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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The 2012 Critics' Choice Award Nominations Offers a Few Surprises in a Predictable Awards Season

As we continue to schlep through another predictable awards season (and ponder how a silent film became a part of it), next year's Critics' Choice Awards may shake things up a bit with a few surprises. You'll notice in the full nomination list below many of the usual suspects, but you'll also need a nod to Saoirse Ronan for her touchingly vicious turn in Hanna. Also, Andy Serkis snatches the fifth best supporting actor nod for his ferocious turn in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Goodness knows the campaign for his lifelike portrayal of an ape has been relentless (albeit questionable).

It's a real shame the beautiful drama Pariah and the passionate documentary Black Power Mixtape (which I think could take the place of any of the doc nominees listed) couldn't make it on to this list.

Don't even get me started criticizing why the lackluster movies The Help and The Tree of Life seem to be a mainstay this award season. Viola Davis was not the lead actress in The Help; Emma Stone was (insert eye roll here).

But, on a good note, nomination Fast Five for best action movie was a ballsy move (at least it proves the Critics' Choice Awards have some personality). But I didn't really think Super 8 was anything to write home about, and if the kid from Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is supposedly good in the movie, the trailer does nothing for him. What say you?

BEST PICTURE

The Artist

The Descendants

Drive

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

The Help

Hugo

Midnight in Paris

Moneyball

The Tree of Life

War Horse


BEST ACTOR

George Clooney -- "The Descendants"

Leonardo DiCaprio -- "J. Edgar"

Jean Dujardin -- "The Artist"

Michael Fassbender -- "Shame"

Ryan Gosling -- "Drive"

Brad Pitt -- "Moneyball"

BEST ACTRESS

Viola Davis -- "The Help"

Elizabeth Olsen -- "Martha Marcy May Marlene"

Meryl Streep -- "The Iron Lady"

Tilda Swinton -- "We Need to Talk About Kevin"

Charlize Theron -- "Young Adult"

Michelle Williams -- "My Week With Marilyn"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Kenneth Branagh -- "My Week With Marilyn"

Albert Brooks -- "Drive"

Nick Nolte -- "Warrior"

Patton Oswalt -- "Young Adult"

Christopher Plummer -- "Beginners"

Andy Serkis -- "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Bérénice Bejo -- "The Artist"

Jessica Chastain -- "The Help"

Melissa McCarthy -- "Bridesmaids"

Carey Mulligan -- "Shame"

Octavia Spencer -- "The Help"

Shailene Woodley -- "The Descendants"

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS

Asa Butterfield -- "Hugo"

Elle Fanning -- "Super 8"

Thomas Horn -- "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"

Ezra Miller -- "We Need to Talk About Kevin"

Saoirse Ronan -- "Hanna"

Shailene Woodley -- "The Descendants"

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE

The Artist

Bridesmaids

The Descendants

The Help

The Ides of March


BEST DIRECTOR

Stephen Daldry -- "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"

Michel Hazanavicius -- "The Artist"

Alexander Payne -- "The Descendants"

Nicolas Winding Refn -- "Drive"

Martin Scorsese -- "Hugo"

Steven Spielberg -- "War Horse"

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

"The Artist" -- Michel Hazanavicius

"50/50" -- Will Reiser

"Midnight in Paris" -- Woody Allen

"Win Win" -- Screenplay by Tom McCarthy, Story by Tom McCarthy & Joe Tiboni

"Young Adult" -- Diablo Cody

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

"The Descendants" -- Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash

"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" -- Eric Roth

"The Help" -- Tate Taylor

"Hugo" -- John Logan

"Moneyball" -- Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, Story by Stan Chervin

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

"The Artist" -- Guillaume Schiffman

"Drive" -- Newton Thomas Sigel

"Hugo" -- Robert Richardson

"The Tree of Life" -- Emmanuel Lubezki

"War Horse" -- Janusz Kaminski

BEST ART DIRECTION

"The Artist" -- Production Designer: Laurence Bennett, Art Director: Gregory S. Hooper

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" -- Production Designer: Stuart Craig, Set Decorator: Stephenie McMillan

"Hugo" -- Production Designer: Dante Ferretti, Set Decorator: Francesca Lo Schiavo

"The Tree of Life" -- Production Designer: Jack Fisk, Art Director: David Crank

"War Horse" -- Production Designer: Rick Carter, Set Decorator: Lee Sandales

BEST EDITING

"The Artist" -- Michel Hazanavicius and Anne-Sophie Bion

"Drive" -- Matthew Newman

"The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" -- Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall

"Hugo" -- Thelma Schoonmaker

"War Horse" -- Michael Kahn

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

"The Artist" -- Mark Bridges

"The Help" -- Sharen Davis

"Hugo" -- Sandy Powell

"Jane Eyre" -- Michael O'Connor

"My Week With Marilyn" -- Jill Taylor

BEST MAKEUP

Albert Nobbs

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

The Iron Lady

J. Edgar

My Week With Marilyn


BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Hugo

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Super 8

The Tree of Life


BEST SOUND

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Hugo

Super 8

The Tree of Life

War Horse

Best Animated Feature

The Adventures of Tintin

Arthur Christmas

Kung Fu Panda 2

Puss in Boots

Rango


BEST ACTION MOVIE

Drive

Fast Five

Hanna

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Super 8


BEST COMEDY

Bridesmaids

Crazy, Stupid, Love

Horrible Bosses

Midnight in Paris

The Muppets


BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Darkness

Le Havre

A Separation

The Skin I Live In

Where Do We Go Now?


BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Buck

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

George Harrison: Living in the Material World

Page One: Inside the New York Times

Project Nim

Undefeated


BEST SONG

"Hello Hello" -- performed by Elton John and Lady Gaga/written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin -- Gnomeo & Juliet

"Life's a Happy Song" -- performed by Jason Segel, Amy Adams and Walter/written by Bret McKenzie -- The Muppets

"The Living Proof" -- performed by Mary J. Blige/written by Mary J. Blige, Thomas Newman and Harvey Mason, Jr. -- The Help

"Man or Muppet" -- performed by Jason Segel and Walter/written by Bret McKenzie -- The Muppets

"Pictures in My Head" -- performed by Kermit and the Muppets/written by Jeannie Lurie, Aris Archontis and Chen Neeman -- The Muppets

BEST SCORE

"The Artist" -- Ludovic Bource

"Drive" -- Cliff Martinez

"The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" -- Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross

"Hugo" -- Howard Shore

"War Horse" -- John Williams

The Critics' Choice Awards are schedule to air on January 12, 2012.

1 comments:

(Fr) Dennis Kriz, OSM said...

Two things I don't completely understand: (1) everybody's fascination with Moneyball. I'd give it only a "best adapted screenplay" nomination for making baseball statistics interesting. Back in my day, that's what was used by young men to extend their sexual performance (thinking about baseball statistics ;-). And (2) OK, Lars von Trier was an idiot at the end of his press conference in Cannes and even got his history wrong (his whole film was based on an anti-Nazi tradition of "defeatist/degenerate art") but why the shut-out of Melancholia which was SO MUCH BETTER than Tree of Life (and I'm a Catholic priest saying this). Tree of Life was okay. Thank God Terrence Malick had the courage to make the movie. It broke a decades long drought of serious Hollywood endorsed movies with an explicitly religious theme. But Malick's film couldn't hold twig to Melancholia.

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