Oscar Nominations 2012

By Raindance

 “The Artist”

Director: Michel Hazanavicius
Screenwriter: Michel Hazanavicius
Producer: Thomas Langmann
Actors: Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell

Chances: 9/10
The Artist's nomination is groundbreaking, being both the first silent movie to be nominated since The Patriot in 1929 (the second year of the Academy Awards) and the first black-and-white movie nominated since Spielberg's Schindler's List in 1993. It's feel-good, crowd-pleasing (unless your name is Novak) and refreshingly different.

“The Descendants”

Director: Alexander Payne
Screenwriters: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash
Producers: Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor
Actors: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, Beau Bridges, Robert Forster, Matthew Lillard, Judy Greer

Chances: 8/10.
Alexander Payne's work has always gone down well with the critics and the Academy (he won a screenplay Oscar for Sideways and was nominated for Election). Having Clooney, a favourite for Best Actor involved doesn't hurt either.

“Hugo”

Director: Martin Scorsese
Screenwriter: John Logan
Producers: Graham King, Johnny Depp, Martin Scorsese, Tim Headington
Actors: Asa Butterfield, Chloe Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helen McCrory, Ray Winstone, Jude Law, Christopher Lee

Chances: 6/10.
Scorsese surprised most of us when he announced a children's film as his next project. It became a little clearer when the 'film-history' aspect became apparent, but this is still far away from what Scorcese does best.

“The Help”

Director: Tate Taylor
Screenwriter: Tate Taylor
Producers: Chris Columbus, Brunson Green, Michael Barnathan
Actors: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Allison Janney, Sissy Spacek

Chances: 6/10.
A relatable, feel-good civil rights story set in Jackson, Mississippi which became something of a sleeper hit. There are some similariities with The Blind Side here, which had success in 2010.

“Midnight in Paris”

Director: Woody Allen
Screenwriter: Woody Allen
Producers: Stephen Tenenbaum, Jaume Roures, Letty Aronson
Actors: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates, Michael Sheen, Tom Hiddleston, Kurt Fuller, Allison Pill, Corey Stoll, Adrien Brody

Chances: 3/10.
Woody Allen's return to form? Or just significant improvement on his recent run? Midnight in Paris, the second Paris-set nominee, is a magical rom-com that has a lot of fun with The City of Love's 20s heydey.

“Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”

Director: Stephen Daldry
Screenwriters: Scott Rudin
Producers: Eric Roth
Actors: Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Thomas Horn, Max von Sydow, Viola Davis, John Goodman, Jeffrey Wright, Zoey Caldwell

Chances: 2/10
Currently scoring a 46/100 on Metacritic, this film is something of a surprise nomination. It has a potent, emotional storyline, and a bit of Tom Hanks which certainly can't hurt.

“Moneyball”

Director: Bennett Miller
Screenwriters: Aaron Sorkin, Steven Zaillian and Stan Chervin
Producers: Brad Pitt, Rachael Horovitz, Michael De Luca
Actors: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chris Pratt, Kerris Dorsey, Robin Wright

Chances: 4/10.
Being a sports film that tries to avoid being a sports film left Moneyball in an uneasy place. Still, it's hard not to fall for any script that Sorkin's had his hand on; also Brad Pitt is certainly reliable and Jonah Hill shows good dramtic range.

“War Horse”

Director: Steven Spielberg
Screenwriters: Lee Hall, Richard Curtis
Producers: Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy
Actors: Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Peter Mullan, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Niels Arestrup, Celine Buckens, David Kross

Chances: 7/10.
Spielberg's film version of the play of the book is probably not quite as good as it's predecessors, but c'mon, it's Spielberg, doing a war-film with an animal as the main character.

“Tree of Life”

Director: Terrence Malick
Screenwriter: Terrence Malick
Producers: Dede Gardner, Sarah Green, Grant Hill, Brad Pitt, Bill Pohlad
Actors: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Hunter McCracken, Laramie Eppler, Tye Sheridan, Fiona Shaw

Chances: 4/10.
Malick's very much a marmite filmmaker - you love him or you hate him. The Tree of Life is a sprawling, experimental and undeniably beautiful film but might just be too abstract and divisive to gain any ground.

Best Director:

-Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
-Alexander Payne (The Descendants)
-Martin Scorsese (Hugo)
-Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life)
-Woody Allen (Mignight in Paris)

Best Actor:

-George Clooney (The Descendants)
-Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
-Brad Pitt (Moneyball)
-Gary Oldman (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy)
-Demián Bichir (A Better Life)

Best Actress:

-Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
-Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn)
-Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs)
-Rooney Mara (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo)
-Viola Davis (The Help)

Best Supporting Actor:

-Kenneth Branagh (My Week with Marilyn)
-Nick Nolte (Warrior)
-Jonah Hill (Moneyball)
-Christopher Plummer (Beginners)
-Max von Sydow (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close)

Best Supporting Actress:

-Octavia Spencer (The Help)
-Jessica Chastain (The Help/The Tree of Life)
-Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids)
-Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs)
-Béréneice Bejo (The Artist)

Best Original Screenplay:

-Bridesmaids by Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo
-A Midnight in Paris by Woody Allen
-Margin Call by J.C. Chandor
-A Separation by Peyman Moaadi
-The Artist by Michel Hazanavicius

Best Adapted Screenplay:

-The Descendants by Alexander Payne
-Hugo by John Logan
-The Ides of March by Grant Heslov
-Moneyball by Aaron Sorkin, Steven Zaillian and Stan Chervin
-Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan

Best foreign language film:

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

Best animated feature:

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

Best animated short 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

Best art direction:

-The Artist
-Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
-Hugo
-Midnight in Paris
-War Horse

Best cinematography:

-The Artist
-The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
-Hugo
-The Tree of Life
-War Horse

Best costumes:

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

Best documentary feature:

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

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

Film editing:

-The Artist
-The Descendants
-The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
-Hugo
-Moneyball

Make-up:

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

Original score:

-The Adventures of TinTin
-The Artist
-Hugo
-Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
-War Horse

Original song:

-Man or Muppet
-Real in Rio

Sound editing:

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

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

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