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UPDATE: Ballot Deadline – Tuesday Night at 11PM PST.
Rob has assembled the pages for the final stage of the Awards Daily Simulated Ballot. Vote Now! After you make your selections in each category, please answer a few questions so we’ll be able to chart the demographic breakdown by age group, gender, and region of the world.

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  1. rufussondheim

    Ooh, that was fun!

    I really went whole hog for Les Mis in the tech categories. I know Lincoln will win them all because, well, Sasha’s many pro-Lincoln articles pull in the pro-Lincoln voters so this is all kind of silly in my opinion.

    But go Zero Dark Thirty! Hopefully there are enough of us sensible people to recognize the true masterpiece of this season.

  2. Antoinette

    I still haven’t seen AMOUR. No idea if I’ll have the opportunity by Oscar night, but I kinda don’t want to either.

    I filled in with DJANGO UNCHAINED, SILVER LINING’S PLAYBOOK, and THE HOBBIT where I could. I put SKYFALL down in a few places. But yeah, I expect LINCOLN to win everything with this crowd.

  3. FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

    Write-in vote for Best Director- Ben Affleck, ARGO

  4. christiannnw

    Thanks for the simulated ballot system Sasha. An Argo win on Oscar night won’t be a calamity a la Forrest Gump, Dances With Wolves, or Gladiator, but it will still sting given some of the outstanding films it would beat (Zero Dark Thirty, Lincoln, Life of Pi, Amour). I’m still grasping onto my Lincoln pearls for dear life (I had to throw my ZD30 Heart of the Ocean over the deck alongside John Hawkes after nominations morning), but I’m still hoping for good things come Oscar night.

    But no matter what happens February 24th, at least I got to revel and David O’Russell’s reaction to Emmanuelle Riva winning Best Actress tonight (see 2:45 of this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37u99sEhfKY)

    Ballot!
    Picture: Zero Dark Thirty
    Director: Kathryn Bigelow
    Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis
    Actress: Emmanuelle Riva
    Supporting Actor: Tommy Lee Jones
    Supporting Actress: Helen Hunt
    Adapted Screenplay: Lincoln
    Original Screenplay: Zero Dark Thirty
    Editing: Zero Dark Thirty
    Original Score: Life of Pi
    Cinematography: Life of Pi
    Visual Effects: Life of Pi
    Production Design: Anna Karenina
    Costume Design: Anna Karenina
    Documentary: How To Survive a Plauge
    Action Short: Asad
    Action Animated: Adam and Dog
    Makeup: Hitchcock

    P.S. I’m white, twenty-one years old, from New York, and I go to school with the daughter of an Academy member who swipes screeners from him.

  5. christiannnw

    Oh and Foreign Language: Amour

  6. I really like “Lincoln” and “Life of Pi,” but “Amour” and “Beasts” were this year’s real standouts to me!

  7. Picture: Zero Dark Thirty
    Director: Steven Spielberg
    Actor: Daniel Day Lewis
    Actress: Jennifer Lawrence
    Supporting Actor: Robert De Niro
    Supporting Actress: Amy Adams
    Adapted Screenplay: Lincoln
    Original Screenplay: Zero Dark Thirty
    Editing: Zero Dark Thirty
    Original Score: Lincoln
    Cinematography: Life of Pi
    Visual Effects: Life of Pi

  8. Fun stuff!

    PICTURE: Django Unchained
    DIRECTOR: Ang Lee, Life of Pi
    ACTOR: Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
    ACTRESS: Emanuelle Riva, Amour
    SUP ACTOR: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
    SUP ACTRESS: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
    ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Django Unchained
    ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Argo
    ANIMATED FILM: ParaNorman
    FOREIGN FILM: Kon-Tiki
    DOCUMENTARY: The Invisible War
    DOCUMENTARY SHORT: Open Heart
    SHORT FILM (a): Fresh Guacamole
    SHORT FILM (l.a.): Asad
    CINEMATOGRAPHY: Life of Pi
    COSTUMES: Anna Karenina
    EDITING: Argo
    MAKEUP: The Hobbit
    MUSIC: Life of Pi
    PRODUCTION DESIGN: Anna Karenina
    SONG: Skyfall
    SOUND EDITING: Life of Pi
    SOUND MIXING: Skyfall
    VISUAL EFFECTS: Life of Pi

  9. There are 3 things I would absolutely love to happen but probably/definitely won’t. Amy to finally be recognized, Jessica and Jennifer to tie and Zero Dark Thirty to go home with Best Picture.Sigh

