Online Film Critics Society Nominations

Thanks Tiago.

Best Picture
Holy Motors
The Master
Moonrise Kingdom
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Animated Feature
The Secret World of Arrietty
Wreck-It Ralph

Best Film Not in the English Language
Holy Motors
Rust and Bone
This Is Not a Film
The Turin Horse

Best Documentary
The Imposter
The Invisible War
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
The Queen of Versailles
This Is Not a Film

Best Director
Ben Affleck – Argo
Paul Thomas Anderson – The Master
Wes Anderson – Moonrise Kingdom
Kathryn Bigelow – Zero Dark Thirty
Leos Carax – Holy Motors

Best Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
John Hawkes – The Sessions
Denis Lavant – Holy Motors
Joaquin Phoenix – The Master
Denzel Washington – Flight

Best Actress
Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
Emmanuelle Riva – Amour
Quvenzhané Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild
Rachel Weisz – The Deep Blue Sea

Best Supporting Actor
Alan Arkin – Argo
Dwight Henry – Beasts of the Southern Wild
Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master
Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln
Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams – The Master
Ann Dowd – Compliance
Sally Field – Lincoln
Anne Hathaway – Les Misérables
Helen Hunt – The Sessions

Best Original Screenplay
The Cabin in the Woods – Joss Whedon, Drew Goddard
Looper – Rian Johnson
The Master – Paul Thomas Anderson
Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola
Zero Dark Thirty – Mark Boal

Best Adapted Screenplay
Argo – Chris Terrio
Beasts of the Southern Wild – Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin
Cloud Atlas – Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski
Cosmopolis – David Cronenberg
Lincoln – Tony Kushner

Best Editing
Argo – William Goldenberg
Cloud Atlas – Alexander Berner
The Master – Leslie Jones, Peter McNulty
Skyfall – Stuart Baird
Zero Dark Thirty – William Goldenberg, Dylan Tichenor

Best Cinematography
Life of Pi – Claudio Miranda
Lincoln – Janusz Kaminski
The Master – Mihai Malamiare Jr.
Moonrise Kingdom – Robert D. Yeoman
Skyfall – Roger Deakins

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  1. Matt
    December 24, 2012

    Great picks. +1 for The Master, Cabin in the Woods for Screenplay and Moonrise for Cinematography

  2. Vincent
    December 24, 2012

    Well, this list is borderline laughable. No Marion Cotillard? No “Lincoln” or “Silver Linings Playbook” for Picture? Denzel, again, for the most overrated performance I’ve ever seen, but no Bradley Cooper or Hugh Jackman?? I laugh … I just laugh

  3. Bryce Forestieri
    December 24, 2012

    COSMOPOLIS fuck yeah!

  4. December 24, 2012

    One more for us.
    Soooooooooo happy!!!!!

  5. Danemychal
    December 24, 2012

    Hardly laughable, Vincent. I quite like their picks. No Lincoln for Picture, but its clear they really liked it with noms for DDL, Jones, Field, screenplay and cinematography. Not all these critics groups should be the same (not have they been, really).

  6. Danemychal
    December 24, 2012

    Typo: “nor have they been”

  7. steve50
    December 24, 2012

    NICE! Carax rules (well, at least is finally present). Good mix and some nods to the actual best in their categories.

  8. Rg
    December 24, 2012

    Cloud atlas!!!! Boo to Denzel and christoph.

  9. mecid
    December 24, 2012

    They love all aspects of film – Best Actor, Supporting Actors, Screenplay and Cinematography but not BP and BD?

  10. Yvette
    December 24, 2012

    Day Lewis, Field but no BP or BD …perfect illustration of a ‘anyone but Spielberg’ bias. Hipsters.

  11. Sammy
    December 24, 2012

    I liked their nominations. This clearly shows that Lincoln is an overrated movie and ZDT is the frontrunner from now on.

  12. SallyinChicago
    December 24, 2012

    Yay! The Beasts get three noms….and Dwight Henry yay!

  13. December 24, 2012

    More from the overrated and boring The Master and no Hugh Jackman …. Time to trade in the badges for another line of work.

