The Oscars Noms 2012 – A reaction

So, the Oscars nominations came out yesterday and amongst them were some surprises, some disappointments and some correct decisions. Here are my thoughts on the main categories:

Best Motion Picture of the Year

Nominees: The Artist, The Descendants, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life and War Horse.

I’ve only seen one of these films (Hugo)! I am appalled at myself! Hopefully I’ll have seen at least four more by the time the Oscars are announced. Based on hype though it appears to be a fight between The Artist and The Descendants. My money is on The Artist though.


Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Nominees: Demián Bichir (A Better Life), George Clooney (The Descendants), Jean Dujardin (The Artist), Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and Brad Pitt (Moneyball)

I’ve still only seen one of these so far (Oldman) and as much as I’d love to see Oldman win my money is on Clooney finally winning.


Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Nominees: Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs), Viola Davis (The Help), Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) and Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn)

I’m up to three on this one (Mara, Streep and Williams) and I think I have definitely seen the winner. The easy money is on Streep, my outside bet would be on Mara but really the award should go to Williams. Her Marilyn was way more enthralling than Streep’s Thatcher.


Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Nominees: Kenneth Branagh (My Week with Marilyn), Jonah Hill (Moneyball), Nick Nolte (Warrior), Christopher Plummer (Beginners) and Max von Sydow (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close)

Just Branagh for me on this one although I’m actually a little disappointed by the supporting actors list. I would have love to have seen Serkis finally get recognition. It seems a little dull to me. However if the hype is to be believed I’m going to go with Plummer.


Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Nominees: Bérénice Bejo (The Artist), Jessica Chastain (The Help), Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids), Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs) and Octavia Spencer (The Help)

None for me in this one however I get the impression that Jessica Chastain could have easily filled all five slots with different roles so I am going to go with her!


Best Achievement in Directing

Nominees: Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris), Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist), Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life), Alexander Payne (The Descendants) and Martin Scorsese (Hugo)

And I’m finishing with another zero seen by me (I need to watch more films!) I’m going to go for the outsider in Malick on this one. I’ve heard such amazing things about his Tree of Life and I know him to be a phenomenal director.


So in summary, I have a lot of catching up to do before the finals on 26th February! The rest of the nominees can be found here.

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  1. Nice post, it does however remind me I haven’t seen any of these ‘great’ films though :(


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