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Best Picture: Beasts of the Southern Wild, Silver Linings, Zero Dark 30, Lincoln, Les Miserables, Life of Pi, Amour, Django, Argo
Best Actress: Naomi Watts, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Emmanuelle Riva, Quevenzhane Wallis
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Denzel Washington, Hugh Jackman, Bradley Cooper, Joaquin Phoenix (!)
Best Director: David O. Russell, Ang Lee, Steven Spielberg, Michael Haneke, Benh Zeitlin
Original Screenplay: Flight, Zero Dark Thirty, Django Unchained, Amour, Moonrise Kingdom
Adapted Screenplay: Beasts of the Southern Wild, Argo, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Life of Pi
Best Foreign Film: Amour, No, War Witch, A Royal Affair, Kon-Tiki
Best Supporting Actress: Sally Field, Anne Hathaway, Jacki Weaver, Helen Hunt, Amy Adams
Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Alan Arkin, Tommy Lee Jones
Christopher Plummer has been nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his part in Beginners. He had some harsh words for fellow nominee Terrence Malick, director of Tree of Life.
Tilda Swinton was a part of our star-studded Oscar Roundtable, and explained why she gave her Oscar away. Watch the best moments to find out why.
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Just before dawn one July morning, Kathryn Bigelow was setting up a shot for The Hurt Locker in the Jordanian desert. The movie follows an Explosive Ordnance Disposal bomb technician, one of the hundred or so soldiers in Iraq who dismantle roadside IEDs planted by insurgents. For the scene, the tech and two of his co—workers would detonate a bomb in the middle of the desert, and Bigelow wanted to shoot them from atop a high sand dune. This meant that the crew had to tote all their gear to the top of a hill in the brutal summer heat. “There were a lot of macho guys on the set, British SAS, not to mention all these young, studly actors, and all those guys were falling by the wayside,” says Mark Boal, who wrote and co-produced The Hurt Locker. “I’m not walking this hill, no way in hell. I drive past one of the crew who’s literally puking on the side of the road. People are dying on this hill. I drive up, and Kathryn is already at the top. She’s beaten everyone up there.”
In which we are reminded of how much we enjoyed this story…
What’d we think? Gracious and very bashful? Overly attributive to men in uniform? Or not attributive enough? (It did remind me a smidge of Demi Moore circa A Few Good Men. “Because they stand upon a wall and say, ‘Nothing’s going to hurt you tonight. Not on my watch.’”)
Our take: Considering this is a director who has produced some of the greatest action sequences ever, this was kinda meh.