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


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

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”

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”

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”

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”

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

Art Direction

  • “The Artist”
    Production Design: Laurence Bennett; Set Decoration: Robert Gould
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
    Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
  • “Hugo” 
    Production Design: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo
  • “Midnight in Paris” 
    Production Design: Anne Seibel; Set Decoration: Hélène Dubreuil
  • “War Horse” 
    Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Lee Sandales


  • “The Artist” Guillaume Schiffman
  • “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Jeff Cronenweth
  • “Hugo” Robert Richardson
  • “The Tree of Life” Emmanuel Lubezki
  • “War Horse” Janusz Kaminski

Costume Design

  • “Anonymous” Lisy Christl
  • “The Artist” Mark Bridges
  • “Hugo” Sandy Powell
  • “Jane Eyre” Michael O’Connor
  • “W.E.” Arianne Phillips

Documentary (Feature)

  • “Hell and Back Again”
    Danfung Dennis and Mike Lerner
  • “If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front” 
    Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman
  • “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory” 
    Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
  • “Pina” 
    Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel
  • “Undefeated” 
    TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Richard Middlemas

Documentary (Short Subject)

  • “The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement” 
    Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin
  • “God Is the Bigger Elvis” 
    Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson
  • “Incident in New Baghdad”
    James Spione
  • “Saving Face” 
    Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
  • “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom” 
    Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen

Film Editing

  • “The Artist” Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius
  • “The Descendants” Kevin Tent
  • “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
  • “Hugo” Thelma Schoonmaker
  • “Moneyball” Christopher Tellefsen

Foreign Language Film

  • “Bullhead” Belgium
  • “Footnote” Israel
  • “In Darkness” Poland
  • “Monsieur Lazhar” Canada
  • “A Separation” Iran


  • “Albert Nobbs”
    Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle
  • “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”
    Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng
  • “The Iron Lady”
    Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland

Music (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

Music (Original Song)

  • “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets” Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie
  • “Real in Rio” from “Rio” Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown Lyric by Siedah Garrett


Short Film (Animated)

  • “Dimanche/Sunday” Patrick Doyon
  • “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg
  • “La Luna” Enrico Casarosa
  • “A Morning Stroll” Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe
  • “Wild Life” Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby

Short Film (Live Action)

  • “Pentecost” Peter McDonald and Eimear O’Kane
  • “Raju” Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren
  • “The Shore” Terry George and Oorlagh George
  • “Time Freak” Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey
  • “Tuba Atlantic” Hallvar Witzø

Sound Editing

  • “Drive” Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis
  • “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Ren Klyce
  • “Hugo” Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty
  • “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
  • “War Horse” Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom

Sound Mixing

  • “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
    David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Bo Persson
  • “Hugo” 
    Tom Fleischman and John Midgley
  • “Moneyball”
    Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, Dave Giammarco and Ed Novick
  • “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” 
    Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Peter J. Devlin
  • “War Horse”
    Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson and Stuart Wilson

Visual Effects

  • “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” 
    Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and John Richardson
  • “Hugo”
    Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning
  • “Real Steel” 
    Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor and Swen Gillberg
  • “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”
    Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White and Daniel Barrett
  • “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”
    Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Matthew Butler and John Frazier

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

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
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    Fingers crossed for Kevin…

  • Houstonrufus

    I’m up! I’m up!! Let’s go! Let’s go!! Thanks for the coverage AD!

  • Jeremy C.

    The moment of truth… in fifteen minutes

  • James

    I’m watching it on BBC, hope they’ll have a half hour post-announcement commentary like before.

  • Mike Meyers

    I’m so excited too! I even had a dream, that I missed the nominations!!! hahaha. Shannon for Best Actor!

  • orinoco flow torture

    just gimme TGWTDT for BP & Id be OK with everything else:))

  • Jeremy

    The Artist: 11
    Hugo: 10
    TGWTDT and The Help: 7
    Descendants: 6
    HP7.2: 2

  • Jose P

    I’m counting on War Horse!! It’s been slightly ignored as of late. It had better get nominated for Best Picture.

  • K J Bacon

    Okay; got my latte. Let’s do this thing.

  • atr

    If Fassbender is snubbed I will truly stop following/watching the Oscars.

    In my opinion AMPAS should open their gates and allow all members of every guild to join them. Then they can consolidate the unnecessary precursor awards and everyone in the industry (not just an elite few, most of whom are old and have lost their “touch”) can vote on the Oscars.

  • James

    Another NGNG: Mark Strong for best supporting actor in Tinker Tailor, or The Guard, or Green Lantern

  • K J Bacon

    atr – every guild? If they do that Walter Brennan will win his 4th.

  • Jose P

    I also hope Harry Potter gets more nominations than expected. I’m not expecting BP, but give more than just Sound and Affects please.

  • My first nomination show! Let’s rock & roll!

  • rufussondheim

    What the Academy should do is get rid of people who aren’t currently making movies. If you go five years without making a movie, your membership should be revoked.

  • Thought i had set aside 20 minutes to get coffee ready. Too late now.

    Thank you, bottled pre-mixed Frappuccino.

  • James

    I’m on the treadmill.

  • K J Bacon

    It should be a blue ribbon panel consisting of only me and Harvey’s checkbook. It’s the fairest way.

  • rufussondheim

    I love these nominations announcements more than the actual show. They say The Kentucky Derby is the most exciting two minutes in sports.

    This is far more enthralling. So much info, so quickly it’s impossible to digest it all.

    It’s best when there are audible gasps, people literally in shock, when there is a suprise announcement. It’s the only truly sincere moment you’ll get from Hollywood all year.

  • Hey James, a Mark Strong nomination for TTSS would be too awesome!!!

  • Mattoc

    “Caaaaannn you dig iiiiiiiitttt?..”

  • RobertlowercaseA

    Always exciting, what if The Artist accidentally misses out major categories??LOL. Just kidding.
    Talk to you guys afterwards. I am sure there will be a lot of joy and anger in 20 minutes,lol

  • Houstonrufus

    Russ, I agree. By the time the show comes around, we all know the winners most of the time. At least this morning there is still room for surprise.

  • K J Bacon

    I hope the Today Show is tracking a potential nominee at their home and the person doesn’t get nominated.

  • Tim K.

    Last Minute Guesses…

    Here they are…


    Best Picture
    1. The Artist
    2. The Descendants
    3. Hugo
    4. Midnight in Paris
    5. The Help
    6. Moneyball

    7. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    8. Bridesmaids
    9. War Horse
    10. Drive

    1. Martin Scorsese – HUGO
    2. Michel Hazanavicius – THE ARTIST
    3. Alexander Payne – THE DESCENDANTS
    4. Woody Allen – MIDNIGHT IN PARIS

    5. Nicolas Winding Refn – DRIVE
    6. Terrance Malick – THE TREE OF LIFE

    Lead Actor
    1. George Clooney – THE DESCENDANTS
    2. Brad Pitt – MONEYBALL
    3. Jean Dujardin – THE ARTIST
    4. Michael Fassbender – SHAME
    5. Leonardo DiCaprio – J. EDGAR

    6. Ryan Gosling – DRIVE

    Lead Actress
    1. Meryl Streep – THE IRON LADY
    2. Viola Davis – THE HELP
    3. Michelle Williams – MY WEEK WITH MARILYN
    4. Tilda Swinton – WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN

    5. Glen Close – ALBERT NOBBS
    6. Bernice Bejo – THE ARTIST

    Supporting Actor
    1. Christopher Plummer – BEGINNERS
    2. Albert Brooks – DRIVE
    3. Kenneth Branagh – MY WEEK WITH MARILYN
    4. Jonah Hill – MONEYBALL
    5. Nick Nolte – WARRIOR

    6. Patton Oswalt – YOUNG ADULT

    Supporting Actress
    1. Jessica Chastain – THE HELP
    2. Octavia Spencer – THE HELP
    3. Bernice Bejo – THE ARTIST

    4. Shailene Woodley – THE DESCENDANTS
    5. Melissa McCarthy – BRIDESMAIDS
    6. Janet McTeer – ALBERT NOBBS

    Adapted Screenplay
    1. The Descendants
    2. Moneyball
    3. The Help
    4. Hugo

    5. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
    6. The Ides Of March

    Original Screenplay
    1. Midnight In Paris
    2. The Artist

    3. A Separation
    4. 50/50
    5. Win Win
    6. Bridesmaids

  • true finn

    when is the nominations stream starting??

    5 mins from now? 1 hr from now? What

  • fabian

    it’s late and nothing happens

  • KJBacon

    Kevin O’Connell is a shoe-in. On the day? Not so much.

  • Last-minute-thought : could My Week with Marilyn sneak into bp ?

  • I’m watching the news and they’re bringing it in a couple minutes. The announcement itself must be running late.

  • Jacob B

    As long as Dragon Tattoo gets a picture nod and Rooney Mara gets her well deserved actress nod I will be satisfied 🙂

  • Let’s hope there will be 8-10 bp nominees !

  • KJBacon

    The nominations should be randomly drawn:


    The Artist
    Jack and Jill
    Real Steel
    The Devil Inside
    Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

  • KJBacon

    I’m enjoying watching the CNN gal get her primping on

  • Predrag

    Go A Separation…
    Go Drive…

  • Well here we are 🙂

  • Mike Meyers


  • KJBacon

    Holy Fuck – no Albert Brooks

  • Mike Meyers

    No Albert Brooks!!!! WTF

  • Woah no Fassbender

  • orinoco flow torture

    yeah Jacob B !!

    I get the feeling Leo will be nominated.

  • ROOOOOOOOOONEY! I’m happy.

  • James


  • smith

    Is the stream overloaded or is my computer just slow? It keeps freezing on me, missed half the nominations being announced.

  • writing_me

    This is nerve-wracking… please, please, please a nod to Charlize Theron for Best Actress in Young Adult!

  • Hunter

    Jonah Hill?

  • Alfredo

    OMG These nominations are blowing my mind!

  • robert k

    Yay Malick!

  • James

    TREE OF LIFE!!! yesssss

  • 9 people, 9!!! I knew it. lol

  • Alfredo

    Extremely loud and incredibly close?! WTF?!!

  • robert k

    Tree Of Life!

  • James

    I WAS RIGHT, 9 bp NOMS!!!!

  • Eladola

    Swinton and Fassbender :'( :'(

  • Matt


  • bd74

    GLENN CLOSE baby! Stick that in your pipe naysayers!

  • James


  • RG Serna


  • superkk

    no albert brooks no michael fassenbender no tilda swinton, shocker!!!

  • atr

    It’s official…AMPAS truly is an old man’s club.

  • I think they think Jonah Hill gained weight for the role. lol

    Anyhoo, Nolte and Oldman are probably the best I could ask for. 🙂

  • Mel

    I can’t fucking believe 9 BP nominations and no fucking Dragon Tattoo. Are you KIDDING ME? At least the recognized Rooney so I can sleep. I was sure she was out when Glenn was the first name they announced.

  • Glenn UK

    Oh my so much to take in and what a twist on the season!
    Snubs for Albert Brooks and Tilda – I’m not happy about the latter. Tree of Life makes Picture and Director. Dragon Tattoo shut out of the majors except Actress. No Tin Tin. War Horse makes picture AND EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE MAKES BEST PICTURE – did you hear the scream when that happened. No Fincher for Director and no Dragon for Film – so much for the Guilds hey!!!!!

  • Alfredo

    No love for Drive or Shame is atrocious! I’m happy for all the surprises but not the ones I wanted.

  • Buzz
  • Kevin Thomas

    No idea why extremely loud and tree of life. Also glenn close? No michael fassbender. Albert Brooks? or Shailene Woodley? No Tintin. WTF

  • alan of montreal

    rats, and I just sold my Hollywood Stock Exchange stocks for Extremely Loud. Happy Damian Bechir got in. Would have preferred Elizabeth Olsen or Adepero Oduye (though she was a long shot) to Rooney Mara and John Hawkes to Jonah Hill. Some nice surprises here and there, though. Happy M. Lazhar got in–it was hard to figure out if they were going alphabetically in reading the nods. Jennifer Lawrence had an easier time with the foreign names than Tom Sherak (you’d think he’d have rehearsed). 9 films, though–the academy must have been really divided this year!

  • Uggie just bowed his head in shame at those nominations lol

  • alan of montreal

    I can also imagine everyone IMDBing the 2 animated films no one’s heard of. That was a nice surprise, too, actually.

  • PaulinJapan

    9 Best Pic nominee’s and no Dragon Tattoo? WTF? At least Rooney got in. Good to see Damien Bachir nominated as well.

  • Phil Boroff

    The two best performances of the year — Fassbender and Swinton — are not nominated — the biggest travesty since Brokeback Mountain failed to win Best Picture. The conclusion: Academy members are out-of-touch, “old fogies” who just don’t get it.

  • James

    The Tree is Alive, and no Bridesmaids, thank you thank you thank you

  • alan of montreal

    And yay, Tree of Life

  • They’re interviewing Pitt by phone on the TODAY SHOW (NBC)

  • James

    Got Bichir right! And so happy for the Tinker Tailor noms.

  • Christoph

    No Brooks, no Woodley, no Fassbender, no Tintin – shame on you!

  • Glenn UK

    And no Scorsese!!!!! Sasha …….. I think I can say it for you ……. the Americans should stick to making burgers!!!! PMSL!

  • Koleś

    Why the fuck do I see only four noms for Art Direction???

  • Gustavo

    Go to Oscars website to check all the nominees. Hugo leads with 11, followed by The Artist with 10.

  • Luis

    Demian Bichir!!! Rooney Mara!!! Gary Oldman!!!

  • filmboymichael

    i think someone said this was a boring race! Leave it to the academy to throw some unexpected curve balls….even before this morning, I was thinking that this actually is a great race as we saw it….now it’s even better…!

  • Matt

    Captain America and Super 8 snubbed.

    I so called Midnight in Paris for Art Direction!!

  • robert k

    NBC: Interviewing cast of Artist in studio (Uggie is so cute) Interviewing Brad Pitt on phone (“the heart of the movie is how much is each human valued” “so happy for Tree of Life”.

    E!: (Who in hell are Ashian Gorse and Chris Gore?) Interviewer: ” Do you think sports people will be happy with Moneyball nomination?” Everyone pouting that Leo was not nominated.

  • RobertlowercaseA

    Congratulations to the fans of Tree of Life. I was totally wrong about it.
    It just goes to tell you the unpredictable nature of the Oscar race.
    “Bridesmaids” for best screenplay!!!WOW

  • Koleś

    “The Help” snubbed for screenplay

  • No Michael Fassbender.

    No The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for either Best Picture or Best Director.

    I don’t care how many Gary Oldmans, Glenn Closes, Nick Noltes, Terrence Malicks, Asghar Farhadis there are here – this is some bad shit.

    Some fucking bad shit.

  • PaulH

    TOTAL. MOTHER-FRAKKING. BULLSHIT. ELIAC? ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?????? Glenn Close, for a film whose boxoffice total on boxoffice mojo is N/A? Rooney Mara?

    Fuck this shit. Fuck it.

  • Bennett

    Go to hell without Fassbender!
    Big joke of the day.

    Tilda Swinton too…

    Wait… are they hors concurs?


  • Awards Fan

    Complete Shame shutout with no Fassbender or Mulligan. This is a crime.

  • Yashar R

    And the last shred of Oscars’ credibility went right out the window the moment the Razzie movie worthy Extremely Loud was announced. Well done Oscars. Well done overlooking We Need to Talk About Kevin, Dragon Tattoo, Drive, Bridesmaids and Margin Call for actual crap.

