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Ang Lee won for Director over Steven Spielberg (what do they have against him, anyway?), and surprisingly, Christopher Waltz won his second Oscar and second in a Quentin Tarantino Film (who also won his second Oscar.)
Surprises all around, and even a tie!
1-10-13: Has it been a whole entire year since I updated my site? Good grief! I didn't update after last years ceremony because I was in Mexico, although I did update the trivia section.
Never the less, today's announcements were a mixture of laughs, confirmations and major snubs, and even a nomination for the Oscar host himself, Seth McFarlane! Lets get to it.
As expected, Steven Sielberg's Lincoln led the way with 12 nominations, including nods to Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones, as well as the perenial contender John Williams (Score), and, of course, Spielberg himself for Direction and Picture. It is looking more and more like this is the odds-on favourite to win it all, and deservedly so. Daniel Day-Lewis was amazing; absolutly stunning in his portrayal of the 18th president of the US.
Next up was Ang Lee's Life of Pi with 11 nods. Not one nod for acting, but Ang Lee earned two for Direction and Picture. Me thinks this will be an also-ran; it may very well not even win one Oscar, the way True Grit, The Turning Point and The Color Purple did in the past.
The first of the big snubs came from the the third place earner, Les Misérables. It earned deserving nominations for Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, who sang their songs live on stage; they didn't dub them in later in a sound booth. The snub came with no nod to director Tom Hooper. Les Mis could take some Oscars, most notably in the sound catagories.
Argo, Ben Affleck's political thriller about 6 Americans stuck in Iran at the Canadian Ambassador's house and their daring escape from said country earned 7 nominations but again, like Les Mis, was snubbed for best director (although he was nominated for Best Picture (with George Clooney!)). It did, however, earn a nomination for Alan Arkin, his fourth.
Without that nod for direction, the film's chances for a Best Picture win are severly cut. Only three films have ever won Best Picture without having a nomination for its director. Most recently this happened in 1989 when Driving Miss Daisy won the top honor and its director nomination was MIA.
Silver Linnings Playbook earned 8 nominations, and fully HALF of them went to its stars: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Jacki Weaver, and, for the first time since 1992, Robert De Niro!
Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained (The 'D' is silent!) won a Best Picture nod, as well as one for the incomprable and amazing Christopher Waltz. Tarantino picked one up for writing, but again, was snubbed for direction.
Other films nominated for Best Picture were the foreign language film Amour, with a nod to its lead actress, Emmanuelle Riva, who becomes the oldest Oscar nominee at 85 years old. Coincidentally, another Best Picture nominee, a big surprise, Bests of the Southern Wild, has the youngest-ever Oscar nominee, Quvenzhané Wallis (pronounced /kwɛˈvɑːnzæne/) at 9 years, 4 months, 13 days.
Kathryn Bigelow, the first woman to win a Best Director nomination, failed to became the first won to earn two Best Director nominations for her politically controversial tale of the location and death of Osama Bin Laden, Zero Dark Thirty.
The best James Bond film, in my opinion, since Goldeneye (1995), Skyfall failed to earn what some thought it might get in a nomination for Best Picture. It did earn five nominations though, including one for its opening title-song (as many Bond films have been). Sung by the incomprable Adele, she is the odds-on favorite to win the Best Song Oscar, which is also up for contention by the Oscar's very own host, Seth McFarlane, for the song Everyone needs a best friend, from his raunchy, yet hilarious comedy Ted.
This year should be the year Steven Spielberg, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Robert De Niro earn their third Oscars. Joining them, I would give it to Quvenzhané Wallis but most likely it'll go to Jessica Chastain.
Best Picture will go to Lincoln. Unfortunatly, The Animated Feature Oscar will go to the chick-flick, Brave, although it would be pretty cool if Tim Burton Won for Frankenweenie.
11-23-11: Wow! Another movie review done! This time, I've reviewed the brand new Muppet movie, The Muppets. If you're a fan of The Muppet Show, you'll LOVE this film. One of the funniest films in years.
11-05-11: I have finished another movie review. One of the worst movies ever made, Manos: The Hands of Fate will either have you totally confused, laughing your ass off or disgusted. Either way, read my review and don't waste your time watching the film!
#1 All Quiet on the Western Front, #5 The Bridge on the River Kwai, #10 Rocky,
#13 Lilo & Stitch, #25 A Streetcar Named Desire, #27 Star Wars Episode II,
#50 Dances With Wolves, #75 Dr. No, #100 High Noon, #150 Finding Neverland,
#200 The Phantom Tollbooth, #250 A Trip to the Moon
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