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Oscars 2013: Locals Weigh In On The Academy Awards Nominations List

Who has your vote?

Temecula no longer has its annual Film Fest, but Southwest Riverside County is still widely known for its patronage to the arts. Think Old Town Temecula's music and theater scene, and so much more.

In that spirit, which films, actors, and other creative moviemakers does Southwest Riverside County think deserve the Oscar nod this year?

We've got a rundown of all the 2013 Oscar nominations below. Who do you think will take home the golden statue on Feb. 24?

Share your predictions in the comment section below and offer your reviews for others to read. 

As for this year's awards, director Steven Spielberg's historical drama "Lincoln" earned a leading 12 nominations Thursday for the 85th Annual Academy Awards, followed by Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" with 11, while the musical"Les Miserables," directed by Tom Hooper, and David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" tied with eight nods each.

"Lincoln" was nominated for best picture and gave Spielberg his eighth best director nomination. A win would be his third in the director category. It's the eighth film Spielberg has had in the running for best picture (''Schindler's List'' won in 1994).

What films and actors are you rooting for? Let us know in the comments!

"Lincoln" also garnered a best acting nod for two-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln and supporting acting nominations for Sally Field—a two-time best actress winner who played Lincoln's wife Mary Todd—and Tommy Lee Jones as a radical antislavery legislator.

"Lincoln" also received nominations for cinematography, costume design, film editing, original score, production design, sound mixing and adapted screenplay.

The dream-like fantasy adventure "Life of Pi" was nominated for best
picture, best director, original song —"Pi's Lullaby"—adapted screenplay, cinematography, film editing, original score, production design, sound editing and mixing and visual effects.

"Les Miserables," a film adaptation of the long-running musical set in 19th century France, got acting nods for lead Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean and Anne Hathaway in her supporting role as Fantine, as well as nominations for costume design, makeup, original song—"Suddenly"—production design and sound mixing.

The Weinstein Company's "Silver Linings Playbook's" eight nominations included best picture and across-the-board nods for its actors: Bradley Cooper—who played a man recently released from a psychiatric institution, and Jennifer Lawrence, his romantic foil—as leads and Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver in supporting roles.

Today's nominations set records for the oldest and youngest nominees.
French actress Emanuelle Riva, 85, received a nomination for best actress for her role in`Amour,'' nominated for both best picture and best foreign film.

And 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis became the youngest-ever best actress nominee for her portrayal of Hushpuppy in "Beasts of the Southern Wild."

Both Riva and Wallis are first-time nominees, along with Cooper and Jackman.

The youngest acting nominee in all categories is still Justin Henry, who was eight when he was nominated for "Kramer vs. Kramer" (1979) and the oldest remains Gloria Stuart, 87 when she received a supporting nomination for "Titanic."

"Silver Linings Playbook" is the first film to take nominations for best picture, directing, writing and all four acting categories since "Reds'' (1981).

The Academy Awards ceremony is scheduled for Feb. 24 at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center. It will be televised live domestically on ABC and in more than 225 foreign countries.

Here is the complete nominations lists:

Best Motion Picture

Argo
Amour
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Django Unchained
Les Misérables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty 

Achievement in Directing

Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
Michael Haneke, Amour
Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Denzel Washington, Flight
Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Naomi Watts, The Impossible
Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Alan Arkin, Argo
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Phillip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Amy Adams, The Master
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables 
Helen Hunt, The Sessions
Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook
Sally Field, Lincoln

Best Animated Feature Film

Brave
Frankenweenie
ParaNorman
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Wreck-It Ralph

Original Screenplay

Amour, Michael Haneke
Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino
Flight, John Gatins
Moonrise Kingdom, Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola
Zero Dark Thirty, Mark Boal

Adapted Screenplay

Argo, Chris Terrio
Beasts of the Southern Wild, Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin
Life of Pi, David Magee
Lincoln, Tony Kushner
Silver Linings Playbook, David O. Russell

Best Foreign-Language Film

A Royal Affair (Denmark)
Amour (Austria)
No (Chile)
War Witch (Canada)
Kontiki (Norway)

