the film will be received when it opens in theaters.

The Indies 

mud-matthew-mcconaugheyThe early portion of the year usually sees the release of genre-oriented fare, romantic comedies, and—as part of a new trend set off by The Hunger Games—YA adaptations geared towards teen audiences.  As May approaches we start to see the tentpoles, and it’s not until the fall that studios normally start busting out their awards-contending dramas.  That being said, there have been a number of indies and/or small-scale films that have been released in the first half of 2013 that warrant our attention with regards to Oscar potential.

Director Jeff Nichols’ fantastic drama Mud opened this past April to stellar reviews (it currently sits at 99% on Rotten Tomatoes) and marked yet another step in the Matthew McConaughey renaissance.  I caught the pic at Sundance and absolutely loved it, and while McConaughey is indeed very good in the film, the pic belongs to its young lead actor, Tye SherdianMud has an outside shot at a Best Picture nomination, but the awards race looks to be rather crowded at the end of this year and I’d be surprised if it made it all the way.  That being said, stranger things have happened.

McConaughey will almost definitely be a contender in the Best Actor race for the AIDS drama The Dallas Buyers Club, which opens in December, so he would have to submit in the supporting category for Mud. There’s also the possibility that McConaughey is even better in this November’s The Wolf of Wall Street, which would make that his priority Best Supporting Actor entry.  Nevertheless, Nichols has a decent shot at a Best Original Screenplay nod, and I sincerely hope that voters keep this film in mind going forward.

frances-ha-greta-gerwigProbably the other best-reviewed release of 2013 so far is Richard Linklater’s extraordinary Before Midnight.  The film marks the third entry in the most unlikely trilogy ever, and critics fawned over a chance to revisit the unique relationship between Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy).  The pic is almost a shoo-in for a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination for Linklater, Delpy, and Hawke given that the previous entry Before Sunset earned the same nod back in 2004, and Midnight has received a similar—if not more intense—amount of praise.  Depending on how the rest of the year shakes out, the pic could also be a contender in the Best Picture race, and I consider Delpy a serious possibility for a Best Actress nomination. 

Writer/director Noah Baumbach’s delightful comedy/drama Frances Ha charmed the pants off of audiences earlier this summer, and an enthusiastic reaction from critics could net the pic at least one Oscar nomination.  Baumbach and star/co-writer Greta Gerwig have an excellent shot at a nomination for Best Original Screenplay, and Gerwig could possibly fill the “indie” slot amongst the Best Actress nominees, though we don’t really know how crowded the category will be at this point.  Much will ride on how the awards race shapes up later this year and how aggressive IFC Films is with its campaign, but Frances Ha stands as one of the most adored films of the first half of this year.

ryan-gosling-the-place-beyond-the-pinesWhen Derek Cianfrance’s epic drama The Place Beyond the Pines premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year, many pegged the film as a very strong awards contender.  It came as a surprise, then, that Focus Features slated Pines for release this past March, instead of holding the film until the more awards-friendly fall calendar where the pic would surely draw serious attention.  Nevertheless, Pines garnered effusive—albeit not universal—praise from critics, and still stands as one of my favorites of the year.

Given the story’s triptych nature, acting nods seem unlikely for Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, etc., but Gosling would probably have the best shot at a Supporting Actor nomination from the film’s cast.  Cianfrance also has a shot at an Original Screenplay nomination, and he’s worthy of Best Director consideration in my book.  The film’s Best Picture prospects are less certain, but it’s admittedly very early and we don’t yet know how Focus plans to handle the film’s awards campaign later this year when the marketplace will be flooded with other dark, moody dramas.

The Blockbusters

the-great-gatsby-leonardo-dicaprio-carey-mulliganWhile tentpoles rarely get major awards recognition, some of the films released in the first half of the year could garner some attention in the technical categories.  The Great Gatsby was a bit of a surprise success for Warner Bros. given Baz Luhrmann’s ambitiously frenetic vision, but the extensive visual effects work and lavish costumes could nab the film nominations in Best Visual Effects and/or Best Costume Design, with Best Production Design and Best Makeup and Hairstyling also possibilities.

