|Jessica Chastain in Zero Dark Thirty|
|Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables|
There were many surprising things among nominees - the lack of Johnny Depp, who is nominated for anything he does, the inclusion of Nicole Kidman for The Paperboy, three nominations for Salmon Fishing in Yemen and Richard Gere appearing as if from nowhere. Meryl Streep got in for Hope Springs, because well, how could she not? I'm thrilled to see Emily Blunt, Amy Adams, Anne Hathaway and Nicole Kidman - some of my favorite actresses - nominated. What saddens me is the lack of love for Seven Psychopaths and lack of nomination for Matthew McConaughey for any of his three wonderful performances.
Here are the nominees:
Best motion picture - DRAMA
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty
What will win? Zero Dark Thirty, though Lincoln may be the real danger to its win.
Shocker - I just still cannot believe how much The Hobbit is ignored this Oscar season.
Best motion picture - COMEDY/MUSICAL
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Salmon Fishing in Yemen
Silver Linings Playbook
What is winning? Silver Linings Playbook or Les Miserables. My bet is on O'Russel's film.
Shocker - Salmon Fishing in Yemen being not only included but also remembered about in Oscar season.
Best Actor, Drama:
Daniel Day Lewis for Lincoln
Richard Gere for Arbitrage
John Hawkes for the Sessions
Joaquin Phoenix for The Master
Denzel Washington for Flight
Who is winning? Daniel Day Lewis, soon to be three time Academy Award winning actor as well.
Shocker - Phoenix actually managed to get nominated. Gere being here is such a big surprise and final push I need to see the movie.
Best Actor, Comedy/Musical:
Jack Black for Bernie
Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings Playbook
Hugh Jackman for Les Miserables
Ewan McGregor for Salmon Fishing in Yemen
Bill Murray for Hyde Park on Hudson
Who is winning? Bradley "what did we do last night?" Cooper!
Shocker - No Johnny Depp, who always gets nominated.
Best Actress, Drama:
Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard for Rust and Bone
Helen Mirren for Hitchcock
Naomi Watts for The Impossible
Rachel Weisz for The Deep Blue Sea
Who is winning? The lovely Jessica Chastain. I sincerely hope this wonderful actress will collect all the awards this season.
Shocker - Emmanuelle Riva didn't get nominated for Amour.
Best Actress, Comedy/Musical:
Emily Blunt for Salmon Fishing in Yemen
Judi Dench for Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook
Maggie Smith for Quartet
Meryl Streep for Hope Springs
Who is wiinning? Lawrence has it in the bank to the point I almost wonder why they even bothered with the formality of giving out other nominations.
Shocker - Lovely Emily Blunt getting nominated.
Best Supporting Actor:
Alan Arkin for Argo
Leonardo DiCaprio for Django Unchained
Philip Seymour Hoffman, for the Master
Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln
Christoph Waltz for Django Unchained
Who is winning? Tommy Lee Jones is a good bet here, but I think all of us, perhaps even associated press included, want to see DiCaprio on that stage.
Shocker - No Matthew McConaughey for Magic Mike.
Best Supporting Actress:
Amy Adams for The Master
Sally Field for Lincoln
Anne Hathaway for Les Miserables
Helen Hunt for The Sessions
Nicole Kidman for The Paperboy
Who is winning it? Anne Hathaway, hopefully. She may lose to Sally Field but that's unlikely.
Shocker - Nicole Kidman making it for The Paperboy, which I actually predicted as soon as I saw her in the trailer. Well deserved, well deserved!
Ben Affleck for Argo
Katherine Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty
Ang Lee for Life of Pi
Steven Spielberg for Lincoln
Quentin Tarantino for Django Unchained
Who is winning? Bigelow? Or maybe Quentin just to stop him from retiring? No idea here.
Shocker - No Tom Hooper for Les Miserables.
Other nominations in movie categories:
Best Original Screenplay:
Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, Lincoln, Django Unchained, Silver Linings Playbook
Best Original Score:
Anna Karenina, Argo, Cloud Atlas, Life of Pi, Lincoln
Best Original Song - Motion Picture:
“For You”, Act of Valor, “Safe and Sound”, The Hunger Games, “Suddenly”, Les Miserables, “Skyfall”, Skyfall, “Not Running Anymore”, Stand Up Guys
Best Animated Film:
Brave, Frankenweenie. Hotel Transylvania. Rise of the Guardians, Wreck-It Ralph
Best Foreign Language Film:
Amour, Kon-Tiki, The Intouchables, A Royal Affair, Rust and Bone
We will find out who the winners are on Sunday, January 13th. The ceremony will be hosted by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey.