Oscar Tracker - AwardsCircuit.com - By Clayton Davis

Oscar Tracker

This is the place where we keep track of all the Oscar contenders as they’re released.  All films, performances, and songs must have been screened and generated a “substantial” amount of praise.  If you feel a film or performance should be added (or removed) in any given category, please send it into the comment section or e-mail the Editor: ClaytonDavis@AwardsCircuit.com  

 UPDATED: 11/26/12

Best Motion Picture
Amour
Argo
The Avengers 
Beasts of the Southern Wild
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Cloud Atlas
The Dark Knight Rises
The Impossible
Flight
Les Miserables
Life of Pi
Lincoln
The Master
Moonrise Kingdom
The Sessions
Silver Linings Playbook
Skyfall
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Director
Ben Affleck – Argo 
Paul Thomas Anderson – The Master
Wes Anderson – Moonrise Kingdom 
Juan Antonio Bayona – The Impossible
Kathryn Bigelow – Zero Dark Thirty
Michael Haneke – Amour 
Tom Hooper – Les Miserables
Ang Lee – Life of Pi
Christopher Nolan – The Dark Knight Rises 
David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook
Steven Spielberg – Lincoln
Joss Whedon – The Avengers
Benh Zeitlin – Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Actor
Jack Black – Bernie
Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
Richard Gere – Arbitrage
Jake Gyllenhaal – End of Watch
Tom Hanks – Cloud Atlas
John Hawkes – The Sessions
Hugh Jackman – Les Miserables
Tommy Lee Jones – Hope Springs 
Bill Murray – Hyde Park on Hudson
Joaquin Phoenix – The Master
Jean-Louis Tringnant – Amour
Denzel Washington – Flight

Best Actress
Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard – Rust & Bone
Judi Dench – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Elle Fanning – Ginger & Rosa
Anne Hathaway – The Dark Knight Rises
Keira Knightley – Anna Karenina
Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games
Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
Laura Linney – Hyde Park on Hudson
Melanie Lynsky – Hello I Must Be Going
Emmanuelle Riva – Amour 
Meryl Streep – Hope Springs
Quvenzhane Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild
Naomi Watts The Impossible
Michelle Williams  Take this Waltz

Best Supporting Actor
Alan Arkin – Argo
Jim Broadbent – Cloud Atlas
Jason Clarke – Zero Dark Thirty
Bryan Cranston – Argo
Russell Crowe – Les Miserables
Robert DeNiro – Silver Linings Playbook
John Goodman – Argo 
John Goodman – Flight 
Woody Harrelson – Seven Psychopaths
Garrett Hedlund – On the Road
Dwight Henry – Beasts of the Southern Wild
Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master
Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln
Irrfan Kahn – Life of Pi
Jude Law – Anna Karenina
Matthew McConaughey – Magic Mike 
Ewan McGregor – The Impossible
Nate Parker – Arbitrage
Michael Pena – End of Watch
Eddie Redmayne – Les Miserables
Sam Rockwell – Seven Psychopaths
James Spader – Lincoln
Christopher Walken – Seven Psychopaths

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams – The Master
Samantha Barks – Les Miserables
Jessica Chastain – Lawless 
Pauline Collins – Quartet
Ann Dowd – Compliance 
Sally Field – Lincoln
Jane Fonda – Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding
Anne Hathaway – Les Miserables
Helen Hunt  The Sessions
Shirley MacLaine – Bernie
Susan Sarandon – Arbitrage
Maggie Smith – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Kristen Stewart  On the Road
Jacki Weaver  Silver Linings Playbook

Best Original Screenplay
Amour (Michael Haneke)
Arbitrage (Nicholas Jarecki)
Celeste & Jesse Forever (Rashida Jones & Will McCormack)
Damsels in Distress (Whit Stillman)
The Impossible (Sergio G. Sanchez)
Magic Mike (Reid Carolin)
The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson)
Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola)
Your Sister’s Sister (Lynn Shelton)

Best Adapted Screenplay
Argo (Chris Terrio)
The Avengers (Joss Whedon, Zak Penn)
Beasts of the Southern Wild (Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin)
Bernie (Skip Hollandsworth, Richard Linklater)
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Ol Parker)
The Dark Knight Rises (Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan)
Lincoln (Tony Kushner)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky)
The Sessions (Ben Lewin)
Silver Linings Playbook (David O. Russell)

Best Animated Feature
Brave
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
Ice Age: Continental Drift
Hotel Transylvania
ParaNorman
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
The Secret World of Arrietty 

Best Production Design
Anna Karenina
Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild
The Dark Knight Rises
Hyde Park on Hudson
Lincoln
 
Best Cinematography
Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Cloud Atlas
The Dark Knight Rises
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Looper

Best Costume Design
Anna Karenina
Argo
The Hunger Games
Hyde Park on Hudson
Lincoln
Mirror Mirror
Moonrise Kingdom

Best Film Editing
Argo
The Avengers 
Beasts of the Southern Wild 
The Dark Knight Rises
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Looper
Silver Linings Playbook

Best Makeup
The Dark Knight Rises
The Hunger Games
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Looper

Best Sound Mixing
The Amazing Spider-Man
The Avengers
Battleship 
The Bourne Legacy
Brave 
The Dark Knight Rises
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Looper
Prometheus 

Best Sound Editing
The Amazing Spider-Man
The Avengers
Battleship
Brave
The Bourne Legacy
Brave
The Dark Knight Rises
The Hunger Games
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Looper
Prometheus

Best Visual Effects
The Amazing Spider-Man
The Avengers
Battleship
Cloud Atlas
The Dark Knight Rises
The Hunger Games
Life of Pi
Looper
Prometheus

