A Parent’s Picks – Academy Awards 2013

A Few Fast Facts First:

  • When are the 2013 Oscars? The Academy Awards show is on this Sunday, February 24, 2013.
  • What channel are the Oscars on? ABC (Check local guide. In Dallas it’s on WFAA Channel 8)
  • What time do the Oscars start? Technically, the show starts at 5:30PM PST (So that’s 7:30PM here in Dallas), but red carpet coverage begins earlier and varies by market.
  • Who is hosting? Seth MacFarlane will be this year’s first-time host. Could be interesting?
  • What time will the Oscars end? If I could tell you that, I’d be placing bets on my Academy Award winner picks below and retire after the show. No one ever knows when it will end.

Are you a fellow parent? How many of the Oscar nominated movies have you seen? I’m a bit behind on my movie viewing. Can you identify? Barely watch any TV shows without Dora the Explorer in them. Do you watch other award shows like the Grammy Awards or Golden Globes? Me, not so much. Bet it comes as no surprise I chose The Walking Dead over Downton Abbey last night.

Graphic of the Academy Awards 2012 Oscar Statue

Speaking of Downton Abbey (this is a bit off subject) but I do have a great idea… a Walking Dead – Downton Abbey Crossover Event. Think about it. I’m certain Professor McGonagall, I mean the Dowager Countess of Grantham, could kick some serious Zombie butt! Am I right? She’s kind of scary. Definitely want her on my side! But that’s for another blog.

Back to the Oscar nominations, and my picks, for what they are worth. Quick question: are these the Academy Awards 2012 or are they the 2013 Oscars? The movies aired in 2012, right… but the awards are given in 2013? I always get that confused. So who are the Oscar nominees, and which, in my infinite wisdom (lower your expectations), will win in 2013?

Here are the Oscar nominations with adaddyblog.com’s (meaning my) picks in red. Note: I have updated this post Academy Award broadcast with the actually winners names preceded by a ,


  1. “Amour” Margaret Menegoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka and Michael Katz, Producers
  2. ✔ “Argo” Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney, Producers
  3. “Beasts of the Southern Wild” Dan Janvey, Josh Penn and Michael Gottwald, Producers
  4. “Django Unchained” Stacey Sher, Reginald Hudlin and Pilar Savone, Producers
  5. “Les Misérables” Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward and Cameron Mackintosh, Producers
  6. “Life of Pi” Gil Netter, Ang Lee and David Womark, Producers
  7. “Lincoln” Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers
  8. “Silver Linings Playbook” Donna Gigliotti, Bruce Cohen and Jonathan Gordon, Producers
  9. “Zero Dark Thirty” Mark Boal, Kathryn Bigelow and Megan Ellison, Producers


  • Bradley Cooper in “Silver Linings Playbook”
  • ✔ Daniel Day-Lewis in “Lincoln”
  • Hugh Jackman in “Les Misérables”
  • Joaquin Phoenix in “The Master”
  • Denzel Washington in “Flight”


  • Jessica Chastain in “Zero Dark Thirty”
  • ✔ Jennifer Lawrence in “Silver Linings Playbook”
  • Emmanuelle Riva in “Amour”
  • Quvenzhané Wallis in “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
  • Naomi Watts in “The Impossible”


  • Alan Arkin in “Argo”
  • Robert De Niro in “Silver Linings Playbook”
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman in “The Master”
  • Tommy Lee Jones in “Lincoln” (was not the winner)
  • Christoph Waltz in “Django Unchained” (winner)


  • Amy Adams in “The Master”
  • Sally Field in “Lincoln”
  • ✔ Anne Hathaway in “Les Misérables”
  • Helen Hunt in “The Sessions”
  • Jacki Weaver in “Silver Linings Playbook”


  • “Amour” Michael Haneke
  • “Beasts of the Southern Wild” Benh Zeitlin
  • “Life of Pi” Ang Lee (was the winner)
  • “Lincoln” Steven Spielberg (did not win)
  • “Silver Linings Playbook” David O. Russell

I’m going to stop now before I embarrass myself any further. I’ve seen very few of these. Actually there is one more that I did see. I wrote about it last week. It’s a sweet Disney film nominated for an academy award for Best Short Film-Animated, Paperman. View the entire film in HD here if you’d like. It’s just 6 minutes long, and worth every minute.


  • “Adam and Dog” Minkyu Lee
  • “Fresh Guacamole” PES
  • “Head Over Heels” Timothy Reckart and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly
  • “Maggie Simpson in the Longest Daycare” David Silverman
  • “Paperman” John Kahrs

Those in red were my picks. I just updated it with in front of the actual winners. I got some of them right. How did you do? Do you care? Which should have won?


  1. And what about the consequences? Which tips have been realized? Honestly, I feel a little bit disappointed but I don’t want to sound offensive to the fans of the winners so I better shut up. Anyway, I think that this year’s was way much better than the last one.

    1. I’m very sorry, Ursula. I started to update this with the actually winners after the awards ended, but then life (and a desperate need for sleep) intervened. 😉 It’s updated fully now. Those with the check mark in front are the actual winners. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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