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The big awards (leaving out the technical, short subject and doc noms) with some commentary:

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Best Motion Picture of the Year
The Artist (2011): Thomas Langmann
The Descendants (2011): Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011): Scott Rudin
The Help (2011): Brunson Green, Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan
Hugo (2011/II): Graham King, Martin Scorsese
Midnight in Paris (2011): Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum
Moneyball (2011): Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz, Brad Pitt
The Tree of Life (2011): Nominees to be determined
War Horse (2011): Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy


Wow, I haven't seen any of these yet. I've been wanting to see The Descendents, Midnight in Paris and Moneyball. I'd watch The Artist and Hugo to see what the hype is about

Usually I try to see all the nominees, but I have zero desire to watch Extremely Loud, War Horse, The Help or The Tree of Life (I'm not in the cult of Malick).

Prediction: The Artist.



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Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Demián Bichir for A Better Life (2011)
George Clooney for The Descendants (2011)
Jean Dujardin for The Artist (2011)
Gary Oldman for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Brad Pitt for Moneyball (2011)[/b]


This is only Brad Pitt's 2nd nomination (12 Monkeys). I don't count Benjamin Button because I like to pretend that pile doesn't exist.

Gary Oldman finally gets his first nomination ever. How'd that happen? They should've created 5 new Best Actor categories just so they could give them all to him for The 5th Element.

Prediction: Jean Dujardin, though it wouldn't be a surprise if it went to Clooney instead.


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Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Glenn Close for Albert Nobbs (2011)
Viola Davis for The Help (2011)
Rooney Mara for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady (2011)
Michelle Williams for My Week with Marilyn (2011)


Nothing snarky to say here.

Prediction: it's a tough call between Meryl Streep and Viola Davis, so I'm going with Davis based on the quality of the films they're in.


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Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Kenneth Branagh for My Week with Marilyn (2011)
Jonah Hill for Moneyball (2011)
Nick Nolte for Warrior (2011)
Christopher Plummer for Beginners (2010)
Max von Sydow for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011)


Never thought we'd see the day where you can say "Academy Award Nominee Jonah Hill" now, did we? It's almost as fun to say as "Academy Award Winner Fisher Stevens".

Nick Nolte for Warrior is a surprise. He was forgotten in all the other awards.

Prediction: Christopher Plummer


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Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Bérénice Bejo for The Artist (2011)
Jessica Chastain for The Help (2011)
Melissa McCarthy for Bridesmaids (2011)
Janet McTeer for Albert Nobbs (2011)
Octavia Spencer for The Help (2011)


Definitely love that Melissa McCarthy got a nomination. Comedy is always underappreciated at the awards.

Prediction: I have no clue, so I'll play it safe and say Bérénice Bejo.


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Best Achievement in Directing
Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris (2011)
Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist (2011)
Terrence Malick for The Tree of Life (2011)
Alexander Payne for The Descendants (2011)
Martin Scorsese for Hugo (2011/II)


Prediction: Michel Hazanavicius if only for pulling a silent film off like he did.



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Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
The Artist (2011): Michel Hazanavicius
Bridesmaids (2011): Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo
Margin Call (2011): J.C. Chandor
Midnight in Paris (2011): Woody Allen
A Separation (2011): Asghar Farhadi


How awesome would it be if Bridesmaids won it? I don't think it will though.

Prediction: could not even begin to make a guess. Midnight in Paris, why not? It's been awhile since he won one.


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Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
The Descendants (2011): Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
Hugo (2011/II): John Logan
The Ides of March (2011): George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon
Moneyball (2011): Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Stan Chervin
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011): Bridget O'Connor, Peter Straughan


There's a lot of talent in the two front runners: Payne (who won for Sideways) for the Descendents and Sorkin (who bathes in Emmys) for Moneyball.

Prediction: The Descendents


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Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
A Cat in Paris (2010): Alain Gagnol, Jean-Loup Felicioli
Chico & Rita (2010): Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal
Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011): Jennifer Yuh
Puss in Boots (2011): Chris Miller
Rango (2011): Gore Verbinski


Since the Best Animated Feature started getting handed out, the only 2 Pixar films to not win are Cars and Cars 2. If you stop buying the toys people, they'll stop making the movies.

Prediction: haven't even heard of the first two, so I'm going to go with Rango.


