Sunday Open Thread — Oscars Edition! [2.26.12]

Filed in Open Thread by on February 26, 2012

Tonite the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents their awards for 2011 film achievements. If you are outside of this industry, the interest in the Oscars seems to be either, 1) Dishy — what they wore, who they were with, what they screwed up or 2) Snobby — mostly centered around the perceived lack of artistry in the nominations. I’m in Camp 2. So what do you think about this year’s nominations? Join us below and tell us who you think will win, what should have been nominated and preview the night’s gossip.

ABC (who apparently will broadcast these) has a comprehensive list of the nominees, with clips of some of the performances and pictures of some of the work and actors. The NYTimes has a feature that lets you complete your own Oscar ballot, post it up and compare it to others, including some *celebrities* who have done their own ballots. So here are the main categories:

Best Picture

“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” Sarah Green, Bill Pohlad, Dede Gardner and Grant Hill, Producers
“War Horse” Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers

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”


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

Foreign Language Film

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


“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

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

“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

Writing (Original Screenplay)

“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

Music (Original Score)

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

Music (Original Song)

“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

These are the bigger categories. Post up your ballots — either from the lists above or from the NYTimes ballot and tell us what you liked or didn’t like about the movies this past year.


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  1. John Young says:

    I thought for sure this was going to be the Daytona 500 edition!

    “Boogity, Boogity, Boogity, let’s go racin’ boys!”- Darrel Waltrip

  2. thenewphil says:

    MJ, is someone going to file for Cape School board?

  3. I haven’t seen most of the nominated movies, but I really enjoyed The Artist.

  4. thenewphil says:

    My picks, as they are listed:

    tree of life
    man or muppet

  5. Jason330 says:

    The sting should win best picture and George Roy Hill, the director will probably take home the Oscar for best director. Ja ck Lemmon should get best actor and Glenda Jackson was great in ‘a touch of class’ so I’m pulling for Gelnda for best actress. John Houseman wins the best supporting actor Oscar for his role in The Paper Chase.. He should get 2 for that, let’s be honest. Even though she is only 6 or whatever, Tatum o’Neal should get the best supporting actress award for Paper Moon.

  6. Jason330 says:

    The red carpet shows are horrible.

  7. John Manifold says:

    A toast to the wonderful J. L. Miller, a life well-lived.

  8. X Stryker says:

    “The Star Spangled Man” from Captain America should have gotten a nomination for best song.

  9. fightingbluehen says:

    If “War Horse” wins anything but the technical stuff, then we know the academy is a stacked deck.

  10. fightingbluehen says:

    I’ve sort of had a rubbernecking curiosity concerning North Korea for sometime now. The bizarre and sometimes beautiful results of the total dictatorship are awe-inspiring as well as frightening.

    There is a reason that the North Koreans mourn the death of the glorious leader and father with such enthusiasm. That reason is self preservation, not only for themselves, but their family and possibly their neighbors on either side of their homes. Maybe no one explained this to Sasha Baron Cohen or maybe he just has a death wish. Anyway, good luck to him. He will need it.