Elsewhere in the visual effects category, Iron Man 3, Man of Steel, and Oz the Great and Powerful seem like serious contenders, though I’d say Man of Steel stands head and shoulders above the others as far as the quality of effects goes.  The former two also seem like safe bets for Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing, and depending on whether he opts to participate in the campaign, one presumes composer Hans Zimmer is a contender in the Best Original Score category for his excellent work on Man of Steel.  Don’t rule out the Superman redo for Best Costume Design either.  Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful seems destined to nab multiple nominations in the technical categories, with production design, costumes, and makeup & hairstyling also possibilities, and dare I say Evil Dead deserves recognition in the makeup category?

Man-of-Steel-Michael-Shannon-imageAlso on the production design front, the impressive work on the Tom Cruise-fronted Oblivion could warrant notice from the Academy, especially given that director Joseph Kosinski used minimal CG to capture the film’s gorgeous visuals.  I actually think that Oblivion stands a fair chance of nabbing multiple technical nominations, as the film’s craftsmanship was pretty impressive.

With regards to animated films, Monsters University earned fairly strong marks from critics and could net Pixar back-to-back wins in the Best Animated Feature category.  The Croods was a major box office draw in March, but we’ve yet to see the reaction to Despicable Me 2, Turbo, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, and Disney’s Frozen.

Final Thoughts 

It’s admittedly very early to start talking Oscar, but we get so bogged down with the bevy of awards contenders in the fall that it’s sometimes easy to forget some of the standout films from earlier in the year that are equally deserving of attention.  Whether any of the aforementioned titles can make it through the long haul to Oscar glory is unknown, but we’ll definitely have a better idea of the big Oscar picture around November when the fall festival titles have had a chance to shine.

For now, sound off in the comments below with what you think has a shot at the Oscars from the first half of 2013, and I’ll meet you back here in a few months or so when the race really starts to heat up.

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  • Riot

    Literally laughed out loud when I saw the title and then a pic from Man of Steel. No… Just no

    • I Am Not Bruce Campbell,

      I laughed when you said you laughed when you disagreed with an opinion that isn’t yours.

      • Sit There and Bleed

        The one person who disliked your comment must have their head explode whenever someone challenges their opinion. haha

      • GrimReaper07

        Yeah sure, because disagreeing with opinions is ridiculous right? I hate it when people use the “opinions” BS as an excuse to call others trolls. Also, didn’t you do the same thing he did?

      • Walter White

        Where exactly in that comment did he call that person a troll? I’m not seeing that word anywhere. And now technically YOU just did the exact same thing. Except you actually used the word “Troll”.

      • GrimReaper07

        Whether the word troll was or wasn’t there is irrelevant since that was what he meant. And I didn’t do the same thing since I didn’t make fun of him for liking Man of Steel, movie which I think is a POS.

        “I Am Not Bruce Campbell” stated that “Riot” disagreeing about MoS being an Oscar contender was laughable. It seems one can’t disagree with other people’s opinions, specially if they go against a movie you like.

      • TH-1000 (Troll Hunter 1000)

        So every time a debate begins, whether or not you use the word troll, you’re still implying it because you challenged another person’s opinion? That doesn’t make one lick of sense at all.

        And Bruce Campbell wasn’t claiming Riot’s opinion was laughable. He was using Riot’s comment as a play on words.

        Quit speaking for other people, you’re not good at it.

      • Walter White

        Ditto.

      • Walter White

        Ditto.

      • I Am Not Bruce Campbell,

        I wasn’t implying he was a troll at all, but thank you for putting words in my mouth. Sincerely appreciated. And TH-1000, you hit the hammer on the head.

      • I Am Not Bruce Campbell,

        I wasn’t implying he was a troll at all, but thank you for putting words in my mouth. Sincerely appreciated. And TH-1000, you hit the hammer on the head.

      • TH-1000 (Troll Hunter 1000)

        So every time a debate begins, whether or not you use the word troll, you’re still implying it because you challenged another person’s opinion? That doesn’t make one lick of sense at all.

