Oscar nominees early reactions

Posted: January 15, 2013 by Emilio Garofalo Neto in Uncategorized

Isn’t it curious how we want to see excellence rewarded? This is a built in feature of mankind, a sense that we have about greatness, merit and reward. This originally had to do with the covenant of Works and God’s requirements for salvation, and we transfer such idea to all of our own sub-creations.

This week saw the release of the academy awards nominees for the year of 2012. See the list here.

As always, the public favorite generally do not match the Academy’s favorites. Did you know that there are websites solely dedicated to awards races in film? They are very good at what they do… some examples are www.awardsdaily.com and www.goldderby.com

Some thoughts: Best Picture – I think it is an openrace. Argo’s victory at the Globes seems to reflect a buzz at the time of those nominations that is not around anymore. Lincoln is still ahead; notice that Zero Dark Thirty, Les Miserables and Django Unchained did not get director nominations, which should indicated they are out of the main race.

As for directing, either Ang Lee or Spielberg will likely take it, but David O. Russell could surprise.

In acting, the leading roles are likely locks for Daniel Day-Lewis and a split for Jessica Chastain/Jennifer Lawrence.

I wish Roger Deakins would will for his cinematography in Skyfall, crowning an amazing career. Buzz however is leaning towards Claudio Mirand for the stunningly beautiful visual of The Life of Pi.

There are many interesting races; if you are interested in the Oscars and stuff like that, the time is upon us!

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