Meryl @ 68 – Happy Birthday, My Love

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I started becoming so passionate about film around 2008. I was thirteen years old.

I watched all the Best Picture nominees at the Oscars. I tried to watch as many Oscar nominees as possible.

That year, one film really stuck with me like no other, and I think it’s still my most watched film from that year. It was Doubt.

The entire cast was excellent – from Amy Adams’ delicately balancing nun, to Philip Seymour Hoffman’s emotionally charged priest, to Viola Davis’ rapturous one-scene wonder.

But of course, my eyes were on that nun, Sister Aloysius Beauvier.

Meryl Streep played her. Or to say it better, Meryl was Sister Aloysius.

I was just so attached on her quiet ferocity, that determination that simmers as she fights for what she believes is the right thing to do. And on repeated viewings, Meryl just stuck with me as, for lack of the better word, the definition of ‘great’.

When I say a performance is ‘great’, I always go back to Meryl and see if “has this person met her standards?”.

I know it’s not fair to do that to other actors, but that’s how she struck me. And then 2009 came – Julie and Julia and It’s Complicated. I loved her in both.

By that time, I was just fascinated by how she always does her best in acting but not seeming as if she was trying to hard.

She came at a crucial moment in my life – as my love for film was about to become serious (which eventually led me to taking Bachelor of Arts in Film as my course), she was there, reminding me of what excellence is and how a person can convey so much, can portray life within the limited time of a film.

Meryl Streep, in other words, was a godsend for me.

And I couldn’t be more thankful for her existence.

She’s a trailblazer – she showed through her work how her willingness to bare herself in camera can help us understand more about other people.

I know I’m not the only one who feels this. Meryl has influenced generations of actors, filmmakers, and artists not just in acting and in film, but also in life.

I haven’t met her yet. I don’t know if I ever will.

I really wish I could meet her one day and give her a big hug for everything she has done.

I know she’s just trying to do her best in her craft, but in doing so, she has touched so many lives.

And I’m no exception.

To (probably) my first true love in film.

I love you, Meryl.

And I thank you for what you have done to us.

Here’s looking forward to your future work (and Oscar nominations) while I also go back to your earlier works.

Here’s an altar of her twenty Oscar nominated roles, an all-time record (and I seriously doubt someone will break that anytime soon).

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Just for the fun of ranking stuff, here’s how I’d rank her Oscar-nominated works (performances, not the films; all good-to-all-time-great; purely subjective):

  1. Sophie’s Choice (1982) as Sophie Zawistowski
  2. The Iron Lady (2011) as Margaret Thatcher
  3. Doubt (2008) as Sister Aloysius Beauvier
  4. Ironweed (1987) as Helen Archer
  5. A Cry in the Dark (1988) as Lindy Chamberlain
  6. Silkwood (1983) as Karen Silkwood
  7. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) as Joanna Kramer
  8. The Devil Wears Prada (2006) as Miranda Priestly
  9. Postcards from the Edge (1990) as Suzanne Vale
  10. August: Osage County (2013) as Violet Weston
  11. Julie and Julia (2009) as Julia Child
  12. Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) as Florence Foster Jenkins
  13. One True Thing (1998) as Kate Gulden
  14. Adaptation. (2002) as Susan Orlean
  15. Music of the Heart (1999) as Roberta Guaspari
  16. The Deer Hunter (1978) as Linda
  17. Out of Africa (1985) as Karen Blixen
  18. The Bridges of Madison County (1995) as Francesca Johnson
  19. The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981) as Sarah/Anna
  20. Into the Woods (2014) as The Witch

Plus, her non-Oscar nominated performances:

  1. The Hours (2002) as Clarissa Vaughan
  2. Ricki and the Flash (2015) as Linda Brummel/Ricki Rendazzo
  3. Hope Springs (2012) as Kay Soames
  4. The River Wild (1994) as Gail Hartman
  5. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) as Mrs. Fox
  6. It’s Complicated (2009) as Jane Adler
  7. Suffragette (2015) as Emmeline Pankhurst
  8. The Homesman (2014) as Altha Carter
  9. Mamma Mia! (2008) as Donna Sheridan

There you go. Looking forward to more years to come for you.

Always wishing you the success you deserve and the health that you need to do great work, on and off-screen.

Happy birthday, My Love.

Love you, Meryl.

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RECAP: 3rd TFO Awards (2011)

The third year of this blog’s awards, the TFO Awards, honoured the excellence in film for the year 2011. The awards were posted in July to August 2014.

Asghar Farhadi’s drama film A Separation sweeps the major awards, winning six out of its seven nominations including Best Picture, Best Director (Farhadi), and Best Original Screenplay.

Another big winner is Stephen Daldry’s drama Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, getting four wins out of its ten nominations including Best Adapted Screenplay.

The rest of the Best Picture nominees were The Artist (10 nominations), Drive (10), Hugo (7), The Tree of Life (7), Take Shelter (4), 50/50 (3), Contagion (3), and Weekend (2).

Scroll down below to see the complete list of winners and nominees.

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Best Motion Picture

  • 50/50 – Evan Goldberg, Ben Karlin, Seth Rogen
  • The Artist – Thomas Langmann
  • Contagion – Gregory Jacobs, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher
  • Drive – Michael Litvak, John Palermo, Marc Platt, Gigi Pritzker, Adam Siegel
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close – Scott Rudin
  • Hugo – Johnny Depp, Tim Headington, Graham King, Martin Scorsese
  • *WINNER* A Separation – Asghar Farhadi
  • Take Shelter – Tyler Davidson, Sophia Lin
  • The Tree of Life – Dede Gardner, Sarah Green, Grant Hill, Brad Pitt, Bill Pohlad
  • Weekend – Tristan Goligher

Best Achievement in Directing

  • Michel Hazanavisius – The Artist
  • Nicolas Winding Refn – Drive
  • Stephen Daldry – Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
  • *WINNER* Asghar Farhadi – A Separation
  • Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

  • Demian Bichir – A Better Life
  • *WINNER* Jean Dujardin – The Artist
  • Michael Fassbender – Shame
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt – 50/50
  • Michael Shannon – Take Shelter

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

  • Jessica Chastain – Take Shelter
  • Viola Davis – The Help
  • Rooney Mara – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Elizabeth Olsen – Martha Marcy May Marlene
  • *WINNER* Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Albert Brooks – Drive
  • Matt Damon – Contagion
  • *WINNER* Shahab Hosseini – A Separation
  • Brad Pitt – The Tree of Life
  • Max von Sydow – Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

  • *WINNER* Sareh Bayat – A Separation
  • Sandra Bullock – Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
  • Jessica Chastain – The Help
  • Jessica Chastain – The Tree of Life
  • Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids

Best Performance by an Ensemble

  • Bridesmaids – Rose Byrne, Jill Clayburgh, Terry Crews, Ben Falcone, Jon Hamm, Tim Heidecker, Michael Hitchcock, Ellie Kemper, Matt Lucas, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Annie Mumolo, Chris O’ Dowd, Dana Powell, Maya Rudolph, Mitch Silpa, Kristen Wiig, Rebel Wilson
  • Carnage – Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Christoph Waltz, Kate Winslet
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close – Brooke Bloom, Sandra Bullock, Zoe Caldwell, Diane Cheng, Catherine Curtin, Viola Davis, John Joseph Gallagher, Hazelle Goodman, John Goodman, Tom Hanks, Thomas Horn, Ray Iannicelli, Gregory Korostisheysky, Stephanie Kurtzuba, Hector Martinez, Jim Norton, Lola Pashalinski, Jensen Smith, Marco Verna, Max von Sydow, Jeffrey Wright
  • The Help – Anna Camp, Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Aunjanue Ellis, Nelsan Ellis, Eleanor Henry, Emma Henry, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Ahna O’ Reilly, David Oyelowo, Sissy Spacek, Octavia Spencer, Mary Steenburgen, Emma Stone, Cicely Tyson, Mike Vogel
  • *WINNER* A Separation – Sareh Bayat, Sarina Farhadi, Leila Hatami, Kimia Hosseini, Shahab Hosseini, Babak Karimi, Peyman Mooadi, Ali-Asghar Shahbazi, Merila Zare’i

