With the announcement this week of the most recent crop of Academy Award nominations, Award Season has officially moved from underway to full speed ahead. Not ones to shy away from giving our opinions, the Click team offers their thoughts on this years batch of potential Oscar winners.
First, I still hate the 10 Best Picture nominations thing and think it’s one of the worst examples of “Everyone gets a gold star!” type pandering to mediocrity in our culture today, but perhaps that’s a rant for another day. I am really pulling for Argo in the Best Picture race. Of all the films I saw this year, it’s the one that’s stayed with me the longest & strongest. I would pay a sitter so I could see it in the theater again, and that’s really saying something.
I also think there were a lot of snubs this year. No nod for Kathryn Bigelow, Ben Affleck or Quentin Tarantino for Best Director? Boo. And there’s only three noms for Best Makeup, so there should have been plenty of room for Lincoln, where familiar faces all but disappeared into their characters, and The Hunger Games, where the world of Capitol City was brought to vibrant, dazzling life. Finally, the fact that ”Into the Open Air” from Brave wasn’t nominated for best original song must just be because of one of those crazy rules where it wasn’t technically original for the movie, or the Julie Fowlis released the same song on an album, or something. Because if not? SNUB. That song is perfect.
I’m going to go ahead and drop a “what she said” on this one. Serious snubs for some folks.
I’m super happy about Alan Arkin and Christoph Waltz, though. Both were fantastic.
I need to catch up on a lot of Oscar nominated movies too! But, thrilled that the Silver Linings Playbook got the recognition it deserved. Bradley Cooper was amazing and it was a great movie overall! I have not seen the Beasts of the Southern Wild, but rooting for Quvenzhane Wallis, the youngest nominee for Best Actress in a leading role. Woo woo! I think that Ben Affleck got snubbed for Best Director for Argo too! Double boo! And, sooooo ecstatic that Wreck-It Ralph is up for Best Animated Feature Film. L-O-V-E that movie! CG was incredible and they did a phenomenal job bringing my childhood video game characters to life.
I need to catch up on A LOT of movies. Christopher Waltz is great in Django Unchained and I was super excited to see that Moonrise Kingdom was nominated for best original screenplay.
I am pleasantly surprised that Silver Linings Playbook got nominated in so many categories. I am really pulling for Bradley Cooper, it is nice to see a new face in the acting category. I think Moonrise Kingdom got snubbed in the all the categories. Specifically, Bill Murray and the two young actors, Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman, who brought Wes Anderson’s quirk to life. It is so rare to experience a moving performance from a young actor/actress. The rest of the nominations seem pretty cut and dry. Anne Hathaway, I hope it was worth chopping off your hair. Amy Adams, this year is your year! I guess after looking through the whole list, the question on my mind is: Who did Ben Affleck piss off?
Like so many others, I feel that having 10 slots for Best Picture is often like handing out cookies just for showing up to the party. I’m sure they’re all lovely films, but wasn’t 5 slots enough to make the competition more fierce for that coveted Nomination, let alone win?
That being said, my favorites for Best Picture are for Argo, Lincoln, and Silver Linings Playbook. While the others were fantastic films, or at least the ones I’ve seen so far, I stick by my choices.
For snubs, it’s a crime that Affleck wasn’t nominated for Best Director, that Lincoln OR Hunger Games didn’t even get recognized for Make-Up and Hair (I’m sorry, can YOU do what they did?), and that Brave’s beautiful Celtic ballad apparently buzzed completely by the recognition of the Academy.
I’m excited that Silver Linings Playbook warranted recognition for Adapted Screenplay; while the review from professionals and general public alike were 50/50 for or against, I found it charming, witty, and aggressive in all the right ways. Quite pleased to see Marvel’s The Avengers got recognized for SOMETHING (Visual Effects), and that smaller film such as Moonrise Kingdom were recognized at all.
All in all, some good competition, looking forward to seeing how it all plays out.
Nailed it! – Beasts of the Southern Wild. I don’t think a lot of people I know have seen it. Those who have? Blown. Away.
Whiffed! – Affleck and Bigelow. More surprised by Affleck than Bigs. NOT sad to see Tarantino “snubbed” however. To be fair though, Im not a fan. He strikes me as a one trick genre guy who somehow gets acclaim because of his – admittedly – vast knowledge of film and his personality. For me he’s the flip side of Robert Rodriguez, who is ALSO a one trick pony, but employs a trick I enjoy more. :)
Replay? – Amour. Saw the trailer when I went to the re-opening of the Laemle Royale. The end of the trailer where he turns off the recording and you realize his wife is NOT playing, and the camera lingers for almost two seconds too long? I found that moment haunting and visceral. And will likely trek over to see the film now.
With regard to snubs, due to my love for all things Tarantino, I was also bummed to find that he did not receive a nod for Best Director of Django Unchained. That said, I’m definitely pulling for Christoph Waltz as Best Supporting Actor. I was absolutely charmed by his performance as “Dr. King Schultz” and hope to see him take home a gold statue come February!
I’ll also have fingers crossed for Joaquin Phoenix’s nomination for Best Actor in The Master. I was floored by his performance, and frankly, I’ve been in love with the guy since majorly swooning over him years ago in Inventing the Abbots.
While I’m happy for all the nominees, I’m a little upset with the snubs… and I wonder if the new voting system has anything to do with this craziness…. No Affleck?!? Or Bigelow?? Unreal. Absolutely crazy.
And come on Academy… snubbing Leo DiCaprio because you thought he needed to earn his stripes, fine. But after Gangs of New York, The Departed, Revolutionary Road and Inception… Its getting obvious now. He’s paid his dues. He creeped me OUT in Django. Travesty he didn’t receive a nom.
Also a shout out for John Hawkes…. He was exceptional in The Sessions and also deserved a nom!
I’m just thrilled that Brave, Frankenweenie and Wreck-It Ralph were nominated for Animated Feature Film! Silver Linings Playbook got so much (well deserved) love across the various categories. Now I can’t wait to see all the red carpet fashion come February 24th!
The fact that Rian Johnson didn’t get an original screenplay nomination is crazy to me. But I am so excited that ParaNorman got an animation nod. My favorite animated film of the year!
I still need to see some nominations myself (I’m supposed to see Silver Linings Playbook tonight). But I will say that I thought Argo was great, and obviously I love Affleck so it’s disappointing he didn’t get a nomination.
I can’t believe that no one is talking about the BIGGEST snub this year. How did “Thunder Buddies” not get nominated for best song?? It’s an instant classic that everyone sings anytime there is thunder now. Seriously, though, I hope the Norah Jones song wins, she’s great.
Sadly, I have barely seen anything this year. Of everything I saw, Skyfall and Argo top my list. Adele definitely earned her nom for Best Song, but feel the Bond blockbuster had a serious shot at making the Best Film list.
So, there’s our thoughts. What did you think? Tell us below who deserved their noms, and who the Academy left out.