Monday, December 31, 2012

Fake Oscar Ballot (Updated 1/22)

I don't quite understand how Academy Award voting works. I think everyone votes within their own branch for nominations, so directors would vote for best director but not best original score. Regardless, below is what I would vote for in select categories. 

Some notes:
  • I saw 78 92 of the eligible films, which are listed here. Some films that I would've strongly considered for nominations that aren't eligible are Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Beyond the Hills, The Comedy, Elena, For Ellen, Hello I Must Be Going, Indie Game: The Movie, Red Hook Summer
  • Obviously I'm not in any sort of voting group...Academy voters are sent DVDs of many of the eligible films, so there is no financial or time strain. Because of this, I have not seen some major eligible films including (in order of perceived importance) Amour, Samsara, The Gatekeepers, Middle of Nowhere, Anna Karenina
  • The full list of eligible films I've seen will be at the end

The nominations:

Best Picture:
  1. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  2. Oslo, August 31st
  3. The Cabin in the Woods
  4. Cloud Atlas Zero Dark Thirty
  5. Your Sister's Sister

Actor in a Leading Role:
  1. Anders Danielsen Lie (Oslo, August 31st)
  2. Daniel Day Lewis (Lincoln)
  3. Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook)
  4. Joaquin Phoenix (The Master)
  5. Denis Lavant (Holy Motors)

Actress in a Leading Role:

  1. Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
  2. Rosemarie DeWitt (Your Sister’s Sister)
  3. Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)
  4. Leslie Mann (This Is 40)
  5. Nina Hoss (Barbara)
  6. Rachel Weisz (The Deep Blue Sea)

Actor in a Supporting Role:

  1. Dwight Henry (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
  2. Ben Whishaw (Cloud Atlas)
  3. Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises)
  4. Matthew McConaughey (Magic Mike)
  5. Ronald Zehrfeld (Barbara)

Actress in a Supporting Role:

  1. Emily Blunt (Your Sister’s Sister)
  2. Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables)
  3. Helen Hunt (The Sessions)
  4. Amy Adams (The Master)
  5. India Ennenga (Nobody Walks)

Animated Feature Film (unqualified, only saw 6 of the 21 eligible):

  1. ParaNorman
  2. Wreck-It Ralph


  1. Ben Richardson (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
  2. Caroline Champetier (Holy Motors)
  3. Lol Crawley (HERE)
  4. Frank Griebe, John Toll (Cloud Atlas)
  5. Mihai Malaimare Jr. (The Master)

Production Design:

  1. Alex DiGerlando (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
  2. Nelson Lowry (ParaNorman)
  3. Florian Sanson (Holy Motors)
  4. David Crank, Jack Fisk (The Master)
  5. David Gropman (Life of Pi)

Costume Design:

  1. Anais Romand (Holy Motors)
  2. Stephani Lewis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
  3. Mark Bridges (The Master)
  4. Kym Barrett & Pierre-Yves Gayraud (Cloud Atlas)
  5. Kasia Walicka Maimone (Moonrise Kingdom)

  1. Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
  2. Leos Carax (Holy Motors)
  3. Joe Carnahan (The Grey)
  4. Joachim Trier (Oslo, August 31st)
  5. Ang Lee (Life of Pi)

Film Editing:

  1. Crockett Doob, Affonso Goncalves (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
  2. Alexander Berner & Claus Wehlisch (Cloud Atlas)
  3. William Goldenberg (Argo)
  4. Oliver Bugge Coutte (Oslo, August 31st)
  5. Jay Cassidy & Crispin Struthers (Silver Linings Playbook)

Music (Original Score):

  1. Dan Romer, Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
  2. Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil (Cloud Atlas)
  3. Alexandre Desplat (Moonrise Kingdom)
  4. Jon Brion (ParaNorman)
  5. Hans Zimmer (The Dark Knight Rises)

Visual Effects:

  1. Life of Pi
  2. Cloud Atlas
  3. Prometheus
  4. The Dark Knight Rises
  5. John Carter

Adapted Screenplay:

  1. David Mitchel, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer (Cloud Atlas)
  2. Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
  3. Andrew Dominik, George V. Higgins (Killing Them Softly)
  4. Mike Birbiglia, Joe Birbiglia, Ira Glass, Seth Barrish (Sleepwalk with Me)
  5. Pierre Drieu La Rochelle, Joachim Trier, Eskil Vogt (Oslo, August 31st)

Original Screenplay:

  1. Joss Whedon, Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods)
  2. Craig Zobel (Compliance)
  3. Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty)
  4. Christian Petzold, Harun Farocki (Barbara)
  5. Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master)
  6. Rian Johnson (Looper)

The eligible films I saw, in alphabetical order:
  1. The Amazing Spider-Man
  2. Arbitrage
  3. Argo
  4. Bachelorette
  5. Barbara
  6. Beasts of the Southern Wild
  7. Bernie
  8. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  9. Booker’s Place: A Mississippi Story
  10. Brave
  11. Brooklyn Castle
  12. Bully
  13. The Cabin in the Woods
  14. Casa De Mi Padre
  15. Celeste & Jesse Forever
  16. Chronicle
  17. Cloud Atlas
  18. Compliance
  19. Damsels in Distress
  20. The Dark Knight Rises
  21. Dark Shadows
  22. The Deep Blue Sea
  23. Detachment
  24. The Dictator
  25. Django Unchained
  26. End of Watch
  27. The Five-Year Engagement
  28. Flight
  29. For A Good Time, Call...
  30. Frankenweenie
  31. The Grey
  32. The Guilt Trip
  33. Haywire
  34. HERE
  35. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  36. Holy Motors
  37. Hope Springs
  38. The Hunger Games
  39. The Impossible
  40. The Intouchables
  41. Jeff, Who Lives At Home
  42. John Carter
  43. Katy Perry: Part of Me
  44. Keep the Lights On 
  45. Killer Joe
  46. Killing Them Softly
  47. Lay the Favorite
  48. Les Miserables
  49. Life of Pi
  50. Lincoln
  51. Little Birds
  52. The Loneliest Planet
  53. Looper
  54. Magic Mike
  55. Marvel’s The Avengers
  56. The Master
  57. Mirror Mirror
  58. Moonrise Kingdom
  59. Nobody Walks
  60. On the Road
  61. Oslo, August 31st
  62. The Paperboy
  63. ParaNorman
  64. Parental Guidance
  65. People Like Us
  66. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  67. Pitch Perfect
  68. Prometheus
  69. The Raid: Redemption
  70. Robot & Frank
  71. Ruby Sparks
  72. Rust and Bone
  73. Safety Not Guaranteed
  74. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  75. Searching for Sugar Man 
  76. The Sessions
  77. Seven Psychopaths
  78. Side by Side
  79. Silver Linings Playbook
  80. Skyfall
  81. Sleepwalk with Me
  82. Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap
  83. Take This Waltz
  84. Ted
  85. This Is 40
  86. This Must Be the Place
  87. To Rome with Love
  88. 21 Jump Street
  89. 2 Days in New York
  90. Wreck-It Ralph
  91. Your Sister’s Sister
  92. Zero Dark Thirty