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The only way San Diegans have had a chance to see the works of Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain (Tony Manero, Post Mortem) was at the San Diego Latino Film Festival. The Academy's nomination of Larrain's latest, No, for best foreign film will in the least alert the general film-going public of his presence. Getting them to risk $11 on a film where the talking is written at the bottom of the screen is another story.

So much for my personal silver linings playbook. What a cornucopia of crap the Academy has gifted us with. How awful must it be if I'm rooting for a spielberg film to take home best adapted screenplay and a Bond picture to win best cinematography?

Lincoln led the pack with a dozen nominations including one for cinematographer, Janusz Kaminski. (John Wilkes Booth was a better shooter.)

Nominating the frightfully amateurish Beasts of the Southern Wild for anything other than best actress proves that the guilt-stricken Academy feels just terrible about what happened with this Hurricane Katrina mess.

Forget about snubbing Kathryn Bigelow and Ben Affleck: Taylor Swift didn’t receive a nomination for The Hunger Games. What are the remarkable pigs at the Academy thinking?

The ceremony will air Feb. 24. Who better than Seth MacFarlane -- to date his sole contribution to the art of cinema has been a potty-mouthed CGI Teddy Bear -- to host the show?

Here is the complete list of nominees. My favorites (not the ones I think are going to win) are in bold. If no titles are in bold, it means I didn't see enough of the nominated films or I have zero interest in the category.


  • 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


  • Michael Haneke for *Amour*
  • Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Ang Lee for Life of Pi
  • Steven Spielberg for Lincoln
  • David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook


  • 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

Supporting Actor

  • 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*


  • 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

Supporting Actress

  • 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


  • Seamus McGarvey for Anna Karenina
  • Robert Richardson for Django Unchained
  • Claudio Miranda for Life of Pi
  • Janusz Kaminski for Lincoln
  • Roger Deakins for *Skyfall*

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

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

Costume Design

  • Jacqueline Durran for Anna Karenina
  • Paco Delgado for Les Misérables
  • Joanna Johnston for Lincoln
  • Eiko Ishioka for Mirror Mirror
  • Colleen Atwood for *Snow White and the Huntsman*

Documentary Feature

  • Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi's 5 Broken Cameras
  • Dror Moreh's The Gatekeepers
  • David France's How to Survive a Plague
  • Kirby Dick's The Invisible War
  • Malik Bendjelloul's *Searching for Sugar Man*


Documentary Short

  • Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine's Inocente
  • Sari Gilman and Jedd Wider's Kings Point
  • Cynthia Wade and Robin Honan's Mondays at Racine
  • Kief Davidson and Cori Shepherd Stern's Open Heart
  • Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill's Redemption


  • William Goldenberg for Argo
  • Tim Squyres for Life of Pi
  • Michael Kahn for Lincoln
  • Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers for Silver Linings Playbook
  • Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg for *Zero Dark Thirty*

Foreign Film

  • Michael Haneke's Amour (Austria)
  • Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg's Kon-Tiki (Norway)
  • Pablo Larraín's No (Chile)
  • Nikolaj Arcel's A Royal Affair (Denmark)
  • Kim Nguyen's War Witch (Canada)

Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Howard Berger, Peter Montagna, and Martin Samuel for Hitchcock
  • Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater, and Tami Lane for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell for Les Misérables

Original Score

  • Anna Karenina by Dario Marianelli
  • Argo by Alexandre Desplat
  • Life of Pi by Mychael Danna
  • Lincoln by John Williams
  • Skyfall by Thomas Newman

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, 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

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

Animated Feature

  • Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman's Brave
  • Tim Burton's Frankenweenie
  • Sam Fell and Chris Butler's ParaNorman
  • Peter Lord's The Pirates! Band of Misfits
  • Rich Moore's Wreck-It Ralph

Animated Short

  • Minkyu Lee's Adam and Dog
  • PES's Fresh Guacamole
  • Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly's Head over Heels
  • David Silverman's Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”
  • John Kahrs' Paperman

Live Action Short

  • Bryan Buckley and Mino Jarjoura's Assad
  • Sam French and Ariel Nasr's Buzkashi Boys
  • Shawn Christensen's Curfew
  • Tom Van Avermaet and Ellen De Waele's Death of a Shadow
  • Yan England's Henry

Sound Editing

  • Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn for Argo
  • Wylie Stateman for Django Unchained
  • Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton for Life of Pi
  • Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers for Skyfall
  • Paul N.J. Ottosson for *Zero Dark Thirty*

Sound Mixing

  • John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia for Argo
  • Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes for Les Misérables
  • Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin for *Life of Pi*
  • Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins for Lincoln
  • Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson for Skyfall

Visual Effects

  • Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, and R. Christopher White for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer, and Donald R. Elliott for Life of Pi
  • Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams, and Dan Sudick for The Avengers
  • Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley, and Martin Hill for Prometheus
  • Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould, and Michael Dawson for *Snow White and the Huntsman*

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Colonna Jan. 10, 2013 @ 12:51 p.m.

They expanded the Best Picture category to ten movies and yet "Skyfall" gets the shaft.

Not if... but when... Newman and Adele win for "Best Song", it will be 007's first Oscar since 1965.

Downright disrespectful for the most successful movie franchise ever.

Helen Hunt's gonna win for the same reason Halle Berry won for "Monster's Ball": they finally got naked on screen.

Emmanuelle Riva won't win - the older Oscar voters see her role (if they can see at all) as a coming attraction for themselves.

Will someone tell me what the hell is the appeal of Seth MacFarlane? He's everywhere and I've yet to laugh at anything he's done ever. At least there's Oscar night...

And now...


Scott Marks Jan. 10, 2013 @ 2:07 p.m.

I'm betting Hunt won't win. A lot of people refuse to watch "The Sessions" due to its subject matter. It's going to be Hathaway. Either that or Richard Burton in "Grapes of Winter."


Colonna Jan. 10, 2013 @ 3:04 p.m.

Hey, how 'bout that Academy, presenting me with the first gold medal ever, ain't that wild? Oscar sneezed and that came out...


And I'm not gonna tell you which end...

=CANNED LAUGHTER & APPLAUSE / "Thanks for the Memory" plays in b/g=

Thanks for the medallion / It's shiny and it's gold / A token but not bold / You think they give me Oscar before I got too old / Thank youuuu sooooo muchhhh!


denfrank Jan. 10, 2013 @ 3:59 p.m.

Only saw three of everything above. SLP might get some momentum if they get the SAG ensemble trophy. Hopefully there's upsets over the 1863 CSPAN congressional coverage. The Master was a good original screenplay. Other than that, its My Little Pony, 24/7 here.


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