        And Bruce Campbell wasn’t claiming Riot’s opinion was laughable. He was using Riot’s comment as a play on words.

        Quit speaking for other people, you’re not good at it.

    • Travis Gowen

      Care to clarify? Of course not, that isn’t your style. It’s much easier to bash something without an explanation than to support anything you say. Typical internet troll who hates Man of Steel, hated DKR and likely bashes the hell out of the Transformers films as if you were expecting an Oscar worthy storyline to come out of them.

      • Tyler Young

        No, not Oscar worthy. Just, you know, good.

        Not that Oscar worthy means anything since the Oscars are rigged.

      • Travis Gowen

        When I go to a Transformers film I expect 2 things.

        1. Giant battle scenes
        2. Expensive cars doing unrealistic things

        It’s a film based off of toys that turn into things. My expectations are pretty attainable.

      • GrimReaper07

        People have already given dozens of reasons for MoS being terrible. We don’t have to post every single one every time we say we don’t like, because it’s tiring. You can easily look the arguments up on MoS’s imdb forum, which is pretty much a battlefield.

    • Dev1359

      In all seriousness though…so far this year has been pretty shitty for movies. By this time last year tons of good movies had come out (none of which were Oscar contenders but were still really entertaining) like Chronicle, 21 Jump Street, The Raid, Cabin in the Woods, Avengers, Safety Not Guaranteed, The Dark Knight Rises…so far this year it feels like the only movie I’ve really enjoyed was Star Trek Into Darkness.

      • Bob

        Yup pretty much. Also Fast Six. But thats action preferance.

    • nom79

      you should cry from the well deserved smack you haven’t received yet. Man of Steel may not have been a perfect movie but it was extremely entertaining and visually stunning far better than what the Mouse House is delivering as of late and this is coming from the words of a die-hard (yippee-kiyah!) Marvel fan.

      I’ll see you hear with some laughs ready for you if and when Man of Steel does win some awards!

  • Josh Kaye

    While it’s unlikely, I do think a longshot nomination could be Much Ado About Nothing for Adapted Screenplay. Again, very much a longshot but hey, why not. Also, What Maisie Knew seemed to be adored by critics as well. I didn’t get a chance to see it myself but I remember the RT score being high.

    I am a bit surprised to see no love for Star Trek Into Darkness. The first film was nominated for four, and actually won for Best Achievement in Makeup. I’d expect Sound Editing/Mixing as well as Visual Effects.

    That’s all I got for now.

    • Stanley

      Agreed with Josh. STID will get nominated like ST09 did in those categories.

      • Gerard Kennelly

        will mcconaughey get the nom
        he shoulda got last year for magic mike/ killer joe

    • Gerard Kennelly

      batman michael keaton was in
      a very good 90′s version of Much Ado About Nothing

    • Neven

      Agree! Sound mixing was superb in some STID scenes (Yes, I am talking about the warp chase).

  • I AM A BANNANA!!!! FEAR ME!!!!

    I would love if MoS got Visual Effects, Costume Design and Original Score nods. John Williams was nominated for the original Superman score and I think Zimmer did a fantastic job of creating something new and fresh and he didn’t receive a single nod for the Dark Knight Trilogy, it’s time for the Academy to repent!

    Jeff Nichols is long overdue for a nomination. I was so bummed when Take Shelter got the shaft and was left out.

    If something like Alice in Wonderland could win Art Direction and Costume Design, I wouldn’t be surprised if something just as polarizing as Gatsby sneaked in as well.

    • Dan Faultersack

      Completely agree about Nichols and Take Shelter. Shannon also should have been nominated for his performance there.

  • Whoa

    I think MOS will be nominated for score, costume and VFX. As for Evil Dead, it’s a long shot but it’s fine if it got nominated for makeup.

  • WhereDidYouTrain? ON A FARM?!

    PLEASE let Man of Steel get at least one nomination! TDKR didn’t get anything last year. Don’t mess up two years in a row!

