Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Academy Award Nominations

Best picture

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


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


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"

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"
Supporting actress

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


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

Animated feature

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

Original screenplay

"A Midnight in Paris"
"Margin Call"
"A Separation"
"The Artist"

Adapted screenplay

"The Descendants"
"The Ides of March"
"Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy"

Best foreign language

"In Darkness"
"Monsieur Lazhar"
"A Separation"


Princess said...

The tolken Brad Pitt nominations so he and Angelina will show up. Haven't heard anyone say Moneyball was THAT good.
And you go Melissa McCarthy!

BrandieMarie said...

I agree with the Melissa McCarthy nom, but I don't agree with Bridesmaids up for best original screenplay. It really wasn't that good or funny. If Melissa McCarthy wasn't in it I wouldn't have even finished watching it I don't think. She made that movie.

Astrid said...

The Rooney Mara nom makes me cranky. Sure she was good, but she ain't SWINTON.

kj said...

Just mail it to Streep so we won't have to go though the glasses thing again. Pretty unexciting year but I will watch for the fashion and the faux pas. Hope Enty is blogging. So Enty, will you blog the super bowl? Someone needs to get the Madonna dirt

JenX said...

Yay Melissa McCarthy!!

Murphy Brown 2020 said...

Hugo was extraordinary, and one of the few films that actually used 3-D technology to its advantage. It really should win best picture, IMO.

Anonymous said...

Moneyball was good, but in a more competitive year it wouldn't receive much notice. Brad and Jonah are good but not amazing.

The academy did what it could in an off-year. Midnight in Paris and Gary Oldman are my faves. The Bridesmaids love is a little embarrassing tho. Fun film but not high art. And I usually wish awards shows gave more love to comedies.

redhotpepper said...

I really need to get my contacts or wear my glasses. I saw Butthead when I was reading the foreign language nominees!

HannahPalindrome said...

I love Christopher Plummer!!!
Clooney & Pitt Oscar worthy?! Meh

figgy said...

I am SO happy to see Melissa McCarthy's nomination! I know she has no chance, but still, good for her future to have the nom.

She's just one of those actresses I love to watch in anything.

Jessi said...

What No Al Brooks?!? That kinda ticks me off. Granted I haven't seen Moneyball but Jonah Hill over Al Brooks? Fail!

MontanaMarriott said...

I am soooo happy for Melissa but I really want Octavia Spencer to win.

BigMama said...

the Pitt nomination ticks me off because it is such an obvious ploy, I just don't think he is that great of an actor. However, the alternative would be acknowledging Angie's directorial debut and I don't think that is going to happen

flor avila said...

Extremely loud and incredibly close. I know alotta folks like that. They have no sense of personal space.

Sadie said...

Dunno what movie you saw BNL1016 - but Bridesmaids was hilarious and had a decent plot. And I'm afraid I'm not the ONLY one that thought so. Does it deserve a nom? Not so sure...but the movie rocked!

Glad for Melissa...Hope she wins. Love her on Mike & Molly.

I guess the big dis this year is Leonardo for J Edgar...poor guy. He really is a good actor and hopefully one day will get his Oscar.

Seachica said...

Themes: nostalgia for the past
Actors getting moms for their celebrity rather than for their acting
Play a dead famous person, you get a nomination.
Unless your name is diCrapio.

I hate hate hate the 10 nominees for best picture. Go back to 5 and make a nomination mean something again. And so you can watch all the nominees in one day sitting again.

nolachickee said...

No Michael Fassbender, but we have Brad Pitt. Give me a fucking break. You expect this assclown behavior from the Hollywood Foreign Press, but here too? Sorry Fassy, you were robbed.

BrandieMarie said...

@Sadie - Please don't imply that my opinion is wrong simply because you aren't "the ONLY one" that shares your opinion that the movie "rocked". I know plenty of people that loved it. But I also know plenty of people that were disappointed.

I think it was overhyped for me. So I went in expecting alot and then it ended up just being ok. I'm not saying it was a bad film. But I don't think it was as good as people hyped it up to be. And I definitely don't think it deserves an Oscar.

bumbumgirl said...

First and foremost – Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon gets 3 nominations and Michael Fassbender, who was incredible in Shame, wasn’t? Does that make sense to anyone because it certainly doesn’t to me. The Academy obviously doesn’t approve of NC-17 movies, even when the performance of the stars (Carey Mulligan included) were incredible. i.e. Ryan Gosling in Blue Valentine.

How does George Clooney get nominated for playing George Clooney? Give me a break. I am over him. (Not that I have ever been a huge fan to begin with.)

