On Oscar nominations…

Unfortunately I can’t talk about all the nominations, since movies don’t get released in Mexico in time to see them all before the ceremony. I’ll definitely talk about some, however. Maybe rant a little, maybe a lot, maybe not. Let’s see.

Best Picture
“The Artist” — I haven’t seen it, but I’m looking forward to. Looks great.
“The Descendants”
“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”
“Hugo” — Just because it’s Scorsese’s, I want to see it.
“Midnight in Paris” — I’m dying to see it!!
“The Help”
“War Horse”
“The Tree of Life”

Best Actor
Demian Bichir, “A Better Life” — Mexican dude… I’d love him to win, but he won’t.
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” — Please, let her win.
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 & Incredibly Close”

Best Supporting Actress
Berenice Bejo, “The Artist”
Jessica Chastain, “The Help”
Melissa McCarthy, “Bridesmaids”
Janet McTeer, “Albert Nobbs”
Octavia Spencer, “The Help”

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

Best Original Screenplay
Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris”
JC Chandor, “Margin Call”
Asghar Farhadi, “A Separation”
Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”
Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, “Bridesmaids”

Best Adapted Screenplay
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxton, Jim Rash, “The Descendants”
John Logan, “Hugo”
George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon, “The Ides of March”
Aaron Sorkin, Steven Zaillian, “Moneyball”
Bridget O’Connor, Peter Straughn, “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”

Best Animated Feature
“A Cat In Paris”
“Chico & Rita”
“Kung Fu Panda 2” — Please please pleaaaaaaase let it win!!!
“Puss in Boots”

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Bullhead (Belgium)
Footnote (Israel)
In Darkness (Poland)
Monsieur Lazhar (Canada)
A Separation (Iran)

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

Best Original Song
“Man or Muppet,” The Muppets; Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie
“Real in Rio,” Rio; Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown, Lyric by Siedah Garrett

Best Achievement in Art Direction
“The Artist”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” — PLEASE!!!
“Midnight in Paris”
“War Horse”

Best Achievement in Cinematography
“The Artist”
“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
“The Tree of Life”
“War Horse”

Best Achievement in Costume Design
“The Artist”
“Jane Eyre”

Best Documentary Feature
“Hell and Back Again”
“If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front”
“Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory”

Best 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”

Best Achievement in Film Editing
“The Artist”
“The Descendants”
“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”

Best Achievement in Makeup
“Albert Nobbs”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” — PLEASE!!
“The Iron Lady”

Best Animated Short Film
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
La Luna
A Morning Stroll
Wild Life

Best Live Action Short Film
“The Shore”
“Time Freak”
“Tuba Atlantic”

Best Achievement in Sound Editing
“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”
“War Horse”

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”
“War Horse”

Best Achievement in Visual Effects
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” — PLEASE!!
“Real Steel” — Oh my… big contender…
“Rise of the Planet of the Apes” — ARGH!! Super contender!!
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”

Ok, comments. First of all, I haven’t had a chance to see any of the movies nominated for best picture. I’d say shame on me, but I honestly can’t go to the movies. Too bad.

I want Meryl Streep to win for best actress. I mean, she has been nominated like a million times, and she only has a few wins… if her work here is anything as I imagine, she deserves to win.

Now I have to say that I’m EXTATIC that Tintin was not nominated for best animated feature. As I have ranted about commented before, a movie where performance capture is used is simply not animated. In an animated movie, the animators are the ones responsible for creating the moves, expressions, etc. So, good for the Academy!! I’m surprised not to see Cars 2, but I think it’s fair. I’m even more surprised to see Kung Fu Panda 2, but pleasantly so, since it’s my favorite one!! Rango is very well made, but long and very complicated. KFP2 is well made, funny and touching. And very understandable.

Aaaaaaaaaaaand here comes the rant. So, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2, THREE nominations? Honestly? Art Direction, Effects and Make up. No major categories. I’m really  disappointed not to see Alan Rickman nominated for best supporting actor, nor Alexandre Desplat’s score… This was a solid movie, and it’s just sad not to see it acknowledged as such. Shame.

Andy Serkis was not nominated, or given any kind of recognition, after he made us totally buy that he was a chimp. I can’t even rant about it, since it leaves me kind of speechless. Dear Academy: you NEED to create a category to award best performance capture actor. They act as much as any other actors, and to see them ignored… well, it’s frustrating, to say the least.

And now we wait. Let’s see what the ceremony holds in store… and let’s hope they don’t “forget” the In Memoriam part, like the dear Golden Globes did.

What do you think? Do you have any thoughts about this? Feel free to share!! See you soon!


6 thoughts on “On Oscar nominations…

  1. I haven’t seen many of the movies yet, but I too am hoping Meryl wins. She’s head and shoulders above the rest every time. She should have more awards. In fact, she should have her own category 😉
    I’m saddened to see that HP only got three nominations, I hope it wins them all. I’m sad that Alan Rickman wasn’t nominated, but not surprised. I really didn’t think the Academy would do it. Perhaps because they’ve been such British films…
    Am happy to see the glorious Gary Oldman finally get a nod. Oh, I hope he wins, haven’t seen the film yet, but he’s awesome always.
    I’m really looking forward to seeing The Artist. Looks so good. They were such fun to watch at the Golden Globes too.
    I have issues with anything Woody Allen related, due to his personal choice, so I’m not fussy on Midnight in Paris, though I’ve heard it’s good.

    George Clooney…yeah, I just don’t get that. At all. He just does nothing for me. Or Brad Pitt.

    • I agree about Meryl and Gary… I reaaally hope he wins!! About the Artist, I’m really curious. Black and white, and silent?? I’m SO there!! And I’m not an Allen fan either, it’s just that everybody says this is a nice, feel-good movie. And I love those!!
      George Clooney, meh. Whatever. But Brad Pitt… I do think he is good, and he has had to overcome all the “I’m pretty” issue with some really good performances…
      Thanks for commenting, Louise!! 😀

  2. I know, I think black and white and silent would be so cool to see. Hopefully they did a good job.

    I have to admit, Brad and Angelina did look blissfully happy together at the Golden Globes. I do like her; I would like him more if it hadn’t been for ‘Legends of the Fall’, one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen.

  3. I’m really surprised Bichir got nominated, but I’ve heard he deserved it. I hope I get a chance to see A Better Life sooner or later. Midnight in Paris is available on Amazon Instant… the place where I view ALL recent releases. I might as well live in Mexico. We don’t get ANY movies in small town Texas. Well… except for Transformers and Katherine Heigl movies.

    • Hahaha…. I’ll see if it can be done. Here in Mexico Amazon doesn’t work the same as over there, you see. I’m pretty sure Demian deserves his nomination; he has been around forever and he –as well as his brothers– is one of the most respected actors in Mexico. But still, he won’t win. Anyways… thanks for commenting!! 🙂

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