Fifth about The Seventh

Casting a Ballot – 2013 Oscars

As I did last year, these would be my votes (which film or candidate, given the universe of the nominees, I believe should win), not who I think will win. (That post will come later.) I’m not giving my vote unless I’ve seen most nominees in a given category, and I’ll update this post if I’m able (or willing) to change my vote.

The Best Picture award, unlike the others, is voted in a preferential ballot; therefore, all the nominees are ranked.

Without further ado!

Best Supporting Actor: Michael Fassbender for 12 Years a Slave

Best Editing: Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger for Gravity

Best Makeup and Hairstyling: Adruitha Lee, Robin Mathews for Dallas Buyers Club

Best Costume Design: Catherine Martin for The Great Gatsby

Best Production Design: Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn for The Great Gatsby

Best Sound Mixing: Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead, Chris Munro for Gravity

Best Sound Editing: Glenn Freemantle for Gravity

Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave

Best Documentary Feature: NA

Best Documentary Short: NA

Best Musical Score: Will Butler, Owen Pallett for Her

Best Original Song: Karen O and Spike Jonze for “The Moon Song” from Her

Best Animated Feature: The Wind Rises

Best Visual Effects: Timothy Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, Neil Corbould for Gravity

Best Animated Short Film: NA

Best Live Action Short Film: NA

Best Foreign Language Film: NA

Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Original Screenplay: John Ridley for 12 Years a Slave

Best Adapted Screenplay: Spike Jonze for Her

Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki for Gravity

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine

Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity

Best Picture: Gravity

2) The Wolf of Wall Street

3) 12 Years a Slave

4) Her

5) American Hustle

6) Nebraska

7) Captain Phillips

8) Dallas Buyers Club

9) Philomena

This is probably one of my last chances to repeat how great 2013 was for film, and I’ll take it gladly. Unlike most years, this time, even thought I have favorites, I can’t hardly begrudge if the award goes to another nominee for most of the categories.

Looking down my list, the nearly flawless execution of Gravity calls for that film many rewards. I was impressed when I saw it many months ago and I remain so. It’s almost sad that there isn’t a way to celebrate some of those films more; ties would be most welcome, but since that’s highly unlikely, it’s important to remember that, awarded or not, the greatness of those films (and many others; feel free to (re-)read about my favorites of 2013 here) will remain unchanged after the Oscars are handed out.

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