Some brief thoughts and Oscar predictions before the big event today and my official top ten of the year later this week:
1) This has been an extraordinarily strong year for film, but without one that stands head and shoulders above the rest. I’ve seen 8 of the 9 best picture nominees – apologies to Amour which was released too late – and have enjoyed them all immensely.
2) The Academy still hasn’t finished the effusive patriotic self-congratulations that was 2012…you can still taste the glossy, golden bald eagle residue in 2013
3) This was also an incredibly strong year for direction. Huge shout out to Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow, who couldn’t even get a nomination in this jam-packed year.
Best Supporting Actress: Sally Field, Lincoln. Absolutely amazing. Though a little overblown, her scene with Tommy Lee Jones at the gala was magnificently scripted and delivered. “But how important to remember it.”
Best Supporting Actor: Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook. Apologies to Christoph Waltz but in a strong category packed full of former award winners (and, bizarrely, Alan Arkin), De Niro’s hidden struggles with mental illness and conflicted relationship with his son take the cake.
Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook. Similar to De Niro but with even more subtlety. She held her own amongst a very strong cast admirably.
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln. It’s not even fair. DDL is an astonishing performer. He’s not a good actor in Lincoln…he simply is Lincoln.
Best Director: Ang Lee, Life of Pi. Took a very tricky concept and brought it to life in an animated, vivacious, beautiful display of storytelling. Directing a one-man show is hard work, but he did it well.
Best Picture: Silver Linings Playbook. For reasons I’ll outline later on this week. 🙂
I’ll be disappointed if Argo wins – it’s purely a patriotic Hollywood self-congratulations. Lincoln and SLP are the strongest two films overall.
Enjoy the gloss, glamour, and the inevitable skewering of poor Seth McFarlane!