  10. My Ballot

    PICTURE: Zero Dark Thirty
    DIRECTOR: Michael Haneke
    ACTOR: Joaquin Phoenix
    ACTRESS: Jennifer Lawrence
    SUP ACTOR: Tommy Lee Jones
    SUP ACTRESS: Helen Hunt
    ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Amour
    ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Silver Linings Playbook
    ANIMATED FILM: ParaNorman
    FOREIGN FILM: Amour
    CINEMATOGRAPHY: Lincoln
    EDITING: Argo

  11. Pic: My Ranking: Silver Linings Playbook, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, Django Unchained, Lincoln, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Amour
    Dir: Ang Lee, Life of Pi
    Actor: Hugh Jackman
    Actress: Jennifer Lawrence
    S. Actor: Robert De Niro
    S. Actress: Anne Hathaway
    O. Screenplay: Django Unchained
    A. Screenplay: Silver Linings Playbook
    Editing: Silver Linings Playbook
    Cinematography: Life of Pi
    Costume Design: Les Miserables
    Production Design: Les Miserables
    Hair/Makeup: Les Miserables
    Sound Mixing: Les Miserables
    Sound Editing: Life of Pi
    Visual Effects: Life of Pi
    Animated Short: Paperman
    Animated Feature: Wreck it Ralph

  12. Argo, 7 for 7.

  13. Should I give ‘Lincoln’ just one win since that is what will probably happen at the Oscars? It got just one Bafta win despite getting the most nominations a record. If ‘Lincoln’ gets just one Oscar will that become the major talking point?

  14. ^ Despite what happened at BAFTA (and what Scott Feinberg has been predicting for weeks), I don’t think Waltz will actually win the Oscar. I think it’s going to TLJ, so Lincoln will probably win at least 2.

  15. I hope David O’Russell will get a chance to repeat his ugly-ass frown at the Oscars when Riva wins again.

  16. Christophe

    Picture:
    1. Les Misérables
    2. Spielberg’s Film
    3. Life of Pi
    Director:: Steven Spielberg
    Actor: Hugh Jackman
    Actress: Naomi Watts
    Supporting Actor: Some Old Fart
    Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway
    Original Screenplay: Moonrise Kingdom
    Adapted Screenplay: Life of Pi
    Animated Feature: Frankenweenie
    Foreign Film: A Royal Affair
    Song: Skyfall
    Score: Life of Pi

  17. Some have noted on other threads that they really don’t need to select all nine placements for Best Picture. That is incorrect. If you loved Silver Linings Playbook and hated Lincoln and Argo and ranked them (#1, #8, and #9) and it came down to those three films as the last three, your vote is still cast for SLP. But should SLP have the lowest votes of the three, then your vote goes to your number 8 namely Lincoln.

  18. Christophe

    Rob Y.

    What’s that supposed to mean? If I only filled #1,2,3 will my vote still count? i have seen all bp contenders but most of them i really don’t want to vote for whatsoever. also, there are a bunch of categories I left void because I don’t know anything about them or have no opinion, is it ok?

  19. @Ashwin Pinto

    “Should I give ‘Lincoln’ just one win since that is what will probably happen at the Oscars? It got just one Bafta win despite getting the most nominations a record.”

    Gangs of New York had 12 BAFTA nominations and also won only for Best Actor. As we all remember GONY went down in flames at the Oscars. DDL probably would have gotten the only oscar for the movie if it wasn’t for some stiff competition that he got from Nicholson. That resulted in a voice split and a spectacular win by Brody. DDL has no one to threaten him this year, so he’s in, but I agree that the scenario of him winning the only award for Lincoln is looking more and more likely.

    Waltz winning is still a shocker. Does that put him in front of TLJ? What about De Niro? Is Arkin back on the radar due to all the “Argo” love? TLJ was supposed to be the “second” sho-in for Lincoln. Right now nothing is certain. Waltz won 3 years ago for something that is argueably on of the best supporting performances in cinematic history. Django however is not even near that level. Plus he is actually the co-lead, same as Gyllenhaal in BM (he also won the BAFTA for supporting). So despite the Globe and now BAFTA I still don’t think Waltz will win. TLJ? His chances are growing smaller each day. I don’t think he’ll win. It might be De Niro vs. … well … Arkin :)

    As for the places where Lincoln might look for a second win. I don’t see it winning any technicals, especially when the movie was snubbed for Make-up. Kaminski is probably last in line among the cinematographers. Editing? Argo all the way (with a slight chance of a ZDT win). Art Direction, Costumes? That’s a battle between Life of Pi, Anna Karenina and Les Miserables. Screenplay? With the scripter (and probably the WGA) going Argo’s way and BAFTA providing another shocker and giving it to SLP, I don’t think Kushner stands a chance anymore. Sally Field? Long gone. Hathaway wins by a mile.

