Published on January 24th, 2012 | by Jen McShane1
Oscar Nominations 2012
While I feel compelled to tell you that, yes, this year’s Oscar nominations have been announced (hurrah!), I also must tell you that all of us here at Culch are a little devastated. That’s right, The Fass has been over looked for an Oscar this year. *throws bricks at Academy members* And quite frankly, I just want to know why. To quote Joey from Friends : “Why, God. Why are you doing this to us?!” I have a feeling it’s to do with the Rated R aspect of the film but still. That’s no excuse. Anyway, the brick throwing much sums up our feelings on the matter. And while this means that I shall never again look at the Oscars the same way (EVER), I must press on and congratulate all the other nominees and films that did make the cut. Firstly, there were some surprises this year. For an awards show known for its predictably, the boat has been slightly rocked this time around.
Martin Scorsese’s 3D film Hugo took a staggering 11 nominations, leaving award season favourite The Artist trailing with just 10. I sure didn’t see that one coming. Hugo is a very enjoyable film I don’t think it deserves to sweep the board. Interesting.
Meanwhile, Bennett Miller’s Moneyball took six nominations, with Alexander Payne’s The Descendants – which was the surprise winner at this years Globes – taking just five. The nine films that made the Academy’s best picture list: The Artist, The Descendants, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life and War Horse all were fairly in the bag. Actually, scratch that. What the hell is The Tree Of Life doing there? They snuck that one in alright.
There where a few notable surprises. A Better Life‘s Demián Bichir was included in the best actor list, possibly at the expense of Leonardo DiCaprio and The Fass (why, God, why?) although veteran and all around brilliant actor Gary Oldman finally managed to get a nod (I’m doing a dance as I type this). Yay!
I was disappointed to see that the excellent Carnage and all the cast were left out completely and that Charlize Theron didn’t get anything for The Adult. Sad face. But delighted that Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris got two and again, Gary Oldman got one. Happy Face. The 84th Academy Awards will be presented in a ceremony on 26th February, hosted by comic legend Billy Crystal. I’m expecting great things Billy.
Anyway, there you have my rant on some of this years nominees. I’d say place your bets now, but the wound from The Fass snub just runs too deep. For your viewing pleasure, I have included a list of the main contenders below.
Best Supporting Actress
Berenice Bejo – The Artist
Jessica Chastain – The Help
Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer – The Help
Best Supporting Actor
Kenneth Branagh – My Week with Marilyn
Jonah Hill – Moneyball
Nick Nolte – Warrior
Christopher Plummer – Beginners
Max Von Sydow – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Glenn Close – Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis – The Help
Rooney Mara – The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams – My Week with Marilyn
Demian Bichir – A Better Life
George Clooney – The Descendants
Jean Dujardin – The Artist
Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt – Moneyball
Best Original Screenplay
Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig – Bridesmaids
J.C. Chandor – Margin Call
Woody Allen – Midnight in Paris
Asghar Farhadi – A Separation
Best Adapted Screenplay
The Ides of March
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Foreign Language Film
Best Animated Picture
A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots
The Tree of Life
Midnight in Paris
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close