    • -

      Do people think TDKR should have been nominated in any of the major categories (e.g. picture, actors, writing, etc), or just the more technical ones like effects and so on? The most major category that I thought it should have gotten nominated for was score, but there’s no way it deserved a best picture nomination or anything.

      • Neven

        I’m a huge fan of TDK trilogy, but I am well aware that there is no chance that it could get nominated for Best Picture or Screenplay. But it should have been nominated in some of technical categories like Cinematography (Wally Pfister) or Best Score (Hans Zimmer). IMO Zimmer’s score for TDKR was way better than the one for MoS, and if he didn’t get nominated last year, I seriously doubt that he will this year.

      • I Love Lamp

        A lot of voters came out and said they wanted to play safe and not be associated with the shooting. I think shunning the film like that dishonors those victims even more.

        It certainly deserved a Visual Effects nod, especially over something like Snow White.

  • Keegan

    hasn’t been exactly cream of the crop picks these past months. I don’t think any of these films will have a chance for Best Picture (that’s just how the Academy is, not me). Place Beyond the Pines, Mud and Before Midnight were GREAT. And Upstream Color was pretty good. On another note, hey guys where’s STORIES WE TELL for best documentary? That’s the best film of the year, if you ask me.

    • Adam Chitwood

      Can’t believe I left off Best Documentary Feature, but you’re right about Stories We Tell. That category is usually stacked with titles that debuted at Sundance, and I wouldn’t be surprised if either Stories We Tell or 20 Feet from Stardom took home the trophy. Both are excellent.

  • Aditya Nugraha

    Gravity for, Visual Effects, Cinematography, Editing and Director?

    • Dodge

      I think this article just covers anything that’s been released….

  • Prasanna Rajan

    I can’t believe I am saying this after watching ‘Surfer dude’. :) But McConaughey deserves an oscar for ‘Mud’. And ‘The place beyond the Pines’ is the best movie I have seen this year.

  • George Shapiro

    It won’t come out until November, but I really hope Wolf of Wall Street is the film that finally brings Leo his Oscar.

    Don’t forget about Pacific Rim, Gravity and Desolation of Smaug for Visual Effects, but I do agree Man of Steel and Iron Man 3 seem like locks.

    Hans Zimmer is so overdue for another Oscar. While I certainly don’t think he should win for MoS, but his score is one of the best things about it.

    Mud and Place Beyond the Pines will be all over the Independent Spirit Awards, but I can’t see it go past that. Inside Llewyn Davis and Nebraska will probably steal a lot of their thunder.

    Evil Dead for Best Makeup? Good luck.

    • -

      I think it’s a bit early to say for DiCaprio. People were going on about how ‘Django’ was guaranteed to bring him the Oscar, and when it was actually shown to critics, Waltz was the one who people were really raving about. It’s a Scorsese collaboration though, so it’s likely he’ll get a nomination.

  • JK1193

    There definately should be more love for Star Trek, especially for Benedict Cumberbatch, the reveal scene which features the one take of an emotional moment for Khan is one of my favorite moments from Into Darkness. Also have fingers crossed for M83. Daft Punk deserved a nomination for TRON and I hope M83 gets thrown in the mix with Oblivion.

    • Doug_101

      I gotta be honest, I thought M83′s soundtrack for Oblivion sounded like reheated Hans Zimmer. If I recall, they even had the “Inception Horn” at the very start of the film. Oblivion looked great, though, even if the film itself was ultimately disappointing. I wouldn’t be surprised if it nabs some technical Oscars, but watch out for Elysium stealing its thunder.

      • Prasanna Rajan

        I agree with you. M83′s score didn’t do or add anything to the movie. It just stood there.

  • I Fucked a Jawa

    I really hope a strong Best Actress campaign for Greta Gerwig’s performance in Frances Ha happens in the later part of the year. I think she was great in Greenberg and in Lola Versus, I feel like this is the film that really gave her a true breakthrough. And how about Julie Deeply in Before Midnight? This will probably be another lackluster year for the Best Actress category so it would be great if at least one of those 2 made it in.

