Oscar nominations

The nominations for next months Oscars have been announced. The major ones are:

Best Motion Picture of the Year
The Artist
The Descendants
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
The Help
Midnight in Paris
The Tree of Life
War Horse

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

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

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

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

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

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen
The Artist
Margin Call
Midnight in Paris
A Separation

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
The Descendants
The Ides of March
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
In Darkness
Monsieur Lazhar
A Separation

full list here:

How is Tintin not in the animation section?!

I was pretty surprised by that too (Empire seemed to question whether it was submitted for the award at all). Really glad to see Tinker Tailor pick up a few nominations (the guy on BBC seemed to think it might get ignored altogether). Looks good for The Artist too. :slight_smile:

Especially as it won the equivalent award at the Golden Globes.

Seems a ridiculous oversight or carelessness to me - couldn’t snub the great Mr Spielberg intentionally, could they?!

Empire have run an article on the big Oscar injustices this year:


Tin Tin and Spielberg obviously get a mention as well as Tilda Swinton and Drive which I’ve seen mentioned in other articles about the OScar nominations.

A couple of interesting ones I’d missed though:
*]Arrietty didn’t get a nomination for Best Animation (and look what did)
*]Senna didn’t get nominated for best Documentary
*]The Skin I Live In didn’t get a nomination for Best Foreign Language film


The Artist has just won 7 Baftas… looks like it’s walking to a win in everything!

This article on the BBC for nominees and winners of the Best Picture category, partitioned by decade and genre is pretty interesting for all those who are interested:

This page made me chuckle:


Jesus people, why hasn’t anyone posted this yet?! I’m full-time employed and I’ve posted it!!!

If Les Miserables wins Best Film over the rest, I might cry a little inside.