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January 26, 2012

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Written by: Paul Dronet
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84th Annual Academy Awards Nominations

Artists, and War Horses, and Descendants! Oh my!

Another year has passed, and it’s time for Hollywood’s old Dog-and-Pony Show to celebrate those they deem worthy with The 84th Annual Academy Awards. Outside of a few notable surprises, we have the usual rabble we’ve come to expect being honored this year. The likes of Meryl Streep, Glenn Close, Martin Scorsese, and Woody Allen are all represented in their respective categories. Let’s peruse the list and see what’s happening.

Hugo leads the charge with eleven nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. The surprise hit, The Artist, follows close behind with ten nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor. Alas, no Supporting Actor nod for everybody’s canine sweetheart, Uggie the dog. Better luck next year, Uggie! The rest of the pack received a fairly even distribution, with Moneyball and War Horse getting a respectable six nominations each, whilst The Help and Midnight in Paris each received four nominations, and others following suit.

Oscar decided to play it sassy this year, only nominating nine films in the Best Picture category. I guess five is too old school and ten is too cliche. They also showed signs of progression with nominees such as Bridesmaids, which has been bestowed with nominations for Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Screenplay. This means that even the Academy appreciates a disgusting defecation joke every now and then. However, they also showed signs of playing it safe, such as nominating Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close for Best Picture. Because cloying sentimentality never goes out of style.

But who are we kidding? The Academy Awards aren’t really about who wins and who loses. It’s about seeing glamourous stars dolled up and dressed to the nines, walking the red carpet, and posing for photos. It’s about people getting together with family or friends and watching the show unfold, whether it’s a host proving their worth, or two co-hosts repeatedly embarrassing themselves. It’s about being entertained for a few hours, and being reminded of all the films we could’ve seen, but probably opted to wait for on Netflix instead.

Here’s the full list of the nominees:

 

BEST PICTURE

  • The Artist
  • The Descendants
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
  • The Help
  • Hugo
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Moneyball
  • The Tree of Life
  • War Horse

 

BEST DIRECTOR

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

 

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

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

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

  • 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 ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

  • Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
  • Jonah Hill, Moneyball
  • Nick Nolte, Warrior
  • Christopher Plummer, Beginners
  • Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

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

 

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

  • A Cat In Paris
  • Chico & Rita
  • Kung Fu Panda 2
  • Puss In Boots
  • Rango

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

  • Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
  • Annie Mumulo & Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids
  • J.C. Chandor, Margin Call
  • Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
  • Asghar Farhadi, A Separation

 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

  • Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash, The Descendants
  • John Logan, Hugo
  • George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon, The Ides of March
  • Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, Moneyball
  • Bridget O’ Connor & Peter Straughan, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

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

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

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

 

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

  • “Man or Muppet” Music and Lyrics by Bret McKenzie, The Muppets
  • “Real in Rio” Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown & Lyrics by Siedah Garrett, Rio

 

BEST MAKE-UP

  • Martial Corneville & Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle, Albert Nobbs
  • Nick Dudman & Amanda Knight and Lisa Tomblin, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  • Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland, The Iron Lady

 

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

  • Lisy Christi, Anonymous
  • Mark Bridges, The Artist
  • Sandy Powell, Hugo
  • Michael O’ Connor, Jane Eyre
  • Arianne Phillips, W.E.

 

BEST FILM EDITING

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

 

BEST SOUND EDITING

  • Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis, Drive
  • Ren Klyce, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
  • Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty, Hugo
  • Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl, Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  • Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom, War Horse

 

BEST SOUND MIXING

  • David Parker & Michael Semanick & Ren Klyce and Bo Persson, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
  • Tom Fleischman and John Midgley, Hugo
  • Deb Adair & Ron Bochar & Dave Giammarco and Ed Novick, Moneyball
  • Greg P. Russell & Gary Summers & Jeffrey J. Haboush and Peter J. Devlin, Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  • Gary Rydstrom & Andy Nelson & Tom Johnson and Stuart Wilson, War Horse

 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

  • Tim Burke & David Vickery & Greg Butler and John Richardson, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  • Rob Legato & Joss Williams & Ben Grossman and Alex Henning, Hugo
  • Erik Nash & John Rosengrant & Dan Taylor and Swen Gillberg, Real Steel
  • Joe Letteri & Dan Lemmon & R. Christopher White and Daniel Barrett, Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Scott Farrar & Scott Benza & Matthew Butler and John Frazier, Transformers: Dark of the Moon

 

BEST ART DIRECTION

  • Production Design: Laurence Bennett, Set Decoration: Robert Gould, The Artist
  • Production Design: Stuart Craig, Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  • Production Design: Dante Ferretti, Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo, Hugo
  • Production Design: Anne Siebel, Set Decoration: Helene Dubreuil, Midnight in Paris
  • Production Design: Rick Carter, Set Decoration: Lee Sandales, War Horse

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

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

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT

  • The 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 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

  • Bullhead
  • Footnote
  • In Darkness
  • Monsieur Lazhar
  • A Separation

 

BEST SHORT ANIMATED FILM

  • Dimanche/ Sunday
  • The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
  • La Luna
  • A Morning Stroll
  • Wild Life

 

BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM

  • Pentecost
  • Raju
  • The Shore
  • Time Freak
  • Tuba Atlantic

 

 






2 Comments


  1. Ok, I was going down the list and I realized I hadn’t seen any of these movies, until I got to Harry Potter and Rise of the Planet of the Apes. That’s it. So sad!


  2. Paul Dronet

    Harry Potter and the Rise of the Planet of the Apes would probably make a kick-ass movie.



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