Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Oscar® Nominations 2012

The nominations are in and here's who I think SHOULD take the crown... whether or not they will remains to be seen. No surprise to see nothing for Tyrannosaur as it didn't reach the American audience. But sad to see no recognition for Andy Serkis's work in Rise of the Planet of the Apes or Michael Fassbender in ... well anything.

Leading the nominations list is Hugo with 11, closely followed by The Artist with 10. Moneyball and War Horse each have 6 and The Descendants has 5. 

Supporting Actress
There are some impressive candidates here but Bejo has to take the crown. Her work in Artist was funny, sensitive, restrained and theatrical. Perfection.
  • Bérénice Bejo
  • Jessica Chastain
  • Melissa McCarthy
  • Janet McTeer
  • Octavia Spencer  

Supporting Actor 
Branagh as Laurence Olivier was perfect casting. Just brilliant to watch.
  • Kenneth Branagh
  • Jonah Hill
  • Nick Nolte
  • Christopher Plummer
  • Max von Sydow 
Leading Actress
Well the Americans have clearly favoured their own here but it's an interesting mix and could be anybody's. Meryl Streep seems the most likely winner but Williams was so flawless in her portrayal of the tortured soul Marilyn Monroe, she deserves the recognition.
  • Glenn Close
  • Viola Davis
  • Rooney Mara
  • Meryl Streep
  • Michelle Williams

Leading Actor
Gary Oldman was easily the best thing in a talented cast when Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy came out but Dujardin just pips him to the post for me with his performance in The Artist at every stage of his character's career from the incredible high to the terrifying lows.
  • Demian Bichir
  • George Clooney
  • Jean Dujardin
  • Gary Oldman
  • Brad Pitt

Best Picture
I still don't see why Moneyball has made the cut and am yet to see The Descendants or Extremely Loud. The Help was a brilliant film and I just didn't "get" Tree of Life. It has to be The Artist for its originality and emotive style.
  • The Artist
  • Descendants
  • Extremely Loud
  • The Help
  • Hugo
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Moneyball
  • Tree of Life
  • War Horse 
For the full list of nominations go to the official website.

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