Saturday, December 7, 2013

Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Nominees...

Another day and another awards body has chosen their batch of nominees.  These are going to start coming fast and furious now, and it only is going to get clearer and clearer as to who is on top and who is straggling along.  These present some interesting fringe contenders, but we all know who is going to ultimately win here.  I mean, it's not like James Franco is actually going to WIN here (or is he?).

Let's take a gander.

American Hustle
Inside Llewyn Davis
12 Years a Slave

'Her' and 'Inside Llewyn Davis' are getting more mentions in this race!  This is exciting because they are smaller films with great notices that I thought were going to get lost in the Oscar glut, but it appears that they have passionate supporters!

Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)
Spike Jonze (Her)
Baz Luhrmann (The Great Gatsby)
Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street)

Um, I never anticipated that Luhrmann would get mentioned ANYWHERE, so this is odd, especially when they could have gone with the Coen brothers or O. Russell, who actually had their films nominated for Best Picture.  Scorsese isn't odd, despite missing in picture, since he is Scorsese and lone director mentions aren't uncommon...but Luhrmann?

Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Joaquin Phoenix (Her)
Robert Redford (All is Lost)

Hanks is missing, and while I've been pretty bullish on his chances (I had him ranked in #2 as most likely to get the nomination), many seem to be considering him the weak link in a very tight Best Actor race.  Could they be right?  This looks very Oscary, and yet...what about Dern?

Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
Judi Dench (Philomena)
Meryl Streep (August: Osage County)
Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks)

I can't see this being the final five with Oscar.  It just feels too obvious.  There needs to be a newcomer, and I'm still predicting a swell of support for Exarchopoulos, despite better judgement.  Even so, this seems very strong.

Daniel Brühl (Rush)
Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)
James Franco (Spring Breakers)
James Gandolfini (Enough Said)
Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)

There are so many amazing things about this category.  First, I called Franco early this year.  I said that he would show up with critics.  It's one of those performances that resonates with critics.  Second, GANDOLFINI!  Yes, he's here, and critics are going to be the hardest battle for a performance like this.  He has the support!  Not sure if Bruhl will stick, but it's nice to see some wealth spread here.

Scarlett Johansson (Her)
Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave)
Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station)
June Squibb (Nebraska)

I hope that this isn't the last we hear of Scarlett Johansson.  If she can break into Oscar I'm going to lose my shit (in a good way).  Poor Oprah.  This is actually a pretty feasible lineup.

American Hustle
August: Osage County
12 Years a Slave
The Way Way Back

I'm surprised to see 'The Way Way Back' here, but it's deserved even if I did rather dislike the film.

Asa Butterfield (Ender's Game)
Adéle Exarchopoulos (Blue Is the Warmest Color)
Liam James (The Way Way Back)
Waad Mohammed (Wadjda)
Tye Sheridan (Mud)

So glad to see Sheridan here and a complete shut out for that Mortez creature, but it is still so weird to think of Exarchopoulos as a 'youth performance'...but maybe this is why she missed in Lead Actress, and if that is the case...I wonder who she would have knocked off.

Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke & Richard Linklater (Before Midnight)
Billy Ray (Captain Phillips)
Michael H. Weber & Scott Neustadter (The Spectacular Now)
John Ridley (12 Years a Slave)
Terence Winter (The Wolf of Wall Street)

This is such a stacked field, but it's nice to see some love for 'The Spectacular Now' today, which I hear is a great little film with no chance at Oscar recognition, even in this category.

Eric Warren Singer & David O. Russell (American Hustle)
Woody Allen (Blue Jasmine)
Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said)
Spike Jonze (Her)
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen (Inside Llewyn Davis)

I love the 'Enough Said' mentions here.  Such a delightful film that deserves all the love it can muster this awards season.

The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Monsters University
The Wind Rises

I really didn't think that 'The Croods' had a shot at anything this year, despite liking it, but it seems to be getting nice notices so...I wonder.

The Act of Killing
Stories We Tell
20 Feet from Stardom

I've seen three of these, loved one of them and am dying to see the other two.  I have a feeling that the four eligible docs will make it into Oscar's lineup.  'Leviathan' didn't make their semi-finals.

Blue Is the Warmest Color
The Broken Circle Breakdown
The Hunt
The Past

I have a feeling that 'Blue is the Warmest Color' has this in the bag...but the Oscar isn't possible.

The Great Gatsby
Inside Llewyn Davis
12 Years a Slave

All I have to say is this...I love 'Gravity', but if it starts snagging undeserving nominations like this I'm going to get pissed.

Emmanuel Lubezki, ASC, A.M.C. (Gravity)
Simon Duggan, ACS (The Great Gatsby)
Hoyte Van Hoytema, F.S.F., N.S.C. (Her)
Bruno Delbonnel, AFC, ASC (Inside Llewyn Davis)
Sean Bobbitt, BSC (12 Years a Slave)

They really loved 'The Great Gatsby' huh?  

Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger (Gravity)
Eric Zumbrunnen, A.C.E., Jeff Buchanan (Her)
Dan Hanley, A.C.E., Mike Hill, A.C.E. (Rush)
Joe Walker (12 Years a Slave)
Thelma Schoonmaker, A.C.E. (The Wolf of Wall Street)

I really love all of the 'Her' love here because it bodes well with it's Oscar chances.  It just looks like such a marvelous film.

Christophe Beck (Frozen)
Arcade Fire (Her)
Steven Price (Gravity)
Thomas Newman (Saving Mr. Banks)
Hans Zimmer (12 Years a Slave)

I've been toying with the possibility that 'Frozen' gets in with Oscar.  This could be our lineup, minus 'Her'.  I don't think the Academy is cool enough for that.  I still think Price is winning the Oscar.

The Joe Barber Award for Best Portrayal of Washington, DC:
Lee Daniels' The Butler
The East
Olympus Has Fallen
White House Down

This shit is always so stupid.


  1. Prisoners ensemble nod!!! God, I'm so interested in seeing Her now to hear Johansson's voice. I have to know what's so special about it. If The Way Way Back deserves anything, it's a supporting nod for Rockwell. Everything else sucked IMO.

    1. I thought the entire ensemble was wonderful, minus Liam James, so I think his nomination is stupid...

  2. I never thought Hanks could miss, but I can see it happening now, especially with DiCaprio and Phoenix apparently in the race.

    That's probably the Best Actress lineup, even if it is safe. Hope I'm wrong.

    Prisoners in ensemble again. SAG nod perhaps?

    1. I'm debating Prisoners for SAG right now, but I just don't see how it happens. There are so many Best Picture contenders that have huge starry ensembles that some have to miss, and it would be the ones with a smaller shot at the Oscar nom to go first.