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Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Bullhead (2011): Michael R. Roskam(Belgium)
Footnote (2011): Joseph Cedar(Israel)
In Darkness (2011): Agnieszka Holland(Poland)
Monsieur Lazhar (2011): Philippe Falardeau(Canada)
A Separation (2011): Asghar Farhadi(Iran)


A Separation as been on so many Best Of 2011 lists that I half expected it to be a Best Picture nominee.

Prediction: A Separation
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I have seen nothing on any lists but o want to see moneyball and dragon tatoo.
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Sadly, I didn't get to go to the movies much last year. Of the films mentioned above, I only saw The Artist, Hugo and Moneyball. Of those three, I thought Hugo was the best.

It seems like The Artist would have been right up my alley because I'm a big fan of silent movies, and man, they just nailed everything; it was truly amazing. The story was just a little too slight for me, though; it had some clever ideas and fun moments, but I felt like I was two steps ahead of it, which is generally not a good thing.

Moneyball was similar, actually; there just wasn't enough going on. If you've seen the trailer, you've pretty much seen the movie.
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Haven't payed much attention in years to the general rubbish coming out of the movie industry
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After I saw HUGO, I predicted it would win Best Picture. I'm standing by that prediction.

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erak wrote:

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Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Kenneth Branagh for My Week with Marilyn (2011)
Jonah Hill for Moneyball (2011)
Nick Nolte for Warrior (2011)
Christopher Plummer for Beginners (2010)
Max von Sydow for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011)


Nick Nolte for Warrior is a surprise. He was forgotten in all the other awards.



Nolte was fantastic in Warrior. Made me tear up.
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Orangemoose wrote:
Haven't payed much attention in years to the general rubbish coming out of the movie industry

Yes, well, they used to once produce a better class of rubbish.
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War Horse for Best Picture???


Seriously??????

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Haven't seen any of the nominated movies yet, but hoping to catch a couple on the plane tomorrow / Sunday . . .

The Muppets snubbed?
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nycavri wrote:
Haven't seen any of the nominated movies yet, but hoping to catch a couple on the plane tomorrow / Sunday . . .

The Muppets snubbed?


It got a nomination for Best Song. Interestingly, Best Song only had 2 nominations this year.
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War Horse for Best Picture???


Seriously??????

Speilberg throws a LOT of money around (that's how most of the nominees get nominated).
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How Tron: Legacy did not get nominated for visual effects or art direction is beyond me. That movie was a pure eye candy.
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manowarplayer wrote:
How Tron: Legacy did not get nominated for visual effects or art direction is beyond me. That movie was a pure eye candy.


Well, considering it came out in 2010...

Anyways, here's what did get nominated for those last year (* denotes winner):

ART DIRECTION:
Alice in Wonderland*
Harry Potter 7.1
King's Speech
Inception
True Grit


VISUAL EFFECTS:
Inception*
Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter 7.1
Hereafter
Iron Man 2
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erak wrote:
manowarplayer wrote:
How Tron: Legacy did not get nominated for visual effects or art direction is beyond me. That movie was a pure eye candy.


Well, considering it came out in 2010...

Anyways, here's what did get nominated for those last year (* denotes winner):

ART DIRECTION:
Alice in Wonderland*
Harry Potter 7.1
King's Speech
Inception
True Grit


VISUAL EFFECTS:
Inception*
Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter 7.1
Hereafter
Iron Man 2


I could have sworn I saw that in the theater in February of last year. Oh well.

It's a crime it wasn't nominated LAST YEAR! laugh
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manowarplayer wrote:
erak wrote:
manowarplayer wrote:
How Tron: Legacy did not get nominated for visual effects or art direction is beyond me. That movie was a pure eye candy.


Well, considering it came out in 2010...

Anyways, here's what did get nominated for those last year (* denotes winner):

ART DIRECTION:
Alice in Wonderland*
Harry Potter 7.1
King's Speech
Inception
True Grit


VISUAL EFFECTS:
Inception*
Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter 7.1
Hereafter
Iron Man 2


I could have sworn I saw that in the theater in February of last year. Oh well.

It's a crime it wasn't nominated LAST YEAR! laugh


You could've since it opened in December.
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Well, I've seen 2 of those movies. That's worse than most years. However I really liked both of those movies (The Help and Moneyball.)

