Nominations for the 84th Academy Awards – It’s Oscar Time!

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The nominations have been released and Hollywood is abuzz with snubs and surprises! Here are my impressions of who the Academy decided to recognize.

Lets start with the big one, Best Picture. The nine films nominated are The Artist, The Descendants, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, The Help, The Tree of Life, Moneyball, War Horse, and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. I have yet to see the last one, but it sure is a surprise to see it included and not The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. The inclusions of The Tree of Life and War Horse are also a bit surprising as they were not locks for the nomination. The two biggest snubs are Dragon Tattoo and Bridesmaids, the later of which did not deserve it so I am glad to see it left off. But The Artist should win regardless.

The Best Actor category had some major shockers today. Michael Fassbender and Leonardo DiCaprio were both snubbed in favor of Demian Bichir for A Better Life and Gary Oldman for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Neither of them will win, but I still expected the Academy to at least recognize all the great work Fassbender did this year.

Best Actress saw me cheering at my television this morning as Rooney Mara’s name was called for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Otherwise this went pretty much as expected. Viola Davis, Meryl Streep, Michelle Williams, and Glenn Close all got nominated.

In the Best Supporting categories I was more than pleased to see Nick Nolte nominated for his outstanding performance in Warrior. On the actress side of it I was sad to see Shailene Woodley snubbed for The Descendants. In my opinion she gave the best performance in that movie and made the vacation spot of Hawaii just as real to everyday audiences as the filmmakers intended it to be.

When Jennifer Lawrence was reading the Best Director category and David Fincher was ignored, I knew Dragon Tattoo was doomed. But the nominations here are extremely fair. Michel Hazanavicius, Alexander Payne, Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, and Terrence Malick are all great choices.

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'Hugo' walked away with the most nominations with a total of 11.

The writing categories are pretty perfect. For Adapted Screenplay we have The Descendants, Hugo, The Ides of March, Moneyball, and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. For Original Screenplay we have The Artist, Bridesmaids, Margin Call, Midnight in Paris, and A Separation. These were all pretty expected to be honest.

The snub of The Adventures of Tintin in the Best Animated category was pretty shocking and almost secures a win for Rango. Another snub for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo came with the Academy’s pass on Trent Reznor’s gripping score. Instead, John Williams was nominated twice for both Spielberg movies (he probably deserves it though). The inclusion of the score for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is baffling however. I was happy to see a song from The Muppets get nominated for Best Original Song.

I will say that the nominations for cinematography are beyond perfect. I can’t even decide who I want to win. We have The Artist, Hugo, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Tree of Life, and War Horse. Best Art Direction was pretty perfect too with The Artist, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Hugo, and War Horse. In editing we have The Artist, The Descendants, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Hugo, and Moneyball, which are all solid nominations.

The make-up nominations are perfect as well with Albert Nobbs, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, and The Iron Lady getting recognized. The costume nominations are pretty typical with a lot of period pieces getting nominated, some of which very few people saw (Jane Eyre anyone? No? What about Anonymous?).

The two major sound categories actually had one different song from each other this year with Moneyball getting nominated for Sound Mixing and Drive getting nominated for Sound Editing. The other movies nominated were The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Hugo, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and War Horse, which all deserve it. The Visual Effects category was pretty solid this year too with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Hugo, Real Steel, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon all getting nominated.

There you have it folks! The 84th Academy Awards air on February 26th. Visit the Filtered Lens for your predictions! Any thoughts on the nominations? Sound off below!

One Response to Nominations for the 84th Academy Awards – It’s Oscar Time!

  1. Ben says:

    Aha, and you were so sure Fincher would be recognized! Maybe the Academy is trying to make up for giving so much silly credit to The Social Network. In any case, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was probably too much of a cram-it-all-in introduction to the book series as American cinema, and I’m sure Fincher will have a chance to pull all the stops out on the next one now that we’re all more acquainted with Lisbeth Salander. That’s my thought, anyway.

    I’m glad Drive got a nod for sound editing, although I would have given it a nom. for its compelling soundtrack. Also I agree with you that Woodley got hardcore snubbed, it’s too bad after there was so much positive buzz about her performance. But I’m sure she’ll get another chance now that she’s had her movie coming-out party in The Descendants.

    Love reading your critiques and opinions, guys. Keep it up.

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