The 1st Annual Cinemaniac Awards – Nominations

I guess it’s pretty self-explanatory now. Read on for the nominations, and I’ll try to have the winners out by a week before Oscar Sunday. Gives me time to see a few more of the films that have been declared the “best of 2012,” so the nominees may change slightly. (You’ll be aware.)

Most categories are based on those created by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and those have five nominees each. The ones created by myself are near the bottom; those are varying in ambiguity, so they are, for the most part, limited to three.

The following nominees are as of January 2, 2013.

Best Picture

Best Director

Ang Lee – Life of Pi
Ben Affleck – Argo
Kathryn Bigelow – Zero Dark Thirty
Ralph Fiennes – Coriolanus
Tom Hooper – Les Misérables

Best Animated Feature

A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita
Wreck-It Ralph

Best Actor

Anthony Hopkins – Hitchcock
Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
Hugh Jackman – Les Misérables
Jack Black – Bernie
Ralph Fiennes – Coriolanus

Best Actress

Gina Carano – Haywire
Judi Dench – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty
Noomi Rapace – Prometheus
Sally Field – Lincoln

Best Supporting Actor

Fran Kranz – The Cabin in the Woods
Ice Cube – 21 Jump Street
James D’Arcy – Hitchcock
Javier Bardem – Skyfall
Sacha Baron Cohen – Les Misérables

Best Supporting Actress

Anne Hathaway – The Dark Knight Rises
Anne Hathaway – Les Misérables
Maggie Smith – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Scarlett Johansson – Hitchcock
Shirley MacLaine – Bernie

Best Screenplay

The Cabin in the Woods (written by Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon)
Lincoln (written by Tony Kushner, from the book “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” by Doris Kearns Goodwin)
Looper (written by Rian Johnson)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (written by Stephen Chbosky, from his book of the same name)
Zero Dark Thirty (written by Mark Boal)

Best Cinematography

Ben Davis – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Steven “Peter Andrews” Soderbergh – Haywire
Danny Cohen – Les Misérables
Claudio Miranda – Life of Pi
Robert Yeoman – Moonrise Kingdom

Best Costume Design

Bojana Nikitovic – Coriolanus
Lindy Hemming – The Dark Knight Rises
Julie Weiss – Hitchcock
Paco Delgado – Les Misérables
Joanna Johnston – Lincoln

Best Editing

Steven “Mary Ann Bernard” Soderbergh – Haywire
Christopher S. Capp and Stephen Mirrione & Juliette Welfling – The Hunger Games
Melanie Oliver and Chris Dickens – Les Misérables
Pietro Scalia – Prometheus
Stuart Baird – Skyfall

Best Original Music

Hans Zimmer – The Dark Knight Rises
John Williams – Lincoln
Nathan Johnson – Looper
Marc Streitenfeld – Prometheus
Thomas Newman – Skyfall

Best Effects

Mark Day and Amanda Dyar & Sebastian Foxx and Alec Muradian et alThe Dark Knight Rises
Darin Bouyssou and Chad Engel & Brad Manis and David Nash et alLooper
Levon Shant Demirjian and Amanda Dyar & Roy Goode and Werner Hahnlein & Anthony Julio et alMarvel’s The Avengers
Trevor Wood et alPrometheus
Mark Day and Toby Marrow & Joe Patti et alSkyfall

Best Ensemble/All-Star Performance

What had too many noticeable faces, but will still exhilarating?
Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Bill Paxton, Channing Tatum, Antonio Banderas, and Michael Douglas – Haywire
Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Helena Bonham Carter – Les Misérables
Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman, and Harvey Keitel – Moonrise Kingdom

Best Debut/Breakthrough Performance

Who do we wish to see again…and again…and again?
Gina Carano – Haywire
Samantha Barks – Les Misérables
Sophie Nélisse – Monsieur Lazhar
Jared Gilman – Moonrise Kingdom
Kara Hayward – Moonrise Kingdom

Best Quote

What line(s) stuck with us months after the credits?
“Everything will be all right in the end and if it’s not all right, it’s not yet the end.” – Dev Patel in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
“You dumb bitch!” “Nobody ever accused me of being dumb!” – exchange between Ben Mendelsohn and Anne Hathaway in The Dark Knight Rises
“Good evening.” – Anthony Hopkins in Hitchcock
“What kind of bird are you?” – Jared Gilman in Moonrise Kingdom
“You lie to me. I hurt you.” – Jason Clarke in Zero Dark Thirty

Best “Worst Movie”

What was the most worthwhile “guilty pleasure,” or just short of one?
Casa de mi Padre
John Carter
Rock of Ages

Best Onscreen Group

Who made a mark on our memories when joined as a duo/trio/quartet?
Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis – The Campaign
Chris Diamantopoulos, Sean Hayes, and Will Sasso – The Three Stooges
Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill – 21 Jump Street

Best Sequel/Prequel/Remake/Reboot

What succeeded at renewing the old?
The Amazing Spider-Man – reboot/remake of Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” trilogy (2002-2007)
The Dark Knight Rises – sequel to “The Dark Knight” (2008)
Prometheus – prequel to “Alien” (1979)
Skyfall – sequel to “Quantum of Solace” (2008)
21 Jump Street – reboot of the TV series “21 Jump Street” (1987-1991)

Best Open Door to a Sequel

What do we want to see again, in a continued breath?
The Amazing Spider-Man
21 Jump Street


3 thoughts on “The 1st Annual Cinemaniac Awards – Nominations

  1. Awesome choices here! I love that you put Ice Cube for 21 Jump Street. He was hilarious in that movie. I also thought that was a great reboot of the old tv show as well. The Moonrise Kingdom quote is great too.

    I don’t see Life of Pi nominated anywhere. Is that one of the ones your going to see soon?

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