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The Oscars 2013 Nominees & Epoch Times Picks

By Mark Jackson & Andy Thomas
Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 23, 2013 Last Updated: February 25, 2013
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Preparations are underway in Hollywood for The Oscars, also known as the 85th Academy Awards. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

Preparations are underway in Hollywood for The Oscars, also known as the 85th Academy Awards. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

The Academy of Arts and Sciences awards film artists Oscars in 24 different categories. 

 

Oscar Winners (Epoch Times was 61.5 percent correct)

Best Picture: Argo (Epoch Times pick: Argo)

Best Director: Ang Lee (Epoch Times pick: Steven Spielberg)

Best Actress in a Leading Role: Jennifer Lawrence (Epoch Times pick: Jessica Chastain)

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Daniel Day-Lewis (Epoch Times pick: Daniel Day-Lewis)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Anne Hathaway (Epoch Times pick: Anne Hathaway)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Christoph Waltz (Epoch Times pick: Philip Seymour Hoffman)

Best Animated Feature Film: “Brave” (Epoch Times pick: “Brave”)

Best Cinematography: “Life of Pi” (Epoch Times pick: “Life of Pi”)

Best Documentary Feature: “Searching for Sugar Man” (Epoch Times pick: “Searching for Sugar Man”)

Best Music, Original Score/Original Song: “Life of Pi”/ “Skyfall” (Epoch Times picks: “Lincoln”/”Skyfall”)

Best Visual Effects: “Life of Pi” (Epoch Times pick: “Life of Pi”) 

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: “Anna Karenina” (Epoch Times pick: “The Hobbit:An Unexpected Journey”)

Here are this year’s nominees in the categories everyone will be watching most closely:
Best Picture
Best Director 
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Best Actor in a Leading Role
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Best Animated Feature Film
Best Cinematography
Best Documentary Feature
Best Music, Original Score, Original Song
Best Visual Effects

Best Picture

Javert (Russell Crowe) (L) confronts Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) (R) in the dramatic, romantic musical film “Les Misérables.” (Laurie Sparham/ Universal Studios)

Javert (Russell Crowe) (L) confronts Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) (R) in the dramatic, romantic musical film “Les Misérables.” (Laurie Sparham/ Universal Studios)

Amour,” directed by Michael Haneke
Produced by Margaret Menegoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka and Michael Katz.

OUR PICK: ”Argo,” directed by Ben Affleck
Produced by Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney.

Ben Affleck has come into his own as a directing heavy-hitter; it will anchor him as one of Hollywood’s finest.

Beasts of the Southern Wild,” directed by Benh Zeitlin
Produced by Dan Janvey, Josh Penn and Michael Gottwald.

“Django Unchained,” directed by Quentin Tarantino
Produced by Stacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin, and Pilar Savone.

Les Misérables,” directed by Tom Hooper
Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, and Cameron Mackintosh.

Pi Patel (Suraj Sharma) takes in the bioluminescent wonders of the sea in the dramatic adventure “Life of Pi.” (Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

Pi Patel (Suraj Sharma) takes in the bioluminescent wonders of the sea in the dramatic adventure “Life of Pi.” (Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

Life of Pi,” directed by Ang Lee
Produced by Gil Netter, Ang Lee, and David Womark.

Lincoln,” directed by Steven Spielberg
Produced by Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy.

Silver Linings Playbook,” directed by David O. Russell
Produced by Donna Gigliotti, Bruce Cohen, and Jonathan Gordon.

“Zero Dark Thirty,” directed by Kathry Bigelow
Produced by Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow, and Megan Ellison.

Best Director

Michael Haneke, for “Amour”

Benh Zeitlin, for “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

Ang Lee, for “Life of Pi”

OUR PICK: Steven Spielberg, for “Lincoln.”

Spielberg’s in the same boat with Daniel-Day Lewis; he’s an international film-making treasure. Everyone knew he was a box-office genius, but “Schindler’s List” put him on the map as an artist. “Lincoln” is a movie masterpiece.  