  • Are there really only two songs? D:

  • Mark

    No Fassbender or Swinton. No words.

    Where the hell did Oldman come from?! Wow.

  • matt

    I was so in shock by War Horse and EL&IC being included in the Best Pic that Fassbender missing went right by me. W…..T……F?

  • RobertlowercaseA

    “The Tree is Alive, and no Bridesmaids, thank you thank you thank you”
    Congratulations, James. You are allowed to gloat for a moment, but Bridesmaids was always on the borderline anyway. It did get a best screenplay nod, and best supporting actress. It is not no Bridesmaids, it’s got two nods.

  • Mel

    Holy SHITBALLS….I just noticed NO NOMINATION for Reznor and Ross for Dragon Tattoo score!!! Seriously might be the biggest shocker. All the shockers this year are unpleasant ones…..I still can’t get over Extremely Loud and fucking War Horse….good fucking GOD.

  • rufussondheim

    I am excited Tree of Life got nominated and Malick got a Best Director nod over Spielberg. It numbs the pain of having to watch War Horse get nominated.

    I feel somewhat vindicated.

    But having the #25 (The Help), #26 (War Horse) and another movie that didn’t even register in the top 40 (Extremely Loud) is quite a shock.

    What’s the connection between the three? All favor easy sentimentality. Well, the three join #1, #3, #4, #5, #7 and #8. So six of the top 8 isn’t bad.

  • knee play

    no tilda swinton, no albert brooks, no michael fassbender, no carey mulligan, no david fincher, no gwtdt?

    this is the year i finally break up with oscar.

    at least malick and ‘tree of life’ got in.

  • Dan R

    Drive is shut out and its not surprising at all to me. Fassbender not getting nominated was something I feared would happen and the reason why is not because of him or the competition, it’s because of the movie.

    Very happy to see Oldman in.
    So by my count: Hugo leads with 11 noms, Artist 9

    How in the world did Extremely Loud make it??
    There were way too many nominees this year for Best Pic. They need to go back to 5 or a max of 6. 9 is ludicrous.

    IMO Help, Extremely Loud, and Midnight in Paris do not deserve to be nominated for Best Pic. But what can you do.

    Dragon Tattoo grabbed 5 noms but Fincher was correct when he said a few months back his film wouldn’t get a Pic or Director nomination.

    Tree of Life has only 3 noms…..2 of which are big, Pic and Directing…interesting to say the least

    Nolte getting in for Supporting was a nice surprise.

  • Adam

    only two nominees for Original Song? what gives?

  • John

    Wow, that was… surprising. And exciting. Overall I don’t hate it. I think the Academy made some smart choices, except for this Extremely Loud nod that I can’t, won’t and refuse to understand. Shocked to see Albert Brooks snubbed too… and Tilda, and Fassy, and Charlize… but we can’t all win, I guess. 🙁 Leo was obviously getting cut.

  • bd74

    @Paul H
    Albert Nobbs hasn’t gone into wide release.

  • KJBacon

    Animation branch clearly decided Tintin wasn’t really an animated film. Reasonable.

  • brace

    Glad for Gary Oldman and Bichir sorry for Fassbender
    Glad for Mara sorry for Elizabeth Olsen
    Glad for Melissa McCarthy and Nick Nolte sorry for Brooks
    A Separation for screenplay – yes!!!
    Did you notice that one nomination less (for Drive) is the only difference between Oscar and Critics Choice best picture nominees?

  • Epic

    Tree of Life ……..YES!!!!!!!

    but no Fassbender, no Drive.
    Extremely Loud and Incredibly stupid.
    Well, this is is AMPAS so there you have it.

  • Jason

    WTF. Woodley, Fassbender, Swinton, Mulligan

  • RobertlowercaseA

    Wow, no PGA winner The adventures of Tin Tin?
    “Undefeated” for best doc?? That is interesting.

  • KJBacon

    Those two songs really were the best. I liked Rio. I like the Rio-themed Angry Birds

  • John

    And by “smart choices” I meant… actually, I don’t know what I meant by that. But it’s the Academy, what were you expecting, Kirsten Dunst and love for Shame? That was never going to happen. It could have been worse (imagine Best Picture – J. Edgar), that’s all.

  • PaulH

    BD74, then Albert Nobbs has no mother fucking business being on the nomination list. Have it qualify for 2012 instead. Such bullshit, this is.

  • JP

    I laughed so hard when they announced Extremely Loud…

    Scott Rudin did everything he could for TGWTDT…. and the nominee was ELIC

    Don’t ever let Daldry and Harvey team up… there would be no race this year.

  • Brainy Pirate

    16 white, non-Hispanic actors — 80% — same as usual. 2 blacks, 2 Hispanics — both from outside the U.S.

    Sad thing is that I don’t recall there being any other people of color even mentioned as possible acting nominees this year. I really don’t think that white people are THAT much better at film-making than any other race…. 🙁

  • Polos

    + Malick! Oldman! Mara!

    – No Fass! No Tilda! No Drive! Inclusion of War Horse and Incredibly Loud… Incredibly lame!

  • Let’s all just be happy for Gary Oldman and go to sleep.

  • PaulH

    That sound you’re hearing is ABC executives flinging themselves out windows; this is the 1% Oscars, where horseshit rules.

  • James

    @RobertlowercaseA, so happy with the noms, can’t complain at all, even with the unfortunate snubs

  • Carson Dyle

    Best performance of the year is nominated: OLDMAN IS KING.

    Fassbender missing out is insane, but kinda not unexpected given the nature of the film.

    There’s no way that Payne’s (or Allen’s to be honest) direction is on the level of either his own standard or what Spielberg and Alfredson did this year, but whatever.

  • RobertlowercaseA

    Happy for the first time Oscar nominee Kristen Wigg!! Happy for Melisa McCarthy. Happy for Mara.
    I guess the only threat that The Artist is facing is HUGO, it’s got the most nomination, but I still think The Artist is going to win big.

  • Why are they’re only 9 nominations for Best Picture not 10?

  • JJ

    Bichir nomination: guilty Hollywood with its Mexican gardeneres.

  • Koleś

    “The Help” is only in for BP and three acting noms. No director, no screenplay, art direction ar even costumes.

  • dudeabides

    NO FASSBENDER, SWINTON, MULLIGAN OR BROOKS! Glad to see Tree of Life, Oldman, McCarthy, Nolte, Mara although. Still the oscars reward hype over art

  • Byron Gray

    Wow! 9 best picture nominees – who would have thought. Still think the traditional 5 nominees is the better way to go – it should be hard to get a nomination; more than 5 cheapens the process. But I’m thrilled War Horse made the cut.

  • RobertlowercaseA

    Congratulations, James. I was totally wrong. Glad Malicks and Tree of life made it without the endorsement of DGA, PGA, and WGA.

  • Bobby C


  • Joao Mattos

    We no longer live in a world where Gary Oldman never got an Oscar nomination. That is so cool!

  • Juan

    I can’t say anything about Extremely Loud getting in because I’ haven’t seen it but I’m glad for Max Von Sydow

  • PaulH

    Oldman got in because of the British vote. Another boxoffice flop in a sea full of them. Demian fucking Bechir? One arthouse film after a goddamn ‘nother.

  • mecid

    There will be the worst Oscar ceremony ever.

    Woody Allen, no Spielberg? AGAIN F**********k you Directors Branch.

    There will be the worst Oscar ceremony ever.

    Woody Allen, no Spielberg? AGAIN F**********k you Directors Branch.

    There will be the worst Oscar ceremony ever.

    Woody Allen, no Spielberg? AGAIN F**********k you Directors Branch.

    There will be the worst Oscar ceremony ever.

    Woody Allen, no Spielberg? AGAIN F**********k you Directors Branch.

    There will be the worst Oscar ceremony ever.

    Woody Allen, no Spielberg? AGAIN F**********k you Directors Branch.

    There will be the worst Oscar ceremony ever.

    Woody Allen, no Spielberg? AGAIN F**********k you Directors Branch.

    There will be the worst Oscar ceremony ever.

    Woody Allen, no Spielberg? AGAIN F**********k you Directors Branch.

    There will be the worst Oscar ceremony ever.

    Woody Allen, no Spielberg? AGAIN F**********k you Directors Branch.

    There will be the worst Oscar ceremony ever.

    Woody Allen, no Spielberg? AGAIN F**********k you Directors Branch.

    There will be the worst Oscar ceremony ever.

    Woody Allen, no Spielberg? AGAIN F**********k you Directors Branch.

  • julian the emperor

    The truly bad: No Swinton! no Fassbender! Extremely Loud and Incredibly Annoying! No Drive or Shame! Mara and Close for best actress, no Shailene Woodley.

    The Good: no The Help in Adapted screenplay, no TGWTDT in the major categories, a certain amount of love for TOL, Gary Oldman, TTSS doing quite well (including adapted screenplay), A Separation gets screenplay nod

  • KJBacon

    I think Hugo might win this and I’m good with that. 3D filming winning would be good for struggling exhibitors.

  • Driver

    Let’s admit it. Academy Awards never, never really show concern about art-house films, especially those directed by relatively young European talents. Thus, there’s no surprise that Fassbender, Brooks and Swinton were ridiculously shot down in terms of the quality of their performances. Swinton has been shot down so many times for truly great performances (last year I Am Love, this year Kevin) that we couldn’t care less if she could get any other Academy Awards recognition. It’s Hollywood, and it’s never the best taste.

  • Brett

    ELAIC is one of my favorite films of the year and I’m baffled by its nomination. A movie that has been virtually loathed amongst most critic groups.

    Can’t begin to question the omission of Michael Fassbender for Shame, Shailene Woodley for The Descendants, Albert Brooks for Drive, and Tilda Swinton for We Need To Talk About Kevin.

    Tree of Life is the best film of 2011. Couldn’t be more pleased the academy took a liking to such a polarizing film

  • John

    Oh my god. What a pile of crap.

    No Fassbender.
    No Swinton (WHAT THE HELL. SHE GOT BFCA, GG, BAFTA and SAG nominations).
    No Brooks (well, I’m fine with that, because he got replaced by von Sydow who was better, but still…)
    No Mulligan
    No Redgrave
    No Dragon Tattoo for Picture, Directing, Score and Screenplay
    No Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy for Picture
    No Melancholia, Shame, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Take Shelter and We Need to Talk About Kevin
    Only one nomination for Drive (Sound, really?)

    And yet we have

    War Horse and EL&IC for Picture
    Ides of March for Screenplay
    Bridesmaids for Screenplay
    Tintin for Score
    War Horse for Cinematography
    Hill for Supporting Actor
    Close for Leading Actress
    McCarthy for Supporting Actress

    What can I say…

    At least I’m happy with Mara, Bichir, Oldman, McTeer and A Separation’s nod for Screenplay.

  • Jay

    I know that people don’t like ELIC but I’m glad it’s a surprise and just something to greater diversify the field.

  • JP

    People complain a lot. You can’t have all that you want. Tree of Life is the most non-typical Oscar movie and it got the nom, Malick got the nom… lots of people cheering for them. And I did not want to see Tree of Life in but I’m so happy to see Malick, Spielberg, Scorsese and Allen nominated together for Best Picture… and finally Gary Oldman gets his nom.

  • Polos


    Oh shut up. You have Extremely Loud and War Horse in Best Pic to keep you happy.

  • lynne

    Tomas Alfredson was robbed though. So was Hoyte Van Hoytema for cinematography. TTSS didn’t do well at the techs like I hoped it would.

    Really surprised and happy it nabbed Original Score.

  • KJBacon

    Tattoo in for Editing, but no BP: sorta unusual

  • TonyBiigood

    W.T.F Just horrible nominations…..Dragon tattoo, fincher, fassbender, leo, tintin, reznor, the help (screenplay) missing ect….

    But Malick and Tree is good

  • Stefan

    Something is telling me that Girl With the Dragon Tattoo missed the 5%-hurdle…. Apparently, Fincher was right…

    What I find interesting: Project Nim, the highest acclaimed documentary was snubbed. And the snub of Tintin can only be explained with the Academy’s total dislike of motion capture.

    Michael Fassbender’s snub is unforgivable…

  • KJBacon

    lynne – TTTS score was one of my no guts, no glory picks.

  • PaulH

    Extremely Overrated and Incredibly Ham-handed? War Horse got in because its director’s last name is Spielberg. If Joe Schmo directs it, it gets shut the frak out.

  • Mike Meyers

    I happy for the nominations for The Tree of Life and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close!!!!

    But no nominiation for Albert Brooks? Does the Aacadmy hate Drive that much?

    I like Gary Oldman as an actor, but a nomination over Michael Shannon and Michael Fassbender? Come on!

    It was either Tin Tin for Best Animated Film or Hugo for Best Picture. I’m glad it went this way because Rango will win for sure now!!!

    Because Albert Brooks is out, Plummer will win for sure!

    The Artist will win Best Picture for sure.

    Overall I’m mostly bummed for the only one nomination for Drive for Sound Editing.

    But I did like how many surprises there was this year!

  • Faff

    Only TWO songs?

    And none of them is the one from “The Help”? (or Madonna, for that matter)

    Tilda will drink for this.

  • MorganD

    Yes Rooneys in! and good for Gary Oldman, but just kinda dissappointed that theres no love for Drive or Dragon Tattoo. Well at least my rooneys there

  • Mel

    Since they’ve given Swinton a trophy (thank god she did a movie with Clooney!) they probably will not go out on a limb and nominated her for the kind of movies she does again…unless she does one with George Clooney or a big studio.

  • Mark

    The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was never weighty enough to make Best Picture or Director. Sasha’s constant gushing over it was bewildering.

    Still doesn’t explain how Extremely Loud and Incredibly Annoying managed to get a nomination though.

  • Joseph Klemm

    -Albert Brooks snub (obviously, the Academy hasn’t been paying attention to the critics awards);
    -Adventures of Tintin snub (replace one of the Dreamworks sequels with that, and I’d definitely accept the nominees for that category);
    -No Project Nim in Best Documentary (what’s with the Academy ignoring the good documentaries)
    -Only TWO Best Song nominees (I think the Academy really needs to restructure how this category works so that way we can return to the old days of the category having five nominees each year).

  • Matt

    What with the editing nod, GWTDT was almost certainly Number 10.

  • vagabond

    Well… at least Stephen Daldry didn’t swoop in and take Malick’s director nomination.

  • Mark

    Fassbender and Swinton should start a snubbed club.

  • Mel

    Overall I’m mostly bummed for the only one nomination for Drive for Sound Editing.

    I’m happy they recognized that though….the only thing that stood out as great for me about Drive was the sound. I loved what they did with sound in that one.

  • mecid

    There will be the worst Oscar ceremony ever.

    Woody Allen, no Spielberg? AGAIN F**********k you Directors Branch.

    There will be the worst Oscar ceremony ever.

    Woody Allen, no Spielberg? AGAIN F**********k you Directors Branch.

    There will be the worst Oscar ceremony ever.

    Woody Allen, no Spielberg? AGAIN F**********k you Directors Branch.

  • Robert A.

    I’m thrilled for The Tree of Life. I predicted Malick for director but I didn’t have enough balls to predict ToL in BP. Just a great, great result. Never underestimate the power of Malick, I guess.

    Did Hugo get the most nominations with 11, followed by The Artist with 10?

    But EL&IC and War Horse for BP? Sigh!

    A lot of surprises, some good, some not so good. Very bummed about Fassy.