    And I’m glad I’m not the only person routing for Star Trek Into Darkness and Man of Steel! Cumberbatch and Zimmer all the way!

  • I Love Lamp

    Superman Returns was nominated for Visual Effects and all he did there was lift a rock and take 20 minutes to catch a falling plane. I think MoS is safe…

    • Saltonstall

      Not to mention than MoS easily improves on the ridiculously fake CGI Superman from the flying scenes in Returns.

  • JK1193

    Michael Shannon also deserves notice for his work as General Zod. Especially the “I WILL FIND HIM!!!” moment which Shannon extended from the script (the line was only mentioned once!) :) Utterly brilliant. And the ironic part, Shannon’s last Oscar nomination (Revolutionary Road) was on the same category as Heath Ledger’s Joker. Awesome how things come full circle.

  • Old Soldier

    What’s the one from France about the two girls “coming out”? Yeh, that one will sweep everything up to and including special effects. Hollywood just LOVES that kind of crap.

    • JK1193

      Blue Is the Warmest Color is the title and is the 2013 winner of the Palm d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. It should be out later in the year in the US I would expect, but I’ve heard that it might be edited from its original 3 hour length. Huge Léa Seydoux fan, so eagerly awaiting this one.

  • Arnold

    How about Star Trek Into Darkness (the best film of 2013 so far) ??

    • Hop

      Least favourite film I saw in the theatres. Typical piece of Lindelof/Abrams crap. Overrated, disjointed, poorly plotted, unoriginal, messy, and ultimately forgettable. And I am not alone in this opinion.

      • TH-1000 (Troll Hunter 1000)

        Great, then all of you who do share that opinion can all masturbate to each other nitpicking in the same basement together.

      • VladT

        A trekkie making basement jokes! Surely the seventh sign of the apocalypse. And JJ Abrams sucks.

      • DeadMenTellNewTales

        Dude, look at the name, he’s a Terminator fan not a Trekkie. Way to miss several jokes at once.

      • Walter White

        Just looked at Vlad’s twitter, the guy’s only got 2 followers and most of his tweets are sexist as fuck. If anyone’s masturbating in a basement it’s him.

      • Dodge

        As much as I love JJ’s film work, I agree that Into Darkness wasn’t very good. It wasn’t as fun as the reboot, the story was done before. It felt blotted. I really enjoyed the acting and the effects (I reckon effects have a good shot for a Oscar nod.).

  • kabuto1138

    FX Oscar Belongs to Pacific Rim. Saw it a couple of weeks ago.

  • Bob

    Benedict Cumberbatch for Best Supporting actor for STID. He honestly coukd possibly get it if some of the contenders later on this year dont play out but I doubt it. Fassbender for Twelve Years, or possibly even Cumberbatch depending on how big his part is in the film. McConaughey/Hil for Wolf of Wall Street possibly. McConaughey for Mud possibly. Jake Gyllenhaal/Paul Dano/Terrance Howard for Prisoners possibly. Someone in Monuments Men possibly. Someone in The Butler possibly. Thats what that section of the Awards is looking like for Best Supporting Actor imho.

    • Neven

      Cumberbatch was great in STID, but he’s much more likely to get nominated for ‘The Fifth Estate’ which comes out this October. And he’s the lead in that one!

  • Armando

    Man of Steel has no chance for an oscar, saying it right now, I thought it was pretty stupid bringing that up and not mentioning Star Trek at all which was superior in all technical categories. Plus it was in a different league entirely

    • Sit There and Bleed

      Oh I guess since you’re declaring it and saying it right now I guess that makes it final. All bow down to Armando and his final word. You know multiple films can be in one category, not just Star Trek.

    • Joey Balls

      Yeah dude, why not nominate both? They were both awesome.

  • Joey Balls

    Leo has a better chance of getting nominated for Wolf of Wall Street than Gatsby.

  • jay

    the place beyond the pines is still the best movie ive seen so far this year

  • Django

    Best Picture:
    THE LONE RANGER (I’m going to have to go with this film. Sure, the Academy isn’t partial to this genre, but this (the best film of the year) has Enormous amounts of heart, humour, action, and fun. Amazing screenplay, direction, cinematography, and fantastic acting from all around! Can’t wait for Pirates 5!)

