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by Peter Knegt
December 19, 2012 1:09 PM
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For Your Consideration: If Indiewire's Critics Poll Picked The Oscars

"Holy Motors."

Imagine an Oscars where half the best picture nominees were foreign-language films? Where Jack Black is nominated for a darkly comedic Richard Linklater film? Where Denis Lavant isn't only nominated for his balls-to-the-wall performance in Leos Carax's "Holy Motors" but actually wins?

That's what it would look like if the Indiewire year-end poll picked the Oscars, clearly a far cry from any sort of reality. For the past few weeks, Indiewire has wholly devoted its awards coverage to the endless parade of Oscar precursors. But in honor of the announcement of yesterday's year-end poll of critics and bloggers here at Indiewire, we figured we'd mix things up a bit.

READ MORE: 'Holy Motors' Tops Indiewire's Poll For the Best of 2012 Film; Other Winners Include Jafar Panahi and Amy Seimetz

In this non-reality, Leos Carax's "Holy Motors" would win best picture (as well as best foreign language film and best actor for Denis Lavant); Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams would win supporting actor and supporting actress trophies for Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" (which also would win best original score); "This is Not a Film" would win best documentary feature; and in events all relatively very possible on Oscar night as well, Kathryn Bigelow, Jessica Chastain and Mark Boal would all win trophies for "Zero Dark Thirty," while Tony Kushner would take home a best adapted screenplay Oscar for "Lincoln."

Note that the following list is a fantasy in more ways than one. It entirely ignores most Academy rules, for example. The foreign-language film and documentary feature categories in particular are largely comprised of films that couldn't receive an Oscar nomination based on whether they were submitted or shortlisted.

There's also 10 films listed in the best picture category. While it was surely possible to go through the 202 ballots in this poll and decipher how many nominees qualified based on Oscar's complex system of ranked ballots that allows anywhere from 5 to 10, but full disclosure: That made our brains hurt.

With that in mind, here's what it would look like if the Indiewire poll picked the Oscars:

Best Picture
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Holy Motors
The Master
Moonrise Kingdom
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
This is Not a Film
The Turin Horse
Zero Dark Thirty

Best Director
Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master
Kathryn Bigelow, Zero Dark Thirty
Leos Carax, Holy Motors
Miguel Gomes, Tabu
Michael Haneke, Amour

Best Actor
Jack Black, Bernie
Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Denis Lavant, Holy Motors
Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Jean-Louis Trintignant, Amour

Best Actress
Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
Nina Hoss, Barbara
Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Rachel Weisz, The Deep Blue Sea

Best Supporting Actor
Samuel L. Jackson, Django Unchained
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Phillip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Matthew McConaughey, Magic Mike
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams, The Master
Ann Dowd, Compliance
Sally Field, Lincoln
Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Helen Hunt, The Sessions

Best Original Screenplay
Michael Haneke, Amour
Rian Johnson, Looper
Paul Thomas Anderson, The Master
Wes Anderson & Roman Coppola, Moonrise Kingdom
Mark Boal, Zero Dark Thirty

Best Adapted Screenplay
Chris Terrio, Argo
Richard Linklater, Bernie
David Cronenberg, Cosmopolis
Tony Kushner, Lincoln
Joachim Trier and Eskil Vogt, Oslo, August 31st

Best Foreign Language Film
Holy Motors
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
This is Not a Film
The Turin Horse

Best Documentary
The Central Park Five
How To Survive a Plague
The Imposter
Room 237
This is Not a Film

Best Original Score
Dan Romer and Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Jonny Greenwood, The Master
Alexandre Desplat, Moonrise Kingdom
Mihály Vig, The Turin Horse
Alexandre Desplat, Zero Dark Thirty

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  • Tania | December 21, 2012 1:38 PMReply

    Where is Marion Cotillard??? Really I hope you never pick the Oscars

  • ayham | December 20, 2012 12:40 PMReply

    where is Jennifer Lawrence?????????
    thank God you are not picking the oscars!!!

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  • brain fantana | December 19, 2012 4:56 PMReply

    i think i speak for all readers when I say how glad we are that indiewire critics don't pick the Oscars - 4 of the films barely played in more than a handful of theaters in the country - seriously this could be the most pretentious list of "best pictures" ever assembled - why do i even bother reading anything you guys write?

  • Michael | December 20, 2012 11:14 PM

    What does how widely released a movie is have to do with it? Or are they pretentious because you haven't heard of them? With a name like Brain, this is a pretty asinine comment.
    So great to see Denis Lavant, Jack Black and Ann Dowd here. What I love about this list (for the most part) is how resistant it is to what the award season dictates. I could have done without ...ANATOLIA and AMOUR (both seriously overrated despite the technical proficiency) but I find this refreshing. And HOLY MOTORS? Without a doubt the most original film of the year. An excellent choice. One question: Where is John Hawkes? It's a shame he's been pushed to the side now.

  • Mike | December 19, 2012 7:23 PM

    Actually I'm pretty satisfied with this list. Where else could we find a list that picks Oslo, August 31st as one of the best adapted screenplay or one that acknowledges Nina Hoss as one the best actresses this year?

  • Nate | December 19, 2012 3:03 PMReply

    how on earth did you completely overlook Silver Linings Playbook? It's ok to like mainstream schmaltz if it is brilliantly executed in just about all of its facets. mind boggling.

  • Tyler | December 19, 2012 2:39 PMReply

    I thought everyone was overrating Holy Motors, until I actually watched it yesterday. Wow. Best movie of the year is not a lie.

  • Elias Nahmias | December 19, 2012 1:30 PMReply

    Your choice for best picture is totally off.