I am rubbish at this. The politics of the Oscars are beyond me, but there are patterns and they are readable to an extent. Every year I comment of the awards, having seen only a few if any of the top contenders and I often get it wrong but why break the habit of a lifetime.
Here is a selection of the nominations and my picks…
The BEST PICTURE nominations are, Amour, Argo, Django Unchained, Les Misérables, Life Of Pi, Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty, Beasts Of The Southern Wild, Silver Linings Playbook.
This ties in to the BEST DIRECTOR catagory, Life Of Pi – Ang Lee, Lincoln – Steven Spielberg, Amour – Michael Haneka, Silver Linings Playbook – David O. Russell, Beasts Of The Southern Wild – Benh Zeitlin
Though Ang Lee has been here before, I can see he beating Spielberg here, but it all depends on the power of Lincoln.
BEST ACTOR, Denzel Washington – Flight, Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook, Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln, Hugh Jackman – Les Misérables, Joaquin Phoenix – The Master
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Alan Arkin – Argo, Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained, Robert De Niro – Silver Linings Playbook, Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master, Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln
Emmanuelle Riva – Amour, Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook, Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty, Quvenzhané Wallis – Beasts Of The Southern Wild, Naomi Watts – The Impossible
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams – The Master, Anne Hathaway – Les Misérables, Helen Hunt – The Sessions, Sally Field – Lincoln, Jacky Weaver – Silver Linings Playbook
Anne Hathaway is due and has certainly being a hot acress this year, with this and The Dark Knight Rises.
BEST ANIMATED FILM
Brave, Frankenweenie, Paranorman, The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists, Wreck-it-Ralph
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Chris Terrio – Argo, Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin – Beasts Of The Southern Wild, David Magee – Life Of Pi, Tony Kushner – Lincoln, David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Michael Haneke – Amour, Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained, Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola – Moonrise Kingdom, Mark Boal – Zero Dark Thirty, John Gatins – Flight
I doubt that Zero Dark Thirty will do as well as some expect. It’s too reminiscent of the tone of Kathryn Bigelow’s previous winner The Hurt Locker (2009). Whilst it looks good, I doubt that it will do that well.
Anna Karenina – Seamus McGarvey, Django Unchained – Robert Richardson, Life Of Pi – Claudio Miranda, Lincoln – Janusz Kaminski, Skyfall – Roger Deakins
Anna Karenina – Jacqueline Durran, Les Misérables – Paco Delgado, Lincoln – Joanna Johnston, Mirror Mirror – Eiko Ishioka, Snow White And The Huntsman – Colleen Atwood
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Anna Karenina – Dario Marianelli, Argo – Alexandre Desplat, Life Of Pi – Mychael Danna, Lincoln – John Williams, Skyfall – Thomas Newman.
But what about Hans Zimmer… again?
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
‘Before My Time’ from Chasing Ice, ‘Everybody Needs A Best Friend’ from Ted, ‘Pi’s Lullaby’ from Life Of Pi, ‘Skyfall’ from Skyfall, ‘Suddenly’ from Les Miserables
My money’s on Adele.
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Life Of Pi, Marvel Avengers Assemble, Prometheus, Snow White And The Huntsman. No The Dark Knight Rises, with its physical effects and Avengers Assemble and The Hobbit with their less than satisfactory efforts.
So, just a few weeks to go but I feel that this is one of those disappointing years for the Academy. The year of cinema, (2012) was a good one but the awards season seems to have focused again on those titles which cause division between the paying cinema goer and the art house critic. The Dark Knight Rises was no The Dark Knight and The Avengers had no chance even though they were two of the biggest films of 2012, but what about the Skyfall? With the list of top Oscar associated names behind it, such as Dame Judy Dench and Javier Bardem, let alone Sam Mendes and the fact that the Awards Show will include a tribute to Bond’s 50th Anniversary, is it right that it has been snubbed?
Personally, good luck to Steven Spielberg and Ang Lee, both of which are first-rate and visionary directors and even though I have yet to see their latest films, Lincoln and Life Of Pi, even their bad is everybody else’s good.