"Dreams feel real while we're in them. It's only when we wake up that we realize something was actually strange." -Inception

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Paperman - Full animated short

Walt Disney Animation has put up their latest 2D short, nominated for an Academy Award this year, up online to view in full.  Great strategy to get the short out to potential voters and the public who don't usually get to see the smaller categories. 

Paperman, directed by John Kahrs, is a lovely story of a chance meeting at a train platorm told mostly in black and white.  Catch it below!

Monday, January 28, 2013

SAG Award winners

What do you know? Argo does it yet again and is going full speed ahead with Oscars clearing in its sight.  We also got some insight into the frontrunners for the categories not named Best Actor (Daniel Day-Lewis has gotten that tied up with a bow) with Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway and Tommy Lee Jones looking like they might repeat on February 24th as well.  But I don't know why but something tells me if any acting category is going to yield a surprise, it's going to be Best Actress.  But yesterday night's biggest surprise was definitely Argo winning best ensemble which looked to be Silver Linings Playbook second big win of the night.  But no, it was Lincoln who won two awards with Argo, Les Miserables and Silver Linings Playbook joining in on the spoils.  This year's Oscar race has brought the expected with momentum changing all over the place. Who will prevail in the end?

And the winners are:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Daniel Day-Lewis (“Abraham Lincoln”) – Lincoln (Touchstone Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Jennifer Lawrence (“Tiffany”) – Silver Linings Playbook (The Weinstein Company)

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Tommy Lee Jones (“Thaddeus Stevens”) - Lincoln (Touchstone Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Anne Hathaway (“Fantine”) – Les Misérables (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Argo (Warner Bros. Pictures)
BEN AFFLECK / Tony Mendez
ALAN ARKIN / Lester Siegel
KERRY BISHÉ / Kathy Stafford
KYLE CHANDLER / Hamilton Jordan
CLEA DuVALL / Cora Lijek
JOHN GOODMAN / John Chambers
SCOOT McNAIRY / Joe Stafford

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Skyfall (Columbia Pictures)

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Argo wins the PGA!

After the Toronto International Film Festival, Roger Ebert wrote Argo will be the winner of the Best Picture Oscar and now with four weeks to go until D-Day, it's suddenly coming up all roses for Argo.  Winner of the last three big awards, the Critics' Choice, the Golden Globes and now the Producers Guild, welcome to frontrunner status, Argo, you've officially galloped ahead of Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty.  Congratulations to Wreck-It Ralph for winning Best Animated Film, Walt Disney Studios is back to regaining its name as the leader in animation and to Searching for Sugar Man which is now a good favorite going into the Oscar race.

Here are the film winners from The Producers Guild of America:

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures

"Argo” (Warner Bros.)
Producers: Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Grant Heslov

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures

"Wreck-It Ralph” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
Producer: Clark Spencer

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures
"Searching For Sugar Man" (Sony Pictures Classics)
Producers: Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

New Oscar Posters

The official Oscars posters are out and I have to say, I'm a bit underwhelmed.  Previous years' posters always brought the bling and it was the closest we would get to the real deal.  And besides who doesn't like looking at a shiny gold statue? This is too simplistic.  I feel the need to color it in.

 (Posters: Vulture)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Recommended Reading: On Martin Short and Sundance

(Photo: New York Times)

The above picture has to be the most adorable thing I've seen in this past awards season.  Young Quvenzhane Wallis is serenely holding court as Steven Spielberg acts like an awestruck fan.  Just. Too. Cute. For. Words. 

  • One of my favorite comedians gets some great ink in Vanity Fair's comedy issue.  Read on for why Martin Short is so beloved in Hollywood. A great longread! 
  • Entertainment Weekly has a nice list of 13 Must-See Films coming out of this year's Sundance Festival.  I've already scribbled down Austenland, Breathe In, The Spectacular Now, Before Midnight and Don Jon's Addiction on my films to watch for 2013.
  • The Guardian asks: Is Quentin Tarantino the world's most influential director? Do you agree?
  • The Large Association of Movie Blogs (aka LAMB) is blogging about each category in the Academy Awards.  Do check it out and see what everyone has to say about the films nominated for Oscars this year.  And a bit of self-promotion here, I've blogged about the Best Visual Effects!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Golden Globes 2013 winners!

The Golden Globes can be a great many things but you can't deny their entertainment factor.  Hostesses Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's funny monologue started off the night well signaling that unlike previous years, the host wouldn't alienate the audience at home and in the ballroom. And as always, it gave us great moments from Jodie Foster's incredible speech to surprises win in significant categories by Argo and some not so great moments (the HFPA president's speech comes to mind).

