In keeping with AD tradition, the Forums today announced their nominees for the 10th Annual AD First Half of the Year Awards. Dominating the field this time are a raft of Cannes contenders, most notably Palme d’Or winner The Tree of Life with 14 nods, followed by Certified Copy, Hanna and Super 8 with 7 each. Joining the Malick and Kiarostami films in the BP lineup are Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (6), Incendies (4), and Poetry (4). Thanks to Ali D for his great work, as usual! Despite all the tasty international flavors this year, I have a sneaking suspicion the American film will end up sweeping the table. 

BEST PICTURE
Certified Copy
Incendies
Poetry
The Tree of Life
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

BEST DIRECTOR
Abbas Kiarostami for Certified Copy
Chang-dong Lee for Poetry
Terrence Malick for The Tree of Life
Kelly Reichardt for Meek’s Cutoff
Apichatpong Weerasethakul for Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Michael Fassbender in X-Men: First Class
Paul Giamatti in Win Win
Hunter McCracken in The Tree of Life
Ewan McGregor in Beginners
William Shimell in Certified Copy

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Lubna Azabal in Incendies
Juliette Binoche in Certified Copy
Saoirse Ronan in Hanna
Michelle Williams in Meek’s Cutoff
Jeong-hie Yun in Poetry

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Michael Fassbender in Jane Eyre
Bruce Greenwood in Meek’s Cutoff
Brad Pitt in The Tree of Life
Christopher Plummer in Beginners
Corey Stoll in Midnight in Paris

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Jessica Chastain in The Tree of Life
Elle Fanning in Super 8
Shirley Henderson in Meek’s Cutoff
Mary Page Keller in Beginners
Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Certified Copy
Midnight in Paris
Poetry
The Tree of Life
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
13 Assasins
Incendies
Jane Eyre
Potiche
X-Men: First Class

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Certified Copy
Hanna
Heartbeats
Meek’s Cutoff
The Tree of Life

BEST FILM EDITING
Certified Copy
Hanna
Source Code
Super 8
The Tree of Life

BEST ART DIRECTION
Hanna
Jane Eyre
Midnight in Paris
Super 8
The Tree of Life

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Heartbeats
Jane Eyre
Meek’s Cutoff
Midnight in Paris
The Tree of Life

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Hanna
Jane Eyre
Last Night
Super 8
The Tree of Life

BEST SOUND MIXING
Hanna
Incendies
Super 8
The Tree of Life
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

BEST SOUND EDITING
Hanna
Super 8
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
The Tree of Life
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Sucker Punch
Super 8
Thor
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
The Tree of Life

BEST MAKEUP
Beastly
Insidious
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
X-Men: First Class