Best Original Screenplay

  • 50/50 – Will Reiser
  • The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius
  • Bridesmaids – Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo
  • *WINNER* A Separation – Asghar Farhadi
  • Weekend – Andrew Haigh

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Carnage – Yasmina Reza, Roman Polanski
  • Drive – Hossein Amini
  • *WINNER* Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close – Eric Roth
  • Jane Eyre – Moira Buffini
  • Moneyball – Aaron Sorkin, Steven Zaillian

Best Animated Feature

  • *WINNER* The Adventures of Tintin – Steven Spielberg
  • Kung Fu Panda 2 – Jennifer Yuh Nelson
  • Puss in Boots – Chris Miller
  • Rango – Gore Verbinski
  • Winnie the Pooh – Stephen Anderson & Don Hall

Best Achievement in Cinematography

  • The Artist – Guillaume Schiffman
  • Drive – Newton Thomas Sigel
  • Hugo – Robert Richardson
  • Jane Eyre – Adriano Goldman
  • *WINNER* The Tree of Life – Emmanuel Lubezki

Best Achievement in Film Editing

  • The Artist – Anne-Sophie Bion, Michel Hazanavicius
  • Drive – Mat Newman
  • *WINNER* Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close – Claire Simpson
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Angus Wall & Kirk Baxter
  • A Separation – Hayedeh Safiyari

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing

  • *WINNER* Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close – Skip Lievsay, Danny Michael, Paul Urmson
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce, Bo Persson
  • Hugo – Tom Fleischman, John Midgley
  • Moneyball – Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, Dave Giammarco, Ed Novick
  • War Horse – Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson, Stuart Wilson

Best Achievement in Sound Editing

  • Contagion – Larry Blake
  • *WINNER* Drive – Lon Bender, Victor Ray Ennis
  • Hanna – Craig Berkey, Paul Carter, Timothy Nielsen, Chris Scarabosio
  • Hugo – Philip Stockton, Eugene Gearty
  • War Horse – Richard Hymns, Gary Rydstrom

Best Achievement in Original Score

  • The Artist – Ludovic Bource
  • *WINNER* Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Alexandre Desplat
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
  • Hugo – Howard Shore
  • War Horse – John Williams

Best Achievement in Adapted or Song Score

  • Drive – Cliff Martinez, Eric Craig
  • Melancholia – Mikkel Maltha
  • Midnight in Paris – Woody Allen
  • *WINNER* The Tree of Life – Alexandre Desplat, Roanna Gillespie
  • Winnie the Pooh – Henry Jackman, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez

Best Achievement in Visual Effects

  • Captain America: The First Avenger – Charlie Noble, Mark Soper, Christopher Townsend, Edson Williams
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Eric Barba, Brian Gazdik, Patrick Jarvis, Paul Lambert, Steve Preeg, Greg Teegarden
  • *WINNER* Hugo – Robert Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossmann, Alex Henning
  • Super 8 – Dennis Muren, Kim Libreri, Paul Kavanagh, Russell Earl
  • The Tree of Life – Olivier Dumont, Michael Fink, Dan Glass, Bryan Hirota, Paul Riddle, Mike Shand

Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling

  • Albert Nobbs – Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnson, Matthew W. Mungle
  • Anonymous – Fay Hatzius, Heike Merker, Björn Rehbein, Matthew Smith
  • The Artist – Cydney Cornell, Julie Hewett
  • *WINNER* The Iron Lady – Mark Coulier, J. Roy Helland
  • Warrior – Trish Almeida, Felicity Bowring, Dugg Kirkpatrick, Randy Westgate

Best Achievement in Production Design – Contemporary

  • *WINNER* Drive – (PD) Beth Mickle, (SD) Lisa Sessions Morgan
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – (PD) K.K. Barrett, (SD) George DeTitta Jr.
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – (PD) Donald Graham Burt, (SD) K.C. Fox, Erik Videgard
  • The Skin I Live In – (PD) Antxon Gómez, (SD) Vicente Díaz
  • Sleeping Beauty – (PD) Annie Beauchamp, (SD) Lisa Thompson

Best Achievement in Production Design – Period

  • Anonymous – (PD) Sebastian Krawinkel, (SD) Simon Boucherie
  • The Artist – (PD) Laurence Bennett, (SD) Robert Gould
  • *WINNER* Hugo – (PD) Dante Ferretti, (SD) Francesca Lo Schiavo
  • Submarine – (PD) Gary Williamson, (SD) Cathy Cosgrove
  • War Horse – (PD) Rick Carter, (SD) Lee Sandales

Best Achievement in Costume Design – Contemporary

  • Bridesmaids – Leesa Evans, Christine Wada
  • *WINNER* Drive – Erin Benach
  • The Iron Lady – Consolata Boyle
  • Margin Call – Caroline Duncan
  • Sleeping Beauty – Shareen Beringer

Best Achievement in Costume Design – Period

  • Anonymous – Lisy Christl
  • The Artist – Mark Bridges
  • The Help – Sharen Davis
  • Jane Eyre – Michael O’ Connor
  • *WINNER* W.E. – Arianne Phillips

Best Achievement in Original Song

  • “The Living Proof” from The Help
    Music and Lyric by Mary J. Blige, Thomas Newman, Harvey Mason Jr., Damon Thomas
  • *WINNER* “Masterpiece” from W.E.
    Music and Lyric by Madonna, Julie Frost and James Harry
  • “Real in Rio” from Rio
    Music by Sergio Mendes, Carlinhos Brown, Mikael Mutti, John Powell; Lyric by Siedah Garrett
  • “Shelter” from Take Shelter
    Music and Lyric by Ben Nichols
  • “So Long” from Winnie the Pooh
    Music and Lyric by Zooey Deschanel

NOTE: Best Documentary Feature was not existing categories during this awards.

Click here to see the actual posts on the 3rd TFO Awards.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Class of 2016

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Quick Confession: This blogger loves Best Actress more than any category at the Oscars and even during awards seasons, together with Best Picture and Best Foreign Language Film. Hence, a stand alone post about this year’s Best Actress contenders.

By this time, several critics’ awards have already been given. Popular precursor awards like the National Board of Review, New York Film Critics Circle, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and the Broadcast Film Critics Association have already laid their cards with their choices.

Meanwhile, the Golden Globe Awards, known for its split between drama and musical/comedy categories, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the group most likely to influence because they are composed of actual actors (as well as journalists) have already announced their nominees.

By this point, several performances have already been ordained as locks, safe bets, or long shots. In a theoretical world, everyone could be nominated, but here’s the top twelve that are most likely to battle their way in the extremely crowded Best Actress category.

(I won’t include my personal opinion of the performances; I have only seen Huppert, Streep, and Field as of the time of writing.)

The Rest of the Field

Perhaps that one performance that could have arguably went the Best Actress way was Viola Davis in Fences. However, a supporting campaign was pitched and it helps her now become the de facto favorite for the win. Some are still speculating a shocker category switch come nomination announcement a la Kate Winslet (2008) or Keisha Castle-Hughes (2003). But given the competition, it’s safe to say that Davis will remain here.

Amy Adams in Nocturnal Animals received considerable acclaim, but it became clear quite early in the awards season that Arrival was her more viable ticket to the awards season. This might just even help her cause for a win instead of a foreseen vote split.

Performances in comedic films has always had a tough time getting traction. Some of these performances are Hailee Steinfeld in The Edge of Seventeen (Globe nominee), Sally Field in Hello, My Name is Doris (BFCA Comedy nominee), Lily Collins in Rules Don’t Apply (Globe nominee), Susan Sarandon in The Meddler, Kate Winslet in The Dressmaker, Greta Gerwig in Maggie’s Plan, and Kristen Stewart in Cafe Society.

Performances from indie hits have once in a while been visited by the Academy, but mostly during years with thin competition. This year’s slew of acclaimed performances include Sasha Lane in American Honey, Krisha Fairchild in Krisha, and Sarah Paulson in Blue Jay.

