5th Annual Awards Daily Simulated Oscar® Ballot

2012

Rob Y has once again performed the enormous task of organizing all 282 eligible films of 2012 into a simulated Oscar ballot so that Awards Daily readers can feel what it’s like to be a simulated Academy member.

This is, of course, the nominations phase and we’re also simulating this year’s sense of accelerated desperate urgency by setting a tight deadline — you must complete your ballot by Saturday at midnight (PT). Rob’s made things easy by making every contender clickable on drop-down menus, so the process should be intuitive and self-explanatory. If you have second thoughts you can make changes and recast your ballot, but naturally only your last ballot counts.

NOTE: Here’s one way this annual ballot experiment differs from how the Academy runs things. We encourage you AD voters to share your picks with us publicly. You’re invited to do so, after the cut. I wonder if the Oscars would honor winners any differently if more Academy members were asked to share their choices.

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166 Comments

  1. January 1, 2013

    If there are any other normal folks like myself, we won’t have seen ZERO DARK THIRTY by then.

  2. CultureTilt
    January 1, 2013

    Why is The Avengers not on the reminder list? I keep looking. It’s not in the “A”s and it’s not in the “T”s…

  3. January 1, 2013

    I almost missed it too, CultureTilt.
    It’s listed as Marvel’s The Avengers, down in the M’s

  4. CultureTilt
    January 1, 2013

    Thanks, Ryan!

  5. Bryce Forestieri
    January 1, 2013

    I love that ya’ll are also doing the insane deadline!
    Yup, most everyone including me, in the US at least, will NOT have seen ZERO DARK THIRTY which goes wide January. Even less so overseas I bet. Yet I bet it’s one of films with more nominations in this simulation; in true Academy fashion <3

    I will have missed for sure: Zero Dark Thirty, Tabu, Holy Motors, On the Road

    At least I got to see AMOUR illegitimately

  6. Bryce Forestieri
    January 1, 2013

    And just to be clear for the slow minded like me, I’m sure every year you have to answer this:

    Do we vote for what we like and want to nominate OR do we vote for what we predict AMPAS will nominate in the end?

  7. Kholby
    January 1, 2013

    I only voted for things that I’ve actually seen.

    Let me tell you, I have seen a lot. I made up some lists yesterday: http://kholby.tumblr.com/

  8. January 1, 2013

    Bryce, we usually have another predictions contest where you can guess what the Academy will do. You can vote however you like but most readers use this ballot opportunity to vote with their heart, to choose the movies each of us personally loves “best”

  9. Emil
    January 1, 2013

    Kind of sucks, because Lincoln, Django Unchained, Zero Dark Thirty and Cloud Atlas aren’t out in the UK yet, so I can’t vote for them! At least thank God, I saw The Impossible today!

  10. Travis
    January 1, 2013

    Thankful for living in NYC! Saw Zero Dark Thirty weeks ago.

  11. January 1, 2013

    Is The Sessions adapted? I thought it was original.

  12. Otis Bryant
    January 1, 2013

    Just have a few questions about the voting procedure, how the Academy does it. Here’s the procedure as I understand it:

    Voting members choose their top five choices for best picture. All ballots are put into piles according to #1 votes. A magic number is obtained by taking the total number of ballots and dividing by 11 (the total number of slots available plus 1); the resulting quotient is then round up. At this point, all movies with this number are best picture nominees automatically. This year about 5856 ballots were sent out this year so that magic number would be 533.

    Then there are two procedures that occur. The one that always seems to occur first, based on my readings, is the surplus redistribution, Films that received 10% more than necessary have their ballots redistributed to their 2nd choice and so on down. In this case, the number, I believe, that would trigger this would be 587. If a movie has, say, 786 votes, then those ballots would be worth a value of .25 ((786-587)/786). So then the #1 films in play will receive those ballots at that value, with no rounding. So if a movie that didn’t obtain the number has only 490 and received only just one of those ballots, it would have a new result of just 490.25.

    Then the other procedure is the under-1% elimination, where those films with less than 1% of the vote (in this case, 59) are eliminated and their ballots redistributed at full value. After this, all films with 5% of the #1 votes (293) will be the final best picture nominees.

    So, assuming that my understanding of the procedure is, so far, accurate:

    - Let’s say that a number of the surplus redistribution ballots went to a film that ends up being eliminated during the under-1% elimination. Do those same ballots get redistributed again and at the same value?
    - After surplus redistribution, let’s say that a film now has a score of 58.04. Since it technically needs 59, that film would, indeed, be eliminated, correct?

  13. January 1, 2013

    Any mistakes in categorizing the screenplays is all on me. I’m the guy who tried to sort them out. I relied on IMDb a lot, looking for “based on” credits.

    The Sessions doesn’t have a clue like that, but there was this article in Variety that told me The Sessions was adapted.

    That’s my only source of reference. If that’s wrong, we’ll see if Rob change it. And if there’s anything else that looks out of place, please let us know right away so we can get the screenplays designated into the proper category.

    I wonder since The Sessions is a true story if there were sources like articles or a memoir where the screenwriter turned for details?

  14. Tero Heikkinen
    January 1, 2013

    Ok, I’ll wait a few hours, because I’m seeing Lincoln today. But I won’t be voting for ZDT, Django, Les Mis and a few others.

  15. SallyinChicago
    January 1, 2013

    I just saw Django, and trust me IT WILL. NOT. WIN. BP! IT MAY be nom’d but bp? No way!

  16. Conor Bresnan
    January 1, 2013

    I hope you guys change your mind and push the deadline so that we can actually see Zero Dark Thirty. I’m also looking forward to The Impossible and Promised Land and they open on Friday.

  17. Casey
    January 1, 2013

    I have until Saturday to see rust and bone, zero dark 30, and amour! Thanks for pushing me to do so!

  18. Josh
    January 1, 2013

    LOL @SallyinChicago…who is actually saying it will win? I have yet to see one person predict a Django WIN. I loved it but don’t see any way it wins…at all.

    So no worries ‘trusting you’ I think everyone is with you.

  19. Pete
    January 1, 2013

    Ryan and Sasha

    Many thanks for taking the trouble doing this simulation again this year! I know it is a chore to compile the results. But we all appreciate it and have a blast analyzing the results.

    Were Bullhead and The Kid with a Bike not eligible? Both opened in this area in 2012.

  20. January 1, 2013

    @Josh Oh I called it for DJANGO UNCHAINED like a month ago. lol But that was just a guess. Now that I’ve seen it, I’m going to stick with it. :P

  21. moviewatcher
    January 1, 2013

    Please, please extend the deadline. I was one of the first 200 people too see The Master in my country because I went to a film festival where it showed, but those other poor souls will have to wait until early February to see it. I haven’t even seen Les Mis, ZD30 Django or Lincoln yet (will get to see them all in January). It’s horrible living outside of the US, cause all Oscar movies come out in January/february so they get caught up in the oscar buzz…

    Please extend it…

  22. Casey
    January 1, 2013

    Can you please add THE SOUND OF MY VOICE to your lists?
    I would love to put Brit Marling as my #2 choice for best supporting actress
    (behind ann dowd)
    thank you

  23. Casey
    January 1, 2013

    My rather passionate and strange list will be including lots of killer joe love :)

  24. jim
    January 1, 2013

    NGNG: Dwight Henry for the win, Life of Pi shut out, The Master rallies for some top noms, Mel Brooks to present Best Picture

  25. Nic V
    January 1, 2013

    Yeah I’m on board with thanking the three of you for doing this. Lot of work but a lot fun too.

  26. Rob Y
    January 1, 2013

    As a reminder, the list of titles come from the Oscar website:

    http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/rules/reminderlist.html

    In regards to the dates. The Academy will announce their nominations on Jan. 10 which means that I need to have our results by Jan. 9, which pushes the closing date back to Jan. 5.

  27. Tero Heikkinen
    January 1, 2013

    As I will not be able to vote for films that come out this year here (like ZDT), I will compensate that by voting films that I saw in 2011 (like Oslo, August 31st), so I will just use this list of eligibility offered here. Solved.

    I will see some good films in the next two weeks, though:

    Jan 2nd: Lincoln (fucking TODAY)
    Jan 7th: Django Unchained
    Jan 10th: Cloud Atlas
    Jan 16th: Zero Dark Thirty

    Getting ready for Oscars!!! Out of the biggies I’ve seen so far include Life of Pi, The Master, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Silver Linings Playbook, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Amour, The Impossible, Holy Motors, Argo, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom, The Dark Knight Rises, Skyfall, Looper and many others… So, I think I have enough to vote from.

  28. rufussondheim
    January 1, 2013

    Decided not to include things I haven’t seen, nor am I placing anything higher or lower just so it will (or won’t) get nominated.

    Here are my picks

    Picture
    1) Oslo, August 31st
    2) Perks of Being a Wallflower
    3) Les Miserables
    4) Safety Not Guaranteed
    5) Take This Waltz

    Director
    1) Joachim Trier (Oslo, August 31st)
    2) Stephen Chbosky (Perks of Being a Wallflower)
    3) Tom Hooper (Les Miserables)
    4) Ang Lee (Life of Pi)
    5) Ben Affleck (Argo)

    Actor
    1) Anders Danielson Lie (Oslo, August 31st)
    2) Logan Lerman (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)
    3) Ben Affleck (Argo)
    4) Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables)
    5) Daniel Day Lewis (Lincoln)

    Actress
    1) Michelle Williams (Take This Waltz)
    2) Aubrey Plaza (Safety Not Guaranteed)
    3) Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games)
    4) Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect)
    5) Emily Blunt (Your Sister’s Sister)

    Supporting Actor
    1) Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables)
    2) Hans Olav Brenner (Oslo, August 31st)
    3) Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)
    4) Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)
    5) Matthey McConaughey (Killer Joe)

    Supporting Actress
    1) Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables)
    2) Sally Field (Lincoln)
    3) Gina Gershon (Killer Joe)
    4) Emma Watson (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)
    5) Joan Cusack (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)

    Best Original Screenplay

    1) Safety Not Guaranteed
    2) Looper
    3) take This Waltz
    4) Your Sister’s Sister
    5) The Cabin in the Woods

    Best Adapted Screenplay
    1) Oslo, August 31st
    2) The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    3) Les Miserables
    4) Life of Pi
    5) Lincoln

    Cinematography
    1) Oslo, August 31st
    2) Skyfall
    3) Life of Pi
    4) Cloud Atlas
    5) Argo

    And I don’t care about editing (sorry about the accidental multiple postings
    [^ easy to fix --Ryan]

  29. PJ
    January 1, 2013

    Now that’s an interesting simulation. I voted for my favorite even in categories where I did not originally plan on. The whole, only one choice counts really twisted my thinking a bit. Still spread the wealth to movies I liked but if only one choice counts, I am using that choice to make sure my fav gets mentioned.

  30. Linc4Jess
    January 1, 2013

    Just got back from seeing “Django Unchained” for the second time. Now I am torn between two titles for best picture. SO, I HAVE A TIE. “LINCOLN” AND “DJANGO UNCHAINED” FOR BEST FILMS OF THE YEAR.

  31. Sasha Stone
    January 1, 2013

    I just saw Django, and trust me IT WILL. NOT. WIN. BP! IT MAY be nom’d but bp? No way!