    I see the nominations have already started the meltdown of some posters. *waves at PaulH*

  • KJBacon

    The lack of Fassbender can be explained by Shirley MacLaine and Ernest Borgnine not putting the screener into their DVD players. I don’t think a lot of people in the actors branch saw it.

  • alexg

    Project Nim not nominated? Ridiculouso!

  • Nova

    Someday, Leonardo DiCaprio will get an Oscar. He will. A lifetime achievement Oscar. Posthumously, of course. Presented by his contemporaries, multiple Oscar-winners Brad “12 nominations” Pitt and George “102 nominations” Clooney.


  • Jeremy

    No Trent Reznor? No Tintin? FUCK THESE AWARDS

  • Why do they even bother with an Original Song category if they’re only going to nominate two songs? Their way of nominating things for that category needs to change and change quickly or else just eliminate the thing all together. And I’m all for The Muppets and, fortunately, have a 50/50 chance of being really happy when it takes home an award on Oscar night, but “Man or Muppet” was the lesser of the three choices that were up for nomination in my opinion.

  • Filipe

    God, I knew Extremely Loud was going to be nominated. The public reaction is very good (and I mean actual people, not us, film geeks) and it never needed critic’s support. Besides, it’s clear to me that the majority of Academy members would watch it since it’s Rudin, Daldry, Eric Roth, Hanks and Bullock, and the ones that didn’t watch it voted for it anyway just because of the pedigree.

  • Michelle


  • SAG Actor

    So happy for TREE OF LIFE.

    Happy for all of you TINKER TAILOR fans.

    I guess with THE HELP and THE DESCENDANTS so far down in the number count that it’s up to HUGO to beat up on THE ARTIST.

    The music branch is a collective, tone-deaf idiot. Only 2 songs?

  • RobertlowercaseA

    Haa, i thought “The Undefeated” was the documentary about Sarah Palin,,thank god, it is not “that one”,lol

  • bd74

    @Brainy Pirate
    Please save the race card for your everyday life.

  • KJBacon

    Has anyone been dispatched to Ms. Stone’s abode to check if dear leader has not taken a Gillette to her wrists?

  • Nate

    Gay Oldman. Sweet.
    Malick. Sweet.
    Tree of Life. Uber-Sweet.

    I’m going to stay positive about it. Some nice surprises.

  • Adrian

    MINUS! Swinton! Fassbender! Brooks! Dunst! Drive! R.Mara in?! Joke. Only 2 songs
    PLUS! Bichir, Oldman, Chico i Rita, Cat in Paris, Tree of Life, A Separation, Nolte, Branagh, von Sydow,

  • Nevin

    This is some bad choices, almost to the point I may not even watch it. I can’t believe this. Fassbender gave the performance of the year and is not nominated. No dragon tattoo for any major categories, but they have tree of life and extremely loud, really. No Carey Mulligan or Albert Brooks or Drive for anything. I’m so angry, I should of just listened to people, except of getting my hopes up. When everyone said that Shame wouldn’t be nominated for anything because of the NC-17. Or when the academy wouldn’t pick Serkis because they wouldn’t consider it a worthy performance. Or Tintin wouldn’t be eligible for animation, because it’s not considered animation. They were right.

    And one of the biggest snubs is Trent Reznor’s dragon tattoo score, are you kidding me? Rooney Mara is the only highlight of the morning everything else is horrible.

  • Kevin Landry

    To stay on the positive side of things :

    Margin Call and A Separation got original screenplay
    Muppets got one song nominated
    Two Quebecois movies (Monsieur Lazhar and Dimanche) are running for Oscars 😀

  • Faux

    Big surprises this morning in almost everywhere. Happy for: Oldman, Mara, and von Sydow!!!!! and also for Chico & Rita, The Three of Life’s noms, Terrence Malick and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’s Original Score!!! But very sad for Fassbender, Mulligan and Brooks.

    11 noms- Hugo*
    10 noms- The Artist*
    6 noms- Moneyball*, War Horse*
    5 noms- The Descendants*, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    4 noms- The Help*, Midnight in Paris*
    3 noms- The Tree of Life*, Albert Nobbs, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
    2 noms- Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close*, The Iron Lady, My Week with Marilyn, Bridesmaids, A Separation.

  • Juan

    Can we just relax? Ok Extremely Loud got a Best Pic nom, Oscars love ham we have always know that but it’s not like the threw away a lot of noms for it, it only got another nom and a deserving one at that so I’m fine with it, if we get The Tree of Life we have to pay for it

  • My NGNG was 3/3 (Malick for dir, Separation & Tinker Tailor for screenplay), so I guess it wasn’t so gutsy after all. I am surprised with Extremely Loud though. And A Cat in Paris, altough it’s not the first time the animation branch surprises us all with actually watching the movies and not voting for the loudest, American names.

    The editors seem to be out there, though, not nominating Tree of Life.

    Song nominations are as surprising as always.

  • Heath87

    Two thing learned from these Oscr Nominations:

    1- A bit all over the place (maybe problems with the new voting system..?)

    2- The Academy doesn’t give a fuck to Critics Groups!! And i’m very hapy for that in a way!!

  • Matt



  • Adrian

    MINUS! No Elton John fo song, No Super 8 for score.

  • PaulH

    Sorry, folks, but no Fassbender is a good thing. ABC’s got a tough enough sell with the shit lineup they were dealt. Add to that getting verbally castrated from the ultra-right wing and a general WTF from the public about a guy from an NC-17 movie being nominated for a subject that IS AS FAR FROM THE MAINSTREAM AS IT GETS.

  • KJBacon

    Serkis wasn’t eligible – they have a very specific rule about that. You have to actually appear in the film.

  • DerekD

    I guess Shame was too mature for the Academy…okay though, at least they remembered Extremely Loud, A Better Life and The Help because godforbid they don’t play it safe…

  • Brainy Pirate

    Why do costume designers refuse to nominate contemporary films? You’d think they’d know their own field better. It can’t simply be shopping off the rack….

  • I’m thrilled that The Tree of Life is in. Shocked that Malick got in with it. At least I have a rooting interest. Without it, I would have tuned out, given the projections.

    Would like to have seen Melancholia, Shame, Timker Tailor with it. But I’ll take what I can get.

  • mecid


  • Garber

    Know what’s as bad as everything else?

    Harry Potter got the same number of nominations as Transformers.

  • akumax

    is Bad Pitt also the Producer of the tree of Life? he could be up for 3 Oscars!

  • Yogsss

    Yay! for:
    -Tinker Taylor nom for Score
    -Moneyball in best pic, editing, sound
    -Hugo kicking it up to 11
    -Dragon Tattoo noms for Cinematography, Editing, Sound Mixing & Editing
    -No The Artist for sound. Stupid BAFTA!
    -Descendants for Editing

    BOO! for:
    -Extremely Loud for Best Picture
    -Just 2 songs nominated? what the eff?
    -Evil Weinstein did it again

    What a weird morning it is. I feel so good for Moneyball getting the recognition that it deserves, but Dragon Tattoo snubber for pic/directing is as lame as it gets. At least Malick is in…

  • Rudi Mentär

    wow, some great nominations! Mallick for Director, Oldman and Bichir for Actor, Mara for Actress, Von Sydow and Nolte for Supporting, Marging Call and A Separation for Writing, two surprisings in Animated Feature, deserved nominations for Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Pina for best Documentary and John Williams twice (which is great, because I think Tintin is the best score after The Artist this year) … what can I say? Better than expected! 🙂

  • Bob Burns

    wow, they really don’t like Fincher… plenty of noms for Tattoo but no BP or Director.

    some obvious fuck ups but they nominated Hugo everywhere they could except for Kingsley, a reach in that strong category…..

  • Darwin

    the help and extremely loud are both best picture nominees with no directing, writing, editing, music/score, art/cinematography or special effects nomination to show for.

  • Stan

    Just as i suspected – Too many Academy voters are male genitalia-phobic. Expose them while turning in an Oscar-worthy performance and you can kiss that nomination goodbye.

  • alfred

    I don’t get how on Earth Tintin has been left out? That’s a mystery to me. That’s the shock of the day for sure. Glad for Oldman and Nolte, but where’re Leo and Fassbender, the two outstanding performances of the year? Glad that Albert Brooks didn’t make it, weakest link in Drive. McCarty over Hailee, cos of the fat jokes doesn’t make sense. Best news is Margin Call for screenplay. No Win Win though.

  • bd74

    I haven’t seen Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close yet, but I really want to see it. Max Von Sydow with an Oscar nod? Wow! Congratulations to him!

  • James

    2 sound noms for Hugo, I was right. The train scenes did it, like Unstoppable last year. Just 11 noms won’t help its cause against The Artist, it needed 14.

  • Faux

    For the record: Stephen Daldry grabs another nomination for Best Picture. 4 films, 4 noms for Best Picture: Billy Elliot, The Hours, The Reader and now Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. WOW!

  • Mark

    Yeah, PaulH… who cares about awarding quality. His is the performance of the year. Hands down, content aside.

  • Piers

    Glad for Oldman. Hope he wins. Bafta might do the trick.
    Glad for the Rio original song. Sergio Mendes and (wow!) Carlinhos Brown at the Oscars! Samba!
    Glad for Hugo getting the most nominations but I was hoping for a Kingsley upset.
    No Fassbender! : ( well, there will be other times. He will go supernova someday.
    No Mulligan… Nothing for Shame. Shame on you Academy!
    No Tilda Swinton! Or anything for We Need to Talk About Kevin!!! And Drive, just one!
    Very safe nominations.
    Academy: Extremely Conservative and Incredibly Boring!

  • Matt

    Super 8 snubbed. Garghhh.

  • Driver

    So it’s like in 10 years we will still remember Glenn Close’s performance in Albert Nobbs or Jonah Hill in Moneyball? Ha-ha-ha. But hey, while yawning to the nominations this year, let’s really go into the theatre to see Kevin and Shame, some real supports for this year’s most amazing performances.

  • akumax

    I think we have a split year ahead of us: Malick best director The Artist Best Picture

  • Nicholas Alexander

    I knew I should have never bet against a Stephen Daldry film.

    Because I’ll tell you this: if Daldry’s not the director, this doesn’t happen.

    As for the music branch: what a gaggle of fuckwits. Williams is great and all, but this isn’t the only time in a decade that they’ve nominated him twice in the same category, as though there was NO ONE ELSE that could possibly have filled that spot.

    And only two song nominees? In such a great year for songs? I’ve kind of given up on that category being as reliably good as it used to be.

  • It’s strange that only movie in 2011 (on the BP list)is that The Help made over $100 million in the DOMESTIC BOX OFFICE in 2011.

  • RobertlowercaseA

    “2- The Academy doesn’t give a fuck to Critics Groups!! And i’m very hapy for that in a way!!”
    Apparently, and fuck yeah!!! Maybe that means The Descendant or Hugo has a chance to upset The Artist, but it is my wishful thinking. Maybe Scorsese has a chance on Saturday at DGA.

  • PaulH

    This is the year of the silent Oscars. Hell, Max Von Sydow would fit in just nicely with The Artist. Don’t tell me the Oscars don’t star-frak, either.

  • bd74

    Congratulations to Demian Bichir! So happy for him. He was terrific in A Better life.

  • RobertlowercaseA

    SClub. HP8 was never a serious Oscar contender. It is not all about money to the Oscar voters. We all concluded it a long time ago.

  • steve50

    Glad for four things – and four, only. Tree of Life (pic and dir), Mara and Monsieur Lazhar.

    I cannot recall a year when the list of omissions was as egregious as it is this year, and it makes it almost impossible to generate any excitement for this year’s race. Ernie Borgnine must have blown out all the candles on his 95th birthday cake this morning.

    How can one seriously consider the acting categories without Fassbender, Shannon, Swinton, Brooks, Mulligan and Redgrave? ELAIC over Drive – REALLY? Two noms for John Williams, but nothing for Trent/Reznor? No Fincher?

    Well, I said in October that the race would be between Hugo and The Artist, but I didn’t foresee the collective aneurysm that would hit the other categories.

  • James

    @Faux: Billy Elliott was not nominated for best picture, just best director.

  • Edkargir

    My best picture ballot

    3 HUGO


  • akumax


    Billy Elliot got director nom not Picture.

    Daldry 4 films: 3 best director Noms and 3 Best Picture Noms

  • Matt

    My own views aside, credit to Scott Rudin and WB for staying resilient with ELAIC. After the thrashing it received by the critics they remained positive and continued campaigning.

    BTW, is ELAIC the lowest scored on Rotten Tomatoes to ever receive a BP?

  • KJBacon

    People who make a living in animation were NOT going to nominate Tintin – it probably placed last. John Lasseter probably hates it. I loved it; but it’s not really an animated film (though Snowy was animated). It’s a special effect.

  • By the way, the Critics Choice nominated ALL 9 bp-nominees, their 10th was Drive.

  • Piers

    Elton must be ripping his implants off right now! “How dare they snubbed me again!”

  • Raleigh St. Clair

    Looks like “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” benefits as a result of a broken voting system. What a joke.

  • Kennedy

    Even though it makes sense, considering it’s AMPAS, I still can’t believe they snubbed both Michael Fassbender and Tilda Swinton. I mean, really? Jonah Hill over Albert Brooks? Sigh. If it weren’t for the long overdue nomination for Gary Oldman there’d be nothing to be happy about.

  • RobertlowercaseA

    No way that Malick would pull an upset over Scorsese. The film got three nominations. Scorsese is the only threat to Hanavavicious, or Payne(possible spoiler), but what do I know? I was wrong about The Tree of Life.

  • PaulH

    And what the fuck are A Cat in Paris & Chico and Rita? What, Gnomeo and Juliet didn’t pass muster?

  • OCO300

    @SC8 yeah, weird that it didn’t had one sequel nominated for Best Picture at this year’s Oscars? Also sequels were like the only movies in 2011 that were high grossing, I just don’t get why critics and The Academy have anything against Harry Potter’s last film’s BP chances?

  • (Thanks to Adam for this tally):

    > Hugo- 11
    > The Artist- 10
    > Moneyball- 6
    > War Horse- 6
    > The Descendants- 5
    > The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo- 5
    > Midnight in Paris- 4
    > The Help- 4
    > Albert Nobbs- 3
    > Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2- 3
    > Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy- 3
    > Transformers: Dark of the Moon- 3
    > The Tree of Life- 3
    > Bridesmaids- 2
    > Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close- 2
    > The Iron Lady- 2
    > My Week with Marilyn- 2
    > A Separation- 2
    > The Adventures of Tintin- 1
    > Anonymous- 1
    > The Barber of Birmingham- 1
    > Beginners- 1
    > A Better Life- 1
    > Bullhead- 1
    > A Cat in Paris- 1
    > Chico & Rita- 1
    > Dimanche/Sunday- 1
    > Drive- 1
    > The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore- 1
    > Footnote- 1
    > God Is the Bigger Elvis- 1
    > Hell and Back Again- 1
    > The Ides of March- 1
    > If a Tree Falls- 1
    > In Darkness- 1
    > Incident in New Baghdad- 1
    > Jane Eyre- 1
    > Kung Fu Panda 2- 1
    > La Luna- 1
    > Margin Call- 1
    > Monsieur Lazhar- 1
    > A Morning Stroll- 1
    > The Muppets- 1
    > Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory- 1
    > Pentecost- 1
    > Pina- 1
    > Puss in Boots- 1
    > Raju- 1
    > Rango- 1
    > Real Steel- 1
    > Rise of the Planet of the Apes- 1
    > Saving Face- 1
    > The Shore- 1
    > Time Freak- 1
    > The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom- 1
    > Tuba Atlantic- 1
    > Undefeated- 1
    > W.E.- 1
    > Warrior- 1
    > Wild Life- 1

  • RobertlowercaseA

    Stephen Daldry is very popular among Oscar voters.

