Friday, February 22, 2013

Final Oscar Predictions

Best Picture - Argo
Best Director - Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Best Actor - Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Best Actress - Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Best Supporting Actor - Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Best Supporting Actress - Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Best Original Screenplay - Amour
Best Adapted Screenplay - Argo
Best Foreign Language Film - Amour
Best Animated Film - Wreck-It Ralph
Best Documentary Feature - Searching for Sugar Man
Best Documentary Short - Open Heart
Best Editing - Argo
Best Cinematography - Life of Pi
Best Art Direction - Les Miserables
Best Costume Design - Anna Karenina
Best Score - Life of Pi
Best Song - "Skyfall," Skyfall
Best Sound Mixing - Argo
Best Sound Editing - Life of Pi
Best Makeup and Hairstyling - Les Miserables
Best Visual Effects - Life of Pi
Best Short Film, Animated - Paperman
Best Short Film, Live Action - Death of a Shadow


Sunday, February 10, 2013

My Favorite of 2012

This is not about the impressive box office runs of last year, but rather my own sort of Oscar ballot to recap my favorite films and performances of 2012. There are still a few films that I would like to catch, e.g. Cloud Atlas and The Perks of Being a Wallflower, but with Lunar New Year upon us, it is time to write one now.

Top 10 films
1. Lincoln
2. Zero Dark Thirty
3. Amour
4. Skyfall
5. Moonrise Kingdom
6. Life of Pi
7. The Dark Knight Rises
8. Beasts of the Southern Wild
9. Argo
10. Les Miserables

The most unique film: Holy Motors (highly recommended, even though I'm not really sure what grade to give it; very imaginative and contains one of the most memorable scenes of any films I have seen in a while)

Best Director - Michael Haneke, Amour (a tough tough call between him, Kathryn Bigelow, and Ang Lee)

Best Original Screenplay - Moonrise Kingdom

Best Adapted Screenplay - Lincoln

Best Actor - Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Best Actress - Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty

Best Supporting Actor - Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

Best Supporting Actress - Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables

Best Ensemble - Lincoln

Best Editing - Zero Dark Thirty

Best Cinematography - Life of Pi

Best Art Direction - Les Miserables

Best Costume Design - Les Miserables

Best Sound - Life of Pi

Best Original Score - Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Song - "Skyfall," Adele

Best Makeup - Lincoln (Cloud Atlas would probably take this if I had seen it)

Best Visual Effects - Life of Pi