2013 Academy Award Analysis
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Acting Film Type Audio Visual Other
Leading Actor x Picture x Sound Cinematography Direction
Leading Actress x Foreign Film x Sound Editing Production Design Original Screenplay x
Supporting Actor x Animated Feature x Song x Visual Effects Adapted Screenplay x
Supporting Actress x Short, Animation Score Costume Design Editing x
Feature Documentary Makeup
Short, Documentary
Short, Live Action


  • got the most of the big ones, missed everything else.
  • life of pi did better than expected.

  • Key:

  • my pick
  • my prediction



    Best Motion Picture of the Year Nominees:
    Amour (2012): Margaret Ménégoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka, Michael Katz
    Argo (2012): Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, George Clooney
    Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012): Dan Janvey, Josh Penn, Michael Gottwald
    Django Unchained (2012): Stacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin, Pilar Savone
    Les Misérables (2012): Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, Cameron Mackintosh
    Life of Pi (2012): Gil Netter, Ang Lee, David Womark
    Lincoln (2012): Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy
    Silver Linings Playbook (2012): Donna Gigliotti, Bruce Cohen, Jonathan Gordon
    Zero Dark Thirty (2012): Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow, Megan Ellison

  • argo is the favorite now and has all the momentum from the other awards shows. silver linings was a little better, but maybe too much of a feel good to actually win. argo is a little overwrought at times, but i don't begrudge it a win. weak year overall.

  • Best Achievement in Directing Nominees:
    Michael Haneke for Amour (2012)
    Ang Lee for Life of Pi (2012)
    David O. Russell for Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
    Steven Spielberg for Lincoln (2012)
    Benh Zeitlin for Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

  • haven't seen amour, life of pi or beasts of the southern wild. bad year for me in that regard. honestly, i don't expect any of these to be worthy of the award anyway. spielberg should be able to steal this one.

  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Nominees:
    Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
    Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln (2012)
    Hugh Jackman for Les Misérables (2012)
    Joaquin Phoenix for The Master (2012)
    Denzel Washington for Flight (2012/I)

  • day-lewis is overrated.



    Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Nominees:
    Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
    Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
    Emmanuelle Riva for Amour (2012)
    Quvenzhané Wallis for Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
    Naomi Watts for The Impossible (2012)

  • chastain is the only one who has a chance to take it from lawrence.

  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Nominees:
    Alan Arkin for Argo (2012)
    Robert De Niro for Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
    Philip Seymour Hoffman for The Master (2012)
    Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln (2012)
    Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained (2012)

  • seems like the buzz is saying jones will win, but waltz had the early momentum and turns in a better performance so i'm hoping the academy will come to its senses.

  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Nominees:
    Amy Adams for The Master (2012)
    Sally Field for Lincoln (2012)
    Anne Hathaway for Les Misérables (2012)
    Helen Hunt for The Sessions (2012)
    Jacki Weaver for Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

  • you would have to pay me to watch les miserable. can't wait to see hathaway cry and be practically perfect in every way during her acceptance speech. she makes me barf.



    Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Nominees:
    Amour (2012): Michael Haneke
    Django Unchained (2012): Quentin Tarantino
    Flight (2012/I): John Gatins
    Moonrise Kingdom (2012): Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola
    Zero Dark Thirty (2012): Mark Boal

  • tarantino is the most reliable writer of our time thanks to the meltdown by p.t. anderson.

  • Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published Nominees:
    Argo (2012): Chris Terrio
    Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012): Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin
    Life of Pi (2012): David Magee
    Lincoln (2012): Tony Kushner
    Silver Linings Playbook (2012): David O. Russell

  • this one seems like a more open race than the ones above.

  • Best Achievement in Cinematography Nominees:
    Anna Karenina (2012/I): Seamus McGarvey
    Django Unchained (2012): Robert Richardson
    Life of Pi (2012): Claudio Miranda
    Lincoln (2012): Janusz Kaminski
    Skyfall (2012): Roger Deakins

  • dark knight wan't even nominated? strange year.

