Jan 182013
 

Last week, the Oscar nominees were released to the world and so now cinephiles around the world are now going to argue on and on about whose sure to win and who the Oscars have snubbed this year.

While I’m not ready just yet to expose my personal biases and give my predictions of who will win and who will lose, I am here to let you know the whose who and what’s what of this  year’s nominees, so you can all make smart guesses on the winners. And when I say this year’s nominees, I mean every single movie that’s nominated for anything. ANYTHING. It’s gonna be a doozy. However, this list ended up being so long, I had to split it up. So here’s part one, A-L, and next week will be M-Z.

5 Broken Cameras

Nominated for: Best Documentary Feature

Plot: A documentary on the non-violent protests of a Palestinian farmer against the Israeli army.

Adam and Dog

Nominated for: Best Animated Short Film

Plot: The story of Adam, the first human, and his interactions with a dog in the Garden of Eden.

Amour

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Foreign Language Film (Austria),  Best Actress in a Leading Role – Emmanuelle Riva, Best Director – Michael Haneke, Best Original Screenplay

Plot: The tale of an elderly couple and their daughter in the wake of the mother’s devastating stroke.

…I haven’t seen the film but I think it’s kind of unfair to be nominated for Best Foreign Film and Best Film. Just saying – its one or the other.

Anna Karenina

Nominated for: Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, Best Production Design

Plot: An adaptation of Tolstoy’s novel about a married aristocrat who has an affair.

Argo

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Alan Arkin, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Adapted Screenplay

Plot: (Full Review Here)

Dear Academy, what’s with not nominating Ben Affleck for Best Director? You nominated Alan Arkin and he didn’t do all that much in the film. I’m not saying that your nominees for Best Director don’t deserve it, but come on, Ang Lee doesn’t need more awards. What David O’Russell? He’ll be okay waiting another year.

Asad

Nominated for: Best Live Action Short Film

Plot: The coming of age tale of a young Somali boy in the midst of war.

The Avengers

Nominated for: Best Visual Effects

Plot: (Full Review Here)

YES! ONE NOMINATION! Take that Batman!

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role – Quvenzhané Wallis, Best Director – Benh Zeitlin, Best Adapted Screenplay

Plot: A semi-fantastical film concerning a young girl dealing with life in the wake of a massive flood.

Man, this one came out of nowhere! Always good to see an indie film making it’s way up the ladder.

Brave

Nominated for: Best Animated Feature Film

Plot: (Full Review Here)

This film was one of the most disappointing of the year, but you can’t deny it was beautifully designed.

Buzkashi Boys

Nominated for: Best Live Action Short Film

Plot: A film of two young Afghani boys coming of age through both war and the sport of Buzkashi, which is horse polo with a dead goat.

…going be honest here, they had me until dead goat.

Chasing Ice

Nominated for: Best Original Song – “Before My Time”

Plot: The real life film about a man who uses time-lapse photography to measure the effects of global warming.

…yay for a nomination? I’m wondering why this wasn’t nominated for best documentary. Seems a little random. Not a good year for the best original song category.

Curfew

Nominated for: Best Live Action Short Film

Plot: A young suicidal man’s attempts to kill himself are put on hold when his sister asks him to babysit her daughter.

I just love this poster. I really, really do.

Death of a Shadow

Nominated for: Best Live Action Short Film

Plot: A man attempts to beat death in order to return to the woman he loves.

Django Unchained

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Christoph Waltz, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Editing, Best Original Screenplay

Plot: (Full Review Here)

Hands down, deserves to win best screenplay. But man is competition for Best Supporting Actor tough this year.

Flight

Nominated for: Best Actor in a Lead Role – Denzel Washington, Best Original Screenplay

Plot: An airline pilot saves a doomed flight through quick wit, but comes under legal scrutiny due to his being drunk during said flight.

Frankenweenie

Nominated for: Best Animated Feature Film

Plot: A boy brings his beloved pooch back to life and brings severe consequences to his whole town.

Fresh Guacamole

Nominated for: Best Animated Short Film

Plot: A cook prepares some guacamole with some less-than-edible objects.

The Gatekeepers

Nominated for: Best Documentary Feature

Plot: Six former heads of the Israeli counter terrorism agency discusses their roles in the Israel-Palenstine policies, starting from 1967.