Similarly, acclaimed performances from genre films find themselves having a hard time getting in the conversation. Recently Oscar-nominated actresses in genre films include Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl (thriller) and Sandra Bullock in Gravity (sci-fi). This year’s contenders include Jennifer Lawrence in Passengers (sci-fi), Mary Elizabeth Winstead in 10 Cloverfield Lane (horror), Felicity Jones in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (sci-fi), and Anya Taylor-Joy in The Witch (horror).

Foreign-language performances also have a harder time getting in the conversation simply because of language barrier. Most America-based award giving bodies (as we expect) tend to focus more on English-language works. This year’s contenders include Isabelle Huppert in Things to Come, Sandra Huller in Toni Erdmann, and Sonia Braga in Aquarius.

And finally, there are performances in films positioned as contenders that simply didn’t pan out the way they were expected. These contenders include Marion Cotillard in Allied, Rachel Weisz in Denial, and Alicia VIkander in The Light Between Oceans.

THE TOP 12

Long Shots (11-12)
This group have shown enough acclaim and awards received to tell that they are still in the conversation despite not being the strongest contenders out there. Make no mistake: contenders like Laura Linney in The Savages (2007) and Samantha Morton in In America (2003) were all in this category with not having significant precursor awards (BFCA, SAG, Globes, etc.), and yet emerging as Oscar nominees.

12. Rebecca Hall in Christine as Christine Chubbuck

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Citations: LAFCA (runner-up), Toronto (runner-up), Chicago (nom), Detroit (nom), Houston (nom)

In a weaker year, this may have been a stronger contender. Always a reliable character actress, Rebecca Hall is no stranger to Hollywood although she hasn’t been given the spotlight yet. Taking on a real-life character with considerable notoriety, Hall garnered critical acclaim for her performance, though being in a small independent film was inherently a challenge for her to crack in the race. However, she popped in several critics’ awards as nominee or runner-up. In a tight race like this, it all matters. Although it’s an extreme long shot, given the bigger names on this race, Hall is a viable if really out-there shocker.

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11. Kate Beckinsale in Love & Friendship as Lady Susan Vernon

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Citations: BFCA (nom, Comedy), Evening Standard (WIN), Gotham (nom)

Given its acclaim, Love & Friendship could have been a bigger contender. However, for some reasons including an early release date and an almost non-existent campaign, the film almost went into oblivion come awards season, save for some few notices. It pulled a nomination for Best Actress in Comedy at the BFCA which was a nice reminder that her performance is a contender.

However, a surprising snub at the Golden Globes was another nail in the coffin. With its two nominations from known award giving bodies and a win from a British group, it could still muster a campaign given Beckinsale’s household status in Hollywood. On a second thought, Amazon Studios must be focusing its campaign on Manchester by the Sea so…

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Viable Upsets (8-10)
We have enough reason to believe that any of these contenders are feasibly able to pull off an surprise nomination more than the long shots but still not as ‘up there’ as those in the next group. For some reasons, they were at once solid contenders but they now position themselves as by the sidelines, possibly waiting for an aggressive late campaign.

10. Emily Blunt in The Girl on the Train as Rachel Watson

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Citations: SAG (Best Actress nom)

Just as we thought that this was done, due to the film’s poor critical reception, she snagged a surprising SAG nomination which helps her good will. She has been a Best Actress contender since 2014 (Into the Woods and Sicario) and she has been getting career-best reviews for this performance.

On one hand, SAG must have really liked her. On the other hand, it may not really matter since SAG-AFTRA also have non-actor members. On one hand, critics are saying that this is Blunt’s best performance and the film was a box-office success. On the other hand, the film is loudly panned by critics. In the end, it may not matter though.

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9. Jessica Chastain in Miss Sloane as Elizabeth Sloane

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Citations: Golden Globe Drama (nom), Phoenix Critics (nom)

Weeks ago, this was a really strong contender. However, mixed-to-positive reception, poor box-office results, and lack of presence in awards season made Chastain’s chances shaky to almost dead… until the Golden Globes resurrected her. Sure, she had the advantage of the split categories in Best Actress, but trumping over Taraji P. Henson’s more popular film (and possible Best Picture contender) means something. Also, while the film earned mixed critical response, Chastain is single-handedly noted as the film’s high point. The film also delves on a timely subject (gun control) that may or may not keep Academy members from watching it.

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8. Taraji P. Henson in Hidden Figures as Katherine Johnson

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Citations: SAG (Ensemble nom), NBR (Ensemble win), Black Reel (nom), NAACP (nom), Satellite (nom)

While Henson missed a lot of precursor awards, hear me out: Hidden Figures is a potential Best Picture contender. With a SAG Ensemble nomination (among many ensemble wins; it competes with Moonlight for most wins) and several Best Picture mentions for Hidden Figures, add to that Octavia Spencer’s likely Supporting Actress nomination, we are sure Henson’s work is seen. That is very important.

And she is playing a landmark real-life character in a film that perfectly suits America’s current political climate. As the film is regarded as “uplifting”, “feel-good”, and “inspiring” by several critics, Hidden Figures will most likely battle for Best Picture, and that is Henson’s strength. And her iconic television work won’t hurt either. We’ll see.

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In the Mix (4-7)
These four contenders are left battling for the last two slots, assuming that the top three are safe bets (more on that later). These performances are decorated with crucial precursor awards and all have something going for them. However, significant factors also deter them from becoming safe bets. Unless someone from number 8 below sneaks in, expect these four to be in an intense fight for the slots. You can all make arguments why each contender will make it or will not make it.

7. Ruth Negga in Loving as Mildred Loving

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Citations: Golden Globe Drama (nom), BFCA (nom), NYFCO (Breakthrough win), several critics’ awards (nominations)

Perhaps the least known of the bunch, Negga established herself as a formidable contender this year ever since Loving‘s Cannes premiere. With another timely topic in relation to America’s current politics, the film managed to stay in the conversation as a relevant and urgent film. Tagged as “subtle” and “quiet” by critics, the film’s Best Picture buzz seemed to fade in contrast to the “louder” offerings of the more recently opened contenders. Negga herself was not nominated for SAG (something I expected she will), making us think if Loving’s (and Negga’s) chances are still as strong as it is before the awards season started.

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6. Annette Bening in 20th Century Women as Dorothea Fields

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Citations: Golden Globes Musical/Comedy (nom), BFCA (nom), Atlanta (win), several critics’ awards (nominations)

Weeks ago, this was a shoo-in Best Actress nominee (and even a possible winner). However, missing that SAG nomination was crucial and raises the suspicion of how 20th Century Women is actually perceived within the industry. Career tribute and achievement awards are constantly handed to her (and it all helps), she’s a respected actress in Hollywood, but being in a small independent film with an ensemble cast may have prevented her. Some are citing the late release date to cause this. But something must not be ignored: with a career filled with strong performances, this is called as Bening’s career-best. That’s something.

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5. Isabelle Huppert in Elle as Michèle Leblanc

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Citations: Golden Globes Drama (nom), BFCA (nom), Gotham (win), NYFCC (win), LAFCA (win), Boston Online (win), San Francisco (win), Boston (win), several critics’ awards (nominations)

A French acting legend finally cracking inside this Oscar race unlike before. She started from a longshot possibility to critics’ favorite, earning the most Best Actress wins at the precursor awards. It also helps that her film was submitted in the Best Foreign Language Film (although it didn’t make the shortlist) and she also has another well-received turn in Things to Come. Despite the potentially risque topic, she survived and got nominated in major critics’ awards.

As with Bening, it really means something when an acting goddess like Huppert who has delivered a string of strong and memorable performances get career-best reviews for this film. SAG miss blows, but like Marion Cotillard (2014) and Charlotte Rampling (2015), I’m expecting fervent critical support will rally her all the way to an Oscar nomination.

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4. Meryl Streep in Florence Foster Jenkins as Florence Foster Jenkins

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Citations: SAG (nom), Golden Globes Musical/Comedy (nom), BFCA Comedy (win), Phoenix Film Critics (nom), Satellite (nom)

Meryl Streep, Greatest Living Actress. She got stellar (if usual) reviews for her work in an early opening film. Precursor awards made minimal mention of her, but she won Best Actress Comedy in BFCA together with nominations for Golden Globes and SAG. For the first time in a long time, Streep is not a safe nominee. However, given how much the Academy loves her (if nominated, this is her 20th), add to that the biopic factor, things seem to favor Streep getting nominated despite an early release and a stiff competition.

