Sunday, February 26, 2012

Your 2012 Academy Awards Nominations...

Below, are the nominations for the 2012 Academy Awards. My choices are in bold…

Best Picture

There were a slew of great movies this year and The Artist just nudges out The Help in my mind.

War Horse

The Artist


The Descendants

The Tree of Life

Midnight in Paris

The Help


Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Best Actress

While I love Meryl Streep in everything, Viola Davis just inhabited her role.

Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs

Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Viola Davis, The Help

Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn

Best Actor

Another toughy… I would put Jean Dujardin just ahead of George Clooney for Best Actor. He totally carried The Artist, and I don’t know that another actor could have done it so well.

Demian Bichir, A Better Life

George Clooney, The Descendants

Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Supporting Actress

I think McCarthy is going to get it just so Bridesmaids gets something (and she’d deserve it, too), but if Octavia Spencer takes home the statue, I’d be okay with that.

Berenice Bejo, The Artist

Jessica Chastain, The Help

Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids

Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs

Octavia Spencer, The Help

Supporting Actor

80-something Plummer versus 80-something von Snydow, with Plummer getting the win.

Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn

Jonah Hill, Moneyball

Nick Nolte, Warrior

Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Best Director

The Artist is going to win a ton of awards tonight, leading to its Best Picture victory.

Michel Hazanivicus, The Artist

Alexander Payne, The Descendants

Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life

Best Original Screenplay

I could see Wiig and Mumulo getting the win, but I do think this is Woody Allen’s year, and since he’s not getting the Director statue, I think they give him screenplay. It was his best film in 30 years.

Michel Hazanivicius, The Artist

Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumulo, Bridesmaids

Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

J.C. Chandor, Margin Call

Asghar Farhadi, A Separation

Best Adapted Screenplay

Love Jim Rash in Community, so I hope he, Payne and Faxon get the win.

Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, The Descendants

John Logan, Hugo

George Clooney, Beau Willimon and Grant Heslov, The Ides of March

Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin and Stan Chervin, Moneyball

Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best Foreign Feature

Admittedly, I know nothing of this category, but I’ve heard of A Separation, so I’m thinking it’s taking the victory.



In Darkness

Monsieur Lazhar

A Separation

Best Animated Feature

Not a particularly good year for animation, or at least mainstream animation.

A Cat in Paris

Chico & Rita

Kung Fu Panda 2

Puss in Boots


Art Direction

The Artist was just gorgeous.

The Artist

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2


Midnight in Paris

War Horse


The Artist was just gorgeously shot, though so was War Horse and Hugo and Tree of Life. Okay, another great category, but I think The Artist is going to be rolling downhill and collecting wins..

The Artist

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo


The Tree of Life

War Horse

Costume Design

If Hugo doesn’t win, it’s going to be The Artist, because those costumes were gorgeous, but I just remember thinking about the costumes during Hugo (and it wasn’t because I was bored during the film).


The Artist


Jane Eyre


Documentary Feature

I was going to give this to Hell and Back Again, but Paradise Lost 3 has so many heavy hitters behind it, I’m leaning towards that.

Hell and Back Again

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory



Documentary Short Subject

Who doesn’t love a documentary short about the Iraqi War?

The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement

God Is the Bigger Elvis

Incident in New Baghdad

Saving Face

The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

Film Editing

Though I would not be surprised if Bion and Hazanavicius win, I’m thinking it’s Thema Schoonmaker’s year. Just a hunch.

Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Kevin Tent, The Descendants

Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Thelma Schoonmaker, Hugo

Christopher Tellefsen, Moneyball


C’mon, Harry Potter has to win something, right? And, I still firmly believes it belongs up there with the Best Picture nominees.

Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle, Albert Nobbs

Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland, The Iron Lady

Music (Original Score)

The score helped sell the film; it’s gotta win.

John Williams, The Adventures of Tintin

Ludovic Bource, The Artist

Howard Shore, Hugo

Alberto Iglesias, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

John Williams, War Horse

Music (Original Song)

Only two songs? Seriously? Muppets, for the win!

"Man or Muppet" from The Muppets, Bret McKenzie

"Real in Rio" from Rio, Sergio Mendes, Carlinhos Brown and Siedah Garrett

Sound Editing

I think Drive has to win something, and since this was the only thing it was nominated for (sorry, Albert Brooks), I think it wins.


The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo


Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon

War Horse

Sound Mixing

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo



Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon

War Horse

Visual Effects

C’mon, Potter! Avenge the snub of Alan Rickman!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2


Real Steel

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon

Short Film (Animated)

I know nothing of this category, so I threw a dart.


The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

La Luna

A Morning Stroll

Wild Life

Short Film (Live Action)

My second dart.



The Shore

Time Freak

Tuba Atlantic