Tuesday, January 24, 2012

12 Random Thoughts on the 2012 Academy Award Nominations

The Academy Award nominees have been announced! Here are my initial thoughts:

1. Nine Best Picture nominees! I had predicted it would be seven films.

2. I was hoping Sailcloth would get nominated in the Short Film (Live Action) category but no such luck. Very curious to check out the films that made the cut this year.

3. Did not expect to see J.C. Chandor get nominated in the Original Screenplay category for Margin Call. Super excited about this nomination.

4. I really need to see The Descendants, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and War Horse in the next few weeks.

5. Nice to see Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis receive nominations for their work in The Help. Although Jessica Chastain was excellent in both Tree of Life and The Help, I thought she would be nominated for Tree of Life

6. The supporting acting categories are once again the most exciting race to watch. Melissa McCarthy could be the dark horse winner for the Supporting Actress award.

7. Only two Original Songs nominated this year? Also, how does neither Hanna nor Drive get nominated in the Original Score category?

8. No nominations for Elizabeth Olsen, Michael Shannon or Michael Fassbender? Wow! I was sure they would be locks.

9. While a good movie, I still do not see Moneyball as a worthy Best Picture contender.

10. Since The Adventures of Tintin is out of the picture, I cannot see any of the other animated films knocking out Rango.

11. Always nice to see a Canadian film, in this case Monsieur Lazhar, nominated in the Foreign Language category. Two years in a row no less!

12. Transformers: Dark of the Moon…an Academy Award nominee! Is it this year's The Wolfman?

What are your thoughts on the 2012 Academy Award nominations?


  1. 4. War Horse and Extremely Loud: don’t do it, man. Don’t do it.
    8. No Fass is horrendous.
    9. AGREE!

  2. The biggest snub was in the Best Supporting Actor category. I am referring, of course, to Uggie the dog not getting nominated for his work in The Artist. (What? You thought I was going to mention Andy Serkis?)

  3. Agreed! You did mention one that I haven't seen anyone else mention yet--where's the Chemical Brother's mention for Hanna? Definitely a soundtrack I haven't stopped listening to since it came out.

  4. 7. Has there been any explanation for why there were only two songs? I know they have rules, but why even do it at all? I figured they'd throw a bone to Drive and give it a Score nomination. I guess that was for Sound Editing instead. The miss for Hanna on Score is just silly.

  5. @Alex – I make it a point every year to at least see all the Best Picture nominees. So War Horse and Extremely Loud are a must for me. I have to see what all the fuss is about.

    @Chip Lary – Uggie was an integral part of The Artist! There was much praise directed towards director Michel Hazanavicius, during the TIFF Q&A I was at, in regards to Uggie’s performance.

    Funny thing is, I completely forgot about Serkis. I think I just came accept that the Academy is not ready to, and probably will never, recognize a motion capture performance.

    @M. Hufstader – I wonder if Trent Reznor winning last year has something to do with it. The Academy probably felt they pleased the “hipsters” by giving the Social Network the award, so no need to stay “current” again this year. Similar to how no rap song has been nominated since Hustle and Flow won several years back.

    @Dan - I have not heard any explanations yet for how the music categories were selected. Besides the Hanna and Drive omissions, I cannot fathom how only two original songs were nominated? Out of the large number of films released in 2011, only two songs were great? I find that hard to believe.

  6. Some definite surprises this time around. Wasn't expecting HUGO to have 11 noms. Nor was I expecting Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close to be nom'd for best picture.

    Glad for Gary Oldman.

  7. I watched the announcements this morning and when I saw that Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close got nominated. I was saying "Fucking bullshit!"

    I'm sorry but the list of nominees in various category is weak. No love for Shame, Take Shelter, We Need to Talk About Kevin, and The Skin I Live In along with Michael Fassbender's penis, Carey Mulligan, Albert Brooks, Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender's penis, Uggie, Tilda Swinton, Kirsten Dunst, Michael Fassbender's penis, Michael Shannon, the technical crew of The Tree of Life that wasn't Chivo, and Michael Fassbender's penis.

  8. I'm kinda bummed about Tintin, I think it deserves to be included. I heard it's not eligible somehow? [shrugs]

    It's weird that only 2 songs are nominated, their new qualifying system is just bonkers!

  9. Phips6:44 pm

    -Drive being snubbed for Score is bs same with Reznor and Ross imo.
    -War Horse is a joke and is just nominated cuz of Spielberg and that its a "touching story".
    -Glad Oldman is finally nominated.
    -Really happy for Rooney Mara
    -Fassbender being overlooked is a joke as well

    I have no faith in the Oscars.

    P.S: The Artist is going to clean house. Screenplay categories are already obvious (Moneyball and MIP)

  10. Yea totally agree about Moneyball. Solid movie but I don't think it's beyond that in any single aspect.

  11. @ThefocusedFilmographer - Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’s Best Picture nomination does not surprise me. I remember reading an article just before the film opened stating that the film’s release strategy was designed specifically designed with getting an Oscar nomination in mind.

    @thevoid99 – It felt like the voters really took a step back this year. They reverted back to their “safe” choices instead of looking at what was pushing cinema in new directions. I have heard nothing but raves for Tilda Swinton’s performance in We Need to Talk About Kevin (the film still has not opened here yet by the way) since Cannes, yet somehow she is completely ignored the minute award season starts.

    @Ruth – I still need to see Tintin, did not get a chance to get to it over the holidays. I am shocked though that the film was not deemed eligible. I will have to read up on why this is the case.

    @Phips – It is surprising that Oldman has never received a nomination up to this point, especially when you look at his long list of memorable roles.

    Rooney Mara’s nomination came as a bit of a shock as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was not as well received by critics and audiences as the studio hoped. I figured her spot would have gone to Elizabeth Olsen for Martha Marcy May Marlene.

    I complete agree with your screenplay picks. I think The Artist will walk away with four 5 to 6 awards. I do not think it will get the clean sweep.

    @Castor – I can see why Hill got nominated because the Academy loves to praise actors who play against type. Besides that and the script, I do not understand what the Academy saw in Moneyball?


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