  14. mecid
    December 24, 2012

    Yes, Sammy. 5 nominations speak for it.

  15. Terometer
    December 24, 2012

    “This clearly shows that Lincoln is an overrated movie and ZDT is the frontrunner from now on.”

    Totally agreed. I wouldn’t say Lincoln is overrated, but compared to Argo and Zero, Lincoln is so old fashioned and really not that cool.

  16. Danemychal
    December 24, 2012

    Sammy, this doesn’t “clearly” demonstrate that at all. Unless the Online Film Critics are all Academy members. And even if they were, their numbers probably aren’t great enough to equal even one branch of the Academy’s membership. Just a reality check for ya.

  17. Free
    December 24, 2012

    That, to me, looks like your eventual Best Supporting Actress nominees. Anyone know why Sasha is so averse to the Editing category?

  18. December 24, 2012

    The OFCS is always a little alternative. Their Best Adapted Screenplay list isn’t to my liking, nor is the Naomi Watts snub, but the general lack of love for Silver Linings Playbook and Les Miserables certainly is.

  19. superkk
    December 24, 2012

    love these nominations. anyone else think lavant will pick up best actor? ive been thinking it for a while now. saw silver linings and didnt think cooper was *that* special.:/

  20. December 24, 2012

    Hmm… I still feel like I haven’t seen anything when I look at these lists. I’ll probably be bored tomorrow with nowhere to go. So maybe I’ll try to illegally watch some. Santa can’t take my presents back right?

  21. Kane
    December 24, 2012

    Yvette, I’m pretty sure hipsters would give nominations for Les Miz, to them musicals are an event. Maybe they didn’t think Lincoln on a whole was amazing outside of techs and performances.

  22. Tania
    December 24, 2012

    Marion Cotillard should be nominated for her wonderful and perfect performance in Rust and Bone

  23. mecid
    December 24, 2012

    Kane, what creates film? Performances (even 3 here), screenplay and techs. No?

  24. December 24, 2012

    Liking the inclusion of Arrietty in the Best Animated Feature category. It may not have qualified for the Oscar, but it’s still a great addition to the Ghibli canon.

  25. rufussondheim
    December 24, 2012

    Oh my fucking Christ, Lincoln wasn’t nominated! What bias! How dare they not like it as much as the other five films! Every Spielberg pic is always in the five best of the year! He’s amazing! He can do no wrong!

    What is wrong with America!

  26. Patrick
    December 24, 2012

    Oh my! Just because Lincoln got 5 nominations (3 acting, 1 screenplay, 1 cinematography), doesn’t give people the right to come in here and complain about Lincoln not getting a Best Picture nomination! Surely their comments are worth mocking!

  27. Mohammed
    December 24, 2012

    You have to love liberals. Their moral outrage only goes only so far, That Nigelow can get away with ” we didn’t want to judge one way or another” on torture is the most most morally cowardice stance I’ve heard a director take in years. The kicker is that she and the film get away with it. It’s political kin is the pass Obama gets for the drone program and the kill-list. Apparently it’s cool when a liberal from Hawaii/Chicago does it. Go figure.

  28. Mohammed
    December 24, 2012

    PS: Clearly there aren’t a female director named Nigelow. But a funny typo I must say.

  29. rufussondheim
    December 24, 2012

    Maybe that’s QT’s private Nickname for Bigelow?

  30. mecid
    December 24, 2012

    Nothing, rufus, just critical backlash against Spielberg. Now you see why I was surprised Lincoln’s Metacritic ratings when I said they love ignore him lately.

  31. PaulH
    December 24, 2012

    Past the line laughable. I guess The Dark Knight Rises suddenly turned into the movie equivalent of the Jacksonville Jaguars this year. The snubbing of Wally Pfister in cinematography and Lee Smith in editing especially continues unabated.

  32. rufussondheim
    December 24, 2012

    I think it’s entirely fair to criticize Lincoln based on the ending alone and that ending is enough to keep it out of the top 5.