    Whoever thinks it can win is living in fantasy land. No offense. Les Mis has a better chance.

  32. Bryce Forestieri
    January 1, 2013

    LOL @sallyinchicago is the definition of a stupid idiot

  33. January 1, 2013

    I was thinking of making “Whoever” my stage name. This clinches it. :D

    What if SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK doesn’t get a nomination for Best Picture and DJANGO UNCHAINED does?

  34. Casey
    January 1, 2013

    Glad to see someone else included Gina gershon in killer joe

  35. SallyinChicago
    January 1, 2013

    Bryce, I think we can dispense with the name calling. I was expressing an opinion after leaving the movie….Depending on how many slots are allocated, if it’s a short list (5-7) I don’t think Django will get a nomination.

    But I echo jim: NGNG: Dwight Henry for the Supporting Actor (nom) win

  36. Bryce Forestieri
    January 1, 2013

    apologies..but you’re remark was sort of needless

  37. Bryce Forestieri
    January 1, 2013

    your

  38. January 1, 2013

    “and we’re also simulating this year’s sense of accelerated desperate urgency by setting a tight deadline — you must complete your ballot by Saturday at midnight (PT).”

    Brrrrrrrr, it scares me!

  39. January 1, 2013

    rufussondheim,

    I Love Joan Cusack.
    What a great actress!
    She deserves all great roles and all awards!
    But she´s only for 5 minutes in Perks.
    I thonk to myself: WHY ISN´T SHE DOING GREAT MOVIES?

  40. PaulH
    January 1, 2013

    My picks with preferences intact from 1-5:

    Best Picture
    The Avengers
    The Dark Knight Rises
    The Hunger Games
    Lincoln
    Moonrise Kingdom

    Best Actor
    Robert Downey Jr., The Avengers
    Christian Bale, The Dark Knight Rises
    Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
    Josh Hutcherson, The Hunger Games
    Bradley Cooper, The Silver Linings Playbook

    Best Lead Actress
    Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games
    Anne Hathaway, The Dark Knight Rises
    Keira Knightley, Anna Karenina
    Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
    Naomi Watts, The Impossible

    Best Supporting Actor
    Tom Hardy, The Dark Knight Rises
    Woody Harrelson, The Hunger Games
    Tom Hiddleston, The Avengers
    Mark Ruffalo, The Avengers
    Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

    Best Supporting Actress
    Elizabeth Banks, The Hunger Games
    Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
    Rebel Wilson, Pitch Perfect
    Samantha Barks, Les Miserables
    Emma Watson, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    Best Director
    Joss Whedon, The Avengers
    Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight Rises
    Gary Ross, The Hunger Games
    Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom
    Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

    Best Original Screenplay
    Looper
    Zero Dark Thirty
    Flight
    Safety Not Guaranteed
    Moonrise Kingdom

    Best Adapted Screenplay
    The Avengers
    The Hunger Games
    The Dark Knight Rises
    Lincoln
    The Silver Linings Playbook

    I forgot already who I picked for editing and cinematography, sorry.

  41. Rob
    January 1, 2013

    Sasha:Whoever thinks it can win is living in fantasy land. No offense. Les Mis has a better chance.

    If Sasha thinks Django’s chances are worse than Les Mis, than we know she thinks Django has no chance!

    It’s only funny because she’s right, though I personally loved both movies.

  42. Danemychal
    January 1, 2013

    I went with ZDT for one of my five based on it being the critics favorite this year and I never hate their pick.

    1. Lincoln
    2. ZDT
    3. Argo
    4. Les Miserables
    5. Moonrise Kingdom

    I included Jack Black in Actor for Bernie.

  43. January 1, 2013

    I’d pay money to watch PaulH’s Oscar telecast. That’s what I’d call star-studded.

  44. AJ
    January 1, 2013

    Looks like the new deadline will prevent the suggestion I made last year to randomly and proportionately assign ballots to an Academy branch :) Still, I look forward to submitting to and reviewing this simulation. Thanks to the Awards Daily team for doing this.

  45. The Japanese Viewer
    January 1, 2013

    “I’d pay money to watch PaulH’s Oscar telecast. That’s what I’d call star-studded.”

    I agree with Antoinette. Star-studded, indeed.

    -

    I personally would give a serious thought to bribing the Oscars xD for a meaningful and longer period of a meet-and-greet session with the nominees in both Best Lead Actress and Best Supporting Actress categories of his choice. : )

  46. kasper
    January 1, 2013

    I also have Gina Gershon in Supporting Actress! Denis Lavant for lead actor, Rachel Weisz for lead actress, and Scoot McNairy (Killing them Softly) for supporting actor. This was fun.

  47. Al Robinson
    January 1, 2013

    I agree with Sasha. There IS no way that Django Unchained can win the Best Picture prize at the Academy Awards. It has a good chance of getting nominated, but it is WAY too violent, and the N-word is used a LOT!!

    The safest pics for BP are Argo, Lincoln, or Zero Dark Thirty. Les Miserable will split many votes. The Master was too confusing for some. Looper will suffer the safe fate as Drive in 2011.

    Still, with only Zero Dark Thirty left for me to see, I still pick Life of Pi myself.

  48. Tero Heikkinen
    January 1, 2013

    “I’d pay money to watch PaulH’s Oscar telecast. That’s what I’d call star-studded.”

    I’d pay money to watch PaulH watching the Oscar telecast.

  49. Sasha Stone
    January 1, 2013

    Has nothing to do with my not liking Django but one lady I know on Twitter said she walked out, another said it put her back out it upset her so much: slave getting torn apart by dogs? Yeah, not Best Picture material.

  50. Jack
    January 1, 2013

    Haven’t seen Zero Dark 30.

    PICTURE:
    1. The Master
    2. Silver Linings Playbook
    3. Django Unchained
    4. Magic Mike
    5. The Dark Knight Rises

    DIRECTOR:
    1. Paul Thomas Anderson- The Master
    2. David O Russell- Silver Linings Playbook
    3. Quentin Tarantino- Django Unchained
    4. Ben Affleck- Argo
    5. Tom Hooper- Les Miserables

    ACTOR:
    1. Joaquin Phoenix- The Master
    2. Bradley Cooper- Silver Linings Playbook
    3. Hugh Jackman- Les Miserables
    4. Daniel Day Lewis- Lincoln
    5. Jack Black- Bernie

    ACTRESS:
    1. Jennifer Lawrence- Silver Linings Playbook
    2. Quvenzhane Wallis- Beasts of the Southern Wild
    3. Anne Hathaway- Dark Knight Rises
    4. Greta Gerwig- Damsels in Distress
    5. Anna Kendrick- Pitch Perfect

    SUPPORTING ACTOR:
    1. Philip Seymour Hoffman- The Master
    2. Leonardo DiCaprio- Django Unchained
    3. Christoph Waltz- Django Unchained
    4. Robert DeNiro- Silver Linings Playbook
    5. Eddie Redmayne- Les Miserables

    SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
    1. Anne Hathaway- Les Miserables
    2. Amy Adams- The Master
    3. Helen Hunt- The Sessions
    4. Rosemarie DeWitt- Your Sister’s Sister
    5. Brit Marling- Sound of My Voice

    ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
    1. The Master
    2. Django Unchained
    3. Cabin in the Woods
    4. Moonrise Kingdom
    5. Looper

    ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
    1. Silver Linings Playbook
    2. Argo
    3. The Sessions
    4. The Avengers
    5. Killer Joe

    EDITING:
    1. Argo
    2. The Master
    3. Silver Linings Playbook
    4. Cloud Atlas
    5. Les Miserables

    CINEMATOGRAPHY:
    1. The Master
    2. Moonrise Kingdom
    3. Skyfall
    4. The Loneliest Planet
    5. Django Unchained

    PRODUCTION DESIGN:
    1. The Master
    2. Les Miserables
    3. Moonrise Kingdom
    4. Cloud Atlas
    5. Life of Pi

    MUSIC:
    1. The Master
    2. Cloud Atlas
    3. The Dark Knight Rises
    4. Beasts of the Southern Wild
    5. Ruby Sparks

    VISUAL:
    1. Cloud Atlas
    2. Life of Pi
    3. The Dark Knight Rises
    4. Les Miserables
    5. Ted

    COSTUME:
    1. Les Miserables
    2. The Master
    3. Moonrise Kingdom
    4. Mirror Mirror
    5. Django Unchained

    MAKE-UP:
    1. Les Miserables
    2. Lincoln
    3. Looper

  51. Bryce Forestieri
    January 1, 2013

    Here’s how I voted. Choices did limit me tho. Was Arnold’s Wuthering Heights a 2011 release in the US? I wanted to vote for it on cinematography…anyways having not seen ZDT, Tabu, Holy Motors, On the Road, I tried to spread love as much as I could:

    BEST PICTURE

    Amour
    Lincoln
    Django Unchained
    The Master
    Cloud Atlas

    BEST DIRECTOR
    Michael Haneke, Amour
    Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
    Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
    Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master
    Lana & Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer, Cloud Atlas

    BEST ACTOR

    Jean-Louis Trintignant, Amour
    Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
    Patrick Wang, In the Family
    Matthias Schoenaerts, Rust and Bone
    Zac Efon, The Paperboy

    BEST ACTRESS

    Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
    Marion Cotillard, Rust and Bone
    Naomi Watts, The Impossible
    Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
    Ann Dowd, Compliance

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

    Michael Fassbender, Prometheus
    Tom Hardy, The Dark Knight Rises
    Jim Sturgess, Cloud Atlas
    Alex Pettyfer, Magic Mike
    Michael Peña, End of Watch

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

    Amy Adams, The Master
    Anne Hathaway, The Dark Knight Rises
    Shirley McLaine, Bernie
    Emily Blunt, Looper
    Doona Bae, Cloud Atlas

    BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

    Amour
    Seven Psychopaths
    End of Watch
    Looper
    Moonrise Kingdom

    BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

    Lincoln
    The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    Beasts of the Southern Wild
    Cloud Atlas
    The Avengers

    BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

    Lincoln
    The Master
    Django Unchained
    Keep the Lights On
    Prometheus

    BEST EDITING

    Cloud Atlas
    Amour
    The Raid
    Haywire
    End of Watch

  52. christiannnw
    January 1, 2013

    I’m not going to go all out and list all my choices, but instead list some of my defiant choices. I do think they’re seriously worth considering:

    1) Included “Anna Karenina” for Editing, Cinematography, and Adapted Screenplay.
    2) Chose Jude Law as first choice in “Anna Karenina” as Best Supporting Actor.
    3) Chose Isabelle Huppert as first choice in “Amour” as Best Supporting Actress.
    4) Included Michelle Williams in “Take This Waltz” for Best Actress.
    5) Included Kylie Minogue in “Holly Motors” for Best Supporting Actress.

  53. Checko
    January 1, 2013

    The Movies I Really wanted to include aren’t eligibles, Oscar really hates indies and foreign films.

