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  1. dommyluc says

    I know a lot of people disliked Ridley Scotts “Prometheus” – although I personally loved it, and the Blu-ray disc is magnificent, BTW – but I cannot believe that two of the movies greatest elements were not nominated for Oscars: the brilliant music score by Marc Streitenfeld and the wonderful performance by Michael Fassbender as David the android. Shame, AMPAS!

  2. dommyluc says

    I know a lot of people disliked Ridley Scotts “Prometheus” – although I personally loved it, and the Blu-ray disc is magnificent, BTW – but I cannot believe that two of the movies greatest elements were not nominated for Oscars: the brilliant music score by Marc Streitenfeld and the wonderful performance by Michael Fassbender as David the android. Shame, AMPAS!

  3. Dback says

    Another year, another round of the Oscars embarassing themselves. It’s utterly shameful that Ben Affleck, Kathryn Bigelow, John Hawkes, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” “Bully” all notched zero nominations. It’s great if you liked “Beasts of the Southern Wild” (which I thought was brave but ultimately flawed), or the massively overrated “SIlver Linings Playbook”–a facile, dishonest look at mental illness with three (!) wish-fulfillment happy endings. (How did Jackie Weaver score a nod for whimpering “Now Pat, Now Pat” for 2 hours?) Watch it wins Best Picture.

  4. Adam says

    Silver Linings Playbook has nominations in all 6 major categories (assuming your referring to the 4 acting, director, and picture). So, not sure what you’re saying about Lincoln

  5. stephen lucas says

    Not one openly gay actor was nominated. Not one movie has even the most fleeting of gay male characters. Another year, another homophobic list from Hollywood and the Academy.

  6. Dastius Krazitauc says

    Stephen, which openly gay actor and which film with a gay male character would you have liked to have seen nominated?

  7. stephen lucas says

    Dastius,

    That’s my point – there aren’t any. Thank you for reinforcing my point about homophobic Hollywood.

  8. Dan says

    Stephen, ParaNorman got a nomination (deservedly so) for Animated Feature and shocker, has a gay character! (The first that I can think of in a animated film). So, while it’s not Best Picture, per say… you are incorrect.

  9. AriesMatt says

    @dommyluc, I agree about Promethius. The special effects were amazing in that movie, albeit the plot left left a little to be desired, especially the ending. I also thoroughly enjoyed the movie, especially Logan Marshall-Green. I’ve had a thing for him since Dark Blue and the movie Devil.

  10. MichaelJ says

    My list of near sinful omissions includes:
    Best Actor — John Hawkes in “The Sessions”, Matthias Schoenaerts in “Rust and Bone” and Jack Black for “Bernie'; Best Actress; Marion Cotillard in “Rust and Bone”; Best Director, Kathryn Bigelow “The Sessions” and Ben Affleck for “Argo.”

    @DBack While Jackie Weaver didn’t have much of a role in “Silver Linings…”, it was quite amusing to see her play a sweet housewife after seeing her play the mother from hell in “Animal Kingdom.” I wouldn’t have minded if they skipped nominating Robert De Nero in “Silver Linings…” for another look-now-I’m-a-cute-and-in-my-own-way wise-older-man/father performance.

  11. MichaelJ says

    My list of near sinful omissions includes:
    Best Actor — John Hawkes in “The Sessions”, Matthias Schoenaerts in “Rust and Bone” and Jack Black for “Bernie'; Best Actress; Marion Cotillard in “Rust and Bone”; Best Director, Kathryn Bigelow “The Sessions” and Ben Affleck for “Argo.”

    @DBack While Jackie Weaver didn’t have much of a role in “Silver Linings…”, it was quite amusing to see her play a sweet housewife after seeing her play the mother from hell in “Animal Kingdom.” I wouldn’t have minded if they skipped nominating Robert De Nero in “Silver Linings…” for another look-now-I’m-a-cute-and-in-my-own-way wise-older-man/father performance.

  12. ripper says

    Stephen Lucas is Jason, people. Nothing he says is worth responding to. He’s only here to incite you.

  13. stephen lucas says

    ParaNorman is animated. If this is the best we can do, we’re screwed.

    Hollywood’s history of homophobia continues. It’s an extremely homophobic place where gay people work to enable heterosexual romance. Hollywood considers us a threat unless we are working towards enabling heterosexual romance.

  14. MichaelJ says

    @Stephen Lucas — The only intriguing (if not altogether positive) gay character can think of is Bernie in “Bernie,” which was played wonderfully by Jack Black. Another character would could be considered queer is not strictly gay is the evil guy in “Skyfall,” played by Javier Bardem, which was rather one-note (well, maybe two-notes) and uninteresting.

    There is one nominated film that has many gay men and women who are far more honorable and heroic than most any gay character most filmmakers could have dreamed up — the many leaders of ACT-UP featured in the excellent documentary, “How to Survive a Plague.” There also is at least one openly gay person in another excellent documentary, “The Invisible War,” which is about rape in the military, and the armed force’s horrible blame-the-victim response to it. But this is not unusual — documentaries often deal with topics and people that do not get decent treatment in major movies.

