Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Hip Gnome is looking at...

Definitely some disappointments here... especially in the Best Picture category.
Oscar Nominations

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

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

Best Actor
Demián Bichir, A Better Life
George Clooney, The Descendants
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Best Actress
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

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

Best Supporting Actress
Bérénice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help 

Best Original Screenplay
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids
J.C. Chandor, Margin Call
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Asghar Farhadi, A Separation

Best Adapted Screenplay
Alexander Payne, Jim Rash, and Nat Faxon, The Descendants
John Logan, Hugo
George Clooney, Grant Heslov, and Beau Willimon, The Ides of March
Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian, Moneyball
Peter Straughan and Bridget O’Connor, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best Animated Film
A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots


Green Lantern said...

Best Picture is a disappointment for a number of reasons. First, I think 50/50 should have made the cut along with Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Coriolanus. Second, some of the movies on there should not have made the list; in particular, The Help and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

I am happy with Best Director (Woody Allen all the way), but I think the best choices for nominees went to Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. I loved the addition of dark horses in those categories that really deserved to be recognized. I think Rooney Mara and Melissa McCarthy are great nominees. Still, I don't know what their chances are.

However, biggest disappointment is Best Animated Films of the year. Really, I don't have a problem with the choices though; I have a problem with how bad this year's animated movies were that they had to pick these ones. (Note: I have not seen A Cat in Paris or Chico & Rita so, I reserve judgement)

The Hip Gnome said...

Yea, good observations and comments!

To be fair, I've only seen half of the Best Picture movies, but from the ones I've seen, I would've replaced nearly all. I would've nominated 50/50, Bridesmaids, Beginners, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Dragon Tattoo, and Drive over The Descendants, The Help, and Midnight in Paris (maybe keep Moneyball).

I agree with Robert Ebert's assessment that Meryl Streep and Glenn Close should not have been nominated. Definitely Tilda Swinton in their place.


I'm ok with the other categories. But generally, not sure why the Academy voters shy away from comedies and "dark and deep" movies. All the nominated movies I would consider pretty "light" dramas.

Green Lantern said...

I agree, the Oscars seem to want to attract more viewers, but they ignore some of the most popular and best reviewed movies of the year. Bridemaids and 50/50 for sure. Also, the pure intensity that Ryan Gosling gave through looks alone in Drive should have been rewarded.

As for Best Actress, I agree with you about Meryl Streep. They really just nominated her because she is Meryl Streep. Iron Lady was boring and really did not do justice to a really fascinating story. Still, I liked Glenn Close and thought she did a great job. Tilda Swan should have been nominated, but the only person I think should have been eliminated from the list was Streep and who wants to make that call.

Anyways, I can talk hours about movies so I should probably stop, but before I do, I have to fault you for one choice. The Help, really? I just could not get over how unremarkable the plot was. The cast did well and the nominations were well deserved, but the story was not Oscar quality. (End of Rant)