In The Time Of Chimpanzees I Was A Monkey

The Golden Globes are roughly 48 hours away and for the most part, I’m happy with the nominations.  (Except, of course, for the snub against Martin Freeman for his portrayal of Dr. Watson and the seemingly endless love for Modern Family, which has become tiresomely stale.  Oh, and why are Sherlock and AHS: Asylum listed as Mini-Series?  They are TV shows.  Did I miss something?)  The newly released Oscar nominations, on the other hand…  I guess the people over at the Academy Awards decided the GG nom’s just weren’t controversial enough, forcing them to take matters into their own hands.  Which, of course, gives me something to bitch about.

DiCaprio- DjangoThe many nominations for Silver Linings Playbook make my heart swell for everyone involved in the making of that movie including Matthew Quick for writing the novel and David O. Russell for adapting it so damned well into a screenplay.  Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper give smart, sincere, completely uninhibited performances and DeNiro delivers the kind of performance that reminds us why he’s a living legend.  And considering SLP really isn’t the kind of movie you’d expect to get this kind of recognition (it’s too honest, not sugar-coated nor overly dramatized and seriously, it’s little more than a rom-com, albeit much smarter and with mental health issues), I have to say: Academy, you’ve done well.

That being said, what the hell are you thinking by not nominating Leonardo DiCaprio?  DiCaprio should be AWARDED that damn statue for his unmatched, uncanny talent and skill in his portrayal as Calvin Candie in Django Unchained.  What the fuck, Academy???

The most snubs came in the Best Director category: no Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained), no Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty), no Tom Hooper (Les Miserables) AND no Ben Affleck (Argo)?  Again, WHAT THE FUCK,  Academy?

The good news?  Seth MacFarlane is hosting, so it shouldn’t be a total bust.  Here are all the bastards lucky enough to actually be recognized this year:

Best Picture

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Silver Linings Playbook

Zero Dark Thirty


Les Miserables

Life of Pi


Django Unchained


Best Director

David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook

Ang Lee, Life of Pi

Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

Michael Haneke, Amour

Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Actor

Daniel Day Lewis, Lincoln

Denzel Washington, Flight

Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables

Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook

Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

Best Actress

Naomi Watts, The Impossible

Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty

Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Emmanuelle Riva, Amour

Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Supporting Actor

Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Phillip Seymour Hoffman, The Master

Robert DeNiro, Silver Linings Playbook

Alan Arkin, Argo

Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

Best Supporting Actress

Sally Field, Lincoln

Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook

Helen Hunt, The Sessions

Amy Adams, The Master

Best Original Screenplay

Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola, Moonrise Kingdom

Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty

John Gatins, Flight

Michael Haneke, Amour

Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Best Adapted Screenplay

Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Tony Kushner, Lincoln

David Magee, Life of Pi

David O. Russell, Silver Linings PlaybookOscars

Chris Terrio, Argo

Best Animated Film


Pirates: Band of Misfits


Wreck-It Ralph


Best Foreign Film

Amour, Austria

No, Chile

War Witch, Canada

A Royal Affair, Denmark

Kon-Tiki, Norway

See you Sunday.



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