Sunday, March 2, 2014

Movies of 2013

I certainly have my issues with the Academy Awards, nevertheless I look forward to them every single year being the huge movie buff that I am.  I make it a point to see as many movies that were nominated as possible before the awards.  Having a 2 year old son makes this difficult, but I was able to squeeze in a fair number by occasionally skipping work to see matinees and putting Redbox and Netflix to good use. 

 Below I have listed my favorite movies and performances with the very best listed at the top. Some of them were nominated and some of them weren't.  I'd be interested in hearing your favorites.  What are some of your favorites from 2013?

Best Picture

Before Midnight
12 Years a Slave
Saving Mr. Banks
American Hustle
The Place Beyond the Pines
The Great Gatsby
Captain Phillips

Best Actor

Tom Hanks - Captain Phillips
Leonardo Dicaprio - The Great Gatsby
Chiwetel Ejiofor - 12 Years a Slave
Bruce Dern - Nebraska
Christian Bale - American Hustle

Best Supporting Actor

Michael Fassbender - 12 Years a Slave
Joel Edgerton - The Great Gatsby
Barkhad Abdi - Captain Phillips
Dane DeHaan - The Place Beyond the Pines
Bradley Cooper - American Hustle

Best Actress

Cate Blanchet - Blue Jasmine
Emma Thompson - Saving Mr. Banks
Sandra Bullock - Gravity
Julie Delpy - Before Midnight
Greta Grewig - Frances Ha

Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer Lawrence - American Hustle
Lupita Nyong'o - 12 Years a Slave
Ruth Wilson - Saving Mr. Banks
Sally Hawkins - Blue Jasmine
Cary Mulligan - The Great Gatsby


  1. Love the picks even though I haven't seen Before Midnight, The Place Before the Pines, Frances Ha, and sadly, Blue Jasmine.

    Am quite sad about The Butler; I thought it deserved at least an honorable mention. It could have easily have been nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor, Supporting Best Actor even Actress. Emma Thompson's work in Saving Mr. Banks deserves a nomination. And The Great Gatsby should have been up for nomination for Best Actor, Supporting Actress even, and of course Best Picture which also translates to Best Screen Play. Frozen should have been in these last two nominations. I think Oscars hate comedies, well, if you don't consider The wolf of Wall Street. Think about Identify Thief, 21 and Over, and Last Vegas. I somehow expected to see WW Z, Man of Steel (Production Design, Sound Mixing and Editing for these last two), 2 Guns, Catching Fire, and Now You See Me. I thought Turbo and Monster University were so inspired that they were going to get the node in animation. I was quite happy to see Dirty Wars up for Best Documentary Feature.

    1. I have not yet seen the Butler, but I've heard great things about it. I felt like Disney was given the cold shoulder this year because both Saving Mr. Banks and Frozen deserved more nominations. I had no idea you were such a movie buff Emmanuel! I am glad there's someone else out there who takes these things as seriously as I do.

    2. LoL Thanks Heather! am such a sucker when it comes to movies! Maybe performance in general!! :)