Oscar Nominations 2013: Hugh Jackman vs. Daniel Day Lewis Round 1

Ding!

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2013 Academy Award Nominations are here.

You can read the complete list of nominees on the Academy Awards Website.

I think the tough calls are going to be:

Best Picture:

Amour

Argo

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Django Unchained

Les Miserables

Life of Pie

Lincoln

Silver Linings Playbook

Zero Dark Thirty

This is a pretty beefed-up list.  I haven’t seen it yet, but Zero Dark Thirty is supposed to be amazing.  All of these films have received phenomenal reviews, especially Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, and Lincoln. Reviews for  Les Miserables have been divided in the way that Titanic was back in the day and I think, like Lincoln, that the awards should go to the individual talent rather than the overall film.  I can’t say what my first choice would be – I still haven’t seen 4 of the nominated films.

lincoln

Actor in a Leading Role:

Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook

Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables

Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

Denzel Washington, Flight

Hands down, this award belongs to Daniel Day-Lewis.  However, if more than one award were granted, I think Hugh Jackman should receive a solid second place.  Both actors were absolutely wonderful in their roles, but I felt that Daniel Day-Lewis alone carried Lincoln more than Hugh Jackman did Les Miserables.  To look at Daniel Day-Lewis was to look Abraham Lincoln in the eye: like Atlas, he shouldered the weight of the world.  Rather than over-acting, Lewis made Lincoln’s burden manifest itself in the slight strain evident on his shoulders and the ever so subtle fatique in his eyes, like he was trying to stay in motion under the hefty blanket of a nation mired in their ways.

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Actor in a Supporting Role:

Alan Arkin, Argo

Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook

Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master

Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

This one is hard.  Everyone raved about Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens in Lincoln, and I know I’m probably in the minority, but I thought he was a little too bombastic.  I think it should go to Christoph Waltz, who was basically the unsung hero of Django Unchained and, arguably, more of an influental character than Jamie Foxx’s Django himself.  His performance was one of the best I’ve seen in a very long time.

However, where on Earth is the nominations for Leonardo DiCaprio for Django Unchained Mind you, I didn’t think this was Leo’s very best work (I still think he should have won for The Aviator), but critics raved about his performance and I figured he’d be a shoe-in for a nomination.

Oh, Leo.  Run to the store and get yourself some ribs and some ice cream, cuz you’ve been snubbed.  Again.  I guess you won’t be attending this year’s ceremony, then.  Although you’re older and more mature now, so there’s a chance you’ll show up to support the other movie you helped create.  Please show up so I can see you in your tux.  And there’s always your Golden Globe nomination… 

Actress in a Supporting Role

Amy Adams, The Master

Sally Field, Lincoln

Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

Helen Hunt, The Sessions

Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook

I think the clear tie here is between Sally Field and Anne Hathaway.  As much as I loved Sally Field in Lincoln, I think this one belongs to Anne Hathaway, whose praises I sung in my review of Les Miserables.   Even though she was on screen for a short time, respectively, she really helped set the tone for the rest film.  Without her, I doubt the audience would root as hard as they did for Amanda Seyfriend and Eddie Redmayne to live happily ever after.

I was surprised by the lack of love for Zero Dark Thirty, despite the amount of press the film has received.  Kathryn Bigelow wasn’t nominated, nor was Jessica Chastain.  I was also shocked that Tom Hooper wasn’t nominated for Les Miserables — to me, this is a strong indication that Lincoln is going to sweep on February 24th.  Steven Spielberg’s influence is reaching Oprah Winfrey status..

Can’t wait for Oscar Sunday! I will be live Tweeting as usual, so be sure to follow me on Twitter @vegancinephile.

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