Jan 10, 2013
Oscar Nominations Are Here!
Unlike my wife, I'm generally pretty ambivalent when it comes to awards shows. There's too much politics involved and the most deserving talent is seldom recognized. The Oscars are the only show I continue to watch, although that's really only out of a sense of obligation or because there's usually one film or performance I really loved that I'd like to see rewarded and become part of the Academy Awards legacy. Frankly, I became disillusioned with the whole thing when it became clear that winning had very little to do with your work in that particular year, like when they named Denzel Washington Best Actor for Training Day seemingly because they didn't give it to him for Malcom X, or when Julia Roberts won for Erin Brokovich because everyone loves Julia Roberts. Don't even get me started on The Social Network vs The King's Speech, which is the modern day equivalent of Citizen Kane vs How Green Was My Valley.
Anyway, below is the complete list of nominations for this year's show to be hosted by Seth MacFarlane, who's pretty much the polar opposite of last year's panic-choice of Billy Crystal. For those keeping score at home, Lincoln leads the pack with 12 nominees. I still haven't seen a bunch of these, but I'm planning to close the gap before the show on February 24th. My thoughts below each category:
------ And there you have it. Like I said at the top, there are a bunch of movies I've yet to see that will be serious contenders, namely Django and Zero Dark Thirty. Once I do, my opinions will almost certainly shift on some of these categories. (Mostly I'm guessing more outrage that Tarantino wasn't nominated for Best Directing, which just seems preposterous on paper.) I'd put money on Life of Pi as the movie with the most nominations that is least likely to win any awards. (I'm honestly kind of shocked it's so pervasive on this list, considering that no one seemed to have any really strong feelings about it one way or the other.) Gut instinct is that we should all get ready for the Lincoln Show, although I wouldn't be surprised if it won the majority of the awards and then something like Zero Dark Thirty sneaked in and stole Best Picture.