Tuesday, January 24, 2012

2012 Academy Awards - Complete List of Oscar Nominations

The 2012 Academy Awards nominations are here and you won't find a whole lot of surprises. But when a few neat surprises do manage to creep in, it's a lot more fun. So, I would rather just talk a bit about the more "unusual" nominations, but if you just can't wait to find out, there's a full list of nominations at the end of the article (and after the jump). I was indeed very happy to see Gary Oldman get his first ever Oscar nomination for the terrific spy thriller "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy", even if Michael Fassbender ("Shame") was denied his. Completely unforseen, but very welcome in the Leading Role category was also Demián Bichir's nomination for "A Better Life". Nick Nolte and Max von Sydow, two great and often overlooked actors, made it among the top five in the Supporting Role category. Nolte was nominated only two times before, for "The Prince of Tides" and "Affliction", both for Leading Actor. von Sydow was previously nominated in 1987 for Foreign Film Oscar winner "Pelle the Conqueror". On the other hand, heading up all the bets is fellow Supporting Actor nominee Christopher Plummer ("Beginners"). The 83-year-old actor has also been severly overlooked by the Academy in the past (first and only previous nomination was for 2009's "The Last Station") and already won a Golden Globe this year. All in all, I would say that the Supporting Actor category this year will be a very difficult one.

Moving on to the actresses of 2012, the biggest surprise (thanks to David Fincher's solid reputation with the Academy), is Rooney Mara's nomination for her performance in the US remake of the swedish thriller "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo". A fine performance, but I'm not sure it was one that deserved an Oscar nomination. I'll be even more surprised if she wins, but my money is on Meryl Streep. Unfortunately, Tilda Swinton was snubbed for her performance in "We Need to Talk About Kevin", which I must say was my personal favorite of the year. I say raise the number of nominations in the actor categories to six from now on, so that personal favorites can have a chance too. In the Supporting Actress category, Jessica Chastain was nominated for "The Help", probably in recognition of the wonderful year she's had, although she probably deserved more recognition for her role in "The Tree of Life". Also nominated in the same category as Chastain and from the same movie is Octavia Spencer, who after winning the Golden Globe last week, is currently front-runner for the award.

And speaking of "The Tree of Life". After a disappointing awards run so far, Terrence Malick's thought-provoking and extremely polarizing drama managed to score three Oscar nominations : Best Picture, Best Director and Cinematography. Not bad, all things considered. Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" stands on the opposite side of the scoreboard with 11 nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. A close second is French sensation "The Artist" with 10 nominations, followed by "Moneyball" and "War Horse" tied in third place with six nominations each, "The Descendants" with five, "The Help" and Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" with four each. Spielberg's other 2011 movie, "The Adventures of Tintin" did not make it into the Animated Feature category and neither did Pixar's "Cars 2". A year without Pixar is indeed a big surprise. Oh, and what is up with the Original Song nominations ? Only two ? I can understand that the Academy needed to stop getting carried away and nominate three songs from the same movie, but I think this is just too extreme.

We'll see who the big winners are on February 26. The show will be hosted by Billy Crystal. Again. Read the full list of 2012 Oscar nominations after the jump.

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"

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"

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"

Bérénice Bejo in "The Artist"
Jessica Chastain in "The Help"
Melissa McCarthy in "Bridesmaids"
Janet McTeer in "Albert Nobbs"
Octavia Spencer in "The Help"

"A Cat in Paris" Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli
"Chico & Rita" Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal
"Kung Fu Panda 2" Jennifer Yuh Nelson
"Puss in Boots" Chris Miller
"Rango" Gore Verbinski

"The Artist" - Production Design: Laurence Bennett; Set Decoration: Robert Gould
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" - Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
"Hugo" - Production Design: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo
"Midnight in Paris" - Production Design: Anne Seibel; Set Decoration: Hélène Dubreuil
"War Horse" - Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Lee Sandales

"The Artist" Guillaume Schiffman
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Jeff Cronenweth
"Hugo" Robert Richardson
"The Tree of Life" Emmanuel Lubezki
"War Horse" Janusz Kaminski

"Anonymous" Lisy Christl
"The Artist" Mark Bridges
"Hugo" Sandy Powell
"Jane Eyre" Michael O'Connor
"W.E." Arianne Phillips

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

"Hell and Back Again" Danfung Dennis and Mike Lerner
"If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front" Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman
"Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory" Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky
"Pina" Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel
"Undefeated" TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Richard Middlemas

"The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement" Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin
"God Is the Bigger Elvis" Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson
"Incident in New Baghdad" James Spione
"Saving Face" Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
"The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom" Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen

"The Artist" Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius
"The Descendants" Kevin Tent
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
"Hugo" Thelma Schoonmaker
"Moneyball" Christopher Tellefsen

"Bullhead" Belgium
"Footnote" Israel
"In Darkness" Poland
"Monsieur Lazhar" Canada
"A Separation" Iran

"Albert Nobbs" - Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" - Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight and Lisa Tomblin
"The Iron Lady" - Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland

"The Adventures of Tintin" John Williams
"The Artist" Ludovic Bource
"Hugo" Howard Shore
"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" Alberto Iglesias
"War Horse" John Williams

"Man or Muppet" from "The Muppets" Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie
"Real in Rio" from "Rio" Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown Lyric by Siedah Garrett

"The Artist" Thomas Langmann, Producer
"The Descendants" Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers
"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" Scott Rudin, Producer
"The Help" Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers
"Hugo" Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers
"Midnight in Paris" Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers
"Moneyball" Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers
"The Tree of Life" Nominees to be determined
"War Horse" Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers

"Dimanche/Sunday" Patrick Doyon
"The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg
"La Luna" Enrico Casarosa
"A Morning Stroll" Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe
"Wild Life" Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby

"Pentecost" Peter McDonald and Eimear O'Kane
"Raju" Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren
"The Shore" Terry George and Oorlagh George
"Time Freak" Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey
"Tuba Atlantic" Hallvar Witzø

"Drive" Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" Ren Klyce
"Hugo" Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
"War Horse" Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom

"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" - David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Bo Persson
"Hugo" - Tom Fleischman and John Midgley
"Moneyball" - Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, Dave Giammarco and Ed Novick
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" - Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Peter J. Devlin
"War Horse" - Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson and Stuart Wilson

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" - Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and John Richardson
"Hugo" - Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning
"Real Steel" - Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor and Swen Gillberg
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" - Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White and Daniel Barrett
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon" - Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Matthew Butler and John Frazier

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

"The Artist" Written by Michel Hazanavicius
"Bridesmaids" Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
"Margin Call" Written by J.C. Chandor
"Midnight in Paris" Written by Woody Allen
"A Separation" Written by Asghar Farhadi


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