    Best Director:

    J.J. Abrams, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS (If J.J. Abrams is not the greatest director of the 21st Century, I don’t know who is. STID is not only the greatest ST movie of all time, but the greatest science fiction film PERIOD. Ever. It ranks, and exceeds such so-called masterpieces such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner, and The Shawshank Redemption. This one is in the bag. Guaranteed.)

    Best Actor:

    Brad Pitt, WORLD WAR Z (Another long shot, but, WOW! A towering, electrifying performance. Ranking up there with Tyler Durden (I’m kidding. NOBODY can beat the TyDurd). Best thing about the best zombie movie since Shaun of the Dead. What a thrill ride!)

    Best Actress:

    Selena Gomez, SPRING BREAKERS (Since the Academy is going to need to entertain a younger audience, Selena Gomez is almost certainly a guarantee. She’s showed she’s more then just a Disney girl; she is a SERIOUS actress. Ida know, though, I haven’t seen this movie yet. Maybe Vanessa will pull a Django Unchained and win instead?)

    Best Supporting Actor:

    Johnny Depp, THE LONE RANGER (Almost certainly a given. Johnny Depp is, in my opinion, the greatest actor of the last 50 years. He has never chosen a bad project, and his roles are consistently brilliant. He is (almost literally, see RANGO), a chameleon. He blends in, until all you can see is what a brilliant, mind-blowingly good actor he is. His Tonto is just great! You will love it!)

    Best Supporting Actress:

    Melissa McCarthy, THE HEAT/THE HANGOVER: PART III (The funniest actress to ever live! And not just that, a serious thespian, too. I know this is a long shot, but McCarthy is the one who deserves your money, Academy!)

    So those are my thoughts. What are yours?

    • Hop

      And this is why 12 year old’s should not have access to the Internet.

    • The507thDoctor

      This is awesome!

    • Bob

      This was so weird reading this comment. Im actually a huge JJ fan and know for a fact he will never see a Nomination unless his next blockbuster is one of the best of its decade. And imo, Star Trek(09) was that so it looks like its not happening.

    • VladT

      Django is undoubtedly a virgin. Guaranteed. Unless it’s an act. In which case, very funny.

      • Django

        You are racist to virgins. Sometimes I wonder why people even bother being born virgins, since it subjects them to so much verbal and psychological abuse.

    • Redjester

      You should definitely find another hobby… Possibly the worst awards list I have ever seen in my life.

      P.S. I’m fairly certain you’re between the ages of 12-16. It’s the only thing that allows me to wrap my head around a list like this.

      • Django

        So this is the worst awards list you have ever seen? Would you rather this was filled with experimental Russian art films, or black and white existential Italian cinema? My list may not be the best ever, but at least it has great films on it.

        Not the so-called “art” made by Orson Smelles, Alfred Hackcock, Akira Kuroblahblahwa, Roman Poolanski, Steven Spoilberg, and Martin Scorlazy.

        The greatest directors ever are: Quentin Tarantino, J.J. Abrams, and Michael Bay (who directed the best action sequence ever. Suck it, John Poo).

      • -

        Oh, fuck my last response, it’s pretty obvious you’re trolling at this point.

      • Redjester

        Funny, I thought you were the troll. Actually, to be more specific, I think this is all a ruse for you. Even if you did have this poor taste in films, actors, etc, you still would have the common sense not to nominate an “actress” (i.e. Selena Gomez) who has virtually no acting experience as a “guaranteed” best actress winner especially since you yourself have admitted to never having seen the film. And then to make things even more outlandish you pick Selena’s co-”actress” Vanessa Hudgens as your second pick for best actress, again from a film you haven’t even seen yet.

        So no, joke or not, you Django are the troll, not me. I’m just the one who chose to call you out on it.

      • Redjester

        Out of curiosity since you’ve deemed him one of the greatest directors to ever live, what is your favorite Michael Bay film? Is it one of the Transformers or are you a “deep thinker” and prefer The Island better?

