Harvey Weinstein Oscars' Lead Continues: Oscar nominations
Harvey Weinstein Oscars' lead continues unabated, thanks to key nominations for Silver Linings Playbook – in the running in all four acting categories – The Master, and Django Unchained.
Performance by an actor in a leading role
Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Performance by an actress in a leading role
Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Best animated feature film of the year
“Brave” Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman
“Frankenweenie” Tim Burton
“ParaNorman” Sam Fell and Chris Butler
“The Pirates! Band of Misfits” Peter Lord
“Wreck-It Ralph” Rich Moore
Achievement in cinematography
Achievement in costume design
“Anna Karenina” Jacqueline Durran
“Les Misérables” Paco Delgado
“Lincoln” Joanna Johnston
“Mirror Mirror” Eiko Ishioka
“Snow White and the Huntsman” Colleen Atwood
Achievement in directing
Best documentary feature
“5 Broken Cameras”
Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi
Nominees to be determined
“How to Survive a Plague”
Nominees to be determined
“The Invisible War”
Nominees to be determined
“Searching for Sugar Man”
Nominees to be determined
Best documentary short subject
Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine
Sari Gilman and Jedd Wider
“Mondays at Racine”
Cynthia Wade and Robin Honan
Kief Davidson and Cori Shepherd Stern
Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill
Achievement in film editing
“Argo” William Goldenberg
“Life of Pi” Tim Squyres
“Lincoln” Michael Kahn
“Silver Linings Playbook” Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers
“Zero Dark Thirty” Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg
Best foreign language film of the year
“A Royal Affair” Denmark
“War Witch” Canada
Achievement in make-up and hairstyling
Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane
Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
“Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice”
Music and Lyric by J. Ralph
“Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from “Ted”
Music by Walter Murphy; Lyric by Seth MacFarlane
“Pi's Lullaby” from “Life of Pi”
Music by Mychael Danna; Lyric by Bombay Jayashri
“Skyfall” from “Skyfall”
Music and Lyric by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
“Suddenly” from “Les Misérables”
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Lyric by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil
Best motion picture of the year
“Amour” Nominees to be determined
“Argo” Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney, Producers
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” Dan Janvey, Josh Penn and Michael Gottwald, Producers
“Django Unchained” Stacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin and Pilar Savone, Producers
“Les Misérables” Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward and Cameron Mackintosh, Producers
“Life of Pi” Gil Netter, Ang Lee and David Womark, Producers
“Lincoln” Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers
“Silver Linings Playbook” Donna Gigliotti, Bruce Cohen and Jonathan Gordon, Producers
“Zero Dark Thirty” Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow and Megan Ellison, Producers
Achievement in production design
Production Design: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
Production Design: Dan Hennah; Set Decoration: Ra Vincent and Simon Bright
Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Anna Lynch-Robinson
“Life of Pi”
Production Design: David Gropman; Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock
Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Jim Erickson
Best animated short film
“Adam and Dog” Minkyu Lee
“Fresh Guacamole” PES
“Head over Heels” Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly
“Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”” David Silverman
“Paperman” John Kahrs
Best live action short film
“Asad” Bryan Buckley and Mino Jarjoura
“Buzkashi Boys” Sam French and Ariel Nasr
“Curfew” Shawn Christensen
“Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)” Tom Van Avermaet and Ellen De Waele
“Henry” Yan England
Achievement in sound editing
“Argo” Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn
“Django Unchained” Wylie Stateman
“Life of Pi” Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton
“Skyfall” Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers
“Zero Dark Thirty” Paul N.J. Ottosson
Achievement in sound mixing
John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia
Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes
“Life of Pi”
Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin
Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins
Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson
Achievement in visual effects
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White
“Life of Pi”
Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott
“Marvel's The Avengers”
Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick
Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill
“Snow White and the Huntsman”
Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson
“Argo” Screenplay by Chris Terrio
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” Screenplay by Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin
“Life of Pi” Screenplay by David Magee
“Lincoln” Screenplay by Tony Kushner
“Silver Linings Playbook” Screenplay by David O. Russell
“Amour” Written by Michael Haneke
“Django Unchained” Written by Quentin Tarantino
“Flight” Written by John Gatins
“Moonrise Kingdom” Written by Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
“Zero Dark Thirty” Written by Mark Boal
Oscar Predictions: Nominations
The Academy Awards 2013 nominations will be announced in a few hours. When checking out the Oscar nominees, remember that the Academy uses the preferential voting system. That means a) only one choice counts out of each voter's selections (top five or top ten, depending on the category) b) those that receive enough no. 1 and/or no. 2 votes – about 1/6 of the total votes in that category – have a much better chance of landing a nomination than an individual or a movie that every single voting Academy member places at, say, no. 3 and/or no. 4 and/or no. 5. Something else, in this case an AMPASian particularity: in order to be nominated, each film or individual must be featured at the very top on at least one ballot.
