85th Academy Award Nominations!

The Oscars are back and as always have displeased some and offended others. This year they have made many odd choices in various categories and have shown a sudden love and interest for the Independent and European market. Where this interest will lead and will it be proved fruitful we shall see.

My biggest problem with the Academy this year and others. Is when they nominate in the Best Picture category a Animation film or a Foreign Language film. Once in that position, those films will win in their respective categories of Animation and Foreign Language without a second thought. Which is by far the most unfair thing to happen to a nominee, knowing from before that your bound to lose.

The most curious decision of the Oscar noms may have been with "Amour" a Foreign Language film in French and made in Austria and with its nomination in the category of Foreign Language film. This category has a ruling that the language and country of the film need to be the same, in order to be nominated. This exact ruling was pushed with one of Michael Haneke's previous films "Cache" which was disqualified in 2005, but same didn't happen now with "Amour". It seems as "Amour" has the Academy's smitten to change their ways and it's also very interesting that nobody is also reporting this case.

Besides the "Amour" situation, the Academy didn't make necessarily other crazy decisions, but sort of weird ones. They didn't nominate the classic list of people and also Oscar winners of past. Some of these omitted folk are Tom Hooper, Quentin Tarantino, Kathryn Bigelow and Ben Affleck that all got axed from a directing nomination.

The other interesting Academy choices are with Bradley Cooper acting nomination, instead of John Hawks in his acclaimed role in "The Sessions" and Cooper's co-star Jennifer Lawrence instead of Marion Cotillard in "Rust and Bone". Last, but not least is "Cloud Atlas" and "Flight" being bested from the Visual Effects Category in place of "Snow White and the Huntsmen".

As you can see, there will never be a year were the Oscars dosen't displease someone. Was your favorite film on the list?

Best Picture

  • Amour

  • Argo

  • Beasts of the Southern Wild

  • Django Unchained

  • Les Miserables

  • Life of Pi

  • Lincoln

  • Silver Linings Playbook

  • Zero Dark Thirty

Best Actor

  • Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook

  • Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

  • Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables

  • Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

  • Denzel Washington, Flight

Best Actress

  • Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty

  • Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

  • Emmanuelle Riva, Amour

  • Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

  • Naomi Watts, The Impossible

Best Supporting Actor

  • Alan Arkin, Argo

  • Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook

  • Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master

  • Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

  • Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Best Supporting Actress

  • Amy Adams, The Master

  • Sally Field, Lincoln

  • Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

  • Helen Hunt, The Sessions

  • Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Director

  • Michael Haneke, Amour

  • Ang Lee, Life of Pi

  • David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook

  • Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

  • Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Original Screenplay

  • Amour, Michael Hanake

  • Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino

  • Flight, John Gatins

  • Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola

  • Zero Dark Thirty, Mark Boal

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Argo, Chris Terrio

  • Beasts of the Southern Wild, Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin,

  • Life of Pi, David Magee

  • Lincoln, Tony Kushner

  • Silver Linings Playbook, David O. Russell

Best Animated Feature:

  • Brave

  • Frankenweenie

  • ParaNorman

  • The Pirates! Band of Misfits

  • Wreck-It Ralph

Best Cinematography

  • Anna Karenina, Seamus McGarvey

  • Django Unchained, Robert Richardson

  • Life of Pi, Claudio Miranda

  • Lincoln, Janusz Kaminski

  • Skyfall, Roger Deakins

Best Costume Design

  • Anna Karenina, Jacqueline Durran

  • Les Misérables, Paco Delgado

  • Lincoln, Joanna Johnston

  • Mirror Mirror, Eiko Ishioka

  • Snow White and the Huntsman, Colleen Atwood

Best Documentary Feature

  • 5 Broken Cameras

  • The Gatekeepers

  • How to Survive a Plague

  • The Invisible War

  • Searching for Sugar Man

Best Documentary Short

  • Inocente

  • Kings Point

  • Mondays at Racine

  • Open Heart

  • Redemption

Best 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

Best Foreign Language Film

  • Amour, Austria

  • Kon-Tiki, Norway

  • No, Chile

  • A Royal Affair, Denmark

  • War Witch, Canada

Best 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

Best Original Score

  • Anna Karenina, Dario Marianelli

  • Argo, Alexandre Desplat

  • Life of Pi, Mychael Danna

  • Lincoln, John Williams

  • Skyfall, Thomas Newman

Best 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

Best 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

Best Animated Short

  • Adam and Dog

  • Fresh Guacamole

  • Head over Heels

  • Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”

  • Paperman

Best Live Action Short

  • Asad

  • Buzkashi Boys

  • Curfew

  • Death of a Shadow

  • Henry

Best 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

Best 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

Best 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

  • 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