Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Oscar Nomination Reaction

The Oscar nominations were annouced today, so I thought I'd give some reactions. For those interested, out of the categories I predicted (all but the shorts), I got 72 out of 104 total nominees correct - right around 70% which is where I normally am in the nominating round. Hugo led the nominations with 11, followed closely by The Artist with 10, Moneyball and War Horse had 6, The Descendants and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo had 5, The Help and Midnight in Paris had 4, The Tree of Life, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Albert Nobbs, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II and Transformers: Dark of the Moon each had 3.

Surprise Nominees I'm Happy About: Gary Oldman for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is the only one that really stands out. I had Tree of Life getting Picture and Director Nominations, and I'm happy that it got in.

Surprise Nominees I'm Not Happy About: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close for Best Picture, Demian Bichar for Best Actor.

Surprise Nominee I Haven't Decided Yet: Max von Sydow for Best Supporting Actor. He's great in the movie, and out of the nominees, a fine choice, but they really screwed the pooch in that category.

Omissions I'm Not Happy With: Michael Fassbender for Actor, Tilda Swinton for Actress, Albert Brooks for Supporting Actor, Carey Mulligan for Supporting Actress. Perhaps the four best performances of the year, none of them nominated.

Supporting Categories Completely Messed Up: None of the nominees for Supporting Actor or Actress would have made my top 5 for those categories (you'll see my entire list next week). So, no vested interest for me in either one.

Before the ceremony, I'll come back with my Annual Oscar Odds post, which tells you will win and should win.

The nominees are:

Best Picture
The Artist
The Descendants
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
The Help
Midnight in Paris
The Tree of Life
War Horse

Best Director
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Best Actor
Demián 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
Bérénice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help

Best Original Screenplay
The Artist - Michel Hazanavicius
Bridesmaids - Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo
Margin Call -  J.C. Chandor
Midnight in Paris -  Woody Allen
A Separation - Asghar Farhadi

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Descendants -  Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
Hugo - John Logan
The Ides of March  - George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon
Moneyball -  Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Stan Chervin
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy -  Bridget O'Connor, Peter Straughan

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots

Foreign Language Film
In Darkness
Monsieur Lazhar
A Separation

Best Achievement in Cinematography
The Artist - Guillaume Schiffman
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Jeff Cronenweth
Hugo - Robert Richardson
The Tree of Life - Emmanuel Lubezki
War Horse - Janusz Kaminski

Best Achievement in Editing
The Artist
The Descendants
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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

Best Achievement in Costume Design
The Artist
Jane Eyre

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

Best Original Score
The Adventures of Tintin - John Williams
The Artist - Ludovic Bource
Hugo - Howard Shore
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy -  Alberto Iglesias
War Horse - John Williams

Best Original Song
The Muppets - Man or Muppe
Rio - Real in Rio

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

Best Achievement in Sound Editing
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Hugo ,
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
War Horse

Best Achievement in Visual Effects
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Real Steel
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Best Documentary, Features
Hell and Back Again
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

Best Documentary, Short Subjects
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

Best Short Film, Animated
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris
La Luna
A Morning Stroll
Wild Life

Best Short Film, Live Action
The Shore
Time Freak
Tuba Atlantic

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