Thursday, January 26, 2012

It's That Time Again.

It's Oscar time!  Last year was my first year successfully seeing all the movies (or "films" if you prefer) nominated for Best Picture.  There were some fantastic movies on that list.  So, when this year's nominations came out, I was pretty disappointed.

Best Picture
The Artist
The Descendants
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
The Help
Midnight in Paris
The Tree of Life
War Horse

I have only seen two of these movies (The Help and Moneyball), and I had specifically rejected going to see others (The Descendants, EL&IC, and War Horse).  So, I don't know if I'm going to be able to (or even TRY) to watch all of them this year.  I am looking forward to Midnight in Paris and Hugo.  Even The Artist looks pretty interesting.  I had never even heard of The Tree of Life before this week, so who knows-- maybe it will be good.

But, I've got to say that 2011 must have been a bad year for movies if these are the best 9.  Oh, and no nomination for Ides of March??  I didn't love it, but it got a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.  So I was pretty surprised that it wasn't nominated for Best Picture as well, especially considering there are only nine nominees this year instead of 10.

Here are the other nominations (at least, the important ones). Any movie on this list that I absolutely need to see? Or avoid?

Best Director 
Michel Hazanavicius -- The Artist
Alexander Payne -- The Descendants
Martin Scorsese -- Hugo
Woody Allen -- Midnight in Paris
Terrence Malick -- The Tree of Life

Actor in a Leading Role 
Demián Bichir in A Better Life
George Clooney in The Descendants 
Jean Dujardin in The Artist 
Gary Oldman in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 
Brad Pitt in Moneyball 

Actor in a Supporting Role 
Kenneth Branagh in My Week with Marilyn
Jonah Hill in Moneyball
Nick Nolte in Warrior
Christopher Plummer in Beginners
Max von Sydow in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Actress in a Leading Role 
Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis in The Help 
Rooney Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 
Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady 
Michelle Williams in My Week with Marilyn 

Actress in a Supporting Role 
Bérénice Bejo in The Artist
Jessica Chastain in The Help
Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer in Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer in The Help

Writing (Adapted Screenplay) 
Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash -- The Descendants
John Logan -- Hugo
George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon -- The Ides of March 
Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin Story by Stan Chervin -- Moneyball
Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan -- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Writing (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


  1. I loved The Help and Bridesmaids! Can't say I've seen any of the others though...

  2. I haven't seen any of them (although I'm seeing Moneyball tomorrow). The only one I care about is Christopher Plummer in a supporting role. I love him (Captain Von Trapp)! :)

  3. Why don't you want to see the descendants? I loved it!!!

  4. Yes, Christopher Plummer! I love the Sound of Music, therefore I must love him, too. Even though from all I've heard/read he seems like a man I most likely would not choose as a friend :). I, too, would like to see Midnight in Paris. But I'm a terrible movie judge - in general if it wins awards I don't see it because I won't like it.

  5. I agree! A few weird ones on the best picture list this year. I've seen 2 and there are a few others I want to see but doubt I will see them all this year.