Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Award Season: 84th Academy Awards Nominations (Are Terrible)

The nominees for the 84th Academy Awards were announced early this morning, and I'm so absolutely frustrated by how god awful they are I could kick, like, everything in my path.  In an amazing year for film, listening to these nominations was akin to hearing a bad joke in poor taste at the worst possible time.  The Academy has basically proven once and for all that it's not the art they care about, it's keeping the public safe in a little box.  While several of the expected shoo-ins are present, and the round-up leans heavily on film nostalgia (with the movie-centric The Artist, Hugo, and My Week with Marilyn popping up repeatedly throughout), it also bends almost entirely in favor of films that played it safe and kept it happy and sappy.  As pleased as I am to see my own pick for #1 film of the year, The Tree of Life earn the recognition it deserves (but did not receive from the Globes), the fact that a film of that caliber is mentioned in the same breath as panned 9/11 emotional porn Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close makes the whole she-bang almost invalid.  Has there been a year in recent memory where a film with a 48% critical average on Rotten Tomatoes has managed to sneak into the Best Picture Category?  I mean, yikes.

Egregious snubs include: Acting snubs for Shame, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Take Shelter, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Young Adult and Tree of Life.  Technical awards for Melancholia, Tree of Life.  Barely a mention of Drive.  The complete absence of The Skin I Live In.  And, you know, I'm even surprised they didn't sneak in Leonardo DiCaprio...

The winners (if that means a damn thing) will be announced on Sunday, February 26th, when we will most certainly be continuing our liveblogging tradition and complaining about every little nuance we don't like.

Hit the jump for the full list...

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



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






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



Best Supporting Actor
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Nick Nolte, Warrior
Christopher Plummer, Beginners



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



Best Documentary (Feature)
Pina
Hell and Back Again
If A Tree Falls: The Story of the Earth Liberation Front
Paradise Lost 3
Undefeated 



Best Foreign Language Film
A Separation
Footnote
In Darkness
Bullhead
Monsieur Lahzar 



Best Writing (adapted)
The Descendants
Hugo
The Ides of March
Moneyball
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy 



Best Writing (original)
The Artist
Bridesmaids
Margin Call
Midnight in Paris
A Separation 



Best Film Editing
The Artist
The Descendants
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
Moneyball 



Best Makeup
Albert Nobbs
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
The Iron Lady 



Best Music (original score)
The Adventures of Tintin
The Artist
Hugo
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
War Horse 



Best Music (original song)
"Man or Muppet" from The Muppets 
"Real in Rio" from Rio 



Best Art Direction
The Artist
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Hugo
Midnight in Paris
War Horse 



Best Cinematography
The Artist
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
The Tree of Life
War Horse 



Best Costume Design
Anonymous
The Artist
Hugo
Jane Eyre
W.E. 



Best Documentary (Short Subject)
The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement
God Is the Bigger Elvis
Incident in New Baghdad
Saving Face
The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom 





Best Short (Animated)
Dimanche/Sunday
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
La Luna
A Morning Stroll
Wild Life 



Best Short (Live Action)
Pentecost
Raju
The Shore
Time Freak
Tuba Atlantic



Best Sound Editing
Drive
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
War Horse 



Best Sound Mixing
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Moneyball
Hugo
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
War Horse 



Best Visual Effects
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Hugo
Real Steel
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Transformers: Dark of the Moon 

2 comments:

  1. I don't even know why I still care about the oscars... they just get worse and worse. hopefully with billy it will be fun this time, and not just frustrating.

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  2. Wow, I completely forgot Billy Crystal was hosting. I honestly don't know how to feel about that. I'm with you, I feel like a sports fan whose team never makes it to the finals but who keeps insisting "THIS IS THE YEAR"

    Ultimately, they don't even matter. It's just annoying.

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