Oscar Nominations

25 Jan


Oscar Nominations are in. Check out the list to see who’s on it and who’s not!

Best Picture Nominees

The Artist

The Descendants


The Help

Midnight in Paris


War Horse

The Tree of Life

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

You may have noticed that Nicholas Refn’s Drive was not nominated.  Drive’s flow and graphic violence may be too much for North American audiences, but we really get a chance to see how Ryan Gosling has grown as an actor.

Best Actor

George Clooney, The Descendants

Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy

Demian Bichir, A Better Life

Where’s Ryan Gosling? He was great in Drive and in The Ides of March. I would have liked to see Michael Fassbender in this category for the critically acclaimed Shame.

Best Actress

Viola Davis, The Help

Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn

Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs

The Academy has it spot on for the Best Actress Nominations.  Happy to see Rooney Mara nominated for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Mara brought a lot to the Lisabeth Salander character and she did a better job than Noomi Rapace…sorry it’s true.

Best Supporting Actor

Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn

Nick Nolte, Warrior

Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Jonah Hill, Moneyball

Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

The choices are pretty good, except for Jonah Hill. I don’t think he deserves to be in this category with veterans like Branagh, Nolte and Plumber. God, I hope Nick Nolte wins for Warrior.  His nomination seems to be a surprise to many people, but he more than deserves an Oscar for his role as Tom Hardy and Joel Eggerton’s recovering alcoholic father.

Best Supporting Actress

Berenice Bejo, The Artist

Jessica Chastain, The Help

Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids

Octavia Spencer, The Help

Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs

This list seems to be keeping with other recent award ceremonies. The surprise for me is Melissa McCarthy for Bridesmaids.  McCarthy was one of the reasons that Bridesmaids was so successful and her turn as the Husband To Be’s crazy sister deserves some recognition.

Best Director

Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Alexander Payne, The Descendants

Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life

Nicholas Refn should be included in the Best Director category especially considering how much buzz and praise surrounded Drive.  Malick seems like an odd choice considering Tree of Life is an art house movie, but he is notoriously meticulous so Malick earned an Oscar nod at least.

Best Original Screenplay

Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

Asghar Farhadi, A Separation

Michael Hazanavicius, The Artist

Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumulo, Bridesmaids

J.C. Chandor, Margin Call

Best Adapted Screenplay

Nat Faxon, Alexander Payne and Jim Rash, The Descendants

Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian, Moneyball

John Logan, Hugo

George Clooney and Grant Heslov, The Ides of March

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

Best Animated Feature

A Cat in Paris

Kung Fu Panda 2

Puss in Boots


Chico & Rita

Best Foreign Film

A Separation (Iran)

Footnote (Israel)

In Darkness (Poland)

Monsieur Lazhar (Canada)

Bullhead (Belgium)


4 Responses to “Oscar Nominations”

  1. misha January 25, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

    Good year for Brad Pitt! I am dying to see The Artist, and pretty interested in seeing Hugo! Have you seen either?
    I like that Jonah Hill made the cut. This role allowed him to prove he was more that just another fat comedian – and the academy seems to love rewarding people with making that transition from “funny” roles to “serious” roles.

  2. calmiron January 25, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

    I haven’t seen The Artist, but I’ve heard good things about it. With Jonah Hill, I didn’t think his character was that interesting in Moneyball. I’m not saying he didn’t do a good job, but really an Oscar nomination? Homie don’t play that.

  3. Christine January 26, 2012 at 5:50 am #

    As much as a like newcomers Rooney Mara and others, I really don’t think anyone should win until they’ve been making movies, say, 20 years. Why? Well, when youngish people get an Oscar, their future bad choice in roles makes it seem like they never deserved one, as if their winning was a fluke or that the Oscars are obviously fixed.

    Halle Berry = Die Another Day, Gothika, Cat Woman
    Cuba Gooding Jr. = Pearl Habour (a Michael Bay film…Eww!)
    Adrien Brody = King Kong, Predators

    When an actor already has an extensive body of work before winning the Oscar, he or she can be forgiven for some of their crappy later choices. There’s ample proof that they’re talented.

  4. JB January 28, 2012 at 12:57 am #

    Can I just say – Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close was nominated for best pic and not Drive?! What sort of ridiculousness! And this coming from someone who loves both Bullock and Hanks. I think you’re right on that the academy is much happier to go the safer route.

    I’m also choked that Gosling and Fassbender weren’t up for Best Actor – and yet, I really can’t hate on Oldman (who just might take it IMO if the votes get split between Pitt and Clooney) or Bichir (who was such an underdog).

    I like Rooney Mara as well – but I CANNOT stand her in interviews. Who calls themselves “aloof”?! People who are the exact opposite of that word. Dumbass.

    And finally – Terrance Malick! I don’t think he stands a chance (he just doesn’t campaign like the other guys) but goddamn the nominations for Tree of Life made me happy!

    I demand that you do a predictions list a little closer to the day of the event too!

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