  • Best Achievement in Editing Nominees:
    Argo (2012): William Goldenberg
    Life of Pi (2012): Tim Squyres
    Lincoln (2012): Michael Kahn
    Silver Linings Playbook (2012): Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers
    Zero Dark Thirty (2012): William Goldenberg, Dylan Tichenor

    Best Achievement in Production Design Nominees:
    Anna Karenina (2012/I): Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012): Dan Hennah, Ra Vincent, Simon Bright
    Les Misérables (2012): Eve Stewart, Anna Lynch-Robinson
    Life of Pi (2012): David Gropman, Anna Pinnock
    Lincoln (2012): Rick Carter, Jim Erickson 

    Best Achievement in Costume Design Nominees:
    Anna Karenina (2012/I): Jacqueline Durran
    Les Misérables (2012): Paco Delgado
    Lincoln (2012): Joanna Johnston
    Mirror Mirror (2012/I): Eiko Ishioka
    Snow White and the Huntsman (2012): Colleen Atwood

    Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score Nominees:
    Anna Karenina (2012/I): Dario Marianelli
    Argo (2012): Alexandre Desplat
    Life of Pi (2012): Mychael Danna
    Lincoln (2012): John Williams
    Skyfall (2012): Thomas Newman

    Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song Nominees:
    Chasing Ice (2012): J. Ralph("Before My Time")
    Les Misérables (2012): Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg, Herbert Kretzmer("Suddenly")
    Life of Pi (2012): Mychael Danna, Bombay Jayshree("Pi's Lullaby")
    Skyfall (2012): Adele, Paul Epworth("Skyfall")
    Ted (2012): Walter Murphy, Seth MacFarlane("Everybody Needs a Best Friend") 

    Best Achievement in Makeup Nominees:
    Hitchcock (2012): Howard Berger, Peter Montagna, Martin Samuel
    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012): Peter King, Rick Findlater, Tami Lane
    Les Misérables (2012): Lisa Westcott, Julie Dartnell 

    Best Achievement in Sound Mixing Nominees:
    Argo (2012): John T. Reitz, Gregg Rudloff, José Antonio García
    Les Misérables (2012): Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, Simon Hayes
    Life of Pi (2012): Ron Bartlett, Doug Hemphill, Drew Kunin
    Lincoln (2012): Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom, Ron Judkins
    Skyfall (2012): Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell, Stuart Wilson

    Best Achievement in Sound Editing Nominees:
    Argo (2012): Erik Aadahl, Ethan Van der Ryn
    Django Unchained (2012): Wylie Stateman
    Life of Pi (2012): Eugene Gearty, Philip Stockton
    Skyfall (2012): Per Hallberg, Karen M. Baker
    Zero Dark Thirty (2012): Paul N.J. Ottosson 

    Best Achievement in Visual Effects Nominees:
    The Avengers (2012): Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams, Daniel Sudick
    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012): Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, R. Christopher White
    Life of Pi (2012): Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik De Boer, Donald Elliott
    Prometheus (2012/I): Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley, Martin Hill
    Snow White and the Huntsman (2012): Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Phil Brennan, Neil Corbould, Michael Dawson 

    Best Animated Feature Film of the Year Nominees:
    Brave (2012): Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
    Frankenweenie (2012): Tim Burton
    ParaNorman (2012): Sam Fell, Chris Butler
    The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012): Peter Lord
    Wreck-It Ralph (2012): Rich Moore

  • word on the street is that brave wasn't very good. wreck-it ralph was fine enough, hopefully it wins instead of pixar, again. 



    Best Foreign Language Film of the Year Nominees:
    Amour (2012)(Austria)
    War Witch (2012)(Canada)
    No (2012/I)(Chile)
    A Royal Affair (2012)(Denmark)
    Kon-Tiki (2012)(Norway) 

    Best Documentary, Features Nominees:
    5 Broken Cameras (2011): Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi
    The Gatekeepers (2012): Dror Moreh, Philippa Kowarsky, Estelle Fialon
    How to Survive a Plague (2012): David France, Howard Gertler
    The Invisible War (2012): Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering
    Searching for Sugar Man (2012): Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn 

    Best Documentary, Short Subjects Nominees:
    Inocente (2012): Sean Fine, Andrea Nix
    Kings Point (2012): Sari Gilman, Jedd Wider
    Mondays at Racine (2012): Cynthia Wade, Robin Honan
    Open Heart (2013): Kief Davidson, Cori Shepherd Stern
    Redemption (2012/V): Jon Alpert, Matthew O'Neill

  • and now for three random guesses...



    Best Short Film, Animated Nominees:
    Adam and Dog (2011): Minkyu Lee
    Fresh Guacamole (2012): PES
    Head Over Heels (2012): Timothy Reckart, Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly
    Paperman (2012): John Kahrs
    The Simpsons: The Longest Daycare (2012): David Silverman 

    Best Short Film, Live Action Nominees:
    Asad (2012): Bryan Buckley, Mino Jarjoura
    Buzkashi Boys (2012): Sam French, Ariel Nasr
    Curfew (2012/I): Shawn Christensen
    Death of a Shadow (2012): Tom Van Avermaet, Ellen De Waele
    Henry (2011/III): Yan England