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2012 Oscar Nominations

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jennifer-lawrence-oscars-2011.jpgI love this time of year! The weather in Vancouver is wet and miserable, so what better time to hunker down in the theatre to catch all the great flicks that come out around this time. It's also the lead up to the Academy Awards!


Nominations will be announced in less than 24 hours from Los Angeles by Jennifer Lawrence, best known for her roles in last year's nominee Winter's Bone and this year's much anticipated Hunger Games.


I've been hitting the movie circuit hard over the past 4 weeks, trying to get a head start on my Oscar watch list so here are my predictions for some of the nominees tomorrow, in no particular order:


Best Picture

  • Midnight in Paris
  • The Descendants
  • Hugo
  • The Artist
  • The Help
  • oscar-statue.jpgWar Horse
  • Young Adult
  • The IIdes Of March
  • Iron Lady
  • My Week With Marilyn


Best Actress

  • Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn)
  • Meryl Streep (Iron Lady)
  • Viola Davis (The Help)
  • Charlize Theron (Young Adult)
  • Rooney Mara (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo)


Best Actor

  • George Clooney (The Descendants)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio (J. Edgar)
  • Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
  • Jeremy Irvine (War House)
  • Brad Pitt (Moneyball)


Best Director

  • Woody Allen (Midnight In Paris)
  • George Clooney (The Ides Of March)
  • Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
  • Alexander Payne (The Descendants)
  • Martin Scorsese (Hugo)

Click here to check out a recent review from Plug-in blogger lwoodhead for Iron Lady.


What are some of your predictions? Are there any films you think should receive a nom for Best Picture that I may have missed?


I'll return tomorrow morning to post the official nominees, so stay tuned... Smiley Wink


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I think you're list is pretty much spot on, but I'm a dark horse kind of guy and I'm hoping for a few surprise (or in my opinion, rightfully deserved) nominations when tomorrow's announcement is all said and done.


First, for the Best Picture category, I'd like to see Bridesmaids added in to the mix. I'd replace your Young Adult. The rest I think you got spot-on.


For Best Actress, I think you might see Kate Winslet once again find her name on the list for her role in Carnage (bumped up from supporting actress at the Golden Globes) and Charlize getting snubbed


For Best Actor, I'm betting on Christopher Plummer getting bumped up into the lead category as well (from supporting at the Golden Globes) for The Beginners. Seriously, I just re-watched the trailer to remind myself how zany/brilliant his character was!


Best Director, you nailed it.


Where the controversy TRULY lies this year will be in the musical categories. Will Madonna receive the nod for Best Song, which many critics claim is unworthy? It would surprise me if she didn't, if for no other reason than the Academy Awards wanting to leverage that Madonna will in attendance and they will garner a few additional rating points.


On the flip side, I'm a little saddened as I don't think we're going to have the heart-wrenching speeches from this year's winners as we've seen from those in year's past. I love me a tear-filled, praise-baby-Jesus, to-my-mama-up-in-heaven moment at any award show. I think those will be few and far between unless Octave Spencer win's for best supporting actress for The Help, and then I too will be a heap of a mess, jumping up and down, just because I can.


I've already set my alarm for 6am.

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Oscar nominations were announced today. Here is the full list:


Best Picture

"The Artist" Thomas Langmann, Producer

"The Descendants" Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers

"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" Scott Rudin, Producer

"The Help" Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers

"Hugo" Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers

"Midnight in Paris" Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers

"Moneyball" Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers

"The Tree of Life" Nominees to be determined

"War Horse" Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers


Actor in a Leading Role

Demián Bichir in "A Better Life"

George Clooney in "The Descendants"

Jean Dujardin in "The Artist"

Gary Oldman in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"

Brad Pitt in "Moneyball"

Actor in a Supporting Role

Kenneth Branagh in "My Week with Marilyn"

Jonah Hill in "Moneyball"

Nick Nolte in "Warrior"

Christopher Plummer in "Beginners"

Max von Sydow in "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"


Actress in a Leading Role

Glenn Close in "Albert Nobbs"

Viola Davis in "The Help"

Rooney Mara in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"

Meryl Streep in "The Iron Lady"

Michelle Williams in "My Week with Marilyn"


Actress in a Supporting Role

Bérénice Bejo in "The Artist"

Jessica Chastain in "The Help"

Melissa McCarthy in "Bridesmaids"

Janet McTeer in "Albert Nobbs"

Octavia Spencer in "The Help"


Animated Feature Film

"A Cat in Paris" Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli

"Chico & Rita" Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal

"Kung Fu Panda 2" Jennifer Yuh Nelson

"Puss in Boots" Chris Miller

"Rango" Gore Verbinski


Art Direction

"The Artist" Production Design: Laurence Bennett; Set Decoration: Robert Gould

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan

"Hugo" Production Design: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo

"Midnight in Paris" Production Design: Anne Seibel; Set Decoration: Hélène Dubreuil