    But the cinematographer shouldn’t be blamed for the last 4 or so scenes, should he. Should Tommy Lee Jones be punished for them, heck he wasn’t even in them? Should Day Lewis be punished, all he did was lay on an oddly lit operating table? Heck Field was pretty strong in the scene she was in, should she be punished? Should Tony Kushner who wrote marvelous dialogue through because someone didn’t have the good sense to cut those scenes off the end? Maybe, if they were written better maybe they wouldn’t have been so awkward.

    So who should be punished for that bad ending? Hmm. Who is in charge of making that decision? Is it the sound guy? Was it John Williams? I don’t know.

    Can someone please tell me whose responsibility it is to make sure the ending of the film is as strong as the rest of the film?

  33. mecid
    December 24, 2012

    On other hand I can understand critics. Lincoln is far ahead of all contenders. They should boost other films too.

  34. Kane
    December 24, 2012

    Mecid, yes all those things create a film (good “hiyo” moment) however a film’s script, performances and cinematography can be better than the overall direction and film itself.

  35. rufussondheim
    December 24, 2012

    “On other hand I can understand critics. Lincoln is far ahead of all contenders. They should boost other films too.” – mecid

    I have no idea what this is supposed to mean so I can’t respond, even though I desperately want to once I understand what you are trying to say, mecid.

  36. mecid
    December 24, 2012

    cinematographer do what director orders, Ken.

    I mean Lincoln is less critics’ boost needed film now, rufus. I just think about all deserved love for Fincher’s direction of Social Network which wasn’t also “director’s film” as Spielberg’s Lincoln.

  37. Mattoc
    December 24, 2012

    Lincoln is officially dead-in-the-water. It had a good run though.
    I think Holy Motors is the frontrunner now and is on track for at least 15 Oscar nominations.

  38. Kane
    December 24, 2012

    Cinematographer doesn’t always do what a director says, he has his own voice. By your logic, any film that is nominated for cinematography should be nominated for best director? I’m just trying to get a grasp of what you mean.

  39. mecid
    December 24, 2012

    No, Ken. It isn’t nominated here for cinematography alone. 3 acting awards and screenplay too. These are basis of film. O.K. Let’s think direction isn’t solid part of film. What about Best Film?
    These topic is meaningless.

  40. Sato
    December 24, 2012

    I would love Lavant to pick up Best Actor!!!

    Too bad for Lincoln… Base on critics, now it’s starting to become a race between Argo and Zero Dark Thirty? And I actually think if this continues then Affleck might just get that Directing Oscar from Bigelow or Spielberg!

  41. Cameron
    December 24, 2012

    Ah, the more Cloud Atlas editing nods, the better. I’ll go out on a limb and say it shows up at the Guild

  42. rufussondheim
    December 24, 2012

    The truth is out

    The Social Network is to Zero Dark Thirty as The King’s Speech is to Lincoln.

    (That is, if Lincoln wins BP)

  43. Adele
    December 24, 2012

    Marion Cotillard to have to be nominated cuz she gave the best performance of the year with Rust and Bone

  44. Linc4Jess
    December 24, 2012

    Is there an end in sight to all these silly and sometimes ridiculous city to city film critics group awards who only aim it seems is to be different than the one before.

  45. The Japanese Viewer
    December 24, 2012

    Lincoln’s been nominated by the group for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Screenplay, not to mention – in case of Lincoln it’s relevant – the historical subject matter of the late President himself, etc., as well as the positive reviews more or less in America, as many other critics have been clamoring for it; but here, they’ve presumably picked Holy Motors or Moonrise Kingdom instead for the Best Picture slot. . . .

    That’s quite intriguing. . . .

    As intriguing as their BP nom for Kill Bill Vol. 1 in 2003. : )

  46. The Japanese Viewer
    December 24, 2012

    And how could I forget Janusz Kaminski’s Best Cinematography nod. (After all, it’s Janusz Kaminski, Ladies and Gentlemen.)

  47. Antoinette
    December 24, 2012

    He shouldn’t have cut the tap dancing bears scene. I told him!

  48. Jeremy
    December 24, 2012

    For those wondering about the lack of SLP or Django… apparently ol’ Harvey didn’t sent the screeners out. Tim from Antgony and Ecstasy(he submitted a ballot) has already seen ZDT, Holy Motors, Amour, etc but he STILL is in the dark regarding those.