    I Watched 257 films last year but the only films I haven’t seen and could have a big show up in my nominations if I did: The Master, Keep the Lights On, Middle of Nowhere, How to Survive a Plague & Zero Dark Thirty

    Also films I Haven’t seen and I really couldn’t care less: The Hobbit & Les Miserables

    My weird list (I really feel like a WGA member lol)

    BEST PICTURE
    1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    2. Holy Motors
    3. Beasts of the Southern Wild
    4. Rust & Bone
    5. The Imposter

    BEST DIRECTOR
    1. Holy Motors – Leos Carax
    2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
    3. Beasts of the Southern Wild
    4. Rust & Bone – Jacques Audiard
    5. Argo – Ben Affleck

    BEST ACTOR
    1. Rust & Bone – Matthias Schoenaerts
    2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Logan Lerman
    3. Lincoln – Daniel Day-Lewis
    4. Killer Joe – Matthew McConaughey
    5. Flight – Denzel Washington

    BEST ACTRESS (the only one that looks the same even without the ineligible films)
    1. Amour – Emmanuelle Riva
    2. Rust & Bone – Marion Cotillard
    3. Return – Linda Cardellini
    4. Take This Waltz – Michelle Williams
    5. Compliance – Ann Dowd

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
    1. On the Road – Garrett Hedlund
    2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Ezra Miller
    3. Magic Mike – Matthew McConaughey
    4. Lincoln – Tommy Lee Jones
    5. 360 – Ben Foster

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
    1. Farewell, My Queen – Diane Kruger
    2. Pitch Perfect – Rebel Wilson
    3. The Dark Knight Rises – Anne Hathaway
    4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Emma Watson
    5. Lincoln – Sally Field

    BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
    1. Damsels in Distress
    2. Take This Waltz
    3. Ruby Sparks
    4. Holy Motors
    5. Your Sister’s Sister

    BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
    1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    2. Pitch Perfect
    3. Beasts of the Southern Wild
    4. On the Road
    5. Argo

    BEST EDITING
    1. Argo
    2. Skyfall
    3. The Dark Knight Rises
    4. Project X
    5. Looper

    BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
    1. Skyfall
    2. On the Road
    3. Holy Motors
    4. Beasts of the Southern Wild
    5. Moonrise Kingdom

  54. Linc4jess
    January 1, 2013

    Oh, I know that “Django Unchained” might get a nod for BP but will never get close to being the best picture with all the controversy relating to the narrative of the film but to me it is an excellent flick with four powerful performances in Waltz, DiCaprio, Jackson and Foxx and deserves to be on my list as one of the top three films of the year the other two being “Lincoln” and “Argo”. I am thinking people walked out of “Les Miserables” as well or perhaps wanted to. I know some walked out of “The Master” yet it is talked as best picture material. Anyway, a heck of a job by Tarantino. I am still pulling for “Lincoln” to take it all and it probably will.

  55. PJ
    January 1, 2013

    This was my ballot, in order of preference.

    Best Picture
    SLP
    Safety Not Guaranteed
    Django Unchained
    TDKR
    Cloud Atlas

    Best Director
    David O. Russell – SLP
    Chris Nolan – TDKR
    Quinten Tarantino – Django Unchained
    Wachowskis and Tom Twyker – Cloud Atlas
    Wes Anderson – Moonrise Kingdom

    Best Actor
    Bradley Cooper – SLP
    John Hawkes – The Sessions
    Daniel Day Lewis – Lincoln
    Joaquin Pheonix – The Master
    Omar Sy – The Intouchables

    Best Actress
    Jennifer Lawrence – SLP
    Kara Heyward – Moonrise Kingdom
    Amy Adams – Trouble With the Curve
    Marion Cottliard – Rust and Bone
    Jessica Chastain – ZD30

    Best Supporting Actress
    Doona Bae – Cloud Atlas
    Anne Hathaway – TDKR
    Sally Field – Lincoln
    Emma Watson – Perks of Being a Wallflower
    Rebel Wilson – Pitch Perfect

    Best Supporting Actor
    Samuel L Jackson – Django Unchained
    Robert DeNiro – SLP
    Nate Parker – Artibage
    Michael Pena – End of Watch
    Ezta Miller – Perks of being a Wallflower

    Best Original Screenplay
    Django Unchained
    Ruby Sparks
    Safety Not Guaranteed
    Moonrise Kingdom
    The Master

    Best Adapted Screenplay
    SLP
    Perks of Being a Wallflower
    Cloud Atlas
    Lincoln
    TDKR

    Cinematography
    Life of Pi
    The Master
    Moonrise Kingdom
    SLP
    Holy Motors

    Editing
    Cloud Atlas
    Moonrise Kingdom
    SLP
    Holy Motors
    The Master

    I voted for what things that I liked and thought would be underrated, pretty much, other then making sure my fave got in like I explained above.

  56. January 1, 2013

    Ryan,

    Can I put my ballot here?
    Can I acess it again and copy?

  57. Jesse Crall
    January 2, 2013

    Here’s mine. FYI, I saw about 80 flicks this year and at least 60 of those were AT LEAST “pretty good.” Another 20 would make last year’s top 10 so it was a terrific year overall.

    Picture:
    1. Zero Dark Thirty
    2. Skyfall
    3. Killing Them Softly
    4. Flight
    5. Silver Linings Playbook OR Django Unchained
    Rust and Bone, Looper, The Deep Blue Sea, Killer Joe, Perks of Being a Wallflower, Lincoln, Argo, The Grey, Not Fade Away, Anna Karenina, The Master, 7 Psychopaths, Cloud Atlas, Ruby Sparks, The 5-Year Engagement, & Hope Springs in roughly that order all would make for quality nominees in a 10-film category.

    Director:
    1. Bigelow (ZD30)
    2. Dominik (Killing Them Softly)
    3. Zemeckis (Flight)
    4. Russell (Silver Linings)
    5. Wright (Anna Karenina)
    If Tarantino hadn’t fucked up the last 30 minutes of Django, he and the film would be my #2. Still killer entertainment with 2 brilliant hours but great films don’t botch the 3rd act.

    Adapted Screenplay
    1. Lincoln
    2. Silver Linings Playbook
    3. Killing Them Softly
    4. Perks of Being a Wallflower
    5. The Deep Blue Sea

    Original Screenplay
    1. Zero Dark Thirty
    2. Looper
    3. Flight
    4. Django
    5. Ruby Sparks OR Hope Springs

    Editing
    1. ZD30
    2. Silver Linings
    3. Flight
    4. Killing Them Softly
    5. Looper

    Cinematography
    1. Skyfall
    2. Anna Karenina
    3. ZD30
    4. Django Unchained
    5. The Deep Blue Sea

    Supporting Actor:
    1. DiCaprio (Django)
    2. SLJ (Django)
    3. Gandolfini (Not Fade Away OR Killing Them Softly. Great year for The Not So Strong, Silent Type)
    4. Philly (The Master)
    5. Walken (7 Psychopaths)
    Also loved De Niro in Silver Linings, TLJ in Lincoln, Willis in Moonrise Kingdom, anyone in Killing Them Softly, Jude Law in Anna Karenina, Fassbender in Prometheus, and Travolta in Savages. Deep category.

    Supporting Actress:
    1. Blunt Force (Looper)
    2. Hathaway (Les Miz, which I didn’t dig but I can’t punish Hathaway because she brought it)
    3. Kelly Reilly (Flight)
    4. Field (Lincoln)
    5. Ehle (ZD30)
    Dench was great in Skyfall. Hate to leave her off.

    Actor:
    1. Denzel (Flight)
    2. D-Day (Lincoln)
    3. Waltz (Django)
    4. Phoenix (The Master)
    5. Pitt (Killing Them Softly)
    Bradley Cooper was terrific but Pitt was Dirty Harry-level boss.

    Actress:
    1. Chastain (ZD30) Best performance of the year in any category.
    2. Weisz (Deep Blue Sea)
    3. Lawrence (Silver Linings)
    4. Cotillard (Rust and Bone)
    5. Knightley (Anna Karenina)
    Streep could very easily make this list.

  58. Jesse Crall
    January 2, 2013

    Oh, and thanks to Rob and whomever else for hooking all this up. Easy to use and lots o’ fun.

  59. Christophe
    January 2, 2013

    @ryan
    dumb question: does sat at midnight means the midnight between fri and sat or between sat and sun??

    I intend to watch as many movies as possible until the deadline so I’d better not miss it. Thx!

  60. Dave B.
    January 2, 2013

    I won’t do all of them, just the top few:

    Film
    1- The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    2- Lincoln
    3- Zero Dark Thirty
    4- Les Miserables
    5- Argo

    Director
    1- Steven Spielberg (Lincoln)
    2- Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)
    3- Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty)
    4- Tom Hooper (Les Miserables)
    5- Ben Affleck (Argo)

    Actor
    1- Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
    2- Denzel Washington (Flight)
    3- Joaquin Phoenix (The Master)
    4- Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables)
    5- Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook)

    Actress
    1- Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty)
    2- Emmanuelle Riva (Amour)
    3- Naomi Watts (The Impossible)
    4- Jennifer Lawrence (Silfer Linings Playbook)
    5- Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)

    Sup Actor
    1- Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)
    2- Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln)
    3- Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) (considered making this lead, but decided to match everyone else)
    4- Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained)
    5- Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables)

    Sup Actress
    1- Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables)
    2- Sally Field (Lincoln)
    3- Emma Watson (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)
    4- Helen Hunt (The Sessions)
    5- Amy Adams (The Master)

    Orig Screenplay
    1- Zero Dark Thirty
    2- Django Unchained
    3- Amour
    4- The Master
    5- Flight

    Adpt Screenplay
    1- Lincoln
    2- The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    3- Argo
    4- Silver Linings Playbook
    5- Cloud Atlas

  61. Christophe
    January 2, 2013

    @ryan
    when in doubt, can we vote for the same person in both lead and supporting?
    the academy says we can:

    http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/rules/rule06.html

    paragraph #4

  62. Andrew
    January 2, 2013

    This is a really interesting process. As I was completing it, I was tempted to vote for films I have not seen such as Zero Dark Thirty or Lincoln, just because I should. It wouldnt surprise me if this happens alot with AMPAS voters

  63. Telperion
    January 2, 2013

    Can´t find Cosmopolis….

  64. Christophe
    January 2, 2013

    @Telperion
    Maybe under the worst film of the year category!

