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Warner Bros. Launches Oscar Campaigns For 'The Dark Knight Rises' & 'Cloud Atlas'

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by Kevin Jagernauth
November 13, 2012 1:26 PM
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It's that time of year, and the studios are getting ready to wine and dine Oscar voters in the hopes of giving their prestige pictures, success stories and, hell, even the long shots, a bit of love in the awards season. And Warner Bros. is getting in on the act. They've launched their awards site, and alongside the obvious contenders like "Magic Mike," "Argo" and "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" are two more blockbusters, Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" and The Wachowskis' and Tom Tykwer's "Cloud Atlas."

While "The Dark Knight" earned a number of nods for technical achievements along with Best Cinematography and Best Actor (with a win for the late Heath Ledger), it missed out on Best Director and Best Picture at the time (and is unofficially credited with forcing the Academy to expand the field to up to ten films). WB wants voters to consider the project in a variety of fields, placing Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway in the Best Actor and Best Actress category (which likely means Hathaway will go Best Supporting for "Les Miserables"), and the rest of the cast in Supporting. Will Nolan finally get the Best Director nomination that has eluded him? Will Hans Zimmer get recognized for his great work on the series? We'll soon see...

Meanwhile, WB is tossing a Hail Mary for "Cloud Atlas," the ambitious spectacle that divided critics and baffled audiences to the point where no one showed up. Maybe in the tech categories it'll get some love, but beyond that, it doesn't seem likely. Anyway, check out who the studio is pitching below and hit the campaign site for more. [HeyUGuys]

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION - THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

BEST PICTURE
EMMA THOMAS
CHRISTOPHER NOLAN
CHARLES ROVEN

BEST DIRECTOR
CHRISTOPHER NOLAN

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Screenplay by
JONATHAN NOLAN and
CHRISTOPHER NOLAN
Story by
CHRISTOPHER NOLAN & DAVID S. GOYER

BEST ACTOR
CHRISTIAN BALE

BEST ACTRESS
ANNE HATHAWAY

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
MICHAEL CAINE
GARY OLDMAN
TOM HARDY
JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT
MORGAN FREEMAN

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
MARION COTILLARD

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
WALLY PFISTER, ASC

BEST ART DIRECTION
Production Designers
NATHAN CROWLEY
KEVIN KAVANAUGH
Set Decorator
PAKI SMITH

BEST FILM EDITING
LEE SMITH, A.C.E.

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
LINDY HEMMING

BEST MAKEUP
Makeup Department Head
LUISA ABEL
Hair Department Head
JANICE ALEXANDER

BEST SOUND MIXING
Production Sound Mixer
ED NOVICK
Re-Recording Mixers
GARY A. RIZZO
GREGG LANDAKER

BEST SOUND EDITING
RICHARD KING

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
PAUL FRANKLIN
CHRIS CORBOULD
PETER BEBB
ANDREW LOCKLEY

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
HANS ZIMMER

CLOUD ATLAS - FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

BEST PICTURE
GRANT HILL
STEFAN ARNDT
LANA WACHOWSKI
TOM TYKWER
ANDY WACHOWSKI

BEST DIRECTOR
LANA WACHOWSKI
TOM TYKWER
ANDY WACHOWSKI

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
LANA WACHOWSKI &
TOM TYKWER &
ANDY WACHOWSKI

BEST ACTOR
TOM HANKS

BEST ACTRESS
HALLE BERRY

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
HUGH GRANT
JIM BROADBENT
HUGO WEAVING
JIM STURGESS
BEN WHISHAW
KEITH DAVID
JAMES D’ARCY
DAVID GYASI

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
SUSAN SARANDON
DOONA BAE
ZHOU XUN

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
JOHN TOLL, ASC
FRANK GRIEBE

BEST ART DIRECTION
Production Designers
ULI HANISCH
HUGH BATEUP
Set Decorators
PETER WALPOLE
REBECCA ALLEWAY

BEST FILM EDITING
ALEXANDER BERNER

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
KYM BARRETT
PIERRE-YVES GAYRAUD

BEST MAKEUP
Hair & Makeup Designers
JEREMY WOODHEAD
DANIEL PARKER

BEST SOUND MIXING
Sound Mixers
IVAN SHARROCK
ROLAND WINKE
Re-Recording Mixers
MATTHIAS LEMPERT
LARS GINZEL

BEST SOUND EDITING
FRANK KRUSE

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
DAN GLASS
STEPHANE CERETTI

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
TOM TYKWER
JOHNNY KLIMEK
REINHOLD HEIL

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18 Comments

  • Zane | November 27, 2012 3:58 PMReply

    The Dark Knight Rises should be the main focus not Cloud Atlas, also TDKR is the last one the the trilogy, it deserves the last awards.