The two Oscar frontrunners, Lincoln and Life of Pi, walked away with only one award each while Les Miserables and Argo gained some momentum.  The acting awards also seemed to lean a certain way except in the Best Actress category where a 85-year-old and a nine year old could have some say come Oscar night.   The hardest category to predict, for me, will be Best Director. 

Highlights for the night for me was probably anytime Tina and Amy were onscreen (could they present the awards to everyone next year?), Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig showing their hilarious knowledge of Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical category ('You get out of here!') and unofficially auditioned for next year's hosting gig, Adele's joie de vivre to former President Bill Clinton presenting the clip to Lincoln (I really thought Lincoln had it in the bag right then.)

And the line of the night belonged to Poehler who exclaimed, "Wow! What an exciting special guest! That was Hillary Clinton's husband!" as the former president left the stage.  Yes, Amy, he really was. 

Let's see the Oscars try to top that.

The winners listed below:

Best Motion Picture - Drama

Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Les Miserables

Best Director
Ben Affleck, Argo

Best Screenplay 
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty

Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables

Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Animated Feature

Best Foreign Language Film
Amour (Austria)

Best Performance By An Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

Best Performance By An Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Best Original Score 
Mychael Danna, Life of Pi

Best Original Song
Skyfall, Skyfall - Music by: Adele, Paul Epworth Lyrics by: Adele, Paul Epworth

Monday, January 14, 2013

ACE Eddie nominations

This is one of my favorite categories as editing can really make or break a film.  Here are the nominees for the 63rd annual Ace Eddie Awards.

Argo - William Goldenberg, A.C.E.
Life of Pi - Tim Squyres, A.C.E.
Lincoln - Michael Kahn, A.C.E.
Skyfall - Stuart Baird, A.C.E.
Zero Dark Thirty - Dylan Tichenor, A.C.E. & William Goldenberg, A.C.E.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - Chris Gill
Les Misérables - Melanie Ann Oliver & Chris Dickens, A.C.E.
Moonrise Kingdom - Andrew Weisblum, A.C.E.
Silver Linings Playbook - Jay Cassidy, A.C.E. & Crispin Struthers
Ted - Jeff Freeman, A.C.E.

Brave - Nicolas C. Smith, A.C.E. & Robert Grahamjones, A.C.E.
Frankenweenie - Chris Lebenzon, A.C.E. & Mark Solomon
Rise of the Guardians - Joyce Arrastia
Wreck-It Ralph - Tim Mertens

Samsara - Ron Fricke & Mark Magidson
Searching for Sugar Man - Malik Bendjelloul
West of Memphis - Billy McMillin

Critics Choice Award Winners

(Photo: US Magazine)
The winners for the 18th annual Critics' Choice Awards were announced the day of the Oscar nominations and their choices were decidedly more different than the Academy's.  Just glance at the photo above! Here's the complete list of winners.  


Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln

Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty


Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master

Anne Hathaway – Les Miserables


Quvenzhane Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild


Silver Linings Playbook

Ben Affleck – Argo


Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained


Tony Kushner – Lincoln

Life of Pi – Claudio Miranda

Anna Karenina – Sarah Greenwood/Production Designer, Katie Spencer/Set Decorator

Zero Dark Thirty – William Goldenberg, Dylan Tichenor

Anna Karenina – Jacqueline Durran

Cloud Atlas

Life of Pi

Wreck-It Ralph


Daniel Craig – Skyfall

Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games

Silver Linings Playbook

Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook

Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook


Winner: Amour


Searching for Sugar Man

“Skyfall” – performed by Adele/written by Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth – Skyfall

Lincoln – John Williams

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Oscar Nominations - My Take

The Oscar nominations were announced on January 10th by current Oscar host, Seth MacFarlene and Emma Stone. The mood of the announcement had quite a lot of comedic banter, giving us a taste of what’s to come February 24th.  

(Photo: Variety)

I was definitely happy with the nods for Lincoln and Life of Pi with 12 and 11 nominations respectively.  But I must say I’m shocked that Zero Dark Thirty only got 5 nominations.  Was it all the torture talk? Or is that ugly word sexism again?  A director’s nomination here would have really cement Kathryn Bigelow’s status as one of the best directors and not just because she happens to be female.  But I’m pleased to see first time nominees Benh Zeitlin (what a year he’s having) and Michael Haneke make the cut.  