I didn't hear about the Artist until the Golden Globes and by then it was out of our local theaters, so I'm gonna try to rent it. I'm also anxious to catch Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (it just came to our local theaters last weekend.

Perhaps the biggest surprise to me is that, not only have I never seen any of the animated films, but I have no desire to see them either. I heard absolutely horrible things about Kung Fu Panda 2, so the Academy must have despised Cars 2.
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Every year I say the same thing: Hollywood circle-jerkers have managed to convince themselves that cheap drama is better than sharp wit. Comedies get snubbed all around, just like every other single year save one or two.
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Erik, your picks seem to be based on the premise that artistic merit has something to do with the selection of the winners. The politics of Hollywood dictate a more cynical reality. I predict the lions share of the awards will go to Hugo and The Artist respectively. The rest will be apportioned among the Hollywood favorites and and the Cause du jour.


Best Motion Picture of the Year

Hugo (2011/II): Graham King, Martin Scorsese {Favorite}

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
George Clooney for The Descendants (2011) {Favorite}

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Michelle Williams for My Week with Marilyn (2011) {Favorite - Marilyn!}

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Nick Nolte for Warrior (2011) {Favorite}

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Octavia Spencer for The Help (2011) {Cause}

Best Achievement in Directing
Martin Scorsese for Hugo (2011/II) {Favorite}

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

The Artist (2011): Michel Hazanavicius {Critics' Favorite}

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Hugo (2011/II): John Logan {Favorite - Marty!}

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

Rango (2011): Gore Verbinski {Hmm, no Pixar this year. Had to think about this one... oh! No we didn't, it's Johnny Depp! Favorite}

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
A Separation (2011): Asghar Farhadi(Iran) {Cause}

And just to show that I have some strength in my convictions, I'll put up a for each of my picks against a for yours. Since we agree on the final two, that would put 8 in play. Whadayasay?cool
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Erik, your picks seem to be based on the premise that artistic merit has something to do with the selection of the winners. The politics of Hollywood dictate a more cynical reality. I predict the lions share of the awards will go to Hugo and The Artist respectively. The rest will be apportioned among the Hollywood favorites and and the Cause du jour.


My decisions are based on buzz and previous awards. The Artist won the Producers Guild Award. The vast majority of winners of that award take home the Oscar as well. (Of course, as Braveheart and Gladiator as taught us, not all PGA winners win.) The WGA and SGA awards are good indicators too since all three guilds are typically made up of the same voters as their respective categories at the Oscars.

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And just to show that I have some strength in my convictions, I'll put up a for each of my picks against a for yours. Since we agree on the final two, that would put 8 in play. Whadayasay?cool


Love it. You're on! An "edited on" notation at the end of our posts from here on in is grounds for immediate disqualification!
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And just to show that I have some strength in my convictions, I'll put up a for each of my picks against a for yours. Since we agree on the final two, that would put 8 in play. Whadayasay?cool


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Love it. You're on! An "edited on" notation at the end of our posts from here on in is grounds for immediate disqualification!

Agreed!

The reckoning will take place on 27 Feb.
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Awesome job Erik!thumbsup

Your instincts beat my rationale. That's the first time in a lot of years that I've missed the mark that widely. Of your 10 picks, you got 8 right, an I only managed 3. By my reckoning that means I need to fork over 5 GG.cry

You're the man, this year.whistle
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erak wrote:
The big awards (leaving out the technical, short subject and doc noms) with some commentary:

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Best Motion Picture of the Year
The Artist (2011): Thomas Langmann
The Descendants (2011): Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011): Scott Rudin
The Help (2011): Brunson Green, Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan
Hugo (2011/II): Graham King, Martin Scorsese
Midnight in Paris (2011): Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum
Moneyball (2011): Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz, Brad Pitt
The Tree of Life (2011): Nominees to be determined
War Horse (2011): Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy


Wow, I haven't seen any of these yet. I've been wanting to see The Descendents, Midnight in Paris and Moneyball. I'd watch The Artist and Hugo to see what the hype is about

Usually I try to see all the nominees, but I have zero desire to watch Extremely Loud, War Horse, The Help or The Tree of Life (I'm not in the cult of Malick).

Prediction: The Artist.