The downside? The film did good business, but not as good as her past offerings (Julie & Julia made $129 million, FFJ made $44 million). Also, other contenders seem more urgent in having a nomination compared to Streep (Negga breakthrough, Bening overdue, Huppert never nommed).

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Safe Bets (1-3)
These three are, I believe, the most expected to appear on the Academy’s roster of nominees for this year’s Best Actress. While # 3 is a call that I personally made (others still don’t see it happening), the top two have been there since they made the festival tour and then the awards season. Also, the Best Actress winner would most likely come from these three. Unless there is a huge f*ck-up that will happen, expect these names come the morning of nominations announcement.

3. Amy Adams in Arrival as Dr. Louise Banks

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Citations: SAG (nom), Golden Globes Drama (nom), BFCA (nom), NBR (win), several critics’ awards (nominations)

She started the awards season with the Best Actress win which was a good sign given how unsure Arrival is in terms of reception (not that it’s bad). While not winning anything after NBR, she showed up in almost every critics’ awards as a nominee, right there with Emma Stone and Natalie Portman. If ever, this is her sixth nomination.

Overdue for a win? Possible. She is also getting career-best reviews for this film and Arrival is a true Best Picture contender. It’s really hard to see the Academy pass on their favorite given how critically acclaimed her turn here is. If for some twist of fate, she wins either BAFTA and/or SAG, prepare for a late resurgence for a win. Until now, I’m holding my assumptions and say she might win this.

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2. Natalie Portman in Jackie as Jacqueline Kennedy

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Citations: SAG (nom), Golden Globes Drama (nom), BFCA (win), Washington D.C. (win), Dallas-Fort Worth (win), Chicago (win), several critics’ awards (nominations)

Even besting her Oscar winning turn in Black Swan, Portman is again getting career-best reviews, with reviews even saying her work in Jackie is better than in Black Swan. That says a lot. She also fills the drama slot in this race to compete with Emma Stone’s comedy/musical slot, the same way Jessica Chastain did with the Best Actress race with Jennifer Lawrence in 2012.

Some say her 2010 Oscar win detracts her chances of winning, but with a surprise BFCA win and winning other critics’ awards, Portman might be back again as a serious contender for the win. Praised for her technical proficiency in the role of an iconic woman, Portman has the biopic card with her. Sally Field won twice in the span of six years. Hilary Swank, also six years. Jodie Foster, four years. It’s really possible.

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1 . Emma Stone in La La Land as Mia Dolan

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Citations: SAG (nom), Golden Globes Musical/Comedy (nom), BFCA (nom), Venice (win), several critics’ awards (nominations)

And our current frontrunner for Best Actress is from the current frontrunner for Best Picture – that rarely happens. Ever since her Venice win (over Natalie Portman, mind you), Stone keeps on getting notice after notice for her work in this film. It really helps a lot that the film is the current favorite to win Best Picture as well. We expect her to win Best Actress Musical/Comedy at the Golden Globes. She’s a famous international young female star in a presumably likable performance and film (think Jennifer Lawrence in 2012, Julia Roberts in 2000, Gwyneth Paltrow in 1998).

Two question marks though:

First, she actually hasn’t won any competitive awards yet expect for the Venice win. That’s strange for a presumed Best Actress frontrunner.

Second, will she and La La Land maintain their frontrunner status until the Oscars ceremony? It’s really difficult to start as the frontrunner because backlash happens (it’s already starting to happen, in small portions). That is Natalie Portman’s and Amy Adams’ possible entry point once the backlash gets intense.

Meanwhile, Emma Stone sits fine as the current favorite to win.

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Who do you predict to make the five Best Actress nominees at the Oscars? Who do you want to be nominated? 🙂

5th TFO Awards – THE BEST OF 2013

2013 was a GREAT year in film. I’m yet to see more than a hundred films from 2014, but comparing 2013 to previous years, it’s clearly a no brainer that this is the most exciting year in film since I first started intense film watching per year in 2009. 5th TFO Banner v.2Here are the awards in contention:

Best Motion Picture
Best Director
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Best Performance by A CAST
Best Original Screenplay
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Animated Feature
Best Cinematography
Best Film Editing
Best Sound MIXING
Best Sound EDITING
Best Original Score
Best Adapted/Song Score
Best Visual Effects
Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Best production design – contemporary
Best production design – period
Best Costume Design – contemporary
Best Costume Design – period
Best Original Song

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BEST MOTION PICTURE

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01 gravity# 1 – Gravity
Producers: Alfonso Cuaron, David Heyman

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02 inside llewyn davis# 2 – Inside Llewyn Davis
Producers: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Scott Rudin

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03 12 years a slave# 3 – 12 Years a Slave
Producers: Dede Gardner, Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, Arnon Milchan, Brad Pitt, Bill Pohlad

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04 before midnight# 4 – Before Midnight
Producers: Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, Richard Linklater, Sara Woodhatch

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05 the wolf of wall street# 5 – The Wolf of Wall Street
Producers: Riza Aziz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joey MacFarland, Martin Scorsese, Emma Tillinger Koskoff

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06 the past# 6 – The Past
Producer: Alexandre Mallet-Guy

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07 her# 7 – Her
Producers: Megan Ellison, Spike Jonze, Vincent Landay

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08 the place beyond the pines# 8 – The Place Beyond the Pines
Producers: Lynette Howell, Sydney Kimmel, Alex Orlovsky, Jamie Patricof

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09 enough said# 9 – Enough Said
Producers: Stephanie Azpiazu, Anthony Bregman

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10 something in the air# 10 – Something in the Air
Producers: Charles Gillibert, Nathanael Karmitz

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Almost Made It (in alphabetical order): The Act of Killing | American Hustle | Captain Phillips | Ernest & Celestine | Frances Ha | The Kings of Summer | Nebraska

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BEST DIRECTOR

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director 02 coens# 2 – Joel Coen & Ethan Coen – Inside Llewyn Davis

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director 03 mcqueen# 3 – Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave

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director 04 farhadi# 4 – Asghar Farhadi – The Past

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director 05 scorsese# 5 – Martin Scorsese – The Wolf of Wall Street

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Finalists (6-12, ranked): Spike Jonze – Her | Derek Cianfrance – The Place Beyond the Pines |  Richard Linklater – Before Midnight | Paolo Sorrentino – The Great Beauty | J.C. Chandor – All is Lost | Xavier Dolan – Laurence Anyways | David O. Russell – American Hustle

Semi-Finalists (13-20, ranked): Paul Greengrass – Captain Phillips | Marc Forster – World War Z | Olivier Assayas – Something in the Air | Alexander Payne – Nebraska | Francis Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire | Shane Carruth – Upstream Color | Jordan Vogt-Roberts – The Kings of Summer | Joshua Oppenheimer – The Act of Killing

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEAD ROLE

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# 1 – Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine (as Jasmine French)

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actress screen delpy# 3 – Julie Delpy in Before Midnight (as Celine)

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actress screen streep# 4 – Meryl Streep in August: Osage County (as Violet Weston)

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# 5 – Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Enough Said (as Eva)

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Finalists (6-12): Amy Adams – American Hustle | Greta Gerwig – Frances Ha | Melissa McCarthy – The Heat | Julia Roberts – August: Osage County | Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire | Berenice Bejo – The Past | Suzanne Clement – Laurence Anyways

Semi-Finalists (13-20): Judi Dench – Philomena | Emma Thompson – Saving Mr. Banks | Adele Exarchopoulos – Blue is the Warmest Color | Emma Watson – The Bling Ring | Trine Dyrholm – Love is All You Need | Halle Berry – The Call | Angeli Bayani – Ilo Ilo | Onata Aprile – What Maisie Knew

The Rest of the Field
(21-30):
Brie Larson – Short Term 12 | Andrea Riseborough – Shadow Dancer | Sandra Bullock – The Heat | Rooney Mara – Side Effects | Shailene Woodley – The Spectacular Now | Rooney Mara – Ain’t Them Bodies Saints | Amy Acker – Much Ado About Nothing | Waad Mohammad – Wadjda | Saoirse Ronan – How I Live Now | Brit Marling – The East

(31-40): Naomi Watts – Sunlight Jr. | Penelope Cruz – Twice Born | Kathryn Hahn – Afternoon Delight | Amanda Seyfried – Lovelace | Kate Winslet – Labor Day | Juno Temple – Afternoon Delight | Naomie Harris – Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom | Kristen Wiig – Girl Most Likely | Amy Seimetz – Upstream Color | Felicity Jones – Breathe In

(41-50): Jessica Chastain – Mama | Mia Wasikowska – Stoker | Felicity Jones – The Invisible Woman | Naomi Watts – Diana | Zhang Ziyi – The Grandmaster | Sophie Nelisse – The Book Thief | Vera Farmiga – The Conjuring | Naomi Watts – Adore | Robin Wright – Adore | Lake Bell – In a World… . .

