Sunday, December 30, 2012

Oscars 2012: My Personal Oscar Nominations

Here’s a short list of my personal ranking’s for the major Oscar categories thus far. I haven’t seen enough films to even complete some of the categories (actually just Best Actress), but I plan to. Thus far I’ve seen:

  • 21 Jump Street
  • Argo
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • Django Unchained
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • The Hunger Games
  • Les Misérables
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • The Master
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Seven Psychopaths
  • Skyfall
  • Zero Dark Thirty
I still plan on seeing the following to make personal nomination choices:

  • Amour
  • Anna Karenina
  • Arbitrage
  • Cloud Atlas
  • End of Watch
  • Flight
  • Hitchcock
  • Hyde Park on Hudson
  • The Intouchables
  • The Impossible
  • Killing Them Softly
  • Looper
  • Quartet
  • Rust and Bone
  • The Sessions
  • Smashed
Yes, that’s many films, so tons more to see and not enough time to see them in.

Anyway, here go my rankings thus far. I could round out my Best Actress rankings with Jennifer Lawrence a second time for The Hunger Games, but I’m going to stick to the Academy’s rules. Also, I can guarantee that The Master will not receive a personal nomination for Best Original Screenplay when all is said and done.

Best Picture:

  1. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  2. Silver Linings Playbook
  3. Skyfall
  4. Zero Dark Thirty
  5. Moonrise Kingdom
  6. Seven Psychopaths
  7. The Master
  8. Les Misérables
  9. Lincoln
  10. Django Unchained
Best Director:

  1. Paul Thomas Anderson for The Master
  2. Sam Mendes for Skyfall
  3. Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty
  4. Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild
  5. Wes Anderson for Moonrise Kingdom
Best Actor:

  1. Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln as Abraham Lincoln
  2. Joaquin Phoenix in The Master as Freddie Quell
  3. Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Master as Lancaster Dodd
  4. Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook as Pat Solitano, Jr.
  5. Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained as Dr. King Schultz
Best Actress:

  1. Quvenzhané Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild as Hushpuppy
  2. Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook as Tiffany Maxwell
  3. Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty as Maya
  4. Kara Hayward in Moonrise Kingdom as Suzy Bishop
  5. Judi Dench in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel as Evelyn Greenslade
Best Supporting Actor:

  1. Javier Bardem in Skyfall as Raoul Silva
  2. Christopher Walken in Seven Psychopaths as Hans Kieslowski
  3. Leonardo DiCaprio in Django Unchained as Calvin Candie
  4. Samuel L. Jackson in Django Unchained as Stephen
  5. Sam Rockwell in Seven Psychopaths as Billy Bickle
Best Supporting Actress

  1. Judi Dench in Skyfall as M
  2. Anne Hathaway in Les Misérables as Fantine
  3. Samantha Barks in Les Misérables as Éponine
  4. Amy Adams in The Master as Peggy Dodd
  5. Maggie Smith in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel as Muriel Donnelly
Best Adapted Screenplay:

  1. Silver Linings Playbook (David O. Russell, from the novel by Matthew Quick)
  2. Skyfall (Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and John Logan, from the character James Bond created by Ian Fleming)
  3. Beasts of the Southern Wild (Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin, from the one-act play Juicy and Delicious by Lucy Alibar)
  4. 21 Jump Street (Jonah Hill and Michael Bacall, from the TV series created by Patrick Hasburgh and Stephen J. Cannell)
  5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky, from his novel)
Best Original Screenplay:

  1. Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola)
  2. Seven Psychopaths (Martin McDonagh)
  3. The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson)
  4. Zero Dark Thirty (Mark Boal)
  5. Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantino)


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  2. I was not too impressed by Beasts of the Southern Wild. I thought it was okay but nothing more than that. I particularly was unimpressed by Wallis. I thought besides her last scene with Henry and her narration she very unimpressive. The way I have heard her described as a force of nature particularly boggles my mind.

  3. I guess we'll have to agree to disagree on that one then.