The 2012 Oscar Nominations: A Few Surprises, A Lot of Snores
Jan 24, 2012 - by Lester Brathwaite
The nominees for the 84th annual Academy Awards were announced this morning and most importantly, Melissa McCarthy was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for Bridesmaids. Everything else...eh.
I always love when a comedic performance gets some recognition and while the film was excluded from the list of NINE Best Picture nominees, Kristen Wiig scored a nod for her brilliant screenplay with Annie Mumolo. Meanwhile, if that trash Diablo Cody can win for Juno, Wiig might want to ready her acceptance speech.
Hugo leads the pack with 11 nominations, including Best Director for Martin Scorsese -- his seventh career Best Director nom and ninth overall -- and Best Picture. It will compete against The Artist -- a close second with 10 nominations -- and out of seemingly nowhere, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, which has garnered mixed reviews and has been pretty much absent during awards season. But, c'mon, it's a 9/11 movie, who's really surprised?
Other Best Picture contenders include Steven Spielberg' s critically-mixed War Horse, Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life -- which won the Palme d'Or at Cannes a while back --, The Help, Moneyball, The Descendants and Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris.
Allen, it should be noted, snatched his 22nd and 23rd Oscar nods. Take notes, kids.
Also racking up an ungodly amount of Oscar gold this year is (unsurprisingly) Meryl Streep, who scored her 17th Academy Award nomination for her role in The Iron Lady. S he will face off against Michelle Williams, Viola Davis, frequent nemesis Glenn Close and surprise nominee Rooney Mara for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Tilda Swinton was once again robbed of a nomination -- this time for We Need to Talk About Kevin.
The Best Actor category has BFFs George Clooney and Brad Pitt going head-to-head, while relative unknown Demián Bichir snuck in for the little-seen indie film, A Better Life. The Artist's Jean Dujardin, fresh off his Golden Globe win, is also nominated and after decades of generally shutting shit down, Gary Oldman scored his first Oscar nomination for the British film, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Check out the full list of nominees below:
BEST PICTURE The Artist The Descendants Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close The Help Hugo Midnight in Paris Moneyball The Tree of Life War Horse
LEAD ACTOR Demián Bichir - A Better Life George Clooney - The Descendants Jean Dujardin - The Artist Gary Oldman - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Brad Pitt - Moneyball
LEAD 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 DIRECTOR Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist Alexander Payne - The Descendants Martin Scorsese - Hugo Woody Allen - Midnight in Paris Terrence Malick - The Tree of Life
SUPPORTING ACTOR Kenneth Branagh - My Week with Marilyn Jonah Hill - Moneyball Nick Nolte - Warrior Christopher Plummer - Beginners Max von Sydow - Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
SUPPORTING ACTRESS Bérénice Bejo - The Artist Jessica Chastain - The Help Melissa McCarthy - Bridesmaids Janet McTeer - Albert Nobbs Octavia Spencer - The Help
WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY) The Descendants - Alexander Payne & Nat Faxon and Jim Rash Hugo - John Logan The Ides of March - George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon Moneyball - Steven Zaillian & Aaron Sorkin and Stan Chervin Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan
WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY) The Artist - Michel Hazanavicius Bridesmaids - Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig Margin Call - J.C. Chandor Midnight in Paris - Woody Allen A Separation - Asghar Farhadi
ANIMATED FEATURE FILM A Cat in Paris Chico & Rita Kung Fu Panda 2 Puss in Boots Rango
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM Bullhead, Belgium Footnote, Israel In Darkness, Poland Monsieur Lazhar, Canada A Separation, Iran
DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE) Hell and Back Again If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory Pina Undefeated
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
SHORT FILM (ANIMATED) Dimanche/Sunday The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore La Luna A Morning Stroll Wild Life
SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION) Pentecost Raju The Shore Time Freak Tuba Atlantic
ART DIRECTION The Artist Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Hugo Midnight in Paris War Horse
CINEMATOGRAPHY The Artist The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Hugo The Tree of Life War Horse
COSTUME DESIGN Anonymous The Artist Hugo Jane Eyre W.E.
FILM EDITING The Artist The Descendants The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Hugo Moneyball
MAKEUP Albert Nobbs Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 The Iron Lady
MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE) The Adventures of Tintin The Artist Hugo Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy War Horse
MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG) "Man or Muppet" from The Muppets "Real in Rio" from Rio
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
Link Love: LA Times - The Envelope