Brad was great in Moneyball and I am a huge fan, but was it an Oscar worthy performance? No. Tree of Life? Yes. Doesn't the Academy like when actors play "real" people?

Yeah Jonah Hill! He was great in Moneyball and his nomination was deserved.

Someone else who was robbed? Tilda Swinton.

Someone else I am over? Rooney Mara. Her walking dead stick is overplayed and tired. (Yes, I know it's for a movie role, but enough already.)

Melissa McCarthy being nominated for Bridesmaids is a joke, IMO. I don't get what all the hype is with this movie. I know I am in the minority here when I say I didn't think it was that great, but that's just me. I think with the hype made me expect something AMAZING and MIND-BLOWING and that was not what I got – I got the complete opposite.

Jolene Jolene said...

The fact that Brad Pitt got a nom for Moneyball over Tree of Life makes me want to poke my eyeballs out.

And Rooney Mara and Jonah Hill? ...the fuck??

Lelaina Pierce said...

I still need to see The Artist, Hugo & EL&IC, but I'm rooting for The Descendants for now (as much as I loved the other movies).

Popcorn Sutton said...

@Sadie- I'm another person who felt like I suffered through Bridesmaids. I loved MM in it, but it felt predictable and followed the group comedy scenario a little too closely for me. I'm a chick and the Oscar nod for the script kind of feels like a pat on the head.

CherryGirlMandy said...

I'm another who thought Bridesmaids was just ok. If it wasn't for Melissa McCarthy I wouldn't have finished it. That and the cute cop with the sweet accent :)

Jolene Jolene said...

Arguing over what's funny and what's not is like ploughing the sands.

Little Miss Smoke and Mirrors said...

I thought Moneyball was mediocre at best, and I'm LMAO that Jonah Hill was nominated because that's gotta be a joke.

Little Miss Smoke and Mirrors said...

p.s. anyone know where I can find the full list? I want to see the song nominations.

timebob said...

Elton John is having a fit right now. His song wasn't nominated. Only two orignal songs got nominations.

Music (Original Song)
"Man or Muppet" from THE MUPPETS
Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie

“Real in Rio” from RIO
Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown
Lyric by Siedah Garrett

Full list is here:

Jazzy said...

@ bumbumgirl - Thank you! I couldn't have said it better myself. This & the fact that Beyawnce is a member just proves that the Academy is a joke. 2011 was one of the best years for independent film and those films deserved to be recognized.

ac said...

I agree with Clooney and to see him get up and smirk all over himself just gives me gas.

Fassbender was robbed but I will tell you this- someone from The Help will win. Hollywood likes to give the placating award.

The actor from A Better Life was nominated but why not the movie?

So many good Indy films this past year and this list just reads like "we want these folks to come so we can have higher ratings."

Coffee For the Admiral said...

If Rooney Mara wins I quit life.

Pookie said...

rooney mara, really? i finally saw this film and i didn't think any of the acting was a masterpiece. her nomination is right up there w/ jonah hill. and as much as i love melissa mccarthy...really?

am totally rooting on viola davis and meryl streep tho...they were both fantastic!

KellyLynn said...

I'm thrilled Melissa McCarthy was nominated, but I agree with everyone who didn't like "Bridesmaids". I know it was popular, but it just didn't appeal to me. I didn't even bother to finish it. Of course, most of Kristen Wiig's comedy is lost on me, so this isn't a big surprise.

Seachica said...

yay, "Man or Muppet" will get an Oscar! That was my favorite movie of the year. We need more innocent fun in our lives.

__-__=__ said...

Fassbender was robbed because that whole movie was right out of Mask of Sanity. Believe me, those folks in Hollywood don't want to be unmasked. They do NOT want anyone to know just how damaged they are. Reality TV would be the first thing to go and you know there's big money in that - and not for any actors either. They want that movie swept under the rug stat.

chopchop said...

I'm with you Seachica!! And bonus points because Bret from Flight of the Conchords wrote it.

RenoBlondee said...

Octavia is going to take this one is Supporting.
I am also happy for Melissa, and liked Bridesmaids, but agree I'm not so sure they should have been nominated this year.

pilly said...

Melissa McCarthy!!!!! She IS the whole package!!!!!

Now! said...

Another female who didn't like "Bridesmaids." I downloaded it, got about 45 minutes into it, and hadn't laughed once. It felt predictable and forced.

This is Meryl Streep's year, so the other actress nominees might as well practice their "disappointed but supportive" faces.