The early voting fracas helped and hindered many nominees.  But in the end, it was a strange experiment.  Without many of the guilds to give them direction on who might the frontrunners, the Academy voted on who they really liked which is a very new experience for everyone.  It is going to be very hard to predict the winners. 
All the nominations listed below.

 Performance by an actor in a leading role
  • Bradley Cooper in "Silver Linings Playbook"
  • Daniel Day-Lewis in "Lincoln"
  • Hugh Jackman in "Les Misérables"
  • Joaquin Phoenix in "The Master"
  • Denzel Washington in "Flight"
My take: Everybody who’s not named Daniel Day-Lewis will have to make to with the nomination as the win.  With first time nominees like Bradley Cooper and Hugh Jackman, they only have the Sexiest Man Alive honors to console themselves with.  And I'm glad that voters gave Joaquin a second chance and considered his performance and not his interview comments.

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
  • Alan Arkin in "Argo"
  • Robert De Niro in "Silver Linings Playbook"
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman in "The Master"
  • Tommy Lee Jones in "Lincoln"
  • Christoph Waltz in "Django Unchained"
My take: The supporting actor category contains nominees all of whom already have an Oscar statutette.  Who will end up with their second win? It might be Tommy Lee Jones or Philip Seymour Hoffman. Or even Christoph Waltz who fended off his own Django Unchained cast members, including Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson, to earn his nomination.  DiCaprio will have to wait yet another year for a nomination and win.  It won’t be for his first bad guy role. 

Performance by an actress in a leading role
  • Jessica Chastain in "Zero Dark Thirty"
  • Jennifer Lawrence in "Silver Linings Playbook"
  • Emmanuelle Riva in "Amour"
  • Quvenzhané Wallis in "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
  • Naomi Watts in "The Impossible"
My take: The Best Actress category brought plenty of surprises.  Previous winner Marion Cotillard was a possible contender with her emotional performance in Rust and Bone but instead another French actress was honoured, Emmanuelle Riva, who’s receiving many accolades for a role of a lifetime in Amour.  At 85, she earns her first Oscar nomination.  So does Quvenzhane Wallis from Beasts of the Southern Wild who’s only nine!  The other contenders are Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain and Naomi Watts all who earned their second nomination. 

Performance by an actress in a supporting role
  • Amy Adams in "The Master"
  • Sally Field in "Lincoln"
  • Anne Hathaway in "Les Misérables"
  • Helen Hunt in "The Sessions"
  • Jacki Weaver in "Silver Linings Playbook"
My take: Supporting Actress also seems predictable.  Pretty much everyone guessed the nominees and it does seem like Anne Hathaway has this in the bag.  Though I feel Amy Adams might give her a bit of a scare. 

Best animated feature film of the year
  • "Brave" Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman
  • "Frankenweenie" Tim Burton
  • "ParaNorman" Sam Fell and Chris Butler
  • "The Pirates! Band of Misfits" Peter Lord
  • "Wreck-It Ralph" Rich Moore

My take: Three of the five nominees for best animation are stop motion. Co-Director Chris Butler of ParaNorman called stop-motion ‘the underdog of animation’.  I think they’ve got their moment to shine. And if Brave wins, it’ll make history with a female co-director, a first in animation.

Achievement in cinematography
  • "Anna Karenina" Seamus McGarvey
  • "Django Unchained" Robert Richardson
  • "Life of Pi" Claudio Miranda
  • "Lincoln" Janusz Kaminski
  • "Skyfall" Roger Deakins
My take: The legendary Roger Deakins gets his 10th nominations but I have a feeling that Claudio Miranda's superb camerawork was key to the success of Life of Pi.

Achievement in costume design
  • "Anna Karenina" Jacqueline Durran
  • "Les Misérables" Paco Delgado
  • "Lincoln" Joanna Johnston
  • "Mirror Mirror" Eiko Ishioka
  • "Snow White and the Huntsman" Colleen Atwood
My take: The late Eiko Ishioka's costumes in Mirror Mirror as in most Tarsem Singh's films are always striking and it's great to see them recognized.  Meanwhile, Colleen Atwood also received her 10th nomination but unlike Roger Deakins, she's got three Oscar statuettes at home. It's a race between Anna Karenina and Mirror Mirror for me.

Achievement in directing
  • "Amour" Michael Haneke
  • "Beasts of the Southern Wild" Benh Zeitlin
  • "Life of Pi" Ang Lee
  • "Lincoln" Steven Spielberg
  • "Silver Linings Playbook" David O. Russell
My take: I already talked about the directing category above but to quote a line from Skyfall, it's a 'brave new world' out there for Oscar this year.  Might we see the directing category expanded one day just as the best picture category has been? I really doubt it.  