    Pattinson is such a sinker, he starred in my 3 least favorite films of the year:

    Bel Ami
    Cosmopolis
    Twilight Part 15246798

    And pls not that Twilight wasn’t even the worts of the 3…

  65. Christophe
    January 2, 2013

    My picks (might change them based on my next screenings)

    Best Picture

    Moonrise Kingdom
    Les Misérables
    Frankenweenie
    From Up on Poppy Hill
    Anna Karenina

    Best Director

    Wes Anderson – Moonrise Kingdom
    Tom Hooper – Les Misérables
    Tim Burton – Frankenweenie
    Goro Miyazaki – From Up on Poppy Hill
    Joe Wright – Anna Karenina

    Best Actress

    Anne Hathaway – Les Misérables
    Anne Hathaway – The Dark Knight Rises
    Naomi Watts – The Impossible
    Kiera Knightley – Anna Karenina
    Alicia Vikander – A Royal Affair

    Best Actor

    Hugh Jackman – Les Misérables
    Ewan McGregor – The Impossible
    Christian Bale – The Dark Knight Rises
    Bill Murray – Hyde Park on Hudson
    Benjamin Walker – Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    Best Supporting Actress

    Samantha Barks – Les Misérables
    Anne Hathaway – The Dark Knight Rises
    Anne Hathaway – Les Misérables
    Amanda Seyfried – Les Misérables
    Helena Bonham Carter – Les Misérables

    Best Supporting Actor

    Eddie Redmayne – Les Misérables
    Mikkel Folsgaard – A Royal Affair
    Edward Norton – Moonrise Kingdom
    Bruce Willis – Moonrise Kingdom
    Michael Fassbender – Prometheus

    Best Original Screenplay

    Moonrise Kingdom
    The Impossible
    Ted
    Hyde Park on Hudson
    Brave

    Best Adapted Screenplay

    Les Misérables
    Frankenweenie
    From Up on Poppy Hill
    Anna Karenina
    A Royal Affair

  66. Rob Y
    January 2, 2013

    Christophe,

    It ends Saturday night at Midnight (into Sunday morning). Yes you can vote your single vote for the same person in leading and supporting.

    Rob

  67. Adam
    January 2, 2013

    so hard picking just five for everything. I did mine hours ago so I might have made a couple of different choices (for #4 or #5). meh.

    Picture
    1) Django Unchained
    2) The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
    3) Skyfall
    4) Beasts Of The Southern Wild
    5) Moonrise Kingdom

    Director
    1) Tarantino, Django Unchained
    2) Sam Mendes, Skyfall
    3) Benh Zeitlin. Beasts Of The Southern Wild
    4) Wachowski Starship/ufo/whatever/ TT – Cloud Atlas
    5) PT Anderson, The Master

    Actor
    1) Logan Lerman, Perks Of Being A Wallflower
    2) Jamie Foxx, Django Unchained
    3) Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
    4) Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
    5) Andrew Garfield, The Amazing Spiderman

    Actress
    1) Noomi Rapace, Prometheus
    2) Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
    3) Anne Hathaway, Dark Knight Rises
    4) Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts Of The Southern Wild
    5) Kara Hayward, Moonrise Kingdom

    Supporting Actor
    1) S.L Jackson, Django Unchained
    2) Leonardo Dicaprio, Django Unchained
    3) Ezra Miller, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
    4) Ben Whishaw, Cloud Atlas
    5) Phillip Seymour Hoffman, The Master

    Supporting Actress
    1) Judi Dench, Skyfall
    2) Emma Watson, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
    3) Rebel Wilson, Pitch Perfect
    4) Doona Bae, Cloud Atlas
    5) Emily Blunt, Looper

    Best Original Screenplay
    1) Django Unchained
    2) Moonrise Kingdom
    3) The Cabin In The Woods
    4) Looper
    5) Safety Not Guaranteed

    Best Adapted Screenplay
    1) The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
    2) Silver Linings Playbook
    3) Beasts Of The Southern Wild
    4) Skyfall
    5) Argo

  68. Tero Heikkinen
    January 2, 2013

    Yay, as was expected, Lincoln is a masterpiece. I’m ready to vote now :D

  69. mecid
    January 2, 2013

    good news from you, Tero. :)

  70. Christophe
    January 2, 2013

    @Rob Y
    Thx for the incredible work! This is really awesome!

  71. January 2, 2013

    Picture
    1. Keep the Lights On
    2. Life of Pi
    3. Amour
    4. The Master
    5. Holy Motors

    Director
    1. Leos Carax
    2. Michael Haneke
    3. Paul Thomas Anderson
    4. Ang Lee
    5. Ira Sachs

    Actor
    1. Thure Lindhardt
    2. Jean-Louis Trintignant
    3. Daniel Day-Lewis
    4. Denis Lavant
    5. Kacey Mottet Klein

    Actress
    1. Emmanuelle Riva
    2. Naomi Watts
    3. Ann Dowd
    4. Elle Fanning
    5. Lea Seydoux

    Supporting Actor
    1. Andy Serkis
    2. Garrett Hedlund
    3. Ian McKellen
    4. Zachary Booth
    5. Ronald Zehrfeld

    Supporting Actress
    1. Nicole Kidman
    2. Amy Adams
    3. Lorraine Toussaint
    4. Anne Hathaway
    5. Corinne Masiero

    Original Screenplay
    1. The Master
    2. Amour
    3. 2 Days in New York
    4. Keep the Lights On
    5. Barbara

    Adapted Screenplay
    1. Oslo, August 31st
    2. Killer Joe
    3. Beasts of the Southern Wild
    4. Lincoln
    5. The Loneliest Planet

    Cinematography
    1. Skyfall
    2. Life of Pi
    3. The Master
    4. Ginger & Rosa
    5. Dredd 3D

    Editing
    1. Killing Them Softly
    2. Argo
    3. The Hunger Games
    4. Dredd 3D
    5. Safe House

    Some films I wish were eligible (The Turin Horse, Wuthering Heights, The Hunt, Elena, Berberian Sound Studio), some films I haven’t seen yet (Zero Dark Thirty, Django Unchained, Les Mis (I voted for Anne anyway), The Paperboy (I voted for Nicole anyway, she’ll be my favourite, I have no doubt at all)).

  72. rufussondheim
    January 2, 2013

    Looking like Perks might actually make the final list in some categories here! Hooray!

  73. January 2, 2013

    I wanted to vote for Gayby in the Original Screenplay category, but couldn’t because it wasn’t in the drop-down list….

  74. Steven
    January 2, 2013

    Ryan, would it be possible to add Queen of Versailles and Hello, I Must Be Going to the best picture lists? Or possible a write in spot? Apologies if I’m blind and missed these things.

    Thanks!
    Steven

  75. January 2, 2013

    Remarkable how many people are incapable of understanding that some films aren’t on the lists because THEY AREN’T ELIGIBLE!!!

  76. Holla
    January 2, 2013

    Hmmm… since Zero Dark Thirty is a leading contender and hasn’t opened except in NYC & LA, won’t this balloting be lop-sided?

  77. Christophe
    January 2, 2013

    @Holla

    Oscar voters are notorious for voting for movies they haven’t seen, so I guess that won’t be an issue, since we’re supposed to pretend we’re academy members.

  78. January 2, 2013

    Steven, we’re using the official list of 282 eligible films the Academy announced on Dec 14. Usually release date snafus are responsible for a movie being deemed ineligible. Method and venue of release are factors too. Sorry about that!

  79. Christopher
    January 2, 2013

    Why is Cosmopolis not on the list? Is it not eligible?

  80. Yashar
    January 2, 2013

    Do Cloud Atlas and Arbitrage have any chance for a BP nom? Along with TDKR, they are the only ones from first 2 selections that I have seen and I don’t believe it would be right to vote before seeing the rest of heavy hitters.

  81. Christophe
    January 2, 2013

    @christopher
    just checked the reminder list on the academy’s web site
    http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/rules/reminderlist.html
    cosmopolis ain’t in there…

  82. Nic V
    January 2, 2013

    Fascinating process really am surprised by all the attention for Looper and Pitch Perfect. Specially Pitch Perfect which I think is one hell of a great musical.

  83. January 2, 2013

    we’re supposed to pretend we’re academy members

    Just as long as people remember that this is intended to be a poll of what we would do were we Academy members, rather than what we think Academy members will do. Right?

  84. Christophe
    January 2, 2013

    @Paddy
    Absolutely right! We’re supposed to mimick their mind process but using our own taste and preferences. I am completely clueless abt who they will choose, so I cautiously avoid all the predicting games but I sure love to share my own opinion.

  85. January 2, 2013

    we’re supposed to pretend we’re academy members

    If you choose to do it that way, a useful thought experiment would be to try to personalize it.

    Ask yourself this. What if you were to, “pretend I’m my family at Thanksgiving” voting for the Oscars? Unless your family are pod people, you see that’s an impossible challenge, right? Because you know that the members of your family don’t think alike.

    Speaking for myself, without naming names, there are some members of the Academy whose heads I do not want to be inside.

    But if you decide to approach the ballot by pretending you’re part of the Academy, it might be interesting to pretend you’re a particular member, yes? Be Sean Penn. Be David Fincher. Be Carol Channing. Be John Malkovich.

    That said, if you all try to get inside the head of Jennifer Lawrence, I’m gonna be so disappointed in you.

  86. Christopher
    January 2, 2013

    @Christoph

    Huh. That’s odd. I remember seeing Cosmopolis at the Landmark in L.A sometime in August. I would have thought that would have made it eligible for the Oscars. I wonder if it could have been omitted by accident.

  87. red_wine
    January 2, 2013

    Cannot find Tabu and Turin Horse in the drop down.

  88. Christophe
    January 2, 2013

    @Ryan
    lol lol lol
    my own head might be even worse than JLaw’s… you just never know.

  89. January 2, 2013

    we’re supposed to pretend we’re academy members

    Let me be clear though. No, you’re not “supposed to pretend” anything. You’re not supposed to do anything. Feel free to do what you like.

    What would be most interesting to me, is if we all vote purely to reflect our own individual tastes. That’s what the Academy members do, we hope.

    Do you see how it would be weird if an individual member of the Academy said to herself, “I’ll try to vote like I think the Academy will vote.”

    Yikes. No, Cher, no. Please don’t do that.

    I’d like to see how Awards Daily readers think. I’d like to see a pure result. So when the actual nominations are announced on Jan 10th, it will be more interesting to see where we AGREE with the AMPAS and where we DISAGREE.

    We have other opportunities to guess what the Oscars might do. This ballot isn’t really meant for that.

  90. Christophe
    January 2, 2013

    @Ryan
    “You’re not supposed to do anything. Feel free to do whatever you like.”

    Now, that’s the kind of thing I’d like to hear more often in every day life!

  91. January 2, 2013

    Pfft, like Cher even votes. What’s she even been in this year? She’s got nothing to vote for!

  92. January 2, 2013

    I’d like to get inside every Academy member’s head and implant this idea, Inception style (particularly is I can bring Tom Hardy along):

    http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/news/a448035/katy-perry-winning-an-oscar-for-wide-awake-would-be-a-dream.html

  93. January 2, 2013

    *if

    fs

  94. Christophe
    January 2, 2013

    @Ryan
    How long are we gonna argue that we’re actually agreeing? lol

    @Christopher
    Maybe Cronenberg didn’t even want to enter the movie in the competition, he says it’s all BS:
    http://movieline.com/2012/12/31/david-cronenberg-talks-cosmopolis-high-frame-rates-and-bullshit-oscars/

  95. Mike
    January 2, 2013

    @ Dave B.

    It’s odd to me that someone would show The Perks of Being a Wallflower a lot of love without nominating Logan Lerman. He is, IMO, the heart and soul of the film and he’s absolutely fantastic. A shame he’s not getting more attention. I will be putting him at #1 on my ballot.

