Jan 242012


It’s that awards time of year again, and no matter how much I try I always get sucked into The Academy Awards. I know that all I’m doing is giving myself something else within the film world to get angry about, and despite constantly bemoaning the bureaucracy and favoritism of it all, I’m still intrigued. I don’t care, but that doesn’t mean I’m not interested.

So here are the nominations for the “big” awards for the 84th Academy Awards, with will be given out on the 26th of February 2012.

Best Picture

War Horse

The Artist

The Descendants


The Tree of Life


Midnight in Paris

The Help

Extremely Loud and Extremely Close 

Best Director

Martin Scorsese for Hugo

Alexander Payne for The Descendants

Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris

Terrance Malick for The Tree of Life

Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist 

Best Actor

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 

Best Actress

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

Best Supporting Actor

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 and Incredibly Close 

Best Supporting Actress

Bérénice Bejo for The Artist

Jessica Chastain for The Help 

Melissa McCarthy for Bridesmaids 

Janet McTeer for Albert Nobbs 

Octavia Spencer for The Help 

Best Original Screenplay

Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist

Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo for Bridesmaids

J.C. Chandor for Margin Call

Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris

Asghar Farhadi for A Seperation

Best Adapted Screenplay

Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash for The Descendants

John Logan for Hugo

George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon for The Ides of March

Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Stan Chervin for Moneyball

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

Best Animated Feature

A Cat in Paris 

Chico & Rita 

Kung Fu Panda 2 

Puss in Boots 


Best Foreign Language Film

Bullhead – Michael R. Roskam(Belgium)

Footnote – Joseph Cedar(Israel)

In Darkness – Agnieszka Holland(Poland)

Monsieur Lazhar – Philippe Falardeau(Canada)

A Separation – Asghar Farhadi(Iran)

Best 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

Best Editing

The Artist: Anne-Sophie Bion, Michel Hazanavicius

The Descendants: Kevin Tent

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter

Hugo: Thelma Schoonmaker

Moneyball: Christopher Tellefsen

So there are the nominees for what is considered to be the big major awards. Baffled by the fact that the Academy don’t deem Best Cinematography and Best Editing as major awards. These processes are fundamental to the pace, aesthetic and overall feel of a film, yet there importance is so often overlooked.

A fairly predictable bunch, but I must not judge until I’ve watched them all, which I intend to do before giving my views on who out of those nominated should win, as well as stating who I think should have won nominated or not. I’m disappointed that a certain film *cough Drive cough* has so far received no nomination, but I’ll be honest I’m not surprised. Tell us your views in the comments section is you so wish.

Anyway peace out suckers!

Footnote: I’ve no intention of ever watching The Iron Lady. I’ve enough things in my life to get angry about without adding in a film that I’ve no doubt will make me sick with anger. Just as some people will not watch films with graphic sexual content, or extreme violence, I will not watch a film about somebody I personally consider so despicable.