Oscar nominee predictions, 2013 edition

Another calendar year in the books and so is a full slate of movies from the motion picture academy. From successful hits like “Argo” and “The Dark Knight Rises” to movies we all wish we could forget “Men in Black 3″ and “Breaking Dawn Part 2″.

As opposed to the last couple of years, I believe this year’s crop of films was by and large deep with best picture contenders. I saw about 35 of the higher rated films this year and with the announcement of the 2013 nominees for the Academy Awards coming down tomorrow at the break of dawn (actually probably earlier on the west coast considering the 5:30 a.m. announcement time), I felt it would be a good time to do my annual “what the Oscar nominees should be” column.

Just to remind my loyal readers (and to let the new ones know), this isn’t a prediction of who will be nominated, but a list of people and films whom I believe should be nominated. So here we go starting with the Best Picture category:

Best Picture

Argo

Django Unchained

Lincoln

Anna Karenina

Les Miserables

Seven Psychopaths

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Silver Linings Playbook

Zero Dark Thirty

End of Watch

Best Director

Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

Ben Affleck, Argo

Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Robert Zemeckis, Flight

Best Actor

Denzel Washington, Flight

Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln

Sam Rockwell, Seven Psychopaths

Logan Lerman, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables

Best Actress

Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone

Keira Knightley, Anna Karenina

Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty

Best Supporting Actor

Leonardo DiCaprio, Django Unchained

Jude Law, Anna Karenina

Christopher Walken, Seven Psychopaths

Phillip Seymour Hoffman, The Master

Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

Best Supporting Actress

Kelly Reilly, Flight

Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

Amy Adams, The Master

Emily Blunt, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Allison Janney, Liberal Arts

Scarlett Johansson, Hitchcock

So there you go, hopefully, especially for my movie picks, most of these names get called. It’d be a real shame in my opinion if Lerman and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is overlooked.

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