11 February 2013

Skandies: The "nominees"

Not all that much suspense about who/what remains, so let's answer potential questions about near-misses and no-chances here, as well as give the top picks a little additional airtime. (Sorry it's all text, incidentally—I have virtually no HTML skills and invariably mangle any attempt to combine words and images, except in the most basic just-one-image-up-at-the-top kind of way.)

Best Picture

• The Deep Blue Sea
• Holy Motors
• The Master
• Moonrise Kingdom
• The Turin Horse

Overlap with Oscar nominees: None.
Just missed: The Day He Arrives (#21, even though Hong placed in both Director and Screenplay), The Imposter (#22), The Cabin in the Woods (#23), Almayer's Folly (#24), The Comedy (#25)
Not so much: Life of Pi (#26), Argo (#46), Beasts of the Southern Wild (tie for #48), Silver Linings Playbook (tie for #48), Les Misérables (#78).

Best Director

• Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master
• Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom
• Leos Carax, Holy Motors
• Terence Davies, The Deep Blue Sea
• Béla Tarr, The Turin Horse

(This is only the second time in Skandies history that Picture and Director have been 100% in sync. Previous instance was 2004: Dogville/Von Trier, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind/Gondry, Before Sunset/Linklater, Kill Bill Vol. 2/Tarantino, and Hero/Zhang.)

Previous "nominations": Both Andersons have two. PTA won for There Will Be Blood in 2007 and placed 4th for Magnolia in 1999. Wes came in 5th for Rushmore (1998) and 4th for Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009).
Overlap with Oscar nominees: None.
Just missed: Gerardo Naranjo, Miss Bala (#21); Ben Affleck, Argo (#22); Panos Cosmatos, Beyond the Black Rainbow (#23); Lana Wachowski & Tom Tykwer & Andy Wachowski, Cloud Atlas (#24); Andrei Zvyagintsev, Elena (#25).
Not so much: Steven Spielberg, Lincoln (#27); David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook (#29); Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild (#37).

Best Actress

• Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
• Ann Dowd, Compliance
• Hani Furstenberg, The Loneliest Planet
• Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
• Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea

Previous "nominations": Only Weisz, who placed 3rd in Supporting three years ago for The Brothers Bloom.
Overlap with Oscar nominees: Chastain, Riva.
Just missed: Dree Hemingway, Starlet (#21); Emily Blunt, Your Sister's Sister (#22); Stephanie Sigman, Miss Bala (#23); Naomi Watts, The Impossible (#24); Sara Paxton, The Innkeepers (#25).
Not so much: [No candidates; all the Oscar nominees made our top 25.]

Best Actor

• Jack Black, Bernie
• Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
• Denis Lavant, Holy Motors
• Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
• Jean-Louis Trintignant, Amour

Previous "nominations": Two fellas make their third appearance in the top five. Black placed 2nd in Supporting for High Fidelity (2000) and 4th in the lead category for The School of Rock (2003). Day-Lewis has won both Supporting Actor (Gangs of New York, 2002) and Actor (There Will Be Blood (2007); he'd be the first actor to win three times, should that occur. Phoenix, too, is a previous winner, in the lead category, for Two Lovers (2009).
Overlap with Oscar nominees: Day-Lewis, Phoenix.
Just missed: Richard Gere, Arbitrage (#21); Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Looper (#22); Thomas Doret, The Kid With a Bike (#23); Tommy Lee Jones, Hope Springs (#24); Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook (#25).
Not so much: Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables (no votes).

Best Supporting Actor

• Simon Russell Beale, The Deep Blue Sea
• Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
• Samuel L. Jackson, Django Unchained
• Matthew McConaughey, Magic Mike
• Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Previous "nominations": Hoffman gets his third, having placed (only) 5th for Capote in 2005 and 3rd in Supporting for Charlie Wilson's War in 2007. Waltz won the same category three years ago for Inglourious Basterds.
Overlap with Oscar nominees: Hoffman, Waltz.
Just missed: Mark Ruffalo, Marvel's The Avengers (#21); Michael Fassbender, Prometheus (#22); Jeff Daniels, Looper (#23); Richard Jenkins, The Cabin in the Woods (#24); Bruce Willis, Looper (#25).
Not so much: Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook (#42); Alan Arkin, Argo (#53).

Best Supporting Actress

• Amy Adams, The Master
• Cécile De France, The Kid With a Bike
• Rosemarie DeWitt, Your Sister's Sister
• Jennifer Ehle, Zero Dark Thirty
• Anne Hathaway, The Dark Knight Rises

Previous "nominations": Both Hathaway and DeWitt made the top five for Rachel Getting Married (2008): Hathaway placed 3rd in the lead category and DeWitt won Supporting.
Overlap with Oscar nominees: Adams (and Hathaway, but for a different film).
Just missed: Sally Field, Lincoln (#21); Samantha Morton, Cosmopolis (#22); Léa Seydoux, Sister (#23); Laura Soveral, Tabu (#24); Nicole Kidman, The Paperboy (#25).
Not so much: Helen Hunt, The Sessions (#26 in the lead category); Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook (#34).