    That leaves two categories. One in score. Williams is facing some serious heat from Danna, but he might well win the sympathy vote. However Danna also generates symapthy vote. He is due as hell. Never nominated, but has been providing wonderfull work for over 2 decades (“Sweet Hereafter” and “Ice Storm” among the best). You also have to consider a potential upset from Desplat who almost won two years ago, has been snubbed for some movies he should have been nominated for (“Syriana” and “Girl with a Pearl Earring”). He has 5 noms and no win, that’s nowwhere near Thomas Newman, but still it might feel like it’s his time. And speaking of Newman, he also might pull of a surprise win, but only on the due card. His work on Skyfall is far from being his best.

    The last one is of course Spielberg and to be honest I have no idea who will win director. I simply don’t. Affleck won too many director awards to leave even a hint of a guidline who is the distant second. It’s anyone’s game, but Spielberg is certainly high in the ranking and I think he will win.

  20. PICTURE: Argo
    DIRECTOR: Ang Lee, Life of Pi
    ACTOR: Daniel Day Lewis, Lincoln
    ACTRESS: Emanuelle Riva, Amour
    SUP ACTOR: Alan Arkin, Argo
    SUP ACTRESS: Helen Hunt, The Sessions
    ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Amour
    ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Argo
    ANIMATED FILM: Frankenwenie
    FOREIGN FILM: Amour
    DOCUMENTARY: How To Survive A Plague
    DOCUMENTARY SHORT: No selection
    SHORT FILM (a): Fresh Guacamole
    SHORT FILM (l.a.): Death Of A Shadow
    CINEMATOGRAPHY: Life of Pi
    COSTUMES: Anna Karenina
    EDITING: Argo
    MAKEUP: The Hobbit
    MUSIC: Life of Pi
    PRODUCTION DESIGN: Life Of Pi
    SONG: Skyfall
    SOUND EDITING: Argo
    SOUND MIXING: Argo
    VISUAL EFFECTS: Life of Pi

  21. What’s weird is that I started voting with the clear idea that I’m a huge Zero Dark Thirty supporter and in the end I voted for it in only two categories – picture and editing. I would have voted for directing, but Bigelow isn’t nominated. And I’d like to have been able to vote for Clarke in supporting actor – it’s a terrific performance and had it been delivered by somebody better known, Oscar would have been locked up.

    Picture – Zero Dark Thirty
    2. Amour
    3. Beasts
    4. Lincoln
    5. Argo
    6. Life of Pi
    7. Silver Linings
    8. Django
    9. Les Miserables

    I don’t like the last three films.

    Directing – Amour
    Actor – Joaquin Phoenix
    Actress – Emmanuelle Riva
    Supporting Actor – Tommy Lee Jones
    Supporting Actress – Amy Adams
    Original Screenplay – Moonrise Kingdom
    Adapted Screenplay – Lincoln
    Cinematography – Skyfall (go Deakins!)
    Editing – Zero Dark Thirty
    Music (Score) – Life of Pi
    Music (Song) – Skyfall
    Sound Mixing – Skyfall
    Sound Editing – Skyfall
    Animated Feature Film – ParaNorman
    Production Design – Les Miserables
    Costume Design – Les Miserables (not a fan of Anna Karenina)
    Make-up & Hair – Les Miserables
    Visual Effects – Life of Pi
    Foreign Language Film – Amour
    Documentary – Searching for Sugarman

    I’m 23, from Europe, an undergrad student in the field of performance arts. I know an Academy voter from my studies.

  22. Hurray for Gotye!!!

  23. Where’s the ballot?

  24. The link to the ballot is gone.

  25. Everybody here is talking about Argo, Lincoln. What about other films? Do they have the potential to spring a surprise BP win?

  26. @Sammy

    Not really. Right now it’s a done deal. “Argo” is unstoppable.

  27. Found the link.

    Foriegn film noms: It’s War Witch, not War Watch (not that anybody is gonna vote for it).

  28. What is this, I thought we were voting on our own nominations?

  29. That WAS fun. Guess what? Argo is probably my third favorite of the nominees, at worst, but I ranked it #8 (only above SLP) in an effort to vote AGAINST it. Take note, Academy. You can do it too!

  30. rufussondheim

    Not sure about the Oscar rules but in normal preferential balloting if you don’t list all of the choices and instead only put down 3 of the 9 you run the risk of your ballot not counting. If all 3 of your choices get eliminated your ballot then gets eliminated, your vote does not count towards a default “None of the Above.” And when your ballot gets eliminated, the total number of ballots gets reduced and the number of ballots needed to win gets reduced as a result.

  31. rufussondheim

    So, Zach, you put films you liked less than Argo above Argo to teach Hollywood a lesson?

