Here Are the 2013 Oscar Nominees (You Were Robbed, Affleck!)

I hate movie stars.

Anyway, a couple of quick thoughts from a guy who's voting ballot must have gotten lost in the mail.

  • Everyone will say in the next few weeks that Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty), Ben Affleck (Argo), and maybe Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained) got snubbed for Best Director nominations. These people are absolutely correct.
  • Would have liked to see the Academy throw us common people a bone and throw in The Avengers for Best Picture. Sure, it wasn't two hours of watching a stroke victim slowly die like Amour, but did you have more fun at a movie this year?
  • If you've never heard of Beasts of the Southern Wild, you're definitely not alone. All I can tell you is that it's a pretty good flick made 50% better by having a character named Hushpuppy.
  • Silver Linings Playbook was a quality movie, but it's more than a little surprising to see it rack up nominations in every single major acting category.
  • All the songs for Best Song—save Adele's Skyfall theme—suck. I'd go on a Django-esque spree to get Rick Ross' “100 Black Coffins” in there.
  • Finally, who ya got for Best Picture? This year looks to be pretty wide open: I think Zero Dark Thirty has to be the favorite, but then again, I'm not sure if the voters are going to give it to another contemporary war movie so soon after The Hurt Locker's win. I could see Lincoln getting the traditional vote and winning.

Best Picture

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

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Denzel Washington, Flight
Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Phillip Seymor Hoffman, The Master
Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
Alan Arkin, Argo
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts Of The Southern Wild

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
Jackie Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Amy Adams, The Master

Best Animated Feature Film

The Pirates
Wreck-It Ralph

Best Foreign Language Film

Austria: Amour
Chile: No
Canada: War Witch
Denmark: A Royal Affair
Norway: Kon Tiki

Best Original Song

“Before My Time,” Chasing Ice
“Pi's Lullaby,” Life Of Pi
Suddenly,” Les Misérables
“Everybody Needs A Best Friend,” Ted
“Skyfall,” Skyfall

Best Original Score

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

Best Original Screenplay

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

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 Documentary Feature

5 Broken Cameras
The Gatekeepers
How To Survive A Plague
The Invisible War
Searching For Sugar Man

Best Documentary Short

Open Heart
Kings Point
Mondays at Racine


David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Steven Speilberg, Lincoln
Michael Haneke, Amor
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts Of The Southern Wild


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

Costume Design

Jacqueline Durran, Anna Karenina
Paco Delgado, Les Misérables
Joanna Johnston, Lincoln
Eiko Ishioka, Mirror Mirror
Colleen Atwood, Snow White and the Huntsman

Production Design

Sarah Greenwood (Production Design); Katie Spencer (Set Decoration), Anna Karenina
Dan Hennah (Production Design); Ra Vincent and Simon Bright (Set Decoration), The Hobbit
Eve Stewart (Production Design); Anna Lynch-Robinson (Set Decoration), Les Misérables
David Gropman (Production Design); Anna Pinnock (Set Decoration), Life of Pi
Rick Carter (Production Design); Jim Erickson (Set Decoration), Lincoln

Makeup And Hairstyling

Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel, Hitchcock
Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane, The Hobbit
Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell, Les Misérables

Film Editing

William Goldenberg, Argo
Tim Squyres, Life Of Pi
Michael Kahn, Lincoln
Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers, Silver Linings Playbook
Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg, Zero Dark Thirty

Sound Editing

Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn, Argo
Wylie Stateman, Django Unchained
Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton, Life of Pi
Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers, Skyfall
Paul N.J. Ottosson, Zero Dark Thirty

Sound Mixing

John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia, Argo
Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes, Les Misérables
Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin, Life Of Pi
Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins, Lincoln
Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson, Skyfall

Visual Effects

Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White, The Hobbit
Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer & Donald R. Elliott, Life of Pi
Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick, The Avengers
Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill, Prometheus
Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson, Snow White and the Huntsman