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84th Academy Awards Nominations List 2012

Nomination list for the 84th Academy Awards 2012

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My thoughts on the Academy Awards Nominations and predictions for the Award Show

  • Jan 25, 2012

Actor in a Leading Role

  • Demián Bichir in "A Better Life"
  • George Clooney in "The Descendants"
  • Jean Dujardin in "The Artist"
  • Gary Oldman in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"
  • Brad Pitt in "Moneyball"
The Surprise: I haven't seen "A Better Life" but I guess I need to see that movie as soon as possible. This is probably the biggest surprise of this year because few saw this film and the nomination for Bichir came out of nowhere.

The Snub: Michael Fassbender in "Shame". Bichir better be better or I'll CAPS and RAGE.

The Predicted Winner: Jean Dujardin in "The Artist". As much as I would like to see Gary Oldman winning this award, at least for his incredible career, I realize that the competition for this baby prize is locked for the french actor. He gave a solid and very physically expressive performance. Definitely worthy of the Oscar.

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Kenneth Branagh in "My Week with Marilyn"
  • Jonah Hill in "Moneyball"
  • Nick Nolte in "Warrior"
  • Christopher Plummer in "Beginners"
  • Max von Sydow in "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"
The Surprise: Jonah Hill in "Moneyball". I mean, this "kid" did the usual Jonah Hill gimmick with few adjustments. If his persona didn't fit the character he wouldn't be here. But is this what acting is all about? Is this Oscar worthy?

The Snub: Albert Brooks in "Drive". I can't believe how this actor got replaced with Jonah Hill. This is like the ultimate snub of the year. Albert Brooks has been present at EVERY single award show out there yet the Academy decided (as usual) that they know better. Really? Really?!

The Predicted Winner: Christopher Plummer in "Beginners". This is probably the easiest category to predict a winner. Plummer has it locked down like a "baws". Funny how usually the supporting categories are locked to a certain actor.

Actress in a Leading Role

  • Glenn Close in "Albert Nobbs"
  • Viola Davis in "The Help"
  • Rooney Mara in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
  • Meryl Streep in "The Iron Lady"
  • Michelle Williams in "My Week with Marilyn"
The Surprise: None.

The Snub: Charlize Theron in "Young Adult". I had Charlize over Mara in my list of nominees but I guess Mara is a decent replacement even though I was not really that impressed with her performance simply because it wasn't that exciting. And how could I forget about the magnificent performance in "We Need to Talk About Kevin" by Tilda Swinton. She gets a "no" but Glenn Close gets a pass...

The Predicted Winner: "Meryl Streep" in "The Iron Lady". Small chances for Viola Davis though so do not count her out.

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Bérénice Bejo in "The Artist"
  • Jessica Chastain in "The Help"
  • Melissa McCarthy in "Bridesmaids"
  • Janet McTeer in "Albert Nobbs"
  • Octavia Spencer in "The Help"
The Surprise: Melissa McCarthy in "Bridesmaids". I won't even start here because "Bridesmaids" is one of the movies I honestly detest this year. It's not about the quality but because of some personal reasons. Pretty much everything in that movie was awful for me. And to nominate a woman for doing her needs in a sink... Is just... bleah.

The Snub: Shailene Woodley in "The Descendants" and probably Vanessa Redgrave in "Coriolanus"... Shailene at least has been in talks for a possible nomination for quite some time so at least she would have been deserving of a nomination much more than Melissa McCarthy.

The Predicted Winner: Octavia Spencer in "The Help". I'm so against this because I personally think that this was the year of Jessica Chastain and her performance was pretty much the stand-out performance in "The Help". However, Octavia Spencer has a lot of buzz and I can't really see Jessica winning but if she does win then it will be the best decision made by the Academy voters.

Animated Feature Film

  • "A Cat in Paris" Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli
  • "Chico & Rita" Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal
  • "Kung Fu Panda 2" Jennifer Yuh Nelson
  • "Puss in Boots" Chris Miller
  • "Rango" Gore Verbinski
The Surprise: "A Cat in Paris" and "Chico & Rita". Two foreign animated films that I haven't had a chance to see but I'm eager to watch them because usually foreign animations are so good and full of great content.

The Snub: "The Adventures of Tintin". I think the Academy are stupid for not making Tintin eligible for this category. I understand the technical aspect of this issue but... common guys.

The Predicted Winner: With those two dangerous foreign films I think "Rango" has some big problems. I'm not really sure what to expect of this.

Art Direction

  • "The Artist"
    Production Design: Laurence Bennett; Set Decoration: Robert Gould
  • "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2"
    Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
  • "Hugo"
    Production Design: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo
  • "Midnight in Paris"
    Production Design: Anne Seibel; Set Decoration: Hélène Dubreuil
  • "War Horse"
    Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Lee Sandales
The Surprise: None

The Snub: None.

The Predicted Winner: "Hugo"


  • "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
The Surprise: None.

The Snub: None.

The Predicted Winner: "The Tree of Life" Emmanuel Lubezki

Costume Design

  • "Anonymous" Lisy Christl
  • "The Artist" Mark Bridges
  • "Hugo" Sandy Powell
  • "Jane Eyre" Michael O'Connor
  • "W.E." Arianne Phillips
The Surprise: None.

The Snub: None.

The Predicted Winner: "Hugo"


  • "The Artist" Michel Hazanavicius
  • "The Descendants" Alexander Payne
  • "Hugo" Martin Scorsese
  • "Midnight in Paris" Woody Allen
  • "The Tree of Life" Terrence Malick
The Surprise: None.

