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This morning all eyes were on Emma Stone as she unvelied the nominees for the 85th Academy Awards. The ceremony is the most prestigious award ceremony in the film industry and the one that aspiring artists dream of in their childhood. People in the industry know that you must take awards with a grain of salt but that doesn’t make them any less exciting. If you are reading this you already know who the nominees are as reading this proves you care about movies and anyone who cares has to know the Oscar nominees, which is why I am not simply listing the nominees but telling you is deserving, and who got left out! So enough babbling, and let me give you my breakdown of the nominees for the 85th Academy Awards.
Amour got some big love at the nominations this year! The French film got a last minute surge and it seemed to pay off. The Academy typically does not nominate foreign films outside of the Best Foreign Film category, but they definitely spiced things up this year and nominated the film for Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Writing. Looks like I have a new movie to see!
She has been nominated for every precursor, including this Sunday’s Golden Globes, but it seems none of it was enough to nominate this former winner in the Best Actress category for her performance in the French film, Rust and Bone. This is rather shocking considering the amount of tributes done in her honor at the various film festivals this past year, however, Miss Cotillard is no stranger to dynamic performances and it won’t be long before she has another Oscar worthy performance.
Leo’s lack of luck at the Oscars continues as he failed to pick up a nomination for his ravishing performance in Django Unchained. The category was grey hair filled, and it seems Leo’s lack of an AARP card left him as the odd man out.
While you cannot say this film has been annoyed, Ang Lee’s adaptation of the beloved literary piece has been overlooked by many up until now! Lee scored a Best Director, while the film went on to earn nominations in a number of other categories, including Best Picture. This film is much different than anything we’ve seen all year and it looks like it has a definite shot at winning the big award of the night. Is this payback for Brokeback Mountain‘s snub?
In no way a frontrunner in any category, although it definitely should be, The Perks of Being a Wallflower failed to pick up a Best Adapted Screenplay nom it rightly deserved. This isn’t the first time the Academy has overlooked films about the youth, and it sure won’t be the last!
The Dark Knight was the reason the Academy expanded its Best Picture category, however its sequel still failed to make the cut. The success of The Dark Knight Rises was overshadowed by the events in Aurora and it seems that may have been the reason many voters left it out. Despite becoming a running joke with the internet world, Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Rises is a great film, and Bane’s is understandable, but you have to pay attention people! Sorry Mr. Nolan, I understand your frustration and wish you better luck next time.
Jacki Weaver may have been the least known in Silver Linings Playbook, however that did not mean she was about to get overshadowed by her cast mates. She was the heart and soul of the film, and I don’t know about the rest of you, but she was the one I empathized with the most. Well done for once, Academy!
This should be renamed the White Old Man category because that’s what this has become. Emma Stone was right when she said, “He has won before…” after reading the names of every nominee. It seems the Academy decided to do a “Greatest Hits” feel for the category and invite back their favorite winners. And again, no Leo?!
Where were all the Wes Anderson junkies during the voting process? This film has a lot of lovers (me being one of them), but it sadly has many haters as well. The new voting system typically goes in favor of films that have passionated lovers, which is what was able to get Tree of Life into the Best Picture race last year, but the Anderson lovers were few and far in-between this year.
For a full list of the nominees of the 85th Academy Awards, click here.
Well there you have it! The Academy Awards will premiere on Sunday, February 24th, 2013! They will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane, and sure to be a blast. Check back here for all your random movie needs and my countdown to the Oscars. Happy moviegoing!