  96. Ted
    January 2, 2013

    Picture
    1. LINCOLN
    2. CLOUD ATLAS
    3. ZERO DARK THIRTY
    4. BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
    5. DJANGO UNCHAINED

    Director
    1. Steven Spielberg, LINCOLN
    2. Paul Thomas Anderson, THE MASTER
    3. Ang Lee, LIFE OF PI
    4. Kathryn Bigelow, ZERO DARK THIRTY
    5. Quentin Tarantino, DJANGO UNCHAINED

    Actress
    1. Naomi Watts, THE IMPOSSIBLE
    2. Jessica Chastain, ZERO DARK THIRTY
    3. Emanuelle Riva, AMOUR
    4. Quvenshane Wallis, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
    5. Jennifer Lawrence, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

    Actor
    1. Joaquin Phoenix, THE MASTER
    2. Daniel Day-Lewis, LINCOLN
    3. John Hawkes, THE SESSIONS
    4. Denzel Washington, FLIGHT
    5. Richard Gere, ARBITRAGE

    Supporting Actress
    1. Anne Hathaway, LES MISERABLES
    2. Amy Adams, THE MASTER
    3. Sally Field, LINCOLN
    4. Ann Dowd, COMPLIANCE
    5. Rebel Wilson, PITCH PERFECT

    Supporting Actor
    1. Philip Seymour Hoffman, THE MASTER
    2. Tommy Lee Jones, LINCOLN
    3. Robert DeNiro, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
    4. Javier Bardem, SKYFALL
    5. Dwight Henry, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD

    Orignal Screenplay
    1. THE MASTER
    2. ZERO DARK THIRTY
    3. LOOPER
    4. DJANGO UNCHAINED
    5. CABIN IN THE WOODS

    Adapted Screenplay
    1. LINCOLN
    2. LIFE OF PI
    3. BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
    4. CLOUD ATLAS
    5. ARGO

    Editing
    1. ARGO
    2. ZERO DARK THIRTY
    3. LIFE OF PI
    4. LINCOLN
    5. CLOUD ATLAS

    Cinematography
    1. LIFE OF PI
    2. ZERO DARK THIRTY
    3. LINCOLN
    4. SKYFALL
    5. THE MASTER

  97. Jim
    January 2, 2013

    I LOVE that I’m seeing other people voting for Rebel Wilson in Pitch Perfect and Gina Gershon in Killer Joe. That was the toughest category for me, but I included them, Jennifer Ehle, Amy Adams, and the Hathaway. Broke my heart a little to leave out Emily Blunt and Ann Dowd. Might not have been a wonderful year for lead actress roles, but lots of women did do really extraordinary work.

  98. keifer
    January 2, 2013

    Just saw “Les Miserables” this weekend. The title lives up to the movie experience itself.

    I was totally underwhelmed.

  99. keifer
    January 2, 2013

    RYAN: “What would be most interesting to me, is if we all vote purely to reflect our own individual tastes.”

    Exactly my sentiments.

    That’s why Ryan, I voted in AD’s poll this year for Charlotte Rampling as Best Actress in “The Eye of the Storm”. It’s a great role . . . complex and demanding. And the actress has to play the character at different points in her life. Rampling delivers in spades, giving a great performance. I hope AMPAS pays attention to this great actress this year by nominating her as Best Actress.

    No guts. No glory.

  100. Casey
    January 2, 2013

    Picture
    1) Django Unchained
    2) Beasts of the Southern Wild
    3) Killer Joe
    4) Holy Motors
    5) Ruby Sparks
    6) The Master
    7) Amour
    8) Moonrise Kingdom
    9) Flight
    10) The Sound of My Voice

    Director
    1) Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
    2) Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master
    3) Michael Haeneke, Amour
    4) Benh Zeitlin. Beasts Of The Southern Wild
    5) Wachowski, Twyker – Cloud Atlas

    Actor
    1) Joaquin Pheonix – The Master
    2) Denzel Washington – Flight
    3) Dennis Levant – Holy Motors
    4) Matthew McConaughey – Killer Joe
    5) Daniel Day Lewis – Lincoln

    Actress
    1) Zoe Kazan – Ruby Sparks
    2) Emmanuelle Riva – Amour
    3) Quvenzhane Wallis – Beasts Of The Southern Wild
    4) Michelle Williams – Take This Waltz
    5) Annalynn McCord – Excision

    Supporting Actor
    1) Samuel L Jackson – Django Unchained
    2) James Gandolfini – Killing Them Softly
    3) Dwight Henry – Beasts of the Southern Wild
    4) Ezra Miller – The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    5) Phillip Seymour Hoffman, The Master

    Supporting Actress
    1) Ann Dowd – Compliance
    2) Brit Marling – The Sound of My Voice
    3) Gina Gershon – Killer Joe
    4) Kelly Reilly – Flight
    5) Traci Lords – Excision

    Best Original Screenplay
    1) Ruby Sparks
    2) Django Unchained
    3) The Sound of My Voice
    4) Flight
    5) Take This Waltz

    Best Adapted Screenplay
    1) Killer Joe
    2) The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
    3) Beasts Of The Southern Wild
    4) Lincoln
    5) Argo

  101. d2
    January 2, 2013

    Best Actor
    Joaquin Phoenix
    Hugh Jackman
    Richard Gere
    Bradley Cooper
    Logan Lerman

    Best Actress
    Jessica Chastain
    Quvenzhane Wallis
    Emmanuelle Riva
    Linda Cardellini
    Emayatzi Corinealdi

    Best Supporting Actor
    Leo DiCaprio
    Philip Seymour Hoffman
    Sam Rockwell (Seven Psychopaths)
    Eddie Redmayne
    Matthew McConaughey

    Best Supporting Actress
    Anne Hathaway
    Ann Dowd
    Helen Hunt
    Jennifer Lawrence
    Judi Dench

    Best Director
    Kathryn Bigelow
    Ira Sachs (Keep the Lights On)
    Wes Anderson
    Tom Hooper
    Paul Thomas Anderson

    Best Original Script
    Seven Psychopaths
    Moonrise Kingdom
    Zero Dark Thirty
    The Master
    Arbitrage

    Best Adapted Script
    Beasts of the Southern Wild
    Perks of Being a Wallflower
    Silver Linings Playbook
    Life of Pi
    Argo

    Best Motion Picture
    Zero Dark Thirty
    Moonrise Kingdom
    Les Mis
    Keep the Lights On
    The Master

    Best Cinematography
    The Master
    Zero Dark Thirty
    Beasts of the Southern Wild
    Moonrise Kingdom
    Keep the Lights On

    Best Film Editing
    Zero Dark Thirty
    Argo
    Les Mis
    Life of Pi
    Beasts of the Southern Wild

  102. Mike
    January 2, 2013

    Casey,

    Very nice call on Annalynn McCord for Excision. She’ll be on mine as well. Traci Lords might make Supporting Actress for me too. Awesome flick.

  103. Logan
    January 2, 2013

    Most revelatory moment for me from Terry Gross (Fresh Air)’s interview with Tarantino today: Quentin abhors onscreen violence to animals–chickens and horses specifically mentioned. Apparently his aversion doesn’t extend to humans.

  104. Patrick
    January 2, 2013

    Most revelatory moment for me from Terry Gross (Fresh Air)’s interview with Tarantino today: Quentin abhors onscreen violence to animals–chickens and horses specifically mentioned. Apparently his aversion doesn’t extend to humans.

    Just to be clear, Quentin is talking about real violence against animals onscreen (not just onscreen animal violence, especially considering that Dr. Schultz shoots a horse in the beginning of Django Unchained). Most American filmmakers feel the same way.

    http://www.npr.org/2013/01/02/168200139/quentin-tarantino-unchained-and-unruly

  105. rufussondheim
    January 2, 2013

    Saw Django Unchained today, it’s clearly one of the best directed, best performed, and has some stunningly good dialogue and set pieces. But when trying to deconstruct the institution of slavery, it’s probably best that you not make up facts just because you need a plot point. Slavery was inhumane enough so his invention of “mandingo fighting” is rather unsettling. And the film suffers significantly as a result.

    And, all of those slaves that were supposedly set free along the way, well, most will be captured and probably severely punished or even killed because of their “crimes” of which they will surely be convicted. And this includes Django and Broomhilda, while they had their bills of sale, they didn’t have papers declaring their free status. So back to the slave pens for them. I know this is a small point, but, again, if Tarantino wants to use slavery as a plot point, he should get his facts right.

    (On a side note, if you are into what Tarantino does well – tightly directed, suspenseful setpieces with sparkingling dialogue and great performances – you should really see Killer Joe, as Killer Joe does them better than Django does)

  106. PJ
    January 2, 2013

    You were expecting historical accuracy in a Tarantino film? Did the Jews kill Hitler in a burning movie theater?

  107. Tero Heikkinen
    January 2, 2013

    PJ, touché, my Lord.

  108. rufussondheim
    January 2, 2013

    No, PJ, he did not, and if you can’t see the difference immediately then I am not sure I can explain it to you. You see, the killing of Hitler was the end result. Nothing was manufactured about Hitler’s treatment of the Jews in Basterds. The same can’t be said in Django Unchained.

  109. January 2, 2013

    And, all of those slaves that were supposedly set free along the way, well, most will be captured and probably severely punished or even killed because of their “crimes” of which they will surely be convicted. And this includes Django and Broomhilda, while they had their bills of sale, they didn’t have papers declaring their free status. So back to the slave pens for them. I know this is a small point, but, again, if Tarantino wants to use slavery as a plot point, he should get his facts right.

    (DJANGO SPOILERS)But Django was armed and a quick draw. And besides they make it because they’re John Shaft’s great grandparents. And Shultz pointed out the North Star to the guys in the beginning so they had a fighting chance.

  110. Andrew
    January 2, 2013

    Dowd is brilliant in Compliance, but it is extreme category fraud to have her in supporting

  111. January 2, 2013

    And, all of those slaves that were supposedly set free along the way, well, most will be captured and probably severely punished or even killed because of their “crimes” of which they will surely be convicted. And this includes Django and Broomhilda, while they had their bills of sale, they didn’t have papers declaring their free status.

    If we want to extrapolate to predict what might happen after the end credits, then based on the preceding hour I’m going to assume Django proceeds to kill every white person in the South. Civil War, huh, yeah? What is it good for? Absolutely nothing. Uh-huh, Say it again. Emancipation Proclamation? Moot. This rewrite of history also serves as the quickest way to screw Lincoln’s chances for an Oscar 150 years in the future. Checkmate, Mr Spielberg.

  112. MJS
    January 2, 2013

    Is “Lee” part of Tommy Lee Jones’ first name or last name? Same question for Phillip Seymore Hoffman.

  113. Tero Heikkinen
    January 2, 2013

    Jones and Hoffman. Last names.

  114. steve50
    January 2, 2013

    Tarantino’s movies are fantasies, so I don’t get very excited about historical inaccuracies. Nobody will ever mistake Django for a historical document any more than they would Inglorious Basterds. He makes up a world, picks a dangerous line to walk, and plays “wouldn’t it be cool if…”

    IB was great, Django was…OK. But I wouldn’t grade either for historical value, anymore than I would the genres on which he bases his films. Strictly pop fiction.

  115. rufussondheim
    January 2, 2013

    Steve, I understand what you’re saying. It doesn’t make Django a bad film by any stretch, I enjoyed it quite a bit (at least until it got too long) but the taking of liberties here damaged the film for me. I think Tarantino could have gotten to the same point with more effective plot events that weren’t manufactured. What if Broomhilde was pregnant with Candie’s child, for example?