    Yeah, that makes sense :(

  32. No really, what’s with the AwardsDaily’s Awards? We had a very different nominations line-up and I hoped to vote for PTA :(

  33. This was fun, thanks AD for these kind of activities.
    My personal choices from the Oscars nominations:

    Zero Dark Thirty (Picture)
    Michael Haneke (Director)
    Joaquin Phoenix (Actor)
    Jessica Chastain (Actress)
    Philip Seymour Hoffman (S. Actor)
    Anne Hathaway (S. Actress)
    Zero Dark Thirty (Original Screenplay)
    Silver Linings Playbook (Adapted Screenplay)
    Amour (Foreign)
    Frankenweenie (Animation)
    Skyfall (Cinematography)
    Zero Dark Thirty (Editing)
    Anna Karenina (Productions Design)
    Life of Pi (Visual Effects)
    Mirror Mirror (Costumes)
    Les Miserables (Makeup and Hair)
    Les Miserables (Sound Mixing)
    Skyfall (Sound Editing)
    Life of Pi (Score)
    Skyfall (Song)

    Picture Nominees Ranked:

    1. Zero Dark Thirty (A)
    2. Amour (A)
    3. Beasts of the Southern Wild (A)
    4. Silver Linings Playbook (A)
    5. Life of Pi (A-)
    6. Django Unchained (A-)
    7. Argo (A-)
    8. Lincoln (B+)
    9. Les Miserables (B+)

  34. rufussondheim, it does make sense when I know damn well that the people on this site won’t vote for Django or Les Mis or Amour or Beasts or ZDT enough to win. I did enjoy Argo, but when I say it’s really my 3rd, my numbers 2 through 8 are really all on the same level. Only Lincoln stands out as superior to the rest. So I’d rather see our votes spread the wealth even if it’s to a film I like slightly less than Argo, than see that film win one more BP award, real or otherwise.

    Koleś, I still think Tommy Lee Jones has a great shot at the Oscar. I predicted Waltz to win the BAFTA, because he’s European, they love Tarantino, and they weren’t going to go for the very American Jones and the even more American Lincoln any more than they had to. Those wigs? Congress? No, I didn’t think so.

    But TLJ is a stereotypical Supporting Actor performance, he won SAG, and Waltz won so recently, so TLJ has to be the frontrunner.

    Has any actor ever won more than one Oscar for working with the same director/writer? (Discounting Harold Russell!) Would Waltz be the first? I loved him in Django, but it was more of a star turn than a character turn, and too close to Hans. I recognize though that the SAG snub only happened because Harvey didn’t send out screeners in time, so it means little.

  35. “Has any actor ever won more than one Oscar for working with the same director/writer?”

    Out of the top of my head that would be Jack Nicholson winning twice for a James L. Brooks movie, but I’m sure there’s more.

  36. Diane Wiest won twice for films with Woody Allen.

  37. Ugh. OK, at least twice. But arguably their competition was weak?

    Now how did Waltz go from being the uncertain 4th or 5th nominee to the winner or runner-up?

  38. Technically Walter Brennan is in the group as well.
    He won two of his films for films directed by William Wyler – even though Come and Get It has 3 directors listed.

  39. Well, Dianne Wiest winning twice for Woody Allen, even if they were quite different performances and her competish was weak, debunks the notion of a strong stigma against returning actor-director-writer pairs.

  40. Well, Nicholson defeated Peter Fonda in Ulee’s Gold and Robert Duvall in The Apostle and judging from the performances – Nicholson was the weak link.

    And by the way, Waltz won’t win the Oscar. My guess is that he won’t even be second. There is no passion about most of the performances (De Niro and Arkin have no business being nominated). But I believe this Oscar is locked up – Tommy Lee Jones will take it.

    Of course everybody wants to make the race interesting, but Tommy Lee Jones has the SAG and had had a terrific year. He’s won 20 years ago and unlike De Niro he came back afterwards and didn’t make shit for two decades. I don’t understand the Waltz thing. It feels like a second-tier Hans Landa, he’s just the good guy this time around. And given whoever his character was (and he was smart and knew how to make everything perfect, how to manipulate everyone and turn out the victor), I simply don’t buy his Chekhov act. But that’s me.

    And I hate the idea of him winning a second Oscar for virtually the same part (well, the writing wasn’t what it was the last time!) and for a LEADING role. Last time he was an unknown actor and supporting made sense. This time around it’s a fraud. Isn’t it fun that 50 years ago a star with 10 minutes in a film would prefer to die and not campaign supporting and today all these stars try to make us all buy their supporting classification just to win an Oscar?

    I believe that three of the SAG winners will win Oscars, with Jennifer Lawrence being the only exception. The Riva thing gets stronger and stronger.