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Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Demián Bichir for A Better Life (2011)
George Clooney for The Descendants (2011)
Jean Dujardin for The Artist (2011)
Gary Oldman for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Brad Pitt for Moneyball (2011)[/b]


This is only Brad Pitt's 2nd nomination (12 Monkeys). I don't count Benjamin Button because I like to pretend that pile doesn't exist.

Gary Oldman finally gets his first nomination ever. How'd that happen? They should've created 5 new Best Actor categories just so they could give them all to him for The 5th Element.

Prediction: Jean Dujardin, though it wouldn't be a surprise if it went to Clooney instead.


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Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Glenn Close for Albert Nobbs (2011)
Viola Davis for The Help (2011)
Rooney Mara for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady (2011)
Michelle Williams for My Week with Marilyn (2011)


Nothing snarky to say here.

Prediction: it's a tough call between Meryl Streep and Viola Davis, so I'm going with Davis based on the quality of the films they're in.


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Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Kenneth Branagh for My Week with Marilyn (2011)
Jonah Hill for Moneyball (2011)
Nick Nolte for Warrior (2011)
Christopher Plummer for Beginners (2010)
Max von Sydow for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011)


Never thought we'd see the day where you can say "Academy Award Nominee Jonah Hill" now, did we? It's almost as fun to say as "Academy Award Winner Fisher Stevens".

Nick Nolte for Warrior is a surprise. He was forgotten in all the other awards.

Prediction: Christopher Plummer


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Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Bérénice Bejo for The Artist (2011)
Jessica Chastain for The Help (2011)
Melissa McCarthy for Bridesmaids (2011)
Janet McTeer for Albert Nobbs (2011)
Octavia Spencer for The Help (2011)


Definitely love that Melissa McCarthy got a nomination. Comedy is always underappreciated at the awards.

Prediction: I have no clue, so I'll play it safe and say Bérénice Bejo.


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Best Achievement in Directing
Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris (2011)
Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist (2011)
Terrence Malick for The Tree of Life (2011)
Alexander Payne for The Descendants (2011)
Martin Scorsese for Hugo (2011/II)


Prediction: Michel Hazanavicius if only for pulling a silent film off like he did.



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Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
The Artist (2011): Michel Hazanavicius
Bridesmaids (2011): Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo
Margin Call (2011): J.C. Chandor
Midnight in Paris (2011): Woody Allen
A Separation (2011): Asghar Farhadi


How awesome would it be if Bridesmaids won it? I don't think it will though.

Prediction: could not even begin to make a guess. Midnight in Paris, why not? It's been awhile since he won one.


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Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
The Descendants (2011): Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash
Hugo (2011/II): John Logan
The Ides of March (2011): George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon
Moneyball (2011): Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Stan Chervin
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011): Bridget O'Connor, Peter Straughan


There's a lot of talent in the two front runners: Payne (who won for Sideways) for the Descendents and Sorkin (who bathes in Emmys) for Moneyball.

Prediction: The Descendents


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Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
A Cat in Paris (2010): Alain Gagnol, Jean-Loup Felicioli
Chico & Rita (2010): Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal
Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011): Jennifer Yuh
Puss in Boots (2011): Chris Miller
Rango (2011): Gore Verbinski


Since the Best Animated Feature started getting handed out, the only 2 Pixar films to not win are Cars and Cars 2. If you stop buying the toys people, they'll stop making the movies.

Prediction: haven't even heard of the first two, so I'm going to go with Rango.


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Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Bullhead (2011): Michael R. Roskam(Belgium)
Footnote (2011): Joseph Cedar(Israel)
In Darkness (2011): Agnieszka Holland(Poland)
Monsieur Lazhar (2011): Philippe Falardeau(Canada)
A Separation (2011): Asghar Farhadi(Iran)


A Separation as been on so many Best Of 2011 lists that I half expected it to be a Best Picture nominee.

Prediction: A Separation


Wow!! I'm speechless!
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Awesome job Erik!thumbsup

Your instincts beat my rationale. That's the first time in a lot of years that I've missed the mark that widely. Of your 10 picks, you got 8 right, an I only managed 3. By my reckoning that means I need to fork over 5 GG.cry

You're the man, this year.whistle


Thanks!

If I had a chance to change my vote before the broadcast, I would've gone with Octavia Spencer. I'm still somewhat surprised Streep won over Davis though.
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I wouldn't have changed much, but I would have made The Artist Best Pic, from the buzz that was being generated.

Wait'll next year...
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