February 24, 2013
So Oscar day is finally here and I managed to watch six of the nine nominated films for best picture. I sacrificed time at the gym to cram in four of the movies this week. (Well I wouldn’t say sacrifice as I didn’t miss going to the gym at all.) I have now seen “Django Unchained,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Lincoln,” “Argo” and “Zero Dark Thirty.” Now I feel I can make educated guesses as to who will win the Oscar this year. So here are my Oscar picks for tonight.
Best Picture: “Argo”
I really liked this movie the most. One of the best things about it, it isn’t two and a half hours long like half the other nominated movies. It kept my interest through the whole movie and I cared about the characters. And even though I knew how it would end I was still scared for them to get out of Iran. Plus it had funny moments. (John Goodman and Alan Arkin are hilarious in it. I liked “Silver Linings Playbook” second best. (Jennifer Lawrence is great in it, see below) Then I liked “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Lincoln,” “Django Unchained” and “Beasts of the Sothern Wild” in that order.
Director: Steven Spielberg
If I can’t vote for Ben Affleck or Kathryn Bigelow, who I think both deserved to be nominated, I guess I’ll go with my third choice.
Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis
The man is amazing. If Lincoln were alive today, I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the two I think.
Actress: Jennifer Lawrence
I loved her so much in “Silver Linings.” You really root for her character and wanted good things to happen to her. Jessica Chastain is also really good, but I felt more for Lawrence.
Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz
This was a tough one, and it came down to Waltz and Tommy Lee Jones. Jones was one of the best things about “Lincoln” aside from DDL. But I really love Waltz and missed him when he wasn’t in scenes in “Django.”
Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway
I didn’t get around to seeing “Les Miserables,” and didn’t really want to sit through almost three hours of sad people singing but she sounds great in the trailer. And I love her in everything else. Yes even the movie with Mary Poppins.
Original Screenplay: "Moonrise Kingdom"
I love Wes Anderson and will watch anything of his. This was one of his better ones. Plus it had Bruce Willis in it.
Adapted screenplay: “Argo”
Did I mention I really liked this movie?
Foreign Language: “Amour”
It made it into the best picture nods, so it must be the best of the foreign films.
Animated Pic: “Wreck-it Ralph”
For the first time in a while, I haven’t seen any of the nominees. But everyone really loved this movie.
Visual Effects: “The Hobbit”
I don’t care what you say, I liked the movie.
Short film animated: “Paperman”
I've added these to the end of my blog from YouTube. Go watch them, you won’t be disappointed. There is a “Simpsons” short, an upside-down love story, a meet-cute with some magical help, a story about how far back the saying man’s best friend goes, and a really cool short on making guacamole. As much as I love the “Simpsons,” I think “Paperman” (magical meet-cute) is my favorite and “Head Over Heels” (upside-down love) is also great.
Original Song: “Skyfall”
I never bet against Adele.
Costume Design: “Anna Karenina”
The costumes are so pretty it almost makes me want to be a 19th century Russian aristocrat. Almost
These next few categories were picked by throwing darts, asking my cat and reading Entertainment Weekly. I really have no idea who will win or even how to properly evaluate some of these categories.
Short Film Live Action: “Death of a Shadow”
Documentary Short: “Innocente”
Original Score: “Life of Pi”
Film editing: “Argo”
Sound Editing: “Skyfall”
Production Design: “The Hobbit”
Cinematography: “Life of Pi”
Makeup: “The Hobbit”
Documentary: “Searching for Silverman”
Sound mixing: “Les Miserables”
Here are the nominees for animated short film
"Adam and Dog"
"The Simpsons - The Longest Daycare"
"Head Over Heels"