Tuesday, 24 January 2012

The 2012 Oscar Nominations Are Here!

 After a long wait and much speculation, the 2012 Oscar Nominations have been announced. One thing I can say - there were a few massive surprises (but aren't there always?). The big winners so far are Hugo (11 nominations) and The Artist (10), which is not really surprising (Hugo is especially suited to the technical awards). Hit the jump to see 'em!

Best Picture
  • The Artist
  • The Descendants
  • War Horse
  • Moneyball
  • The Tree of Life
  • Midnight in Paris
  • The Help
  • Hugo
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
I should have followed my hunch - no less than 9 nominations!

The major surprise? Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. People had written it off (it scores 48% on Rottentomatoes for Pete's sake). The same goes for War Horse, if to a lesser extent. A pleasant surprise is The Tree of Life being nominated as well. I didn't think the Academy had it in them. What I am slightly pissed off about is Dragon Tattoo. I don't know, the Academy just doesn't like giving David Fincher any love. I would also liked to have seen The Ides of March in there.

Best Director
  • Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
  • Alexander Payne – The Descendants
  • Martin Scorsese – Hugo
  • Woody Allen – Midnight in Paris
  • Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life
Here I was a little more accurate, with 4 out of 5 chosen correctly. Although I am over the moon at Malick's inclusion, I am a little bummed about Fincher once more.

Best Actor
  • Demian Bechir – A Better Life
  • George Clooney – The Descendants
  • Jean Dujardin – The Artist
  • Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • Brad Pitt – Moneyball
The Academy goes big on the human factor by giving a nomination to the underdog story (Demian Bechir in A Better Life) while overlooking Michael Fassbender in Shame? Once again, 4 out of 5 right.

  • 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
No Tilda? Well, at least they included Rooney Mara. Awesome news, she really was terrific as Lisbeth. I see Glenn Close cracked the nod for her role as Bicentennial Man Albert Nobbs. So predictable it's unpredictable! 4 out of 5.

Best Supporting Actor

  • Berenice Bejo – The Artist
  • Jessica Chastain – The Help
  • Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids
  • Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs
  • Octavia Spencer – The Help
Poor Shailene Woodley got snubbed in favour of Janet McTeer (who was apparently brilliant). It doesn't sadden me too much since she is so young and has a massive career ahead of her. 4 out of 5. I also noticed some epic typos in my previous post. Apologies there. Well done Jessica Chastain and Melissa McCarthy!
  • Kenneth Branagh – My Week with Marilyn
  • Jonah Hill – Moneyball
  • Nick Nolte – Warrior
  • Christopher Plummer – Beginners
  • Max von Sydow – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Wow, Albert Brooks gets the boot! That is a shocker. 4 out of 5 on my other guesses though.

Best Original Screenplay

 I won't comment here, since I didn't predict. Nice to see Margin Call included, that was some difficult material to tackle. Sad to see 50/50 isn't there though.

Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo – Bridesmaids
J.C. Chandor – Margin Call
Woody Allen – Midnight in Paris
Asghar Farhadi – A Separation

Best Adapted Screenplay

Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash – The Descendants
John Logan – Hugo
George Clooney, Grant Heslov, and Beau Willomon – The Ides of March
Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, and Stan Chervin – Moneyball
Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best Foreign Language Film

Bullhead - Belgium
Footnote - Israel
In Darkness - Poland
Monsier Lazhar - Canada
A Separation - Iran

Haha, another 4 out of 5! Those were some good trailers.

Best Animated Feature

A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots

The real shocker here is... no Tintin? I wasn't a huge fan, but I did think it would crack the nod. What the hell is A Cat In Paris? The Academy really is starting to stray further and further from the Guilds.

I will publish the small categories sometime, but now it's time to work. All I will say is that I was right on all the other predictions except for the Dragon Tattoo score. Seems like a strong field this year though.

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