  • OCO300

    @phantom then how come Critic’s Choice gave Harry Potter DH 2 a 93%?

  • Ryman


  • Adam Lewis

    Didn’t Midnight in Paris get 4?

  • GoOnNow

    I can’t help but point out to my March 2011 Best Actress predictions:

    1) Meryl Streep
    2) Glenn Close
    3) Michelle Williams
    4) Rooney Mara
    5 Jodie Foster

    4 out of 5 😉

    On a side note, the Tilda Swinton + Albert Brooks snub is revolting…

    What more can Swinton do??? 3 years of great work = snubs

    I was also secretly hoping Marissa Wiegler would get a supporting nod, what was I thinking? These people probably haven’t even heard of “Hanna”!

  • true finn

    I can’t believe that I’ve spent so many years of my life admiring the academy awards.

  • gfgfd


  • Glenn UK

    Why are people complaining about only 2 song nominations! Oy it takes half an hour off the broadcast with those HORRENDOUS song performances! Let’s give thanks to the Lord people!!!!!!

    Still a little numb over the Swinton and Drive snubs. Me thinks that the BAFTAs were more on the money this year than AMPAS!!!!!!!

  • Polos

    TTSS’s 3 remind me of Notes on a Scandal’s 4 noms – something I never thought would happen but for all the right categories.

  • Andrea

    They absolutely need to get rid of the Best Song category. It is outrageous they only nominated 2 songs. And most of the snubs they seem to have every year are always the FEMALE song writers. Total BS going on in that branch. It is really an outrage. Just get rid of the category all together.

  • RobertlowercaseA

    OCO300, you just can’t get over your obsession with HP8, you’ve started to appeal to be kind of cute and annoying at the same time,lol

  • OCO300

    @robertlowercaseA what about Toy Story 3 and Avatar; and it wasn’t only good financially but it was great critically.

  • RobertlowercaseA

    WOW, Fincher is this year’s Nolan. I am not really surprised that he missed out.

  • Massimo

    Over the moon happy for my favourite movie of the year TREE OF LIFE.

    Officially a BEST PICTURE NOMINEE 🙂

    SOOOOOOOOOOO well deserved!!!

  • Matt

    Midnight in Paris won 4 – picked up a well deserved nod in Art Direction.

  • Yogsss

    “Faux says:
    January 24, 2012 at 6:26 am

    For the record: Stephen Daldry grabs another nomination for Best Picture. 4 films, 4 noms for Best Picture: Billy Elliot, The Hours, The Reader and now Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. WOW!”

    Billy Elliot was nominated for directing, not for BP.

  • PaulH

    A Better Life: $1,759,252
    Tree of Life: $13,303,319
    ELIAC: $10,737,239
    TTSS: $18,398,927
    Albert Nobbs: N/A
    The Artist: $12,119,718
    Warrior: $13,657,115

    Yes, real good work, Academy. People went out of their way to see these Oscar nominees…

  • Faff

    Didn’t realize Oldman never been nominated before…. just wow to that. Well, I guess throwing out anyone, for him to finally get a long deserved recognition, can be justified.

  • @Ryman I agree with you

  • KJBacon

    what’s with ‘snub’ ?- it’s not like they go into one of Mitt Romney’s “quiet rooms” and sort it all out. Snub implies ‘votes against’, when the system is built as ‘votes for.’ Nobody got snubbed.

  • Scottish Jellyfish

    You still want to stand by that “The Brits can have their awards.” statement? LOL. This is laughable (minus Terrence Malick nod).

  • Polos


    Fincher’s no nod is no where near the same level of snubbing as Nolan received.

  • gfgfd

    WHERES TINTIN!!!!!!!!!!!!! ((((((((((((((
    TRENT & ATTICUS!((((((((((((

  • Ryman

    My thoughts on the Oscar nominations:

    The good surprises:
    -Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close for Best Picture
    -Rooney Mara for Best Actress (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
    -Jonah Hill for Best Supporting Actor (MoneyBall)
    -Max von Sydow for Best Supporting Actor (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close)
    -Melissa McCarthy for Best Supporting Actress (Bridesmaids)
    -Margin Call for Best Original Screenplay
    -Bridesmaids for Best Original Screenplay
    -The Ides of March for Best Adapted Screenplay

    The HORRIBLE surprises (mostly snubs)
    -No Drive for Best Picture
    -Gary Oldman and Demian Bichir over Michael Fassbender, Ryan Gosling and Leo DiCaprio for Best Actor
    -The fact that Nick Nolte and Christopher Plummer were nominated over Albert Brooks
    -Them picking Terrence Malick for The Tree of Life for the Best Director category instead of Nicholas Winding Refn for Drive
    -No 50/50 for Best Original Screenplay
    -Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’s BORING adapted screenplay being nominated over Drive
    -No Drive for Cinematography, Editing or Score (it’s only nomination is Best Sound Editing… this is worse than last year’s)
    -Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy actually getting nominated for Best Score… what SCORE?
    -Only two Best Song nominations?! Really? No “Life’s a Happy Song” or “Pictures in My Head” from The Muppets or “The Living Proof” from The Help or “Coeur Volant” from Hugo. At least they nominated “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets, but that wasn’t nearly as good at all as “Life’s a Happy Song”! Maybe a favorite but not the best for sure.

    Well, thank you Academy for making one of the best years for movies as one of the worst award seasons I could ever ask for. This is even worse than snubbing Christopher Nolan last year. You guys get worse every year.

  • Stefan

    Anyone noticed that 3 Cannes releases are up for BP (Midnight in Paris, Tree of Life, The Artist)? We should have a close look in May/June….

  • wesleystewart

    I’m honestly just curious, how many of you have actually seen Extremely Loud? Especially the ones who are upset about its nomination?

  • KJBacon

    Okay – gotta work now: In fact, I have to put together an interactive version of this very list for the iPad – and let me tell you: that’s going to be drudgery

  • RobertlowercaseA

    Avatar is not a sequel, it has an original screenplay, it is not based on anything. It’s got DGA, PGA, WGA nomination. HP8 is a sequel and it is a part 2 of a sequel.
    Can you tell me why MI4 failed to get a nod?
    It’s got box office, rave reviews, right?

  • gfgfd

    1 bright spot is Margin call!!!!

  • Nathan

    I am so thrilled Oldman got nominated. So many interviews point to him being the best actor never to get an oscar nomination and I am thrilled that he is honored. He takes on so many interesting roles and can really make a whole movie better. Also Shame is not nearly as well liked as this comment board would leave you to believe. Fassbender and Mulligan are well liked, but I think the movie itself and not the rating is why it isn’t nominated. Also the only movie the critics groups gave love to that isn’t here is Melancholia so I don’t really see a that big of difference between their selections and the nominations. That might have to do with this not be the greatest year for films. I also think Scorsese is very likely on his way to his second win unless the DGA changes that. Hugo will give The Artist a race for the money in best picture. I love that the two wonderful actors who my wife confuses all the time, von Sydow and Plummer, are up against each other in the same category.

  • Alex


  • Matt

    Very surprised Tin Tin and Rise of the Apes only picked up one nod, while Transformers bagged three.

    Reel Steel for VFX? Urghhhh.

  • RobertlowercaseA

    Thank god that the AMPAS didn’t go over the top in nominating The Artist for best sound like BAFTA did.

  • JP

    I haven’t seen it but I’m glad there was actually a huge shock in the BP category. One of the biggest shocks ever. Glad Cars 2 failed also.

    For most of the people here, relax listening to The Rolling Stones: YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT.

  • Bharat

    Midnight in Paris has 4 nomination, not 3.

  • Pat

    Fassbender = robbed.

    Also, here’s a link to DIMANCHE and WILD LIFE if you want a head start on shorts:

  • Armando

    And this is the other yearly comment:

    “There will be the worst Oscar ceremony ever.”

  • Filipe

    I guess The Artist will win after all. Hugo has got the most nominations, but no acting (it wasn’t a problem for The Return of the King, but look at the box office for both films) so it’s likely out. The Descendants is the only other film that got picture, directing, acting, screenplay and editing, but no below-the-line nominations.
    It’s over, folks. The only thing that’s still keeping me interested is Best Actor (Pitt vs. Clooney, but is there even still a race since Clooney is also nominated for Writing?) , Actress (Meryl vs. Viola with Michelle running on the side) , Supporting Actress (I do believe Jessica Chastain is now an important player, since they loved Tree of Life that much).

  • Mike

    Wow, people screeching and howling like blubbering babies on the Internet as a result of the Oscar nominations? I would have never dreamed of such a thing?

    Seriously you kiddie drama queens, don’t worry your little heads. I’m sure that next year you’ll be able to wail once again “WORST NOMINATIONS EVAAAARR WAAAAAAHHHH” just the same as you’ve done every year for the last decade.

  • Ina Hark

    My 2 out of 3 NGNG were almost a better percentage than my overall picks in the nomination contest! Best Actress was the only category in which I got everything right. (I always knew if Mara got in she’d supplant Swinton, not Close. Tilda has an Oscar and Glenn doesn’t.)

    Some lessons. Oscar does not like graphic sex and violence, thus snubs for Shame, Drive and Dragon Tattoo. I did think the sheer number of great Fassbender performances this year would get him past the distaste for Shame but the two surprise noms are for very high quality acting as well. Oscar loves sentiment about big historical events–we all knew that–so War Horse and ELIC get in. (I just saw the latter and at least the von Sydow nom is deserved. Has he been nominated before?)

    By my count only The Artist has nominations for acting and all the other prestige categories (BP, Direction, Screenplay, Editing, Cinematography). Hugo has them all except acting. I could still see a Picture-Director split between those two.

    Finally, despite its Oscar baitedness, The Help got the subsidiary awards it deserved and no others. It was an acting tour de force but nothing else was really out of the ordinary.

  • Jerry

    -The Academy should just hang their heads in SHAME for not nominating Michael Fassbender. That’s just embarrassing. Seriously.

    -War Horse? EL&EC? You guys are trying embarrassing.

    -I had given up on TOL or Malick making it. Best nominations of the day by far.

  • Casey

    Okay the nominations contained lots of surprises!! That’s a good thing

  • Jerry

    -The Academy should just hang their heads in SHAME for not nominating Michael Fassbender. That’s just embarrassing. Seriously.

    -War Horse? EL&EC? You guys are trying embarrassing.

    -I had given up on TOL or Malick making it. Best nominations of the day by far.

  • Naruse

    It’s a SHAME that Mulligan and Fassbender are left out.

    Pleasantly surprised for Hugo. Yah for TOL. Great to see Oldman finally picking up a token honor.

    Thrilled with Mara but not over Swinton.

  • Elton

    So Jonah Hill is an Oscar nominee, but Alan Rickman isn’t. I think we all agree that Rickman should be taking lessons from Hill.

  • Kim

    And Marilyn finally gets an Oscar nomination…well….sort of.

    Thrilled about the nominations for Tree Of Life! Sad about the snubs of Michael Fassbender and Tilda Swinton.

  • Brainy Pirate

    Any chance Oldman could now become the front runner?

  • Matt B.

    wesleystewart, I’ve seen EL&IC. It is NOT a good movie by any stretch of the imagination, and it only got nominated because Scott Rudin is second only to Harvey Weinstein when it comes to Oscar-whoring. I can guarantee this is one of those selections that will grow only more ludicrous as time passes — heck, it’s already looking that way!

  • Harry

    The song section will ruin the whole ceremony.

    I mean the best part /are/ the songs.

  • Byron Gray

    Amid all the disgusting foul language and childish griping on this site, someone actually said something intelligent and perceptive in the comments column: That the sheer number of best picture nominees indicates that industry support for individual films is all across the board. This may be a closer race than any of us realize.

  • bd74

    “I love that the two wonderful actors who my wife confuses all the time, von Sydow and Plummer, are up against each other in the same category.”

    Yeah, how amazing is that? Two screen legends together. I’m happy for both.

  • Filipe

    Brainy Pirate, BAFTA will help him with a win there, but the lack of a SAG nom makes it tough.

  • Ryman

    This and last year are the only times where I’ve been severely pissed about the Oscars and their nominations. You have literally no idea how bad these are.

  • Aaron

    Other than Gary Oldman and Terrence Malick, I’m pretty confident that these surprises are HORRIBLE and not in the very least commendable. Sure, it may shake up the race, but most of it is about as pleasant as watching a train wreck.

    No Shame, Drive (except in Sound Editing), We Need to Talk About Kevin, or Young Adult…this forever shows that the older, male-centric Academy are not into their avante-garde, art house films (unless it’s from a world-famous auteur who has already been previously recognized by the Academy, aka Terrence Malick) and instead will vote for queasy schlock like Extremely Dumb & Incredibly Annoying or anything related to Stephen Daldry (I’d say he JUST missed). This nomination just seems fishy to me. It’s very similar to The Blind Side, I believe, but am very surprised it made it over Girl with the Dragon Tattoo & Bridesmaids, both which did very well with the guilds.

    Y’all, I hate to say it, and I will probably vomit after I do, but I think we’re looking at a possible Glenn Close upset in best actress. Albert Nobbs received THREE nominations. There’s a lot of love for Glenn’s warped dream project and due to The Help’s under-performance (only four nominations? Not that I’m complaining but I thought screenplay and costumes were a shoo-in), they may finally decide to reward her for her horrible film.

    The supporting categories are the weakest in years. Jonah Hill? Melissa McCarthy? Janet McTeer? What the hell? The supporting winners have been on fire the past few years but this year will come to a halting screetch.

    Why were there only two original song nominations? Maybe it’s a good thing because if Albert Nobbs had been nominated it would have had FOUR nominations…YIKES!

    How did Project Nim miss in documentary? I thought it was going to win…

    And can we just mourn the fact that after years and years of worthy comedic performances (Emily Blunt’s malicious, dry, subtly sexy performance in Devil Wears Prada, Jamie Lee Curtis’s effervescent, joyful and rollicking woman-child in Freaky Friday, and Rupert Everett’s hilariously witty gal-pal in My Best Friend’s Wedding), we now have a nominee who’s performance highlight is a massive explosion of diarrhea in a sink. This is just a sad, sad day.

  • Armando

    Brainy Pirate
    “16 white, non-Hispanic actors — 80% — same as usual. 2 blacks, 2 Hispanics — both from outside the U.S.

    Sad thing is that I don’t recall there being any other people of color even mentioned as possible acting nominees this year. I really don’t think that white people are THAT much better at film-making than any other race”

    Should people be nominated for their race/nationality or their performance?

  • Erica

    Wow. Two years in a row where there is a lack of nominees for original song.

  • Matt B.

    Ina Hark: yes, von Sydow was previously nominated for Pelle the Conqueror.

  • Faff

    > Any chance Oldman could now become the front runner?

    I was thinking about that too. Things like that happen sometimes. Maybe they are suddenly so ashamed for never recognizing him (if you asked me, I would have said he got 3 Oscar nominations off the top of my head) – and so they’ll go now all the way?

  • Scottish Jellyfish

    The only thing I can root for is Malick, and he sure as hell is NOT going to win against Weinstein’s tactics. BAFTA. Oh, BAFTA. How I will watch you so.

    Oscar = No show.

  • ok, Bharat, thanks. fixed

  • mecid

    Where is Jack and Jill for Best Picture and Best Director, Academy?