Agree that Octavia will win for The Help. Believe Pitt will win for Moneyball, in the honorary "this is for your full career, not this particular movie" award category previously given to Denzel Washington and Elizabeth Taylor for mediocre movies.

Leonardo Di Caprio is also in line for one of those some year, as is Depp at some point, provided he doesn't completely trash his reputation before then.

The big surprise for me was the nomination of "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close." That got terrible reviews.

Little Miss Smoke and Mirrors said...

Thanks @timebob. Wow, only 2 songs this year!

Anonymous said...

Rooney Mara over Tilda Swinton in "...Kevin"? Bollocks. Mara was ehhhh, Tilda was ahhhh. I'm most disappointed in the Best Actress category. I guess it's made up for by a nod to Melissa McCarthy for Bridesmaids. Her performance lived up to the hype. Ol girl is funny.

RocketQueen said...

Rooney Mara? Seriously?? Oh fuck is her unsufferability going to skyrocket.

Nick Nolte was terrific in Warrior.

Hazeldazel said...

It would make my world if Gary Oldman and Christopher Plummer won. The rest, I care not.

Anonymous said...

Wasn't Kirsten Dunst supposed to be nominated?

Jackie said...

I'm disappointed 50/50 didn't get recognized, especially Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He was amazing in that movie and brought tears to my eyes.

But this year is a joke. Brad Pitt? Roomey Mara? JONAH HILL??? I thought for sure Leo would be included, so I'm just as surprised at his exemption. Don't know if I'm going to watch this year or not now.

Jason Blue Eyes said...

These are the nominations I'm happy with:
Moneyball, Hugo and Midnight In Paris for Best Picture.
Brad Pitt for Best Actor.
Max Von Sydow (Mr. Exorcist) for best supporting actor.
Michelle Williams for best actress - the first Dawson's Creek star to be nominated for an acting prize. Suck it Suri's mom.
Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids. 20 bucks says she wins too. I'll post my reasons why she'll win next month. Yes, I'm a tease.
Cinematography nom for Jeff Cronenweth for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. This guy photographed Fight Fuckin' Club. He's due.
Directing noms for Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen and Terrence Malick. Three men that electrified cinema during the 70's. If they had nominated Steven Spielberg and Roman Polanski as well it would have been a celebration of masters. Spielberg has Lincoln next year. He'll get his then. Right now he can be content with his 4 billion dollar net worth fortune.
Editing nomination for Scorsese's longtime editor Thelma Schoonmaker. The best cutter in the industry. Besides Lindsay's coke dealer.
Two Oscar noms for composer John Williams. This makes him the most nominated person in Oscar history with 50 nominations during his lifetime.Which will be 50 more than Lindsay Lohan will ever get.

Moneyball screenplay noms Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. Steven wrote Schindler's List and Aaron wrote Sports Night, The West Wing and The Social Network. He also told Sarah Palin to go fuck herself last year. For all those things he is my personal hero for life.

Sis said...

I loved the movie Bridesmaids and it would be nice if it won for a comedy screenplay...but as much as I love Melissa McCarthy...I was shocked she got a nomination.

I loved The Help and was hoping it would get more nominations.

This seems like a popularity contest through and through.

Oh yea, and I still am holding a grudge for Fishsticks winning over Cate Blanchett in the awesome movie Elizabeth.

mooshki said...

I TOLD YOU SO!!! :) HUGO IS DA BOMB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Not A Ninny said...

"Bridesmaids" haters are going to have to suck it up, because Wiig and Mumalo are going home with the original screenplay Oscars. Not that it was such a great script, but it's good enough, both writers are women and three of the competition are no-hopers.

Pitt will not will for "Moneyball" but he was semi-worthy of a nomination for his performance. It was a talky, difficult role without a lot of action. Not his kind of thing but he pulled it off.

Hill was good as well. Maybe not nomination-good but good enough.

mooshki said...

Wait, how did Tin Tin not get nominated? I would've thought that win was bought and paid for!

fairylights said...

And yet again the Academy proves that they are nothing but a bunch of high schoolers running a popularity contest.

Only two noms for song? Wow, that's pretty light.

Christiane said...

Fassbender and Swinton both gave the best performance of their peers, and they each sit (most probably) at 6th place. What a joke, AMPAS. Meanwhile, we'll see ads everywhere saying 21 Jump Street: featuring Academy award-nominated Jonah Hill. :S

Shocky said...

I also thought Bridesmaids was overhyped and unfunny. Just don't get the appeal.

Gosling was overlooked for The Ides of March.

The nominations are all a bit 'meh' for me this year.

mygeorgie said...

Is it just me or was this a real uneventful year in movies?


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