Original Score

Anna Karenina, Dario Marianelli
Argo, Alexandre Desplat
Life of Pi, Mychael Danna
Lincoln, John Williams
Skyfall, Thomas Newman

Original Song

"Before My Time," J. Ralph; Chasing Ice
"Everybody Needs a Best Friend," Walter Murphy and Seth McFarlane; Ted
"Pi's Lullaby," Mychael Danna and Bombay Jayashri; Life of Pi
"Skyfall," Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth; Skyfall
"Suddenly," Claude-Michel Schönberg, Herbert Kretzmer and Alain Boulil; Les Misérables 

Achievement in Production Direction

Anna Karenina
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Misérables
Life of Pi
Lincoln

Achievement in Cinematography

Anna Karenina, Seamus McGarvey
Django Unchained, Robert Richardson
Life of Pi, Claudio Miranda
Lincoln, Janusz Kaminski
Skyfall, Roger Deakins

Achievement in Costume Design

Anna Karenina, Jacqueline Durran
Les Misérables, Paco Delgado
Lincoln, Joanna Johnston
Mirror Mirror, Eiko Ishioka
Snow White and the Huntsman, Colleen Atwood

Best Documentary Feature

5 Broken Cameras
The Gatekeepers
How to Survive a Plague
The Invisible War
Searching for a Sugar Man

Best Documentary Short Subject

Inocente
Kings Point
Mondays at Racine
Open Heart
Redemption

Achievement in Film Editing

Argo
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Silver Linings Playbook
Zero Dark Thirty

Achievement in Makeup & Hairstyling

Hitchcock
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Misérables

Best Animated Short Film

Adam and Dog
Fresh Guacamole
Head Over Heels
Maggie Simpson in "The Longest Daycare"
Paperman

Best Live-Action Short Film

Asad
Buzkashi Boys
Curfew
Death of a Shadow
Henry

Achievement in Sound Editing

Argo
Django Unchained
Life of Pi
Skyfall
Zero Dark Thirty

Achievement in Sound Mixing

Argo
Les Misérables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Skyfall

Achievement in Visual Effects

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Life of Pi
Marvel's The Avengers
Prometheus
Snow White and the Huntsman

