Let’s talk Oscars (and why Brooks, Woodley, Fincher, Fassbender, Refn & Pepe the Prawn should be pissed!)


Let’s talk Oscars.

Not the ’87 Oscars where RoboCop and Chevy Chase served as presenters, but the 2012 Oscars – for 2011’s films, most of which were remakes of 1984 films, made by 19 year-olds. I’m careful not to include a few in that category, masterpieces such as Marty Scorsese’s “Hugo”, silent-film dazzler “The Artist”, button-pushing but well-crafted “War Horse”, and Nicholas Refn’s “Drive”… oh wait, that’s right, “Drive” wasn’t nominated. Nor was it’s leading man. Or it’s director. Or it’s score. Shitty oversight, but still, good to see Scorsese, Payne (“The Descendants”), Clooney (for his “Ides of March” screenplay), and Soderbergh (“Moneyball) get nods. And also, well,… oh. hang. right. on. Shit! Are you telling me Michael Fassbender didn’t get a nomination for “Shame”!? What gives there!? Is it the old Pollyanna thing, again, where the members won’t even consider something with a NC-17 rating? I bet it is! And where’s Albert Brooks for best supporting actor for “Drive”!? That dude transformed himself into portly sweet funnyman (from “Broadcast News” and “Lost in America”) to nasty-ass mobster for that movie – – and just about walked away with the picture! No? Not worthy enough, Oscar!? And do not get me started on David Fincher! “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” deserves to be on that best film/director ballot! Did you not see the film, you pack of wallys!?
On no given day would I consider “The Iron Lady” or “Puss in Boots” worthy of their nods. Atleast the Academy didn’t feel they needed to nominate Leo Di Caprio or Clint Eastwood for “J.Edgar”… out of respect; not a great movie, glad even they could see that.
But snubs aside, I’ll let it slide because you nominated Bret McKenzie’s “Man or a Muppet” from “The Muppets” for song (still, I think that also deserved more nods in the film categories!).
I think it’s “Hugo” for the win, with Michelle Williams, Jean Dujardin, Christopher Plummer, Jessica Chastain, and Scorsese walking away with heavy ornaments in their trousers.

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”

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

Original Score
“The Adventures of Tintin,” John Williams
“The Artist,” Ludovic Bource
“Hugo,” Howard Shore
“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” Alberto Iglesias
“War Horse,” John Williams

Best Original Song
“Man or Muppet,” The Muppets; Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie
“Real in Rio,” Rio; Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown, Lyric by Siedah Garrett

Best Achievement in Art Direction
“The Artist”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”
“Midnight in Paris”
“War Horse”

Best Achievement in Cinematography
“The Artist”
“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
“The Tree of Life”
“War Horse”

Best Achievement in Costume Design
“The Artist”
“Jane Eyre”

Best Documentary Feature
“Hell and Back Again”
“If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front”
“Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory”

Best Documentary Short Subject
“The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement?”
“God Is the Bigger Elvis”
“Incident in New Baghdad”
“Saving Face”
“The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom”

Best Achievement in Film Editing
“The Artist”
“The Descendants”
“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”

Best Achievement in Makeup
“Albert Nobbs”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”
“The Iron Lady”

Best Animated Short Film
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
La Luna
A Morning Stroll
Wild Life

Best Live Action Short Film
“The Shore”
“Time Freak”
“Tuba Atlantic”

Best Achievement in Sound Editing
“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”
“War Horse”

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”
“War Horse”

Best Achievement in Visual Effects
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”
“Real Steel”
“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”

Let’s talk Oscars below in the comments. Who was unfairly snubbed? Who do you think will win?