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February 24, 2013

He says, they say: Our critic makes his picks for Oscars


Oh well, does it even matter in a category where Helen Hunt’s bland performance in the even blander “The Sessions” gets priority over Kerry Washington’s always on key, emotional, oftentimes devastating performance as the love of Django, Broomhilda, in “Django Unchained?”


BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained”

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Tony Kushner, “Lincoln”



BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: “The Mast…” what? It isn’t nominated? Oh. It’ll go to “Lincoln” then. And again, it was designed in a computer, so the nomination for “Life of Pi” is a joke.

BEST EDITING: “The Mast…” what? It isn’t nominated? Oh. “Cloud Atlas” then…that isn’t nominated either? Should we go with “Lincoln” again? I guess so, but seriously, who does these nominations? Do you understand editing? You shut out some of the absolute best.

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: Here’s where “Life of Pi” will finally get something.


BEST MAKEUP: For making the gorgeous Anne Hathaway look so decrepit, “Les Misérables” will get it here. I’m STILL laughing at the nomination for “Hitchcock.”

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: No nomination for the most unique score of the year in “Beasts of the Southern Wild?” Oh well, I’m sure John Williams will nab another trophy for his score in “Lincoln.”

BEST ORIGINAL SONG: The “Skyfall” theme by Adele (oh, I hope she performs)


BEST SOUND EDITING: “Zero Dark Thirty” (it’s all in that opening scene)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: “Life of Pi” was created in a computer, yes, but it’s downright gorgeous to look at. Should win here.

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: “How to Survive a Plague”

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT: “Inocente” (shot in the dark)

BEST ANIMATED SHORT: “Paperman” (slightly more educated shot in the dark)

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT: “Curfew” (less educated shot in the dark)




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