Lincoln, Beasts & Django Unchained Lead Oscar Noms
Actors Emma Stone and Seth MacFarlane announced the 2013 Academy Award nominations this morning, and we’re glad to see some of the past year’s excellent Southern films getting their due. Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” leads the way with 12 nominations, while Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” garnered five and “Beasts of the Southern Wild” four.
Filmed entirely in Virginia, “Lincoln” has created lots of excitement in the state, with the official Lincoln movie trail launched in November. The film is up for best picture and Daniel Day Lewis, who portrays Lincoln, up for best actor. We’re going to go ahead and predict a win for him on that one.
“Django Unchained” was partly filmed in several locations in and around New Orleans, including Evergreen Plantation, which stands in for Leonardo DiCaprio’s “Candieland.” Despite its violent subject matter, “Django” features some beautiful shots of South Louisiana and plantation country, along with an original song by Lafayette’s own Dege Legg. We’ll be rooting for the movie over here, up for best picture and best cinematography.
Then there’s “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” also up for best picture. Filmed in Louisiana’s Terrebonne Parish town of Montegut, “Beasts” is a simply beautiful film. Quvenzhané Wallis, who plays main character Hushpuppy, is up for best actress against the likes of Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain, but deserves every bit of the award. She steals your heart and has you rooting for her “beasts” as they try to stay in their desecrated home.
Speaking of Jennifer Lawrence, Kentuckians can root for their homegirl and her indie film “Silver Linings Playbook.” It’s also up for best picture and several other awards. Stay tuned for more Oscar news leading up to the awards February 24, including our special themed menu and cocktail suggestions.
Image from Beasts of the Southern Wild Facebook page.