  49. Greg Robinson
    December 24, 2012

    I agree with mecid. When Spielberg makes a film that gets ripped apart by audiences and critics it is all his fault – not the scorer, editor, cinematographer, actors etc but when he makes a critically acclaimed film that has met with audience approval making it an Oscar frontrunner, suddenly he has had nothing to do with this. The omission by this group of hipsters of Lincoln nominations for Best Picture and director is insane. Does this mean Lincoln will score 12 Oscar nominations, just not for Best Picture and Best Director because that would mean nominating Steven Spielberg. Ridiculous. I am so sick and tired of the constant Spielberg backlash.

  50. December 24, 2012

    Of course if the Oscar race from two years ago had taught us anything it’s that critics != the Academy. Sure Zero Dark Thirty and Argo may be getting a lot of the critics’ love, the Oscars could very down become a race between Lincoln and Les Miserables. Or Django Unchained and Silver Linings Playbook.

    Hopefully this Oscar season stays this interesting.

  51. superkk
    December 24, 2012

    these “critics groups” are not pointless at all. many actors need these nominations and wins to get recognized and to get future roles. elizabeth olsen didnt get the oscar nomination but won and was nominated for a lot of these “groups” last year and therefore now has 4 movies coming out in 2013. i doubt spike lee would have picked her for the star of oldboy if it werent for these “silly little critics groups”. case and point directors dont wont you if you arent bringing in the awards. i like it when critics group give it to a random person b/c in some instances great performances tend to get overlooked– so yes to an actor this randomness may help their career!

  52. rufussondheim
    December 24, 2012

    Just because it didn’t get nominated in the top five doesn’t mean there is a Spielberg backlash, Jesus Christ, it just means they liked five movies more. All five of those movies have consistently great reviews and all five deserve the place.

    Sadly, there isn’t room for every movie in every critic’s association. So get over it and move on.

  53. steve50
    December 25, 2012

    “Ah, the more Cloud Atlas editing nods, the better.”

    Yes. Tough for a film to win the oscar for editing without being a BP leader, but every so often….

  54. Yvette
    December 25, 2012

    about that ending….
    You seem to think its some kind of artistic failing on Spielberg’s part. Did you ever consider that it has a purpose.
    If the film ended where Lincoln is walking out of the White House on his way to the Ford’s Theater – all silhouetted top hat and iconic, Spielberg would have been giving the subject the kind of myth-making closure he had set out not to do. The whole point of the film is to humanize Lincoln, bring him down from his monument.

    When we see Lincoln laying there:on a bed, shrunken, pale and small – he was suddenly just a man. And as for the inclusion of the 2nd inaugural – oh, well, its just the greatest American speech ever written and recited.
    But these things are just not ‘cool’ enough…too ‘old fashioned’ (forgive me, I don’t remember what genius make those comments)

    Yes, its about the abolition of slavery, the drama that unfolded as our greatest US president worked, weaseled and fought to change, eliminate THE elemental, most fundamental flaw in the American constitution when everyone thought he was crazy.
    Yeah, its a boring old movie about some dead guy and other dead old guys in small rooms….

    Rufus, this is all beside the point, but don’t get too excited. This is the ‘online critics’
    You know what that means? Some really good commentary, but more of ‘Bob’s Movie Emporium’ variety//// working out of his basement.

    Hipsters. It means nothing.

    I knew, way back when Liam Neeson was attached, that this is the kind of film that would get rave review, received well, and incite massive backlash from a certain segment of “film critics” and that, my friend, is what you have here.
    Lincoln is far and ahead, the one to beat.

  55. rufussondheim
    December 25, 2012

    If you think that the purpose of the film was to de-mythologize Lincoln then Spielberg chose the wrong title. And then ending it with that speech, well, that wasn’t a smart move either then.

    If the purpose was to humanize him then maybe he should have included a shot of him playing beach volleyball poorly. Or jerking off in the Lincoln Bedroom. Or something. The best way to humanize someone is to show flaws, and Spielberg did nothing to humanize him throughout the film. He was the perfect father, perfect husband, perfect statesman, perfect leader.