  • SP1234 | November 16, 2012 9:55 PMReply

    Doona Bae for Best Supporting Actress. In my opinion, sorry Anne, Amy, but she's the one to beat.

  • Matt | November 15, 2012 11:19 PMReply

    i'm a huge batman fan, but after seeing Cloud Atlas for the second time/starting the book, i totally forgot The Dark Knight Rises (or any other movie for that matter) even came out this year. all the lame critics/reviewers/bloggers who keep downplaying Cloud Atlas are just kowtowing to the system that pays their checks. it's the only film in recent memory, stuffed with so much raw emotion, truth, and humanity, that can so deeply confuse some fans, while completely illuminating others. if you want a movie served on a silver platter, go see Argo or some other big Hollywood "hit", but if you wanna feel something real, go see Cloud Atlas....a few times.

  • gert | November 14, 2012 3:05 AMReply

    best supporting actor ? michael effin caine

  • DHE | November 13, 2012 8:24 PMReply

    Nolan and Pfister are the only realistic picks. Tom Hardy was rather impressive considering he only had his eyes to act but I doubt that it will come to pass

  • isaiah | November 13, 2012 7:38 PMReply

    As far as I'm concerned Cloud Atlas was the best movie this year. It was spectacular and never left me bored. I also don't understand what was confusing about it. All the timelines flowed together in a nice logical way.

  • DG | November 13, 2012 6:46 PMReply

    Hathaway for sure deserves a nomination for Rises though I doubt she'll get it. They should have cut out Modine and gave her a few more scenes, I think a lot more screen time might have clinched it for her

  • Ronnie | November 13, 2012 5:40 PMReply

    Dark knight Rises should get a best movie ever award if there was such a thing.
    vote here
    Dark knight vs Dark knight Rises
    http://www.misterpoll.com/polls/566831

  • Morningstar | November 13, 2012 5:32 PMReply

    Rises has to be the worst Batman movie that I have ever seen; Batman is an arthritic quitter who is scared of the bad guy. Yes, even in the critically panned 'Batman & Robin', Batman was many things, but a quitter wasn't one of them. Plus, they have a prision in the middle of a desert that doesn't have a roof, inmates that have all kinds of things that they can use to build a contraption to escape, and they don't . The movies music is bombastic, the acting (see: Cotilard's death) is laughable and lazy, and the script has plot holes that you can fly the BAT through. This movie was made to cut a paycheck by Nolan and company; they laughed their way to the bank with this one. This movie is horrid for anyone with an IQ over 100.

  • AE | November 14, 2012 11:57 AM

    I'm with morning star, for a sign of how moronic TDKR was just check out Tyler's critical response below, kind of actually sums up for me the mentality of the movie; loud, arrogant, obnoxious, too loud and dumb as fuck.

  • Andy | November 14, 2012 1:06 AM

    Eh, sounds like your typical neglected fanboy mad at the world...

  • tyler | November 13, 2012 11:10 PM

    hey morningstar go back to blowing your dad u fucking loser.

  • G | November 13, 2012 3:23 PMReply

    I'd love to see Jim Broadbent get a supporting nod for Cloud Atlas.

  • Christian | November 13, 2012 3:02 PMReply

    The Dark Knight Rises and Skyfall show that you CAN make an intimate big budget blockbuster that reflects on modern society, set against the backdrop of a big, spectacular action film. Mendes and Nolan are currenly the masters of mature blockbuster cinema. Hopefully Roger Deakins wins his Oscar, Wally Pfister beat him last time.

  • Andy | November 14, 2012 1:08 AM

    I think Skyfall more deserves it this time around, TDKR just wasn't Oscar material in my eyes like TDK was back in '08. But I agree with you on Roger Deakins, he made the film look beautiful.

  • Chris138 | November 13, 2012 2:23 PMReply

    Out of all the major studio releases this year I'd say Skyfall and, perhaps to a lesser extent, The Dark Knight Rises are the only ones that have any chance at being considered as one of the year's best picture nominees. Cloud Atlas won't even be on the Academy's radar. I also can't see the Academy giving much of a chance to other big successes like The Hunger Games or The Avengers in major categories. That personally doesn't bother me, but I know there are some out there still rooting for them to get recognition.

  • Andy | November 14, 2012 1:11 AM

    Ditto, although The Avengers is overrated in my opinion. The Hunger Games on the other hand is really and overlooked gem, but not to the extent it deserves Oscar recognition.

  • Mark | November 13, 2012 1:40 PMReply

    Best Adapted Screenplay for TDKR? Don't make me laugh Warner Bros.

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