      • Django

        My favourite Michael Bay film is The Rock, followed by the divisive, yes, but undeniably great fantasy Avatar: The Last Airbender, and Twilight.

        I am just kidding. Twilight is a stupid film. For a moment there you actually believed that I knew nothing about film LOL

      • Django

        Whoever said “Oh, f*ck my last response” is not the real Django. This is my worst nightmare. One of the finest films to come out this year was the black comedy/thriller Identity Thief. It’s a chilling look at the exact same crime that was just perpetrated on my. I highly recommend it!

      • The507thDoctor

        What is amusing to me other than the list itself, is how you are failing to see the humor in this obviously not serious list. Learn to take a joke!

      • Redjester

        I totally agree that if the list is a joke, it’s pretty funny in an outlandish sorta way. If you look at the order of my posts, I actually went from thinking the kid was nuts in my first post to quickly figuring out that was in all likelihood a joke. And then he/she responded and I got a little carried away.

        On the flipside, I unfortunately have too many younger cousins and nephews and know too many of their friends who I could see saying something like this in earnest.

        So yeah in summation: If it’s a joke-list it’s admittedly pretty funny and well executed and if it is somehow not a joke I stand by my initial judgement.

      • Hop

        Yeah, it’s probably a joke. And a good one at that. Funniest thing I’ve read in a while. But whether it was an intentional joke or not…

      • Hop

        Yeah, it’s probably a joke. And a good one at that. Funniest thing I’ve read in a while. But whether it was an intentional joke or not…

    • Redjester

      Quick update: I just read the whole post rather than just scanning the picks and my favorite part of your picks is you choosing a singer (I mean actress) as best actress in a movie you haven’t even seen yet. And then as your runner-up you have another “actress” from that same film you have yet to see.

      This has gotta be a joke methinks…

    • -

      “Johnny Depp is, in my opinion, the greatest actor of the last 50 years. He has never chosen a bad project, and his roles are consistently brilliant.”

      *stares blankly at the screen in disbelief*
      He’s been in some right stinkers, especially in recent years. Heck, the three most recent Pirates films are fucking terrible. And there are other actors like Daniel Day-Lewis, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Sean Penn, Michael Fassbender, Meryl Streep. That’s not to mention other actors who were at their best in the last 50 years, which includes Jack Nicholson, Dustin Hoffman, Al Pacino and Robert fucking De Niro.
      tl;dr, You can’t be fucking serious.

      • GrimReaper07

        I’m pretty sure it’s all a joke. He says he’s the best actor in the last 50 years and then says Michael Bay and JJ Abrams are better than Scorcese, Spielberg, Hitchcock, Kurosawa and Welles.

      • Django

        “And there are other actors like Daniel Day-Lewis, Philip Seymour
        Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Sean Penn, Michael Fassbender, Meryl Streep.
        That’s not to mention other actors who were at their best in the last 50
        years, which includes Jack Nicholson, Dustin Hoffman, Al Pacino and
        Robert fucking De Niro.”

        Daniel Day-Lewis is nothing but an angsty wannabe.

        Phillip Seymour Hoffman chooses bad films.

        Joaquin Phoenix only plays Joaquin Phoenix.

        Sean Penn is a Daniel Day-Lewis wannabe psycho.

        Michael Fassbender is too intense and angsty.

        Meryl Streep is the most overrated thing since Windows 95.

        Jack Nicholson: Anger Management, The Bucket List, Mars Attacks.

        Dustin Hoffman: Little Fockers, Meet the Fockers, Kung-fu Panda 2, Mr. Magoriums Wonder Emporium, Hook.

        Al Pacino: 3 WORDS: JACK. AND. JILL. (Add to that: RIghteous Kill, 2 For the Money, Gigli, Stand-up Guys…)

        But it is Robert De Niro that takes the cake: The Big Wedding, New Years Eve, Little Fockers, What Just Happened, Arthur and the Minimoys, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Hide and Seek, Shark Tale.

