Every year I wake up on Oscar Nomination full of anticipation…what madness does the Academy have in store for us this year?? And this year was even MORE interesting, as the nominations were being announced BEFORE any of the other major awards shows have even happened (The Critics Choice Awards are tonight, and the Golden Globes are Sunday) so there was no way any wins could sway momentum in anyone’s favor. So while things that were expected (like Lincoln dominating) happened, the Academy threw us a couple curve balls (AHEM BEST DIRECTOR) to keep things interesting. I feel like many of these races are WIDE open y’all, despite the number of nominations Lincoln got. Campaigning is gonna get ugly. So let’s get right to discussing the major races, shall we?
(However, I must make a quick observation about the nomination announcement: CAN EMMA STONE CO-HOST PLEASE???)
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty
I have seen 5 of these (Argo, Les Mis, Lincoln, Life of Pi, Silver Linings). Okay BIG confession time: I found Lincoln to be a bit dull.
Yes, the acting was excellent, especially by the three that got nominated this morning (DDL, Field, Jones) but come on. I can’t be the only one who got sleepy somewhere in the middle of it, can I??? Also, I know I need to see Amour (which will probably be a shoo-in winner for Foreign Film) but I KNOW it will leave me suicidal afterwards, based on everything I have read about it. Another confession: Quentin Tarantino is VERY hit or miss with me. AND I hate Jamie Foxx. Like…really hate him. So I am hesitant about Django. I plan on seeing Beasts as soon as I can get my hands on a DVD (actually, I am hoping they will re-release it here in NYC). And ZDT is at the top of my list, and hopefully I will see it in the coming week or so.
So who will win?? I HAVE NO IDEA. I feel like this field is wide open, folks. My personal favorite right now is Argo. But will the lack of support in other fields (BEST DIRECTOR) play against it?? Will we have a year where Picture/Director DON’T match up? I think it is entirely possible.
Michael Haneke, Amour
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
THIS is the category where the Academy made this race WACKY.
The directing branch has long been a Boys Club, so it was miraculous when Kathryn Bigelow won for The Hurt Locker a few years ago. Buzz was building again that she would be a strong contender for Zero Dark Thirty. Buzz was that she would possibly even WIN. AND THEN SHE WASN’T EVEN NOMINATED. I don’t understand. Are they threatened by the fact that she has taken traditionally masculine topics like war and terrorism and effing SCHOOLED them in how to portray it masterfully? Or are they just too threatened by the fact that she has a vagina? Seriously. I cannot.
ALSO BEN AFFLECK Y’ALL. What the hell happened??? Actors turned Directors have historically been all SORTS of Oscar Bait (Just ask Marty Scorsese) and Affleck has now turned in three excellent pictures, yet he still can’t break through with the Academy in this category. Are they bitter about him winning for the Good Will Hunting screenplay? Have they not forgiven him for the days of Bennifer and Gigli? I don’t get it.
Of course, my opinion could totally change once I see Beasts and Amour. And clearly, the Academy had a big hard-on for Silver Linings Playbook, which I also loved, but I don’t really consider it a great piece of DIRECTING.