    Inglorious Basterds is indeed the better film, and it’s also more grounded in reality, which makes the “fantasy” aspect more effective.

  116. Bridget von Hammersmarck
    January 2, 2013

    Best Picture:

    The Deep Blue Sea
    Keep the Lights On
    Looper
    Skyfall
    Lincoln

    Best Director:

    The Deep Blue Sea
    Keep the Lights On
    Looper
    Take This Waltz
    Lincoln

    Best Actress:

    Rachel Weisz (The Deep Blue Sea)
    Michelle Williams (Take This Waltz)
    Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone)
    Keira Knightley (Anna Karenina)
    Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)

    Best Actor:

    Thur Lindhardt (Keep the Lights On)
    Jack Black (Bernie)
    Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone)
    Tommy Lee Jones (Hope Springs)
    Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)

    Best Supporting Actress:

    Diane Kruger (Farewell, My Queen)
    Kelly Reilly (Flight)
    Sally Field (Lincoln)
    Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables)
    Sarah Silverman (Take This Waltz)

    Best Supporting Actor:

    Jake Johnson (Safety Not Guaranteed)
    Matthew McFadyen (Anna Karenina)
    Pierce Gagnon (Looper)
    Seth Rogan (Take This Waltz)
    Tom Hiddleston (The Deep Blue Sea)

    Best Original Screenplay:

    Safety Not Guaranteed
    Keep the Lights On
    Looper
    Take This Waltz
    The Cabin in the Woods

    Best Adapted Screenplay:

    Lincoln
    The Deep Blue Sea
    Skyfall
    Bernie
    Anna Karenina

    Best Editing:

    Skyfall
    Argo
    Anna Karenina
    The Deep Blue Sea
    Looper

    Best Cinematography:

    The Deep Blue Sea
    The Master
    Skyfall
    Life of Pi
    Take This Waltz

  117. Bryce Forestieri
    January 2, 2013

    Do only old white ladies enjoy LES MIZ??

  118. January 2, 2013

    Can I put the same person down twice in the same category? It only counts once anyway.

  119. steve50
    January 2, 2013

    OK – had to do this bloody thing twice because I didn’t read the entire post this morning, just dashed into the ballot right away.

    (Too bad Tabu didn’t appear anywhere and Score categories were left out, but many thanks for doing this again!)

    Only voted for what I’ve seen – too bad latecomers (next time release wide earlier)

    BEST PICTURE
    1. Life of Pi
    2. Holy Motors
    3. Cloud Atlas
    4. The Master
    5. Beasts of the Southern Wild

    BEST DIRECTOR
    1. Ang Lee (Life of Pi)
    2. Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master)
    3. Michael Haneke (Amour)
    4. Leos Carax (Holy Motors)
    5. Behn Zeitlan (Beasts of the Southern Wild)

    BEST ACTRESS
    1. Emmanuelle Riva (Amour)
    2. Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone)
    3. Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
    4. Naomi Watts (The Impossible)
    5. Rachel Weisz (Deep Blue Sea)

    BEST ACTOR
    1. Denis Lavant (Holy Motors)
    2. Joaquin Phoenix (The Master)
    3. Jean-Louis Trintignant (Amour)
    4. Daniel Day Lewis (Lincoln)
    5. Richard Gere (Arbitrage)

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
    1. Doona Bae (Cloud Atlas)
    2. Ann Dowd (Compliance)
    3. Sally Field (Lincoln)
    4. Nicole Kidman (The Paperboy)
    5. Amy Adams (The Master)

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
    1. Ben Whishaw (Cloud Atlas)
    2. Jim Broadbent (Cloud Atlas)
    3. Ewan McGregor (The Impossible)
    4. Christophe Waltz (Django Unchained)
    5. Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables)
    (forgot all about PSH in The Master, but I’m not doing the exercise again, besides, he’s got lots of previous awards and votes here, I assume. Gives that freckle-faced kid with the VOICE a break)

    BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
    1. Holy Motors
    2. The Master
    3. Amour
    4. Moonrise Kingdom
    5. Compliance

    BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
    1. Life of Pi
    2. Beasts of the Southern Wild
    3. Lincoln
    4. Killing Them Softly
    5. Argo

    BEST FILM EDITING
    1. Cloud Atlas
    2. Life of Pi
    3. Argo
    4. Moonrise Kingdom
    5. Skyfall

    BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
    1. Life of Pi
    2. The Master
    3. Lincoln
    4. Killing Them Softly
    5. Skyfall

  120. January 2, 2013

    Well I just did it since you guys didn’t answer. That took me like an hour and a half and something I wanted to vote for was missing. I tried to be strategic.

    Best Picture
    1) THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
    2) CLOUD ATLAS
    3) LOOPER
    4) DJANGO UNCHAINED
    5) THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY

    Best Director
    1) Christopher Nolan – THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
    2) Quentin Tarantino – DJANGO UNCHAINED
    3) Tom Twyker, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski – CLOUD ATLAS
    4) William Friedkin – KILLER JOE
    5) Oliver Stone – SAVAGES

    (I nearly put Joe Carnahan for THE GREY)

    Best Actress
    1) Salma Hayek, SAVAGES
    2) Quvenzhane Wallis, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
    3) Kelly Reilly, FLIGHT
    4) Anne Hathaway, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
    5) Emily Blunt, LOOPER

    Best Actor
    1) Christian Bale, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
    2) Joseph Gordon-Levitt, LOOPER
    3) Martin Freeman, THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
    4) Matthew McConaughey, KILLER JOE
    5) Brad Pitt, KILLING THEM SOFTLY

    (I realize I may have thrown away that category. So be it.)

    Best Supporting Actress
    1) Charlize Theron, SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN
    2) Gina Gershon, KILLER JOE
    3) Shirley MacLaine, BERNIE
    4) Tilda Swinton, MOONRISE KINGDOM
    5) Maggie Smith, THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL

    Best Supporting Actor
    1) Guy Pearce, LAWLESS
    2) Leonardo DiCaprio, DJANGO UNCHAINED
    3) Matthew McConaughey, MAGIC MIKE
    4) Matthew McConaughey, BERNIE
    5) Samuel L. Jackson, DJANGO UNCHAINED

    (I needed about ten more spaces in Supporting Actor. As always.)

    Original Screenplay
    1) DJANGO UNCHAINED
    2) TED
    3) LOOPER
    4) TO ROME WITH LOVE
    5) MAGIC MIKE

    Adapted Screenplay
    1) LAWLESS
    2) THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
    3) THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
    4) CLOUD ATLAS
    5) THE GREY

    Editing
    1) THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
    2) DJANGO UNCHAINED
    3) THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY
    4) CLOUD ATLAS
    5) LOOPER

    Cinematography
    1) LAWLESS
    2) THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
    3) THE GREY
    4) SKYFALL
    5) PROMETHEUS

    (I wanted to put THE WOMAN IN BLACK but it wasn’t there.)

  121. January 2, 2013

    rufussondheim,

    Regarding your claim that Django and Broomhilda didn’t have their freedom papers: It is made clear by a line of dialog spoken by Calvin Candie that Broomhilda’s freedom papers are included in the documents he gives to Schultz, and while we never actually see Django’s freedom papers given to him, Schultz agreed to give Django his freedom after catching the Brittle brothers so its easy to assume Schultz went ahead and got that together for him following their trip to Big Daddy’s plantation. So I would have to respectfully disagree that they were without freedom papers at the end of the film.

  122. January 2, 2013

    Here’s my picks this year:

    PICTURE
    1. Beasts Of The Southern Wild
    2. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
    3. Holy Motors
    4. Looper
    5. Seven Psychopaths

    DIRECTOR
    1. Behn Zeitlin
    2. Leos Carax
    3. Rian Johnson
    4. Paul Thomas Anderson
    5. Kathryn Bigelow

    ACTOR
    1. Joaquin Phoenix
    2. Denis Lavant
    3. Daniel Day-Lewis
    4. Denzel Washington
    5. Hugh Jackman

    ACTRESS
    1. Quevenzhane Wallis
    2. Jessica Chastain
    3. Emayatzy Corinealdi
    4. Jennifer Lawrence
    5. Michelle Williams

    SUP. ACTOR
    1. Phillip Seymour Hoffman
    2. Dwight Henry
    3. Tommy Lee Jones
    4. Matthew McConaughey
    5. Ezra Miller

    ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
    1. Looper
    2. Zero Dark Thirty
    3. Seven Psychopaths
    4. Django Unchained
    5. The Master

    ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
    1. Lincoln
    2. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
    3. Beasts Of The Southern Wild
    4. Argo
    5. Life Of Pi

    EDITING
    1. Cloud Atlas
    2. Argo
    3. Zero Dark Thirty
    4. Looper
    5. Beasts Of The Southern Wild

    CINEMATOGRAPHY
    1. The Master
    2. Skyfall
    3. Zero Dark Thirty
    4. The Dark Knight Rises
    5. Django Unchained

  123. January 2, 2013

    Shit, forgot to list my Supporting Actress picks:

    SUPPORTING ACTRESS
    1. Emily Blunt
    2. Anne Hathaway
    3. Doona Bae
    4. Helen Hunt
    5. Amy Adams

  124. Christophe
    January 3, 2013

    This voting process is so dumb! No wonder oscar voters don’t fill their ballots completely, it becomes pointless to list 5 choices when you know only one of them will get the vote and you can’t figure out which one until the noms are revealed.

    I understand why the preferential system is necessary to determine the BP Winner based on a majority of votes (I even think it should be extended to every category or at least the main ones), but during the nominations process it makes things very very frustrating when you’ve got several movies/performances you like equally and you’ve got no idea how to rank them.

    If the Academy wants to encourage voters to list 5 entries per category during the nomination process, they should switch to a BFCA-like system (5 choices = 5 votes) or a preferential points system (1st choice = 5 points, 2nd choice = 4 points,…, 5th choice = 1 point).

    END OF RANT

  125. james d
    January 3, 2013

    If this had really been like voting in the Academy, it would have been much, much harder to do, and much less well thought out. Congratulations everyone for, once again, proving this is the best movie blog on earth.

  126. Gentle Benj
    January 3, 2013

    If THE CABIN IN THE WOODS gets just one vote beyond mine for Picture or Screenplay, I will be a happy man.

  127. Nic Cage
    January 3, 2013

    Antoniette and Paul H, how old are yo?

  128. Nic Cage
    January 3, 2013

    you?

  129. Gentle Benj
    January 3, 2013

    Here are my first choices in each category, and in parentheses, the candidates that I think will actually end up getting my votes in the end, once the whittling is done:

    Picture: THE CABIN IN THE WOODS (LINCOLN)
    Director: Drew Goddard, THE CABIN IN THE WOODS (Steven Spielberg, LINCOLN)
    Lead Actress: Anne Hathaway, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (Quvenzhane Wallis, BEASTS)
    Lead Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, LINCOLN (same)
    Supporting Actress: Sally Field, LINCOLN (same)
    Supporting Actor: William Kircher, THE HOBBIT (nobody)
    Original Screenplay: THE CABIN IN THE WOODS (MOONRISE KINGDOM)
    Adapted Screenplay: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (same)
    Editing: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (same)
    Cinematography: LINCOLN (same)

  130. January 3, 2013

    @Nic Cage If you weren’t saying something by asking I’d answer. But I’ve said it a million times around here. I like the movies I like. I watch all of them when I can. If you think that people are supposed to like a certain film because of a certain amount of sophistication then I’m going to guess that you’re the young one who is still limited by what other people think of you. You can click on my name if you want to see which movies I’ve seen this year and what order I place them in and why. Otherwise, the catchphrase from ARGO.