Best Screenplay

• Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master
• Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola, Moonrise Kingdom
• Rian Johnson, Looper
• Whit Stillman, Damsels in Distress
• Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

Previous "nominations": Almost everyone. Wes Anderson ties Charlie Kaufman for all-time runner-up in this category, with four appearances in the top five. (The Coens have a massive lead with seven total.) His screenplays for Rushmore (1998, written with Owen Wilson), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001, written with Owen Wilson) and Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009, written with Noah Baumbach) placed 3rd, 5th, and 5th, respectively. Tarantino won Screenplay three years ago for Inglourious Basterds and also placed 2nd in 2003 for Kill Bill, Vol. 1. (Vol. 2 landed at #8.) PTA won the category for There Will Be Blood in 2007. My friend Rian's screenplay for Brick (2006) finished 3rd. Welcome, Roman and Whit!
Overlap with Oscar nominees: Anderson + Coppola, Tarantino.
Just missed: Joseph Cedar, Footnote (#21); Daniel Cockburn, You Are Here (#22); Christian Petzold, Barbara (#23); [nobody credited], The Imposter (#24); Joe Carnahan & Ian Mackenzie Jeffers, The Grey (#25).
Not so much: David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook (#29); David Magee, Life of Pi (#35); Chris Terrio, Argo (#43); Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild (#84); John Gatins, Flight (no votes).

Best Scene

Nah, I gotta save something as a surprise.


Jason said...


Alex said...

At least Sara Paxton made the top 25. Didn't expect that Jacki Weaver would receive points.

Private Joker said...

She's the best performance in the film -- the only character who can even crack a smile and show some range; even within one scene (like when she coolly goes from badass to frightened girl back to badass during the police raid).

Plus she generates the one bit of honest emotion at the end when she saves Batman's ass and kisses him goodbye as he gets on the chopper. Hathaway rules.

Lee Walker said...

My happiness at seeing Jennifer Ehle in the top five is dampened only by seeing her share the category with Anne Hathaway from a brooding Batman movie. Seriously, people?

I thought I was the only one voting for her in recent years, but I now see that she had 8 votes last year. She's got momentum! If only Hollywoof paid attention to the Skandies.

Also, hooray, DeWitt.

Jason said...

She's the best performance in the film

She didn't have much competition in that film. I don't even hate that performance but I'm completely baffled as to why it finished in the top five. Was there passion behind her vote or did she place just because everyone saw the film and people couldn't think of other supporting actresses to support?

People should have done what I did and voted for DeWitt multiple times.

Berger said...

Happy to see that Anne Hathaway gets more credit here for her work in the Dark Knight Rises than for being the only person in Les Miserables that can sing. If you're not happy with it you can blame Obama.

Jason said...

I guess it is some kind of accomplishment for a female actress to give a good performance in a Christopher Nolan film though. There's a first time for everything.

Victor said...

I always blame Obama...

Nictate said...

Reading this makes me grin: "Overlap with Oscar nominees: None." Also pleasing: seeing THE MASTER and PTA in the Top 5 and BEASTS so low in directing and screenplay.

Pretty satisfying Top 5, all around. Good job, democracy.

md'a said...

I guess it is some kind of accomplishment for a female actress to give a good performance in a Christopher Nolan film though. There's a first time for everything.

Second time. Carrie-Anne Moss was a "nominee" for Memento.

Scott Renshaw said...

What the hell, predicted order for Scene:

1. Entre'acte, HOLY MOTORS
3. Opening shot, TURIN HORSE
4. Freddy's first processing, THE MASTER
5. Kylie's aria, HOLY MOTORS

Anonymous said...

Hathaway probably got a lot of sympathy votes for being not only the best thing in a terribly disappointing movie, but also because her performance feels like it belongs in a different movie altogether -- one that's actually fun. I can imagine that to some folks, voting for her felt like voting for that hypothetical alternate-universe version of TDKR that we're all still crushed doesn't really exist.

md'a said...

What befuddles me is that so many people voted for DeWitt in YSS but almost nobody (apart from me) voted for Mark Duplass, who's doing everything she's doing only backwards and in heels.

Jeff said...

I went to see HOLY MOTORS right after submitting my ballot and man I would have voted for the opening scene, the doppelganger murder as well as the ones Scott mentions. I kind of underrated that film.

Nictate said...

I'd say Mark Duplass was pretty much just being Mark Duplass, which is delightful as a rule, but requires no backwards heels dancing.

Michael said...

Mark Duplass is dangerously overexposed. He is clearly Hollywood's new shlub in town.

Private Joker said...

I'm sick of Mark Duplass. Only double-standard sexism prevents him from getting the criticism (of writing himself parts where far-more-attractive people throw themselves at him for no reason) that Lena Dunham gets.