Best Original Score
Argo
Beasts of the Southern Wild
The Dark Knight Rises
Life of Pi
Lincoln
Moonrise Kingdom
Silver Linings Playbook

Best Original Song
“Into the Open Air” from Brave
“Learn Me Right” from Brave
“Touch the Sky” from Brave
“Let it Grow” from Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
“Safe and Sound” from The Hunger Games
“From Here to the Moon and Back” from Joyful Noise
“Midnight Run” from Lawless
“Still Alive” from Paul Williams Still Alive
“Breath of Life” from Snow White & the Huntsman
“One Wing” from Sparkle 

Best Foreign Language Film
Amour - AUSTRIA
 Death for Sale – MOROCCO
The Intouchables – FRANCE
No – CHILE
The Ophir Nominees  ISRAEL
A Royal Affair – DENMARK

Best Documentary Feature
Bully
The Central Park Five
Chimpanzee
Death by China
The Invisible War
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Marley
Paul Williams Still Alive
Queen of Versailles
Searching for Sugar Man
West of Memphis

REMOVED FROM TRACKER
The Deep Blue Sea, Rachel Weisz for Lead Actress

Greta Gerwig and Frances Ha in Original Screenplay (moved to 2013)

UNDER CONSIDERATION
Joss Whedon – Adapted Screenplay – The Avengers
The Grey, Liam Neeson

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Clayton Davis

Editor-in-Chief & Owner at The Awards Circuit
Clayton Davis started to write professionally in his sophomore year of college when Johnny Alba, the editor and owner of the old Oscar prediction site, The Oscar Igloo, had an opening for staff writers. Clayton wrote for The Igloo for nearly four years before being appointed editor and revamping and renaming The Oscar Igloo into the now popular mega-site, The Awards Circuit. Since then, Clayton has become a proud member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to awards season show, The Critics Choice Awards. Most recently, Clayton is a now an active member of the International Press Academy, which hosts the popular Satellite Awards as well as the newly integrated Broadcast Television Journalists Association, which hosts the Critics Choice Television Awards. In June 2014 he became the year's first accepted member to New York Film Critics Online. He has been quoted in various outlets (CNN.com, Bloomberg.com, TheWrap.com, AceShowbiz.com, SlashFilm.com, ScottFeinberg.com) and continues to raise the bar for film-talking enthusiasts around the globe.

  • https://www.google.com/profiles/103478054542935378154 nymetsman00

    Joey and Michael – While How to Die in Oregon is an AMAZING documentary, I’m pretty sure it is not eligible, as it has not (and will not) have a theatrical release. Project Nim and Buck are excellent choices though.

  • http://TheAwardsCircuit Joey Magidson

    I believe it screened previously to its TV debut, which is all it needs, a simple qualifying run. They often happen in one theater somewhere in California for one weekend to be in play.

  • http://@jaskline2007(twitter) Jason Kline

    How can Joseph Gordon-Levitt be listed number nine in the Predictions but completely left off the Tracker? He should definitely be on the list, and I personally think Anjelica Huston should too, but I understand she is a bigger long shot.

  • http://www.facebook.com/TurnIgnorance2Bodhi Massimo C. Fabio

    what about john hawkes for Martha Marcy May Marlene

  • Thomas

    I realize it is “just” costume design — but how about Anonymous? It seems that any movie that gets to dress Queen Elizabeth I gets a nomination … and this movie has two of them (an old and a young)!

  • Thomas

    Kirsten Dunst for Melancholia.

    If by chance Drive gets some deserved love, Carey Mulliagan could ride that tide of goodwill for her supporting role in it (as opposed to the more likely, Shame); but …

    AND as much as I would enjoy seeing it — Brendan Gleeson for The Guard. What a role … what a performance; but he was snubbed and not seriously considered for In Bruges and so I don’t think this one stands a chance.

    The films was foreign, too small and released ages ago; but Juliette Binoche shined in Certified Copy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dennisrthr Dennis Oppong Arthur

    You might as well add The Dark Knight Rises…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=26801810 Clayton Davis

      Can’t count the chickens until they’re hatched.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dennisrthr Dennis Oppong Arthur

    I am wondering if your tracker will include the dark knight rises after july 20th

  • Pixie

    Now you’re sounding just like a Nolan fanboy…if you think the Academy will mend their ways as far as Nolan’s Batman films are concerned, sorry, it’s not going to happen. As far the TDK snub is concerned, they already made it up to him two years back by giving ‘Inception’ 8 nominations (resulting in 4 wins), and Nolan himself received two nominations for ‘Inception’ (including Best Picture).

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=26801810 Clayton Davis

      How does this sound like a fanboy? Not sure where you got that from but feeling that the quality is there and I can see Warner bros making a big push, I definitely think its in contention. Nowhere do I say it will win, the tracker is meant for quality contenders that have been released. In my next round of Oscar predictions, will the Dark Knight Rises he predicted? Probably not but its in the hunt

  • https://www.google.com/profiles/102770354308851478090 Mark Johnson

    It’s silly to think TDKR is NOT a contender for a nomination. Just silly. I understand if you don’t think it will get the nom, but that is not the point of this page.

  • monika

    Why isn’t Jonny Greenwood on the list for original score? His music was integral to the story and uncomfortable feeling watching The Master!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=26801810 Clayton Davis

      It’s definitely deserving. I’m waiting to see if he’s eligible. Remember There Will Be Blood.

      • monika

        Yeah, I remember. And the soundtrack was mixed. He’s just so talented and, well, so “original” that I feel he’s deserving. :-)