  131. Daveylo
    January 3, 2013

    I started to fill this ballot out and noticed The Perks of Being a Wildflower is not on the ballot. Wasn’t sure The Deep Blue Sea is there either.

  132. Daveylo
    January 3, 2013

    Ignore my comment above. I saw that the titles were further down in a list that didn’t come up right away on my brower.

  133. Christophe
    January 3, 2013

    @antoinette
    “I’m a really old fangirl” or so says your blog
    that doesn’t help much, I’ve been saying I’m really old since I turned 20 ’cause I really can’t wrap my mind around that aging thing. I used to believe young people and old people were like two different races, now I’m starting to understand there’s actually a link between the two groups and young people are simply future old people, that just scares me…

  134. Thomas S. Sentina
    January 3, 2013

    Best Picture:
    1. Django Unchained
    2. Skyfall
    3. Zero Dark Thirty
    4. Safety Not Guaranteed
    5. Beasts of the Southern Wild

    Best Directing:
    1. Quentin Tarantino-”Django Unchained”
    2. Kathryn Bigelow-”Zero Dark Thirty”
    3. Wes Anderson-”Moonrise Kingdom”
    4. Benh Zeitlin-”Beasts of the Southern Wild”
    5. Sam Mendes-”Skyfall”

    Best Actor:
    1. Daniel Day-Lewis-”Lincoln”
    2. Denis Lavant-”Holy Motors”
    3. Joaquin Phoenix-”The Master”
    4. John Hawkes-”The Sessions”
    5. Christoph Waltz-”Django Unchained”

    Best Actress:
    1. Michelle Williams-”Take This Waltz”
    2. Quvenzhane Wallis-”Beasts of the Southern Wild”
    3. Jennifer Lawrence-”Silver Linings Playbook”
    4. Jessica Chastain-”Zero Dark Thirty”
    5. Naomi Watts-”The Impossible”

    Best Supporting Actor:
    1. Leonardo DiCaprio-”Django Unchained”
    2. Samuel L. Jackson-”Django Unchained”
    3. Philip Seymour Hoffman-”The Master”
    4. Matthew McConaughey-”Magic Mike”
    5. Javier Bardem-”Skyfall”

    Best Supporting Actress:
    1. Anne Hathaway-”Les Miserables”
    2. Amy Adams-”The Master”
    3. Sally Field-”Lincoln”
    4. Judi Dench-”Skyfall”
    5. Selma Hayek-”Savages”

    Best Original Screenplay:
    1. Django Unchained
    2. The Cabin in the Woods
    3. Safety Not Guaranteed
    4. Zero Dark Thirty
    5. TED

    Best Adapted Screenplay:
    1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    2. This is 40
    3. Silver Linings Playbook
    4. Argo
    5. Beasts of the Southern Wild

    Best Editing:
    1. Cloud Atlas
    2. Zero Dark Thirty
    3. Argo
    4. Skyfall
    5. End of Watch

    Best Cinematography:
    1. Skyfall
    2. Moonrise Kingdom
    3. Beasts of the Southern Wild
    4. Life of Pi
    5. The Master

  135. rufussondheim
    January 3, 2013

    I don’t see eye to eye with Antoinette on many things, but I think she is one of the rare people here who loves what she loves, is willing to state what she loves and can convincingly defend it.

    Others, they claim love for The Master and Lincoln and you ask them why and all you get is gobbledygook. Maybe they loved those films, maybe they love those films because they are supposed to, I don’t know, but, golly, can you at least explain why in a way that’s not filled with cliche and propoganda?

  136. Tim
    January 3, 2013

    Picture
    Argo
    The Master
    Beasts of the Southern Wild
    Lincoln

    Actor
    1. Joaquin Phoenix – The Master
    2. Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
    3. Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained
    4. Hugh Jackman – Les Miserables
    5. Denzel Washington – Flight

    Actress
    1. Quvenzhane Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild
    2. Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games (Haven’t seen Silver Linings Playbook, but I think she was worthy in this alone.)
    3. Rachel Weisz – The Deep Blue Sea
    4. Noomi Rapace – Prometheus (It isn’t going to happen. I recognize this, but I liked her.)

    Supporting Actor
    1. Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master
    2. John Goodman – Argo
    3. James Badge Dale – Flight (His work in this tiny role was great. I wish there had been more of him on there, and he was in serious consideration. For this reason, I’m giving it to him.)
    4. Javier Bardem – Skyfall
    5. Alan Arkin – Argo

    Supporting Actress
    1. Ann Dowd – Compliance
    2. Amy Adams – The Master
    3. Judi Dench – Skyfall
    4. Anne Hathaway – The Dark Knight Rises
    5. Sally Field – Lincoln

  137. rufussondheim
    January 3, 2013

    Thanks for picking James Badge Dale. I recall when watching the film, how much I enjoyed his scene. I even had to go look it up and didn’t get the answer right away as to who he was.

    But you’re right, he was very good. I wish more of us would pick those small nuggets that the academy wouldn’t touch in a million years.

  138. Mark F.
    January 3, 2013

    Best Picture

    1. Argo
    2. Moonrise Kingdom
    3. Life of Pi
    4. Looper
    5. Beasts

  139. steve50
    January 3, 2013

    James Badge Dale – good actor who deserves a major breakout role. He was great in Shame last year, too. He’s one of those who is so good, he disappears in the role.

  140. rufussondheim
    January 3, 2013

    Oh, he was in Shame. How stupid can I be. The one thing I know him from is 24. I am embarrassed to admit that, by the way.

  141. January 4, 2013

    Just saw ZDT today. Fantastic. Also I’m realizing that it’s possible NONE of my supporting choices will get nominated. That’s life, eh? Oscar is coalescing around really mediocre performances this year in those two categories.

    Best Picture: Zero Dark Thirty, Lincoln, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Grey, Looper
    Best Director: ZDT, Lincoln, Perks, Looper, Beasts of the Southern Wild
    Best Original Screenplay: ZDT, Looper, Wreck-It Ralph, Magic Mike, The Intouchables
    Best Adapted Screenplay: Lincoln, Perks, The Grey, Beasts, Pitch Perfect
    Best Editing: ZDT, Lincoln, Looper, The Grey, Argo
    Best Cinematography: Lincoln, ZDT, Argo, The Master, Beasts
    Best Supporting Actor: Ezra Miller, Aaron Tveit, Alan Tudyk, Andy Serkis, Dwight Henry
    Best Supporting Actress: Emily Blunt, Anne Hathaway (TDKR), Sarah Silverman (Wreck-It Ralph), Amy Adams, Emma Thomspon (Brave)
    Best Actor: Omar Sy, Joaquin Phoenix, Bradley Cooper, Denzel Washington, Liam Neeson
    Best Actress: Jessica Chastain, Michelle Williams, Meryl Streep, Quvenzhane Wallis, Kelly MacDonald (Brave)

  142. Mike
    January 4, 2013

    So many movies I have yet to see. I don’t understand why The Sound of My Voice wouldn’t be eligible. Was going to put Brit Marling for Best Supporting Actress. I was also going to nominate The Woman in Black for Cinematography but that wasn’t on the list either.

    Anyway, here are my picks.

    Best Picture

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    The Hunger Games
    Friends With Kids
    Your Sister’s Sister
    Magic Mike

    Best Director

    Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    Jennifer Westfeldt, Friends With Kids
    Steven Soderbergh, Magic Mike
    Lynn Shelton, Your Sister’s Sister
    Josh Trank, Chronicle

    Best Actress

    Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games
    Emily Blunt, Your Sister’s Sister
    Jennifer Westfeldt, Friends With Kids
    Elizabeth Banks, People Like Us
    Aubrey Plaza, Safety Not Guaranteed

    Best Actor

    Logan Lerman, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    Mark Duplass, Your Sister’s Sister
    Adam Scott, Friends With Kids
    Channing Tatum, Magic Mike
    Tommy Lee Jones, Hope Springs

    Best Supporting Actress

    Rosemarie Dewitt, Your Sister’s Sister
    Emily Blunt, Looper
    Emma Watson, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    Ann Dowd, Compliance
    Rebel Wilson, Pitch Perfect

    Best Supporting Actor

    Ezra Miller, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    Matthew McConaughey, Magic Mike
    Tom Wilkinson, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
    Bill Nighy, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
    Alex Russell, Chronicle

    Best Original Screenplay

    Friends With Kids
    Your Sister’s Sister
    Safety Not Guaranteed
    Looper
    Cabin in the Woods

    Best Adapted Screenplay

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    The Hunger Games
    Pitch Perfect
    Big Miracle
    21 Jump Street

    Best Editing

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    Magic Mike
    Chronicle
    Prometheus
    Savages

    Best Cinematography

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    Prometheus
    Savages
    Magic Mike
    Friends With Kids

  143. Chris L.
    January 5, 2013

    TEST

  144. Chris L.
    January 5, 2013

    It posted the test but not the actual comment. Oh, well.

  145. Chris L.
    January 5, 2013

    A voice from deep in the future, trying one last time:

    Thanks for this fun balloting feature. My picks were heavy on Moonrise Kingdom, The Deep Blue Sea and The Master. They would also have included The Kid with a Bike and Once Upon a Time in Anatolia if the Academy’s bizarre logic had permitted. Since neither was nominated for foreign film last year, nor appeared on demand before theatrical release, there’s no good reason to rule them out.

    But we know how too much subtitled excellence gives them headaches. (Ask Romania.)

  146. LSUduck
    January 5, 2013

    Tried to vote based based on a mix of what needed the higher placement due to the preferential vote system and my true personal order. Gentle Benj, you’ll like my original screenplay #1 vote.