"War Horse" Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Lee Sandales



"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


Costume Design

"Anonymous" Lisy Christl

"The Artist" Mark Bridges

"Hugo" Sandy Powell

"Jane Eyre" Michael O'Connor

"W.E." Arianne Phillips



"The Artist" Michel Hazanavicius

"The Descendants" Alexander Payne

"Hugo" Martin Scorsese

"Midnight in Paris" Woody Allen

"The Tree of Life" Terrence Malick


Documentary (Feature)

"Hell and Back Again" Danfung Dennis and Mike Lerner

"If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front" Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman

"Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory" Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs

"Pina" Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel

"Undefeated" TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Richard Middlemas


Documentary (Short Subject)

"The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement" Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin

"God Is the Bigger Elvis" Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson

"Incident in New Baghdad"James Spione

"Saving Face" Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

"The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom" Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen


Film Editing

"The Artist" Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius

"The Descendants" Kevin Tent

"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall

"Hugo" Thelma Schoonmaker

"Moneyball" Christopher Tellefsen


Foreign Language Film

"Bullhead" Belgium


"In Darkness" Poland

"Monsieur Lazhar" Canada

"A Separation" Iran



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

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

"The Iron Lady" Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland


Music (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


Music (Original Song)

"Man or Muppet" from "The Muppets" Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie

"Real in Rio" from "Rio" Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown Lyric by Siedah Garrett


Short Film (Animated)

"Dimanche/Sunday" Patrick Doyon

"The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg

"La Luna" Enrico Casarosa

"A Morning Stroll" Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe

"Wild Life" Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby


Short Film (Live Action)

"Pentecost" Peter McDonald and Eimear O'Kane

"Raju" Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren

"The Shore" Terry George and Oorlagh George

"Time Freak" Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey

"Tuba Atlantic" Hallvar Witzø


Sound Editing

"Drive" Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis

"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Ren Klyce

"Hugo" Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty

"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl

"War Horse" Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom


Sound Mixing

"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Bo Persson

"Hugo" Tom Fleischman and John Midgley

"Moneyball" Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, Dave Giammarco and Ed Novick

"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Peter J. Devlin

"War Horse" Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson and Stuart Wilson


Visual Effects

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and John Richardson

"Hugo" Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning

"Real Steel" Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor and Swen Gillberg

"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White and Daniel Barrett

"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Matthew Butler and John Frazier


Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

"The Descendants" Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash

"Hugo" Screenplay by John Logan

"The Ides of March" Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon

"Moneyball" Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. Story by Stan Chervin

"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" Screenplay by Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan


Writing (Original Screenplay)

"The Artist" Written by Michel Hazanavicius

"Bridesmaids" Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig

"Margin Call" Written by J.C. Chandor

"Midnight in Paris" Written by Woody Allen

"A Separation" Written by Asghar Farhadi


Looks like 'The Artist' might be running away on Oscar night with the most wins. Personally, I haven't seen the movie, but it looks like it's the one to beat. I'm hoping 'Moneyball' cleans house too because I thought it was one of the best sports movies ever and I think it's pretty hard to make a good sports movie.

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Thanks for posting the noms @!


Here's my list of surprises, following this morning's announcements:


  • Why only 9 nominees for Best Picture? I think My Week With Marilyn should have been considered. I also think they should go back to nominating just 5 films in this category.
  • Brad Pitt for Best Actor is a bit of a stretch. I don't think he stood out for his role in Moneyball whatsoever, but I'm thrilled for Jonah Hill!
  • Both Madonna and Elton snubbed for Best Original Song = hilarious and a bit of a surprise, but I can't say I disagree.
  • Love that Melissa McCarthy received a nod for her hilarious role in Bridesmaids. Nice to see the Academy giving props to some of the brilliant comedic female actors out there.
  • Love that Kristen Wiig got a shout out for Best Original Screenplay, but I'm a little surprised 50/50 didn't make this list.

What does everyone think about Billy Crystal returning to host the show? Think he still has what it takes?




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Billy's back? WOW thats awsome news.

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After watching the promotional video, I'm definitely on board with bringing Billy Crystal back as host! I was worried as he definitely won't be attracting a younger audience to tune in for the awards...I think they should give Neil Patrick Harris as a shot at it!


As for the nominations, there were definitely a few surprises. I agree with @Heather, they really should go back to five nominations. Nine just opens the field up too much, unnecessarily.

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I just realized that Bret McKenzie - nominated for Best Original Song for Man or Muppet - is one of the Kiwis behind Flight of the Conchords. So awesome...



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I actually though Pitt was pretty outstanding in Moneyball. For me though, it was less his vocal performance (although good too) and more the story/feeling portrayed on his face throughout all the times that he wasn't speaking. For whatever that's worth. Smiley Happy

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Thanks for the info. Guess they just want to keep us off balance or whatever. Wonder what the 10th one would have been? I figure they cut the Iron Lady off, maybe even before the fact. :shock:

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Thanks for the info. Guess they just want to keep us off balance or whatever. Wonder what the 10th one would have been? I figure they cut the Iron Lady off, maybe even before the fact. :shock:

Not sure why they went with only 9 onminees this year, but I definitely thought Iron Lady would be in that mix. They should just go back to 5.


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