The 2011 Oscar Nominations!

24 01 2012

Holy cow … WHAT AN INTENSE MORNING FOR SURPRISES!

Best Picture

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

Best Director

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

Best Actor

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

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”

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”

Best Original Screenplay

  • The Artist
  • Bridesmaids
  • Margin Call
  • Midnight in Paris
  • A Separation

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • The Descendants
  • Hugo
  • The Ides of March
  • Moneyball
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best Foreign Language Film

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

Best Animated Film

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

Best Documentary

  • Hell and Back Again
  • If a Tree Falls
  • Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
  • Pina
  • Undefeated

Best Art Direction

  • The Artist
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Part 2
  • Hugo
  • Midnight in Paris
  • War Horse

Best Costume Design

  • Anonymous
  • The Artist
  • Hugo
  • Jane Eyre
  • W.E.

Best Cinematography

  • The Artist
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Hugo
  • The Tree of Life
  • War Horse

Best Editing

  • The Artist
  • The Descendants
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Hugo
  • Moneyball

Best Sound Mixing

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Hugo
  • Moneyball
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  • War Horse

Best Sound Editing

  • Drive
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Hugo
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon
  • War Horse

Best Visual Effects

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

Best Makeup

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

Best Original Score

  • The Adventures of Tintin
  • The Artist
  • Hugo
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • War Horse

Best Original Song

  • Man or Muppet, “The Muppets”
  • Real in Rio, “Rio”

Big winners

“Hugo.”  While everyone thought that “The Artist” would lead the day in nominations, Scorsese’s film bested it by one nomination.  It scored in every technical category save for makeup.  Needless to say, the Academy LOVED this movie.

“Moneyball.”  The movie saw plenty of skeptics doubting its Best Picture chances, but it scored a nomination and plenty more, popping up in Best Sound Mixing (?) and landing a coveted editing nomination.

George Clooney.  We all knew he would be nominated for Best Actor, but a double nominee thanks to his work on the screenplay for “The Ides of March.”  Interesting.  I think this just solidifies his lead.

John Williams.  So basically, when Spielberg decides to make another movie, Williams gets out his tux and prepares for the Oscars.  Two scores nominated this year, no biggie.

Looking precarious

“The Artist.”  Its presumed frontrunner status took a hit today as it finished one nomination shy of “Hugo.”  Sure, it was nominated everywhere it could be reasonably expected to, but it needs to keep winning precursors to keep the momentum going.

“The Descendants.”  It was nominated for Best Editing, which was a necessary nomination if it wanted to seriously contend for Best Picture.  So that was good.  But with the Shailene Woodley snub, its nomination count was only five – and it’s sure to lose Best Editing and Best Director.  That doesn’t exactly scream Best Picture to me.

Big losers

“Drive.”  Albert Brooks’ omission from Best Supporting Actor meant that the critically acclaimed film only popped up in Best Sound Editing.  Ouch.

“The Help.”  I think the movie just lost its chance to win Best Picture.  Sure, it scored three acting nominations, but it didn’t receive a single technical notice (and its a period piece).  Tate Taylor missed out on both Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay nominations, which really stings.

“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”  It missed nominations for Best Picture, Director, and Adapted Screenplay while still scoring the same nomination count as “The Descendants.”   I think the Rooney Mara nomination was the equivalent of a Best Picture nomination for this movie.

Motion capture.  It’s 2012 and the Academy still hates motion capture.  Despite winning the Golden Globe and PGA award for Best Animated Feature, “The Adventures of Tintin” was not nominated in the category at the Oscars.  And it was directed by Steven Spielberg nonetheless!  The debate rages on about whether motion capture is the death of movies and whether it is even animation to begin with.

“Project Nim.”  The favorite to win Best Documentary going into the nominations doesn’t even get a nomination – now what?

Big surprises

Nine Best Picture nominees.  I personally didn’t think the Academy would see 2011 as all that great of a year in film, but I guess I was wrong.

Best Actor.  When the nominations were read, the first name read was Demian Bichir – who really shouldn’t have been that shocking given that he was a SAG nominee.  But I thought that was all the shock we would get … and then they snubbed Michael Fassbender and threw a nomination to Gary Oldman for “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy!”  What an emotional rollercoaster (for 30 seconds).

“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.”  It was nice that the Academy caught on and stopped announcing the nominees in alphabetical order because it really kept the suspense taut during the reading.  The graphic made it look like there would be eight nominees, and then … flying out of nowhere, it’s … “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close?!”  The movie everyone wrote off all awards season?  What a comeback!

“War Horse” comes back to life.  Some people thought it might miss out on a Best Picture nominee, but it had a strong showing today.  It netted six nominations including Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography, aspects not rewarded with nominations by their respective guilds.  Maybe there’s enough life for a craft win.

Only two nominations in Best Original Song.  So now whoever loses is ACTUALLY the loser.

Jessica Chastain.  Not for the reason you would expect – the Academy graphic when they announced her nomination was not a picture of her in “The Help,” her nominated performance, but rather in “The Tree of Life.”  Oops.

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3 responses

24 01 2012
Harry

Have to say I don’t agree with a fair amount of the biggies here. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close does not belong amongst the best films of the year. The slight of Albert Brooks is so incredibly confusing I don’t know what to make of it. Also, I just don’t get the hype about Moneyball and War Horse. To me, both of them are fairly bland, ho-hum movies. Throw in that Jonah Hill got a nomination over Brooks and I’m wondering if the Academy and I watched the same movies this year.

24 01 2012
The Focused Filmographer

So many surprises, so many disappointments. Like you said, a major rollercoaster in so little a span of time.

Well, we’ll see how it all plays out in a month from now!

19 02 2012
Frank Mengarelli

Yeah, I think it is rather pathetic that the Academy nominated Jonah Hill over Albert Brooks, are you serious?

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