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEAD ROLE

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# 1 – Oscar Isaac in Inside Llewyn Davis (as Llewyn Davis)

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# 2 – Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street (as Jordan Belfort)

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Finalists (6-12): Tom Hanks – Captain Phillips | Robert Redford – All is Lost | Michael Shannon – The Iceman | Bruce Dern – Nebraska | Jeremy Irvine – Great Expectations | Mads Mikkelen – The Hunt | Daniel Bruhl – Rush

Semi-Finalists (13-20): Sam Rockwell – A Single Shot | Christian Bale – American Hustle | Idris Elba – Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom | Jake Gyllenhaal – Prisoners | Hugh Jackman – Prisoners | Will Forte – Nebraska | Josh Brolin – Oldboy | Nick Robinson – The Kings of Summer

The Rest of the Field
(21-30): Michael B. Jordan – Fruitvale Station | Adam Bakri – Omar | Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips | Dane DeHaan – Kill Your Darlings | Matthew Goode – Stoker | James Franco – Spring Breakers | Toni Servillo – The Great Beauty | Melvin Poupaud – Laurence Anyways | Forest Whitaker – Lee Daniels’ The Butler | James Gandolfini – Enough Said

(31-40): Matthew McConaughey – Mud | Elijah Wood – Maniac | Tahar Rahim – Grand Central | Josh Brolin – Labor Day | Terence Stamp – Unfinished Song | Ali Mosaffa – The Past | Jake Macapagal – Metro Manila | Ben Stiller – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty | James McAvoy – Filth | Tye Sheridan – Mud

(41-50): Joseph Gordon-Levitt – Don Jon | Ethan Hawke – Before Midnight | Shane Carruth – Upstream Color | John Gallagher Jr. – Short Term 12 | Clement Metayer – Something in the Air | Josh Hutcherson – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire | Jeremy Irons – Night Train to Lisbon | Matt Dillon – Sunlight Jr. | Miles Teller – The Spectacular Now | Johnny Depp – The Lone Ranger

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

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# 1 – Sally Hawkins in Blue Jasmine as Ginger

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# 2 – Lea Seydoux in Blue is the Warmest Color as Emma

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# 3 – Lupita Nyong’o in 12 Years a Slave as Patsey

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# 3 – Julianne Nicholson in August: Osage County as Barbara Weston

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# 5 – Kristin Scott-Thomas in Only God Forgives as Crystal

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Finalists (6-12): Amy Adams – Her | Scarlett Johansson – Don Jon | June Squibb – Nebraska | Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle | Carey Mulligan – Inside Llewyn Davis | Andrea Riseborough – Oblivion | Jennifer Garner – Dallas Buyers Club

Semi-Finalists (13-20): Vanessa Redgrave – Unfinished Song | Octavia Spencer – Fruitvale Station | Margot Robbie – The Wolf of Wall Street | Rooney Mara – Her | Cameron Diaz – The Counselor | Julianne Moore – What Maisie Knew | Oprah Winfrey – Lee Daniels’ The Butler | Sarah Paulson – 12 Years A Slave

The Rest of the Field

(21-30): Angela Bassett – Black Nativity | Margo Martindale – August: Osage County | Mickey Summer – Frances Ha | Kristen Wiig – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty | Winona Ryder – The Iceman | Susan Sarandon – The Company You Keep | Reese Witherspoon – Mud | Elizabeth Olsen – Oldboy | Rachel McAdams – About Time | Helena Bonham Carter – Great Expectations

(31-40): Toni Collette – The Way Way Back | Laura Linney – The Fifth Estate | Melonie Diaz – Fruitvale Station | Kaitlyn Dever – Short Term 12 | Rosie Perez – The Counselor | Catherine Keener – Enough Said | Amy Ryan – Breathe In | Mireille Enos – World War Z | Reem Abdullah – Wadjda | Alexandra Roach – One Chance

(41-50): Julianne Moore – Don Jon | Jacki Weaver – Parkland | Selena Gomez – Spring Breakers | Holliday Grainger – Great Expectations | Alecia Moore – Thanks for Sharing | Paprika Steen – Love is All You Need | Katharina Schuttler – Free Fall | Adepero Oduye – 12 Years A Slave | Sally Hawkins – Great Expectations | Charlotte Rampling – Night Train to Lisbon

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BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

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# 1 – Tahar Rahim in The Past as Samir

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# 2 – Bradley Cooper in American Hustle as Richie DiMasso

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# 3 – Michael Fassbender in 12 Years a Slave as Epps

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# 4 – Bobby Cannavale in Blue Jasmine as Chili

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# 5 – Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club as Rayon

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Finalists (6-12): Jonah Hill – The Wolf of Wall Street | Casey Affleck – Out of the Furnace | Ryan Gosling – The Place Beyond the Pines | Bradley Cooper – The Place Beyond the Pines | Jeremy Renner – American Hustle | Max Riemelt – Free Fall | Tom Hanks – Saving Mr. Banks

Semi-Finalists (13-20): Sam Rockwell – The Way Way Back | Chris Cooper – August: Osage County | Dane DeHaan – The Place Beyond the Pines | Keith Steinfeld – Short Term 12 | John Arcilla – Metro Manila | Sharlto Copley – Oldboy | Matthew McConaughey – The Wolf of Wall Street | Benedict Cumberbatch – Star Trek Into Darkness

The Rest of the Field

(21-30): Moises Arias – The Kings of Summer | Paul Giamatti – Saving Mr. Banks | Nick Offerman – The Kings of Summer | John Goodman – Inside Llewyn Davis | Ewan McGregor – August: Osage County | Ray Liotta – The Place Beyond the Pines | David Oyelowo – Lee Daniels’ The Butler | Jack Huston – American Hustle | Colin Farrell – Saving Mr. Banks | Ben Foster – Lone Survivor

(31-40): Richard Eklund – The Call | Ralph Fiennes – Great Expectations | Fred Melamed – In a World… | Elyes Aguis – The Past | Paul Dano – Prisoners | Jean Dujardin – The Wolf of Wall Street | Paul Dano – 12 Years A Slave | Benedict Cumberbatch – August: Osage County | Abdullrahman Algohani – Wadjda | Michael Shannon – Man of Steel

(41-50): Ben Mendelsohn – The Place Beyond the Pines | Ben Foster – Ain’t Them Bodies Saints | Woody Harrelson – Out of the Furnace | Kyle Chandler – The Spectacular Now | Geoffrey Rush – The Book Thief | Michael Stuhlbarg – Blue Jasmine | Sam Shepard – Mud | Rob Reiner – The Wolf of Wall Street | Bill Nighy – About Time | Sebastian Jessen – Love is All You Need

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Abigail Breslin, Chris Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Ewan McGregor, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Julia Roberts, Sam Shepard, Meryl Streep, Misty Upham

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# 2 – American Hustleah
Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Louis C.K., Colleen Camp, Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro, Paul Herman, Jack Huston, Jennifer Lawrence, Alessandro Nivola, Michael Pena, Jeremy Renner, Elisabeth Rohm, Shea Whigham

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# 3 – The PastThe Past
Elyes Aguis, Berenice Bejo, Pauline Burlet, Valeria Cavalli, Jeanne Jestin, Babak Karimi, Ali Mosaffa, Sabrina Ouazani, Tahar Rahim