    Where is Jack and Jill for Best Picture and Best Director, Academy?

    Where is Jack and Jill for Best Picture and Best Director, Academy?

    Where is Jack and Jill for Best Picture and Best Director, Academy?

    Where is Jack and Jill for Best Picture and Best Director, Academy?

    Where is Jack and Jill for Best Picture and Best Director, Academy?

    Where is Jack and Jill for Best Picture and Best Director, Academy?

    Where is Jack and Jill for Best Picture and Best Director, Academy?

    Where is Jack and Jill for Best Picture and Best Director, Academy?

    Where is Jack and Jill for Best Picture and Best Director, Academy?

    Where is Jack and Jill for Best Picture and Best Director, Academy?

  • brendon

    congrats Rooney Mara!
    congrats Jeff Cronenweth!

  • Daniel B.

    I feel really bad about Fassbender 🙁 This is the most outrageuos snub of the day. The others being Drive and the lack of love for The Girl with the Dragon Tatto in the major categories.

  • true finn

    I’m sad that –

    Peyman Moadi didn’t get a Best Actor nomination for A Separation
    A Separation wasn’t nominated for Best Picture
    Drive wasn’t nominated for Best Picture
    Drive wasn’t nominated for Original Score
    Midnight in Paris got nominated for Picture / Director / Screenplay, especially Director
    Fassbender wasn’t nominated for Best Actor
    Shame wasn’t nominated for Best Picture
    Ides of March wasn’t nominated for Best Picture
    Phillip Seymour HOffman wasn’t nominated for SUpporting Actor (Ides of March)

    I’m happy that –

    At least one best actor nominee surprised – Demian
    Ides of March got a Screenplay nomination
    A Separation got a Screenplay nomination

    Quite a let down so far…….. but i Haven’t seen everything so maybe I shouldn’t really comment.

  • PaulH

    Dear Rooney Mara,

    That was MY best actress nomination you shamelessly swiped from me. You suck balls.

    Kristen Wiig

  • Rich

    I’m happy yet revolted.

    Happy – Tree of Life and Malick, Oldman, Mara, Hugo leading the nods.

    Dissapointed – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close for best pic (Is there nothing the oscars won’t do for Daldry’s films? And over Drive and Dragon Tattoo? Let’s face it, not even the critics liked this film), No Fincher or Dragon Tattoo love, no Fassbender nod (wtf), No Reznor nod for score, Allen getting a directing nod (amazing screenplay, but that’s really it) No Andy Serkis nod, No Brooks nod, War Horse getting a picture nod (Guess it appealed to the older crowd), no Tintin for animated film.

  • Robert A.

    A quick reminder of the facts should silence any more of this Stephen Daldry mythologizing.

    He received a Best Director nomination for Billy Elliot, but Billy Elliot was not nominated for Best Picture, as James noted above.

    This year, EL&IC got a Best Picture nomination but Daldry did not get a best director nod.

    So he doesn’t have a perfect record in either picture or director. He’s not quite the Midas Touch man that myth is trying to convince us he is.

  • Armando

    Paul H:
    “And what the fuck are A Cat in Paris & Chico and Rita? What, Gnomeo and Juliet didn’t pass muster?”

    Two movies better than Tin Tin and Gnomeo and Juliet.

  • Joao Mattos

    C’mon people.

    As ALWAYS we could name tons of things thata are “wrong” with these nominations (and to me, no Albert Brooks for “Drive” is not one of them, didn’t like him there), but also as ALWAYS we have some pleasant surprises that justifies the attention we give to the Oscars.

  • Daveylow

    I have to say I’m scratching my head over the song nominations. I guess several weren’t nominated because they didn’t integrate the melodies into the narrative. But Life’s A Happy Song is the catchiest song in The Muppets, it’s sung by all the characters and it’s a production number. How much more do you have to put the song into the story?

    Who are these judges? Musicians who are disgruntled with never being nominated for an Oscar.

    And where is Alexandre Desplat this year? He wrote scores for at least four movies and several of them were worthy.

    I’m most surprised by the inclusion of ELAIC in the Best Picture category. So undeserved. And Jonah Hill should not have been nominated. This will probably result in his making flop after flop for the next 10 years.

    Also mad about the snubs for Fassbender, Swinton, and the 50/50 script. But the Academy writers always include surprises.

    An observation: When Brian Glazer, one of the producers of the show was interviewed on E this morning, the first words out of his mouth were: Hugo got 11 nominations! Then the Glazer and the other producer said they weren’t allowed to mention their preferences. I guess Glazer likes Hugo.

    Also Janet McTeer was lined up in person on the Today show. She was also in the Comcast show description in the online guide. She certainly wasn’t a shoo-in. What would have happened if she wasn’t nominated. Was NBC tipped off that she got a nomination?

  • PaulH

    Thanks, Sasha and Ryan for this site being active and folks can vent. Unlike GoldDerby, whose server crashed over an hour ago and is STILL not back up.

  • Ryman

    Tintin was robbed! Drive was robbed! Good enough for me to hate the Academy forever.

  • Armando

    Is this the first time there is no Pixar movie in the running?

  • No Albert Brooks? Seriously?

  • Matt

    To HP 7.2 fans.

    Let’s be happy. I’m the biggest HP nut there is. But it wasn’t going to happen. We have the same number of nominations as Children of Men and Spider Man 3 had. Yes a BP nod would have made it sweeter, but lets enjoy it for what it is: a beautifully shot, well scripted, ultimate cash cow that will entertain and delight audiences for decades to come, which is more that can be said for our WB counterparts behind ELAIC.

  • armani025

    It’s too bad there’s only two nominees in the song category. So many good songs are missing from that list. But at least (I hope) we can see Jason Segel, Jim Parsons, Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, Jesse Eisenberg and performing the songs on Oscar-stage.

  • Cecilia

    “Puss” over “Rio”? WTF????

  • ukwatcher

    To all those BAFTA haters on here from a week ago. Bet the BAFTA list is looking a little more reasonable now in comparison…

  • Lenny

    Really really really sucks that Dragon Tattoo was snubbed…they really couldn’t go the extra mile to make it the 10th nominee????? The support was obviously there come on now.

    Also really really really sucks that Fassbender isn’t nominated for Actor.

    No Tintin in the Animated category????????

    No Original Score nomination for Dragon Tattoo???????

    Very happy that Tree of Life made the cut for Picture and Director

    EXTREMELY happy that Rooney Mara got in, even though it was at the expense of Tilda Swinton.

    When I think of more things, I’ll comment.

  • JP

    I have to say I’m so pleased with the animated nominees. I just wish Tintin got in over Kung Fu Panda. But the snub of Cars 2… so happy! A warning to Pixar: don’t make movies only thinking about the money, think (as you’ve always did) about the story firs… the money will always come because you are genius storytellers. Cars 2 is the proof… bad history, less money. Great history, big money, great recognition.

  • Zane

    Transformers got more nominations than Drive did, just saying.

  • Brainy Pirate

    So three acting categories now have the chance to award long-beloved stars their first trophies: Close, Oldman and Plummer (and Von Sydow, for that matter). Do you think there could be a wave of love, nostalgia and/or guilt for these actors not being recognized already?

  • mecid

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  • Jon C.

    Anyone noticed how they intentionally left ELAIC for the end, after leaving room for only 8 nominees on the screen? Troll Academy lmao.

  • Rick

    Glad to see Oldman, Bichir, Mara, and von Sydow among the nominees. Wish Alan Rickman and Anna Paquin were in there. Not surprised to see DiCaprio and Brooks absent. Sad to see Fassbender and Swinton out. Bored to death with George Clooney (the Clark Gable of our times), who plays George Clooney very well, but doesn’t do much else on screen. I agree with the screenplay nom for Woody Allen, but not his director nomination. Wish the horse could have been nominated for War Horse. Glad for Melissa McCarthy.

  • Elton


    What sucks is that we probably won’t win any of those categories.

  • superkk

    im soo bummed about tilda swinton… but then again happy that oldman finally got recognition, mcteer, nolte didnt get snubbed(thank god their performances had me in awe)… so in a way it balances it out. cant please everyone i guess. definitely a surprising season with the good and the bad..

  • Mel

    Did anyone love how when it was clear a 9th nominee was coming you breathed a sigh of relief knowing it would be Dragon Tattoo only to be kicked in the balls when that piece of shit Incredibly Loud flashed up on the screen?

  • Casey

    Many surprises this year…

    Happy for Glenn and Gary
    ecstatic for Wiig and “Man or Muppet”
    Sad for Tilda ( but she doesn’t give a @#$% anyway)
    Disappointed War Horse & Extremely Loud are nominated for BP

    They can never make everyone happy but at least there’s a little something for everybody.

  • JP


    Norbit got more nominations than Chaplin’s Modern Times.

  • Matt

    I hope this doesn’t mean more annoying press junkets starring Thomas Horn.

  • AMPASSucks

    Wow um…in many ways this is the worst set of nominees in recent history. Seriously wtf on Extremely Loud?! OVER POTTER?! 48% vs. 96%?! You gotta be fucking kidding me. Their love for Daldry knows no bounds does it?

  • bd74

    Yes, that was shocking. I could’ve sworn Dragon Tattoo would be the final BP nominee.

  • Zooey

    Actually I love the list. Fassbender’s snub is the very bad thing – yes. And they snubbed him because they couldn’t stomach the movie. But this movie doesn’t need an Oscar. The Oscars needed it. It’ll be a cult movie one day. Other than that, The Help gets only acting and film. I believe one Oscar out of this – for Spencer. Other than that, I really loved some of these nods and I love it when the Academy goes for what it wants to nominate and not what it’s told to nominate.

    1. GARY OLDMAN – an absolutely great performance, subtle, nuanced and like a magnet. I couldn’t take my eyes off him. And I’m so happy he’s an Oscar nominee.

    2. THE TREE OF LIFE – it’s great for such a divisive, ambitious and intimate work of art to make it despite of snubs everywhere.



    No Swinton!

    No Brooks! I really like Drive, but Brooks got too much attention for this part. But I agree a nod for directing, cinematography and editing would have made sense.

    MARGIN CALL for original screenplay! I loved this movie. It had many weaknesses, but it creates a world inhabited by human beings and I really cared about these characters. And I love the complete lack of sentiment or judgment.

    No ADVENTURES OF TINTIN for animated! And A CAT IN PARIS and CHICO & RITA made it. Great!

    And if you actually listened, the score of Alberto Iglesias for TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY is absolutely beautiful.

  • Gage Creed

    Knew they wouldn’t snub Janet McTeer. There’s always at least one previous nominee per category.

    I feel sorry for Tilda Swinton. My guess is she’ll only be nominated again when she’s in another BP nominee.

    I was right about Mara (I could sense the buzz in her favor) but I thought TGWTDT would also appear for Picture and Director.

  • Joseph

    Yes, I’m disappointed that Fassbender and Mulligan didn’t make it in for Shame, but, overall, I’m very happy with these nominations — no Brooks, no Dragon Tatto/Fincher, Oldman’s first nomination, Hugo and The Artist leading the pack, even Drive for a well-deserved Sound Editing nomination.

  • JP

    There’s one person that probably is having some mixed feeling coming from this nomination: Dave Karger, who got Tree of Life right in the print edition but after that said there would be only 5 nominees.

  • Koleś

    Dear Kristen Wiig,

    if you want to get nominated, next time show your bush and hope it’s as good looking as mine.

    Rooney Mara

    P.S. – this does not apply to men. Fassbender showed his cock, and look where that got him.

  • Luis

    Well at least Daldry’s record (BD nod for every film he made) is BROKEN FOREVER!!!

  • Ryman

    Zooey is wrong!!!

  • Matt

    I would almost trade The Tree of Life not being nominated for ELAIC not being nominated as a result.


  • dict

    So now I have this very serious question: what’s the use anyways to have Award Daily here to praise so many great performances/films of the year while Academy Awards rather embrace some lame choices each year? We could have just randomly picked up some films from the Apple trailer webpage couple of weeks ago and gone like “oh, it’s a Daldry film, so it’s gonna be nominated”, “a NC-17 film? nah, it could never stand a chance”.

    I have a feeling that kind of young-talent-Ryan-Gosling-nominated-for-an-indepenet-film-call-Half-Nelson thing will never happen again.

    and if Oscars would like to make it up for a boring nomination list, then they should really reward Oldman.

  • Go, Gary, go! ♥♥♥

  • Mel

    Dear Kristen Wiig,

    if you want to get nominated, next time show your bush and hope it’s as good looking as mine.

    Rooney Mara

    Hey, that wasn’t even her bush man. Stunt bush.–the-girl-with-the-strawberry-merkin

  • thomas

    Yesterday we got the nominations from the “International Cinephile Society” … great choices and about movies that are connected with 2012

    Today we got the nominations from “American Academy Award” … bad choices and about movies that could also be connected to the 60th … (remember “Hello Dolly” – “Oliver” – “Dr. Doolitle” a.s.o.)

    Maybe the members of the academy should go to an Workshop: “Art in Cinema” and “New Ways in directing, acting a.s.o. in Cinema”

    But maybe most of them are to old to leave their houses *g*

  • Matt

    Yikes, Chris Columbus, Oscar nominee??

  • Koleś


    “Hey, that wasn’t even her bush man. Stunt bush.”

    Holy shit, my world has just collapsed. Then the nomination is a sham after all 🙂

  • alfred

    The Help and Descendants are out of the BP race. The Help didn’t get director and screenplay, Descendants only got 5 noms, no best supporting actress, they rather gave a nod for someone for fat cow jokes and crapping in a sink. Hugo is the only film that can spoil The Artist’s party, I really fancy Scorsese for BD.

  • Faux

    OK, sorry, I was wrong about that Billy Elliot’s BP nom.

    I wonder why AMPAS uses a Chastain picture from Tree of Life in her nomination for The Help.

  • Gage Creed

    Oh and for the record: it seems they weren’t too thrilled about The Help. I didn’t expect the Screenplay snub.

  • Eric

    It once again shows that the Academy values mediocre over true vision. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big Stephen Daldry fan. I think his past work in film (“Billy Elliot”, “The Hours” and “The Reader”) were admirable, and his work in the theatre is certainly ground breaking (he was artistic director of The Royal Court Theatre and gave writers like Sarah Kane and Jex Butterworth their starts); but “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” is just far from a masterpiece. Same can be said about “War Horse”. They were both just mediocre. Films like “THe Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” and “Drive” are masterpieces and should be recognized properly with the Academy. Once again we must sit through another boring Oscar ceremony (where we already know the winners “The Artist”/Clooney/Davis/Plummer/Spencer/Hazanavicius) and hope that next year will be better…..but it won’t.

  • mecid

    Academy, ss you make such things with Steven Spielberg, you make him more LEGEND.
    Long Live GREAT Director.

    Academy, ss you make such things with Steven Spielberg, you make him more LEGEND.
    Long Live GREAT Director.

    Academy, ss you make such things with Steven Spielberg, you make him more LEGEND.
    Long Live GREAT Director.

    Academy, ss you make such things with Steven Spielberg, you make him more LEGEND.
    Long Live GREAT Director.

    Academy, ss you make such things with Steven Spielberg, you make him more LEGEND.
    Long Live GREAT Director.

    Academy, ss you make such things with Steven Spielberg, you make him more LEGEND.
    Long Live GREAT Director.

    Academy, ss you make such things with Steven Spielberg, you make him more LEGEND.
    Long Live GREAT Director.

    Academy, ss you make such things with Steven Spielberg, you make him more LEGEND.
    Long Live GREAT Director.

