My dream Oscar ballot, 2013

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The 85th Academy Awards are this Sunday and though you’ve already seen my top 20 films of 2012, I also want to share what I would’ve nominated in other categories. While my ten Best Picture nominees are my top ten films; my other ‘nominees’ have shifted a lot in the past couple of months since I’ve been able to revisit certain films, catch some that I missed earlier and really get to see certain players make their case on the press circuit. This is probably similar to my personal Georgia Film Critics Association ballot from early January, but I’m sure there have been some shifts and substitutions. It’s a fun time of year, but I’m looking forward to some resolution on Sunday.

Best Picture
“Amour”
“Beasts of the Southern Wild”
“Killing Them Softly”
“Lincoln”
“Moonrise Kingdom”
“Restoration”
“Rust and Bone”
“Silver Linings Playbook”
“Sound of My Voice”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

Best Director
Jacques Audiard, “Rust and Bone”
Michael Haneke, “Amour”
David O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln”
Benh Zeitlin, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

Best Actor
Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln”
Sasson Gabai, “Restoration”
Matthias Schoenaerts, “Rust and Bone”
Jean-Louis Trintignant, “Amour”

Best Actress
Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Marion Cotillard, “Rust and Bone”
Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Emmanuelle Riva, “Amour”
Quvenzhané Wallis, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

Best Supporting Actor
Javier Bardem, “Skyfall”
Jason Clarke, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Robert De Niro, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Dwight Henry, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Bruce Willis, “Moonrise Kingdom”

Best Supporting Actress
Alison Brie, “The Five-Year Engagement”
Emily Blunt, “Looper”
Jennifer Ehle, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Kelly MacDonald, “Anna Karenina”
Jacki Weaver, “Silver Linings Playbook”

Best Original Screenplay
“Amour” (Michael Haneke)
“Liberal Arts” (Josh Radnor)
“Moonrise Kingdom” (Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola)
“Robot & Frank” (Christopher D. Ford)
“Sound of My Voice” (Zal Batmanglij, Brit Marling)

Best Adapted Screenplay
“21 Jump Street” (Michael Bacall, Jonah Hill)
“Beasts of the Southern Wild” (Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin)
“Lincoln” (Tony Kushner)
“Rust and Bone” (Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain)
“Silver Linings Playbook” (David O. Russell)

Best Editing
“Lincoln”
“Rust and Bone”
“Silver Linings Playbook”
“Sound of My Voice”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

Best Cinematography
“Anna Karenina”
“Beasts of the Southern Wild”
“Killing Them Softly”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”

Best Production Design
“Anna Karenina”
“Beasts of the Southern Wild”
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“Life of Pi”
“Lincoln”

Best Costume Design
“Anna Karenina”
“Holy Motors”
“Lawless”
“Lincoln”
“Mirror Mirror”

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“Holy Motors”
“The Impossible”

Best Visual Effects
“The Avengers”
“The Impossible”
“Life of Pi”
“Prometheus”
“Rust and Bone”

Best Sound Editing
“The Impossible”
“Life of Pi”
“Looper”
“Skyfall”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

Best Sound Mixing
“The Impossible”
“Life of Pi”
“Skyfall”
“Rust and Bone”
“Zero Dark Thirty”

Best Animated Film
The Rabbi’s Cat
Rise of the Guardians

Best Original Score
Avi Belleli, “Restoration”
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, “Lawless”
Alexandre Desplat, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Dario Marianelli, “Anna Karenina”
Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

Best Original Song
“Ancora Qui” from “Django Unchained”
“Cosmonaut” from “Lawless”
“Fire in the Blood” from “Lawless”
“Skyfall” from “Skyfall”
“Song of the Lonely Mountain” from “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”

Best Documentary Feature
“The Imposter”
“Incessant Visions”
“La Source”
“Queen of Versailles”
“This Is Not a Film”

Best Foreign Language Film
“Amour”
“Holy Motors”
“Lore”
“Restoration”
“Rust and Bone”

I didn’t list nominees for either Short category and I listed my top picks of the year for Foreign Language film, rather than sticking to the official country submissions. Despite not seeing it until 2013, I did nominate “Lore,” since it was Australia’s official submission.

Also, I want to note that the most painstaking cut I had to make this year was Shannon Harper in “Welcome to Pine Hill” from Best Actor. I’m still not sure I have the right final five. The film will finally get a theatrical release this year, however…

There you have it. Here’s the tally:

9 – “Rust and Bone”
8 – “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
8 – “Lincoln”
8 – “Silver Linings Playbook”
8 – “Zero Dark Thirty”
6 – “Amour”
5 – “Anna Karenina”
5 – “Life of Pi”
4 – “The Impossible”
4 – “Lawless”
4 – “Restoration”
4 – “Skyfall”
3 – “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
3 – “Holy Motors”
3 – “Moonrise Kingdom”
3 – “Sound of My Voice”
2 – “Killing Them Softly”
2 – “Looper”
1 – “21 Jump Street”
1 – “The Avengers”
1 – “Django Unchained”
1 – “The Five-Year Engagement”
1 – “The Imposter”
1 – “Incessant Visions”
1 – “La Source”
1 – “Liberal Arts”
1 – “Lore”
1 – “Mirror Mirror”
1 – “Prometheus”
1 – “Queen of Versailles”
1 – “The Rabbi’s Cat”
1 – “Rise of the Guardians”
1 – “Robot & Frank”
1 – “This Is Not a Film”

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