Best of 2013: The Davis Award Dream Ballot

wolfofwallstreet_7I 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

BestPicture_2013

  • 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
    (Sony Pictures)

    PRODUCERS: Dana Brunetti; Michael De Luca; Scott Rudin
  • FROZEN
    (Walt Disney Pictures)

    PRODUCER: Peter Del Vecho
  • GRAVITY
    (Warner Bros.)

    PRODUCERS: Alfonso Cuaron; David Heyman
    HER
    (Warner Bros.)

    PRODUCERS: Megan Ellison; Vincent Landay
  • INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
    (CBS Films)

    PRODUCERS: Ethan Coen; Joel Coen; Scott Rudin
  • NEBRASKA
    (Paramount Pictures)

    PRODUCERS: Albert Berger; Ron Yerxa
  • THE SQUARE
    (Netflix)

    PRODUCERS: Karim Amer
  • THE WOLF OF WALL STREET
    (Paramount Pictures)

    PRODUCERS: Riza Aziz; Leonardo DiCaprio; Joey McFarland; Martin Scorsese; Emma Tillinger Koskoff

WINNER: TBA

lone-survivorRUNNERS 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.

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BEST DIRECTOR

BestDirector_2013

  • Joel Coen & Ethan Coen – Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Alfonso CuaronGravity
  • Spike Jonze – Her
  • Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave
  • Martin Scorsese – The Wolf of Wall Street

WINNER: TBA

peter-berg-lone-survivorRUNNERS 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

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Clayton Davis--prolific writer and autism awareness advocate of Puerto Rican and Black descent, known for his relentless passion, dedication, and unique aptitude. Over the course of a decade, he has been criticizing both film and television extensively. To date, he has been either featured or quoted in an array of prominent outlets, including but not limited to The New York Times, CNN.com, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter. Growing up in the Bronx, Clayton’s avid interest in the movie world began the moment he first watched "Dead Poets Society” at just five years of age. While he struggled in English class all throughout grade school, he dived head first into writing, ultimately taking those insufficiencies and transforming them into ardent writings pertaining to all things film, television, and most importantly, the Academy Awards. In addition to crafting a collection of short stories that give a voice to films that haven’t made it to the silver screen, Clayton currently serves as the Founding Editor of AwardsCircuit.com. He also holds active voting membership at various esteemed organizations, such as the Broadcast Film Critics Association, Broadcast Television Journalists Association, African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, Black Reel Awards, and International Press Academy. Furthermore, Clayton obtained his B.A. degree in American Studies and Communications.