I guess it all comes down to this. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (or AMPAS) will be handing in their Oscar ballots on January 8. The best of 2013 will be determined by over 6,000 professionals, actors, directors, and more from around the globe. We will never be at a point where we agree with them 100% because we are all innately different and will champion things that no one else is or ignore things that everyone else seems to love. Putting together my dream ballot of the Davis Awards gives me the opportunity to truly assess the year from so many angles. For instance, I’m not a sound mixer but I look for certain things on the audible levels that I feel warrants a citation. A true professional, who knows that craft inside and out, may find things I don’t have the ear to catch. But I try my best.
Film is all subjective at the end of the day. It’s important to all of us, in different ways, and carries different meanings. If someone decides that Movie 43 is their favorite film of 2013, they cannot be discredited or ostracized for that selection, as long as they can support their opinion. But to be honest, sometimes they don’t have to. They like what they like. I like what I like. As always, this list is mine. I am eager to hear all of your opinions about the list and more importantly, your dream ballot of the year’s finest. Of course, many of you will be able to chime in on that front when we open our annual Awards Circuit Community Awards in a few weeks but even those always bring on controversy.
Click through the pages and see each category. Only the nominees are being announced now with some runner ups. The full list will be revealed when my choices are announced next week along with my (in order) Top Ten Films of 2013. If you missed any part of the Davis Awards 2013, check them out and make sure to include your own choices in the comment section.
BEST MOTION PICTURE
- 12 YEARS A SLAVE
(Fox Searchlight Pictures)
PRODUCERS: Dede Gardner; Anthony Kategas; Jeremy Kleiner; Steve McQueen; Arnon Milchan; Brad Pitt; Bill Pohlad
- BEFORE MIDNIGHT
(Sony Pictures Classics)
PRODUCERS: Christos V. Konstantakopoulos; Richard Linklater; Sara Woodhatch
- CAPTAIN PHILLIPS
PRODUCERS: Dana Brunetti; Michael De Luca; Scott Rudin
(Walt Disney Pictures)
PRODUCER: Peter Del Vecho
PRODUCERS: Alfonso Cuaron; David Heyman
PRODUCERS: Megan Ellison; Vincent Landay
- INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
PRODUCERS: Ethan Coen; Joel Coen; Scott Rudin
PRODUCERS: Albert Berger; Ron Yerxa
- THE SQUARE
PRODUCERS: Karim Amer
- THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
PRODUCERS: Riza Aziz; Leonardo DiCaprio; Joey McFarland; Martin Scorsese; Emma Tillinger Koskoff
RUNNERS UP: Probably the best war film since The Hurt Locker by Kathryn Bigelow, Peter Berg’s Lone Survivor packs an emotional punch with some outstanding performances by Ben Foster, Taylor Kitsch, and Emile Hirsch. Asghar Farhadi knows how to tell a story and his mystery drama The Past, enables the writer/director to bring a fresh perspective. There’s magic and power from beginning to end with Destin Cretton’s Short Term 12, one of the most authentic features of the year.
- Joel Coen & Ethan Coen – Inside Llewyn Davis
- Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity
- Spike Jonze – Her
- Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave
- Martin Scorsese – The Wolf of Wall Street
RUNNERS UP: Redemption was made by Peter Berg in Lone Survivor while Paul Greengrass brought tension to its breaking point in Captain Phillips. You also have to cite the way that Asghar Farhadi decides to tell a story in The Past.