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Bill Camp, Chris Chalk, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Garret Dillahunt, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Paul Giamatti, Taran Killam, Scoot McNairy, Lupita Nyong’o, Adepero Oduye, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Michael Kenneth Williams, Alfre Woodard

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# 5 – The Wolf of Wall StreetThe Wolf of Wall Street
Jon Bernthal, P.J. Byrne, Katarina Cas, Kyle Chandler, Kenneth Choi, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jean Dujardin, Christine Ebersole, Jon Favreau, Jonah Hill, Joanna Lumley, Matthew McConaughey, Cristin Milioti, Rob Reiner, Margot Robbie, Brian Sacca, Shea Whigham, Henry Zebrowski

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Finalists (6-12): The Kings of Summer | The Place Beyond the Pines | Lee Daniels’ The Butler | Much Ado About Nothing | Prisoners | Something in the Air | Short Term 12

Semi-Finalists (13-20): The Way Way Back | Lines of Wellington | The World’s End | The Bling Ring | Night Train to Lisbon | It’s a Disaster | Spring Breakers | The Company You Keep

Others (in alphabetical order): Blue Jasmine | Captain Phillips | The Conjuring | Don Jon | Great Expectations | The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug | The Hunger Games: Catching Fire | The Hunt | Jayne Mansfield’s Car | Kill Your Darlings | Lone Survivor | Mud | Nebraska | Saving Mr. Banks | Star Trek Into Darkness | Thanks for Sharing | This is the End

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BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

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osc 01 insilde# 1 – Inside Llewyn Davis
Joel Coen, Ethen Coen

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osc 02 past

# 2 – The Past
Asghar Farhadi

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osc 03 her

# 3 – Her
Spike Jonze

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osc 04 enough

# 4 – Enough Said
Nicole Holofcener

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osc 05 kings

# 5 – The Kings of Summer
Chris Galletta

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Finalists (6-12): Frances Ha | Something in the Air | The Place Beyond the Pines | The Heat | Nebraska | American Hustle | Blue Jasmine

Semi-Finalists (13-20): Dallas Buyers Club | Ilo Ilo | Love is All You Need | Don Jon | Upstream Color | The Way Way Back | Mud | Wadjda

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BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

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Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke
Based on the characters created by Richard Linklater and Kim Krizan

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asc 02 wolf

# 2 – The Wolf of Wall Street
Terence Winter
Based on the novel The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort

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asc 03 slave

# 3 – 12 Years a Slave
John Ridley
Based on the novel Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup

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asc 04 august

# 4 – August: Osage County
Tracy Letts
Based on the play August: Osage County by Tracy Letts

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# 5 – Philomena
Steven Coogan, Jeff Pope
Based on the book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by Martin Sixsmith

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Finalists (6-12): Much Ado About Nothing | Great Expectations | The Bling Ring | Blue is the Warmest Color | Ernest & Celestine | What Maisie Knew | Short Term 12

Semi-Finalists (13-20): The Hunger Games: Catching Fire | Shadow Dancer | Night Train to Lisbon | The Spectacular Now | The Secret Life of Walter Mitty | Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom | World War Z | Lee Daniels’ The Butler

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BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

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af 01 ernest

# 1 – Ernest & Celestine
Stephane Aubier, Vincent Patar, and Benjamin Renner

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af 02 despicable # 2 – Despicable Me 2
Pierre Coffin & Chris Renaud

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af 03 monsters# 3 – Monsters University
Dan Scanlon

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af 04 croods# 4 – The Croods
Chris Sanders & Kirk DeMicco

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af 05 frozen

# 5 – Frozen
Jennifer Lee & Chris Buck

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BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

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# 1 – Gravity
Emmanuel Lubezki

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llewyn davis# 2 – Inside Llewyn Davis
Bruno Delbonnel

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cine 03 forgives# 3 – Only God Forgives
Larry Smith

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cine 04 beauty# 4 – The Great Beauty
Luca Bigazzi

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cine 05 her# 5 – Her
Hoyte Van Hoytema

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Finalists (6-12): The Grandmaster | Spring Breakers | Prisoners | All is Lost | The Place Beyond the Pines | Laurence Anyways | Great Expectations

Semi-Finalists (13-20): The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug | 12 Years A Slave | Big Sur | The Past | Frances Ha | Philomena | Nebraska | The Bling Ring

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BEST FILM EDITING

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# 1 – Gravity
Alfonso Cuaron, Mark Sanger

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# 2 – Inside Llewyn Davis
Roderick Jaynes

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# 3 – 12 Years a Slave
Joe Walker

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# 4 – The Past
Juliette Welfling

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# 5 – Frances Ha
Jennifer Lame

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Finalists (6-12): American Hustle | Laurence Anyways | The Hunger Games: Catching Fire | Captain Phillips | The Great Beauty | The Place Beyond the Pines | The Wolf of Wall Street

Semi-Finalists (13-20): World War Z | Omar | All is Lost | Her | The Kings of Summer | Only God Forgives | Something in the Air | Before Midnight

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BEST SOUND MIXING

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sm 01 gravity# 1 – Gravity

Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Bernstead, Chris Munro

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sm 02 davis# 2 – Inside Llewyn Davis
Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff, Peter F. Kurland

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sm 03 breakers# 3 – Spring Breakers
Alex Altman, Aaron Glascock, Gregory H. Watkins

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sm 04 lost# 4 – All is Lost
Gillian Arthur, Micah Bloomberg, Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor

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sm 05 oblivion# 5 – Oblivion
Paul Ledford, Juan Peralta, Gary A. Rizzo

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Finalists (6-12): Star Trek Into Darkness | World War Z | Captain Phillips | Upstream Color | The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug | Lone Survivor | The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Semi-Finalists (13-20): The Grandmaster | Pacific Rim | The Lone Ranger | Dallas Buyers Club | Rush | 12 Years A Slave | Only God Forgives | Great Expectations

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se 01 gravity# 1 – Gravity
Glenn Freemantle

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se 02 lost# 2 – All is Lost
Steve Boeddeker, Richard Hymns

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se 03 world# 3 – World War Z
Nigel Stone, Ethan Van der Ryn

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se 04 pacific# 4 – Pacific Rim
Scott Martin Gershin

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se 05 oblivion# 5 – Oblivion
Ren Klyce, Gwendolyn Yates Whittle

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Finalists (6-12): Rush | Captain Phillips | The Hunger Games: Catching Fire | Lone Survivor | Star Trek Into Darkness | Elysium | The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Semi-Finalists (13-20): Man of Steel | Maniac | The Lone Ranger | Upstream Color | Omar | 12 Years A Slave | Oldboy | Metro Manila

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Steven Price

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os 02 philomena# 2 – Philomena
Alexandre Desplat

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os 03 her# 3 – Her
William Butler & Owen Pallett

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os 04 slave# 4 – 12 Years a Slave
Hans Zimmer

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os 05 ranger# 5 – The Lone Ranger
Hans Zimmer

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Finalists (6-12): The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug | All is Lost | Great Expectations | The Hunger Games: Catching Fire | Only God Forgives | Oblivion | Upstream Color

Semi-Finalists (13-20): World War Z | Saving Mr. Banks | Ernest & Celestine | Short Term 12 | Pacific Rim | Star Trek Into Darkness | Wadjda | Night Train to Lisbon

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BEST ADAPTED/SONG SCORE

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ass 01 davis# 1 – Inside Llewyn Davis
T Bone Burnett

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ass 02 hustle# 2 – American Hustle
Danny Elfman, Susan Jacobs

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ass 03 laurence# 3 – Laurence Anyways
Noia

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ass 04 breakers# 4 – Spring Breakers
Cliff Martinez, Skillrex, Randall Poster

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ass 05 kings# 5 – The Kings of Summer
Ryan Miller

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Finalists (6-12): Frozen | One Chance | The Bling Ring |  The Wolf of Wall Street | Frances Ha | Charlie Countrymen | Blue Jasmine

Semi-Finalists (13-20): Love is All You Need | To the Wonder | Despicable Me 2 | Stoker | It’s a Disaster | Dallas Buyers Club | Lovelace | Kill Your Darlings

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BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

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vfx 01 gravity# 1 – Gravity
Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk, and Neil Corbould