David O. Russell, for “Silver Linings Playbook”

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) develops a serious health problem that tests the bond of love shared with her husband, in the foreign language film “Amour.” (Darius Khondji/ Sony Pictures Classics)

Anne (Emmanuelle Riva) develops a serious health problem that tests the bond of love shared with her husband, in the foreign language film “Amour.” (Darius Khondji/ Sony Pictures Classics)

OUR PICK: Jessica Chastain in “Zero Dark Thirty,” directed by Kathry Bigelow.

Jessica Chastain Chastain has the pedigree, (Julliard) the ethereal beauty, and the prodigious talent of a classic Hollywood leading lady. She’s the new Streep.

Jennifer Lawrence in “Silver Linings Playbook,” directed by David O. Russell.

Emmanuelle Riva in “Amour,” directed by Michael Haneke.

Quvenzhané Wallis in “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” directed by Benh Zeitlin.

Naomi Watts in “The Impossible,” Juan Antonio Bayona.

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Daniel Day-Lewis (as President Abraham Lincoln) in a scene from the dramatic historical biography “Lincoln.” (David James/ DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC)

Daniel Day-Lewis (as President Abraham Lincoln) in a scene from the dramatic historical biography “Lincoln.” (David James/ DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC)

Bradley Cooper in “Silver Linings Playbook,” directed by David O. Russell.

OUR PICK: Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln,” directed by Steven Spielberg.

Daniel Day-Lewis DDL is an international acting treasure, the Michael Jordon of the art and craft of acting, combining stellar talent and hard work.

Hugh Jackman in “Les Misérables,” directed by Tom Hooper.

Joaquin Phoenix in “The Master,” directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.

Denzel Washington in “Flight,” Robert Zemeckis.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Anne Hathaway in a still from the dramatic and romantic musical film set in 19th century France, “Les Misérables.” (Courtesy of Universal Pictures)

Anne Hathaway in a still from the dramatic and romantic musical film set in 19th century France, “Les Misérables.” (Courtesy of Universal Pictures)

Amy Adams in “The Master,” directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.

Sally Field in “Lincoln,” directed by Steven Spielberg.

OUR PICK: Anne Hathaway in “Les Misérables,” directed by Tom Hooper.

Far and away the most moving role. Oscar loves beautiful actresses who are willing to sacrifice their beauty.  

Helen Hunt in “The Sessions,” directed by Ben Lewin.

Jacki Weaver in “Silver Linings Playbook,” directed by David O. Russell.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Alan Arkin in “Argo,” directed by Ben Affleck.

Robert De Niro in “Silver Linings Playbook,” directed by David O. Russell.

OUR PICK: Philip Seymour Hoffman in “The Master,” directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.

Hoffman’s role almost gives the impression of being the lead role when watching “The Master.” It’s a masterful turn.  

Tommy Lee Jones in “Lincoln,” directed by Steven Spielberg.

Christoph Waltz in “Django Unchained,” directed by Quentin Tarantino.

Best Animated Feature Film

(L-R) King Fergus, Queen Elinor, and Merida in the animated action-adventure “Brave,” a film about a determined princess who must rely on her bravery and archery skills to undo a beastly curse. (Courtesy Disney/ Pixar)

(L-R) King Fergus, Queen Elinor, and Merida in the animated action-adventure “Brave,” a film about a determined princess who must rely on her bravery and archery skills to undo a beastly curse. (Courtesy Disney/ Pixar)

OUR PICK: ”Brave,” by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman.

Of all the animated feature films, “Brave” carries the most positive character-building messages for kids.

Frankenweenie,” by Tim Burton.

“ParaNorman,” by Sam Fell and Chris Butler.

“The Pirates! Band of Misfits,” by Peter Lord.

“Wreck-It Ralph,” by Rich Moore.

