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The 2012 (84th) Academy Awards

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    Oct 19, 2009
    Nominations were announced today. Let the predictions begin. (Mine are marked with asterisks.)

    Actor in a Leading Role
    Demián Bichir in "A Better Life"
    George Clooney in "The Descendants"
    Jean Dujardin in "The Artist"
    Gary Oldman in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"
    *Brad Pitt in "Moneyball"

    COMMENT: Pitt is the best thing about Moneyball, which is an sketchy adaptation of an already sketchy book. The fact that he's bona fide Hollywood royalty and a great actor make this the safest bet of the season.

    Actor in a Supporting Role
    Kenneth Branagh in "My Week with Marilyn"
    Jonah Hill in "Moneyball"
    *Nick Nolte in "Warrior"
    Christopher Plummer in "Beginners"
    Max von Sydow in "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"

    COMMENT: Plummer is the presumptive frontrunner mainly because his film came earlier than the others and he won some early season critics' awards. But since the Academy is made up of a lot of below the line types, expect Nolte (an LA working actor) to foster more goodwill from voters.

    Actress in a Leading Role
    Glenn Close in "Albert Nobbs"
    *Viola Davis in "The Help"
    Rooney Mara in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
    Meryl Streep in "The Iron Lady"
    Michelle Williams in "My Week with Marilyn"

    COMMENT: The problem with Streep and Close is that not many people liked their movies. And Mara can't win an Oscar for a role Noomi Rapace played much better. However, just about everyone loved The Help, and Davis was the emotional center of it. Watch out for Michelle Williams, though...she has a Kate Winslet-esque perseverance for getting nominated.

    Actress in a Supporting Role
    *Bérénice Bejo in "The Artist"
    Jessica Chastain in "The Help"
    Melissa McCarthy in "Bridesmaids"
    Janet McTeer in "Albert Nobbs"
    Octavia Spencer in "The Help"

    COMMENT: I was already going to check out The Artist tomorrow, but if Hollywood wants to reward a silent movie the odds are it's going to go to the hot foreigner with the infectious smile. McCarthy would give a great acceptance speech, though.

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

    COMMENT: If Malick wins, I'm going to shoot myself in the head. Fuck that movie.

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

    COMMENT: See above.

    Animated Feature Film
    "A Cat in Paris" Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli
    "Chico & Rita" Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal
    "Kung Fu Panda 2" Jennifer Yuh Nelson
    "Puss in Boots" Chris Miller
    "Rango" Gore Verbinski

    COMMENT: Couldn't care less.

    Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
    *"The Descendants" Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
    "Hugo" Screenplay by John Logan
    "The Ides of March" Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon
    "Moneyball" Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin Story by Stan Chervin
    "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" Screenplay by Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan

    COMMENT: It's actually the best story of the bunch.

    Writing (Original Screenplay)
    "The Artist" Written by Michel Hazanavicius
    *"Bridesmaids" Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
    "Margin Call" Written by J.C. Chandor
    "Midnight in Paris" Written by Woody Allen
    "A Separation" Written by Asghar Farhadi (NOTE: This movie will win Best Foreign Picture, deservedly.)

    COMMENT: Come on, who would you rather see on stage? Woody Allen or Kristen Wiig? Bridesmaids was legitimately brilliant and a an actual crossover hit.

    I'm going to check out The Artist, My Week With Marilyn, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and Warrior at some point this week, so I reserve the right to change my predictions.
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