Hello and welcome to the 2013 Oscar Nomination reaction live chat. We will be joined by a syndicated chat from the LA Daily News at 12:45 where movie critics from the Los Angeles News Group, Bay Area News Group, Denver Post, Salt Lake Tribune and St. Paul Pioneer-Press will give their thoughts on the contenders. But until then let's talk movies and take some poll questions.
Who do you think was snubbed out of a nomination? Any Kathryn Bigelow or Ben Affleck fans out there?
What was your favorite movie from the Best Picture category this year?
I think Les Mis has chance of winning. You're very right Trevor, getting some of these actors to sing must of not of been an easy task. I saw three out of the nine movies nominated so far and if I were to choose a favorite it think it would have to be Argo.
Hey guys! Welcome to our live chat! I’m Stephanie Cary, a reporter for the Los Angeles News Group. This morning I was in the room while the Oscar nominations were announced. Now, I’ll be chatting with movie critics from around the country to get their reactions. Joining me today are:
Lisa Kennedy, a member of the National Society of Film Critics, has covered film for the Denver Post for nine years.
Charlie McCollum is deputy features editor of the San Jose Mercury News and the Bay Area News Group papers. He writes about film including ongoing analysis of this year's Oscar race.
Randy Myers is one of Bay Area News Group’s movie writers. He’s a member of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle, and thinks watching six movies in one day is a real treat.
Sean P. Means is the movie critic and columnist for The Salt Lake Tribune.
Chris Hewitt has been the movie critic of the St Paul Pioneer Press for 19 years. He thinks the Oscars are like voting for Homecoming Court in high school -- meaningless, but kinda fun, anyway.
Welcome! Everyone please feel free to comment on today's nominations.
Anyone surprised at the films nominated for Best Picture?
More so in the director's category. Or who isn't in there.
Me too! Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow.. anyone think they know why they got snubbed?
I was a bit surprised "Moonrise Kingdom" was left out. Thought it would grab the last spot but they only went with 9 noms. Best director was much more bigger deal
I think "Amour" surprised every one. Great movie. Here's Charlie's review of it.
I think you have to throw Hooper in there too. Pretty much ends the chances of Argo, Les Miz and Zero Dark Thirty
I can say that being in the room, everytime they read "Amour," the crowd gasped.. especially when it was nominated for Best Director and Best Picture.
Kathryn Bigelow was robbed. That was an amazing job of directing.
The Affleck snub is especially weird -- that movie seemed like the one building the most steam, going into the nominations, because no one dislikes it. But I suspect all of the negative stuff about "ZD20" and politics hurt it a lot.
I love that Amour and Michael Haneke got in. But I agree with Randy. Bigelow, in particular, got jobbed
I saw "Zero Dark Thirty" last night in preparation for this thinking it would take the top nominations.. thought it was FANTASTIC. Very shocked Bigelow was snubbed.
Anyone have any reasons why they may have got snubbed?
When I'm trying to prognosticate about the Oscars, I always think: What Would Olivia De Havilland do? I picture her in her Paris apartment, looking at screeners and voting. And I have a feeling De Havilland would not be a big fan of "Zero Dark Thirty." Or of "Django Unchained."
Although there has been some movement toward youth in recent years, I do think Oscars still go for feel-good stuff more often than not, too. Good as it is, "Zero Dark Thirty" is not feel-good.
That's an elegant way to look at it. All I can think of with Bigelow is that she may have been the lightning rod for the controversy over the torture scenes
Here are some of the other snubs I noticed. I thought Samuel L. Jackson deserved to be in there for supporting.
There were no women nominated for best director, could it be a gender bias?
Even bigger in my mind: John Hawkes for best actor and Marion Cotillard for best actress. Those were incredibly courageous performances
I guess in Bigelow's case, there's also the she-just-won factor. (Which might explain the exclusion of Tom Hooper, too, although I'd argue he deserved to be excluded, personally. I think "Les Mis" is one of the worst-directed big movies of the year.)