“Argo”: Great movie
“Django Unchained”: It’s actually quite refreshing that Django got nominated. I loved it.
“Les Miserables”: Beautiful
“Life of Pi”: It was nice visually.
“Amour”: Why is this even up here? I went and watched it because I thought it was going to be so good.
“Lincoln”: I liked Daniel Day Lewis and the lighting.
“Silver Linings Playbook”: This was actually my choice until early this week when I finally got around to seeing Zero Dark Thirty. It’s a close call though. I feel like maybe if I watch Silver Linings again now, my choice will switch back.
“Zero Dark Thirty”: It was a great movie. A propaganda film like Lincoln, and I suppose Argo could be considered one as well, but it easily beat the other two in my opinion. I was my favourite movie of the year.
“Beasts of the Southern Wild”: Beautiful movie! Unbelievably innovative. For all the people involved in this movie… ridiculously good. This movie inspires people who want to make it, to dream big.
There were so many good movies this year, and I literally just changed my mind, right now, back to the movie I was rooting for, for the last few months. I think “the Impossible” should have been nominated too, with all the movies that are up here.
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE:
Bradley Cooper – “Silver Linings Playbook”: He was fantastic. He was so good. He killed his performance. Maybe it wasn’t the best of the year, but he took his respective role the limit of perfection.
Daniel Day-Lewis – “Lincoln”: While I was watching Lincoln, I remember turning to my cousin and saying, “He did such a good job. You can’t even tell it’s him. I just see Lincoln.” And I mean, isn’t that the utmost goal for an actor? To become the character they’re playing completely? I had a bit where I was saying that DDL has already won an Oscar. He’s needs to do something crazy. But I was wrong. What more was he supposed to do? DDL wasn’t even in Lincoln. Lincoln was in Lincoln.
Hugh Jackman – “Les Miserables”: He was great, and as much as I love Hugh Jackman, there was better acting in the category. I genuinely think that the focus on singing took away from me actually focusing as much on the performance as I did in other movies. But overall, he was fantastic.
Joaquin Phoenix – “The Master”: He was a complete lunatic, and I mean that can be hard to do, but I can see an average actor having pulled off the role with almost the same calibre of talent. The movie just had a complete “what the heck?” reaction from me 50% of the time. I’ve seen him do much better in the past, and when I think of Joaquin Pheonix’ latest amazing performance, I completely skip the whole rapping charade, and go back to Walk the Line. I haven’t seen him do anything that blew my mind in a while, but I remember him when he was good. When he was good, he was so good. I don’t really even know… I need to watch this movie again. -__-
Denzel Washington – “Flight”: Denzel is such a good actor. I don’t think people even realize how good he is because he’s never been bad. Buuut, having said that, his acting wasn’t quite as good as the others. It wasn’t exactly lacking. There was just nothing that really said, “Actor of the Year” to me.
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE:
Jessica Chastain – “Zero Dark Thirty”: I absolutely love her as an actress and she’s great in everything that I have seen her in. Last year, I didn’t even know what her name was and I was actually unaware that I was seeing the same actress in different movies I watched: “the Help”, “Tree of Life”, “Lawless”. Although she is amazing, she wasn’t better than Jennifer Lawrence or Naomi Watts.
Jennifer Lawrence – “Silver Linings Playbook”: I saw some clips from Silver Linings today, and I just remembered how good she was in the movie. She totally deserves the award. But if anyone else takes it, it should be Naomi Watts.
Emmanuelle Riva – “Amour”: She was good, but the movie was whatever. But same issue as I had with Denzel. At the same time, I’m not even a fan of hers, cause I don’t really know her other movies, so… I don’t really know what kind of actress she is. I didn’t get a lot from Amour.
Quvenzhané Wallis – “Beasts of Southern Wild”: I’ve gotta say, I wasn’t really expecting much. Although I should have, because a 9-yr old was nominated for an Oscar. She must be ridiculous. I feel a little ashamed to have underestimated her just because she’s a child. She was exemplary. However, the fact that she was acting as a child still makes it difficult for me to compare her with the rest of the nominees. It’s times like these that I really wish that there was an award for these younger actors. If there was, Wallis would pwn that shit.
Naomi Watts – “The Impossible”: Just yesterday, I had switched my choice from Jennifer Lawrence to Naomi Watts, after watching the Impossible. She is remarkable. I was unable to choose between her and Jennifer Lawrence. So I decided, Jennifer’s doing great already. It’s okay, she’ll get the award another year.
The thing is, Jennifer Lawrence and Naomi Watts were both great in their roles, quite perfect really. If they switched places, I could not see them doing as great of a performance as the other. So, I’m rooting for both. I think I’m leaning slightly more towards Jennifer Lawrence though. It’s not because I like her more. I don’t think I do, and I have been obsessed with Naomi Watts’ acting for much longer.
Cutest photo too. I love them both so much.