The Film Fatales Pick Their Picks for 2013’s most-anticipated awards ceremony!
Well, this is it: The end of the awards show season. Gee, that went fast! This season was full of surprises. (Who thought Les Mis was going to come in from behind and steal Lincoln’s thunder?) No doubt, this year’s Oscars are going to have a few shockers – the first being: Who the hell thought it was a good idea to have Seth McFarlane host? (Here’s hoping the FCC censors are poised to push that delay button!) Well, anyway, here are our picks for the 2013 Academy Awards.
Best Motion Picture
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty
Life of Pi
Nicole: Welp, based on the Golden Globes and all other ceremonies that came thereafter, it looks like Lincoln ain’t going to pull this off. It’s either Les Miserables or Argo. There really needs to not be more than 5 choices for Best Picture, btw. When you come down to it, some years just don’t have more than 5 worthy picks. This is one of those years.
elizabeth: I was sort of surprised that Lincoln got snubbed a lot and confused that people thought it was slow. What were they expecting – car crashes? People – let’s slow down a bit and enjoy the story about the history of our country. So for that reason, I am going to go with Lincoln. I know I am wrong, but I don’t care.
Achievement in Directing
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Michael Haneke, Amour
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Nicole: With Affleck not in the running this time out, perhaps Spielberg will earn what’s rightfully his.
elizabeth: I got to give it to Spielberg. He got Daniel Day-Lewis out from semi-retirement and my eyes and ears thank him for that. Now if he only incorporated a car chase or two.
Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Denzel Washington, Flight
Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Nicole: Duh, Daniel Day Lewis. And deservedly so.
elizabeth: I would love to see Bradley Cooper take the Oscar because he was brilliant in his role, but I can’t forsake Daniel. Just in case we both end up single one day. Please God.
Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Nicole: I really don’t see Jennifer Lawrence pulling this off, despite how good she was in Silver Linings. I’m going with Jessica Chastain.
elizabeth: I am going to have to agree with you on this one. Maybe it will be good to see a very strong role played by a woman honored with an Oscar. Jennifer – trust me, keep doing what you are doing and an Oscar will be in your future.
Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Phillip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
Alan Arkin, Argo
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Nicole: This is a tough competition. I’m hoping for Tommy Lee Jones. Just do not think the DeNiro role was meaty enough to earn this nod. Not sure why everyone thinks it was award worthy.
elizabeth: After thinking about it again, I think DeNiro did stretch himself in this role and I am glad that he got away from The Fockers. But Tommy Lee Jones was my hero so I hope he earns one and stays away from Men in Black sequels.
Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Amy Adams, The Master
Nicole: This one pains me. I so, so want this to go to Sally Field. But, dammit, Anne Hathaway is going to treat us to another excruciating acceptance speech. God, help me. There is not enough Oxycontin on the planet to get me through another one of her trite, self-serving, sanctimonious speeches. Also, why does Amy Adams keep getting nominated for stuff? Ponderous.
elizabeth: Does a small role such as Hathaway’s trump a meaty role like Sally Field’s Mary Todd in Lincoln? I don’t have a problem with Anne Hathaway as long as she stays away from those Princess Diary movies, but Sally Field’s role took you on an emotional roller coaster. And for that, the Oscar should go to Sally Field.
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