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Sunday, January 6, 2013

If I Were Running The Oscars...

...Things would be different. Or, at the very least, they would be minus two hours, and would include five-minute dramatic on-stage reenactments from the nominated performances. Kinda like the Tonys, but, you know, for the movies. Speaking of which, Neil Patrick Harris would be the host, naturally. And he'd also present each category (because, really, why would we need anyone else?).

There'd be a lot less categories, in order to reduce the number of viewers who fall asleep midway through the ceremony. And the screenplay category would not be divided into two parts. In order words, there would be no adapted or original overabundance, more like what's well-written and nominated and what is not. Also, the tech categories (which include best art direction, cinematography, sound editing etc) would more than likely be presented in an earlier ceremony, one that is not televised. Lastly, the number of nominees per category would be purely determined on worthy contenders, so as not to nominate for the sake of filling a slot.

So before the actual list is unveiled this Thursday (January 10th), here is my ideal list for your consideration:

BEST PICTURE

Django Unchained
Zero Dark Thirty
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Argo
Celeste and Jesse Forever
Middle of Nowhere
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

LEAD ACTOR

Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Denzel Washington, Flight
Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables

SUPPORTING ACTOR

Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained
Samuel L. Jackson, Django Unchained
Nate Parker, Arbitrage
Jude Law, Anna Karenina 
Jim Sturgess, Cloud Atlas
Scoot McNairy, Argo
James D’Arcy, Cloud Atlas
Dwight Henry, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Michael Peña, End of Watch

LEAD ACTRESS

Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Emayatzy Corinealdi, Middle of Nowhere
Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone
Rashida Jones, Celeste and Jesse Forever
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Smashed

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Brit Marling, Sound of My Voice
Dreama Walker, Compliance
Rebel Wilson, Pitch Perfect
Emily Blunt, Looper
Kelly Reilly, Flight
Donna Bae, Cloud Atlas
Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables

ANIMATED MOVIE

Wreck-it-Ralph
Rise of the Guardians
Paranorman
Frankenweenie
Brave

DIRECTING 

Robert Zemeckis, Flight
Tim Burton, Frankenweenie
Ben Affleck, Argo
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty

DOCUMENTARY

Central Park Five
Bully
The Imposter
The Invisible War
Marley
Searching for Sugar Man

SCREENPLAY

Rashida Jones & Will McCormack, Celeste and Jesse Forever
Lorene ScafariaSeeking a Friend for the End of the World
Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
Chris Terrio, Argo

FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Amour
No
Elza
After Lucia
Blancanieves

SCORE

Rise of the Guardians
Cloud Atlas
Zero Dark Thirty
Brave
Les Misérables

2 comments:

Dankwa Brooks said...

Ok instead of being negative about the things I didn't like about your nominations, and you know there are some, here's what I did like:
MIDDLE OF NOWHERE for Best Picture
Michael Peña, Supporting Actor, End of Watch
Dreama Walker, Supporting Actress, Compliance
Emily Blunt, Supporting Actress, Looper

I loved all those supporting performances and in the case of Blunt she really surprised me with her performance.

Emmanuel Lopez - Motivatorman said...

So happy to see Cloud Atlas recognized in many of your categories here! I am still amazed it was shut out of he Oscar nominations this year. ESPECIALLY in make-up category! Instead they nominated a film like Hitchcock?!! Cloud Atlas was groundbreaking in this category!

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