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Damnit! I'm So P*ssed Off: The 2013 Oscar Nomination Snubs -- A Prediction

By Dustin Rowles | Seriously Random Lists | January 9, 2013 | Comments ()


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Emma Stone and Seth MacFarlane announced the Oscar nominations this morning, and while MacFarlane played up his douchiest qualities (seriously, why is Khaleesi dating him?) by announcing everything in "Family Guy" voices, it was more than tempered by the loveliness of Emma Stone.

What's got me upset, however, is not MacFarlane's three-tool display, but the criminal oversights by the Academy voters this year. I know that there was some confusion with electronic voting this year, but when there are 10 potential selections for Best Picture, there is absolutely no excuse for overlooking Looper. Come on! (At least it nabbed a nomination for Best Screenplay. Congrats Rian Johnson). In the same category, it's not like we were actually expecting anyone to notice Ruby Sparks, but Safety Not Guaranteed should've slid in among those nomination. I guess the Academy hates time travel, or wonderful heart-warming performances and original ideas. But hey! Congratulations Zero Dark Thirty, Lincoln and Django Unchained, and bravo to the Academy for another predictable list of Best Picture nominees. And sorry Wachowskis: If it were up to me, I'd have given you a nomination, but these things are never up to me because if they were, every Oscar ceremony would be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and the opening segment would feature Jenna Louise Coleman and Karen Gillan re-enacting all the good scenes from Black Swan.

Best Director was a crowded category this year, with Ben Affleck getting his first directing nom (and deservedly so) and Tarantino, Kathryn Bigelow, and Spielberg all locks, but I'd have still liked to have seen Wes Anderson get some recognition for a strong return to form in Moonrise Kingdom. Still, there was really only one wild-card slot left in that category, and it's hard to argue with their choice (I forget. Was it Ang Lee, David O. Russell, or Tom Hooper?).

In the best actor category, it doesn't even matter who is nominated because Daniel Day Lewis has gotten this one sewn up. It wasn't a incredibly strong roster of choices this year, outside of Day Lewis and John Hawkes (in The Sessions). I guess I'm just more disappointed that Denzel was nominated for the terrible Flight, but I can't be too mad atcha Academy; Denzel is kind of the male Meryl Streep these days: If he appears in a film, he gets a nomination.

Speaking of, Meryl, really Academy? Streep for Hope Springs? I know you love her, but that's a reach, and it took up a slot for the far more deserving Helen Mirren, who gave a better performance in another film that no one cares about, Hitchcock. Good choice on Jessica Chastain (obviously), and you're damn right about Quvenzhane Wallis and Jennifer Lawrence. I guess Brit Marling wasn't eligible for Sound of My Voice? Was that officially last year's film? I never know how these things work.

I'm also disappointed that, even after Matthew McConaughey decided to become the real actor we all knew he could be in 2012, he was overlooked not once, but twice in the supporting actor category, missing out in bids of recognition for his role in Magic Mike and an even better turn in Killer Joe. The win is going to be a toss-up between Alan Arkin in Argo and Tommy Lee Jones in Lincoln, but it would've be nice to see the Academy give some recognition to McConaughey. Is there a comeback player of a career category? I know it's not really a Oscar-grab kind of flick, but Javier Bardem should've gotten some love in this category, as well, although with Christoph Waltz and Leo DiCaprio also in this category, as well, what are you gonna do?

There were four shoo-ins for Best Supporting Actresss -- Sally Field, Helen Hunt, Amy Adams and the expected winner, Anne Hathaway -- but I'd have preferred to see the fifth slot go to Maggie Smith who was wonderful in Best Exotic Marigold Hotel or even Samantha Barks for Les Mis, but I'm not too bummed about the choice of Judi Dench in Skyfall. The choice I'd have REALLY like to have seen, however, is Rebel Wilson for Pitch Perfect, but I've come to accept that that's not how the Academy rolls.

In the best original screenplay category, I can't really complain since the dark horse, Looper got a nod, but no offense to lovers of The Master (I'm still scratching my head over that film), I'd have much preferred to see the brilliant screenplay for Seven Psychopaths among the nominees. I am ultimately pretty happy with the adapted category, however, even if Perks of a Wallflower (which Amanda hated) made it into the category (I quite liked it, but then, I'm a sucker for coming of age films, manic pixie dream girls, and teenage malaise).

Finally, in the Best Animated film category, I don't even care who might have gotten snubbed: As long as Wreck-It-Ralph got its nomination, and ultimately wins the category, I am completely content.

How about you? What were you most upset to see overlooked?


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  • Nvmb3rTh30ry

    Your sources are not entirely reliable (or perhaps just your reporting of them)...
    Looper has NOT been nominated for ANY award, not even best screenplay.