    BEST PICTURE:
    1. Cloud Atlas
    2. Holy Motors
    3. The Impossible
    4. Les Miserables
    5. Beasts of the Southern Wild

    BEST DIRECTOR:
    1. Tom Tykwer, Lana & Andy Wachowski, Cloud Atlas
    2. Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
    3. Juan Antonio Bayona, The Impossible
    4. Tom Hooper, Les Miserables
    5. Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom

    BEST ACTRESS:
    1. Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
    2. Halle Berry, Cloud Atlas
    3. Naomi Watts, The Impossible
    4. Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
    5. Anne Hathaway, The Dark Knight Rises

    BEST ACTOR:
    1. Daniel Day Lewis, Lincoln
    2. Denis Lavant, Holy Motors
    3. Tom Hanks, Cloud Atlas
    4. Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
    5. Denzel Washington, Flight

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
    1. Samantha Barks, Les Miserables
    2. Doona Bae, Cloud Atlas
    3. Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
    4. Amanda Seyfried, Les Miserables
    5. Kylie Minogue, Holy Motors

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
    1. Dwight Henry, Beasts of the Southern Wild
    2. Ben Whishaw, Cloud Atlas
    3. Ewan McGregor, The Impossible
    4. Eddie Redmayne, Les Miserables
    5. Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

    BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
    1. The Cabin in the Woods
    2. Moonrise Kingdom
    3. A Late Quartet
    4. Holy Motors
    5. The Impossible

    BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
    1. Cloud Atlas
    2. Beasts of the Southern Wild
    3. Lincoln
    4. Argo
    5. Les Miserables

    BEST EDITING:
    1. Holy Motors
    2. The Impossible
    3. Cloud Atlas
    4. Moonrise Kingdom
    5. Les Miserables

    BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:
    1. Cloud Atlas
    2. Life of Pi
    3. Les Miserables
    4. Skyfall
    5. The Impossible

  147. DylanS
    January 5, 2013

    Best Picture-
    1. “Lincoln”
    2. “The Master”
    3. “Moonrise Kingdom”
    4. “The Silver Linings Playbook”
    5. “Django Unchained”

    Best Director-
    1. Steven Spielberg “Lincoln”
    2. Wes Anderson “Moonrise Kingdom”
    3. Paul Thomas Anderson “The Master”
    4. Christopher Nolan “The Dark Knight Rises”
    5. David O. Russell “The Silver Linings Playbook”

    Best Actor-
    1. Daniel Day-Lewis “Lincoln”
    2. Christoph Waltz “Django Unchained”
    3. Hugh Jackman “Les Miserables”
    4. Bradley Cooper “The Silver Linings Playbook”
    5. Jean-Louis Trintignant “Amour”

    Best Actress-
    1. Jennifer Lawrence “The Silver Linings Playbook”
    2. Jessica Chastain “Zero Dark Thirty”
    3. Emmanuelle Riva “Amour”
    4. Naomi Watts “The Impossible”
    5. Keira Knightley “Anna Karenina”

    Best Supporting Actor-
    1. Philip Seymour Hoffman “The Master”
    2. Leonardo DiCaprio “Django Unchained”
    3. Tommy Lee Jones “Lincoln”
    4. Ezra Miller “The Perks of Being A Wallflower”
    5. Robert De Niro “The Silver Linings Playbook”

    Best Supporting Actress-
    1. Anne Hathaway “The Dark Knight Rises”
    2. Anne Hathaway “Les Miserables”
    3. Samantha Barks “Les Miserables”
    4. Emily Blunt “Looper”
    5. Amy Adams “The Master”

    Best Adapted Screenplay-
    1. “Lincoln”
    2. “The Silver Linings Playbook”
    3. “Argo”
    4. “The Perks of Being A Wallflower”
    5. “Cloud Atlas”

    Best Original Screenplay-
    1. “Moonrise Kingdom”
    2. “The Master”
    3. “Django Unchained”
    4. “Looper”
    5. “Amour”

    Best Editing-
    1. “Cloud Atlas”
    2. “The Master”
    3. “Looper”
    4. “Argo”
    5. “Zero Dark Thirty”

    Best Cinematography-
    1. “The Master”
    2. “The Dark Knight Rises”
    3. “Skyfall”
    4. “Lincoln”
    5. “Moonrise Kingdom”

  148. Rob Y
    January 5, 2013

    One hour to go!

  149. Rob Y
    January 6, 2013

    Voting has now closed. Now I need to go and check your spelling skills.

  150. Zizo Hawa
    January 6, 2013

    Oh no! I didn’t know that the deadline was today! :-(

  151. Christophe
    January 6, 2013

    @Rob y
    Thx! I was actually worried about mispelling so it’s good to know you’re paying attention to that. I reread my ballot several times but i still have a nagging doubt abt matching the actor’s name with the wrong movie… I guess it’s just paranoia!
    have fun I’m sure somehow you kinda enjoy it you geek ;)

  152. Adam
    January 6, 2013

    Rob/Sasha/Ryan,

    does anybody have the graph from last year? I vaguely remember who and what I voted for, was just intrigued to see the results again.

  153. david leary
    January 6, 2013

    I filled out my ballot can’t believe nobody is talking about the performance of juno temple in little birds I included her in my picks for best actress also included Kay panabaker and Kate bosworth for little birds in the supporting actress category hope there is more support for juno temple out there. what do you think

  154. rufussondheim
    January 6, 2013

    I thought Juno Temple was the weak link in Killer Joe. I could never get a handle on her, was she mentally ill? was she a strong woman slowly taking control of her life? I could never figure it out. By the end, I didn’t know who to blame, the writer? the director? the editor? the actress? Whatever. It was a good film, could have been a great film.

  155. david leary
    January 6, 2013

    Juno temple performance was great thought it was one of the best of the year

  156. david leary
    January 6, 2013

    Alright gonna give you my picks for the big 4 categories:
    best picture
    1.zero dark thirty
    2.les mistables
    3.Lincoln
    4.django unchained
    5.little birds
    best actor:
    1Hugh jackman les miserable
    2.Daniel day Lewis Lincoln
    3.Bill Murray Hyde park on the Hudson
    4.Bradley Cooper silver linings playbook
    5.Paul Rudd this is 40

    Best actress:
    1.Jessica chastain zero dark thirty
    2.Amy Adams trouble with the curve
    3.Jennifer Lawrence silver linings playbook
    4.Sally field Lincoln
    5.juno temple little birds

    Supporting actor:
    Christoph waltz django unchained
    2.Robert deniro silver linings playbook
    3.Javier bardem skyfall
    4. Samuel l Jackson django unchained
    5.John hawkes the sessions

    supporting actress:
    1.Anne Hathaway les miserables
    2.Frances mcdormand moonrise kingdom
    3.Emily blunt looper
    4.Kay panabaker little birds
    5.Amanda seyfried les miserables

    those are my picks what do you think?

  157. Christophe
    January 6, 2013

    When will we know the results? I’m more excited for these than the real ones!

  158. Alfredo
    January 6, 2013

    Gah! I finally got a chance to see Django last night…I loved it! I get that it’s not a film for everyone – QTs films rarely are. Given the chance I would nominate it for BP, BD, BA, BSA: DiCaprio, and Best cameo by a penis…

  159. January 6, 2013

    I thought Juno Temple was excellent in Killer Joe. I loved the ambiguity of her character. I think the idea is that even she’s not sure of whom she is. An adolescent in a deeply troubled environment – she’s bound to be all sorts of things inside her head, and willing to try to be even more.

    You’ll find no spelling inaccuracies on my ballot Rob! BOOYA!

  160. Jerry Grant
    January 6, 2013

    Woops, missed the deadline. For the hell of it, here are my favorites!
    (Haven’t seen “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Django Unchained,” or “Amour”.)

    1. Lincoln
    2. Silver Linings Playbook
    3. Life of Pi
    4. Argo
    5. The Master
    (runners-up: Les Miserables and Seven Psychopaths)

    Best Director:
    1. Steven Spielberg
    2. David O. Russell
    3. Ang Lee
    4. Ben Affleck
    5. Paul Thomas Anderson

    Best Actor:
    1. Daniel Day-Lewis
    2. Hugh Jackman
    3. Joaquin Phoenix
    4. Bradley Cooper
    5. John Hawkes

    Best Actress:
    1. Jennifer Lawrence
    2. Quvanzhane Wallis

    Best Supporting Actor:
    1. Christopher Walken, Seven Psychopaths
    2. Tommy Lee Jones
    3. Philip Seymour Hoffman
    4. Robert DeNiro
    5. Tom Waits, Seven Psychopaths

    Best Supporting Actress:
    1. Anne Hathaway
    2. Sally Field
    3. Amy Adams
    4. Helen Hunt
    5. Anne Hathaway, The Dark Knight Rises

    Best Original Screenplay:
    1. Seven Psychopaths
    2. The Master
    3. Moonrise Kingdom

    Best Adapted Screenplay:
    1. Lincoln
    2. Silver Linings Playbook
    3. Argo
    4. Life of Pi
    5. Beasts of the Southern Wild

  161. John
    January 6, 2013

    My picks in order

    Picture = Lincoln, The Avengers, Skyfall, Silver Linings Playbook, The Hunger Games
    (hey, Zero Dark Thirty, if you’d have come out here in middle America, I’d have gone to see you. I don’t know what moron thinks that the American masses wouldn’t want to see a movie about the killing of Osama bin Laden. Also, I was disappointed that I couldn’t nominate HEADHUNTERS, I thought it came out this year, ah well)

    Actor: Daniel Day Lewis, Richard Gere, Jason Segel (Jeff Who Lives at Home), Bradley Cooper, Liam Neeson (The Grey)
    (Ben Affleck was close for ARGO, don’t see why he’s not getting pushed harder in this category)
    Actress: Jennifer Lawrence (Hunger Games), Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Helen Mirren (Hitchcock), Elizabeth Banks (Man on a Ledge), Kelly MAcDonald (Brave)
    (quite an achievement when you give the TWO best performances of the year in a category! Sorry Jessica Chastain, no one made your movie available! I realize the Elizabeth Banks thing is out there, but here was a smart, capable competent heroine and if the movie didn’t quite work it sure wasn’t her fault, plus she acted on a ledge 200 feet off the ground which not everyone could do. Loved Princess Merida, but I have animated actor bias, so I’m loathe to nominate people for just voice acting, maybe that’s wrong)
    Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Scarlett Johansen (The Avengers), Emily Blunt (looper), Scareltt Johansen (Hitchcock), Eva Green (Dark Shadows)
    (good year for action heroines and Scarlett Johansen, I don’t know why Blunt registered so strongly with me in a movie I really didn’t get into but I don’t seem to be the only one, I sat thru Dark Shadows going “who is that woman, she’s great!” but I guess no one else did)
    Supporting Actor: Frank Grillo (The Grey), MacConnaughhey (magic Mike), Sam Jackson (Django), Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln), James Spader (Lincoln)
    (Frank Grillo had the most interesting character arc in a movie this year, but even fans of THE GREY aren’t pushing him. What’s up with that?)
    Adapted Screenplay: Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, 21 Jump Street, Hunger Games, Argo
    Original Screenplay: Safety not Guaranteed, Jeff Who Lives at Home, Arbitrage, Sinister, Looper
    (sorry, haven’t seen FLIGHT)
    Cinematography: Skyfall, The Grey, Jack Reacher, The Hunger Games, Lincoln
    Editing: The Avengers, The Hunger Games, Skyfall, Silver Linings Playbook, Argo
    (we didn’t vote for Art Direction, but I think DREDD should be nominated for creating a futuristic, mile-high housing project that was both recognizable and futuristic, while keeping the geography making since, which is essential for this sort of movie)

  162. Free
    January 6, 2013

    Wait a minute, voting is now closed? God dammit, I wanted to participate but didn’t have time until now. We didn’t even have a full week to do this.

  163. Rob Y.
    January 7, 2013

    OK OK, C’mon, really? For Lead Actor, someone put “Old Man” from “Amour”. Help me understand WHY you couldn’t take the extra step and find out his name. HURM

  164. January 7, 2013

    Old Man is so overdue. He was great in Old Man and the Sea. He should have won for No Country for Old Men.

  165. Rob Y.
    January 7, 2013

    Did you know there are 47 ways of spelling Matthew McConaughey?

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