Monday, January 23, 2012


The Academy Award nominations are tomorrow! Here's a list of films that might get nominated in the big fat categories (I put a * by what I think should get nominated, and a # by what I think will get nominated):
 (image: NYTimes via Getty images)

Academy Awards NOMINATIONS

best pic

Melancholia * (foreign? English-speaking...)
Midnight in Paris #
The Tree of Life *#
X-Men: First Class *
Bridesmaids *
The Help #
Rise of the Planet of the Apes *
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows *
Hugo *#
The Artist #
War Horse # (haven't seen it) 
Take Shelter * [not a chance this will get nominated, but I thought it was beautiful, maybe my favorite film of the year, so I'm putting it on the list anyway.]

best actor

Christopher Plummer, Beginners *# (or is this a supporting performance? probably)
Brad Pitt, Moneyball *#
George Clooney, The Descendants *#
Michael Shannon, Take Shelter ** (the only thing as good as this was J. Dujardin, and maybe also Brad Pitt in Moneyball)
Ryan Gosling, Drive *#
Paul Rudd, Our Idiot Brother *
Brendan Gleason, The Guard *
Jean Dujardin, The Artist ** (I was not in love with this movie, but I thought this performance was sublime)
Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar ? (haven't seen)
Michael Fassbender, Shame #

best actress

Vera Farmiga, Higher Ground *
Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene *
Kirsten Dunst, Melancholia *#
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn #
Rooney Mara, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo *#
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady # (haven't seen)
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs # (haven't seen)
Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids *

supporting actor

Ryan Gosling, Crazy, Stupid, Love (or The Ides of March) * (in C, S, L, I thought Gosling was pretty much brilliant)
Michael Fassbender, X-Men/Jane Eyre
Andy Serkis, Rise of the Planet of the Apes *#
Matt Damon, Contagion * (of a pile of great performances, this was one of the greatest)
Jeremy Irons, Margin Call *#
John Hawkes, Martha Marcy May Marlene *#
Armie Hammer, J. Edgar # (haven't seen)
Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn * (this performance gave me such joy--so funny)
Albert Brooks, Drive * (pretty great performance)
Ralph Fiennes and/or Alan Rickman, Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows

supporting actress

Viola Davis, The Help *# (deserves every possible acting accolade--she is brilliant--and is this a lead performance?)
Octavia Spencer, The Help *#
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids *#
Jessica Chastain, everything she was in *# (literally: brilliant in everything.)
Charlotte Gainsbourg, Melancholia *
Carrie Milligan, Drive and/or Shame #


Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris #
Martin Scorsese, Hugo *#
Terence Malick, Tree of Life *#
David Fincher, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo #
Michael Haznavicius, The Artist #
Lars von Trier, Melancholia *#
David Cronenberg, A Dangerous Method ? (not here yet, haven't seen)
Steven Spielberg, War Horse #
Alexander Payne, The Descendants *#
Bennett Miller, Moneyball *

special note for Jude Law, who was fantastic in Sherlock Holmes blah blah blah  and also in Contagion.

p.s. I loved this list.

p.p.s. happy birthday Amelia!


  1. Pretty good, mis prognosticator. I only heard the news on NPR, but from what I remember who they said was nominated, you've got the Academy's number.

  2. I have seen so few of these movies. Boo.

  3. A big shout out to you for your awesomeness on the movie front. As always I am beyond impressed.

    Ken and I saw last THE DESCENDANTS last night, and I have these observations:
    1. I can almost forgive Clooney for dating younger women because he's v. good in this film.
    2. This film made me miss Hawaii.
    3. Hawaiian music always makes me cry.
    4. Except for PEARLY SHELLS.
    5. PEARLY SHELLS kind of makes me barf.

  4. Oops. Get rid of that first "last". OBv.



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