Tuesday, January 24, 2012

For Better or Worse: 2012 Oscar Nominations

My reactions to follow shortly.

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

Best Director
Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist
Alexander Payne - The Descendants
Martin Scorsese - Hugo
Woody Allen - Midnight in Paris
Terrence Mallick - Tree of Life

Actress in a Leading Role
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

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

Actress in a Supporting Role
Berenice Bejo - The Artist
Jessica Chastain - The Help
Melissa McCarthy - Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer - Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer - The Help

Actor in a Supporting Role
Kenneth Branagh - My Week with Marilyn
Jonah Hill - Moneyball
Nick Nolte - Warrior
Christopher Plummer - Beginners
Max von Sydow - Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Writing (Original Screenplay)
The Artist - Michel Hazanavicius
Bridesmaids - Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
Margin Call - JC Chandor
Midnight in Paris - Woody Allen
A Separation - Asghar Farhadi 

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
The Descendants - Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
Hugo - John Logan
The Ides of March - George Clooney, Grant Heslov & Beau Willimon
Moneyball - Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin & Stan Chervin
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - Bridger O'Connor & Peter Straughan

Film Editing
The Artist - Anne-Sophie Bion & Michel Hazanavicius
The Descendants - Kevin Tent
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Kirk Baxter & Angus Wall
Hugo - Thelma Ritter
Moneyball - Christopher Tellefsen

Cinematography
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

Music (Original Score)
The Adventures of Tin Tin - 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 - Bret McKenzie (The Muppets)
Real in Rio - Sergio Mendes, Carlinhos Brown & Siedah Garrett (Rio)

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

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

Make Up
Albert Nobbs - Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston & Matthew Mungle
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 - Edouard F Henriques, Gregory Funk & Yolanda Toussieng
The Iron Lady - Mark Coulier & J Roy Helland

Foreign Language Film
Bullhead (Belgium)
Footnote (Israel)
In Darkness (Poland)
Monsieur Lazhar (Canada)
A Separation (Iran)

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

Documentary (Feature)
Hell & Back Again - Danfung Dennis & Mike Lerner
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front - Marshall Curry & Sam Cullman
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory - Charles Ferguson & Audrey Marrs
Pina - Wim Wenders & Gian-Piero Ringel
Undefeated - TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay, Richard Middlemas

Documentary (Short Subject)
The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights movement
God is the Bigger Elvis
Incident in new Baghdad
Savings Face
The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

Short Film (Live Action)
Pentecost
Raju
The Shore
Time Freak
Tuba Atlantica

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


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


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


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

The Artist: 11
Hugo: 11
Moneyball: 6
War Horse: 6
The Descendants: 5
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: 5
The Help: 4
Midnight in Paris: 4
The Tree of Life: 3
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: 3
Albert Nobbs: 3
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2: 3
Transformers: Dark of the Moon: 3
A Separation: 2
The Iron Lady: 2
My Week with Marilyn: 2
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: 2
Bridesmaids: 2