Below are our last-minute predictions in several categories. If our list and the Academy's aren't exact matches, blame the Academy, not us. [Watch Oscar Nominations Live-Streaming Online.]
Best Picture, which will feature anywhere between five and ten nominees. If five nominees: Argo, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Les Misérables, Zero Dark Thirty. Sixth option: Silver Linings Playbook. Seventh option: Django Unchained. Eighth option: Amour. Ninth option: Moonrise Kingdom. Tenth option: Beasts of the Southern Wild. Possibilities: Sam Mendes' Skyfall; John Madden's The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel; Robert Zemeckis' Flight, Juan Antonio Bayona's The Impossible. Unlikely: Gary Ross' The Hunger Games, Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises.
Best Foreign Language Film: Amour, Beyond the Hills, The Intouchables, Kon-Tiki, A Royal Affair.
Best Actor: Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook; Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln; John Hawkes, The Sessions; Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables; Denzel Washington, Flight. Possibilities: Joaquin Phoenix, The Master; Richard Gere, Arbitrage. Unlikely: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Amour; Matt Damon, Promised Land.
Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty; Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone; Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook; Emmanuelle Riva, Amour; Naomi Watts, The Impossible. Possibilities: Helen Mirren, Hitchcock; Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild; Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea; Judi Dench, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
Best Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin, Argo; Javier Bardem, Skyfall; Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master; Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln; Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained. Possibilities: Matthew McConaughey, Magic Mike; Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook; Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained. Less likely: Dwight Henry, Beasts of the Southern Wild.
Best Supporting Actress: Sally Field, Lincoln; Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables; Helen Hunt, The Sessions; Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy; Maggie Smith, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Possibilities: Amy Adams, The Master; Judi Dench, Skyfall; Ann Dowd, Compliance.
Best Dir.: Ben Affleck, Argo; Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty; Michael Haneke, Amour; Ang Lee, Life of Pi; Steven Spielberg, Lincoln. Possibilities: Tom Hooper, Les Misérables; Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained. Less likely: David O. Russell's Silver Linings Playbook; Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom; Benh Zeitlin's Beasts of the Southern Wild.
Best Original Screenplay Amour, Django Unchained, Flight, Moonrise Kingdom, Zero Dark Thirty. Possibilities: Looper, The Master, Arbitrage. Unlikely: Holy Motors.
Best Adapted Screenplay Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook. Possibilities: The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Les Misérables.
Best Animated Feature: Brave, Frankenweenie, Paranorman, The Rabbi's Cat, Wreck-it Ralph.
Best Documentary Feature: Bully, The Gatekeepers, How to Survive a Plague, The Invisible War, This Is Not a Film.
Best Cinematography: Life of Pi, Lincoln, Les Misérables, Skyfall, Zero Dark Thirty.
Best Original Score: Anna Karenina, Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Lincoln, Life of Pi.
Best Editing: Argo, Lincoln, Les Misérables, Skyfall, Zero Dark Thirty.
Best Song: “Breath of Life,” Snow White and the Huntsman; “Skyfall,” Skyfall; “Song of the Lonely Mountain,” The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey; “Suddenly,” Les Misérables; “Touch the Sky,” Brave.
Best Art Direction: Anna Karenina, The Dark Knight Rises, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Lincoln, Les Misérables.
Best Costume Design: Anna Karenina, Lincoln, Mirror Mirror, Les Misérables, Snow White and the Huntsman.
Best Visual Effects: The Avengers, Cloud Atlas, The Dark Knight Rises, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Life of Pi.
Best Sound Mixing: The Avengers, Django Unchained, The Hunger Games, Les Misérables, Skyfall.
