Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Awards Watch: 84th Academy Awards Nominees

So, I was still up at 12.30am (and beyond) watching the Oscar nominations announced via a live stream. It was an experience. A maddening one. Here were my predictions, and following are the official nominees for the 84th Academy Awards:

Best Picture

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

Best Director

Michael Hazanavicius - The Artist
Alexander Payne - The Descendants
Martin Scorsese - Hugo
Terrence Malick - The Tree of Life
Woody Allen  - Midnight in Paris

Best Actor in a Leading Role

George Clooney - The Descendants
Jean Dujardin - The Artist
Brad Pitt - Moneyball
Demian Bichir - A Better Life
Gary Oldman - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best Actress in a Leading Role

Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady
Viola Davis - The Help
Michelle Williams - My Week with Marilyn
Rooney Mara - The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Glenn Close - Albert Nobbs

Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Octavia Spencer - The Help
Berenice Bejo - The Artist
Jessica Chastain - The Help
Melissa McCarthy - Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer - Albert Nobbs

Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Christopher Plummer - Beginners
Jonah Hill - Moneyball
Nick Nolte - Warrior
Max Von Sydow - Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Kenneth Branagh - My Week With Marilyn

Best Original Screenplay

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

Best Adapted Screenplay

Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash - The Descendants
Aaron Sorkin, Steve Zaillian - Moneyball
John Logan - Hugo
George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon - The Ides of March
Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughn - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best Animated Feature

Chico and Rita
A Cat in Paris
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots

Best Documentary Feature

Hell and Back Again
If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory

Best Foreign Language Film

A Separation
Monsieur Lazhar
In Darkness

Best Cinematography

Emmanuel Lubezki - The Tree of Life
Robert Richardson - Hugo
Guillaume Schiffman - The Artist
Janusz Kaminski - War Horse
Jeff Cronenweth - The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Best Film Editing

Anne-Sophie Bion and Michael Hazanavicius - The Artist
Thelma Schoonmaker - Hugo
Kevin Tent - The Descendants
Christopher Tellefsen - Moneyball
Kirk Baxter and Angus Hall - The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Best Original Score

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

Best Art Direction

The Artist
War Horse
Midnight in Paris
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Best Costume Design

Jane Eyre
The Artist

Best Makeup

The Iron Lady
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Albert Nobbs

Best Visual Effects

Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Real Steel

Best Original Song

"Man or Muppet" from The Muppets - Music and lyrics by Bret McKenzie
"Real in Rio" from Rio - Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown Lyrics by Siedah Garrett

Best Sound Mixing

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
War Horse

Best Sound Editing

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
War Horse

Best Documentary Short Subject

The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement
Gold in the Bigger Elvis
Incident in New Baghdad
Saving Face
The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

Best Short Film

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

Best Short Film (Live Action)

Pentecost - Peter McDonald and Eimear O'Kane
Raju - Max Zahle and Stefan Gieren
The Shore - Terry George and Oorlagh George
Time Freak - Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey
Tuba Atlantic - Hallivar Witzo

Tomorrow, once I have cooled down, there will a post-mortem picking out the highlights (The Tree of Life, Terrence Malick, Rooney Mara, Gary Oldman, A Separation...yeah) and the lowlights (War Horse, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Glenn Close, Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids, John Williams, no Michael Fassbender, no Tilda Swinton, no Shailene Woodley, no Albert Brooks, War Horse) of the 84th Academy Awards. For now, to bed. 


  1. I reread these and just vomited in my mouth a little bit. I think we all need to cool down a bit.

    1. Totally. I went to bed, but my mind was still very active.

  2. YES. Kung Fu Panda 2 got nominated.

    Other than that YAWN.

    Just watched the Descendants again, it's so boring??

    1. Yeah I dug Kung Fu Panda 2 - but I also like The Descendants a lot. I agree with all of it's nominations, except for the exclusion of Woodley for Supporting Actress. I find it very satisfying as a film - but I am a big Payne fan.

  3. My reaction to Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close's Best Picture nomination:

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