2012 Oscars


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Best Picture

The Artist

The Descendants

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

The Help


Midnight in Paris


The Tree of Life

War Horse

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

Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn

Best Supporting Actor

Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn

Jonah Hill, Moneyball

Nick Nolte, Warrior

Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Max Von Sydow, Extremely Loud and 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 Director

Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Alexander Payne, The Descendants

Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Terrence Malick, Tree of Life

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Descendants, Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash

Hugo, John Logan

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

Moneyball, Steve Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. Story by Stan Chervin.

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

Best Original Screenplay

The Artist, Michael Hazanavicius

Bridesmaids, Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig

Margin Call, J.C. Chandor

Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen

A Separation, Asghar Farhadi

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A complete list of nominations is available here.

At this point, there are some suprises, namely the support for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I'm happy Glenn Close got in though I would have rather seen a nomination for Tilda Swinton for We Need to Talk About Kevin. No pity nominatinon for Cars 2 means that this is the first year since the founding of the Best Animated Film category that Disney has no representation. While I loved Man or a Muppet, I think I would have prefered Life's a Happy Song or Pictures in my Head to get nominated from The Muppets for Best Original Song.

Okay, now I begin the process of watching all the Best Picture nominees in the next month or so. Woo.

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I'm surprised Tintin didn't get a nomination.

Also love reading all the articles about how In The Land of Blood and Honey got "snubbed", haha. Nevermind the fact that the movie was universally panned by critics, but hey, it's Angelina Jolie so it deserves a nomination right.

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Of those nominated for best picture, I saw Midnight in Paris, The Tree of Life, Hugo, Moneyball, The Artist, and The Descendants, of those I'd say that only Moneyball and The Descendants were Oscar-worthy. And before all you Midnight in Paris fans jump all over me, let me say that I did like it, along with the other ones I saw except for Tree of Life.

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I'm actually going to skip this year, watch it on Tuesday instead. This year's ceremony just doesn't interest me. That said, predictions:

Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, The Help (Though I wouldn't be surprised by a Melissa McCarthy upset.)

Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Best Original Screenplay: Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

Best Adapted Screenplay: The Descendants

Best Actor: George Clooney, The Descendents

Best Actress: Let me preface this with this is usually my favorite category just because it is rarely predictable. Right now, we have three frontrunners, Michelle Williams, Meryl Streep, and Viola Davis. Which one win depends on sympathy. We have the young ingenue playing a Hollywood goddess, we have the Seasoned Veteran playing a very unpopular yet strong politician, then we have a woman who has silently risen into a force to be reckoned with playing a quietly struggling and multi-layered part. I'm going Viola Davis here for The Help. That said, all three actresses will deserve it.

Best Director: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist Just because it's nearly unheard of for a film to win Best Picture but not one of the other major six awards.

Best Picture: The Artist BUT, I could see an upset for The Help.

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