If it's crap ... We'll tell you
The coming of the new year brings with it the strange, garish tradition that we call The Academy Awards. It's that time of year when celebrities wander out of their palatial caves for a giant pageant wherein they pretend they don't want the gold statues for which they are competing with their colleagues. I'm just being ornery of course, the Oscars are a grand institution within Hollywood and many, many people look forward each year to not only the awards themselves, but also to the announcement of the nominations. Today, that announcement has been made. So without further ado, here are some of the artists nominated this year....
'Beasts of the Southern Wild'
'Life of Pi'
'Silver Linings Playbook'
'Zero Dark Thirty'
Michael Haneke, 'Amor'
Benh Zeitlin, 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'
Ang Lee, 'Life of Pi'
Steven Spielberg, 'Lincoln'
David O. Russell, 'Silver Linings Playbook'
Actor, Leading Role
Bradley Cooper, 'Silver Linings Playbook'
Daniel Day-Lewis, 'Lincoln'
Hugh Jackman, 'Les Miserables'
Joaquin Phoenix, 'The Master'
Denzel Washington, 'Flight'
Actress, Leading Role
Jessica Chastain, 'Zero Dark Thirty'
Jennifer Lawrence, 'Silver Linings Playbook'
Emanuelle Riva, 'Amour'
Quvenzhané Wallis, 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'
Naomi Watts, 'The Impossible'
Actor, Supporting Role
Alan Arkin, 'Argo'
Robert DeNiro, 'Silver Linings Playbook'
Philip Seymour Hoffman, 'The Master'
Tommy Lee Jones, 'Lincoln'
Christoph Waltz, 'Django Unchained'
Actress, Supporting Role
Amy Adams, 'The Master'
Sally Field, 'Lincoln'
Anne Hathaway, 'Les Miserables'
Helen Hunt, 'The Sessions'
Jacki Weaver, 'Silver Linings Playbook'
Seamus McGarvey, 'Anna Karenina'
Robert Richardson, 'Django Unchained'
Claudio Miranda, 'Life of Pi'
Janusz Kaminski, 'Lincoln'
Roger Deakins, 'Skyfall'
'The Pirates! Band of Misfits'
For a complete list of categories and nominees, feel free to hop over to the official Academy Awards website. The two big snubs this year appear to be 'Moonrise Kingdom' and 'The Master.' True, 'The Master' did get nods in performance categories, but Paul Thomas Anderson was not nominated for Best Director and it appears the Academy thought it better to leave a Best Picture slot empty rather than nominate either 'Master' or 'Moonrise.' And yet honestly, the biggest oversight for both of those films, in my humble opinion, is in the cinematography category. I wasn't over the moon for either film, but the one thing that was impossible to ignore was how immaculately each was shot. Well, it's that time again. Bring on the discussion, the debate, the screaming, and the running. Sorry, went a little Goldblum there.
The 85th Annual Academy Awards will be broadcast February 24th on ABC starting at 7pm Eastern. Also, don't forget to tune into Spill on that night for our live Oscar stream.