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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

January 9, 2013 at 10:37 AM

If I picked the Oscar nominees . . .

The Academy Award nominations will be announced tomorrow morning at the ungodly hour of 5:30 a.m. on the west coast; I’ll be watching (likely in my bathrobe, feeling sympathy for poor Emma Stone, who’s announcing the awards and will be enduring full hair and makeup in the middle of the night), and will be blogging promptly. So today is the last day to think about the Oscar nominations we’d like to see, rather than the ones we think we will see, so I’m going to follow in the footsteps of the movie critics at the New York Times, who annually do a feature called “And the Nominees Should Be . . . ” Here are the names I’d love to hear called tomorrow, though I suspect many of them won’t be. (Note that I’m joining the NYT gang in listing just five best picture nominees; I think ten is too many.)
Best Picture
Amour
Anna Karenina
Argo
The Deep Blue Sea
Lincoln
Best Director
Ben Affleck, “Argo”
Terrence Davies, “The Deep Blue Sea”
Michael Haneke, “Amour”
Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln”
Joe Wright, “Anna Karenina”
Best Actor
Jack Black, ‘Bernie”
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”
John Hawkes, “The Sessions”
Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”
Denzel Washington, “Flight”
Best Actress
Emayatzy Corinealdi, “Middle of Nowhere”
Marion Cotillard, “Rust and Bone”
Melanie Lynskey, “Hello I Must Be Going”
Rachel Weisz, “Deep Blue Sea”
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, “Smashed”
Best supporting actor
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”
Tommy Lee Jones, “LIncoln”
Jude Law, “Anna Karenina”
William H. Macy, “The Sessions”
Christopher Walken, “A Late Quartet”
Best supporting actress
Amy Adams, “The Master”
Judi Dench, “Skyfall”
Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”
Allison Janney, “Liberal Arts”
Scarlett Johansson, “Hitchcock”
Best original screenplay
“Amour” (Michael Haneke)
“Liberal Arts” (Josh Radnor)
“Moonrise Kingdom” (Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola)
“Ruby Sparks” (Zoe Kazan)
“Safety Not Guaranteed” (Derek Connolly)
Best adapted screenplay
“Anna Karenina” (Tom Stoppard)
“Bernie” (Richard Linklater)
“The Deep Blue Sea” (Terrence Davies)
“LIncoln” (Tony Kushner)
“The Silver Linings Playbook” (David O. Russell)
Those are my picks, though I’m quite resigned to the fact that I won’t see many of them tomorrow; how about yours?

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