Jan 272013


The completist film nerd in me is very happy. I have now seen all of the 2013 Oscar nominees for best picture. I have to say that 2013 has been a very strong year, and a year where the Academy has actually nominated many of what I believe to be the best films of 2012. After the jump check out my ranking of the best picture nominees. Of course this list is purely based on my personal tastes…


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Is Argo the best picture? I’m not sure. But it is the one that I love the most from the nine nominated, and it’s the only one that I’ve given five stars. I’ve seen Argo twice – the only one of these films that I have rewatched at this time. For me, not only did it stand up on second viewing, but I had a different experience. The film was extremely intense the first time, and very emotional the second.

Django Unchained, Zero Dark Thirty and Amour are the next group of films for me, all receiving four and a half stars. I really admire them all for different reasons, and would be really pleased for any of them to win best picture. I’d love to see Django win original screenplay and Amour win best foreign film. I also believe Emmanuelle Riva is the best actress of those nominated (aside from Naomi Watts, as I have not seen The Impossible). I’m not sure what Zero Dark will win – it surely has a good shot at an editing award, but I think the controversy surrounding the torture scenes will stop it having a real shot at best picture.

Lincoln and Silver Linings Playbook I have just seen this weekend and while they are very different films, they are on par for me. I’m yet to review them and therefore I haven’t rated them, but they are sitting just below the above group for me. Day Lewis is very deserving of the best actor award, but then again so is Cooper. Lawrence seems to be getting the most buzz from Silver Linings, but it was Cooper’s performance which really blew me away. His ability to switch moods and change energy in a second was simply astounding. De Niro also gives his best performance in recent memory. While I’m cheering for Waltz in the supporting actor category (even though he is a CO-LEAD!), I would be happy to see De Niro win this.

Finally Life of Pi, Beasts of the Southern Wild and Les Miserables. While I liked all of these films, I don’t think they are in the same category as the six films mentioned above. I love the technical aspects of Pi; Beasts was fantastic but I think it’s punching well above its weight in the categories in which it is nominated; for Les Mis Hathaway has to win supporting actress doesn’t she? That’s a weak category this year, and I’d say her performance is the one which will clinch it.

Let me know your thoughts! What is your favourite of the nominees and which do you think will win? My full Oscar picks will be up closer to the ceremony.


By Sam McCosh