Our house guests, Alex and Holly, highlight their 2013 Oscar picks…

Zero Dark Thirty

Best Actress

And the nominees are…

  • Jessica Chastain —Zero Dark Thirty
  • Kara Hayward —Moonrise Kingdom
  • Keira Knightley —Anna Karenina
  • Leslie Mann —This is 40
  • Naomi Watts —The Impossible

Holly’s pick: Naomi Watts is truly amazing. She fights waves to reconnect with her oldest son, displaying perfect bravery and strength in climbing a tree with an injured leg. She is a wreck in the hospital, but portrays a strong will to survive.

Alex’s pick: Jessica Chastain shifts from vulnerable beauty to icy cold bitch without a moment’s notice. She doesn’t reveal intention scene by scene but shows an incredibly powerful drive throughout the movie. Her ideology is skewed, her motivation otherworldly, and her impact profound.

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Best Actor

And the nominees are…

  • Christian Bale —The Dark Knight Rises
  • Jason Clarke —Zero Dark Thirty
  • Daniel Day-Lewis —Lincoln
  • Tom Holland —The Impossible
  • Logan Lerman —The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Alex’s pick: Daniel Day-Lewis deservedly has victory in sight for Oscar night. His portrayal seems uncanny though no audiences know how Ol’ Abe truly behaved or spoke, but we know that his looks are spot-on (the fact that this film received no Oscar make-up nomination confuses me)

Holly’s pick: Logan Lerman because he’s a good actor. Why else would anyone win? I love when he walks out at the dance to “Come on Eileen” and when he hilariously gets high on accident. He is both moving and funny.

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Best Supporting Actress

And the nominees are…

  • Judi Dench —Skyfall
  • Anne Hathaway —The Dark Knight Rises
  • Anne Hathaway —Les Misérables
  • Sally Field —Lincoln
  • Charlize Theron —Prometheus

Holly’s pick: Anne Hathaway in Les Misérables, because she has a lot of emotion and I didn’t even know she could sing! She shows amazing resilience and beauty in grimy, dark situations.

Alex’s pick: Anne Hathaway in The Dark Knight Rises because she is stronger here than in that other wonderful role of hers from 2012! Her anger is overflowing before a city collapses, her regret is overpowering afterwards, and her rise from the darkness serves to overcome all obstacles.

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Best Supporting Actor

And the nominees are…

  • Javier Bardem —Skyfall
  • Bryan Cranston —Argo
  • Tommy Lee Jones —Lincoln
  • Matthew Macfadyen —Anna Karenina
  • Ezra Miller —The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Holly’s pick: Ezra Miller is hilarious and deep. “Alex, shut up and stop trying to make me write long paragraphs…wait…does that make me look bad?”

Alex’s pick: Bryan Cranston is gseuihsgdxjhfuig “Holly stop messing with the keyboard!” Anyway…Bryan Cranston deserved the Oscar nom over witty co-star Alan Arkin. Cranston was tough, defiant, and in isolated moments funny as he served as a background head of the mission to save hostages in Iran.

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 Best Picture

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

Zero Dark Thirty is as meticulous as Lincoln, as timely as The Dark Knight Rises, and as emotionally profound as The Perks of Being a Wallflower, but it is more important than any other film from 2012. It advances no political agenda but sweepingly chronicles the hunt for Usama bin Laden and one woman’s fierce ability to rise to a vengeful challenge.trays fun moments and powerful emotions and it just made me happy!

More Notable Oscar Picks from Alex:

Best Original Score
It was a weak year for movie music, though 2012 was the best year for film of my whole life! Here are the five I found that shone:

  • Alexandre Desplat —Moonrise Kingdom
  • Alexandre Desplat —Zero Dark Thirty
  • Dario Marianelli —Anna Karenina
  • Dan Romer and Ben Zeitlin —Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Hans Zimmer —The Dark Knight Rises

Best Cinematography
No movie is enjoyable without a look that pulls you in and creative camera shots that amaze. Here are the most beautiful of the year:

  • Roger Deakins —Skyfall
  • Bruno Delbonnel —Dark Shadows
  • Seamus McGarvey —Anna Karenina
  • Wally Pfister —The Dark Knight Rises
  • Robert D. Yeoman —Moonrise Kingdom


Meet the House Guests: Alex & Holly Murfey

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