24 January, 2012

The Oscar Nominations of 2012


Alrighty, for those of you who care, here are the Oscar nominations for this year of 2012... the year the world ends. Well, not all of them, just the ones anyone could possibly care a bit about.

I have underlined who I think will win and italicized who I think SHOULD win.

Best Picture
THE ARTIST
THE DESCENDANTS
THE HELP
HUGO
EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
WAR HORSE
THE TREE OF LIFE
MONEYBALL

Best Director
Michel Hazanavicius, THE ARTIST
Alexander Payne, THE DESCENDANTS
Martin Scorsese, HUGO
Woody Allen, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
Terrence Malick, THE TREE OF LIFE

Best Actor
Demian Bichir, A BETTER LIFE
George Clooney, THE DESCENDANTS
Jean Dujardin, THE ARTIST
Gary Oldman, TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY
Brad Pitt, MONEYBALL

Best Actress
Glenn Close, ALBERT NOBBS
Viola Davis, THE HELP
Meryl Streep, THE IRON LADY
Rooney Mara, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
Michelle Williams, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN

Best Supporting Actor
Kenneth Branagh, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN
Jonah Hill, MONEYBALL
Nick Nolte, WARRIOR
Cristopher Plummer, BEGINNERS
Max von Sydow, EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE

Best Supporting Actress
Berenice Bejo, THE ARTIST
Jessica Chastain, THE HELP
Melissa McCarthy, BRIDESMAIDS
Janet McTeer, ALBERT NOBBS
Octavia Spencer, THE HELP

Best Adapted Screenplay
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, THE DESCENDANTS
John Logan, HUGO
George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon, THE IDES OF MARCH
Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin (story by Stan Chervin) MONEYBALL
Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan, TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY

Best Original Screenplay
Michel Hazanavicius, THE ARTIST
Kristen Wiig & Annie Mumolo, BRIDESMAIDS
J.C. Chandor, MARGIN CALL
Woody Allen, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
Asghar Farhadi, A SEPARATION

Best Animated Feature
A CAT IN PARIS
CHICO AND RITA
KUNG FU PANDA 2
PUSS IN BOOTS
RANGO

Best Cinematography
Guillame Schiffman, THE ARTIST
Jeff Cronenweth, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
Robert Richardson, HUGO
Janusz Kaminski, WAR HORSE
Emmanuel Lubezki, THE TREE OF LIFE

Best Editing
Anne Sophie-Bion and Michel Hazanavicius, THE ARTIST
Kevin Tent, THE DESCENDANTS
Kirk Baxter, Angus Wall, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
Thelma Schoonmaker, HUGO
Christopher Tellefsen, MONEYBALL

Best Makeup
THE ARTIST
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2
THE IRON LADY

Best Original Score
Ludovic Bource, THE ARTIST
John Williams, THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN
Howard Shore, HUGO
Alberto Iglesias, TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY
John Williams, WAR HORSE

Best Visual Effects
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2
HUGO
RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON
REAL STEEL

Best Documentary Feature
HELL AND BACK AGAIN
PINA
IF A TREE FALLS: A STORY OF THE EARTH LIBERATION FRONT
PARADISE LOST 3: PURGATORY
UNDEFEATED

What are your picks?



29 comments:

  1. I thought TinTin would be nominated for the best animated feature

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  2. No Drive and no Albert Brooks for Supporting Actor. Damn.

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  3. I'm impressed you've seen enough of these movies to have an opinion. I didn't know. I will have to go into my annual movie overdrive to catch up.

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    1. That's why I make the big bucks and write 91.9% of the articles. ;)

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  4. I think I've maybe seen even LESS of the movies this year than usual. We have Moneyball sitting in a Netflix envelope on the coffee table but we've been choosing to catch up on Breaking Bad instead for the past week. We're up through the season 4 premiere finally, and it is currently blowing our minds.

    Out of ALL the movies on this list ... let's see what have I seen ...

    Bridesmaids
    Harry Potter 7.5

    HA! Holy shit, that is it. The ones I WANT to see are: Moneyball, The Descendents, maybe Beginners, maybe the latest Paradise Lost doc (and I gotta find out what the other docs are in the list cause I like documentaries) ... and maybe we'll check out Tree of Life since half the people we know who have seen it told us it was awful, and the other half liked it. And MAYBE I'll eventually see Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ... but I already saw the Swedish version and it was ... eh. I think I'm missing something with that movie series because to me (and I only saw the first one) it just played like a really freaky ep of L&O SVU or something. I have a feeling it would work much better in book form for me though.

    I do think it's cool that Sookie from Gilmore Girls and Dean Pelton are nominated for Oscars, but other than that, the noms list is a pretty big snoozefest for me. There are several other movies I'm planning to see because they look good (Drive, 50/50, Take Shelter, etc.) but none of those were nominated.

