FILM: 2012 Oscar Nominations

Posted: January 24, 2012 in Film
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Best Picture
War Horse
The Artist
Moneyball
The Descendants
The Tree of Life
Midnight in Paris
The Help
Hugo 
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 

***Extremely Loud?!?! It’s an Oscar bait movie, it got mixed reviews from critics and from the populists. Outside of that, it’s pretty standard for what made it. But seriously? Extremely Loud??? Whatever, though. The Artist will win it all.

Best Director
Michael Hazanivicius, The Artist
Alexanda Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life

***5 for 5 in my predictions here! I thought they might award Fincher though since they seriously screwed up last year when they snubbed The Social Network. When all is said and done, it’s a two horse race between Hazanivicius and Scorsese. At this point, I’m placing my bets on Mr. H.

Best Actor
Damian Bichir, A Better Life
George Clooney, The Descendants
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

***3 of 5 in my predictions (with my alternative getting in). Most surprises are terrible, and then there are pleasant ones. They opted for Damian Bichir in the splendid foreign film A Better Life instead of Leonardo DiCaprio in the dry J. Edgar. I’m a little sad Michael Fassbender wasn’t nominated for easily the best performance of the year in Shame, but the Academy voters probably didn’t want an NC-17 film dragging down their family-friendly award show. Come Oscar night, this award should go to Clooney.

Best Actress
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn

***4 of 5 in my predictions (with one of my alternatives getting in). Mara pulls down a late win over the the struggling Charlize Theron. It’s sad that Tilda Swinton didn’t make it, but the movie was again probably too dark for them. Now that I think about it, I realized this year’s best male and female performances were not nominated. Instead, we’ll probably see Davis squeak by Streep in this one.

Best Supporting Actor
Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Mariilyn
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Nick Nolte, Warrior
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

***4 out of 5 in my predictions. Don’t listen to the E! Network. Jonah Hill is not the surprise here. We always knew he would make it. The big surprise is Max von Sydow getting in for the blah Extremely Loud over Albert Brooks, the original favorite to win this category just a few months ago. You can book this race before it even gets started. Win goes to Plummer.

Best Supporting Actress
Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help

***4 out of 5 in my predictions (with one of my alternates getting in). Now, I wish I woul’ve seen Albert Nobbs so that I could’ve properly assessed how good McTeer and Close were. Good for them though, as this was a project that was “in production” for a couple of decades. This category is so blah to me. Winner should either be Bejo or Spencer…I’ll go ahead and take Spencer.

Best Adapted Screenplay
Descendants
Hugo
The Ides of March
Moneyball
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 

***4 out of 5 in my predoctions (with one of my alternates getting in). Clooney gets so much Oscar love and in this case, he picks up another nod for The Ides of March this time around. I guess the Academy didn’t love The Help as much as I thought.

Best Original Screenplay
The Artist
Bridesmaids
Margin Call
Midnight in Paris
A Separation

***4 out of 5 in my predictions. Wow. A Separation. Yes! I didn’t see that coming, but hell yeah! The sad tale of the tape though is that The Artist will take it anyhow.

Best Animated Feature Film
A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in  Botts
Rango

***The major omission here is The Adventures of Tintin, which has been sweeping the animated category in all previous awards. But it looks like the Academy doesn’t consider it “animated” enough to include it. That was the big controversy heading into the Oscar season, but with all the awards it had been picking up, I thought that argument was over. With this list, Rango should deservedly take this category.

Best Foreign Language Film
Bullhead
Footnote
In Darkness
Monsieur Lazhar
A Separation

***If anything but A Separation wins, shoot me in the face.

Best Art Direction
The Artist
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Hugo
Midnight in Paris
War Horse

Best Cinematography
The Artist
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
The Tree of Life
War Horse

Best Costume Design
Anonymous
The Artist
Hugo
Jane Eyre
W.E.

Best Film Editing
The Artist
The Descendants
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
Moneyball

Best Makeup
Albert Nobbs
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
The Iron Lady

Best Music (Original Score)
The Adventures of Tintin
The Artist
Hugo
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
War Horse

***Where the hell is Trent Reznor for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo???

Best Music (Original Song)
“Man or Muppet”, The Muppets
“Real in Rio”, Rio

Best Sound Editing
Drive
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Hugo
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
War Horse

Best Sound Mixing
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
Moneyball
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
War Horse

Best Visual Effects
Harry Potter and the Death Hallows: Part 2
Hugo
Real Steel

Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Best Documentary Feature
Hell and Back Again
If a Tree Falls: The Story of the Earth Liberation Front
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
Pina
Undefeated 

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