Oscar snubs 2013
First, I would like to start off with a few major Oscar snubs that I need to get of my chest. My biggest gripe, hands down, is that “Bernie” wasn’t nominated for anything. It’s a dark comedy by Richard Linklater set in an East Texas town about Bernie Tiede (Jack Black in the titular role), so well liked that even after he committed murder (of a very mean old crone played by Shirley MacLane) the town was on his side.
Bob Hope once called Oscar time “passover” for comedies, but comedies shouldn’t be left out in the cold time after time. Yes, “Ted” is nominated for Best Song, but there’s not a single straight comedy in the Best Picture line up. I’m not saying that “The Three Stooges” should be among the nominees, and even “The Dictator” would be a stretch, but “Bernie” was something special. The acting, the dialogue, the sets, and especially the real people from the town who gave their accounts of Bernie’s story–it’s all perfect, and I’m not just sayin’ that ‘cause I’m from Texas, ya’ll. For me, this one is the mother of all Oscar snubs.
There’s been some considerable controversy about Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty,” but it is considered one of the best films of the year. Bigelow made the cover of “Time” a few weeks ago for her accomplishment, yet she was not nominated for an Oscar for Best Director. I realize that the nominations are subjective. I’m just worried that since she won two years ago, the male-dominated Academy has a case of “been there, done that” when it comes to a woman being nominated and winning in that category. Ben Affleck not being nominated for Best Director is also a major oversight.
Finally, one of the major Oscar snubs that nobody’s talking about is Jean-Louis Trintignant in “Amour.” He is spectacular, and while his co-star Emmanuelle Riva has received an Oscar-nomination for Best Actress, Jean-Louis came away empty handed.
Okay, enough griping. I’d like to make a few predictions, and then I’d like to know what YOU think. Here are the nominees for Best Picture: “Argo,” Amour,” “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Django Unchained,” “Les Miserables,” “Life of Pi,” “Lincoln,” “Silver Linings Playbook,” and “Zero Dark Thirty.”
I may be going out on a limb, but my prediction is “Lincoln.” In January it looked like “Lincoln” would have a lock on Best Picture, but since then “Argo” has gotten incredible momentum, winning everything from the Golden Globes to the BAFTA awards. Still, the Academy is known to differ from other awards shows. This is the most exciting Oscar race in years, and there are bound to be some upsets. My prediction may be one of them.
The only category that has a “lock” this year is Best Actor, and Daniel Day-Lewis is virtually guaranteed to take home the trophy for his performance as Lincoln. For the Best Actress category, the favorite going into it seems to be Jennifer Lawrence of “Silver Linings Playbook,” but I am going to predict Emmanuelle Riva of “Amour.” She is the oldest actress ever nominated, and truly deserves the recognition for her profound performance. I would like to think the Academy will rise to the occasion.
For Best Director, I think it will be Steven Spielberg for “Lincoln.” The Academy loves him, but it wasn’t always that way. Early in his career the Academy gave him the cold shoulder, perhaps resentful that he invented the Hollywood blockbuster as we know it today (i.e., “Jaws”) or considering him a lightweight. That’s all changed, as Spielberg has commanded the respect he deserves many times over since “Schindler’s List.”
In closing, I’ll make a few other predictions: “Brave” will win Best Animated Feature. Anne Hathaway will win Best Supporting Actress for “Les Miserables” and Tommy Lee Jones will win Best Supporting Actor for “Lincoln.”
Now it’s your turn! Who do you think will win on Sunday night?
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