Okay, maybe a little angry…
Let’s break it down piece by piece, category by category shall we.
Best Picture – What I expected, seen 5 out of the 9 so I can’t really say anything about the others but Argo is solid but not an Academy darling like Les Miserables, Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty. Pretty sure Django and Zero won’t get any wins because of the controversy surrounding them, and Oscar really does love their histories and musicals, so no real surprises.
Actor in a Leading Role – I would have loved to see Bale get a nod for his turn as Batman, but I knew that wouldn’t happen. I think Logan Lerman deserved a nod for Perks of Being a Wallflower, but otherwise another batch of the expected. But then again is there any sliver of doubt at all who this is going to? I mean Lincoln is the kind of role the Academy has wet dreams over and they love Lewis like a first born son, and I will admit he is the standout in the group.
Actress in a Leading Role – Nice to see Chastain get some love, she had a good year, but I think Helen Mirren deserved to be nominated for Hitchcock as she pretty much carried the entire film. This one is anyone’s game but with all the buzz surrounding Jennifer Lawrence’s role I think she may have this one.
Actor in a Supporting Role – Christoph is the clear winner here for me, the only nominee necessary, much like the next category, he stole each scene he was in. I honestly do not get Alan Arkin for this, I loved Argo but I just don’t understand why Arkin was nominated other than his seniority in Hollywood. Would have really liked to see Ben Winshaw for Cloud Atlas, Ezra Miller for Perks of Being a Wallflower and dare I say…Tom Hardy for The Dark Knight Rises. Also where the hell is Leonardo Dicaprio? If anyone deserved a nomination this year, maybe not the win, he broke out of his normal box and blew away each scene. When will they acknowledge this poor boy?! Is he blacklisted or on someone’s hit list for those never to get an Oscar?
Actress in a Supporting Role – Like Waltz, there is no doubt who will win this and who should win this, Hatheway gave a once in a generation performance but…I think Kerry Washington should have gotten some love for her time in Django Unchained, and perhaps Judi Dench for Skyfall. I know it would have been a stretch but Emily Blunt did some great work in Looper, so some love there would have been appreciated.
Directing - ARGH! Let’s see. No Bigelow, no Affleck, no Tarantino!! I…no, can’t even. I know it would have been a long shot but when will they finally give Nolan the Oscar he deserved since Memento? I Just think they need to rewrite the rules for some categories, like they did with Best Picture, and allow more than 5 etc.
Writing – Original/Adapted Screenplay – As for writing I think ParaNorman could have actually had a spot in here, a fresh dark animated film, I know it would have been a stretch though. And really no Perks for Adapated Screenplay? That I just don’t get.
Music- Original Song – Although I have a clear choice here with Adele, what about any of the songs from Brave? Or could I beg Misty Mountains for The Hobbit, now that they have changed the rules for the song criteria?
Cinematography- Just happy that Les Miserables isn’t on here because I was offended by that camera work. But what about Argo and Lawless, both could have easily fit in here.
Costume Design – Meh, expected. Wish The Dark Knight Rises was on here, some great costume work there, and where the hell is The Hobbit!!, really? Also think The Hunger Games, John Carter, Prometheus and Avengers should have gotten some recognition. Oh and Cloud Atlas!
Film Editing – I am not as focused on editing, not really something I pay much attention to but I think The Dark Knight Rises, 21 Jump Street and Cloud Atlas deserved some appreciation.
Makeup And Hairstyling – Really? Where is Cloud Atlas, The Avengers, The Grey, The Hunger Games, John Carter, I could go on. Just argh.
Music - Original Score – This may be where my anger truly lies because there are so many other films that stood out this year as far as score, more original than these at least. Prometheus, Brave!!!, Lawless, The Dark Knight Rises!!!!!, The Hobbit! Seriously, this was the year of original scores and yet we get the same boring noms.
Production Design – Pretty happy with this, although I think Lawless, Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows and Prometheus all deserved some attention.
Sound Editing/Mixing – Again, editing/mixing are not really my thing but…what about Lawless, The Dark Knight Rises and Prometheus?
Visual Effects – Big bone to pick with this one as well. I appreciate all these nods, but but but where the hell is The Dark Knight Rises? I mean really? And Cloud Atlas, Looper, and yes even Total Recall and Cabin in the Woods. I no…just can’t.
Like I said, I am more disappointed than truly angry, I used to wait around for these awards shows every year but the older I get the more I realize they will never change. Sure, there will always be those films made specifically to win awards, or at least marketed that way, but someday it is my dream that a genre specific film will at least get something. I know we got it a few times with the Lord of the Rings, but honestly I think that there is so much happening right now in science fiction and just so little respect in the big awards. And I know the flack I will get because I am a bit of a hypocrite, I say I am disappointed in the awards and yet I watch them every year, but honestly it is so I can kick my brothers’ asses in our annual round of award betting.