Today: February 28, 2024

The 85th Academy Awards, or just “Oscars” as it this week has announced it will simply be known as from now on, arrives at the peak of awards season this year in what has been one of the most unpredictable years for nominees to date.

The 85th
Academy Awards, or just “Oscars” as it this week has announced it will simply
be known as from now on, arrives at the peak of awards season this year in what
has been one of the most unpredictable years for nominees to date.

Considering that Argo,
the big winner of the Golden Globes and this year’s BAFTAs is barely
acknowledged this year, and with other notable shuns given to Kathryn Bigelow for best direct and Marion Cotillard for her trying central
performance in Rust and Bone, the
2013 line up has already caused some controversy.

Never ones to conform to the obvious however, the
independent and overseas markets have admirable inclusion this year with New
Orleans set Beasts of the Southern Wild
and Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or
snatching Amour present in all major
categories. Quvenzhané Wallis is the youngest nominee to date for her leading role in Beasts of a Southern Wild at just 9
years old, and Amour’s Emmanuelle Riva has already bagged a
BAFTA in the same category and becomes the oldest ever nominee in her category
at the tender age of 85.

Daniel Day Lewis
and Hugh Jackman are hotly tipped to
go head to head for best actor, and whereas best actress is anyone’s guess, Anne Hathaway’s spellbinding, if brief,
contribution to Les Miserablés, has
earned her odds of winning at 4/1 with the bookies.

The British factor is not as prominent this year, with Skyfall bringing the most attention in
the best song category, best cinematography and most of the tech categories.

The OSCAR ceremony
will be aired on Sunday the 24th of February.

Best Actress

Naomi Watts, The Impossible

Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty

Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Emmanuelle Riva, Armour

Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts Of The Southern Wild

Best Actor

Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook

Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

Denzel Washington, Flight

Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Hugh Jackson, Les Miserables

Best Original Song

Before My Time, Chasing Ice

Pi Lullaby, Life of Pi

Suddenly, Les Miserables

Everybody Needs a Best Friend, Ted

Skyfall, Skyfall

Best Supporting Actor:

Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master

Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook

Alan Arkin, Argo

Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

Best Supporting Actress

Sally Field, Lincoln

Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook

Helen Hunt, The Sessions

Amy Adams, The Master

Best Picture

Beasts of Southern Wild

Silver Linings Playbook

Zero Dark Thirty

Lincoln

Les Miserables

Life of Pi

Amour

Django Unchained

Argo

Best Director

David O Russell

Ang Lee

Steven Spielberg

Michael Haneke

Ben Zeitlin

Best Animation

Brave

Frankenweenie

ParaNorman

The Pirates! Band Of Misfits

Wreck-It Ralph

Best Costume Design

Anna Karenina

Les Misérables

Lincoln

Mirror Mirror

Snow White And The Huntsman

Cinematography

Anna Karenina

Django Unchained

Life Of Pi

Lincoln

Skyfall

Alex Moss Editor

Alex Moss’ obsession with film began the moment he witnessed the Alien burst forth from John Hurt’s stomach. It was perhaps ill-advised to witness this aged 6 but much like the beast within Hurt, he became infected by a parasite called ‘Movies’. Rarely away from his computer or a big screen, as he muses on Cinematic Deities, Alex is “more machine now than man. His mind is twisted and evil”. Email: alex.moss@filmjuice.com

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