2012 Academy Award Nominations Announced

Once upon a time, when the Oscars weren’t so predictable, it used to be common fare around here to break down each category in anticipation of the big night. Now, there’s really no need to break down what you already know. Instead, lets focus on the surprises, shockers and snubs!

Surprise Number 1: The Tree of Life

Was anyone else thisclose to sending out an Amber Alert for the Terrence Malik drama? After the early Cannes buzz the film fell off the face of the Earth, only to return with three Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. Talk about a comeback!

 Surprise Number 2: Young Adult shut out

No nomination for Diablo Cody? Charlize Theron? Patton Oswalt? Nothing. That’s how you feel?

Surprise Number 3: Melissa McCarthy over Shailene Woodley

I loved Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids. Over Shailene Woodley? Not so much. What happened here, Academy?  Woodley’s performance in the Descendants is the sole reason why George Clooney’s performance is so damn good.  How can you honor Clooney and not Woodley?

Surprise Number 4: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Original Score Snub

Surprise Number 5: Gary Oldman finally receiving an Oscar nomination

Surprise Number 6: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

No need for commentary on this one, it pretty much writes itself.

Surprise Number 7: Nick Nolte for Warrior

One of my favorite performances of the year – Nolte for ALL the awards.  Sorry, Christopher Plummer.

Not surprising – Leonardo DiCaprio being snubbed once more, and pretty much the rest of this year’s Oscar ballot.

Biggest gripe: Jessica Chastain nominated yet again for The Help

Seriously? Why don’t you just go into Baskin Robbins and order vanilla ice cream, AMPAS? Chastain gave so many noteworthy performances this year, and  this nomination does not  allow her to compete at her fullest potential – especially when she’s nominated alongside her co-star who, in this case, gave the better performance.

Hugo leads the pack with 11 nominations including Best Picture, followed by The Artist.  The 84th Academy Awards airs on Sunday, February 26 on ABC.

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

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

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

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

Best Original Screenplay
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
JC Chandor, Margin Call
Asghar Farhadi, A Separation
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, Bridesmaids

Best Adapted Screenplay
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxton, Jim Rash, The Descendants
John Logan, Hugo
George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon, The Ides of March
Aaron Sorkin, Steven Zaillian, Moneyball
Bridget O’Connor, Peter Straughn, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

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

Full list here


One Response to “2012 Academy Award Nominations Announced”

  1. LOL! agreed! and i love the videos and snapshots! no young adult? travesty. and they will never sell me on the tree of life or The Help. come on now.

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