  41. Bryce Forestieri

    Get the fuck out of here. I just saw ANNA KARENINA (4/5). How is it not nominated for more shit? Like Kiera Knightley for Best Actress instead of Jennifer Lawrence (she has no tits?) And Aaron Taylor-Johnson for being hottest piece of ass in any movie this year. Also Jude Law emulating Lawrence Oliver with all that “Acting” better than mediocre Kenneth Branagh in the dreadful MY WEEK WITH MARILYN (1/5); I for one thought he was brilliant so he could go instead of like Arkin?
    It was pretty damn good and I would think right up AMPAS’ alley.
    Also cannot think why the gays didn’t embrace this more that LES MIZ.

  42. Well, everyone knew Jack was winning, so that’s moot. Otherwise, I’m with you. I thought Waltz was great, but it wasn’t written for an Oscar. Honestly, the script itself wasn’t written for an Oscar either. I can’t wait to see whether the WGA has no choice but to award ZDT or if it’s truly untouchable.

  43. Picture:
    1.Silver Linings Playbook
    2.Argo
    3.Life of Pi
    Director:: Steven Spielberg
    Actor: DDL
    Actress: Jennifer Lawrence
    Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz
    Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway
    Original Screenplay: Django Unchained
    Adapted Screenplay: Silver Linings Playbook
    Animated Feature: Brave
    Foreign Film: Amour (as much as I do not want it to win, it will)
    Song: Skyfall
    Score: Life of Pi

  44. I’m wondering if they could opt for Moonrise Kingdom. Zero Dark Thirty is the favorite to win the WGA Award, but maybe they won’t go this way. There is too much negativity toward the film right now and I still don’t get it. How did this happen? But a win for Moonrise Kingdom would be both an award for a terrific script and an award for Wes Anderson. It could happen. It won’t change the Oscar race a bit because it’s up to Tarantino and Haneke. I love it how wide open so many of the races are this year and even though ARGO is probably a lock right now (and if it loses, it would be written about for months, but with all the support it won’t lose!), what else is locked up? Day-Lewis, unfortunately. He was terrific, but I wanted Phoenix to win this. He deserves it. Actress is up to Riva and Lawrence and I hope they won’t go for Lawrence, being the only good thing about a very disappointing film. Supporting Actress is locked up. And supporting actor is considered wide open, but let’s say it’s up to Tommy Lee Jones who has the strongest precursor and Waltz. If Argo wins the WGA and I believe it will, we’ll have two very competitive writing categories, which hasn’t happened in a long time.

    Cinematography will be interesting. I love how the guild loves Deakins and will push for him again and again. He deserves it, but problem is how many voters realize they are voting for him and not for the film or the visuals in general. This category has to be voted by the branch alone. The BAFTA’s usually have more interesting winners in technical categories because of that.

  45. Link is still there, Steve. Click the words Vote Now.

    I put them in Bold to be easier to see, but that might have been confusing if it makes the link color go away. I’ll add another backup link so there will be two places to click. Thanks.

  46. Couldn’t believe the Location: “Latin OR Central America?” question.

  47. Some of you guys just don’t get it. You always put your favorite first and always put the one you hate last. But you fill out the whole ballot no matter what or you might not count. The reason is the award could come down to your two least favorite movies. If it does and you left them off, your ballot goes in the garbage.

    I didn’t see AMOUR but I put it in the middle of my ballot because I’d rather have it count for a movie I haven’t seen than for the one I really don’t want to win, which I also think has a chance. A sliver of a chance but I really don’t want my vote to count for that so I put it last.

    Only voting for 3 or 4 is really a waste.

  48. Christophe

    @Bryce
    A. Karenina felt garishly suffocating and the acting didn’t work for me either. I didn’t see characters living their lives but famous actors in glitzy attire doing their schtick. Alicia Vikander was good though but that’s about it.

    @Antoinette
    I don’t mind if they throw out my ballot for BP, as long as I can still vote in the other categories, but I can’t possibly decide how to rank 6 movies I disliked equally. Heck, it’s already hard enough to find even one movie I like among the nominees.

  49. “what’s with the AwardsDaily’s Awards? We had a very different nominations line-up “

    Max G

    we go to war with nominees we have, not the nominees we might want or wish to have.

    Since the first phase of the simulated ballot makes it clear from the internal numbers which of the AwardsDaily readers’ “alternate” nominees came out on top, we always do it this way. We make our wishes known, but then we face reality for phase two and use the deck of cards the Academy has dealt.

  50. but I can’t possibly decide how to rank 6 movies I disliked equally.

    alphabetically? seriously though, part of this process is an exercise in refining our hate as much as focusing out love :)

    but seriously seriously, Rob, does it hurt to leave one or two slots blank? What if someone doesn’t want his ballot going into the Django pile under any circumstances? (asking for a friend)

  51. Christophe

    Ryan,
    The #9 slot will never get counted bc there will always be smth before it, even in the very last round when there are 2 films standing and one of them finally gets over 50%.