        If those guys were ever good, well, you’d never know it looking at their recent resumes.

        Johnny Depp remains the greatest actor of the last half century.

    • GrimReaper07

      Guys I’m pretty sure this is a joke.

  • tim

    man of steel vfx were meh. Elysium will decimate it in terms of vfx quality.

  • -

    There doesn’t seem to be that much to anticipate this year. The only films I know of that are likely to be nominated are Wolf of Wall St (which looks amazing), Gravity, and The Butler (which looks laughably generic. Aside from Forest Whitaker’s performance, I don’t see that film being anything other than mediocre, at best)

    • Bob

      Twelve Years a Slave. Here hoping Ejiofor, Fassbender, and Cumberbatch destroy it. Add in Giamatti with that cast and your looking good for some Oscar gold. Also possibly Monuments Men could be Clooney’s breakthrough film with that cast. The Counselor and Prisoners also have the potential to be great.

      • Redjester

        That and the new Malick film might be my two most anticipated films of the second half of this year. Fassbender and Cumberbatch in the same film is guaranteed to be all kinds of awesomeness!

      • GrimReaper07

        McQueen has been snubbed in the Oscars before though. I’m not his biggest fan, but it’s pretty much a fact that his is a unique and incredibly interesting new voice.

      • Redjester

        McQueen and Fassbender were both severely snubbed for the film Shame. Granted, it’s a taboo subject matter, but so is most good art.

      • Bob

        Yea, not only should Fassbender have been nominated, but he should have won.

  • Redjester

    Not that any of you really care, but I’m bored so here it goes…

    Here are my end of year Oscar predictions:

    Best Picture: Twelve Years A Slave
    Best Director: The Coen Brothers (Inside Llewyn Davis)
    Best Cinematography: Knight of Cups (Terrence Malick)
    Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio (Wolves of Wallstreet)
    Best Supporting Actor: Michael Fassbender (Twelve Years a Slave)
    Best Actress: Naiomi Watts (Diana)
    Best Supporting Actress: Cate Blanchett (Monuments Men)

    And here’s my list based on what I’ve actually seen up to this point as well as who I think is most deserved rather than who I think has the best shot:

    Best Picture: Place Beyond the Pines
    Best Director: Jeff Nichols (Mud)
    Best Cinematography: Derek Cianfrance (Place Beyond the Pines)
    Best Actor: Matthew McConoughey (Mud)
    Best Supporting Actor: Michael Douglass (Behind the Candelabra)
    Best Actress: Rooney Mara (Side Effects)
    Best Supporting Actress: Nicole Kidman (Stoker) <– a way too underrated gem.

    • Jay

      Behind the Candelabra is an Emmy Nomination. Not an Oscar. HBO.
      But I really do like your picks. I would replace Douglas with either Sheridan (MUD) or Gosling/Cooper.

      • Redjester

        Yeah, of course. Brain fart, there. Shame it wasn’t shown in theaters first. Let’s go with Cooper then :)

    • Bob

      Here’s my Best Picture Nominee’s list…

      Twelve Years a Slave
      The Wolf of Wall Street
      The Monuments Men
      Before Midnight
      The Butler
      Inside Llewyn Davis
      The Counselor
      American Hustle

      Possible Chance at a Nominee

      Gravity
      Prisoners
      Labor Day
      Her
      Elysium
      Mud

      Winner either Twelve Years a Slave, Inside Llewyn Davis, or The Wolf of Wall Street.

  • Dickslapping people

    It’s my definit belief that from the assemblage of films I’ve seen so far the academy award for best cinematography should go to Only God Forgives, no challenge! It’s just mezmerizing and hypnotic, and you can tell how much thought and effort that has gone into the colorgrading and ecspecially the lighting on set. OGF won’t get any nods in other parts of the film I think due to how strange, wierd and diffrent it is. I look at the broad amount of haters the same way as Socrates looked at the chained-up men in the cave from Platons story and some of these men might be part of the academy. Larry Smith and NWR should still be recognized by the brilliance of the look of the film.

  • JCON

    Fruitvale Station.

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