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2012 Oscar Nominations

January 24, 2012

The nominees have been released. There are several big surprises that I didn’t see coming. Some of the surprises are good…some are annoying…others are downright dumb. Read, comment and let me know who you think will win.

Here is my Oscar nomination prediction post.

Best Picture

The Artist

The Descendants

War Horse


The Tree of Life

Mightnight in Paris

The Help


Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Extremely Loud? The film has been critically panned and only has a %50 on Rotten Tomatoes. Capone from Aintitcool thought it was the worst film of the year.

I’m happy War Horse got a nomination. It could pull an upset because The Artist and The Descendants are losing momentum. I’d love to see Mightnight in Paris or The Tree of Life win.

Notable snub: Tinker Tailor Solider Spy.

Best Director

Michael Hazanavicius – The Artist

Alexander Payne – The Descendants

Martin Scorsese – Hugo

Woody Allen – Midnight in Paris

Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life

This was the easist category to predict. I’m happy Malick got a nomination. The Tree of Life is a work of true talent.

Best Actor

Demian Bechir – A Better Life

George Clooney – The Descendants

Jean Dujardin – The Artist

Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Brad Pitt – Moneyball

I really wanted Michael Shannon to get a nomination for his work in Take Shelter. I am stoked that Gary Oldman got a nom for Tinker Tailor. Oldman was on fire and deserves the attention. Grantland predicted Demian would get the vote. I was going to put him on the list but I opted for Michael Fassbender. Everyone thought he was a lock but the NC-17 nature of Shame cost him.

I’m thinking Brad Pitt will finally get the golden statue.

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

Meryl Streep will win the Oscar. Viola Davis might get the upset. Rooney has a boatload of momentum.

Best Supporting Actress

Berenice Bejo – The Artist

Jessica Chastain – The Help

Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids

Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs

Octavia Spencer – The Help

How great would it be if Melissa McCarthy won best supporting actress? Jessica Chastain deserves the win. However, Spencer will walk away with the Oscar.

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

I really hope Nick Nolte wins the Oscar. No other actor came close to the work he did in Warrior. Christopher Plummer will win though. I really dig Beginners and hope the statue will bring it more of an audience.

Best Original Screenplay

The Artist


Margin Call

Midnight in Paris

A Separation

No Win Win or 50/50? Lame. I’m hoping Midnight  or Bridesmaids will win. They are both incredibly watchable films.

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Descendants


The Ides of March


Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Woo hoo for Tinker Tailor! Moneyball will win though. Sorkin wrote a superb script.

Best Animated Feature

A Cat in Paris

Chico & Rita

Kung Fu Panda 2

Puss in Boots


No Tin Tin? Huh? Why? It is easiest the best animated film of the year. This is Rangos race to lose.

Comment and let me know what you think. I want conversations.

One Comment leave one →
  1. VJ Long permalink
    January 25, 2012 9:43 am

    Meryl Streep can suck it! Never liked her. Not sure why. It was always a mutual feeling between myself and Neil Tucker. I thought her best work was done in 2003’s “Stuck on You.” Other than that she can suck it. I met her one time in an elevator in Las Vegas. She had one of those roll bags, and it got caught in the tracks of the elevator as she was exiting. I helped her free the bag, and she didn’t even bother to say thanks. I don’t know much, but I do know when someone helps you it is common courtesy to say thanks. So Meryl I’ll be voting for Rooney Mara.

    War Horse, I’m over you too. I used to date a very attractive girl who was an equestrian. She broke my heart and is married now, but that’s not the point. I would ride out to the barn with her and watch her ride. It was a glorious sight until they got back to the stable. The horse was extremely dumb and stubborn. My ex would tell me, and this was coming from a professional rider, that the horse is a fairly stupid animal. So I’m not trying to mess with War Horse. Where do you think that horse ends up after the movie? That thing became the first Elmer’s glue stick…

    As for the rest of the picks I’m going to have to stick with whatever Mark said. I didn’t get to the picture show very much this past year and a half, so I can’t really comment on many of the movies or thespians. I would like to say Glenn Close is one haggard b*$ch. When she was in “101 Dalmatians” her haggardness scared me to death. I didn’t see Albert Nobbs, but if Glenn is featured it they need a new category…”Good movie with most haggard person imaginable” I challenge you to put up a poster of Glenn Close on your wall and try to sleep at night. She makes me sick…

    Happy Oscar’s Everyone

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