  52. “And Aaron Taylor-Johnson

    for being hottest piece of ass in

    any movie this year. ”

    It’s the first interesting thing Bryce Forestiere wrote here. :)

  53. Bryce Forestierir

    @Christophe

    Wait, the acting did work for me not the other way around

    Fuck I can’t write for shit

    @Fabinho

    It’s the first time you’ve ever made sense. Wait, never mind, that’s from my comment. Hit me up next year. Girl, hit me up next year! I’s be there next year for the World Cup among ya’ll hoodlums <3

  54. Best picture (rankings)
    1. Amour
    2. Beasts of the Southern Wild
    3. Django Unchained
    4. Zero Dark Thirty
    5. Lincoln
    6. Argo
    7. Life of Pi
    8. Silver Linings Playbook
    9. Les Miserables

    Dir: Michael Haneke, Amour

    Actor: Joaquin Phenoix, The Master

    Actress: Emmanuelle Riva, Amour

    S. Actor: Phillip Seymore Hoffman, The Master

    S. Actress: Amy Adams, The Master

    O. Screenplay: Michael Haneke, Amour

    A. Screenplay: Tony Kushner, Lincoln

    Editing: Zero Dark Thirty

    Cinematography: Skyfall

    Costume Design: Anna Karenina

    Production Design: Anna Karenina

    Hair/Makeup: The Hobbit

    Sound Mixing: Skyfall

    Sound Editing: Skyfall

    Visual Effects: Life of Pi

    Animated Short: Paperman

    Animated Feature: Paranorman

    Documentary: How to Survive a Plague

  55. @Bryce – agree. Anna Karenina is much better than SLP and Joe Wright deserved a nod for BD instead of Russell.

  56. If you do not want to list a film in your selection for best pic, that is fine. Say you don’t like SLP, Argo, Lincoln, or Les Mis, so you rank the other five accordingly, that means that should it come down to two of the four you omitted, your ballot no longer counts. If you are ok with that, then fine.

    My point is that some people express that they don’t need to rank all of them as the bean counters (me) won’t get to the 7th, 8th or 9th choices, which is not the case. I checked last year, and there were a number of people who had The Artist and Hugo in their bottom three. If one believes that the BP is between Argo and Lincoln, there are already ballots with those two in their bottom two.

    So if you have an opinion on the nine films and want to rank all nine, then do so. Don’t assume because you selected films for your seventh and eighth preference that it won’t get to that rank on your ballot, because it might.

  57. The only time that #9 is counted is if someone did not fill the ballot out “correctly” (putting the same title twice, or omitting titles). If all 9 titles are listed, then #9 is never reached.

  58. Argo is only getting awards because Hollywood is in love with itself. Such lackluster choices are very unbecoming of such a tremendous year for cinema. Where are the nominations for movies like The Grey, Jesus Henry Christ and Killing them Softly? Read about the Top 10 Movies of 2012 with reviews and other honorable mentions at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2013/01/top-10-movie-picks-of-2012.html

  59. Sorry, but a lot of people HATED “The Grey” and “Killing Them Softly.” We’ve all had films we love get ‘snubbed’ but this is what happens whenever you take a large vote from ANY population. It’s always going to be skewed one way or another.

  60. best picture:ARGO;best actor:DANIEL DAY LEWIS FOR LINCOLN;best actress:EMMANUELLE RIVA FOR AMOUR;best supporting actor:TOMMY LEE JONES FOR LINCOLN;best actress:ANNE HATHAWAY FOR LES MISERABLE;best director:STEVEN SPIELBERG FOR LINNCOLN;best foreign film:AMOUR;best documentary:SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN;best animated:WRECK IT RALPH;best original screenplay:DJANGO UNCHAINED;best adapted screenplay:ARGO;best song:”SKYFALL” FROM SKYFALL.

  61. Fake ballots..lincoln will win just wait n see

  62. This may have been off the radar, but the Goya Awards were presented last night. ‘Blancanieves’ got 10 awards while ‘The Impossible’ finished in 2nd place with 5.

