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San Diego Film Critics Society nominations

BEST FILM
ARGO
DJANGO UNCHAINED
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
THE MASTER
ZERO DARK THIRTY

BEST DIRECTOR
Ang Lee, LIFE OF PI
Ben Affleck, ARGO
David O. Russell, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
Kathryn Bigelow, ZERO DARK THIRTY
Paul Thomas Anderson, THE MASTER

BEST ACTRESS
Helen Hunt, THE SESSIONS
Jennifer Lawrence, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
Jessica Chastain, ZERO DARK THIRTY
Michelle Williams, TAKE THIS WALTZ
Naomi Watts, THE IMPOSSIBLE

BEST ACTOR
Bradley Cooper, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
Daniel Day-Lewis, LINCOLN
Hugh Jackman, LES MISERABLES
Joaquin Phoenix, THE MASTER
John Hawkes, THE SESSIONS

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams, THE MASTER
Anne Hathaway, LES MISERABLES
Emma Watson, THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER
Rebel Wilson, PITCH PERFECT
Samantha Barks, LES MISERABLES

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Alan Arkin, ARGO
Christoph Waltz, DJANGO UNCHAINED
Christopher Walken, SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS
Matthew McConaughey, KILLER JOE
Philip Seymour Hoffman, THE MASTER

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Quentin Tarantino, DJANGO UNCHAINED
Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola, MOONRISE KINGDOM
Sarah Polley, TAKE THIS WALTZ
Joss Whedon, THE CABIN IN THE WOODS
Paul Thomas Anderson, THE MASTER

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Chris Terrio, ARGO
David Magee, LIFE OF PI
Tony Kushner, LINCOLN
David O. Russell, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
Stephen Chbosky, THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
AMOUR
HEADHUNTERS
HOLY MOTORS
THE INTOUCHABLES
THE KID WITH A BIKE

BEST DOCUMENTARY
BULLY
JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI
QUEEN OF VERSAILLES
SAMSARA
THE INVISIBLE WAR

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Ben Richardson, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
Robert Richardson, DJANGO UNCHAINED
Danny Cohen, LES MISERABLES
Claudio Miranda, LIFE OF PI
Mihai Malaimare Jr., THE MASTER

BEST ANIMATED FILM
BRAVE
FRANKIEWEENIE
PARANORMAN
RISE OF THE GUARDIANS
WRECK-IT RALPH

BEST EDITING
William Goldenberg, ARGO
Brian A. Kates and John Paul Horstmann, KILLING THEM SOFTLY
Tim Squyres, LIFE OF PI
Leslie Jones and Peter McNulty, THE MASTER
William Goldenberg and Dylan Tichenor, ZERO DARK THIRTY

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Sarah Greenwood, ANNA KARENINA
Sharon Seymour, ARGO
Hugh Bateup and Uli Hanisch, CLOUD ATLAS
Eve Stewart, LES MISERABLES
Adam Stockhausen, MOONRISE KINGDOM

BEST SCORE
Alexandre Desplat, ARGO
Benh Zeitlin and Dan Romer, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
Mychael Danna, LIFE OF PI
Alexandre Desplat, MOONRISE KINGDOM
Jonny Greenwood, THE MASTER

BEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
ARGO
DJANGO UNCHAINED
LES MISERABLES
SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS
THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER

33 Comments on this Post

  1. Yay for Samantha! Another critics nomination for her! Hoping she can somehow sneak into the Globe or Oscar field.

  2. Kudos to them for making some really interesting choices. The Lincoln snubs are curious, especially in the ensemble category.

    Nice to see some love to Take This Waltz. What a beautiful movie.

  3. Nice to see some love for “the perks of being a wallflower”. Emma Watson is a huge surprise! Loved her in perks…

  4. Why the hell does Leo keep getting overlooked in favor of Waltz? Don’t get me wrong, I love Waltz, but he looks like he’s not stretching at all in Django.

  5. Joao Mattos

    McConaughey is lead on “Killer Joe”!

  6. So they bump Helen Hunt up to lead but not Seymour Hoffman? Please talk about using selected discretion.

  7. Yay! Emma Watson! Next year though, she is going to be in contention for sofia coppola’s the bling ring.

  8. No Les. Great. Dujango is so in

  9. Does anyone get the feeling some groups just aren’t trying?
    “Yeah, just pick whatever – I’m tired and hungry…”

  10. I’d be fine if these were the Oscar nominees.

  11. MICHELLE WILLIAMS. Thank you! Her work in Take this Waltz far surpasses what she did in Marilyn last year (in my humble opinion) and in a just world she would be in serious contention for an Oscar nomination.

    I agree, Andrea. I don’t understand how Philip Seymour Hoffman is being considered “supporting” for his obvious co-lead performance in The Master. Just so utterly bizarre!

  12. PERKS got three nods? Nice! I’m really starting to think/hope Watson can get a Golden Globes nomination.

    Cool to see the CABIN IN THE WOODS nod for Screenplay, as well as Rebel Wilson’s for PITCH PERFECT.

