Jan 252013

Ah, yes, the rest of the Oscar List I promise.  Who knew so many films would be receiving nominations? Nearly 50 made the list in some form or another. But enough chitchat, let’s get to the rest of the nominees for this year’s Academy Awards.

Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”

Nominated for: Best Animated Short Film

Plot: Maggie Simpson attempts to survive the Ayn Rand Daycare.

Guess it’s no longer “Always an Emmy, never an Oscar” for The Simpson’s – its about time!

The Master

Nominated for: Best Actor in a Lead Role – Joaquin Phoenix,  Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Philip Seymour Hoffman,  Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Amy Adams.

Plot: A character study of a growing cult leader and his most devoted follower (and its not about Scientology…really)

Mirror Mirror

Nominated for: Best Costume Design

Plot: (Full Review Here)

Mondays at Racine

Nominated for: Best Documentary Short

Plot:The documentary concerning a Long Island hair salon that opens its doors once a month to women undergoing chemotherapy.

Moonrise Kingdom

Nominated for: Best Original Screenplay

Plot: Two younger lovers run away together in their isolated island community.


Nominated for: Best Foreign Language Film (Chile)

Plot: An advertising executive creates a catchy campaign to attempt to persuade the Chilean people to remove Pinochet from office…and this really did happen.

Open Heart

Nominated for: Best Documentary Short

Plot: The story of Rwandan children who make the trip to the Sudan for life-changing heart surgery.


Nominated for: Best Animated Short Film

Plot: A man attempts to meet a woman he saw on the train with the help of paper airplanes.


Nominated for: Best Animated Feature Film

Plot: (Full Review Here)

The Pirates! Band of Misfits

Nominated for: Best Animated Feature Film

Plot: An unlikely crew of pirates set out on an adventure to win the Pirate of the Year award.

Why THIS trite film gets a nomination while Rise of the Guardians gets nothing is just mind blowing. MIND. BLOWING. Calling it now, it’s not going win. If there’s still dignity in the world.


Nominated for: Best Visual Effects

Plot: (Full Review Here)



Nominated for: Best Documentary Short

Plot: The study of the many people who collect cans all around New York City in order to make money and survive.’

Good to know these guys aren’t actually as crazy as I thought they were.

A Royal Affair

Nominated for: Best Foreign Language Film (Denmark)

Plot: The tale of Danish Queen Caroline Mathilde and the German doctor she falls in love with, based on a real life story.

Searching for Sugar Man

Nominated for: Best Documentary Feature

Plot: Two devoted fans of a recording artist named Rodriguez attempt to find out where he is after he mysteriously dropped off the face of the Earth.

The Sessions

Nominated for: Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Helen Hunt

Plot: A paralyzed man visits a sex therapist (and it’s totally not creepy, honest)


Nominated for: Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Original Song – “Skyfall,” Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing

Plot: (Full Review Here)

Silver Linings Playbook

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actor in a Lead Role – Bradley Cooper, Best Actress in a Lead Role – Jennifer Lawrence, Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Robert de Niro, Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Jacki Weaver, Best Director – David O’ Russell, Best Film, Best Film Editing, Best Adapted Screenplay 

Plot: Two depressed, quirky people find solace, and a silver lining, in each other.

Snow White and the Huntsman

Nominated for: Best Costume Design, Best Visual Effects

Plot: A gritty retelling of the classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarves tale.


Nominated for: Best Original Song – “Everybody Needs a Best Friend,”

Plot: A teddy bear comes to life and lives with his best friend, now in his 30s.

…I’m sorry, this was a great movie and all but this got nominated for something? Man this category does suck this year.

War Witch

Nominated for: Best Foreign Language Film (Canada)

Plot: The tale of a young African girl forced to be a child soldier and the horrors she both faces and commits.


Nominated for: Best Animated Feature Film

Plot: (Full Review Here)

It’s going to win. Who are we kidding? It’ll be the first Disney feature to beat out a Pixar one.

Zero Dark Thirty

Nominated for: Best Picture, Best Actress in a Lead Role – Jessica Chastain, Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Original Screenplay

Plot: A depiction of the real-life mission to assassinate Osama bin Laden.

If you wanna talk about snubs, how about Kathryn Bigelow? I mean this is one of the best movies of the year and yet she doesn’t get the nomination? Well, if anything, hopefully Jessica Chastain can win it for them.

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  2 Responses to “Manic Movie Magic: A Quick Guide to the 2013 Academy Awards, M-Z”

  1. MOONRISE KINGDOM <3 >A< <3 So much love
    I still stand by the fact that as beautiful as Rise of the Guardians is they wasted its potential for an amazing story :/ If you like the characters, I recommend checking out the series/the picture books — it's the kind of brilliant quirky story I was hoping for the movie

  2. Also I sincerely hope Wreck-it Ralph or Paranorman wins seriously I'd be happy with either

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