    Academy, ss you make such things with Steven Spielberg, you make him more LEGEND.
    Long Live GREAT Director.

    Academy, ss you make such things with Steven Spielberg, you make him more LEGEND.
    Long Live GREAT Director.

    Academy, ss you make such things with Steven Spielberg, you make him more LEGEND.
    Long Live GREAT Director.

    Academy, ss you make such things with Steven Spielberg, you make him more LEGEND.
    Long Live GREAT Director.

  • filmfemme

    I am happy for Gary Oldman FINALLY getting some love. And Melissa McCarthy’s nod is great as well.

    But I can’t be down with an Oscar ceremony in which JONAH HILL is a nominee and Michael Fassbender is not. Officially not watching…

  • Alper

    oh boy!!! I’m shocked 😀 poor Tilda.

  • Rich

    Oh yeah, no nod for Shaileen Woodley for The Descendants?

  • PaulH

    Frightening stat of the morning; independent films got **60** nominations. Sixty. And poor ABC’s stuck with trying to hype this train wreck for the next month.

  • So now I have this very serious question: what’s the use anyways to have Award Daily here to praise so many great performances/films of the year while Academy Awards rather embrace some lame choices each year?

    I don’t think I typed “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” at any time all year except to make routine lists.

    Times like this I wonder if I shouldn’t have pushed louder and harder for Harry Potter or Drive, posted more features — but I know we covered those movies a lot. They’re among the most talked about movies on this site and any other movie site.

    Who was naming Extremely Loud and giving it validation? I can think of only one person. I’m not in the right mind this morning to give him any credit for correctly taking the pulse of a corpse.

    Our audience, our readers — we write for a group of people who are more in touch with current ideas of sophistication. It’s not elitist to say that. It’s just a fact, isn’t it?

    Point is, there’s a huge segment of the Academy who Do Not Even Know How to Turn On A Computer.

    We could shout out praise for films we admire from the rooftops. But there are 20% of the Academy who could not pick Michael Fassbender out of a police lineup. Nothing can ever reach inside the heads of so those walking dead.

  • Vivi

    I just wanna say that the commentarys here about the nominations are so so so great!!

    I just wanna say: ELIC for best picture!!!??? WTF????

    Max Von Sydon?? He is a great actor but not here…

    Only 2 songs????

    Where is Tilda??


    Jonah Hill?? Really?? Over Albert Brooks??

    Happy for Demien Bichir and Gary Oldman…

    Sad for no Winnie the pooh and Rio..

    Very happy for no cars 2…

    And sorry guys, there are some estrange nominations, but i still love the oscars!! lol

  • alex83

    No Fassbender. No Gosling. No Shame. No Drive.

    It drives me to Melancholia.

    As usual Academy is unfair.

  • Alper

    Julia( 2008) snubbed

    I’m Love (2009) snubbed

    sad for Tilda Swinton. She gave a brillant performance in We need to talk about Kevin but snubbed by Academy again.

    There is no reason to describe this bad situation.

  • Jay

    Such safe choices. Fassbender’s omission is without question the biggest snub.

    I think it’s time somebody pointed out that although the Academy–and the film industry in general–has a bias against older actress they also have a bias against young actors. A whole group of men under 50 consistently get passed over for Oscars and nominations. Look at the men who’ve been shut out this year:

    Michael Fassbender, “Shame”
    Leonardo DiCaprio, “J. Edgar”
    Ryan Gosling, “Drive”, “Ides of March”, “Crazy, Stupid, Love”
    Armie Hammer, “J. Edgar”
    Brad Pitt, “The Tree of Life”
    Corey Stoll, “Midnight in Paris”

    Overall, look at the great actors under 50 who still haven’t received an Oscar for acting:

    Leonardo DiCaprio
    Brad Pitt
    Matt Damon
    Jude Law
    Jeffrey Wright
    Jeremy Renner
    Ryan Gosling
    Armie Hammer
    Edward Norton
    Will Smith
    Jake Gyllenhaal

    I guess they think men get their best roles when they get older while women usually get their best roles when they’re young. Ageism!

  • Matthew D.

    Ahh, The Tree of Life.

    When was the last time a picture and director were nominated by the academy with literally 0 recognition from the guilds? That is seriously hilarious. Finally, for once, the academy does the right thing. I’m sure it has no chance to win either of those (although Cinematography should be locked up), but wouldn’t that be some shit!?

  • J.-C. B.

    I still have not seen Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, I confess, but… all this noise over the nomination. What about War Horse ? THAT is the real question mark here in my mind. It looks like right out of Disney, circa 1940. And John William’s music is average. I can think of many scores much more memorable this year.

    Fassbender’s omission is.. well… a shame. So his Woodley’s : I mean… for Mellissa-the-runs-McCarthy ? Come on…

  • Brian

    I may be alone here . . . all alone . . . but I thought ELIC was terrific. As was Sydo. I truly don’t have an issue with those being nominated. I feel it’s been unfairly dismissed as trite because of it’s connection with 9/11, even though the film is simply about grief and how people deal with death in general. If Hanks had died in a car crash would it be as panned?

    My snubs in order – Fassbender, Shannon, Brooks, Woodley

    LOVE that Tree of Life and Malick were nominated. Sad to see Drive virtually ignored. Hoped 50/50 would squeeze in for Original Screenplay

  • The Great Dane

    I’m in AWE/SHOCK of the “Rise of the Fallen Films” trio that made it into Best Picture.

    Jesus, taste was divided this year. The fact that the screenplay categories and Best Picture category don’t match up AT ALL says everything. Last year NINE films matched up with the Screenplay nominees and Best Picture (Black Swan wasn’t nominated for Screenplay).

    This year only FIVE films match up.

    If The Artist fails to gain an audience in the next couple of weeks, the backlash begins. And we could be in for a surprise (Hugo or Descendants).

    Drive and Harry Potter fans can start crying for real now. Tree of Life lovers can finally shut up! (I really liked the film, but GOD am I tired of the freaks who really say that if it’s not your favorite film of the year, you just didn’t “get it”. Well, I GOT IT, and it’s still not my absolute favorite film of the year.)

    Best thing, though: Gary Oldman FINALLY gets his first nomination.


    Leo Hate: They really only nominate film when they can’t get around it. The snub him everytime they can. Titanic, The Departed, Revolutionary Road, J. Edgar. Do a comedy, Leo, then they’ll probably forget that you just want that Oscar TOO much for your own good!

    Tilda snub: Maybe her films are just to small, or maybe there’s just an anti-Tilda thing going on. Of all the actresses that have won Oscars in the last decade, she probably has had the best track record of good/great films in the wake of her win. They just don’t want to nominate her again. Until she makes a big, mainstream film again, probably.

    Albert Brooks snub… Every year there’s a Peter Sarsgaard among them – a critics favorite that just doesn’t make it. With a career salute to von Sydow and Plummer, there just wasn’t room for a third. Too bad for Brooks who probably wanted it more than anyone (say hello to Leo).

    Congrats for Rooney Mara for making it big time. Who the hell will win Best Actress? And Best Actor? And Supporting Actress?

    With tastes being all over the place, this can’t all go by the book at the big show… Can it?

  • scary

    @ Alfred

    The Descendants is going on in the race. Sure that It got only 5 nominations but It’s got Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Editing Nominees that is Oscar’s Best Picture type.

  • jorge

    in what world is ugly mara gettin in instead of tilda swinton????

    im happy for my “paisano” demian bichir and max von sydow

    i actually thinks that jonah hill was very likeable in moneyball but im not sure it is an oscar worthy role… although i neved though albertbrooks was an oscar contender…

    i was hoping for a nice surprise like kirsten dunst or anna paquin not this ugly mara…

  • rufussondheim

    Jon C. – (my earlier post got lost in the ether) but I loved how they did the Extremely Loud and INcredibly Close nomination.

    We didn’t know how many there were going to be, so for the earliest indication you had to look at the graphics.

    After the third film, I said to myself – There is 8 (which was already a surprise) – By the time they announced seven I knew the last one was down (I think The Help was the 8th one they announced, and I was surprised that Dragon Tattoo was left off.

    But then out of nowhere, Jennifer Lawrence kept rambling and said “Extremely Loud blah blah blah as it snuck in at that final spot up top and in the middle.” Oh, what a shock! – Whoever planned that juiciness deserves a lifetime supply of happiness. It was brilliantly done.

  • wesleystewart

    Brian, you’re not alone. I saw it this weekend and absolutely loved it. I wonder if it also makes a difference if you’ve read the book or not. The book is one of my absolute favorites and I thought Daldry’s choices of what to include and what not to include were brilliant. And I just don’t understand the backlash over it’s “sentimentality”. It’s about young kid dealing with the loss of his father. What’s not sad or sentimental about that?

    I respect the opinions of those who have seen it and just have a different opinion on the film. I don’t get the ones who despise it without having seen it.

  • OCO300

    Probably because the BFCA loves predicting the Oscars MORE than nominating their faves.

  • gfgfd

    STFU jorge!
    Rooney is the flawless queen!
    amazing beautiful & talented!

  • RobertlowercaseA

    BAFTA loves predicting the Oscars aw well.

  • Brian

    @wesleystewart – Glad to hear I’m not alone. And I’m glad to hear a lover of the book liked it as well as I have not read the book. I could have done without a couple small things, but people I have talked to who read the book said those things were important so I can’t fault Daldry for including them. And yes, how in the world could a story about a child dealing with the loss of his father not have sentimentality to it? Seriously? By the logic of the hate for this movie every sequence with a eulogy is contrived and trite and too sentimental.

  • Mark

    BFCA and BAFTA love predicting Oscars, and both had nominated Fassbender.

  • Sasha Stone

    Didn’t Midnight in Paris get 4?


  • Sasha Stone


    Happy for Rooney – she deserved it…

  • Mark

    I find it interesting that Shame’s consensual sex and full frontal male nudity was too much for AMPAS, but TGWTDT’s violent rape and full-frontal Mara wasn’t too much to get her a nomination.

  • devil’s advocate

    Thank you to all of you who are focusing on the positive by embracing the pleasant surprises, of which there are many. Favorite highlights of mine: (first and foremost) Gary Oldman FINALLY getting recognized by AMPAS – this has been LONG overdue; the scale of recognition for Hugo (makes me kind of surprised Ben Kingsley didn’t get included); A Separation, Margin Call and Bridesmaids for screenplay; and acting nods for Bichir, Mara, Nolte and McCarthy.

    Disappointments? BLAH HA HA HA HA! These are the Oscars so OF COURSE I have some: the acting snubs of Brooks, Swinton, Fassbinder, Shannon, Woodley, Redgrave, Gosling, Dunst, etc…; the next-to-non-existent support for Drive (across the board); and the spotty support for TGWTDT (no BP, Fincher or Reznor/Ross – Booooo), to name a few.

    Most baffled by? Two nominees for best song. Seriously? (Although I’m perversely delighted by Madonna’s…ahem…”snub”.)

    Reality check: Von Sydow. Yes, I said Von Sydow. With a film career that spans over 60 years and is littered with brilliant performances, this is only his 2nd nomination (as it is Plummer’s) so don’t punish the performance because you don’t like the movie.

    So to all you obnoxious, inarticulate whiners out there: WAH WAH WAH. It gets worse every year (The Dark Knight, The Social Network, etc). This isn’t a solution for the collapsing global economy nor a cure for cancer. It’s the (increasing) ridiculousness known as the Oscars so take a breath and embrace your facile outrage because that’s half the fun. If you’re unable to do that then just shut the fuck up.

  • Niles

    What the hell happened to Drive???? The academy awards have now joined the grammy’s as the worst awards show to watch, they went commercial this year, to boost ratings for ABC. I am boycotting the Academy Awards this year, what a joke!

  • Armando

    @Devil’s Advocate
    Madonna’s song wasn’t eligible.

  • PaulH

    Niles, you think this slapdash of a lineup is going to get ratings for ABC? This will be a ratings killer for them. No Bridesmaids in BP, sixty nominees from independent films? I foresee ANOTHER 10% drop in Oscar ratings this year.

  • Meredith

    YAH FOR TREE OF LIFE!! YAY FOR NO DRAGON TABOO BEST PIC NOM!! YAH FOR GARY OLDMAN…. Well deserved!!! Sorry but Malick over Fincher is f**king brilliant!! Guess the industry isn’t as googly eyed about Fincher as this site is:)

  • James

    @Pat, thanks for the links to DIMANCHE and WILD LIFE, liked them both. And thanks to the National Film Board of Canada for allowing us to watch your films, including Oscar-nominated ones, for free.

  • Helen

    Just have to agree with the consensus.. No Michael Fassbinder or Shaileen Woodley but Jonah Hill got a nod? Hmm… But my first reaction was pleasant surprise at what they did include (Bridesmaids/McCarthy, etc)
    I don’t get too upset though. The Academy increasingly gets more and more things “wrong” but “right” at the same time. I suppose the inclusion of Gary Oldman and Demián Bichir came at the price of them forgetting other truly great performances.
    But… Jonah Hill? Seriously? That’s all I’ll say. And yay for HP and Rooney/Viola/Meryl!

  • wolf

    Here in Europe “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” was already filmed with Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander. Sorry Rooney Mara, but Noomi Rapace is better!

  • Mel


    Was that a separate film about beastiality that I didn’t hear about this year?

  • Bud

    NO MELANCHOLIA? WTF? Guess you should never be in a film in which the director might at some point after filming might make a Nazi joke. Sorry Kirsten. But apparently it is still ok to marry your step daughter in the minds of the academy membership Mr. Allen.

  • Marc

    A Weinsteinless Awards Season would look like this (Int. Cinephiles Noms):

    • Certified Copy
    • Drive
    • Hugo
    • Margaret
    • Meek’s Cutoff
    • Melancholia
    • Mysteries of Lisbon
    • A Separation
    • The Tree of Life
    • Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
    • Weekend

    • Asghar Farhadi – A Separation
    • Abbas Kiarostami – Certified Copy
    • Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life
    • Nicolas Winding Refn – Drive
    • Raoul Ruiz – Mysteries of Lisbon

    • Certified Copy
    • House of Pleasures
    • Le Havre
    • Le Quattro Volte
    • Mysteries of Lisbon
    • Of Gods and Men
    • Poetry
    • A Separation
    • The Skin I Live In
    • Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

    • Tom Cullen – Weekend
    • Michael Fassbender – Shame
    • Peyman Moaadi – A Separation
    • Chris New – Weekend
    • Michael Shannon – Take Shelter

    • Sareh Bayat – A Separation
    • Juliette Binoche – Certified Copy
    • Elizabeth Olsen – Martha Marcy May Marlene
    • Anna Paquin – Margaret
    • Yun Jung-hee – Poetry

    • Albert Brooks – Drive
    • Shahab Hosseini – A Separation
    • Michael Lonsdale – Of Gods and Men
    • Brad Pitt – The Tree of Life
    • Christopher Plummer – Beginners

    • Jessica Chastain – Take Shelter
    • Jessica Chastain – The Tree of Life
    • Leila Hatami – A Separation
    • Carey Mulligan – Shame
    • J. Smith-Cameron – Margaret

    • Certified Copy – Abbas Kiarostami
    • Margaret – Kenneth Lonergan
    • Midnight in Paris – Woody Allen
    • A Separation – Asghar Farhadi
    • Weekend – Andrew Haigh

    • Drive – Hossein Amini
    • Moneyball – Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin
    • Mysteries of Lisbon – Carlos Saboga
    • The Skin I Live In – Agustín Almodóvar, Pedro Almodóvar
    • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Bridget O’Connor, Peter Straughan

    • Drive – Newton Thomas Sigel
    • Melancholia – Manuel Alberto Claro
    • The Mill and the Cross – Lech Majewski, Adam Sikora
    • Mysteries of Lisbon – André Szankowski
    • The Tree of Life – Emmanuel Lubezki

    • Drive – Matthew Newman
    • Martha Marcy May Marlene – Zachary Stuart-Pontier
    • Mysteries of Lisbon – Carlos Madaleno, Valeria Sarmiento
    • A Separation – Hayedeh Safiyari
    • The Tree of Life – Hank Corwin, Jay Rabinowitz, Daniel Rezende, Billy Weber, Mark Yoshikawa

    • Hugo – Dante Ferretti
    • The Mill and the Cross – Marcel Slawinski, Katarzyna Sobanska-Strzalkowska
    • Mysteries of Lisbon – Isabel Branco
    • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Maria Djurkovic
    • The Tree of Life – Jack Fisk

    • Drive – Cliff Martinez
    • Hanna – Tom Rowlands, Ed Simons (as The Chemical Brothers)
    • Mysteries of Lisbon – Jorge Arriagada
    • The Skin I Live In – Alberto Iglesias
    • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Alberto Iglesias

    • Bridesmaids
    • Margaret
    • Midnight in Paris
    • Mysteries of Lisbon
    • A Separation
    • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    • The Adventures of Tintin
    • Rango
    • Winnie the Pooh

    • The Arbor
    • The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu
    • Nostalgia for the Light
    • Pina
    • Senna

  • devil’s advocate

    @Armando – thanks for clarifying as I didn’t know.

