Rant – And The Oscar goes to…

So the Oscar nominations are finally out, and there is plenty to talk about. An interesting mix this year. Obviously I am delighted for The Artist, but someone made a very valid point to me yesterday about expecting a backlash against the film that is sweeping the board at awards ceremonies around the world. I am also delighted for The Tree of Life and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, which were sadly ignored at the Golden Globes.

I spent most of the nomination ceremony shouting “WHAT!?”, Where was Michael Fassbender? Where was Tilda Swinton? How about The Skin I Live In? And Drive? And Melancholia surely deserved something for Art Direction if nothing else!? Even though Cars 2 was not Pixar’s best work, I am still amazed that it got over looked, as I am about J.Edgar. Again, it was not Eastwood’s best work, but he is almost always a shoo-in.

I get the feeling that this is going to be an interesting year at The Oscars. Many films and performances that would normally have wowed the Academy have been snubbed, and others – like Bridesmaids – which may have been over looked in the past, are sitting comfortably alongside Woody Allen in the Original Screenplay category.

As I did with the Golden Globes, I am going to make my predictions about who I would love to win, and who I think will actually win…

Best Picture
The Artist
The Descendants
War Horse
The Tree Of Life
The Help
Midnight In Paris
Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close
Love: The Artist / The Tree of Life
Win: The Descendants / Hugo

Best Actor
Jean Dujardin – The Artist
George Clooney – The Descendants
Demian Bachir – A Better Life
Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt – Moneyball
I am absolutely delighted for Gary Oldman and his first Oscar nod, and a little disappointed that Brad Pitt got nominated for Moneyball and not The Tree of Life.
Love: Jean Dujardin
Win: Gary Oldman / George Clooney

Best Actress
Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady
Glenn Close – Albert Nobbs
Michelle Williams – My Week With Marilyn
Viola Davis – The Help
Rooney Mara – The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Love: Michelle Williams
Win: Meryl Streep / Glenn Close

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
Again, delighted for Christopher Plummer, he was wonderful in Beginners. Surprised about Jonah Hill getting a nod for his first dramatic performance.
Love: Christopher Plummer
Win: Christopher Plummer

Best Supporting Actress
Berenice Bejo – The Artist
Jessica Chastain – The Help
Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer – The Help
Good for Melissa McCarthy, she was the best thing about Bridesmaids. Again, I am surprised that Jessica Chastain did not get nominated for The Tree of Life, but she was great in The Help.
Love: Berenice Bejo
Win: Octavia Spencer

Best Director
Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
Alexander Payne – The Descendants
Martin Scorsese – Hugo
Woody Allen – Midnight In Paris
Terrence Malick – The Tree Of Life
Love: Michel Mazanavicius / Terrence Malick
Win: Martin Scorsese / Alexander Payne

Writing (Original Screenplay)
The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius
Bridesmaids – Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
Margin Call – J.C. Chandor
Midnight in Paris – Woody Allen
A Separation – Asghar Farhadi
How wonderful it is to see a foreign language film nominated in a category other than the all-encompassing Foreign Film slot.
Love: The Artist – how incredible would it be to see a film without dialogue win?
Win: Margin Call

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
The Descendants – Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
Hugo – John Logan
The Ides of March – George Clooney, Grant Heslov & Beau Willimon
Moneyball – Screenplay by Steven Zaillian & Aaron Sorkin. Story by Stan Chervin
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan
Love: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Win: The Descendants – just because I would love to see Jim Rash from Community win an Oscar!

Animated Feature
A Cat In Paris
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss In Boots
Chico & Rita won at the European Film Awards in Berlin, and it would be great to see a foreign animated film win. Also, I am delighted that Tin Tin wasn’t nominated; mo-cap is not animation.
Love: Chico & Rita
Win: Rango

Art Direction
The Artist
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2
Midnight In Paris
War Horse
Love: The Artist
Win: Midnight in Paris

The Artist
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
The Tree Of Life
War Horse
Love: The Artist – the focus on faces is essential to the film, and it is reminiscent of the great silent movies of years gone by
Win: The Tree of Life

Costume Design
The Artist
Jane Eyre
Love: Yeah we know how this is going to go… The Artist
Win: W.E.

Documentary Feature
Hell And Back Again
If A Tree Falls Short: A Story Of The Earth Liberation Front
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
Win: Pina… I haven’t seen any of the others!

The Artist
The Descendants
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Love: The Artist – yes, I love it.
Win: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Music (Score)
The Adventures Of Tintin
The Artist
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
War Horse
Love: The Artist – the movie relies on music
Win: The Artist

The 84th Academy Awards take place on Sunday February 26th.

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