  • Dee

    You didn't apparently look at the nominations. Your director list is all wrong. Did someone phone this all in to you?

  • AxlProse

    I... what the fuck is this shit?

  • Yocean

    Let's see, where did I put that recipe on mustering genuine rage for fake yet frighteningly believable Academy snob list. Ah, there it is: "Remember the year Cate Blanchet's magnificent void-face lost to the Mustached Goop." Oh yeah, starting to rise up quite nicely...FUCK YOU ACADEMY, EAT MY BLUNDERBASS IN ACA-TAINT YOU NUGGET SUCKING SHITSU-FACE!

  • John G.

    I missed a memo, Dustin, can you remind me why you have sooooooooo so sososososossssooooooo much hate for Seth McFarlane? Did he run over your dog?

  • maureenc

    Would it have killed the Academy to give Andy Serkis some love? I mean, I know that the movie wasn't great, but Serkis killed his one scene, and it's not like the Academy hasn't given the "better late than never" award before. (*cough* Al Pacino for Scent of a Woman).

  • Robert

    Brit Marking and Sound of My Voice are 2012 released and they qualified for the Oscars with a poorly promoted NY/LA limited release.

  • I meant Marling, by the way. My phone autocorrected and I didn't get to an actual computer in time to change it.

  • Jralph

    Paranorman deserves best animated film

  • Ben

    If Paranorman doesn't get a nod for best animated there will be hell to pay.

  • pockets full of stones

    Helplessly sad about snubbing Florence + the Machine's "Breath of Life" (Snow White and the Huntsman) for original song, furious about snubbing Emmanuelle Riva AND Quvenzhane Wallis (wanna bet, Dustin, wanna bet?), ecstatic about including Nicole Kidman for "The Paperboy" where she was absolutely mind-blowingly brilliant, happy about Leo and Waltz and yet unhappy there was no room for Samuel L. Jackson (how madly I adore that movie). I'm displeased about all this Arkin lovefest since McConaughey and Jude Law were far more deserving this year. Still, it was an unexpectedly great year for Oscar-hungry movies. No boring English Patients and Ghandis, all the nominees are actually really really good films.

  • BWeaves

    How was Mathew McCona-can't-spell-it acting in Magic Mike? Isn't his real persona to go shirtless and get sweaty in front of drunk women? How is that acting again?

  • Blake

    Bruce Willis deserved a best supporting actor nom for Looper. He is terrific in the movie and I don't think any other actor could have played that role.

    Looper / Rian Johnson being snubbed is not surprising (Drive / Refn got snubbed last year and it was 2011's best movie) and Looper is easily the best film of 2012 (I.M.O).

  • lowercase_ryan

    Not all that many snubs actually.

  • DominaNefret

    I still do not understand the Looper adulation; I know people love JGL, but while enjoyable it was far from one of the best movies of the year.

  • puppetDoug

    Still should've gotten a best score nom.

  • kirbyjay

    I agree. I shut it off after the first half hour and then went back to it the next day. It did get better, but hardly shoutworthy. The same with The Beasts of the Southern Wild. It nearly rendered me comatose and I've yet to return. To the movie, not conciousness......well I am conscious...you know what I mean.

  • Artemis

    I'm so glad I'm not the only person who just doesn't get the love for Looper. I finally had a chance to watch it a few days ago and after all the talk of how great it was, I was super underwhelemed. It was... fine. I don't really have any stronger feelings, good or bad about it. It felt like something you would catch on TBS two years after it came out, get bored part-way through, and switch to another rerun of Mean Girls.

    Then again, I also thought that Cabin in the Woods (which I was *really* excited about) was also just fine. It was like a two hour episode of Buffy or Angel, and not one of the better ones -- which still makes it fun, but not exactly a standout movie.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    Exactly. The way this site waxes on and on and on about Cabin, I was pretty hyped to watch it and it really wasn't that good. I enjoyed it and I enjoyed Looper even more but neither is award worthy.

  • Enrique del Castillo

    Am I the only one that thinks that Rebel Wilson looks like Matt Lucas sister? I have yet to see her in any movie and I expect she'll be great and hilarious, but the resemblance bothers me because I hate Little Britain and that airport series.

  • Bert_McGurt

    I was thinking Jonah Hill's sister, actually.

  • Natallica

    She and Matt Lucas actually played siblings on "Bridesmaids"

  • Atoz15

    And currently live together

  • weetiger3

    Your prescience is probably spot on Damn it.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I have been snubbed by the Academy again. I don't know why I'm surprised.

  • Your Scoot McNairy song shoulda got best soundtrack. You were robbed! ROBBED!

  • Mrs. Julien

    AND NOW I'M LOCKED OUT OF DISQUS FOR THE REST OF THE WORKDAY! Will this torment never end?

  • Mrs. Julien

    //sobbing//

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