  • Rashad

    War Horse should win

  • Jerry Grant


    Also so pleased “War Horse” got in for BP — despite what the intelligentsia say, it is an extraordinary cinematic accomplishment

  • Scottish Jellyfish

    This voting system really shed light on a few things about the Academy. Not so positive either.

  • AD

    These nominations suck so bad, I have no words. The only good thing is the nomination of Tree of Life and Malick. Oscar nominee Jonah Hill? PLease. No Fassbender, no Tilda ( Mara instead?!!) , no Albert Brooks, Incredibly Loud, seriously? Can’t wait for next year batch..

  • bennett

    If Brad Pitt is nominated for producing The Tree of Life, then he will get 3 nominations only this year

    More than he´s got so far

  • Justin

    The BAFTA voters got it right (for the most part), I just wish the Academy of Dunces would have followed their lead.

  • Koleś

    Stop saying that Mara got nominated instead of Swinton. Close did.

  • bennett

    Like someone said before, Full-Frontal from Rooney is applaused, but full-frontal from Fassbender is kinda disgusting…

    All I can think is how sexist the academy voters really are. They wanted to fuck Mara, rape her if it was possible, but they despise the immersive acting job of a great actor.

    It reminds me the love for Michelle Williams and the snub for Ryan Gosling in the NC-17 movie Blue Valentine.

    It´s sexist, that´s what it is.

  • Keifer

    Biggest shockers for me:

    Tilda Swinton snubbed as Best Actress for “We Need to Talk About Kevin”
    Michael Shannon snubbed as Best Actor for “Take Shelter”
    Mary Blige and Thomas Newman snubbed for Best Song in “The Help”
    Eduardo Serra snubbed for cinematography in “Harry Potter”
    Very little love for “Drive” No cinematography / no film editing.

    These omissions suck big time.

    Nicest surprise for me? I am thrilled for Lisy Christl’s best costume nomination in “Anonymous”. Well deserved.

  • Tero Heikkinen

    I didn’t read your comments yet. I will read now.

    When was the last time that Best Director had TWO absentees nominated? It’s been a few years, but it will happen again. Expect Malick and Allen NOT attending.

  • Koleś, Yes.
    Stop saying that Mara got nominated instead of Swinton. Close did.

    exactly right.

  • Cole Ansier

    No, Brian, you are not alone. EL&IC was sensitively rendered and beautifully acted. Daldry deals with issues of connection, human suffering, and loss. The impact of 9/11 imbues the entire film, but its real themes are these universal ones. Horn and Bullock’s last scene together was heartbreaking. Bravo to the Academy for recognizing this film despite the inexplicable critical shitstorm it endured.

  • The most shocking snub to me is actually Woodley. I thought she’d end up being the winner.

  • Yogsss

    Forget about the video, it has some serious issues that I really need to fix (stupid Windows)
    Can someone delete that post? ‘cuz I have to delete the video too 🙁

  • Craig S.

    For the trivia freaks:

    Obviously it’s going to be controversial today that Max Von Sydow got an acting nomination over Michael Fassbender. I think Mr. Fassbender truly deserved the nomination.

    I think Von Sydow has had an extraordinary career. His work with Bergman is perhaps of the very greatest bodies of work by a team in the history of film.

    One of their most titanic achievements is The Hour of the Wolf. For all the fans of Michael Shannon’s work this year in Take Shelter, Hour of the Wolf is a very nice companion piece to that film. I think it’s one of Von Sydow’s greatest performances. That was way back in 1968. It’s a genuine creeper, a tremendous piece of work.

    Anyway, Fassbender didn’t get in for SHAME. Did you know that Von Sydow, who probably took Fassbender’s place today, made another film in 1968 for Bergman (in addition to Hour of the Wolf). It was also called SHAME.

    It’s true.

    Shame (The 1968 film)is powerful stuff as well. Von Sydow was the man at that point, he was Bergman’s primary purveyor of guilt and introspection.

    Anyway, I always thought that Von Sydow’s work in 68′ is among the best ever. Kind of ironic to see his name announced today, 40 years on, making me think of SHAME, while this year’s SHAME got dissed.

  • Faux

    “Ryan Adams says:
    January 24, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Stop saying that Mara got nominated instead of Swinton. Close did.”

    I do not agree with you. Close was the frontrunner early the year and she did a wonderful job in a very complex character she studied for many years. It means TRACTION. Close was a lock. Swinton was a last minute invited for a wonderful performance in a very small film out of the radar. Not exactly as Mara.

  • Faux

    Craig S. says:

    “Obviously it’s going to be controversial today that Max Von Sydow got an acting nomination over Michael Fassbender.”

    No, it’s not correct. Fassbender was snubbed in Leading and Von Sydow grabs a nom in Supporting.

  • Koleś

    Here’s what Close had/has going for her:

    – gender change
    – very personal project (screenplay, producer, song)
    – period piece
    – as due for oscar as you canpossibly get

    … and that spells only one thing for me – OSCAR BAIT. And there wouldn’t be anything wrong with that if it wasn’t forthe actual performance which is rather average, in a very weak movie.

    Rooney’s performance also had some oscar bait qualities (deglam, frontal nudity), but therd isn’t any doubt, at least for me that this is a powerhouse performance and a total determination in terms of creating a character. That’s why I’ll always value Rooney’s performance more.

  • Yogsss. I’ll take down the link.

    Don’t sweat it. Let us know when you have it fixed the way you want it.

  • Glenn UK

    BAFTA has it for me this year … they have embraced the more diverse movies. Leave it to the Brits to show the Yanks how to do it.

    And Im saying it now – Close is getting the Bullock Oscar … recognition for a body of work and not the movie she is in!!!! Still stinging from the Swinton snub

    In all honesty, I dont think I need to stay up this year to watch the awards – with only two category interests I can wait until I wake and read about it then. THERE WILL BE NO SHOCKS!!!!!!

  • And there wouldn’t be anything wrong with that if it wasn’t forthe actual performance which is rather average, in a very weak movie.

    I liked Albert Nobbs. But there are 3 or 4 female performances more subtle and moving in Downton Abbey every Sunday night.


    “It wasn’t just the fans that prayed for a big night on Oscar night. Warner Bros. made a big push for award consideration with their ubiquitous “Consider” ad campaign. Many held out hope for a Best Picture nomination and perhaps recognition, at long last, for Alan Rickman and Severus Snape.

    Alas, “Deathly Hallows – Part 2” did not make the cut, despite a relatively long list of nine Best Picture nominees, one less than the maximum. But were the awards dreams just fan delusions that got out of hand?

    When a movie makes more than one billion dollars world-wide, you should pay attention. When a movie earns some of the most unanimous praise of the year from critics, you should pay attention. Despite both of these enormous factors, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” scored only three nominations, all in technical categories.

    The snub reveals the supreme stubbornness of the Academy, and two highly superficial and trivial factors led to Harry’s disappointing morning.

    First, for Academy voters, the “Harry Potter” films fall into two of Oscar’s least favorite genres: the children’s film and fantasy. There are notable exceptions for each, however. Just this year, “Hugo,” a “children’s film” earned the most nominations of any movie, but without its auteur director behind the camera, we would have seen a very different outcome. And despite its fantasy setting, “The Lord of the Rings” earned Best Picture nominations for each installment, but their dark and epic tone from the get-go made them more Oscar-friendly.

    Secondly, “Deathly Hallows – Part 2” was the eighth film in a series and the second half of one complete story. Superficial things like numbers after a title can make the difference and spell disappointment for even the most qualified film. If you strip away the context and focus on the actual merits of the film, you’d have a hard time arguing that a movie like “Avatar,” one with a comparable scale and box office haul, deserved the recognition that “Deathly Hallows” didn’t get.

    The Academy’s oversight would have been more understandable had the nominee pool been stronger this year. Aside from “The Tree of Life,” this year’s Best Picture contenders make up the safest and most Oscar-friendly field of nominees in recent memory. A nomination for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” would have defied Academy stereotypes and shook up a race that is destined to leave many viewers snoring.

  • Mark

    “All I can think is how sexist the academy voters really are. They wanted to fuck Mara, rape her if it was possible, but they despise the immersive acting job of a great actor.
    It reminds me the love for Michelle Williams and the snub for Ryan Gosling in the NC-17 movie Blue Valentine.
    It´s sexist, that´s what it is.”

    You said it, Bennett. How ironic that a “GIRL POWER!!” character is nominated because of sexual objectification of females. We still have a long way to go.

  • Gage Creed

    “Ryan Adams says:
    January 24, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Stop saying that Mara got nominated instead of Swinton. Close did.”

    Not true if you’re talking predictions. Close and Swinton were both expected to get in. Since Mara got in and Swinton didn’t, yes she was nominated in her place.

  • Yogsss

    Sorry about the self promotion, but I finally managed to fix those damn issues:

    Best Original Score nominees 🙂 I made this same video last year, so I hope you guys like it.

  • Tero Heikkinen

    Sure, Tilda Swinton’s absence is the talk of the day (and it’s a sad subject), but let’s concentrate on the good things. Lots of great stuff happened today. The Tree of Life for Pic and Dir, Gary Oldman etc… etc…

    I always had faith that The Tree of Life would be nominated for Picture, and was hoping for Director. I was pretty sure that Dragon Tattoo would not make it for either.

    Many surprises, too. I think I only got Foreign Language Film correctly in my final predictions. I knew that Pina would be thrown to Documentary.

  • Not true if you’re talking predictions. Close and Swinton were both expected to get in.

    I am talking predictions. I’m talking my own predictions. My own predictions and Sasha’s are the only ones I know about.

    Predictions? Guesses. Every prediction everywhere by anybody is a guess. I don’t have time to sort through 40 guesses by people I don’t know and have no reason to trust.

    The fact that their “predictions” were all so wrong bears me out. I’m glad I didn’t waste my time worrying.

    Tilda Swinton’s talent is so far beyond the conception of the Academy. They failed to nominate her for the astonishing Julia (Ebert “predicted” she would win the Oscar for that). She failed to be nominated for I Am Love last year. Look who won instead.

    I wanted Tilda Swinton to be nominated, and hoped she would be nominated over Glenn Close. But I didn’t expect it, didn’t predict it.

    Please stop waving predictions in my face. If all the damn predictions were wrong then they are worthless proof of nothing.

  • Keifer

    Once again, the music branch needs massive overhauling. They should just go back to nominating the top five songs with the most votes or do away with the category altogether.

    I rather like the old days when you had five crappy songs to make fun of during the Oscar telecast. Isn’t that just part of the creepy fun of watching Hollywood on parade?

    Look! There’s Rob Lowe singing “Proud Mary” (worst opening number ever)!

    Look! There’s Isaac Hayes singing “Shaft”. Look! There’s Barbra Streisand singing “Evergreen”. Look! There’s The Carpenters singing “For All We Know”. Look! There’s Madonna singing “I Always Get My Man”. Look! There’s Diana Ross singing “Do You Know WHere You’re Going To?” (and obviously, she didn’t).

    This year, we’ll have songs performed by puppets and exotic birds. Jesus Christ!

    The omission of Mary Blige’s beautiful song “The Living Proof” at the end of “The Help” I think bodes ill for this movie. If it had been nominated, it would have won Best Song, I’m sure of it.

  • Dominik

    The thing that bugs me about these nominees – and that´s nothing new – is that the performances that get snubbed are predominantly from edgy indie films like “Shame”, “We need to talk about Kevin”, “Melancholia” or “Tyrannosaur” (just to name a few).
    Maybe because the specific stuios don´t have enough budget to promote their candidates, but probably the Academy is not willing to sit through cinematic experiences that could make them feel uncomfortable. But it´s the uncomfortable element in the art that happens to broaden your horizon and make you look a bit deeper. It´s a problem of the Academys comfort zone.

    But I´m not to mad about these nominees, some nice surprises (Mara, Oldman, von Sydow), and all in all the Best Pic-lineup is not better or worse than the average lineup we had in the past twenty years. Only now we have to deal with nine nominations, and that´s probably worse.

  • tricky

    I think one truly sad thing is no one could boycott Oscars. No one would be able to fix those “snubs”. No one could ever turn it into a fair game. No one from the Academy would jump out and announce: we’re sorry, our nominations are lame.
    and if it goes on like this, really, what’s the use of having Oscars,while best performances of the year have no place and an award that choose a winner from two nominations?
    Suddenly, the Golden Globes has become a better much better award,

  • Tero Heikkinen

    Best thing about today. Only two nominees for Original Song. That is still two too many, but it’s progress. No business in FILM awards, and maybe the show itself will actually fly by this time 😀

  • Rick

    The single worst list of Oscar nominations in years. No Brooks, Woodley, Swinton, Fassbender UGH

  • OCO300

    @Matt ur right, besides in 2011 sequels ruled the box office, HP:DH 2 to me and everyone else the most popular film of 2011 of the most popular, successful, creative, coolest film series of the new millenium and all time.

  • Sonja

    Glenn is in!
    Actors still love her! 8D

    Congratz to Meryl for No.17!^-^

    Thankfully Cars 2 got snubbed.

  • @OCO300 yeah Harry Potter film series will never be forgotten and to alot of people a movie that would’ve been deserved to be nominated/win for Best Picture at the Oscars, I mean only a tyrannical paramecium would think that Harry Potter’s last film shouldn’t be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars, Golden Globes, DGA, PGA, Critic Choice, and alot of state/city critic awards.


  • And I hope Hugo kicks some French Artist butt at the Oscars

  • OCO300

    Ya Go Hugo/The Help/The Descendants

  • Tero Heikkinen

    “HP:DH 2 to me and everyone else the most popular film of 2011 of the most popular, successful, creative, coolest film series of the new millenium and all time.”

    Yeah, alright. But did you like the film?

