Time for the Golden Statue! 2013 Oscar Selections.

It is time to present my golden statues! I will be watching The 85th Academy Awards, and doing some live tweeting @jwfyler. I cannot promise it will be any good.
I am following up with last year’s format and just giving my opinion in the list categories. My predicting abilities are not great, so my point of view is a better option for me to present. My person taste and emotional reaction play a big part in my choices, keep that in mind as you read below.

Sound Mixing
Argo
Les Misérables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Skyfall

With the vocals being recorded live on set using live piano accompaniments, this sounded amazing. It was a challenging task that was executed flawlessly.

 

Sound Editing
Argo
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Skyfall
Zero Dark Thirty

Just the sound of the guns firing alone, should win. But the sound of the bullets hitting metal, the helicopter noise, and the lack of score in that raid scene, really elevate this movie to another level.

 

Visual Effects
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Life of Pi
Marvel’s The Avengers
Prometheus
Snow White and the Huntsman

One of the most visually stunning movies I have ever seen. The CGI and the location shots are indecipherable. Wonderful on the silver screen.

 

Film Editing
Argo
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

This movie had the opportunity to drag before picking up in the final minutes, but it avoided being boring. A lot of that is Jessica Chastain, but the way it was edited and paced played a big part in the story progression.

 

Makeup & Hairstyling
Hitchcock
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Misérables

Not a real stand out here, except that the dwarves were pretty great, no surprise. Good job, Weta Workshop.

 

Cinematography
Anna Karenina
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Skyfall

Since Prometheus and Holy Motors were not nominated, I would give this to the most beautiful Bond movie.

 

Costume Design
Anna Karenina
Les Misérables
Lincoln
Mirror Mirror
Snow White and the Huntsman

The texture of realism was extremely believable. It felt authentic, though I am no style historian.

 

Foreign Language Film
Amour
Kon-Tiki
No
A Royal Affair
War Witch

It was based on actual events, it was funny and moving, plus it was all about marketing an ideal. That makes it a pretty great movie, when executed this well. Plus, Gael Garcia Bernel is great as per usual.

 

Documentary Feature
5 Broken Cameras
The Gatekeepers
How to Survive a Plague
The Invisible War
Searching for Sugar Man

I saw all five of these movies. I only found 3 worthy of actual contemplation. Of those three, Searching for Sugar Man has the deepest emotional impact. A wonderful story that is completely organic and serendipitous, that has a great ending to boot. This story is not contrived or politically slanted, which means it isn’t weighed down with bull shit. Should win, without a doubt.

 

Animated Feature Film
Brave
Frankenweenie
ParaNorman
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Wreck-It Ralph

 
I loved this movie. I think it was marketed completely wrong and perhaps attracted the wrong preconceived notions. It is not the typical “Disney Princess Movie”; it also didn’t try to be. It is a great family story, specifically about mothers and daughters. ParaNorman was pretty good and a better version of the dull Frankenweenie. The Pirates! And Wreck-It Ralph win for the most fun, and felt like a throwback to the animated movies I loved as a kid.

 

Music (Original Score)
Anna Karenina
Argo
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Skyfall

The Skyfall soundtrack was sweeping and exciting. More so than the others, in my opinion. This is not strong opinion, but I had to pick one.

 

Music (Original Song)
Before My Time
Chasing Ice
Everybody Needs A Best Friend
Ted
Pi’s Lullaby
Life of Pi
Skyfall
Skyfall
Suddenly
Les Misérables                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Just picked Ted because I thought the song was funny, but also meant something very important to the characters. Suddenly is a close second.

 

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook

I loved how this movie was an emotional struggle and kind of depressing, until the very end. It was well written, and all the characters were appropriately fleshed out. I have not read the source material, but this screenplay was great.

 

Writing (Original Screenplay)
Amour
Django Unchained
Flight
Moonrise Kingdom
Zero Dark Thirty

I will nearly always pick Charlie Kaufman or Wes Anderson. I admit it. That said, I do think this screenplay by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola, is their best yet. It is in their familiar style and taste, but seems almost less goofy. They write children very well, and obviously still remember being kids.

 

Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams
Sally Field
Anne Hathaway
Helen Hunt
Jacki Weaver

Not impressed in this category, yet again. Hathaway got the biggest emotional response from me, and I think this is her best role to date.

 
Actor in a Supporting Role
Alan Arkin
Robert De Niro
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Tommy Lee Jones
Christoph Waltz

I did not particularly like The Master, but PSH was outstanding. I loved him Capote, but this felt like it fit him superbly. He made it easy to forget about him as an actor, and he never attempted to steal the show.

 

Actress in a Leading Role
Jessica Chastain
Jennifer Lawrence
Emmanuelle Riva
Quvenzhané Wallis
Naomi Watts

Jessica Chastain was the best, easily. Naomi Watts was fantastic, but The Impossible did not solely hinge on her role. The others were quite good, but nothing that really stood out to me at first glance. Jennifer Lawrence continues to make the smart career moves.

 

Actor in a Leading Role
Bradley Cooper
Daniel Day-Lewis
Hugh Jackman
Joaquin Phoenix
Denzel Washington

No doubt about this one. DDL was a great Lincoln, but I have seen a lot of great impressions of the 16th president. Denzel sold me the alcoholic, the addict. It wasn’t an abrasive performance or even sad, it was extremely interesting and felt so real. It moved me. The other three were really good too, but Cooper and Phoenix were more products of good writing. Jackman was great, but I didn’t really care for the movie.

 

Directing
Michael Haneke
Benh Zeitlin
Ang Lee
Steven Spielberg
David O. Russell

Again I reference the emotional journey of this movie from beginning to end, just fantastic. I think Ben Affleck or Katherine Bigelow should win, but they aren’t nominated. That is dumb. But of the rest, who are left, Russell created a realism that had heart and it looked great.

 
Best Picture
Amour
Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Misérables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

This is really hard and I could give it to Argo, SLP, or Django Unchained. When all said and done, I was the most surprised and impressed with Zero Dark Thirty. It was 2.5 hours of espionage, terrorism, and office work that felt like a burning wick in a Mission Impossible opening scene. When it came to the raid, I bought it. It felt actual and real, more so than I have seen since Black Hawk Down. It was intense, but not because of the action, because of what that event meant to the world, this country, and to me as an American.

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