Oscars: 2013 Nominations – Winners and Losers

Whoa! What happened? So, myself and a lot of the more “professional” Oscar predictors did a pretty mediocre job on their predictions, especially in the Best Director category. But I thought the nominations were more thought provoking than previous years. It shows that the Academy is a group of wildcards really.

So here is the list of winners and losers after the nominations were announced per category:


Winners – Amour, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained
Probably not so much Django Unchained which was widely predicted to receive this honor, but still doubted by many. Beasts was counted out for its indie status and early release, but was able to overcome that with a slew of nominations. Amour was predicted by few, but it’s more difficult for a foreign film to break into this category.

Losers – Moonrise Kingdom, Flight, The Master
Moonrise Kingdom was probably the biggest snub in the category, I am a little bias in saying that. But Beasts got rave reviews and an early release and got more nominations than expected. Moonrise Kingdom received many precursor awards and made many top 10 lists. Flight wasn’t raved about, but some expected it had just enough momentum to break through. The Master not making this category is a travesty for many people (which I will never understand the appeal) however like Moonrise Kingdom the film did make many top 10 lists and receive many Critic awards.

Best Director

Winners – Michael Haneke, Benh Zeitlin, David O. Russell
These three directors didn’t receive DGA nominations unlike Ang Lee and Spielberg. David O. Russell was still widely predicted based on the word-of-mouth from Academy members about the love for Silver Linings PlaybookHaneke getting in for Amour is even bigger than the film getting in for Best Picture. Benh Zeitlin literally came out of nowhere, but I believe the nomination is very well-deserved because the man directed a seven year old into a Lead Actress nomination.

Losers – Ben Affleck, Kathyrn Bigelow, Tom Hooper
Ben Affleck and Kathyrn Bigelow not receiving nominations for Argo and Zero Dark Thirty is insane. Both films considered front-runners, now may have a hard time finding Academy love. Director and Picture usually go hand and hand. Tom Hooper was on the bubble since most critics considered his direction the biggest fault of Les Miserables, but I still believe Les Mis could’ve taken the top prize if Hooper had received the nomination. Not now.

Best Actor

Winners – Bradley Cooper, Hugh Jackman, Joaquin Phoenix
There were six major contenders for this nomination and the three above were often left off of prediction lists. Bradley Cooper and Hugh Jackman receiving their first nominations ever for Silver Linings Playbook and Les Miserables is big. It’s also to note that Joaquin Phoenix got in despite the Academy not giving high honors to The Master and despite his words against the occasion.

Losers – John Hawkes, Richard Gere
The majority of people predicted John Hawkes for The Sessions, I didn’t like the film, but he was great per usual. But almost everyone predicted him, the final day of before nominations I took him away from my Gold Derby predictions and I am glad I did because I successfully predicted the category. Most people call it a “major snub.” Richard Gere was probably never going to get in, but he’s not getting younger and still has never received an Oscar nomination.

Best Actress

Winners – Emmanuelle Riva, Quvenzhane Wallis
Why? Because the oldest Actress to ever be nominated in the category and the youngest. Both were also on the bubble during predictions, now could be considered serious contenders after the success of Amour and Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Losers – Marion Cotillard
Another widely predicted claim was Cotillard performance in the foreign film Rust and Bone. I never saw it, I don’t believe many people did. Heard she was fantastic, don’t doubt it. Predicted it because everyone else did.

Best Supporting Actor

Winners – Alan Arkin, Robert De Niro, Christoph Waltz
Arkin and De Niro were expected, I know, but part of me doubted it considering how small their roles were in the films and how little of their acting chops were showcased in Argo and Silver Linings Playbook. Oh well, that’s Oscar politics. And Christoph Waltz, because the vote could’ve easily split in favor of his co-star DiCaprio.

Losers – Leonardo DiCaprio, Eddie Redmayne, Matthew McConaughey
It’s to be noted that DiCaprio has not ever won an Oscar, crazy right? Looks like he’ll miss out this year too. Redmayne was probably never going to make it in, but he was arguably the third best performance in Les MiserablesI didn’t think McConaughey did anything worthy of any awards in Magic Mike, even if he got some attention. I thought he was marvelous in Killer Joe though, and I do believe we will see his name on the Oscars website soon enough.

Best Supporting Actress

Winners – Amy Adams, Jacki Weaver
Once again, I’m in the minority for disliking The Master, and I love Amy Adams, I just thought she kind of sat there and did nothing in the movie. She was great at what she was doing, but it was so little, there were better choices. Same goes double for Jacki Weaver in Silver Linings Playbook.

Losers – Ann Dowd, Maggie Smith
Ann Dowd was in Compliance a film viewed by few, but raved by all. Some people still thought she’d make it. Maggie Smith is a miss too, but not a heavy miss, some people predicted it and she missed.

Original Screenplay

Winners – Amour, Flight
Amour for the same reasons I listed for Best Picture, it is rare that a Foreign Film gets so much attention and Flight is big mainly because of how little attention it got.

Losers – The Master, Looper
Some thought this would be a major moment for Rian Johnson’s Sci-Fi epic and of course The Master lovers think it was absolutely insane for the film to get snubbed here. Personally I thought the writing was the greatest fault of the movie, direction being its ally.

Adapted Screenplay

Winners – Beasts of the Southern Wild, Life of Pi
Both these films were on the bubble in the category, happy Beasts made it. Life of Pi’script seemed like a miss here, but it broke through with this and multiple other nominations.

Losers – The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Les Miserables
Some say where Perks excelled most was its screenplay, and after some attention from the NBR and other precursors, some thought it could squeeze in. Les Miserables was widely expected to miss here, but if it did get it, it would’ve been big news to the films chances at the top prize.

Other Wins and Loses

WINS – The Pirates! for Animated Film, War Witch and Kon-Tiki for Foreign Film, Anna Karenina for four nominations, Roger Deakins for Skyfall cinematography, Silver Linings Playbook and Life of Pi for editing, Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman for Costume Design, 5 Broken Cameras for Best Documentary, Hitchcock for Makeup and Hairstyling, Skyfall for Original Score by Thomas Newman, J. Ralph “Before My Time” from Chasing Ice for Original Song, “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from Ted by Walter Murphy and Seth MacFarlane for Original Song, The Hobbit for Production Design, Skyfall for Sound Editing and Sound Mixing, Prometheus for Visual Effects

LOSSES – No Django Unchained for Production Design, The Master doesn’t get in for Cinematography, Cloud Atlas doesn’t get anything, The Dark Knight Rises doesn’t get anything, Les Miserables loses out on Best Editing, Lincoln misses Sound Editing and Makeup and fails to tie the Oscar record

FINAL CONSENSUS: Lincoln is winning this thing. All it has to overcome is Silver Linings Playbook and Life of Pi. Those are the three to watch out for come Oscar season.