Best Sound Editing: Argo, The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, Les Misérables, Skyfall.
Best Make-Up and Hairstyling: Lincoln, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Snow White and the Huntsman.
Watch Oscar 2013 Nominations Live-Streaming Online
The Academy Awards 2013 nominations will be announced at 5:30 a.m. PT. You can watch Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone announce the list of nominees in the “top categories.” Those include Best Picture, Best Foreign Language Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Emma Stone, of course, is the star of last year's Best Picture nominee The Help, the summer hit The Amazing Spider-Man, and the upcoming Gangster Squad. I'd say the last title, co-starring Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, and Josh Brolin, and opening next Friday, is the reason Stone will be up and about at such an ungodly hour in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. (Please scroll down to watch the Oscar 2013 nominations live-streaming online.)
Potential nominees are listed in our Oscar 2013 Predictions. Contenders include Michael Haneke's Amour, Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, Tom Hooper's Les Miserables, Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty, Ben Affleck's Argo, Ang Lee's Life of Pi, Cristian Mungiu's Beyond the Hills, Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, Anne Hathaway, Sally Field, Daniel Day-Lewis, Emmanuelle Riva, Joaquin Phoenix, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, the Adele song “Skyfall,” the Mirror Mirror costumes, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Avengers' visual effects, jailed Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi's documentary feature This Is Not a Film, Florence and the Machine's song “Breath of Life” (from Snow White and the Huntsman), and cinematographer Greig Fraser (for Zero Dark Thirty). Once again, if we got anything “wrong,” it's all the Academy's fault – not ours.
Geneviève Bujold returns: Canadian Screen Awards
In addition to War Witch's Rachel Mwanza, the Canadian Screen Awards 2013 Best Actress nominees are Evelyne Brochu for Inch'allah, Marilyn Castonguay for L'Affaire Dumont, Suzanne Clément for Laurence Anyways, and Geneviève Bujold for Still Mine. In the Michael McGowan-directed drama based on real-life events, the veteran Bujold plays farmer James Cromwell tough-but-ailing wife whose physical frailty sets in motion the film's plot: Cromwell's desire to build a better, more comfortable house for Bujold pits him against government inspector Jonathan Potts.
The Montreal-born Geneviève Bujold is best known for her Hollywood movies: Charles Jarrott's Best Picture Academy Award nominee Anne of the Thousand Days (1969), which earned Bujold a Best Actress Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Anne Boleyn; Mark Robson's Earthquake, playing Charlton Heston's extra-marital love interest (Ava Gardner was the cheated-on wife); and Michael Crichton's thriller Coma, as a doctor out to uncover some unhealthy goings-on at a renowned hospital facility.
I should add that Geneviève Bujold Bujold's Canadian Screen Award nomination is her sixth – if you consider the new awards as an extension of the old Genies. Bujold received a Best Supporting Actress Genie for Bob Clark's Sherlock Holmes / Jack the Ripper thriller Murder by Decree (1979), and was later nominated four more times, all but the last instance in the Best Actress category: Paul Almond's Final Assignment (1980), David Cronenberg's Dead Ringers (1988), Michel Brault's Mon Amie Max (1994), and Don McKellar's Last Night (1998).
Americans James Cromwell and David Morse, Frenchman Melvil Poupaud vying for Best Actor
The Best Actor Canadian Screen Awards 2013 shortlist consists of 1995 Oscar nominee James Cromwell (Babe) for Still Mine, Patrick Drolet for All That You Possess, 2005 Genie Award nominee Marc-André Grondin (C.R.A.Z.Y.) for L'Affaire Dumont, David Morse for Collaborator, and Melvil Poupaud for Laurence Anyways.
Up for Best Supporting Actor are Jay Baruchel and Kim Coates for Goon, Stephan James for Home Again, Elias Koteas for Winnie, and War Witch's aforementioned Serge Kanyinda.
The Best Supporting Actress nominees are Seema Biswas for Midnight's Children, Fefe Dobson for Home Again, Alice Morel Michaud for Les Pee Wee 3D, Gabrielle Miller for Moving Day, and Sabrina Ouazani for Inch'allah.
