Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Academy Awards 2013: TV Lass's Ballot

(I had to include this video by BriTANick, it's a few years old.  But I love it.)

Once again, Meg and I will be facing off to see who can complete a better ballot.  This year's competition has been stiff, and I have been working hard to watch all of the movies, see all the performances, and make less emotional decisions to beat Meg.  We shall see how I fair on Monday, where I will assess how Seth MacFarlane did as a host.  I don't think I would be the only one who would support Amy Poehler and Tina Fey as permanent hosts for awards shows.  They are a tough act to follow, Good Luck Seth! (Side note: Still angry about "Heather" being included in the "White Trash" name list in Ted.)

The Academy is trying to bring a hipper less dated awards show to gain an audience.  I am doubtful they will be able to attract the Walking Dead audience on a Sunday night, even I am having a hard time not tuning in for my weekly zombie skull crushing fix.  But it'll have to wait until Monday.

Now may the best TV enthusiast win!!!!

My choices are below:

Argo--Too much momentum after being snubbed.  George Clooney and Ben Affleck on stage, what could the Academy want more?  Oh yeah, more younger viewers. 
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Misérables
Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

Original Screenplay
Django Unchained--My choice, he won the BAFTA and GG, so I see this following through.
Moonrise Kingdom
Zero Dark Thirty

Adapted Screenplay
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook--My choice, Meg has read the book, and it is next on my list. 

Foreign Language Film
Amour-My choice, I haven't seen it yet.  It seemed too depressing. I may try to fit it in. 
A Royal Affair
War Witch

Production Design
Anna Karenina
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Misérables
Life of Pi--My choice, this movie was such an undertaking.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Misérables-My choice. 

Michael Haneke , 'Amour'
Ang Lee , 'Life of Pi'
David O. Russell , 'Silver Linings Playbook'
Steven Spielberg , 'Lincoln'--My choice. 
Benh Zeitlin , 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'

Actor in a Leading Role
Bradley Cooper , 'Silver Linings Playbook'
Daniel Day-Lewis , 'Lincoln'---My choice, he's been going hard for it. But I think Hugh Jackman is a possibility. 
Hugh Jackman , 'Les Misérables'
Joaquin Phoenix , 'The Master'
Denzel Washington , 'Flight'

Animated Feature
Brave---My choice, I still need to see it. 
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Wreck-It Ralph---I think this could have won, but the Academy doesn't have nostalgia for video games.

Sound Editing
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty--My choice, the suspense alone.

Visual Effects
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Life of Pi
Marvel's The Avengers
Snow White and the Huntsman--My choice.

Anna Karenina
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Lincoln--My choice.

Documentary Feature (I didn't see any, so I would want to abstain.  I will guess though.)
5 Broken Cameras
The Gatekeepers
How to Survive a Plague--My choice.
The Invisible War
Searching for Sugar Man

Actor in a Supporting Role
Alan Arkin , 'Argo'
Robert De Niro , 'Silver Linings Playbook'
Philip Seymour Hoffman , 'The Master'
Tommy Lee Jones , 'Lincoln'
Christoph Waltz , 'Django Unchained'--My choice, he carried this movie. 

Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams , 'The Master'
Sally Field , 'Lincoln'
Anne Hathaway , 'Les Misérables'--My choice, even though I would love for Sally Field to get it. 
Helen Hunt , 'The Sessions'
Jacki Weaver , 'Silver Linings Playbook'

Film Editing
Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty--My choice.

Short Film, Animated
Adam and Dog
Fresh Guacamole
Head Over Heels
Maggie Simpson in "The Longest Daycare"-My choice, how could you not vote for Maggie Simpson!

Short Film, Live Action
Buzkashi Boys--My choice, only because the Today show has been covering it. 
Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)

Costume Design
Anna Karenina--My choice, I really want to see this.  I tried to read the book, but the movie looks beautiful. 
Les Misérables
Mirror Mirror
Snow White and the Huntsman

Sound Mixing
Les Misérables-My choice. 
Life of Pi

Actress in a Leading Role
Jessica Chastain , 'Zero Dark Thirty'
Jennifer Lawrence , 'Silver Linings Playbook'-My choice, even though everyone was amazing in their roles. 
Emmanuelle Riva , 'Amour'
Quvenzhané Wallis , 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'
Naomi Watts , 'The Impossible'

Documentary Short Subject (I haven't seen any, but I decided to take a guess.)
Kings Point
Mondays at Racine
Open Heart--My choice.

Original Score
Anna Karenina
Life of Pi--My choice.

Original Song
Before My Time
Everybody Needs a Best Friend
Pi's Lullaby
Skyfall--My choice. 

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