2/25/12

2012 Oscar nominations (with my favorites and predictions)

I have seen (but not yet reviewed) all of the nominated films on this list, except for The Help, A Better Life, Warrior and A Cat in Paris. This year's Oscar nominations (in the major categories I follow most):

Best Original Screenplay

Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
J.C. Chandor, Margin Call
Asghar Farhadi, A Separation
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids

My favorite: J.C. Chandor, Margin Call
My prediction: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Best Adapted Screenplay

George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon, The Ides of March
John Logan, Hugo
Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash, The Descendants
Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin; Stan Chervin, Moneyball

My favorite: John Logan, Hugo
My prediction: Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

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

My favorite: Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn
My prediction: Viola Davis, The Help

Best Actor

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

My favorite: Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
My prediction: Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Best Supporting Actress

Bérénice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help

My favorite: Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
My prediction: Octavia Spencer, The Help

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

My favorite: Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
My prediction: Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Best Director

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

My favorite: Martin Scorsese, Hugo
My prediction: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Best Animated Film

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

My favorite: Chico & Rita
My prediction: Rango

Best Picture

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

My favorite: Hugo
My prediction: The Artist

I'm pretty happy with these nominations, but Take Shelter, especially, was shockingly ignored, and especially for Michael Shannon for Best Actor. Leonardo DiCaprio should have been nominated for Best Actor as well, for his great work in Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar. I would like to have seen more recognition of Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Another Earth and The Interrupters as well. Bad Academy.

The Oscars will air Sunday, Feb. 26 at 5 p.m. Pacific time on ABC.

You can also click to download a .pdf of this year's ballot to play my regular Oscar game, Oscar Golf. You'll need copies for all of your guests, with time to fill them out before the first big award of the show.

Happy Oscars!

Alex
The Magic of the Movies

2/24/12

Other, Gingrich lead GOP presidential nominee web poll results for January and round-up

Since I last updated, Fmr. Gov. Jon Huntsman (UT) withdrew from the race, supporting Fmr. Gov. Mitt Romney (MI / UT / MA) for president. Gov. Rick Perry (TX) followed Huntsman's lead and also withdrew, supporting Fmr. House Speaker Newt Gingrich (GA) ahead of South Carolina's influential primary, which Gingrich won.

Gingrich faded fast, however, and Romney and Santorum wins have made them the top two candidates to watch for now, however painful it actually is to witness. Arizona and Michigan vote Feb. 28, and fifteen states vote in March's Super Tuesday contests, in which two or three candidates are expected to post wins.

Meanwhile, the "Other" option and Gingrich led January voting for who respondents thought would be the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, very narrowly edging out Rep. Ron Paul, M.D. (TX). As usual, this is of self-selected voters of any party who found my website, so it is not scientific in any way. (This means you should not complain that it was not scientific because it's never going to be.) Voting is just for fun, please no wagering. Here are January's results:

January 2012

#1 - Other ... 40.5%
#2 - Fmr. House Speaker Newt Gingrich (GA) ... 29.8%
#3 - Rep. Ron Paul, M.D. (TX) ... 28.9%
#4 - Fmr. Gov. Mitt Romney (MI / UT / MA) ... .8%
#5 - Fmr. Sen. Rick Santorum (PA) ... 0%

121 total votes cast / Margin of error ±100%

I have now removed Huntsman and Perry from the poll and the GOP field page.

You can vote for this month's new poll here, or click the vote button from any of the Choose Our President 2012 pages.

Alex
Choose Our President 2012