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Monday, January 30, 2012

Wilder's Oscar Blurbs


Hello the internet!

I know you've all waited on bended knee to hear what I have to say about this year's Oscar noms, so I'll get right to it. Bold will indicate what I want to win, and italics will indicate what I think is going to win. I'll write some stuff about films I think either did or did not deserve to be in the category too. It's important to note that I haven't even seen "The Artist", but regardless, I expect it to destroy urrybody.



BEST PICTURE
"The Artist"
"The Descendants"
"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"
"Hugo"
"Midnight in Paris"
"The Help"
"Moneyball"
"War Horse"
"The Tree of Life"

("Super 8", "50/50", "Harry Potter", "Drive" should have been in the mix here. "Hugo" was a nutsack. "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" was a waste of my life. I only made it through 15 minutes of "War Horse" before I punched my DVD player in the face and turned it off.)

BEST ACTOR
Demian Bichir, "A Better Life"
George Clooney, "The Descendants"
Jean Dujardin, "The Artist"
Gary Oldman, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"
Brad Pitt, "Moneyball"

(JGL not being nominated for "50/50" is a crime. And what with the one-two punch from RyGos that was "Drive" and "Crazy, Stupid, Love", I'm shocked he's not getting recognized.)

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"

(Charlize Theron deserves to be nominated for "Young Adult". I'm actually shocked that she's not.)

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"

(I would have liked to see Patton Oswalt nominated here too.)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Berenice Bejo, "The Artist"
Jessica Chastain, "The Help"
Melissa McCarthy, "Bridesmaids"
Janet McTeer, "Albert Nobbs"
Octavia Spencer, "The Help"

(It's so awesome to me that Melissa McCarthy got nominated. She deserves the shit out of it. I haven't seen "The Help" so I don't know which one of them will win, but it'll be one.)

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

(I didn't love "Tintin", but it's absurd that Spielberg isn't nominated for it. David Fincher and JJ Abrams are also missing here.)

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"

(Goddamn, I'd love to see a comedy win this.)

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"
"Rango"

(Step one, he's the champion of the fandango. Step two, I didn't see "Panda".)

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Bullhead (Belgium)
Footnote (Israel)
In Darkness (Poland)
Monsieur Lazhar (Canada)
A Separation (Iran)

(Um...)

BEST 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

(I refuse to pick one I want to win. The only ones I've heard were BS. John Williams is just nominated for being John Williams. Where's "Super 8"? That was the best score of the year, and that's final.)

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

(I'll tell you this - I'll have a heart attack if "The Muppets" doesn't win. I'd also say that 'Life's a Happy Song' is a much better choice for Oscar contention than 'Man or Muppet', but whatever.)

ACHIEVEMENT IN ART DIRECTION
"The Artist"
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2"
"Hugo"
"Midnight in Paris"
"War Horse"

ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
"The Artist"
"The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"
"Hugo"
"The Tree of Life"
"War Horse"

(Again, I didn't watch all of "War Horse", but you're dealing with Janusz for that one. Also, "THE ARTIST" IS IN BLACK AND WHITE.)

ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN
"Anonymous"
"The Artist"
"Hugo"
"Jane Eyre"
"W.E."

(Don't give a shit.)

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
"Hell and Back Again"
"If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front"
"Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory"
"Pina"
"Undefeated"

(I didn't see any of these, nor have I heard of them. Sooooo.)

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
"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"

(Same deal here.)

ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM EDITING
"The Artist"
"The Descendants"
"The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"
"Hugo"
"Moneyball"

(I'll always want Fincher to win editing, because he rocks it. But I can see "Moneyball" stealing this one.)

ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKEUP
"Albert Nobbs"
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2"
"The Iron Lady"

(GRIPHOOK, DAWG.)

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
Dimanche/Sunday
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
La Luna
A Morning Stroll
Wild Life

(Haven't seen it yet, but you're dealing with Pixar here.)

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT
"Pentecost"
"Raju"
"The Shore"
"Time Freak"
"Tuba Atlantic"

(Uhh)

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING
"Drive"
"The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"
"Hugo"
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon"
"War Horse"

(Brilliant, "Drive" got something.)

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND MIXING
"The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"
"Hugo"
"Moneyball"
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon"
"War Horse"

(No thoughts here.)

ACHIEVEMENT IN 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"



So. That's that. We'll see what happens.

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