Guild Mania!

Okay, we’ve got a lot of guilds to get through and not a lot of time before Mom realizes I’m not studying for my quiz. Today we’ll be looking at the DGA, BAFTA, ASC, and CAS. Rather than put my commentary after each category, I’ll put it after each guild. So, let’s get jiggy with it.

***DIRECTORS GUILD OF AMERICA***

BEST DIRECTOR OF A MOTION PICTURE

Ben Affleck, Argo
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Tom Hooper, Les Miserables
Ang Lee, Life Of Pi
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

Nothing too unexpected. David O. Russell’s snub stings a bit, but this looks like these will be the Oscar nominees. Nothing to write home about.

***BRITISH ACADEMY OF FILM AND TELEVISION ARTS***

BEST FILM

Argo
Life Of Pi
Lincoln
Les Misérables
Zero Dark Thirty

BEST BRITISH FILM

Anna Karenina
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Misérables
Seven Psychopaths
Skyfall

BEST DIRECTOR

Ben Affleck, Argo
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Michael Haneke, Amour
Ang Lee, Life Of Pi
Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained

BEST ACTOR

Ben Affleck, Argo
Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day Lewis, Lincoln
Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master 

BEST ACTRESS

Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard, Rust And Bone
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Helen Mirren, Hitchcock
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Alan Arkin, Argo
Javier Bardem, Skyfall
Phillip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Christolph Waltz, Django Unchained

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Amy Adams, The Master
Judi Dench, Skyfall
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Amour
Django Unchained
The Master
Moonrise Kingdom
Zero Dark Thirty

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Argo
Beasts Of The Southern Wild
Life Of Pi
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Amour
Headhunters
The Hunt
The Intouchables
Rust And Bone

BEST DOCUMENTARY

The Imposter
Marley
McCullin
Searching For Sugar Man
West Of Memphis

BEST ANIMATED FILM

Brave
Frankenweenie
ParaNorman

BEST FILM EDITING

Argo
Django Unchained
Life Of Pi
Skyfall
Zero Dark Thirty

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Anna Karenina
Life Of Pi
Lincoln
Les Misérables
Skyfall

BEST PRODUCTION DESGN

Anna Karenina
Life Of Pi
Lincoln
Les Misérables
Skyfall

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Anna Karenina
Great Expectations
Les Misérables
Lincoln
Snow White And The Huntsman

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIR

Anna Karenina
Hitchcock
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Lincoln
Les Miserables

BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC

Anna Karenina
Argo
Life Of Pi
Lincoln
Skyfall

BEST SOUND

Django Unchained
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Life Of Pi
Les Misérables
Skyfall

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

The Avengers
The Dark Knight Rises
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Life Of Pi
Prometheus

SHORT ANIMATION

Here To Fall
I’m Fine Thanks
The Making Of Longbird

SHORT FILM

The Curse
Good Night
Swimmer
Tumult
The Voorman Problem

RISING STAR AWARD

Elizabeth Olsen
Andrea Riseborough
Suraj Sharma
Juno Temple
Alicia Vikander

BEST DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER

James Bobin, The Muppets
Dexter Fletcher and Danny King, Wild Bill
Thina Garavi, I Am Nasrine
Bart Layton and Dimitri Doganis, The Imposter
David & Jacqui Morris, McCullin

“I said “I want to be a space astronaut! Go to outer space, discover things that have never been discovered.’ He said, ‘Look, you’re British, so scale it down a bit.'”

Sorry, just had to include an Eddie Izzard quote there. All in all, this is a pretty good list. I like the fact that someone actually recognized Ben Affleck for his acting in Argo, not just directing. Amour, Anna Karenina, and Skyfall seem clever picks for Oscar’s British cousin.

***AMERICAN CITY OF CINEMATOGRAPHERS***

OUTSTANDING CINEMATOGRAPHY IN A MOTION PICTURE

Anna Karenina
Les Miserables
Life Of Pi
Lincoln
Skyfall

Even though Les Misérables has clearly been taking cinematography lessons from Battlefield Earth, It still managed to beat The Master. What’s up with that?

***CINEMA AUDIO SOCIETY***

LIVE-ACTION SOUND MIXING

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Misérables
Lincoln
Skyfall
Zero Dark Thirty

ANIMATED SOUND MIXING

Brave
Frankenweenie
The Lorax
Rise Of The Guardians
Wreck-It Ralph

I would go on a rant about ParaNorman being snubbed, but that’s hardly as big a deal compared to the addition of an animated category, separating animated films from live-action. Even the field of sound is prejudiced against animated films for being too ‘cartoony’ and ‘colorful’ to be compared to live action. It makes me sick.

Well, anyway, that’s four guild awards. Peace out!

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