Best Supporting Actor - Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained)
You only have to take a cursory glance at the Internet to know that the generation who grew up watching Leonardo DiCaprio movies are utterly baffled that one of our greatest actors has yet to win an Oscar.
His performance in
is incendiary - he literally shed blood for it.
He should have been nominated for that moment alone, the moment where he smashes his hand on the table, gets a shard of glass embedded in his palm, glances at it, and
incorporates the subsequent wound
into his performance.
Poor Leo, we hope that when he does eventually win his Oscar, it's ten times the size of a normal statue, to make up for all the times he's missed out.
(Oh, and if you're getting into the Oscars spirit, why not watch the Total Film team's winners predictions right
or below- do you agree?)
Best Director - Ben Affleck (Argo)
If you were a betting man, Ben Affleck would've been the first name on your 2013 Oscar nomination slip.
Sure, you wouldn't have got great odds, but before today, we would have told you it was the closest thing you could get to a sure thing.
is a perfect film.
But according to The Academy, Ben Affleck didn't have much to do with it.
We're tearing up our betting slips in disgust.
Best Picture - The Master
So, The Academy had the option to put 10 films forward for Best Picture.
They chose nine, and left
off the list; despite the fact the three main actors are all up for honours.
It's a real snub for Paul Thomas Anderson - it's as if The Academy are saying that his stars managed to achieve great performances, despite the fact they weren't in an Oscar-worthy film.
It didn't even get cinematography for pity's sake - say what you like about the narrative, there's no denying
The Master l
Best Director - Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty)
Before the 2013 Oscar nominations announcement, people were writing articles about the significance of Bigelow being nominated for two War On Terror movies in a row.
Most seemed to think that she would be in with a very good chance of winning Best Director.
No-one expected her to be left off the list completely.
The only possible explanation is that she has been nominated, and the information has been redacted.
Best Picture – The Dark Knight Rises
We know, we know –
The Dark Knight Rises
Some people were left wide-eyed by its epic scale, others could only gaze into the truck-sized plotholes.
But one thing we can all agree on is that
The Dark Knight
are both incredible movies.
The Dark Knight Rises
should have been nominated as a tip of the cowl to the trilogy,
The Return Of The King
As it stands, Nolan’s Batman saga will retire to the batcave without a single Best Picture nomination.
Best Actor – Jean-Louis Trintignant
Trintignant's moving performance in the astonishing
isn't just deserving of a nomination, it is worthy of a win.
Sure, Daniel Day Lewis’ Lincoln was technically meticulous, but Jean-Louis’ portrayal of a man watching his wife slowly fade away was far more resonant.
It’s actually bordering on disgrace that he hasn't been nominated.
Best Supporting Actor – Samuel L Jackson (Django Unchained)
Samuel L Jackson is absolutely astonishing in
His character, Stephen, is essentially three men occupying one body – and Jackson’s layered performance ensures that they’re all represented.
It’s his most transformative turn, with the iconic actor completely disappearing into an extremely difficult role.
The Academy already has one strike against Jackson – not giving him the gold for
is still one of their most monumental mistakes – this is the latest, and arguably the worst.
Best Sound Editing - Berberian Sound Studio
As you’d probably expect from a film that’s very specifically about the sound editing process,
Berberian Sound Studio
’s sound design was practically a character in itself.
So, it should have been the first film on the list when it came to this year’s nominations.
But the fact it’s missing isn’t actually the Academy’s fault,
wasn’t released in the States in time for an Oscar run.
Which in our opinion is a promotional mistake almost equal to that weird
Asda exclusive DVD cover.
Best Original Screenplay – The Cabin In The Woods
We’re aware that Oscar doesn’t like to acknowledge horror flicks, let alone horror-comedies, but come on – if there was a better original script in cinemas this year, we didn’t see it.
Funny, smart and constantly entertaining,
Cabin In The Woods
was easily one of the best scripts of 2012.
And its perfectly delivered premise changed the way fans will see horror films forever.
If that isn’t worthy of a nod, we don’t know what is.
If only Oscar was a fan of fun.
Best Documentary - The Imposter
is one of those rare documentaries that cross over to appeal to critics and audiences alike.
It's twist-filled narrative was more compelling and surprising than most thrillers.
But it wasn't good enough for Oscar. It's a mystery as baffling as some of the events in the movie.
Best Foreign Film – Holy Motors
Essentially as much a love letter to the magic of storytelling and performance as
, with its bold experimentation, could have gone all the way in the Best Foreign Film category this year.
Sadly, only one film is eligible per country, and France decided to go with
as their potential golden-baldie snagger.
Which is a bit like having
The Red Shoes
as an option and going with
Best Actor – Bill Murray (Hyde Park On Hudson)
Believe it or not, Bill Murray has never won an Oscar. Not even for
In fact, Murray’s only nomination was for
Lost In Translation
, and he was beaten to that particular prize by Sean Penn’s
performance was The Academy’s latest chance to reward Murray’s fine career and they’ve fluffed it.
That’s despite that fact it’s exactly the sort of role / turn the Oscars tend to celebrate late on in an actor’s career.
Not perfect, but with enough elements to make up for earlier oversights (see Paul Newman, Henry Fonda, Humphrey Bogart, John Wayne, Al Pacino).
Best Adapted Screenplay – Avengers Assemble
Anyone can adapt
Just sing a bunch of songs from the musical and you’re done.
Properly adapting The Avengers comics is a far more impressive feat – one that was completely unimaginable ten years ago.
Why do you prefer showtunes to superhero scraps, Oscar voters? Why?
Best Picture – The Raid: Redemption
The Raid: Redemption
was pure physical cinema, as unadulterated as anything Chaplin or Keaton created.
And considering the fact the Academy had to create honorary awards for both of those men, because they weren’t given their due during their actual careers, we reckon Gareth Evans and his team should’ve been rewarded with a Best Picture nomination at the very least.
We understand this one was a bit of a long shot though.
Best Actor – Karl Urban (Dredd)
If Daniel Day Lewis can be nominated for his perfect representation of Lincoln, then why can’t Karl Urban for his dead-on impersonation of Judge Joe Dredd?
And if you’re talking about acting challenges, there aren’t many tougher tasks than building a character who has the top half of his head hidden for the duration of the movie.
Again, it's not like we were expecting this one, but in a perfect world, Urban would be practising his speech as we write this.
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