the 85th Academy Award nominees

Academy Awards Oscars

UPDATED: Winners are indicated with ♦s.

With links to my reviews. I’ll be adding reviews of the last few films I haven’t yet covered between now and the Oscars. (Unfortunately, I won’t have any access to foreign-language nominees Kon-Tiki and War Witch before the Oscars, so no reviews of them. Witch comes up on demand the week after the Oscars, so hopefully I can cover it then.)

This year, my predictions for who will and should win will be available to subscribers only; they’ll go out as a special edition of the Movie Cheat Sheet (which will also go to subscribers who’ve opted out of the Cheat Sheets). I expect that to go out around February 20th.

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actor in a leading role
[   ] Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook
[ ♦ ] Daniel Day-Lewis in Lincoln
[   ] Hugh Jackman in Les Misérables
[   ] Joaquin Phoenix in The Master
[   ] Denzel Washington in Flight

actor in a supporting role
[   ] Alan Arkin in Argo
[   ] Robert De Niro in Silver Linings Playbook
[   ] Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Master
[   ] Tommy Lee Jones in Lincoln
[ ♦ ] Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained

actress in a leading role
[   ] Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty
[ ♦ ] Jennifer Lawrence in Silver Linings Playbook
[   ] Emmanuelle Riva in Amour
[   ] Quvenzhané Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild
[   ] Naomi Watts in The Impossible

actress in a supporting role
[   ] Amy Adams in The Master
[   ] Sally Field in Lincoln
[ ♦ ] Anne Hathaway in Les Misérables
[   ] Helen Hunt in The Sessions
[   ] Jacki Weaver in Silver Linings Playbook

animated feature film
[ ♦ ] 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

[   ] Anna Karenina, Seamus McGarvey
[   ] Django Unchained, Robert Richardson
[ ♦ ] Life of Pi, Claudio Miranda
[   ] Lincoln, Janusz Kaminski
[   ] Skyfall, Roger Deakins

costume design
[ ♦ ] Anna Karenina, Jacqueline Durran
[   ] Les Misérables, Paco Delgado
[   ] Lincoln, Joanna Johnston
[   ] Mirror Mirror, Eiko Ishioka
[   ] Snow White and the Huntsman, Colleen Atwood

[   ] Amour, Michael Haneke
[   ] Beasts of the Southern Wild, Benh Zeitlin
[ ♦ ] Life of Pi, Ang Lee
[   ] Lincoln, Steven Spielberg
[   ] Silver Linings Playbook, David O. Russell

documentary feature
[   ] 5 Broken Cameras, Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi
[   ] The Gatekeepers, Dror Moreh, Philippa Kowarsky and Estelle Fialon
[   ] How to Survive a Plague, David France and Howard Gertler
[   ] The Invisible War, Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering
[ ♦ ] Searching for Sugar Man, Malik Bendjelloul and Simon Chinn

documentary short subject
[ ♦ ] “Inocente,” Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine
[   ] “Kings Point,” Sari Gilman and Jedd Wider
[   ] “Mondays at Racine,” Cynthia Wade and Robin Honan
[   ] “Open Heart,” Kief Davidson and Cori Shepherd Stern
[   ] “Redemption,” Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill

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

foreign language film
[ ♦ ] Amour, Austria
[   ] Kon-Tiki, Norway
[   ] No, Chile
[   ] A Royal Affair, Denmark
[   ] War Witch, Canada

makeup and hairstyling
[   ] Hitchcock, Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel
[   ] The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane
[ ♦ ] Les Misérables, Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell

music (original score)
[   ] Anna Karenina, Dario Marianelli
[   ] Argo, Alexandre Desplat
[ ♦ ] Life of Pi, Mychael Danna
[   ] Lincoln, John Williams
[   ] Skyfall, Thomas Newman

music (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 picture
[   ] Amour, Margaret Menegoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka and Michael Katz, producers
[ ♦ ] 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

production design
[   ] Anna Karenina, production design: Sarah Greenwood; set decoration: Katie Spencer
[   ] The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, production design: Dan Hennah; set decoration: Ra Vincent and Simon Bright
[   ] Les Misérables, production design: Eve Stewart; set decoration: Anna Lynch-Robinson
[   ] Life of Pi, production design: David Gropman; set decoration: Anna Pinnock
[ ♦ ] Lincoln, production design: Rick Carter; set decoration: Jim Erickson

short film (animated)
[   ] “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

short film (live action)
[   ] “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

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

sound mixing
[   ] Argo, John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia
[ ♦ ] Les Misérables, Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes
[   ] Life of Pi, Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin
[   ] Lincoln, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins
[   ] Skyfall, Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson

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
[   ] Prometheus, Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill
[   ] Snow White and the Huntsman, Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson

writing (adapted screenplay)
[ ♦ ] Argo, Chris Terrio
[   ] Beasts of the Southern Wild, Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin
[   ] Life of Pi, David Magee
[   ] Lincoln, Tony Kushner
[   ] Silver Linings Playbook, David O. Russell

writing (original screenplay)
[   ] Amour, Michael Haneke
[ ♦ ] Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino
[   ] Flight, John Gatins
[   ] Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola
[   ] Zero Dark Thirty, Mark Boal

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