The Snub: "War Horse" Steven Spielberg. I wouldn't call this a snub because all the other nominees are terrific but I feel sorry for Steven because he really made a great emotional film. I'll guess the Academy waits for Lincoln to happen.

The Predicted Winner: "The Tree of Life" Terrence Malick. I know I'll probably fail at this prediction because Martin Scorsese and Michel Hazanavicius have their hands on the award but I'm trying to be bold and really expect the Academy to award the genius of this director that created this amazing and powerful journey through the evolution of both time and universe.

Foreign Language Film

  • "Bullhead" Belgium
  • "Footnote" Israel
  • "In Darkness" Poland
  • "Monsieur Lazhar" Canada
  • "A Separation" Iran
The Surprise: None.

The Snub: "The Skin I Live In" Spain. Not sure if this is really a snub because I haven't seen Footnote or Bullhead but I heard great things about them but this would be my main pick if I had to chose a snub for this category.

The Predicted Winner: "A Separation" Iran. Nothing much left to be said. Wonderful film and wonderful achievement.


  • "Albert Nobbs"
    Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle
  • "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2"
    Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight and Lisa Tomblin
  • "The Iron Lady"
    Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland
The Surprise: None.

The Snub: "J. Edgar". This is really ridiculous... And I could mention even "Hugo" here.

The Predicted Winner: "Albert Nobbs" Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle

Music (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
The Surprise: "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" Alberto Iglesias. This was a surprise for me since I had like 3 or 4 scores in my list ranked higher but I guess the Academy went for the unusual... Though I don't really know why would they do that since it doesn't even matter because we all know who's going to win.

The Snub: "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, "Moneyball" Mychael Danna, and the biggest snub in my opinion... "Super 8" Michael Giacchino. What a fantastic score Super 8 had... Incredible, incredible, incredible...

The Predicted Winner: "The Artist" Ludovic Bource.

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
The Surprise: Only 2 nominations.

The Snub: "Masterpiece" from "Madonna". The rest of the songs pretty much sucked.

The Predicted Winner: "Man or Muppet" from "The Muppets" Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie

Best Picture

  • "The Artist" Thomas Langmann, Producer
  • "The Descendants" Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers
  • "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" Scott Rudin, Producer
  • "The Help" Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers
  • "Hugo" Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers
  • "Midnight in Paris" Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers
  • "Moneyball" Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers
  • "The Tree of Life" Nominees to be determined
  • "War Horse" Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers
The Surprise: None.

The Snub: "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" David Fincher and "Drive" Nicolas Winding Refn. Can't believe they let these two movies out yet they accepted "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" before them.

The Predicted Winner: "The Artist" Michel Hazanavicius. Be careful though. Do not count "The Tree of Life" out. Just sayin'. (I'm just kidding... I just have high hopes for this movie to succeed)

Visual Effects

  • "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2"
    Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and John Richardson
  • "Hugo"
    Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning
  • "Real Steel"
    Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor and Swen Gillberg
  • "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"
    Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White and Daniel Barrett
  • "Transformers: Dark of the Moon"
    Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Matthew Butler and John Frazier
The Surprise: None.

The Snub: "The Tree of Life"

The Predicted Winner: "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White and Daniel Barrett

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

  • "The Descendants" Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
  • "Hugo" Screenplay by John Logan
  • "The Ides of March" Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon
  • "Moneyball" Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin; Story by Stan Chervin
  • "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" Screenplay by Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan
The Surprise: "The Ides of March". I think Academy's love for George Clooney becomes too obvious and I honestly feel that this is a unworthy nomination for him.

The Snub: "War Horse" Richard Curtis and Lee Hall.

The Predicted Winner: "Hugo" John Logan. My favorite would be "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" but chances are it won't receive the award.

Writing (Original Screenplay)

  • "The Artist" Written by Michel Hazanavicius
  • "Bridesmaids" Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
  • "Margin Call" Written by J.C. Chandor
  • "Midnight in Paris" Written by Woody Allen
  • "A Separation" Written by Asghar Farhadi
The Surprise: "Margin Call" J.C. Chandor and "Bridesmaids" Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig. I found "Margin Call" very enjoyable but far from having a Oscar-worthy screenplay. The material isn't that good. I think this choice is more of a political one. As for "Bridesmaids". Well, wow. How much the Academy could reward a movie about women doing the most grossing things and acting in the most grossing way and not award a work like Steve McQueen's for "Shame".

The Snub: "Shame" Steve McQueen and Abi Morgan. I guess this film was too "sexually offensive" for the Academy snobs.

The Predicted Winner: "The Artist" Michel Hazanavicius. I would say Woody Allen would get it but considering it's the Academy they might go for "The Artist' in order to give it the big award.

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January 30, 2012
I am not huge on the awards show, but hey, I really enjoyed your write up. Thanks!
January 27, 2012
Good review and I agree with a few of the predictions.
January 27, 2012
I agree with some of your statements- Bridesmaids getting a screenplay award is ridiculous. I liked J. Edgar and was surprised to see not one nomination...I mean, what the hell does Leo have to do to get an Oscar? Though, I think he's had better films in his past- so really, that's a general question. I agree with what trek said, I was a little surprised to see The Artist had so many nominations- it just came out. But, of course the Academy gets to see it way before us mere mortals. I loved your breakdown of each nomination!
January 25, 2012
??? Well, I think the Academy's done everything it can to kill any possible 'general viewing' interest for the telecast by continuing to nominate films essentially no one but insiders have seen and praised. This is not to say that great films can't be found in general release or even that they have to be seen and embraced by the average viewer; it's just a commentary on the Hollywood's desire to continue their elitist meme through another awards season.
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