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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

"Shame" and "Young Adult" Both Shafted by Oscar, While Maids and Horses Prevail

This morning's Oscar nominations announcement recycled many of the season's usual suspects, while it also provided us with quite a few surprising snubs.

First of all, let's stop pretending Moneyball is a good movie. No matter how many awards it gets nominated for, or performances that are oddly complimented, this is a poor movie that offers no compelling story and two of the biggest phoned-in performances from last year from Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill. What version of this movie did Oscar see? I need that dvd.

Speaking of lost in translation, it seems like the handwriting is on the wall for The Help. Clearly this award season is all about throwing the maids some love, even though we all know both Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer are better than their okay performances in a lackluster movie. I blame the source material.

But since we're talking about it, if we're going to surprise nominate anyone from The Help, it would have been more settling to see Allison Janey on the nominations ballot and not Jessica Chastain's underwhelming performance of a caricature in the movie. It's also worth noting that at today's announcement ceremony, a picture of Chastain in The Tree of Life flashed on the screen, in lieu of a picture of her in The Help. Coincidence? She was indeed better in The Tree of Life, even though the movie itself is downright frustrating to watch.

Notable surprises include Rooney Mara's nod in the best actress category for her performance in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Demián Bichir for best actor in the very quiet but solid movie A Better Life. While both were impressive, I can't help but to think Adepero Oduye's touching performance in Pariah could have aced this category in lieu of Mara's solid performance of character to whom she brought nothing. By the way, Pariah received NO nominations, in any category. Zilch. Nada. Who can I write to about this tragedy?

Let's talk about some of the other snubs. Albert Brooks for Drive and and the entire institutes of Young Adult and Shame were robbed! There is NO reason for them not to be here. Michael Fassbender? Diablo Cody for the wonderfully daring Young Adult? But Jonah Hill and Brad Pitt are here? Stop the madness. And nothing for Carey Mulligan. These are all crimes against humanity.

In other news, thankfully Midnight in Paris, Nick Nolte (the best part about Warrior) and Christopher Plummer (for his touching portrayal in Beginners) all received well-deserved nods. We can take comfort in at least that.

Check out the full list of nominees below:

Best picture

"War Horse"

"The Artist"


"The Descendants"

"The Tree of Life"

"Midnight in Paris"

"The Help"


"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"


Demián Bichir, "A Better Life"

George Clooney, "The Descendants"

Jean Dujardin, "The Artist"

Gary Oldman, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"

Brad Pitt, "Moneyball"


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"

Supporting actor

Kenneth Branagh, "My Week With Marilyn"

Jonah Hill, "Moneyball"

Nick Nolte, "Warrior"

Christopher Plummer, "Beginners"

Max von Sydow "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"

Supporting actress

Bérénice Bejo, "The Artist"

Jessica Chastain, "The Help"

Melissa McCarthy, "Bridesmaids"

Janet McTeer, "Albert Nobbs"

Octavia Spencer, "The Help"


Michel Hazanavicius, "The Artist"

Alexander Payne, "The Descendants"

Woody Allen, "Midnight in Paris"

Terrence Malick, "The Tree of Life"

Martin Scorsese, "Hugo"

Animated feature

"A Cat in Paris"

"Chico & Rita"

"Kung Fu Panda 2"

"Puss in Boots"


Original screenplay


"Midnight in Paris"

"Margin Call"

"A Separation"

"The Artist"

Adapted screenplay

"The Descendants"


"The Ides of March"


"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"

Best foreign language

"Bullhead" (Belgium)

"Footnote" (Israel)

"In Darkness" (Poland)

"Monsieur Lazhar" (Canada)

"A Separation" (Iran)

Art direction

“The Artist”

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2”


“Midnight in Paris”

“War Horse”


“The Artist”

“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”


“The Tree of Life”

“War Horse”

Costume design


“The Artist”


“Jane Eyre”


Live action short film



“The Shore”

“Time Freak”

“Tuba Atlantic”

Sound editing


“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”


“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”

“War Horse”

Sound mixing

“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”



“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”

“War Horse”

Animated short film


“The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore”

“La Luna”

“A Morning Stroll”

“Wild Life”

Original song

“Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets”

“Real in Rio” from “Rio”

Film editing

“The Artist”

“The Descendants”

“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”




“Albert Nobbs”

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2”

“The Iron Lady”

Original score

“The Adventures of Tintin”

“The Artist”


“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”

“War Horse”

Documentary feature

“Hell and Back Again”

“If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front”

“Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory”



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”

Visual effects

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2”


“Real Steel”

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”

“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”

Awards will be handed out live on February 26th at 7pm EST on ABC


Gabrielle said...

Young Adult should have AT LEAST received a nod for Best Orig. Screenplay. Also, I think Patton Oswalt should've received the nod instead of Jonah Hill. Oswalt was WAY better than Hill.
And I'm wearing black in mourning for the Shame snub.

Cherokee said...

This year I have only seen The Tree of Life out of all the best picture nominees, so I can't really comment on the quality of the films yet, but surely it can't be as awful as the overrated bunch of films nominated last year?

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