Best documentary feature
  • "5 Broken Cameras"
    Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi
  • "The Gatekeepers"
    Nominees to be determined
  • "How to Survive a Plague"
    Nominees to be determined
  • "The Invisible War"
    Nominees to be determined
  • "Searching for Sugar Man"
    Nominees to be determined
My take: It seems like even with the new rules that were implemented in this category that a lot of frontrunner documentaries like Central Park Five, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Bully and Chasing Ice were left out.  Chasing Ice is nominee for Best Song, however.  I am keen this year to make a point to see all if not most of the documentaries on this list. I saw the trailer for The Gatekeepers and it looks fascinating.

Best documentary short subject
  • "Inocente"
    Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine
  • "Kings Point"
    Sari Gilman and Jedd Wider
  • "Mondays at Racine"
    Cynthia Wade and Robin Honan
  • "Open Heart"
    Kief Davidson and Cori Shepherd Stern
  • "Redemption"
    Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill
My take: I'm not really familiar with these shorts except for Inocente but again, I'm hoping to get a chance to actually see any one of them before the actual ceremony.  

Achievement in film editing
  • "Argo" William Goldenberg
  • "Life of Pi" Tim Squyres
  • "Lincoln" Michael Kahn
  • "Silver Linings Playbook" Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers
  • "Zero Dark Thirty" Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg
My take: With the directing category all out of wonk, this year we'll have to look at editing to guide to Best Picture.  Rationale being the best edited film is usually also Best Picture.  However, that logic when out the window for the last two year when editors Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall took home the wins for The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo which wasn't even nominated for Best Picture.  This year we also have a double nominee in William Goldenberg.  But I have a feeling Michael Kahn, Spielberg's longtime editor will emerge as winner. 

Best foreign language film of the year
  • "Amour" Austria
  • "Kon-Tiki" Norway
  • "No" Chile
  • "A Royal Affair" Denmark
  • "War Witch" Canada
My take: The biggest surprise in this category is the exclusion of The Intouchables that was chosen as France's entry over Rust and Bone.  Many even predicted that it could make all the way to Best Picture as well.  However, that honor belongs to Amour who now seems a certain lock for this category.  The rest of the foreign film nominees have varied stories so it's certainly going to make things interesting this year.

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling
  • "Hitchcock"
    Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel
  • "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
    Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane
  • "Les Misérables"
    Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell
My take: Daniel Day-Lewis transformed himself into Lincoln's doppelganger but no nomination for Lincoln.  Similarly for Cloud Atlas which rendered their actors virtually unrecognizable.   The three who did make it are Hitchcock, The Hobbit and Les Miserables.  Both The Hobbit and Les Miserables dealt with a massive cast in which realism was the order of the day while Hitchcock featured Anthony Hopkins as the legendary director.  However, I think the elves and goblins are going to have their day again

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
  • "Anna Karenina" Dario Marianelli
  • "Argo" Alexandre Desplat
  • "Life of Pi" Mychael Danna
  • "Lincoln" John Williams
  • "Skyfall" Thomas Newman
My take: John Williams gets his 48th nomination for his newest collaboration with Spielberg.  But I enjoyed Argo's thrilling score which kept the suspense high as well as Life of Pi's moving soundtrack.  Left off the ballot was Hans Zimmer's amazing composition for The Dark Knight Rises

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
  • "Before My Time" from "Chasing Ice"
    Music and Lyric by J. Ralph
  • "Everybody Needs A Best Friend" from "Ted"
    Music by Walter Murphy; Lyric by Seth MacFarlane
  • "Pi's Lullaby" from "Life of Pi"
    Music by Mychael Danna; Lyric by Bombay Jayashri
  • "Skyfall" from "Skyfall"
    Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
  • "Suddenly" from "Les Misérables"
    Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil
My take: Just hand the trophy over to Adele already but first we'd like a song please.   Also, this isn't the first time that a host has been nominated for an Oscar but I doubt if it was ever for a film like Ted

