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The Horror Of The 85th Annual Academy Awards

Nominations for the 85th annual Academy Awards were announced today by host Seth MacFarlane and actress Emma Stone at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Included in the noms were a slew of genre titles, which include Ridley Scott’s Prometheus for “Best Visual Effects”, stop-motion films ParaNorman and Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie for “Animated Feature Film,” while Fox Searchlight’s Hitchcock was nominated for “Makeup and Hairstyling”.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

Best Picture
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty
Les Miserables
Life of Pi

Django Unchained

Best Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Denzel Washington, Flight
Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

Best Actress
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Supporting Actor
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Phillip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
Alan Arkin, Argo
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

Best Supporting Actress
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Amy Adams, The Master

Best Original Song
“Before My Time,” Chasing Ice
“Pi’s Lullaby,” Life of Pi
“Suddenly,” Les Miserables
“Everybody Needs A Best Friend,” Ted
“Skyfall,” Skyfall

Best Animated Feature Film
Pirates! Band of Misfits
Wreck-It Ralph

Best Foreign Language Film
Austria: Amour
Chile: No
Canada: War Witch
Denmark: A Royal Affair
Norway: Kontiki

Best Director
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
Michael Haneke, Amour
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Original Screenplay
John Gatins, Flight
Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
Michael Haneke, Amour
Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola, Moonrise Kingdom

Best Adapted Screenplay
Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Chris Terrio, Argo
Tony Kushner, Lincoln
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
David Magee, Life of Pi

Best Cinematography
Seamus McGarvey, Anna Karenina
Robert Richardson, Django Unchained
Claudio Miranda, Life of Pi
Janusz Kaminski, Lincoln
Roger Deakins, Skyfall

Best Costume Design
Jacqueline Durran, Anna Karenina
Paco Delgado, Les Misérables
Joanna Johnston, Lincoln
Eiko Ishioka, Mirror Mirror
Colleen Atwood, Snow White and the Huntsman

Documentary Feature
5 Broken Cameras
The Gatekeepers,
How to Survive a Plague
The Invisible War
Searching for Sugar Man

Documentary Short
“Inocente,” Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine
“Kings Point,” Sari Gilman and Jedd Wider
“Mondays at Racine,” Cynthia Wade and Robin Honan
“Open Heart,” Kief Davidson and Cori Shepherd Stern
“Redemption,” Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill

Film Editing
William Goldenberg, Argo
Tim Squyres, Life of Pi
Michael Kahn, Lincoln
Jay Cassidy and Crispin Struthers, Silver Linings Playbook
Dylan Tichenor and William Goldenberg, Zero Dark Thirty

Makeup and Hairstyling
Howard Berger, Peter Montagna and Martin Samuel, Hitcock
Peter Swords King, Rick Findlater and Tami Lane, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Lisa Westcott and Julie Dartnell, Les Miserables

Best Original Score
Dario Marianelli, Anna Karenina
Alexandre Desplat, Argo
Mychael Danna, Life of Pi
John Williams, Lincoln
Thomas Newman, Skyfall

Best Production Design
Sarah Greenwood and Katie Spencer, Anna Karenina
Dan Hennah, Ra Vincent and Simon Bright, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Eve Stewart and Anna Lynch-Robinson, Les Miserables
David Gropman and Anna Pinnock, Life of Pi
Rick Carter and Jim Erickson, Lincoln

Best Animated Short
“Adam and Dog,” Minkyu Lee
“Fresh Guacamole,” PES
“Head over Heels,” Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly
“Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare,'” David Silverman
“Paperman,” John Kahrs

Best Live Action Short
“Asad,” Bryan Buckley and Mino Jarjoura
“Buzkashi Boys,” Sam French and Ariel Nasr
“Curfew,” Shawn Christensen
“Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw),” Tom Van Avermaet and Ellen De Waele
“Henry,” Yan England

Best Sound Editing
Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn, Argo
Unchained Wylie Stateman, Django Unchained
Eugene Gearty and Philip Stockton, Life of Pi
Per Hallberg and Karen Baker Landers, Skyfall
Paul N.J. Ottosson, Zero Dark Thirty