    Best Film
    Blancanieves

    Best Director
    Juan Antonio Bayona, The Impossible

    Best Actor
    José Sacristán, The Dead Man And Being Happy

    Best Actress
    Maribel Verdú, Blancanieves

    Best Supporting Actor
    Juan Villagrán, Unit 7

    Best Supporting Actress
    Candela Peña, A Gun In Each Hand

    Best New Director
    Enrique Gato, Tad, The Lost Explorer

    Best Original Screenplay
    Pablo Berger, Blancanieves

    Best Adapted Screenplay
    Javier Barreira, Gorka Magallón, Ignacio del Moral, Jordi Gasull and Neil Landau, Tad, The Lost Explorer

    Best Ibero-American Film
    Juan Of The Dead

    Best Euoprean Film
    The Intouchables

    Best Cinematography
    Kiko de la Rica, Blancanieves

    Best Original Score
    Alfonso de Villalonga, Blancanieves

    Best Original Song
    No Te Puedo Encontrar, Blancanieves

    Best Art Direction
    Alain Bainée, Blancanieves

    Best Production Design
    Sandra Hermida Muñiz, The Impossible

    Best Doctumentary
    Sons Of The Clouds

    Best Animated Film
    Tad, The Lost Explorer

    Bes Newcomer, Male
    Joaquín Núñez, Unit 7

    Best Newcomer, Female
    Macarena García, Blancanieves

    Best Editing
    Elena Ruiz and Bernat Villaplana, The Impossible

    Best Sound,
    Peter Glossop, Marc Orts and Oriol Tarragó, The Impossible

    Best Costume Design
    Paco Delgado, Blancanieves

    Best Make-Up & Hair
    Sylvie Imbert and Fermín Galán, Blancanieves

    Best Special Effects
    Pau Costa and Félix Bergés, The Impossible

    Best Fiction Short
    Aquel No Era Yo, by Estebán Crespo

    Best Documentary SHort
    A Story For The Modlins, by Sergio Oskman

    Best Animated Short
    El Vendedor De Humo, by Jaime Maestro

  63. Wish the Academy would release how they voted!

    At any rate, I was somewhat surprised by my choices. I thought I would vote for Anne Hathaway but in the end voted for Jacki Weaver. In general I spread the love pretty evenly but I believe Lincoln took a brunt of the technical awards on my ballot.

  64. Just to clarify, this vote is my personal preference, not what I predict will win.

    I never mix the two, especially in betting. I leave my heart out of it, cut it out like a surgeon, that’s how I treat the Oscars. Dispassionately, a game.

  65. Since I can’t get my head around predicting most categories this year (and will get a brain tumor if I think more about it), here are some scenarios I came up with:

    I have kept actor and support actress always the same because I think they are locks.

    Academy Scenario 1:
    The Argonaut!
    “Lets give Argo as much as we can without looking too silly or guilty. And fuck the directors! After all you can teach a recess monkey to be a director in a day.”

    Best Picture of the Year Argo
    Best Director Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
    Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
    Best Actress Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
    Best Supporting Actor Alan Arkin, Argo
    Supporting Actress Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
    Original Screenplay Michael Haneke, Amour
    Adapted Screenplay Tony Kushner, Lincoln (just can’t make myself give it to anyone else*)
    Best Editing Argo
    Best Cinematography Life of Pi
    Best Costume Design Anna Karenina
    Best Makeup and Hair Les Miserables
    Best Original Score Argo
    Best Production Design Les Miserables
    Best Foreign Language Film Amour
    Best Sound mixing Les Miserables
    Best Sound Editing Argo
    Best Visual Effects Life of Pi
    Best Original Song Skyfall

    * Chicago got picture without screenplay and director.

    Academy Scenario 2:
    The Argo gets 3! And 3 others who also get a third! “Lets break the rules and fuck this thing up!”

    Best Picture of the Year Argo
    Best Director Steven Spielberg, Lincoln
    Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
    Best Actress Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
    Best Supporting Actor Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
    Supporting Actress Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
    Original Screenplay Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
    Adapted Screenplay Tony Kushner, Lincoln
    Best Editing Argo
    Best Cinematography Skyfall
    Best Costume Design Anna Karenina
    Best Makeup and Hair The Hobbit
    Best Original Score Life of Pi
    Best Production Design Life of Pi
    Best Foreign Language Film Amour
    Best Sound mixing Les Miserables
    Best Sound Editing Argo
    Best Visual Effects Life of Pi
    Best Original Song Skyfall

    Academy Scenario 3:
    The Argo fuck yourself!
    “Lets make it look as if we really didn’t like Argo, and to make it really believable we shall ignore Lincoln too and go all the way to the second most nominated movie so everyone should be surprised and happy because he is Ang, and we all love Ang Lee, even when he makes a cowboy gay movie, and this time it is not controversial at all, and we will stay away from controversy (No Django either). Also lets spread the wealth (except for fucking Argo)… And we are rambling now!”

    Best Picture of the Year Life of Pi
    Best Director Ang Lee, Life of Pi
    Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
    Best Actress Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
    Best Supporting Actor Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
    Supporting Actress Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
    Original Screenplay Michael Haneke, Amour
    Adapted Screenplay Benh Zeitlin, Lucy Alibar, Beasts of the Southern Wild (or Lincoln)
    Best Editing Life of Pi
    Best Cinematography Life of Pi
    Best Costume Design Anna Karenina
    Best Makeup and Hair The Hobbit
    Best Original Score Life of Pi
    Best Production Design Lincoln
    Best Foreign Language Film Amour
    Best Sound mixing Les Miserables
    Best Sound Editing Zero Dark Thirty
    Best Visual Effects Life of Pi
    Best Original Song Skyfall

    Academy Scenario 4:
    The Bipolar!
    “Let’s pretend it is not a rom-com and thank you Harvey! Again!”

