Oscars 2013: Locals Weigh In On The Academy Awards Nominations List

Who has your vote?

Temecula no longer has its annual Film Fest, but Southwest Riverside County is still widely known for its patronage to the arts. Think Old Town Temecula's music and theater scene, and so much more.

In that spirit, which films, actors, and other creative moviemakers does Southwest Riverside County think deserve the Oscar nod this year?

We've got a rundown of all the 2013 Oscar nominations below. Who do you think will take home the golden statue on Feb. 24?

Share your predictions in the comment section below and offer your reviews for others to read. 

As for this year's awards, director Steven Spielberg's historical drama "Lincoln" earned a leading 12 nominations Thursday for the 85th Annual Academy Awards, followed by Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" with 11, while the musical"Les Miserables," directed by Tom Hooper, and David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" tied with eight nods each.

"Lincoln" was nominated for best picture and gave Spielberg his eighth best director nomination. A win would be his third in the director category. It's the eighth film Spielberg has had in the running for best picture (''Schindler's List'' won in 1994).

What films and actors are you rooting for? Let us know in the comments!

"Lincoln" also garnered a best acting nod for two-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln and supporting acting nominations for Sally Field—a two-time best actress winner who played Lincoln's wife Mary Todd—and Tommy Lee Jones as a radical antislavery legislator.

"Lincoln" also received nominations for cinematography, costume design, film editing, original score, production design, sound mixing and adapted screenplay.

The dream-like fantasy adventure "Life of Pi" was nominated for best
picture, best director, original song —"Pi's Lullaby"—adapted screenplay, cinematography, film editing, original score, production design, sound editing and mixing and visual effects.

"Les Miserables," a film adaptation of the long-running musical set in 19th century France, got acting nods for lead Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean and Anne Hathaway in her supporting role as Fantine, as well as nominations for costume design, makeup, original song—"Suddenly"—production design and sound mixing.

The Weinstein Company's "Silver Linings Playbook's" eight nominations included best picture and across-the-board nods for its actors: Bradley Cooper—who played a man recently released from a psychiatric institution, and Jennifer Lawrence, his romantic foil—as leads and Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver in supporting roles.

Today's nominations set records for the oldest and youngest nominees.
French actress Emanuelle Riva, 85, received a nomination for best actress for her role in`Amour,'' nominated for both best picture and best foreign film.

And 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis became the youngest-ever best actress nominee for her portrayal of Hushpuppy in "Beasts of the Southern Wild."

Both Riva and Wallis are first-time nominees, along with Cooper and Jackman.

The youngest acting nominee in all categories is still Justin Henry, who was eight when he was nominated for "Kramer vs. Kramer" (1979) and the oldest remains Gloria Stuart, 87 when she received a supporting nomination for "Titanic."

"Silver Linings Playbook" is the first film to take nominations for best picture, directing, writing and all four acting categories since "Reds'' (1981).

The Academy Awards ceremony is scheduled for Feb. 24 at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center. It will be televised live domestically on ABC and in more than 225 foreign countries.

Here is the complete nominations lists:

Best Motion Picture

Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Misérables
Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty 

Achievement in Directing

Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Michael Haneke, Amour
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Denzel Washington, Flight
Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Alan Arkin, Argo
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Phillip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Amy Adams, The Master
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables 
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook
Sally Field, Lincoln

Best Animated Feature Film

The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Wreck-It Ralph

Original Screenplay

Amour, Michael Haneke
Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino
Flight, John Gatins
Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola
Zero Dark Thirty, Mark Boal

Adapted Screenplay

Argo, Chris Terrio
Beasts of the Southern Wild, Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin
Life of Pi, David Magee
Lincoln, Tony Kushner
Silver Linings Playbook, David O. Russell

Best Foreign-Language Film

A Royal Affair (Denmark)
Amour (Austria)
No (Chile)
War Witch (Canada)
Kontiki (Norway)

