Make Canoe my Homepage

Oscar 2013: Watch the trailers

- January 10th, 2013

In news that will come as a surprise to no one, U.S. presidential drama Lincoln scored 12 Oscar nominations on Thursday including nods for best picture, director, actor and supporting actor and actress.

Ang Lee’s adaptation of Yann Martel’s Life of Pi ran a close second with 11 noms.

Joining those two films in the best picture race are: Les Miserables, Argo, Amour, Zero Dark Thirty, Silver Linings Playbook, Django Unchained, and Beasts of the Southern Wild.

If you haven’t seen them all yet, check out the trailers below and let us know who you think was snubbed and who you think will win.

The Oscars air February 24.

Amour

The French-language film won the Palm d’Or at Cannes last year. Haven’t seen this one yet. It’s on my list.

Argo

Ben Affleck’s Iran hostage drama, in which Canada co-starred, was considered a lock for best picture nod. But the fact that Affleck was snubbed for director came as a bit of a surprise. If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favour. The performances are top notch and the story shines a light on Canadian heroes you may not have heard of.

Beasts of the Southern Wild

The is the little indie film that could. Coming out in a summer that was dominated by The Avengers, a lot of eyes will be on Quvenzhane Wallis, 9, who becomes the youngest ever best actress Oscar nominee.

Django Unchained

QT’s slavery revenge film is hard to watch. There are scenes that will revolt you. But if you stick it out, you’ll be treated to a master class in acting. Christoph Waltz is masterful, but Sam Jackson and Leo DiCaprio turned in seductively evil performances that rank alongside Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs. Shame about Tarantino not getting a nod for best director.

Les Misérables

We all knew that Hugh Jackman could sing his way through Jean Valjean, but what about Russel Crowe as Javert and Anne Hathaway as Fantine? Oscar certainly likes the adaptation of the long-running stage play. In addition to a best picture nod, Jackman and Hathaway were nominated in the acting category.

Life of Pi

Many thought a big screen adaptation of Yann Martel’s prize-winning novel about a boy adrift on the Pacific with a Bengal tiger was impossible to film. Director Ang Lee proved everyone wrong.

Lincoln

Daniel Day-Lewis is considered a shoe-in for best actor and the film is considered a front-runner for best picture. Spielberg has already won twice, so I wouldn’t bet the house that he’ll win for director. Between us, I’m more excited for Robopocalypse.

Silver Linings Playbook

David O. Russell’s direction makes this film a visual treat. There’s no CGI trickery, but I loved how the camera played a supporting role in a movie that is chock full of excellent performances. De Niro makes us forget about the Fockers, and Chris Tucker reveals there is life after Rush Hour. The best surprise, though, is Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, who both prove they aren’t just a one-trick pony.

Zero Dark Thirty

It hasn’t come out in Canada yet, but Kathryn Bigelow’s film based on the 10-year manhunt for Osama bin Laden is shrouded in controversy. It comes just months after the unsanctioned book, No Easy Day, and Peter Bergen’s fascinating Manhunt.