Head Over Heels

Nominated for: Best Animated Short Film

Plot: An emotionally distant married couples find themselves in an unusual living situation.

Henry

Nominated for: Best Live Action Short Film

Plot: A old pianist gets more than he bargains for as he searches for his wife.

Hitchcock

Nominated for: Best Makeup and Hair Styling

Plot: The life of acclaimed horror and thriller director Alfred Hitchcock as he films his most famous work, Psycho.

I’m pretty sure the Academy is obligated to nominate any Anthony Hopkin’s movie for something. It’s in the rule book somewhere.

The Hobbit

Nominated for: Best Makeup and Hair Styling, Best Visual Effects, Best Production Design

Plot: (Full Review Here)

You best believe it takes forever to do the makeup for 13 dwarves.

How to Survive a Plague

Nominated for: Best Documentary Feature

Plot: A documentary concerning the mania surrounding the 1980′s AIDs epidemic.

The Impossible

Nominated for: Best Actress in a Lead Role – Naomi Watts

Plot: A family survives a deadly tsunami while on vacation.

Inocente

Nominated for: Best Documentary Short

Plot: A documentary which follows Inocente, a young migrant worker who strives to fulfill her dream to be an artist.

The Invisible War

Nominated for: Best Documentary Feature

Plot: A documentary discussing the high rate of sexual assault against female soldiers in the U.S. military and the efforts made to cover it up.

This is the only one of the nominees I saw…and I cried. A lot. I am not ashamed though. I really hope this one wins if only so it gets recognition. I recommend everyone watch it, sincerely.

King’s Point

Nominated for: Best Documentary Short

Plot: A documentary that follows the lives of 5 elderly people residents of the King’s Point retirement community.

Kon-Tiki

Nominated for: Best Foreign Language Film (Norway)

Plot: A scientist attempts to prove his theory correct by attempting to make a boat journey from Peru to Polynesia.

…I’M ON A BOAT!

Les Miserables

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actor in a Lead Role – Hugh Jackman, Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Anne Hathaway, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hair Styling, Best Production Design, Best Original Song – “Suddenly,” Best Sound Mixing

Plot: (Sort of debate about film here) French people living terrible lives and dealing with a revolution … IN SONG!

 

Life of Pi

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Director – Ang Lee, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Production Design, Best Original Song – “Pi’s Lullaby,” Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Visual Effects, Best Adapted Screenplay

Plot: A young man survives a shipwreck on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger, and must find his way home.

Pretty films always finish first, don’t they?

Lincoln

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actor in a Lead Role – Daniel Day-Lewis, Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Tommy Lee Jones, Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Sally Fields, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Director – Steven Spielburg, Best Film Editting, Best Original Score, Best Production Design, Best Sound Mixing, Best Adapted Screenplay

Plot: A biopic of Lincoln’s back door struggles to approve the 14th Amendment before the end of the Civil War and his subsequent assassination.

Calling it now, this movie is going to win almost everything it’s nominated for. In all seriousness, it’s going to happen. Bet accordingly.

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Starshine5050

As just a regular, hard-working work, often-stressing, procrastination-mastering history and journalism student, I often turn to the silver and small screens for relief, even though I'm only an average cinema-and-television loving viewer, commenting on what, and does not, makes good entertainment. I love horror everything - book, TV shows, games, movies - even though they frighten me terribly. I'm a long time believer of the old saying "When life gives you lemons, don't take life's lemons! Give the lemons back!" So, onward I go, returning lemons and logging an unhealthy amount of screen time for your enjoyment. So please be sure to read my stuff and let me know what you think, I'm alway looking to improve and be the best, most cynical critic I can be!

  One Response to “Manic Movie Magic: A Quick Guide to the 2013 Academy Awards, A-L”

  1. The Life of Pi movie is underwhelming :< Read the book for the surreal, unreliable narrative experience! (Not to say that the unreliable narrator can work in film, but I think… IDK it's always the best when you're reading)
    Also I quietly am hoping that The Hobbit wins best make-up :( I mean, if LOTR can win ALL THE AWARDS one year The Hobbit can win at least one
    ALSO YES Best Supporting Actor is going to be a tough one

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