Original Score

Anna Karenina, Dario Marianelli
Argo, Alexandre Desplat
Life of Pi, Mychael Danna
Lincoln, John Williams
Skyfall, Thomas Newman

Original Song

"Before My Time," J. Ralph; Chasing Ice
"Everybody Needs a Best Friend," Walter Murphy and Seth McFarlane; Ted
"Pi's Lullaby," Mychael Danna and Bombay Jayashri; Life of Pi
"Skyfall," Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth; Skyfall
"Suddenly," Claude-Michel Schönberg, Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boulil; Les Misérables 

Achievement in Production Direction

Anna Karenina
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Misérables
Life of Pi

Achievement in Cinematography

Anna Karenina, Seamus McGarvey
Django Unchained, Robert Richardson
Life of Pi, Claudio Miranda
Lincoln, Janusz Kaminski
Skyfall, Roger Deakins

Achievement in Costume Design

Anna Karenina, Jacqueline Durran
Les Misérables, Paco Delgado
Lincoln, Joanna Johnston
Mirror Mirror, Eiko Ishioka
Snow White and the Huntsman, Colleen Atwood

Best Documentary Feature

5 Broken Cameras
The Gatekeepers
How to Survive a Plague
The Invisible War
Searching for a Sugar Man

Best Documentary Short Subject

Kings Point
Mondays at Racine
Open Heart

Achievement in Film Editing

Life of Pi
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

Achievement in Makeup & Hairstyling

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Misérables

Best Animated Short Film

Adam and Dog
Fresh Guacamole
Head Over Heels
Maggie Simpson in "The Longest Daycare"

Best Live-Action Short Film

Buzkashi Boys
Death of a Shadow

Achievement in Sound Editing

Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Zero Dark Thirty

Achievement in Sound Mixing

Les Misérables
Life of Pi

Achievement in Visual Effects

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Life of Pi
Marvel's The Avengers
Snow White and the Huntsman

Keith January 15, 2013 at 11:27 PM
I've been fortunate enough to see most of the nominated films. Here's my feedback, focusing on the Best Picture category: Argo - excellent all-around, my pick for #1 Amour - haven't seen yet Beasts of the Southern Wild - haven't seen yet Django Unchained - very much enjoyed (and very Tarantino), a thoroughly original, thought-provoking film Les Misérables - I'm a big fan of the musical, so I enjoyed the film as well. I did become a little annoyed at all the extreme close-ups. But overall, still very well done Life of Pi - an excellent adaptation. Visually stunning, well acted, fascinating (and again, very original) story. Very much enjoyed and would recommend. Lincoln - also excellent - my overall #2 pick. Daniel Day Lewis is phenomenal, and the story is fascinating depiction of where we came from politically - and yet some of the same problems too Silver Linings Playbook - excellent realistic, unflinching portrayal of a families battling with mental illness, but also with some offbeat humor - great acting Zero Dark Thirty - though it covers what is a very recent and well-reported on historical event, I also thought this film was very strong, both in its performances, as well as its realistic depictions of events. Also nice to see a movie with a strong female lead.
Keith January 15, 2013 at 11:36 PM
I would also add in my 2012 movie recap, that overall I felt 2012 was weak from a quality film standpoint. I would have to stretch to name 10 really strong films in the last 12 months, rather than a Top 10 taken from a lot of awesome movies. Two additional films that I would have liked to have seen in the Oscar Best Picture list are Anna Karenina (visually impressive, and creative in its storytelling - probably the best adaptation of the novel I've seen yet), and Cloud Atlas. I may be in the minority on Cloud Atlas, because it was tricky to watch (it cuts very quickly between more than a dozen different storylines that cover millennia), but I thought it pulled off the challenge, and again found it very original and compelling.
Diana January 16, 2013 at 01:53 AM
Erkel, now that is funny stuff right there :)
American Girl January 16, 2013 at 02:07 AM
Trouble with the Curve was a good flick! Clint always delivers!
Constant Comment January 16, 2013 at 05:58 AM
I really enjoyed the last Hobbit in 3-D. That was entertainment! }~)


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