Best Cinematography

Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Count Vronsky) in the drama “Anna Karenina,” a film about the relationship between Russian aristocrat Anna Karenina and Count Vronksy and what happens as a result. (Laurie Sparham/ Focus Features)

Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Count Vronsky) in the drama “Anna Karenina,” a film about the relationship between Russian aristocrat Anna Karenina and Count Vronksy and what happens as a result. (Laurie Sparham/ Focus Features)

Seamus McGarvey, for “Anna Karenina,” directed by Joe Wright.

Robert Richardson, for “Django Unchained,” directed by Quentin Tarantino.

OUR PICK:Claudio Miranda, for “Life of Pi,” directed by Ang Lee.

“Life of Pi” has an overall look that’s groundbreaking. It’s a visual feast.

Janusz Kaminski, for “Lincoln,” directed by Steven Spielberg.

Roger Deakins, for “Skyfall,” directed by Sam Mendes.

Best Documentary Feature

“5 Broken Cameras,” by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi.

“The Gatekeepers,” by Dror Moreh, Philippa Kowarsky and Estelle Fialon.

“How to Survive a Plague,” by David France and Howard Gertler.

“The Invisible War,” by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering.

OUR PICK: ”Searching for Sugar Man,” by Malik Bendjelloul and Simon Chinn.

The story in itself nails it. An unknown musician, legendary, possibly homeless, living in Detroit, who’s music did nothing in America but made it’s way to South Africa and fueled their Apartheid uprising. Homeless in Detroit, Elvis in South Africa.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Galadriel (Cate Blanchett) and Gandalf (Ian McKellen) meet in the fantasy adventure “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” (Warner Bros. Pictures & MGM/ Todd Eyre)

Galadriel (Cate Blanchett) and Gandalf (Ian McKellen) meet in the fantasy adventure “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” (Warner Bros. Pictures & MGM/ Todd Eyre)

Hitchcock,” Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel, directed by Sacha Gervasi.

OUR PICK: “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane, directed by Sir Peter Jackson.

The dwarves alone sweep the field.

“Les Misérables,” Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell, directed by Tom Hooper.

Best Music—Original Score

“Anna Karenina” -- Dario Marianelli

“Argo” -- Alexandre Desplat

“Life of Pi” -- Mychael Danna

OUR PICK: ”Lincoln” -- John Williams.

The deep sense of Americana and period nostalgia Spielberg puts on display in “Lincoln,” visually, is given an exclamation point by John Williams’ score.

“Skyfall” -- Thomas Newman

Best Music—Original Song

“Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice,” music and lyrics are by J. Ralph, directed by Jeff Orlowski

“Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from “Ted,” music by Walter Murphy and lyrics are by Seth MacFarlane, directed by Seth MacFarlane

“Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi,” music by Mychael Danna and lyrics are by Bombay Jayashri, directed by Ang Lee

OUR PICK: ”Skyfall” from “Skyfall,” music and lyrics are by Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth, directed by Sam Mendes.

 In the grand tradition of catchy James Bond themes, Skyfall will take it’s place with the best of them.

“Suddenly” from L”es Misérables,” music by Claude-Michel Schönberg and lyrics are by Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boublil, directed by Tom Hooper

Best Visual Effect

Marvel Avengers Assemble: Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) (Walt Disney)

Marvel Avengers Assemble: Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) (Walt Disney)

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” by Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, and R. Christopher White, directed by Sir Peter Jackson.

OUR PICK: ”Life of Pi,” by Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer, and Donald R. Elliott, directed by Ang Lee.

The setting and characters are always the same, yet the diversity and beauty of the sea, as could only be experienced by a stranded boy, is brought to life. The glow of phosphorescent creatures emerging to the ocean’s surface, whales, flying fish, angry seas and calm, starry nights—it brings the audience to an alternate world.

Marvel’s The Avengers,” by Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams, and Dan Sudick, directed by Joss Whedon.

Prometheus“ by Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley, and Martin Hill, directed by Sir Ridley Scott.

Snow White and the Huntsman,” by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould, and Michael Dawson, directed Rupert Sanders.

 

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