    I adore Michelle Williams, but for me TAKE THIS WALTZ was the biggest disappointment of the year. Michelle has been better, IMO. But I’m happy for her regardless.

  13. Howdy. Anders here, current President of SDFCS. Just thought I might shed a little light on some of these comments. The first is that in terms of actors and categories, we don’t go by what the studio puts forward. Personally, I think that both Helen Hunt and Phillip Seymour Hoffman were in leading roles, but this nomination process–and the final vote, as well–is extraordinarily democratic. The fact that they belong where they do means that enough members of this organization felt that that was where they should go–there is no big-picture discussion involving everyone about whether they should be lead or supporting. We take the nominations submitted by each member, aggregate them, and go with it.

  14. willchangethislater

    Can anyone who has seen Killer Joe confirm if this is really a “Supporting” role? He gets top billing in IMDB and he *is* Killer Joe! Seems strange that they would put Helen Hunt in Leading category for The Sessions and Matthew McConaughey in Support for Killer Joe…

  15. willchangethislater

    Sorry Andy, just read your comment now, that gives a bit more clarity into the placing.

  16. No worries, it’s cool.

    I’ve seen both movies. Helen Hunt is absolutely in a leading role, in my mind. Killer Joe is a little more complicated. You could make the case that there’s no true lead in that film, in fact.

  17. Christoph Waltz nominee for Django?!?! I think it’s dead for Oscar nomination for Leonardo DiCaprio!! :(

  18. Wayman Wong

    How cool that ”Perks of a Wallflower” is getting more attention: Emma Watson, for Supporting Actress (on the heels of her runnerup place with the Boston Critics); Stephen Chbosky, for his screen adaptation of his novel, and most importantly, Ensemble, which would include Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller and a number of terrifically talented young (and lesser-known) actors. I’m kinda surprised the San Diego critics didn’t go for starrier ensembles from higher-profile movies, like ”Lincoln” or ”The Master,” but I hope ”Perks” showing here (and with Boston and NBR) helps improve its chances as an awards contender.

  19. Interesting to see someone put Hunt in a lead category. She actually belongs there, as Anders said, but Sup Actress is so much weaker, she’ll probably compete there for the Oscars.

  20. Remember when we were all sure DiCaprio was definitely getting that statue this year? Sigh.

  21. Will Michelle Williams finally win her Oscar?

  22. So pleased to see Williams on the list, a terrific performance.

  23. Just a small complaint here. Of the 5 films up for BP, The Master is mentioned in 8 other categories, Argo in 7, and the rest (Django, SLP, ZDT) in 4. Life of Pi is listed in 5 categories, including best director and screenplay, which ZDT and Django both failed to do.

    My question – wtf? Why is Life of Pi not one of the top 5 films?

    (guess we’re tired of being ignored)

  24. No Lincoln? Weird. And they left Sally Field out in favor of Watson and Barks (that Pitch Perfect girl doesn’t stand a chance)? Sally is a lock for the nomination, but what about the fifth spot? Both of them are receiving unexpected love (Watson showed up out of nowhere yesterday, Barks already had some buzz). AMPAS loves to nominate 2 suppporting actresses from the same movie, which is good for Samantha, but if they want to nominated Perks (and they may not) this is the chance.

  25. Yeah, gosh, major snubs for Lincoln in San Diego! One might begin to wonder if its status as Zero Dark Thirty’s biggest threat might be waning, although I’m sure the industry will rectify that when they start announcing their awards.

  26. It seems odd that Moonrise Kingdom got a Best Score nod. There’s very little original music in it, and other than Desplat’s suite over the credits, it’s pretty unmemorable. Maybe a posthumous nomination for Benjamin Britten?

  27. @Tony

    I totally agree with you about Leo. I don’t get the Waltz notices either. It’s like, “oh, Leo was terrific in this, but Waltz farted, so let’s nominate him!” Pisses me off.

  28. At last some love for Life of Pi. I think Emma Watson was the weakest actor among some excellent performances in Perks, which I love.

    I am surprised Desplat wasn’t nominated for another score instead of Moonrise Kingdom.

  29. “Does anyone get the feeling some groups just aren’t trying?”

    I think the San Diego critics should get a medal for not going for all the usual Oscar bait.

  30. thespirithunter

    I’ve seen Killer Joe as well, and I would agree. I have Matthew as my favorite SUPPORTING performance, not for Magic Mike, but for Killer Joe. If anything, Juno Temple is the leading performance in Friedkin’s film. It doesn’t matter that the title is named after a supporting player. McConaughey really showed some talent in Killer Joe, but it is a supporting role. IMHO

  31. I live in San Diego and I don’t read anything ever written by a critic here except for one, Beth Accomando, and she’s definitely quirky. I couldn’t even tell you how we have enough critics here to make a “society.” Must be mostly critics for all the free rags and whatnot. I certainly would not put too much meaning on to these nominations. They are probably about as connected and prestigious as High School Newspaper Critics Awards.

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