Thursday, January 10, 2013

Les Silver Linings OscArgo NomPinations Unchained

Just some quick quick Oscar Nomination Morning Thoughts (I know, over 12 hours past due...how's that for current?)
  • Seth McFarlen & Emma Stone were fine, but I'd prefer the standard cold style with the gasp, cheers and applause from the crowd getting attention.
  • I was super excited when Jacki Weaver was announced as a nominee. I really enjoy Silver Linings Playbook and am excited that with the nomination of Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, and Jacki Weaver makes Silver Linings Playbook the first film to get nominations in all four acting categories since 1981's Reds. Silver Linings Playbook is the 14th film to earn that honor (Full list here).
  • Where Lincoln is the "most nominated film" I think it's impressive that Life of Pi picked up 11 without a single acting nomination.
  • I don't like the term "Snubbed" and with 9 Best Picture nominees instead of 5, no film was snubbed for Best Picture (including Skyfall, The Dark Knight Rises, The Master). I consider it instead 4 films are lucky to have made the cut when years past they would not have been honored.
  • No snub talk here - but clearly one of the surprises in a year with a crowded film schedule of top films is the director nominations. Frankly, the films nominated for editing mirrored what I would have expected in directing. Films nominated for editing were Argo, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, and Zero Dark Thirty. Where I would have expected these corresponding directors (Ben Affleck, Ang Lee, Steven Spielberg, David O. Russell, Kathryn Bigelow). But Bigelow and Affleck were not included in favor of Michael Haneke (Amour), and Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild). Tom Hooper (Les Miserables) and other contenders Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained) or P.T. Anderson (The Master). But please, oh please...don't tell me that Christopher Nolan or Sam Mendes were snubbed.
  • With some great performances and films this year, there's bound to be some omissions and so exclusions. It's fun that this year had some surprises in part because of full categories. This is part of the fun. And it's nice that this year's nominees have had some respectable box office success so that the stories and news all seems more relevant.

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