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Oscar Nominees

And now, the nominees! Oscars tomorrow. This is most definitely not a prediction, because I don’t want to attempt to judge current tastes. I do however, offer my opinions, as always.

Best Motion Picture of the Year
The Artist
The Descendants
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
The Help
Hugo
Midnight in Paris
Moneyball
The Tree of Life
War Horse
If I have to pick a winner out of this group, it would be The Tree of Life. All artsy and nature-y and Stanley Kubrick-y, but choosing a film from this category is like when you’re playing Apples to Apples and you get stuck judging the hand when everyone puts in their throwaway cards. Moneyball? War Horse? These are not quality films.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Demián Bichir for A Better Life
George Clooney for The Descendants
Jean Dujardin for The Artist
Gary Oldman for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt for Moneyball
I did like Jean in The Artist. About the only thing I could stand about it. Gary Oldman is very good as well, but Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is such a “star-studded” piece, that he kind of gets lost in the shuffle.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Glenn Close for Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis for The Help
Rooney Mara for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams for My Week with Marilyn
As previously mentioned, Meryl Streep, genius. Rooney Mara? Not even in her league.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Kenneth Branagh for My Week with Marilyn
Jonah Hill for Moneyball
Nick Nolte for Warrior
Christopher Plummer for Beginners
Max von Sydow for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Christopher Plummer. And really, Jonah Hill? Is this belated praise for Superbad or something? Because that role is pretty much all he’s good at.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Bérénice Bejo for The Artist
Jessica Chastain for The Help
Melissa McCarthy for Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer for Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer for The Help
Jessica Chastain! She was so great in Tree of Life and The Debt and I haven’t seen Coriolanus yet, but she’s amazing in it. I know. Also, Melissa McCarthy already won an Emmy, ostensibly for “Mike and Molly,” but really for Bridesmaids. She did base her character on Guy Fieri, so that’s legit.

Best Achievement in Directing
Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris
Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist
Terrence Malick for The Tree of Life
Alexander Payne for The Descendants
Martin Scorsese for Hugo
Again, pick the best of the worst? Quality films, gentlemen! Oh look, no ladies. Such a shock. But, if this award is about achievement, then I would say Terrence Malick achieved the most with his film. If incoherent, Tree of Life is an achievement.

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
The Artist : Michel Hazanavicius
Bridesmaids: Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo
Margin Call: J.C. Chandor
Midnight in Paris: Woody Allen
A Separation: Asghar Farhadi
Hazanavicius should NOT be rewarded for all the stealing and destroying he did with that film. Kristin Wiig is a comic genius, and the only funny part of Midnight in Paris was Ernest Hemingway, and he probably really said all of that.

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
The Descendants: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
Hugo: John Logan
The Ides of March: George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon
Moneyball: Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Stan Chervin
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Bridget O’Connor, Peter Straughan
I think Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy represents the best achievement. Adapting a John Le Carre novel  well is actually difficult.

Best Achievement in Cinematography
The Artist: Guillaume Schiffman
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Jeff Cronenweth
Hugo: Robert Richardson
The Tree of Life: Emmanuel Lubezki
War Horse: Janusz Kaminski
Again, achievement-wise, Guillaume Schiffman demonstrated that he has indeed seen a classic film (unlike his boss) and has some respect for them (really unlike his boss), and while his shots were dead ringers for Citizen Kane and 1940’s noir and out of place in a 1920’s-era silent, he did do exactly as he was told. He should get an award for working with Hazanavicius and not coming out looking ignorant or rude.

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
The Adventures of Tintin: John Williams
The Artist: Ludovic Bource
Hugo: Howard Shore
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Alberto Iglesias
War Horse: John Williams
This is actually atrocious as well. John Williams is competing against himself for Tin Tin and War Horse? How can I put more emphasis on how ridiculous that is? Oh, by comparing him to Ludovic Bource, who stole the score for The Artist from Vertigo (Bernard Herrmann). Hazanavicius admitted it and apparently does not care. How is The Artist even in this category? Hazanvicius said he bought the rights to the music, but by virtue of doing so, it makes the score unoriginal. Right? Oh, just give it to Williams.