Hosted by Martin Short, the Canadian Screen Awards 2013 ceremony will be held on March 3. The complete list of Canadian Screen Awards 2013 nominations can be found here.
Canadian Screen Awards nominations: 'War Witch' rules
The Genie Awards are dead, long live the Canadian Screen Awards! Well, in truth, the Genie Awards aren't exactly dead; they've just been transmogrified, along with Canadian television's Gemini Awards, into the aforementioned Canadian Screen Awards, organized by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. But Genie or Canadian Screen, once again a Québécois production dominates the nominations roster. (Image: Rachel Mwanza in Kim Nguyen's War Witch.)
Kim Nguyen's Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award nominee Rebelle / War Witch, the story of a (very) young African rebel fighter, received a total of 12 Canadian Screen Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (Berlin Film Festival's Best Actress Rachel Mwanza), Best Supporting Actor (Serge Kanyinda), and Best Original Screenplay (Nguyen).
War Witch follows in the heels of recent Quebec-made Genie Award powerhouses and eventual Best Picture winners such as Denys Arcand's The Barbarian Invasions; Sylvain Chomet's The Triplets of Belleville; Jean-Marc Vallée's C.R.A.Z.Y.; Erik Canuel's God Cop, Bad Cop; Denis Villeneuve's Polytechnique and Incendies; and Philippe Falardeau's Monsieur Lazhar.
This year, War Witch was followed by another Made in Quebec production, Xavier Dolan's sex-change drama Laurence Anyways, with 10 nods.
Canadian Screen Awards: Salman Rushdie in, Robert Pattinson out
Perhaps chief among the Canadian Screen Awards' curiosities is a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination for Salman Rushdie for Midnight's Children, directed by Deepa Mehta and based on Rushdie's own novel about growing up in post-independence India.
Also worth noting is that Canada's Cannes Film Festival Official Competition entry, David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis, was bypassed in most categories. In other words, no nominations for Best Picture, for director Cronenberg (a Genie Awards favorite), for star Robert Pattinson, or for supporting players Sarah Gadon, Juliette Binoche, and Paul Giamatti. Greeted by mixed reviews in Canada and a local box office bomb, Cosmopolis garnered only three nods: for screenwriter Cronenberg's adaptation of Don DeLillo's novel; for Howard Shore's music; and for Shore, Emily Haines, and James Shaw's song “Long to Live.”
Antiviral, directed by David Cronenberg's son Brandon Cronenberg, received a total of four nods, though none for the younger Cronenberg: Best Original Score, Best Production Design, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Make-Up. That means Cosmopolis and Antiviral are in competition in the Best Original Score category.
Canadian Screen Awards 2013 select nominations
Besides War Witch, the Best Picture Canadian Screen Award nominees are the following: Xavier Dolan's Laurence Anyways; Deepa Mehta's Midnight's Children; Daniel Grou's (a.k.a. Podz) L'Affaire Dumont, in which a young, uneducated man (Marc-André Grondin) is convicted of a sex crime he didn't commit; Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette's Inch'Allah, about a Red Crescent worker (Evelyne Brochu) who becomes enmeshed in the Israel vs. Palestine conflict; and Michael McGowan's Still Mine (a.k.a. Still), starring veterans James Cromwell and Geneviève Bujold as an elderly couple who must fight the system in order to build a new house.
Three of the Best Picture filmmakers are also in the running in the Best Director category: Nguyen, Dolan, and Mehta. They're joined by Michael Dowse for Goon and Bernard Émond for Tout Ce Que Tu Possèdes / All That You Possess. Competing with Nguyen in the Best Original Screenplay category are Dolan and Émond, in addition to Jason Buxton for Blackbird and Michael McGowan for Still Mine.
In the Best Adapted Screenplay category, Salman Rushdie and David Cronenberg are joined by Cosmopolis and The Sorcerer's Apprentice actor Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg for Goon, Anita Doron for The Lesser Blessed, and Martin Villeneuve for Mars et Avril. Strangely, two of the Canadian Screen Awards' Best Picture nominees failed to be shortlisted in either the Best Director or the Best Screenplay categories: L'Affaire Dumont and Inch'Allah, whereas Goon, nominated in both the Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay categories, failed to be shortlisted for Best Picture.
Rachel Mwanza War Witch image: Item 7 / Shen Studio.