Toni McAllister (Editor) January 14, 2013 at 10:19 PM
Does anyone have thoughts about the film, "Life of Pi?" I read the book but haven't seen the movie. Loved the read, but can't imagine that story translated to film.
Constant Comment January 14, 2013 at 10:40 PM
I saw it. I hesitate telling anyone if a movie version is better than the book version, because it really depends on how active an imagination you have while reading it. Ang Lee did a wonderful job! The movie is definately one that I would reccommend as the cinematography was stunning. I do not think it will win for best motion picture & I think it best viewed on a large movie screen. (In other words, don't wait until it comes out on cable.) Two Thumbs up! }~)
Toni McAllister (Editor) January 14, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Thanks for the feedback! I will try to see it before it leaves theaters. Looking forward to seeing "Silver Linings Playbook" too.
American Girl January 15, 2013 at 12:02 AM
Out of all of those movies, the only one I saw was ARGO. It was very good though!
SA January 15, 2013 at 12:02 AM
I never understood why actors have award shows, what did they do so great?
Mr. Logical January 15, 2013 at 01:02 AM
Observation; An actor wins an award for a great performance and stumbles through an acceptance speech. Although, it was refreshing to see Jodi Foster articulate clearly what she wanted to say.
Cathy Neumann-Bearse January 15, 2013 at 03:37 AM
Saw Les Miserables!!! It was an OUTSTANDING movie and I can honestly tell you that every single actor/actress in that movie was SPECTACULAR!!
Toni McAllister (Editor) January 15, 2013 at 04:16 AM
That is a great review. I take it Anne Hathaway gets your vote for best supporting actress!!! Any Quentin Tarantino fans out there willing to give their thoughts on "Django Unchained?" How does it rank among his body of work?
Constant Comment January 15, 2013 at 07:36 AM
You have to have a certain 'kind of taste' for a Quentin Tarantino movie.....poor taste. I can't recommend this one to you because you are educated and refined. This movie is more suited for a group of guys going out to kill some time. Its not one of his best, but Kerry Washington, Jamie Fox & Chris Waltz did a bang up job. Wait until its free on cable so that when you start to fall asleep during the dragging parts or get sickened during the bloody parts, you can just turn it off. Two thumbs down! }~(
T 22 January 15, 2013 at 03:33 PM
Agreed!
Temecula resident January 15, 2013 at 03:43 PM
Maybe you should try your hand at being spontaneously emotional and 'real' at memorized lines written by another person. It's being authentically 'real', emotionally vulnerable, in front of many or millions of people. Don't judge until you try it and see 'what they do' and why it IS actually GREAT.
Temecula resident January 15, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Have you thought about the fact that actors are delivering lines written by another person and all the while being 'directed' by another...
Mr. Logical January 15, 2013 at 04:41 PM
Temec. Res....you nailed it!
Theotis January 15, 2013 at 07:17 PM
And when there is a movie about the current inept president and all his failures,I`m sure that Erkel could look and play the part just perfectly.
Keith January 15, 2013 at 10:38 PM
@Toni - I read the book as well, and must say I thought Ang Lee did a terrific job of adapting it to the screen. I would also recommend seeing it on the big screen, because the visuals were a wonderful compliment to the story and acting.
Keith January 15, 2013 at 10:42 PM
@Toni - I am a big Tarantino fan, and loved Django Unchained. It was a well-written, well acted, original film. Yes it had some of his signature violence (so if that's not your cup of tea I would not recommend it to you), but I thought many of the scenes were incredibly powerful, and very provocative. I went with someone who is typically not big on Tarantino, and they enjoyed saying it was one of his better movies in their opinion. If you like this genre, I would definitely recommend it!
Keith January 15, 2013 at 11:27 PM
I've been fortunate enough to see most of the nominated films. Here's my feedback, focusing on the Best Picture category: Argo - excellent all-around, my pick for #1 Amour - haven't seen yet Beasts of the Southern Wild - haven't seen yet Django Unchained - very much enjoyed (and very Tarantino), a thoroughly original, thought-provoking film Les Misérables - I'm a big fan of the musical, so I enjoyed the film as well. I did become a little annoyed at all the extreme close-ups. But overall, still very well done Life of Pi - an excellent adaptation. Visually stunning, well acted, fascinating (and again, very original) story. Very much enjoyed and would recommend. Lincoln - also excellent - my overall #2 pick. Daniel Day Lewis is phenomenal, and the story is fascinating depiction of where we came from politically - and yet some of the same problems too Silver Linings Playbook - excellent realistic, unflinching portrayal of a families battling with mental illness, but also with some offbeat humor - great acting Zero Dark Thirty - though it covers what is a very recent and well-reported on historical event, I also thought this film was very strong, both in its performances, as well as its realistic depictions of events. Also nice to see a movie with a strong female lead.
Keith January 15, 2013 at 11:36 PM
I would also add in my 2012 movie recap, that overall I felt 2012 was weak from a quality film standpoint. I would have to stretch to name 10 really strong films in the last 12 months, rather than a Top 10 taken from a lot of awesome movies. Two additional films that I would have liked to have seen in the Oscar Best Picture list are Anna Karenina (visually impressive, and creative in its storytelling - probably the best adaptation of the novel I've seen yet), and Cloud Atlas. I may be in the minority on Cloud Atlas, because it was tricky to watch (it cuts very quickly between more than a dozen different storylines that cover millennia), but I thought it pulled off the challenge, and again found it very original and compelling.
One Voice January 16, 2013 at 01:53 AM
Erkel, now that is funny stuff right there :)
American Girl January 16, 2013 at 02:07 AM
Trouble with the Curve was a good flick! Clint always delivers!
Constant Comment January 16, 2013 at 05:58 AM
I really enjoyed the last Hobbit in 3-D. That was entertainment! }~)

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