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vfx 02 ranger# 2 – The Lone Ranger
Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams, and John Frazier

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vfx 03 oblivion# 3 – Oblivion
Eric Barba and Bjorn Mayer

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vfx 04 hobbit# 4 – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, and Eric Reynolds

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vfx 05 star trek# 5 – Star Trek Into Darkness
Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann, and Burt Dalton

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Finalists (6-12): Pacific Rim | World War Z | Man of Steel | The Hunger Games: Catching Fire | Elysium | Rush | The World’s End

Semi-Finalists (13-19): The Great Gatsby | The Secret Life of Walter Mitty | The Grandmaster | The Conjuring | All is Lost | Mama | Now You See Me

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BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

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Adruitha Lee, Robin Mathews

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muah 02 american# 2 – American Hustle
Evelyne Noraz, Kathrine Gordon

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muah 03 lone# 3 – The Lone Ranger
Joel Harlow, Gloria Pasqua-Casny

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muah 04 laurence# 4 – Laurence Anyways
Michelle Cote, Colleen Quinton

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muah 05 slave# 5 – 12 Years a Slave
Ma Kalaadevi Ananda

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Finalists (6-12): Rush | The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug | The Hunger Games: Catching Fire | Great Expectations | Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom | Lone Survivor | Maniac

Semi-Finalists (13-20): World War Z | The Great Gatsby | Twice Born | Elysium | Lee Daniels’ The Butler | Lines of Wellington | The Great Beauty | Only God Forgives

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BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN – CONTEMPORARY

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pd 01 her# 1 – Her
Production Design: K.K. Barrett
Set Decoration: Gene Serdena

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pd 02 gravity# 2 – Gravity
Production Design: Andy Nicholson
Set Decoration: Rosie Goodwin, Joanne Woollard

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pd 03 laurence# 3 – Laurence Anyways
Production Design: Anne Pritchard
Set Decoration: Louis Dandonneau, Pascale Deschenes

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pd 04 oblivion# 4 – Oblivion
Production Design: Darren Gilford
Set Decoration: Ronald R. Reiss

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pd 05 great beauty# 5 – The Great Beauty
Production Design: Stefania Cella

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Finalists (6-12): Only God Forgives | Maniac | Pacific Rim | Spring Breakers | How I Live Now | Star Trek Into Darkness | Twice Born

Semi-Finalists (13-20): Night Train to Lisbon | The Kings of Summer | Upstream Color | The Bling Ring | Blue Jasmine | Frances Ha | Oldboy | The Missing Picture

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BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN – PERIOD

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pd 06 lone# 1 – The Lone Ranger
Production Design: Jess Gonchor, Crash McCreery
Set Decoration: Cheryl Carasik

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pd 07 hobbit# 2 – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Production Design: Dan Hennah
Set Decoration: Simon Bright, Ra Vincent

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pd 08 gatsby# 3 – The Great Gatsby
Production Design: Catherine Martin
Set Decoration: Beverly Dunn, Eva Starlite

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pd 09 expectations# 4 – Great Expectations
Production Design: Clay Smith
Set Decoration: Caroline Smith

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pd 10 wellington# 5 – Lines of Wellington
Production Design: Isabel Branco
Set Decoration: Stephan Malho

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Finalists (6-12): Saving Mr. Banks | The Grandmaster | 12 Years A Slave | American Hustle | Lee Daniels’ The Butler | Rush | The Conjuring

Semi-Finalists (13-20): Lovelace |  Inside Llewyn Davis | Kill Your Darlings | The Invisible Woman | Something in the Air | Gangster Squad | The Book Thief  | Stories We Tell

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BEST COSTUME DESIGN – CONTEMPORARY

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cd 01 laurence# 1 – Laurence Anyways
Francois Barbeau, Xavier Dolan

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cd 02 her# 2 – Her
Casey Storm

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cd 03 beauty# 3 – The Great Beauty
Daniela Ciancio

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cd 04 bling# 4 – The Bling Ring
Stacey Battat

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cd 05 jasmine# 5 – Blue Jasmine
Suzy Benzinger

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Finalists (6-12): Only God Forgives | Stoker | Love is All You Need | The Hunger Games: Catching Fire | Unfinished Song | The Counselor | Philomena

Semi-Finalists (13-20): Young & Beautiful | Diana | The Wolf of Wall Street | Much Ado About Nothing | Enough Said | About Time | Night Train to Lisbon | Shadow Dancer

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BEST COSTUME DESIGN – PERIOD

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cd 06 hustle# 1 – American Hustle
Michael WIlkinson

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cd 07 expectations# 2 – Great Expectations
Beatrix Aruna Pasztor

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cd 08 grandmaster# 3 – The Grandmaster
William Chang

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cd 09 woman# 4 – The Invisible Woman
Michael O’ Connor

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cd 10 gatsby# 5 – The Great Gatsby
Catherine Martin

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Finalists (6-12): 12 Years A Slave | Inside Llewyn Davis | Lee Daniels’ The Butler | Stories We Tell | The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug | Rush | The Lone Ranger

Semi-Finalists (13-20): Something in the Air | Parkland | Lines of Wellington | Gangster Squad | Saving Mr. Banks | Kill Your Darlings | The Book Thief | Lovelace

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BEST ORIGINAL SONG

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oso 01 happy# 1 – “Happy” from Despicable Me 2
Music and Lyric: Pharrell Williams

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oso 03 young and beautiful# 2 – “Young and Beautiful” from The Great Gatsby
Music and Lyric: Lana del Ray & Rick Nowels

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oso 02 let it go# 3 – “Let It Go” from Frozen
Music and Lyric: Kristen Anderson-Lopez & Robert Lopez

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oso 04 last mile home# 4 – “Last Mile Home” from August: Osage County
Music and Lyric: Caleb Followill, Nathan Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill

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oso 05 the moon song# 5 – “The Moon Song” from Her
Music: Karen O
Lyric: Karen O, Spike Jonze

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Finalists (6-12): “Ordinary Love” – Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom | “Please, Mr. Kennedy” – Inside Llewyn Davis | “Amen” – All is Lost | “Shine Your Way” – The Croods | “So You Know What It’s Like” – Short Term 12 | “Love is an Open Door” – Frozen | “La Chanson d’ Ernest & Celestine” – Ernest & Celestine

Semi-Finalists (13-20): “For the First Time in Forever” – Frozen | “Gia Ena Tango” – Before Midnight | “Atlas” – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire | “I See Fire” – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug | “Sweeter Than Fiction” – One Chance | “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” – Frozen | “My Lord Sunsine (Sunrise)” – 12 Years A Slave | “Stay Alive” – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Others (in alphabetical order): “100$ Bill” – The Great Gatsby | “Becomes the Color” – Stoker | “For the Time Being” – The Way Way Back | “Go Where the Love Is” – The Way Way Back | “Gonna Be Alright” – Epic | “He Loves Me Still” – Black Nativity” | “Hush Child” – Black Nativity | “In the Middle of the Night” – Lee Daniels’ The Butler | “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody ” – The Great Gatsby | “Monsters University” – Monsters University | “Oblivion” – Oblivion | “Over the Love” – The Great Gatsby | “Rise Up” – Epic | “Test of Faith” – Black Nativity | “Together” – The Great Gatsby | “Unfinished Songs” – Unfinished Song | “You and I Ain’t Nothin’ No More” – Lee Daniels’ The Butler

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There you go! Those were my picks for the best of 2013 in film. See you next time for the 6TH TFO AWARDS for 2014 in film (I’m halfway through!).

DISCLAIMER: I do not own any of the photos used. All images were searched through Google Images. No copyright infringement intended.

FINAL PREDICTIONS! (for the 86th Academy Awards Nominations)

Here is my fearless forecast of the nominees for the 86th Academy Awards!
(Those in bold are my predicted nominees. Entries are arranged by the strongest chance of getting nominated.)
The leading contenders for Best Picture - 12 Years A Slave, Gravity, and American Hustle.

The leading contenders for Best Picture – 12 Years A Slave, Gravity, and American Hustle.