    Best Picture of the Year Silver Linings Playbook
    Best Director David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
    Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
    Best Actress Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
    Best Supporting Actor Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
    Supporting Actress Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
    Original Screenplay Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
    Adapted Screenplay Tony Kushner, Lincoln
    Best Editing Zero Dark Thirty (or fucking Argo, whatever)
    Best Cinematography Life of Pi
    Best Costume Design Anna Karenina
    Best Makeup and Hair The Hobbit
    Best Original Score Life of Pi
    Best Production Design Lincoln
    Best Foreign Language Film Amour
    Best Sound mixing Les Miserables
    Best Sound Editing Zero Dark Thirty
    Best Visual Effects Life of Pi
    Best Original Song Skyfall

    Academy Scenario 5:
    They hear my pledge and pick my choices.
    “Lets follow this guy (it’s as good as any) so we won’t get a brain tumor this year!”

    Best Picture of the Year Lincoln (because is Kathleen’s time already)
    Best Director Ang Lee, Life of Pi (because I love Pi and Ang)
    Best Actor Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln (who else?!)
    Best Actress Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty (carries the film)
    Best Supporting Actor Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln (deserving)
    Supporting Actress Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables (love Anne)
    Original Screenplay Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty (best one and he is sexy)
    Adapted Screenplay Tony Kushner, Lincoln (best one & love Tony and Angels of…)
    Best Editing Zero Dark Thirty (alt: Argo)
    Best Cinematography Life of Pi (alt: Skyfall)
    Best Costume Design Anna Karenina
    Best Makeup and Hair The Hobbit
    Best Original Score Life of Pi
    Best Production Design Lincoln (not the best one but I wanted to give it more awards)
    Best Foreign Language Film Amour
    Best Sound mixing Les Miserables (didn’t like Les mIs but it was live singing)
    Best Sound Editing Zero Dark Thirty
    Best Visual Effects Life of Pi
    Best Original Song Skyfall (Adele!!!!!!!!!!)

    No guts, no glory:

    Best Director: Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
    Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams, The Master
    Best Original Screenplay: Moonrise Kingdom

    And that’s it for me folks! I had enough this year!

    THANK YOU SASHA. LOVE YOU.

  66. Here are the picks according to Ben’s Oscar Forecast, using only math, no personal hunches:

    Picture: Argo (60%)
    Director: Ang Lee (48%)
    Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis (74%)
    Actress: Jennifer Lawrence (60%)
    Supporting Actor: Tommy Lee Jones (43%)
    Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway (69%)
    Original Screenplay: Zero Dark Thirty (52%)
    Adapted Screenplay: Argo (39%)
    Animated: Brave (65%)
    Foreign: Amour (70%)
    Documentary: Searching for Sugarman (80%)
    Score: Life of Pi (54%)
    Song: Skyfall (50%)
    Sound Editing: Skyfall (44%)
    Sound Mixing: Les Miserables (63%)
    Production Design: Anna Karenina (31%)
    Cinematography: Skyfall (30%)
    Editing: Argo (69%)
    Visual Effects: Life of Pi (78%)
    Makeup/Hiar: Les Miserables (69%)
    Costume Design: Anna Karenina (odds coming soon)

    To see the full list of percentages for all nominees, as well as trivia and the methodology used, go to http://www.oscarforecast.wordpress.com.

  67. I voted

    Picture – Argo
    Director – Steven Spielberg
    Actor – Daniel Day-Lewis
    Actress – Naomi Watts
    Supporting Actor – Tommy Lee Jones
    Supporting Actress – Sally Field
    Adapted Screenplay – Argo
    Original Screenplay – Django Unchained.

  68. Byron E. Gray

    I’m hoping academy members will go against the Hollywood Bolsheviks and vote Zero Dark Thirty the best film of the year. I doubt it, though. I’m sure they won’t go against the party line. As for Commisar Ed Asher urging voters to boycott Zero Dark Thirty: Strip him of academy membership. Do not his actions go against academy rules?

  69. Django, Argo, ZDT

    AAAALLLLLL the way. Best 3 movies on the BP list!

    Les Miserable is quit overrated tbh. Hugh Jackman as Jean baljean saved the whole damn movie. The only good parts were the beginning scene and the revolutionary scenes. Emotional ending but seriously . . . It’s not that great of a movie

  70. Voting is now closed

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