    And starting the film with both black and white soldiers reciting his most famous speech word for word, well, that made him look rather ordinary. If anything he did the opposite, with this film he created a bigger myth than he ever had before.

    So, Yvette, maybe you can rattle off some more nonsense.

    It’s OK to have your favorite film of the year not be the critic’s favorite. That happens to me every year. This year I love Perks of Being a Wallflower the most. But you don’t see me rambling on about some conspiracy theory about there being a YA Lit backlash or anything. I just accept that not everyone has the same opinion as me. And that’s something I kind of enjoy.

    Oh and if Hipsters are going to pick any movie to like, it’s not going to be Argo. The 70′s are so last year.

  56. steve50
    December 25, 2012

    “The 70′s are so last year.”

    Somehow, this sentence makes perfect sense.

  57. Kane
    December 25, 2012

    I guess my name is Ken now. And I agree with Rufus. I’ve been trying to say that just because a movie has a lot of nominations doesn’t mean it deserves best picture and director nominations. They probably liked the other movies more. Should The Matrix or Memoirs of a Geisha have been nominated for best picture since they won a lot of Oscars? Some would say yes but that’s not the point. A director’s direction should stand apart from the acting and tech categories, it shouldn’t be a consolation prize because everyone else did so well and gor nominated. I loved Lincoln’s acting, writing and all the techs but it wasn’t my favorite movie of the year. I’m sorry if it wasn’t in their top five, and it’s not Spielberg bashing every time his film doesn’t get nominated.

  58. Yvette
    December 25, 2012

    ‘Perfect father, perfect husband, perfect statesman, perfect politician…’
    You just negated your entire argument Rufus.
    Some of you seem just bored with the whole Lincoln thing…the man, not the film.
    Its the Gandhi effect: a film about an iconic historical figure dares not to be ironic or irreverent. Read a few books guys.

  59. JamDenTel
    December 25, 2012

    Great to see Cosmopolis and Cloud Atlas here. GREAT to see a strong showing for Holy Motors.

  60. Kane
    December 25, 2012

    Yvette, so because some of us weren’t entertained as much as others with Lincoln that means we have to read more books? That’s pretty disrespectful. There’s no doubt Lincoln was a great man and that Lincoln is a great film. I find The Master to be my favorite film of the year. Should it not be since its not based on an historical figure? Perhaps if I read a book on Lincoln it would be my favorite…then I would understand the movie a bit better and I wouldn’t be so bored…it’s just a shame I don’t read more books on Lincoln.

  61. Yvette
    December 25, 2012

    “Perhaps if I read a book on Lincoln it would be my favorite…then I would understand the movie a bit better and I wouldn’t be so bored…it’s just a shame I don’t read more books on Lincoln.”

    Yep. That about sums it up…lol
    I think that’s the great divide on this film. If you don’t know how complex and fascinating Lincoln was, and how important what he did was in the context of American history, then you might not appreciate the scope of what Spielberg and Day Lewis accomplished.
    It’s lost on you.
    That’s fine, but how can you accurately disect a film’s weaknesses if you don’t get the context? I don’t care if you were bored, but when some make inane statements like ‘Lincoln is old fashioned and not very cool…’
    I just have to throw up my hands.

  62. Yvette
    December 25, 2012

    ‘The Social Network is to Zero Dark Thirty as The King’s Speech is to Lincoln.’

    Actually Rufus, both ZD30 and Lincoln are the Social Network to everything else this year….
    and your over-simplification of the latter film disables you from realizing that fact.

