The Oscar ballots are out now, so here are some wishes I have for the nominations in January.
Since it isn't eligible for the Song and Makeup categories, this is the film's best shot.
Anders Danielson Lie (Oslo, August 31st) for Best Actor
Though it's even more of a longshot than Lavant, that doesn't make it less deserving.
Linda Cardellini (Return) for Best Actress
The Independent Spirit Awards took notice of her powerful performance. Here's hoping the actors branch consider it.
Simon Russell Beale (The Deep Blue Sea) for Best Supporting Actor
Rachel Weisz has a slight chance, but her co-star also delivers a superb performance.
Rosemarie DeWitt (Your Sister's Sister) for Best Supporting Actress
Again, the Independent Spirit Awards recognized her. AMPAS will probably overlook this performance though.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower for Best Adapted Screenplay
It's a fine screenplay that's received attention from critics groups, and the writers branch usually give us one or two surprises.
Skyfall for Best Cinematography
Needs no explanation. Though it's probably in, I had to mention it.
Moonrise Kingdom for Best Costume Design
The production design is also worthy, but I'd settle for this great work being nominated.
Cloud Atlas for Best Original Score
I've already made my case for Best Picture, which will never happen. But this could actually happen, and deservedly so.
The Dark Knight Rises for Best Sound Mixing/Editing
This film has almost no chance in other categories, except for Best Visual Effects. Here's hoping it gets nominated in these categories at least.