2012 was a weird year for film. That isn’t to say there weren’t some great ones, but even some of the greats were a little odd. The 2013 Oscar nominees were recently announced, and let’s just say that they reflect this strangeness perfectly. Even so, there’s a little something for everyone. Sure, there’s a lot going on with the 85th Academy Awards that a number of folks won’t care about. Not everyone’s a cinephile, after all, but it’s still pretty exciting to see Wreck-It Ralph, Brave, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and Django Unchained get nods.
Just to get it out of the way immediately, here’s the nominees for Best Picture:
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Django Unchained
- Les Misérables
- Life of Pi
- Silver Linings Playbook
- Zero Dark Thirty
I’ve seen a whopping two of those — Beasts of the Southern Wild and Django Unchained — but none are that surprising. Beasts received a good deal of critical praise, and the rest are your typical Best Picture nominations. The real surprises are in the other categories.
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