  63. Kane
    December 25, 2012

    Yvette, nowhere did I state it’s old fashioned and not very cool. I happened to love the movie, a whole lot. I’ve read books on American history, just not any specifically on Lincoln. I can get the context of the film if I haven’t read the book. I can’t help if I felt a little bored, that’s just how I felt. Even if I read the book I would still feel that way about roughly 20 minutes of it. But guess what? I rate it HIGHLY in the years best and believe Day-Lewis nearly topped his role as Daniel Plainview. Guess what my two favorite scenes were? The first shot of Lincoln where the soldier recites the Gettysberg Address and the final shot of him walking away down the corridor. I know plenty about the man, I’ve done plenty of research throughout school and even when Spielberg approached Day-Lewis a decade ago I became that much more interested in the man since my favorite actor was even considered. I just hadn’t read the book. You can’t say that you have to read the book to understand the movie better, otherwise what was the point of the film in the first place since it is an adaptation? It’s baffling how you continue to belittle me and/or others simply because they haven’t read the book. If I’m not allowed to judge a film on its own merits then what am I supposed to do? Did you read every book every adaptation was based on this year or any other year? It’s not like Spielberg released a disclaimer saying, “If you want to understand this movie, go read the book first.”

  64. rufussondheim
    December 25, 2012

    I think by pointing out that you have to read “the book” that just shows how unsuccessful the movie is in that it doesn’t stand on its own merits. Isn’t it Spielberg’s job to give us that context?

    And if what he and Day Lewis did is lost on me how is that my fault? Why is it not their fault? I like talky movies with finely drawn characters doing amazing, memorable, intellectual things. Lincoln should be right up my alley. And it kind of is, but yet it falls short of being as good as, say, Oslo, August 31st or Once Upon a Time in Anatolia or Life of Pi or Argo or The Perks of Being a Wallflower or Safety Not Guaranteed. And I shouldn’t be insulted, nor should anyone be insulted, as being so anti-intellectual as to be suffering from an anti-Spielberg fever that overtakes one’s ability to rationally decide what films are the best of the year.

    Grow-up, Yvette. Learn to embrace the differences in intelligent people’s opinions and please refrain from insulting people who happen to disagree with you. It’s terribly unflattering.

  65. Yvette
    December 25, 2012

    Guys, its Christmas, I’m over it. My tone is not meant to be as combative as you seem to take it….
    I like to argue, debate about film. I find it, even if I disagree, stimulating, so don’t take it so personally.
    And Rufus, the fact that Spielberg’s film expects the audience to get things without spelling them out like their two-year olds….is one of the best and ballsy things about it.
    It’s a film for some, not for others. And Kane, no it wasn’t you who said ‘old fashioned and not cool’ – but that’s the mindset that drives me nuts. As if film can only be valid if its cool or not old fashioned. That’s hipsterish….and wasn’t referring to you.

  66. Kane
    December 25, 2012

    Yvette, I appreciate you clarifying. Your tone wasn’t combative, just condescending. I, too, love a healthy film debate. It gets my brain pumping like an oil rig. I’m not a very good reader, I have a terrible time retaining any sort of information and I just felt slighted by being told to read a book…since that what my mother always used to say when not being taken seriously. And, 10 minutes ago, it was Christmas. So in the spirit of it all, Merry Christmas! I look forward to more sparring matches as long as we can amicably understand where each other is coming from.

  67. rufussondheim
    December 25, 2012

    There is a difference between spelling things out like the audience is two years old and providing context, Yvette.

    While I understand the context of Lincoln, I still think it missed the mark in some ways be being a tad too focused. I didn’t really care about the vote-getting scenes. I think there is far more interesting stuff to discuss than watching some arm-twisting of persuadable politicians.

    Now, it’s obvious that the 13th Amendment is a leap forward for the country, but it wasn’t so obvious back then, otherwise it would have passed easily. That’s the kind of context I was hoping the movie would have more of.

  68. Mac
    December 25, 2012

    Seriously, does Alan Arkin really need another Oscar nomination? His role was nothing special (truly, he was himself!) and the nomination could go to another actor could use the kudos (Matthew McConaughey, Ewan McGregor, Irfan Kahn, or John Goodman to name a few).

    Of all the acting categories, Supporting Actor is the most egregious when it comes to the Academy rewarding geriatric actors in run-of-the-mill parts as recognition for a long Hollywood career. Well, Arkin has already been kissed in that regard, so please Oscar, move on already!

  69. K.Bowen
    December 26, 2012

    The Master, Holy Motors, and Moonrise Kingdom seem to be most common on high-end lists, but it’s not clear if any of them will get the actual Oscar nom.

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