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    1. I've seen only The Artist, The Descendants, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Harry Potter and Moneyball of the nominees listed above.

      I saw J. Edgar too, though I did fall asleep towards the end. No surprise it didn't get any nominations.

      United Artists theaters do a thing where they show all the Best Picture nominations over 2 days and its a real bargain. I did it last year for the first time and I think I'll do it again.

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  5. None of these are surprising.

    All the critics and Hollywood reporters were predicting for months that these movies would be nominated.

    I'm going to say that the Aritst wins Best picture.

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    1. What The Artist has in its favor is it's about Hollywood. Hollywood would dig that.

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    2. EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE is being blasted by critics. THE HELP has had so-so reception from the critics.

      No, this is just The Academy voters giving nominations to movies they think they are supposed to like... without even watching them. Typical.

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  6. I'm not saying every single movie nominated is liked by critics.

    It's just that if you follow this sort of thing many critics and Hollywood reporters were predicting that these were the movies that were going to be nominated.

    For the most part they were right.

    The only thing i was surprised by is that the Adventures of Tin Tin didn't get a nomination for best Animated film.

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    1. I do follow these things... which is why a couple of those are surprises. Saying all critics said these movies (and performances in that regard) would be nominated, isn't remotely accurate. Some. But not all.

      As for being mostly right, of course. All they had to do was look at the other 20 award shows for a frame of reference.

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  7. oh i'm sorry for the grammar mistake.

    Rather than say all the reporters and critics i meant to say a lot of critics and reporters.

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    1. So, that changes your entire point. Especially since you said NONE of these were a surprise and that ALL critics predicted their nomination. Except that there are surprises because MOST critics didn't predict ALL of these.

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  8. I don't think it changes my point.

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    1. Not surprised you wouldn't see your blanket statement, which is clearly false, and then changing it to make it sound more accurate, changes your point which was false.........

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  9. I don't think it does.

    All i meant was that i'm not surprised that these movies and actors and actresses got nominated because they were the one's that were the most buzzed about it this year.

    A lot of critics and Hollywood reporters were predicting that these movies were going to be nominated by the Academy award voters and they were.

    I'm not surprised that the Descendants, Tree of Life, The Artist, Hugo etc. got nominated.

    I'm not surprised that George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Nick Nolte and Meryl Streep got nominated this year.

    Now was every single critic predicting these would be nominated? no. and i regret wording it that way.

    I didn't literally listen to every critic or Hollywood reporter's predictions but as i've said a great deal of them were saying these people and these movies would probably get a nomination.

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  10. The Anonymus guy is right these movies and actors were being heavily predicted to be nominated.

    I like Head Geek Furious but he's being a pain.

    For example Extremely Loud was being touted as a best picture nominee before it was even screened for critics.

    The Academy Award voters are so predictable.

    No surprises this year.

    George B.

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    1. Come on, George. "Extremely Loud" wasn't being touted as shit once people SAW IT.

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  11. Harry Potter or Drive should have been nominated over Tree of Life but it doesn't surprise me that they didn't.

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    1. TREE OF LIFE is the most unique and brilliant movie made in the last 40 years. I accept that a majority of people are incapable of appreciating it, but DRIVE, while entertaining, is also beyond over-hyped by those who love it.

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  12. If you praise it that much i'll have to check it out sometime.

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    1. It is an unusual movie that is purely driving home emotions. It is very poetic. If you are not into that kind of shit, you will likely react like most people I know who have seen it. :)

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  13. If you don't mind could you compare it to other movies that are similar.

    Like in terms of feel what movie or movies would you say are similar to Tree of Life.

    I would like to know so i'd know what to expect from it.

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    1. 20001: A SPACE ODYSSEY is the only one that is kind of similar. But that is in space. While TREE OF LIFE does have some beautiful space sequences, they are used as metaphors.

      TOL is essentially a 2-hour montage. Like the biggest trailer or fan video ever on YouTube. But edited as a living poem. If you are not a deep thinker, I can't imagine you will dig it.

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  14. I think of myself as a deep thinker but i didn't like 20001:A Space Odyssey.

    That's a shame because i've liked most of Terrence Malik's films.

    Thank you for the heads up.

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    1. Well, if you've like most of his films, then why would you not check it out?

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  15. Alright i will.

    I don't have to watch all the way through if i don't like it.

    The comparison to 2001 has me thinking i'm not going to like it.

    But i'll check out.

    A Terrence Malik film with Sean penn and Brad Pitt should be good.

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    1. I said "kind of similar." Not "similar."

      "Kind of" is the operative term.

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