Thursday, January 10, 2013

Oscar Gets Grouchy With Ben

 Ben Affleck totally would have gotten nominated for best director if he hadn't cut his shirtless scene in "Argo" down so much. Bad directorial move, Ben.

So what do we think? Ben obviously got robbed. Glad "How to Survive a Plague" got recognized, but no "Central Park Five" or "West of Memphis"? The song "Skyfall"?!!! As I made my list of the year's 10 best films, all I could think was what a weak year it's been. Normally I struggle to cut it down to 10, with a dozen honorable mentions. This year was easy sailing.

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

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 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"

See the full list HERE.


Showtime said...

This Oscar thing is a sham. Bradley Cooper can get nominated but neither Skyfall (the movie not the song) nor Daniel Craig were nominated? What a rip?

Not that I don't appreciate Bradley Cooper's merits but I don't think being depressed while wearing a baggy football jersey compares to fighting a bad guy on top of a moving train in India while wearing a skintight suit.

And looking hot while you do it.

joel65913 said...

Several disappointments. Ben's exclusion was certainly shocking. Argo is an excellent, tense, very well directed movie that I think is one of the best of the year. He'll definitely be in the winner's spot one day and he HAS received many accolades but the failure to acknowledge his excellent work with an Oscar nom is a surprising snub.
Had my hopes high Rachel Weisz' beautiful work in The Deep Blue Sea would be honored although it was a long shot, no such luck but at least she can console herself with Daniel Craig! The rest of us should be so lucky.
Was also sorry Ann Dowd wasn't nominated for Compliance but they found a spot to once again tap the average Amy Adams. Mind bogglingly she has with only a mediocre gift managed to now tie such acting giants as Lee Grant, Maureen Stapleton, Ethel Barrymore and Agnes freaking Moorehead! with four supporting nominations! That alone has diminished the award in my eyes.
As far as that clown show this morning where they announced the nominations, the less said the better. Ugh!