  • Yes, I did

    Also, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was not only a huge commercial success but a really graceful and fantastic conclusion to perhaps one of the most important movie franchises of our time. Sure, the film got nominated for some technical Oscars (Art Direction, Visual Effects and Make Up) but the film should have gotten Best Picture and Best Director for David Yates. The whole reason why they expanded the Best Picture category was because many people were upset that a blockbuster like The Dark Knight Rises would be rejected from nominations purely because it wasn’t considered “Oscar bait.” So why snub something like Harry Potter now?

  • RobertlowercaseA

    @Jerry Grant
    Dude. You can gloat all you want. Yes, the predictors were wrong, and I had it wrong too, but dude, how many nods TOS has? Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Cinematography, where is the Best Screenplay? Congratulations to you and the fans, but I would not gloat too much because it probably will only win one award(cinematography)

  • Tero Heikkinen

    “The whole reason why they expanded the Best Picture category was because many people were upset that a blockbuster like The Dark Knight Rises would be rejected from nominations purely because it wasn’t considered “Oscar bait.”

    Don’t worry. It will be nominated next year.

    Haha, I knew what you meant, and I agree. It’s a fact that we all know.

  • Carl

    Meryl Streep – acting goddess, hope she wins.
    and so happy for Demián Bichir’s nomination, well deserved.

  • Morgan

    “A Better Life: $1,759,252
    Tree of Life: $13,303,319
    ELIAC: $10,737,239
    TTSS: $18,398,927
    Albert Nobbs: N/A
    The Artist: $12,119,718
    Warrior: $13,657,115

    Yes, real good work, Academy. People went out of their way to see these Oscar nominees…”

    “And what the fuck are A Cat in Paris & Chico and Rita? What, Gnomeo and Juliet didn’t pass muster?”

    Paul H, these comments are just silly.

    Just because you haven’t heard of the films or people didn’t spend a lot of money to see them – doesn’t them they aren’t quality.

    Unless you’d like the Oscar nominees to be Transformers 3, Pirates 4, Captain America etc

  • Morgan

    When all the animated films eligible for Oscar was announced I think I was the only one to say “A Cat in Paris!”..

    That is really cool. See it if you can.

    The oscar nominations provided some usual disappointments (Fassbender out, ELIC in etc) but this year they gave us some really good surprises. I’m not sure why people see the need to completely over-react to them.

    Tree of Life in, Malick in, Bechir in, A Separation for Screenplay, Margin Call for Screenplay. They threw a lot of curve balls in there.

    Not a bad job overall.

  • Hey Eric.

    Are you checking back for a reaction? Here it is. You and your attitude cannot coexist with me and my attitude.

  • Morgan

    After taking a closer look – there seems to be a lot more good than bad for me coming out of this oscar nomination list. A lot of interesting things too.


    Tree of Life Best Picture
    Tree of Life Best Director
    Bichir Best Actor
    Oldman Best Actor
    Cat in Paris Animated
    Chico & Rita Animated
    Tinker Tailor Original Score
    Tree of Life Cinematography
    Drive Sound Editing
    Margin Call Original Screenplay
    A Separation Original Screenplay
    Tinker Tailor Adapted Screenplay


    ELIC Best Picture
    Fassbender Snub Best Actor
    Tilda Snub Best Actress
    Brooks Snub Best Supporting Actor


    Lack of support for Drive
    Increased support for Tree of Life
    No Woodley in Supporting Actress
    Lack of support for Dragon Tattoo
    No Dragon Tattoo Best Pic
    No Trent/Atticus Dragon Tattoo score
    No Screenplay for Dragon Tattoo
    Going for TWO foreign Animated films – awesome
    No Tintin
    No Tinker Tailor for Art Direction/Cinematography
    Lack of love for The Help at all, no costume, no screenplay – actors film only
    More Love for War Horse than we thought
    No Project Nim in Documentary
    Descendants still getting editing nod – Still a contender for Best Pic people
    Reel Steel getting an Oscar nomination…
    No double nomination for Pina – missing foreign language
    Ides of March showing up with one nomination – Screenplay

  • rufussondheim

    Oh, and thanks all to those who tossed out all of the films that have won Best Pic but won only a couple of others. 4 was the lowest I could think of for recent years. I knew that Grand Hotel had only one nomination and Won Best Pic. But that was ages ago and bears no relevance to today’s awards in my opinion.

    Having gone through the nominations again, I think The Artist could easily go as low as 2 awards. (Pic and Score) That’s fascinating to me.

    That would leave Hugo as a potential winner of 9 Awards, although I think it will lose screenplay to Moneyball. So that gives it 8, which would be pretty high for a film that doesn’t win Best Pic (I think the highest would be Cabaret with Eight)

    I really think this could be a comparable year to 1972.

  • Raphael


    Where is Fassbender?
    Where is Mulligan?
    Where is Gosling?
    Where is DiCaprio?
    Where is Swilton?
    Where is Fincher?
    Where is Brooks?
    Where is 50/50 for best screenplay?
    Where is Drive for Best Picture and etc…? Because EL&IC is average
    where is Sherlock Holmes and Captain America for best Production Designer? you can say what you want about the movies but the production desginer is amazing
    Really? Bridesmais for supporting actress and screenplay? the movie is not funny at all

    The Academy is insane

  • Craig Z

    “Hugo leads 2012 Oscar Nominations with 11”

    That along with Woody Allen for directing is all I really cared about hearing today to be honest.

    Also Gary Oldman, about fucking time. Sad about Fassbender but he is young he will have many more chances. My excitement for Oldman outweighs any sadness for Fassbender. People here are too negative. I choose to look for the possitives first and the negatives second. Unlike some on here cough* PauhH cough*(my god that guy is whiny)

  • Craig Z

    I guess I’m not going to win the prediction contest this year. I only guessed two catagories perfectly. Supporting Actress and Cinematography and I think plenty others got those ones right

  • Mattoc

    So we have 9 BP nominees and only 3 with any realistic chance. The Artist, The Descendants and Hugo.
    To have a best picture you need director, editing and writing nominations.

    Tree of Life, Midnight in Paris and War Horse could be exceptions. The rest is just filler.

    Although EL&EC was shunned by the behind the scenes groups, which could mean that every single actor thought it was the best film of the year.

  • Minas

    It’s not relevant to the Oscars but…RIP Theo Angelopoulos. It is a sad day for us Greeks and for the world cinema

  • OLIN

    trying to overlook the four major Dragon Tattoo snubs with my excitement for Tree of Life and Rooney. Not working.

  • David Casademunt

    where is TINTIN, the best Spielberg movie in years??? …………………

  • OCO300

    @SC8Official whoa looks all those comments on that video link, looks to me there’s more people that have loads of respect Harry Potter’s last film.

  • Eric

    Hey Ryan, s

    Sorry if I offended you, didn’t mean to, I love this site and I love your’s and Sasha’s commentary. I was a little bitter this morning..sorry if it came across as crass

  • Bryce

    FYI La Luna (Nominated for best animated short) is a Pixar short film that will play in front of Brave this year. so technically, Pixar was nominated.

  • Eric

    Also I don’t think that my attitude was any less “sour” than anyone else’s on this board…but maybe it’s the New York in me

  • OCO300,
    What movies are you most looking forward to this year?

  • rufussondheim

    I wasn’t sour, I was happy.

    Knowing that #1 votes are what counted most, I don’t think anyone should expect anything but their number one choice to get a nomination. Tree of Life (for me) was in, so I’m happy.

    I think too many people have too high expectations, or maybe I am just jaded. Heck, it’s rare for me to have my favorite film even be in the discussion, much less get nominated. So, yes, I’m happy.

  • rufussondheim,

    I missed the part of your discussion that led up to this, but Sasha & I were talking about this last night.

    I could search back through the comments to see what preceded. but you got The Greatest Show on Earth, yes?.

    Won only 2 oscars. Best Picture and Best Screenplay and that’s all.

  • AV


    Hugo leads the pack.
    The Tree of Life for Picture, Directing, Cinematography
    Rooney Mara surprises in Best Actress category
    Demian Bichir for actor
    Gary Oldman tinker taylor soldier spy
    Nick Nolte for Warrior
    The Muppets get a nomination
    Melissa McCarthy supporting


    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows only 3 nominations
    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close takes the place of many more deserving films period.
    No David Fincher for director


    Tin tin best animated film snub
    Michael Fassbender snub (one of the worst snubs ever!)
    Carey Mulligan (Shame) snub
    Tilda Swinton snub
    Albert Brooks Snub
    Shailene Woodley Snub
    Michael Shannon snub
    Alan Rickman snub(long shot but still)
    Harry Potter shut out of best picture
    NO ALEXANDRE DESPLAT? he scored: The Tree of Life, Harry Potter, A Better Life, The Ides of March, Carnage, My Week with Marylin theme and Extremely Loud and Incredible Close (2 AMAZING SCORES AND 5 VERY GOOD SCORES)
    No Trent Reznor Atticus Ross for a beautiful haunting score

    If you do the math you will conclude that there was more to mourn than celebrate regarding this list. Nonetheless, now that that’s out of the way, I’m happy for all the nominees, there’s quite a few good ones in there.

  • Bud

    I see a lot of snub mentions…. I am the only one that thought Kirsten Dunst was worthy?

  • Astarisborn

    Good for Arianne Phillips for Costume Design for W.E. very well deserved.

  • filmboymichael

    am i the only one who saw hugo as 90 minutes of dull and bad child acting and 30 minutes of fantastic cinema? Worthy of nominations? Yes, for art direction, cinematography, costumes and sound. No for directing, editing and especially no to screenplay….

  • g

    Huge suprises! Snubs! no Leo no Tin Tin!
    But I am thrilled with my favorite movie of the year getting 11 nominations! Go Hugo!

  • Tim K.

    I have been doing Academy Award Predictions actively since I first had the thrill of being the only person at my Oscar Party to correctly pick Shakespeare in Love over Saving Private Ryan (even though it was an inferior movie). This year is FAR AND AWAY the strangest I have EVER experienced. Every year gives us a few surprises (usually a couple in Acting, maybe a Director or Writer), but I have identified A DOZEN this year that stand out…

    A Dozen Surprises (in order of WOW factor)…

    Best Picture… Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close … I had a dozen films “Ahead” of it on my Board… (Alphabetical Order) Bridesmaids, Drive, 50/50, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Harry Potter & the Deathly Hollows Pt. 2, The Ides of March, J. Edgar, Melancholia, My Week With Marilyn, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Win Win, and Young Adult.

    Lead Actress… Rooney Mara in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo nominated over Tilda Swinton in We Need To Talk About Kevin.

    Animated Feature… A Cat in Paris and Chico & Rita nominated over The Adventures of Tintin (plus Arthur Christmas).

    Supporting Actor… Max von Sydow (ZERO Pre-noms) in Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close nominated over Albert Brooks in Drive.

    Lead Actor… Demian Bechir in A Better Life and Gary Oldman in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy nominated over Michael Fassbender in Shame and Leonardo DiCaprio in J. Edgar.

    Documentary Feature… Hell and Back Again and If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front nominated over Project Nim (Shortlisted) and Cave of Forgotten Dreams & Senna (Neither even Shortlisted).

    Original Screenplay… Margin Call (ZERO Pre-noms) nominated over 50/50 and Win Win.

    Music (Score)… The Adventures of Tintin nominated over The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (plus Drive).

    Music (Original Song)… “Real in Rio” from Rio nominated over “Hello Hello” from Gnomeo and Juliet, “Lay Your Head Down” from Albert Nobbs, “Life’s A Happy Song” from The Muppets and “The Living Proof” from The Help.

    Film Editing… Moneyball nominated over Drive and War Horse.

    Costume Design… W.E. nominated over My Week with Marilyn.

    Adapted Screenplay… The Ides of March nominated over The Help.

    Other “Notable Absences”…

    Nicolas Winding Refn for Directing Drive
    Shailene Woodley for Supporting Actress in The Descendants
    Drive for Cinematography
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy for Art Direction
    Super 8 and War Horse for Visual Effects
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Pt. 2 for BOTH Sound Categories
    My Week with Marilyn for Makeup
    Pina for Foreign Language Film (It was nominated for Documentary Feature instead)

  • AMPASSucks

    I like the Top 9 as chosen by IMDB rating instead…

    A Seperation
    The Artist
    The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
    The Help

    It would be perfect if The Help were replaced with Moneyball.

  • Darwin

    maybe EL&IC is a consolation price to Rudin for last year…

  • Tabb

    In the nominee credits above: “Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs” are incorrectly listed as the nominees for PARADISE LOST 3: PURGATORY; should be Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky.

  • REICHDOME returns!



    Honestly it just UNACCEPTABLE for a film regardless it a limited release or not it just an excuse now it either a successfuly tactic to get oscars sympathy oh we have no meny etc can’t afford it or it simply appeasing oscar with the style most seductive to the majority but slowly p[ainfully slowly diminishing relgiously conservative old guard.

    Don’t say i told you so but disgusted i not surprised.

    It is typical I not surprised that Oscar put ‘War Horse’ on bottom of list i knew if anything it would just sneak in.

    That it did not make the cut for directing does not bode well for it.

    I am really rapt for yet again as is signature in Spielberg films for brilliant technical achievments but the lack in screenplay and acting is a tad puzzling but moreover war horse a film with much more meat on the bones as in more of everything technically came off bloody econd best to the artists which on anyones reckoning got far too many nominations for the itsy witsy film it is.

    If anyone wants a clue as to how i think but admit not enitrely sure but clearly 68% certain as to who will be best picture winner forget scorceses huge achievment to get yet ANOTHER film his second as far as oscar nominations since ‘aviator’ for 11 nominations despite the fact he a late favourite after bbeing so badly snubbed in his career,

    Take a closer look it is shockingly apallingly and i am shocked that ‘tin tin’ got snubbed in best animated feature but the fact it in 3d and it got snubbed measn that oscar in reality hasve at best a ‘half hearted’ approach.

    But i have to say the Artists, clearly the sentimental favourite has some real problems coming up – it is playing catch up due to its lack of wins in the guilds- the key oens acting, sag, etc.

    If we assume clooney wins and Merryl Streep wins, there go a large portion of its acting hopes and lets rightfully asssume Clooney and streep won big at the guilds.

    The we look at the writers and directors guilds none i dont think went the way of ‘the artist’ i cant remember havent had time to have a good look.

    there is an air of unpredictability but to me the oly choice really isd ‘hugo’

  • REICHDOME returns!

    I have to say at close look there is a HUGE discrepenancy that looks suspicious as Artists as a predetermined winner in oscar’s selfish minds, between the ludicrous overdone 9 nominations for ‘Artist’ and the 5 for Descendants infact, majority of the 9 nominees average a measley 3-4 oscars and considering they made it as best pic nominees i have to say this structure reinforces the lopsided nature of oscars thought process it is a mess of a list this year no structure, no logic (in snubbing the great tin tin)- it really ridiculous- honestly.

    It says a lot that Woody Allen’s films and the ‘extremely loud’ whatevr its called film got nominations yet how many of film going prublic cared to see it? it all adds to perceptions of fact oscar care only for themselves and prefer for us to be taken out of the equation and yet best pic cut and for what? between these 2 films a piddley 5 oscars between them? tiny wow oscar are really deetermined to undermine their credbility 6 feet under this uyear in the public eye!

  • REICHDOME returns!

    Thankfully the press has dumped on osars decision making this year and so they deserve it! the discrepancy between most nominated and least is just mindblowing as well as the sheer no of best pic noms who dont have a nom in either writing, directing or acting as well!

  • Robertlowercasea

    Polo. Nolan was not snubbed. He dwelled too much on concept. I understand why AMPAS did not take him seriously as a director.

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