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BEST PICTURE (I’m counting NINE nominees):
Safe Bets:
1 – 12 Years A Slave
2 – American Hustle
3 – Gravity
4 – Nebraska
5 – Captain Philips

Shaky, But Likely the Ones to Complete the List:
6 – Her
7 – The Wolf of Wall Street
8 – Inside Llewyn Davis
9 – Dallas Buyers Club

They Could Knock Down the Shakier Ones:
10 – Philomena
11 – Saving Mr. Banks
12 – Lee Daniels’ The Butler
13 – Blue Jasmine
14 – Rush

Longer Shots, But Possible Spoilers:
15 – Before Midnight
16 – Blue is the Warmest Color
17 – Fruitvale Station

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BEST DIRECTOR

Safe Bets:
1 – Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity
2 – Steve McQueen – 12 Years A Slave
3 – David O. Russell – American Hustle

Fighting for the Slots:
4 – Paul Greengrass – Captain Philips
5 – Spike Jonze – Her
6 – Alexander Payne – Nebraska
7 – Martin Scorsese – The Wolf of Wall Street
8 – Joel & Ethan Coen – Inside Llewyn Davis

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BEST ACTOR

Safe Bets:
1 – Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years A Slave
2 – Bruce Dern – Nebraska
3 – Tom Hanks – Captain Philips

Fighting for the Slots:
4 – Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club
5 – Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street
6 – Robert Redford – All is Lost
7 – Oscar Isaac – Inside Llewyn Davis
8 – Christian Bale – American Hustle
9 – Forest Whitaker – Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Longer Shots, But Possible Spoilers:
10 – Joaquin Phoenix – Her
11 – Michael B. Jordan – Fruitvale Station

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BEST ACTRESS

Safe Bets:
1 – Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
2 – Sandra Bullock – Gravity
3 – Emma Thompson – Saving Mr. Banks

Fighting for the Slots:
4 – Meryl Streep – August: Osage County
5 – Amy Adams – American Hustle
6 – Judi Dench – Philomena
7 – Adele Exarchopoulos – Blue is the Warmest Color

Longer Shots, But Possible Spoilers:
8 – Greta Gerwig – Frances Ha
9 – Brie Larson – Short Term 12
10 – Julie Delpy – Before Midnight

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BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Safe Bets:
1 – Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club
2 – Michael Fassbender – 12 Years A Slave

Fighting for the Slots:
3 – Barkhad Abdi – Captain Philips
4 – Bradley Cooper – American Hustle
5 – Daniel Bruhl – Rush
6 – Jonah Hill – The Wolf of Wall Street
7 – James Gandolfini – Enough Said
8 – Will Forte – Nebraska
9 – Tom Hanks – Saving Mr. Banks

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BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Safe Bets:
1 – Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years A Slave
2 – Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle
3 – June Squibb – Nebraska

Fighting for the Slots:
4 – Oprah Winfrey – Lee Daniels’ The Butler
5 – Julia Roberts – August: Osage County
6 – Sally Hawkins – Blue Jasmine
7 – Octavia Spencer – Fruitvale Station

Longer Shots, But Possible Spoilers:
8 – Jennifer Garner – Dallas Buyers Club
9 – Sarah Paulson – 12 Years A Slave

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BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Safe Bets:
1 – American Hustle
2 – Nebraska
3 – Inside Llewyn Davis
4 – Her

Fighting for the Slots:
5 – Blue Jasmine
6 – Gravity
7 – Dallas Buyers Club
8 – Saving Mr. Banks

Longer Shots, But Possible Spoilers:
9 – Enough Said
10 – Frances Ha
11 – Fruitvale Station

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BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Safe Bets:
1 – 12 Years A Slave
2 – The Wolf of Wall Street
3 – Before Midnight
4 – Captain Philips
5 – Philomena

Longer Shots, But Possible Spoilers:
6 – August: Osage County
7 – Short Term 12
8 – The Spectacular Now
9 – Blue is the Warmest Color

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BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Safe Bets:
1 – Gravity
2 – Inside Llewyn Davis
3 – 12 Years A Slave

Fighting for the Slots:
4 – Prisoners
5 – Nebraska
6 – The Grandmaster
7 – The Great Gatsby
8 – Her

Longer Shots, But Still Possible:
9 – Captain Philips
10 – Rush

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BEST FILM EDITING

Safe Bets:
1 – Gravity
2 – 12 Years A Slave
3 – American Hustle
4 – Captain Philips

Fighting for the Last Slot:
5 – The Wolf of Wall Street
6 – Rush
7 – Nebraska
8 – Inside Llewyn Davis

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BEST SOUND MIXING

Safe Bets:
1 – Gravity
2 – Captain Philips
3 – 12 Years A Slave
4 – Rush

Fighting for the  Last Slot:
5 – Inside Llewyn Davis
6 – All is Lost
7 – American Hustle

Longer Shots, But Possible Spoilers:
8 – Lone Survivor
9 – Pacific Rim
10 – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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BEST SOUND EDITING

Safe Bets:
1 – Gravity
2 – Captain Philips
3 – Rush

Fighting for the Slots:
4 – All is Lost
5 – Iron Man 3
6 – Inside Llewyn Davis

Longer Shots, But Possible Spoilers:
7 – Pacific Rim
8 – 12 Years A Slave
9 – Lone Survivor
10 – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Safe Bets:
1 – Gravity
2 – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Fighting for the Slots:
3 – Pacific Rim
4 – Star Trek Into Darkness
5 – Iron Man 3
6 – Elysium
7 – World War Z
8 – The Lone Ranger

Longer Shots (The Rest of the Shortlist):
9 – Oblivion
10 – Thor: The Dark World

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BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

Safe Bet:
1 – American Hustle

Fighting for the Slots:
2 – Dallas Buyers Club
3 – The Great Gatsby
4 – The Lone Ranger
5 – Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
6 – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Long Shot (The Rest of the Shortlist):
7 – Bad Grandpa

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BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC SCORE

Safe Bets:
1 – Gravity
2 – 12 Years A Slave
3 – Philomena

Fighting for the Last Slot:
4 – The Book Thief
5 – All is Lost

6 – Captain Philips
7 – Rush
8 – Her
9 – Monsters University

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BEST ORIGINAL SONG

Safe Bet:
1 – “Let It Go” – Frozen

Fighting for the Slots:
2 – “Young and Beautiful” – The Great Gatsby
3 – “My Lord Sunsine (Sunrise)” – 12 Years A Slave
4 – “The Moon Song” – Her
5 – “Amen” – All is Lost
6 – “Atlas” – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
7 – “Monsters University” – Monsters University

Longer Shots, But Possible Spoilers:
8 – “Shine Your Way” – The Croods
9 – “Sweeter than Fiction” – One Chance

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BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

Safe Bets:
1 – 12 Years A Slave
2 – Gravity
3 – American Hustle
4 – The Great Gatsby
5 – Saving Mr. Banks

Possible Spoilers:
6 – Her
7 – Inside Llewyn Davis
8 – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Safe Bets:
1 – Saving Mr. Banks
2 – American Hustle
3 – The Great Gatsby
4 – Inside Llewyn Davis
5 – 12 Years A Slave

Possible Spoilers:
6 – The Invisible Woman
7 – Lee Daniels’ The Butler
8 – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

Safe Bets:
1 – Frozen
2 – The Wind Rises
3 – Monsters University
4 – The Croods
5 – Ernest & Celestine

Possible Spoilers:
6 – Epic
7 – A Letter to Momo

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BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Safe Bets:
1 – The Act of Killing
2 – 20 Feet from Stardom
3 – Stories We Tell

Fighting for the Slots:
4 – The Square
5 – Blackfish
6 – Tim’s Vermeer
7 – The Armstrong Lie

Longer Shots, But Possible Spoilers:
8 – Cutie and the Boxer
9 – God Loves Uganda

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BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Safe Bets:
1 – The Hunt – Denmark
2 – The Broken Circle Breakdown – Belgium
3 – The Great Beauty – Italy

Fighting for the Slots:
4 – The Grandmaster – Hong Kong
5 – The Notebook – Hungary
6 – Two Lives – Germany
7 – Omar – Palestime
8 – The Missing Picture – Cambodia

Long Shot:
9 – An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker – Bosnia & Herzegovina

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Comments and discussions below!