Best motion picture of the year
  • "Amour" Nominees to be determined
  • "Argo" Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney, Producers
  • "Beasts of the Southern Wild" Dan Janvey, Josh Penn and Michael Gottwald, Producers
  • "Django Unchained" Stacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin and Pilar Savone, Producers
  • "Les Misérables" Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward and Cameron Mackintosh, Producers
  • "Life of Pi" Gil Netter, Ang Lee and David Womark, Producers
  • "Lincoln" Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers
  • "Silver Linings Playbook" Donna Gigliotti, Bruce Cohen and Jonathan Gordon, Producers
  • "Zero Dark Thirty" Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow and Megan Ellison, Producers
My take: I believe I voiced my opinions already.  I am beginning to wonder with these new rules if we'll ever hit the magic number 10 or will it always be teasing us with the incomplete 9 nominations forever. What I did learn was that Silver Linings Playbook is a dark horse and definitely a film to watch out.  The Academy liked this film, they really liked this film with nominations for Best Picture, Director, Writing and all four acting categories something which hasn’t happened since 1981’s Reds.  The Weinstein Company must be pleased with this. George Clooney, meanwhile, isn’t resting on his Sexiest Man laurels.  He became the first person to be nominated for six different categories, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director and now Best Picture.

Achievement in production design
  • "Anna Karenina"
    Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
  • "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
    Production Design: Dan Hennah; Set Decoration: Ra Vincent and Simon Bright
  • "Les Misérables"
    Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Anna Lynch-Robinson
  • "Life of Pi"
    Production Design: David Gropman; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
  • "Lincoln"
    Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Jim Erickson
My take:  All 5 of these films' sets and looks were top-notch and researched meticulously but I do believe the frontrunner Lincoln has a edge here. 

Best animated short film
  • "Adam and Dog" Minkyu Lee
  • "Fresh Guacamole" PES
  • "Head over Heels" Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly
  • "Maggie Simpson in "The Longest Daycare"" David Silverman
  • "Paperman" John Kahrs
My take: I'm really excited at the possibility of The Simpsons winning a possible Oscar.  It's only a short but still.  And I have heard great things about Disney's Paperman.   Hopefully, I'll get to see some of the nominees.

Best live action short film
  • "Asad" Bryan Buckley and Mino Jarjoura
  • "Buzkashi Boys" Sam French and Ariel Nasr
  • "Curfew" Shawn Christensen
  • "Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)" Tom Van Avermaet and Ellen De Waele
  • "Henry" Yan England
My take: Completely clueless here, it's time to do some research.

Achievement in sound editing
  • "Argo" Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn
  • "Django Unchained" Wylie Stateman
  • "Life of Pi" Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton
  • "Skyfall" Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers
  • "Zero Dark Thirty" Paul N.J. Ottosson
My take: The dreaded sound categories.  I think this year I'm just going to close my eyes and pick randomly. No strategy works here.  

Achievement in sound mixing
  • "Argo"
    John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia
  • "Les Misérables"
    Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes
  • "Life of Pi"
    Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin
  • "Lincoln"
    Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins
  • "Skyfall"
    Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson
My take: See above.

Achievement in visual effects
  • "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
    Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White
  • "Life of Pi"
    Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott
  • "Marvel's The Avengers"
    Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick
  • "Prometheus"
    Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill
  • "Snow White and the Huntsman"
    Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson
My take: I have a feeling it's going to be CGI character vs. CGI character vs. CGI character as the Hulk, Gollum and Richard Parker all go up against one other. Who will emerge victorious? We'll find out on February 24th.

Adapted screenplay
  • "Argo" Screenplay by Chris Terrio
  • "Beasts of the Southern Wild" Screenplay by Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin
  • "Life of Pi" Screenplay by David Magee
  • "Lincoln" Screenplay by Tony Kushner
  • "Silver Linings Playbook" Screenplay by David O. Russell
My take: Here's where I had hoped Beasts of the Southern Wild would make an appearance and it did.  I also had hopes for The Perks of Being a Wallflower.  In the end, however, it will be Tony Kushner masterful and riveting screenplay (at least for me) that will win the Oscar.

Original screenplay
  • "Amour" Written by Michael Haneke
  • "Django Unchained" Written by Quentin Tarantino
  • "Flight" Written by John Gatins
  • "Moonrise Kingdom" Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
  • "Zero Dark Thirty" Written by Mark Boal
My take: Another tough category to predict which could boost the chances of whoever is winning Best Picture.  Flight was a surprise nominee for me.  I had hopes for Rian Johnson's great time travel film Looper to be recognized.

And finally let us have a moment of silence for the movies that didn’t receive any Oscar nominations but still have plenty of love amongst their fans out there. The Dark Knight Rises. Looper. Bernie. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.  Cloud Altas. The Perks of Being a Wallflower.  Sadly, we have nothing to say except there’s always next year. 
Meanwhile our suspense will be over February 24th when the awards will be handed out.  It’s going to be a long six weeks.  Brace yourselves. 
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