Saturday, January 12, 2013

And the nominees are...

The nominees for the 85th annual academy awards have been announced, on Thursday officially by this year’s host, Seth MacFarlane and the enchanting Emma Stone. The glitzy event scheduled for February 24, will honour the works and perfections of pivotal releases from 2012. Amongst the nominees are, Les Miserables, Skyfall and the most nominated of all, Lincoln; loosely based around the intriguing life of Abraham Lincoln. The show is also slated to pay tribute, to the tumultuous success of the James Bond franchise, and no doubt a win in every category would be the ultimate tribute, to a movie that has defined and simultaneously redefined the face of action movies, since its inception.
Expected to walk away with most of the Oscars however, is the critically acclaimed movie, Lincoln, which as aforementioned had received this year’s highest number of nominations, making it likely that Lincoln would leave with the night’s most wins. Furthermore, the movie, ‘Asad’- based on the struggles of downtrodden Somalians seeking salvage in Africa, is nominated in the category of Best Short Film, putting another South African at the tip of international stardom and recognition, irrespective of being a director from the Cape.
And the nominees are:
Best Motion Picture of the Year
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Misérables
Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Bradley Cooper - Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis - Lincoln
Hugh Jackman - Les Misérables
Joaquin Phoenix - The Master
Denzel Washington - Flight
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Jessica Chastain - Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence - Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva - Amour
Quvenzhané Wallis - Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts - The Impossible
Best Performance by an 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
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams - The Master
Sally Field - Lincoln
Anne Hathaway - Les Misérables
Helen Hunt - The Sessions
Jacki Weaver - Silver Linings Playbook
Best Achievement in Directing
Michael Haneke - Amour
Ang Lee - Life of Pi
David O. Russell - Silver Linings Playbook
Steven Spielberg - Lincoln
Benh Zeitlin - Beasts of the Southern Wild
Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
Amour - Michael Haneke
Django Unchained - Quentin Tarantino
Flight - John Gatins
Moonrise Kingdom - Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola
Zero Dark Thirty - Mark Boal
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Argo - Chris Terrio
Beasts of the Southern Wild - Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin
Life of Pi - David Magee
Lincoln - Tony Kushner
Silver Linings Playbook - David O Russell
Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Wreck-It Ralph
Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Amour - Michael Haneke (Austria)
War Witch - Kim Nguyen (Canada)
No - Pablo Larraín (Chile)
A Royal Affair - Nikolaj Arcel (Denmark)
Kon-Tiki - Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg (Norway)
Best Achievement in Cinematography
Anna Karenina - Seamus McGarvey
Django Unchained - Robert Richardson
Life of Pi - Claudio Miranda
Lincoln - Janusz Kaminski
Skyfall - Roger Deakins
Best Achievement in Editing
Argo - William Goldenberg
Life of Pi - Tim Squyres
Lincoln - Michael Kahn
Silver Linings Playbook - Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers
Zero Dark Thirty - William Goldenberg, Dylan Tichenor
Best Achievement in Production Design
Anna Karenina - Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Dan Hennah, Ra Vincent, Simon Bright
Les Misérables - Eve Stewart, Anna Lynch-Robinson
Life of Pi - David Gropman, Anna Pinnock
Lincoln - Rick Carter, Jim Erickson
Best Achievement in Costume Design
Anna Karenina - Jacqueline Durran
Les Misérables - Paco Delgado
Lincoln - Joanna Johnston
Mirror Mirror - Eiko Ishioka
Snow White and the Huntsman - Colleen Atwood
Best Achievement in Makeup
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Misérables
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
Anna Karenina - Dario Marianelli
Argo - Alexandre Desplat
Life of Pi - Mychael Danna
Lincoln - John Williams
Skyfall - Thomas Newman
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
Chasing Ice - J Ralph ("Before My Time")
Les Misérables - Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg, Herbert Kretzmer ("Suddenly")
Life of Pi - Mychael Danna, Bombay Jayshree ("Pi's Lullaby")
Skyfall - Adele, Paul Epworth ("Skyfall")
Ted - Walter Murphy, Seth MacFarlane ("Everybody Needs a Best Friend")
Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
Les Misérables
Life of Pi
Best Achievement in Sound Editing
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty
Best Achievement in Visual Effects
The Avengers
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Life of Pi
Snow White and the Huntsman
Best Documentary, Features
5 Broken Cameras
The Gatekeepers
How to Survive a Plague
The Invisible War
Searching for Sugar Man
Best Documentary, Short Subjects
Kings Point
Mondays at Racine
Open Heart
Best Short Film, Animated
Adam and Dog - Minkyu Lee
Fresh Guacamole - PES
Head Over Heels - Timothy Reckart, Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly
Paperman - John Kahrs
The Simpsons: The Longest Daycare - David Silverman
Best Short Film, Live Action
Asad - Bryan Buckley, Mino Jarjoura
Buzkashi Boys - Sam French, Ariel Nasr
Curfew - Shawn Christensen
Death of a Shadow - Tom Van Avermaet, Ellen De Waele
Henry - Yan England

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