  15. Strepsi says

    THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER is a movie with gay content, and a gay character, played by a gay actor, EZRA MILLER — who certainly should have been nominated this year over Robert DeNiro for Best Supporting Actor.

  16. stephen lucas says

    So the two Oscar-nominated docos that feature gay issues involve us getting sick or raped? Spare me!!!!!!

  17. Scar2 says

    I love that there are more than five nominees for Best Picture, especially this year when there were so many great films to choose from. I think that’s why a few notable names were left out in the director category. I would have loved to have some more gay-friendly choices but let’s face it, there were no Brokeback, Milk, or The Kids Are All Right this year. Not everyone will agree with the nominees because everyone has different tastes (I’m still not over Brokeback losing Best Picture). Now I will go see Django, Amour, & ZeroDarkThirty this weekend to catch up.

  18. MichaelJ says

    The documentaries I previously mentioned involve heroic people — whether or not they are sick or were raped — bravely confronting powers that be to fight major injustice. One doesn’t need to be gay to find such worthy of attention and respect. I recommend them to everyone.

  19. MateoM says

    Ripper, Stephen lucas does appear to be infamous homophobic, racist, and misogynistic troll Jason. Everyone should just ignore him. He’s here to rile up the comments section, not engage in meaningful discussion.

  20. MateoM says

    Ripper, Stephen lucas does appear to be infamous homophobic, racist, and misogynistic troll Jason. Everyone should just ignore him. He’s here to rile up the comments section, not engage in meaningful discussion.

  21. says

    Colour me unimpressed.

    Best Supporting Actor may be the dullest, most uninteresting race in more than a decade. Who’ll win? Who CARES?

    Best Actress – well, this makes me happy. Finally, some new blood!

    But the snubs are galling – not even a measly TECHNICAL nomination for Cloud Atlas? ya gave TWO to freakin’ Snow White and the Huntsman! I don’t even care if one like Cloud Atlas or not – score, art direction, editing, sound, cinematography, SOUND?

    The Master gets a bunch of nominations…but none for Cinematography? REALLY? 70mm gorgeousness – ignored.

    the academy is fellating Skyfall and I’m not sure why. It was a retro-cool treat, but it aint the Second Coming.

    And I found Lincoln to be sorta like this year’s Gandhi – a sturdy, efficient film make with impeccable skill that, due to its subject matter, convinced people of a brilliance that wasn’t actually there.

    I am however chuffed that our lil’annie hathaway got nominated.

    and three cheers to How To Survive a Plague!

    so, of the Big nominated films, I’d be most satisfied with wins for Life of Pi. why? it was the boldest pure filmmaking.

    but it’ll get tossed some bones: likely score, visual effects, etc.

    *le sigh*

    and on an uttery-odd note, i was hopeful that Arcade Fire’s end title song from The Hunger Games would be nominated. why? well, for once it was a great rock song that actually had something to do with the film it was written for, and actually added to the experience. check it out – it’s called “Abraham’s Daughter” – it’s an incredible track.

  22. loverOFlife says

    For the first time, I have not seen one single movie nominated. I guess because I have not set foot in a theater in 2012.

  23. BABH says

    Why do we continue to pretend that the Oscars should be about artistic merit, when we know full well that they are about industrial profits?

    The Oscars are an advertising event by the industry, for the industry. Receiving either a nomination or a statuette is worth tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars. That (and only tangentially any kind of merit) is why the films and people that were nominated were nominated.

  24. Zlick says

    People tend to forget that, except for Best Picture, nominations are made by different members of different branches. So snubs sometimes happen as a result of that, and also because of the chance factor when there are a limited number of nominations. But overall, I think the nominations consistently represent a decent – if not comprehensive – highlighting of the best films of the last quarter of any particular year.

    Films released in the first 3 quarters of any year are typically forgotten, and that’s a crying shame – because not all “Oscar-worthy” films are released during Oscar Consideration Season.

  25. MichaelJ says

    @ Little Kiwi I agree — the Best Supporting Actor nominations were pretty uninspired and predictable, as Seth McFarlane and Emma Stone made clear when they pointed out that each of the nominees have already one Oscars. There were plenty of more interesting worthy choices, such as Irrfan Khan in “Life of Pi”; Matthew McConaughey in any of “Killer Joe,” “Magic Mike,” or “Bernie”; Samuel L. Jackson in “Django Unchained”; or Tom Holland, who played the youngest son in “The Impossible.”

    I have to take issue with your calling “Life of Pi” pure filmmaking given how much of it, like the whole tiger, was generated by computers — not exactly pure in the traditional sense of motion picture making (ie, use of film and cameras). But it was a great achievement by a director who has made so many great yet varied films, and the young man playing the lead, Suraj Sharma, should have been nominated in the Best Actor category.

  26. Toto says

    So glad ‘Beasts’ was nominated. It was a beautiful modern American odessey of magical realism! Best movie of the year!