Our favorite time of year is here once again. The Oscar nominations come out on this Thursday January 16th. The Golden Globes ceremony took place on this last Sunday. The Oscars will take place on Sunday March 2nd. So if you have not seen some of the movies we will be listing here you still have some time to see them before the Oscars. I really think that 12 Years A Slave is the best made movie of the year. It is a beautiful film to look at. It might be a difficult movie for some to watch. But I found American Hustle much more difficult to sit through. I am still not fully sure why the Academy loves David O. Russell so much. I will admit that I was worried going in because of how much I disliked Silver Linings Playbook last year. But American Hustle is a much better film, I will admit. I just wanted it to be better than it was. I really think it should be between Nebraska and 12 Years A Slave for the big award this year. I enjoyed watching Gravity, but I just don't think it holds up against the other movies out this year. But you really need to see all these movies to make up your own mind. Her, Gravity, 12 Years A Slave, Nebraska, American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club & Blue Jasmine are the movies you absolutely must watch if you like movies. And if you want to prepare yourself for the Oscars.
I am not really expecting any big shocks this year in the nominations, but I always hope that there will be. I hope that this year David O. Russell will be left off the Director list like Ben Affleck was last year. Or that a movie like Lone Survivor or The Spectacular Now sneaks into the best picture race. Her was another one of my favorites of the year. I was so happy it won Best Screenplay at the Globes. I think it has a good chance at the Oscar for that category. And I hope it sneaks into the Director and Acting categories.
I had my decomposing gall bladder removed this week just so I could read it to make my predictions. Against the wire, but here they are ...
Best Picture: Argo
A film that suggests Hollywood saved lives. Really, there's no contest here.
Leading Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
Joaquin Phoenix is great doing what Day-Lewis did the last time around, a slash-your-wrists performance for Paul Thomas Anderson, but no one seems to like The Master much. Maybe it guilt trips Hollywood into thinking about the days when it used film. I don't know, but the other choices aren't worth much.
Supporting Actor: Robert Di Niro (Silver Linings Playbook)
This should've gone to Leonardo DiCaprio, the best thing about Django Unchained; but no one seemed to notice, since he's not up for anything. As it stands, it'll probably go to De Niro for appearing to care enough to act this time around.
Best Actress: Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)
Maybe political backlash over the film's pro-torture sentiment will kill her chances, but I'm thinking strong-willed woman in the middle of another of Bigelow's macho wank fantasies as tough-minded realism has something for everyone. Besides, the film won't win anything else.
Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables)
Sally Fields is shrill and irritating -- at what point do people realize that she's not really playing a part? Hathaway can really sing, cut her hair and the Academy really likes her.
Animated Feature: Frankenweenie
The Oscar Nominees were just announced this morning at 5:30 AM. I seriously can't believe some of these nominees. And I am seriously blown away that Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow were not nominated for Best Director. I know that a lot of people are freaking out right now. I knew that Cloud Atlas would get nothing but I was really hoping a miracle could happen but it did not. The acting categories were all pretty much what we had expected. See how Jackie and I did with our predictions below. I put a "J" for Jackie and a "B" for Brad if we predicted the correct nominee. I gave us a lower case "j" and a lower case"b" if we picked it as one of our strong possiblities...
Best motion picture of the year
- “Amour” B J
- “Argo” B J
- “Beasts of the Southern Wild” b J
- “Django Unchained” B J
- “Les Misérables” B J
- “Life of Pi” B J
- “Lincoln” B J
- “Silver Linings Playbook” B J
- “Zero Dark Thirty” B J
BRAD=8 OUT OF 9 + 1 POSSIBILITY
Moonrise Kingdom missing out in the 9 picks. It should have been 10 nominees!
Achievement in directing
- “Amour” Michael Haneke b
- “Beasts of the Southern Wild” Benh Zeitlin
- “Life of Pi” Ang Lee B j
- “Lincoln” Steven Spielberg B J
- “Silver Linings Playbook” David O. Russell J
BRAD=2 OUT OF 5 + 1 POSSIBILITY
We are once again right in the middle of awards season. The Golden Globes are on Sunday, January 13th. The Oscar Nominations usually come out after the Globes are aired, but they are out a bit earlier this year. The Oscars take place on Sunday, February 24th this year. The Oscar Nominations come out this Thursday, the 10th of January. They came out last year on the 24th of January! So this is the time of year when I like to get together with my coworker Jackie and talk about what we think will be nominated. And also what we hope is nominated. I basically like to pretend that we are members of the Academy putting in our votes for the various Oscar categories. If you are feeling nostalgic for last year's Oscars, here is our Oscar Nominations Predictions from 2011. We both did pretty good last year. If you include our possible picks, Jackie beat me in her predictions by 5 picks. She got 45 out of 49 nominations correct. I got 40 out of 49 correct. I never imagined that Extremely Loud would have made it into last year's top 9 Best Picture nominations. But there is always a movie like Crash or Finding Neverland that somehow sneaks into 5 or 10 nominations for Best Picture. I don't think there will be a movie like that this year. There are simply too many good movies this year. But you never know! Jackie and I both see a ton of movies every year and of course have our opinions about what our favorite films and performances were.