Daniel Day Lewis is at his best as the former president in Spielberg’s new film about the abolition of slavery. Although at times desperately slow with much of the action taking place in the House of Representatives and other scenes (such as Lincoln’s death)  are far too rushed, it may disappoint Spielberg fans but the outstanding acting from Day-Lewis and Sally Fields makes up for any boredom.

Anna Parker

The Oscars – The Winners

Oscars2013-620x350Best Picture – Argo 

Best Actor – Daniel Day Lewis, ‘Lincoln’ 

Best Actress – Jennifer Lawrence, ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ 

Best Supporting Actor – Christopher Waltz, Django Unchained 

Best Supporting Actress – Anne Hathaway, ‘Les Miserables’ 

Best Director – Ang Lee, ‘Life of Pi’ 

Foreign Language – ‘Amour’ 

Best Adapted Screenplay – Chris Terrio, ‘Argo’ 

Best Original Screenplay – Quentin Tarantino, ‘Django Unchained’ 

Best Animated Feature Film – ‘Brave’ 

Best Production Design – ‘Lincoln’ 

Best Cinematography – ‘Life of Pi’ 

Best Sound Mixing – ‘Les Miserables’ 

Best Sound Editing (tie) – ‘Skyfall’, ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ 

Best Original Score – ‘Life of Pi’, Mychael Danna

Best Original Song – “Skyfall” from Skyfall, Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth

Costume – ‘Anna Karenina’ 

Best Documentary – ‘Searching for Sugarman’ 

Best Documentary (short subject) – ‘Inocente’ 

Best Film Editing – ‘Argo’ 

Make up and Hairstyling – ‘Les Miserables’ 

Best Animated Short Film – ‘Paperman’ 

Best Live Action Short Film – ‘Curfew’ 

Best Visual Effects – ‘Life of Pi’ 

The Oscars, Analysed, Part Five, Best Cinemtography


Next up on my list is the always fascinating category of Best Cinematography.

The Nominees:  Janusz Kaminski  ‘Lincoln’;  Claudio Miranda  ‘Life Of Pi’;  Robert Richardson  ‘Django Unchained’; Roger Deakins  ‘Skyfall’  and  Seamus McGravey  ‘Anna Karenina’.

Like with most categories this year, all 5 nominated works are great. But of course, snubs are abound, and no snub baffled more this year than the one ‘The Master’ got in this category. Filmed in 65mm by Romanian Cinematographer Mahai Malaimaire Jr., the first film since Hamlet (1996) to use 65mm. The film looked gorgeous on the screen, with its lavish, wide landscapes and perfect period details (The film has been snubbed in the Art-Direction category, strangely as well).

Other visually masterful films this year include ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, ‘Beasts Of The Southern Wild’, ‘Prometheus’ and ‘Cloud Atlas’, who all could’ve been nominated. But the final 5 provide healthy competition, still.


Who should win: Claudio Miranda  ‘Life Of Pi’. Last year, Robert Richrdson (who’s nominated this year) won deservedly for “Hugo”.  I think this year another 3D film, the best of them all, deserves to win for best Cinematography. The film was visual pleasure, and the way it utilized colours, the medium of water and the lighting used to illuminate the water tank that was used in the movie is a complete work of art. The images from this film are ridiculously beautiful. Having said that, for sentimental reasons, I wouldn’t mind seeing Roger Deakins take it for ‘Skyfall’, after all, he is due an Oscar (He should’ve won in 2010 for ‘True Grit’).

life of pi

Who will win: I’m unsure about this, I think the Oscars gave it a 3D film last year, so are they open to giving it to another one this year? I think they might look favourably over films like ‘Skyfall’ and ‘Lincoln’ here, or even ‘Django Unchained’, and I wouldn’t be surprised if ‘Skyfall’ and ‘Lincoln’ did win, but Miranda’s work for ‘Life Of Pi’ is good it’s hard to ignore. So ‘Life Of Pi’ it is.

Yazen Al Samen