Golden Globes Predict the Oscars?

According to the Hollywood Reporter (the trade publication of Leonard Maltin and Robert Osbourne), the Golden Globes get a D- in fortune telling. In the past twenty years, the Golden Globes (held before the Oscars in January) have only picked the same Best Picture winner as the Academy 55% of the time. In the past seven years, only once (Slumdog Millionaire). Other categories stats tend to be slightly higher, except Best Supporting Actress. Below are the stats, from hollywoodreporter.com, and the Golden Globe results. With my comments of course. Next up- my jaded Oscar predictions…

Past 20 years, Academy and Golden Globes picked the same winners…

Picture: 55%

Director: 60%

Actor: 60%

Supporting Actor: 65%

Actress: 85%

Supporting Actress: 55%

Screenplay: 75%

Golden Globe Winners 2012…

BEST PICTURE, DRAMA
The Descendants (Really? Listen to this interview with the director, Alexander Payne. He makes very obvious mistakes in his re-telling of cinema history and his inspirations. Clearing he does not actually know anything about filmmaking.)
The Help
Hugo
The Ides of March
Moneyball
War Horse

BEST PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
50/50
The Artist (Obviously. This is just so disgusting to me. But, that’s another post.)
Bridesmaids
Midnight in Paris
My Week with Marilyn

BEST DIRECTOR
Woody Allen, Midnight In Paris
George Clooney, The Ides of March
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo (Scorsese, interestingly, campaigned with Jimmy Stewart, Ginger Rogers, and Burt Lancaster before Congress to stop the colorizing of classic films. A-OK in my book.)

BEST ACTOR, DRAMA
George Clooney, The Descendants (Honestly, it’s time that Ryan Gosling got recognized for his good looks with actual awards.)
Leonardo DiCaprio, J Edgar
Michael Fassbender, Shame
Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

BEST ACTRESS, DRAMA
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady (Meryl Streep is a genius, simple as that.)
Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

BEST ACTOR, COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Jean Dujardin, The Artist (OK, this funny or die clip is kind of good.)
Brendan Gleeson, The Guard
Joseph Gordon Levitt, 50/50
Ryan Gosling, Crazy Stupid Love
Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris

BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Jodie Foster, Carnage
Charlize Theron, Young Adult
Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn (Apparently she captured Marilyn’s “essence,” if not her look, mannerisms, or good acting.)
Kate Winslet, Carnage

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn
Albert Brooks, Drive
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method
Christopher Plummer, Beginners (Although Plummer was adorable, the terrier Cosmo who plays Arthur, the dog who will not leave Ewan MacGregor’s side, steals the movie.)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain , The Help
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help (Jessica Chastain’s work in the past year was ALL phenomenal.)
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

BEST SCREENPLAY
Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen (I am so over Woody Allen. But, I did literally LOL when Ernest Hemingway spoke.)
The Ides of March, George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon
The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius
The Descendants, Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash
Moneyball, Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
The Adventures of Tintin (…)
Arthur Christmas
Cars 2
Puss in Boots
Rango

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
The Flowers of War
In The Land of Blood and Honey
The Kid WIth The Bike
A Separation (…)
The Skin I Live In

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
The Artist, Ludovic Bource (HE BLATANTLY STOLE IT FROM BERNARD HERMANN IN VERTIGO.)
W.E., Abel Korzeniowski
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Hugo, Howard Shore
War Horse, John Williams

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Lay Your Head Down,” Albert Nobbs
“Hello Hello,” Gnomeo and Juliet
“The Living Proof,” The Help
“The Keeper,” Machine Gun Preacher

”Masterpiece,” W.E. (…)