Oscar Winners 2013

And the winners for each category of the 2013 Oscars are as follows:

  • Best Actor in a Leading Role :
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role:
  • Best Actress in a Leading Role :
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role:
  • Best Animated Feature:
  • Best Animated Short Film:
  • Best Cinematography:
  • Best Costume Design:
  • Best Director :
  • Best Documentary Feature:
  • Best Documentary Short:
  • Best Film Editing:
  • Best Foreign Language Film:
  • Best Live Action Short Film:
  • Best Makeup and Hairstyling:
  • Best Original Score:
  • Best Original Song:
  • Best Picture :
  • Best Production Design:
  • Best Sound Editing:
  • Best Sound Mixing:
  • Best Visual Effects:
  • Best Adapted Screenplay:
  • Best Original Screenplay:

Is The Hollywood Era Over?

In the wake of this season’s stunning Oscar nomination upsets, many critics and long time cinema fans are scratching their heads in wonderment – just who will the 2013 Oscar winners be? Is it possible that the era of huge budget Hollywood blockbusters  is slowly coming to an end? In the wake of more foreign films and lesser known stars than ever receiving Oscar nods, the international community cannot help but wonder how this came to be reflected at the Academy Awards so quickly. After all, most critics have long been accusing the Hollywood movie making industry as the world’s most conservative center of cinema. Still, perhaps the old axiom  ”the money follows where the audience leans” is proving itself in the 21st century to be truer than ever before.

Still, while many point to such globally expanding cinematic markets as the Bollywood, Pollywood, and Nollywood scenes, there is no need for Hollywood lovers to work themselves up into a panic just yet. This year’s bumper crop of Academy Awards nominations does include such guaranteed Hollywood blockbusters as “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Lincoln”. Perhaps shockingly, however, the fact that guaranteed Hollywood power player Steven Spielberg failed to rack up quite as many nominations for his film as he had likely counted on, has thrown Tinseltown into a bit of a compensatory shock. Public relations and media spin have been working overtime to dispel this perception.

Films from France and the European continent in general have had more of a regular presence in the nominations categories this year than ever before. Surely, this is no mere coincidence. The Hollywood industry being what it is, it can hardly be a surprise that domestic film producers would wish to place the spotlight squarely on their own creations (for financial and other reasons). The fact that so many foreign produced films have garnered nominations is the first sign of what must be an extremely worrying trend. While the average movie goer has no access to the anxious discussions that must be occurring behind closed doors, the tenor of those meetings can be imagined.

Can the era of Hollywood dominance over the modern international movie making market place really be coming to an end? The signs are certainly pointing in this direction. Of course, America cannot simply outsource its entire movie making apparatus as it has done with many other of its formerly domestic industries. Still, the size and world hegemonic dominance of the American film industry may well be shrinking down to more compact and manageable proportions. This is in line with the relative paucity of domestic film nominations at the Academy Awards this year.

Still, whatever may come, there is no reason to fear that Hollywood will stop producing and distributing world historic blockbuster films. While the release of such giant money making ventures may become less frequent, there is no reason to believe that America will cease to have a place in the world market alongside great films from Pakistan, India, and Nigeria. Indeed, the future for American cinema is a bright and promising one.