Best Sound Mixing
John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Jose Antonio Garcia, Argo
Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson and Simon Hayes, Les Misérables
Ron Bartlett, D.M. Hemphill and Drew Kunin, Life of Pi
Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom and Ronald Judkins, Lincoln
Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell and Stuart Wilson, Skyfall

Best Visual Effects
Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott, Life of Pi
Janek Sirrs, Jeff White, Guy Williams and Dan Sudick, Marvel’s The Avengers
Richard Stammers, Trevor Wood, Charley Henley and Martin Hill, Prometheus
Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson, Snow White and the Huntsman



  • divisionbell

    The oscars are a joke and horror fan know not to expect any of their favorite films to get nominated or win. The final nail was the moment Titanic won best FX over Starship Troopers.

    • HorrorManiac666

      Starship Troopers was nominated for an oscar, OMFG I loved that movie when I was a kid still do.

  • horrorking95

    Not such a great year 🙁 I’m only interested in, and would be seeing, Les Miserables, Django Unchained and Amour. I think The Dark Knight Rises should’ve been up for something, and if there was any justice in the world so would The Cabin in the Woods. Damn oscar snobbery!!

  • I love Horror more than anything, but I often understand why the genre doesn’t get more love. It is such a matter of taste. I’m honestly curious what people think are films worthy of winning an Oscar this year.

  • doomas10

    No django for best director? Really? Also, No love For DiCaprio’s villain. Fail. Life of Pi was good but it definitely does not deserve 11 nominations! The avengers got only one nom in the technical categories – LOL. The oscars every year are more and more about typical and safe films rather than unique ones. Horror genre is the least favourite genre of the average moviegoer. Do you know how many people I met that they do not watch horror because of the gore? And I am like “Why you watched Saving Private Ryan?” Because the violence was more realistic? So you snub an entire genre because it is gory/scary. Hey, i do not like romantic comedies or dramas but I will give them a go if the plot is interesting. Cinema lovers my a**!

    • doomas10

      And who can forget that horror has some of the most spectacular directions and performances of all time? Psycho, I saw the devil , Silence of the lamps, The cell (did you see the performance of Vincent D’Onofrio there?), scream (neve campell was excellent), dracula, 28 days later, the thing…Let alone the fact that in horror genre music composers can thrive!

      • divisionbell

        Exactly! Horror never gets the credit it deserves.

      • djblack1313

        doomas10, well said. so many horror movies have some amazing performances that never get respect or recognition. Cecile de France’s performance as Marie in HIGH TENSION is easily one of the best performances in a movie ever (IMO).

        • doomas10

          Although I am not a huge fan of high tension – we got it here as haute tension!? (damn you plot twist)- Cecile de France was kicking major ass in the film. I honestly do not know what to think. Is it easy to express the emotion of fear on the big screen? I do not think. Why though the rest of the world and the academy/other award associations think otherwise? Losers!

          • doomas10

            by here I am meaning UK 🙂

  • DesignDeath

    None of those films are actually horror though.

  • Zombie-Killa

    You can forget about ParaNorman winning that Oscar for Best Animation film. It’s going to Wreck-It Ralph, and truth be told, I’d be shocked if it didn’t. Personally, Ralph didn’t do anything for me, but it’s the most beloved animation film in 2012. But no nomination for Helen Mirren or Anthony Hopkins???? Seriously???

    Overall, these nominations don’t surprise me, and I’m expecting a damn near clean sweep for Lincoln. And Django probably won’t win anything. Django is a controversial film about slavery, Lincoln is a biopic about one of the most beloved US Presidents of all time portrayed by one of the most respected actors ever, and Spielberg was the director.

  • ThunderDragoon

    Geez, it’s like the same movies over and over again. “Proper” awards shows like these are so boring.

  • HorrorManiac666

    No monination for Sam motherfuckin Jackson WTF is that about

    • HorrorManiac666


      • doomas10

        such a shame 🙁

      • doomas10

        Samuel jackson- one of the most underrate actors.Ever

  • goombatommy

    So basically if the film does not fall under the categories of drama / biopic drama then it stands no chance? Not saying all of the nominations are horrendous because a few of them do stand out, but the academy and I think most viewers of the general mainstream really need to broaden their perspectives a bit. They are missing out on so many good movies.

    What a shame.

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