Hugo and The Artist Lead BFCA Nominees

Hugo and The Artist lead the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards with 11 nominations each.

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

BEST ACTOR
George Clooney – “The Descendants”
Leonardo DiCaprio – “J. Edgar”
Jean Dujardin – “The Artist”
Michael Fassbender – “Shame”
Ryan Gosling – “Drive”
Brad Pitt – “Moneyball”

BEST ACTRESS
Viola Davis – “The Help”
Elizabeth Olsen – “Martha Marcy May Marlene”
Meryl Streep – “The Iron Lady”
Tilda Swinton – “We Need to Talk About Kevin”
Charlize Theron – “Young Adult”
Michelle Williams – “My Week With Marilyn”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Kenneth Branagh – “My Week With Marilyn”
Albert Brooks – “Drive”
Nick Nolte – “Warrior”
Patton Oswalt – “Young Adult”
Christopher Plummer – “Beginners”
Andrew Serkis – “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Berenice Bejo – “The Artist”
Jessica Chastain – “The Help”
Melissa McCarthy – “Bridesmaids”
Carey Mulligan – “Shame”
Octavia Spencer – “The Help”
Shailene Woodley – “The Descendants”

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Asa Butterfield – “Hugo”
Elle Fanning – “Super 8”
Thomas Horn – “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”
Ezra Miller – “We Need to Talk About Kevin”
Saoirse Ronan – “Hanna”
Shailene Woodley – “The Descendants”

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
The Artist
Bridesmaids
The Descendants
The Help
The Ides of March

BEST DIRECTOR
Stephen Daldry – “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”
Michel Hazanavicius – “The Artist”
Alexander Payne – “The Descendants”
Nicolas Winding Refn – “Drive”
Martin Scorsese – “Hugo”
Steven Spielberg – “War Horse”

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
“The Artist” – Michel Hazanavicius
“50/50” – Will Reiser
“Midnight in Paris” – Woody Allen
“Win Win” – Screenplay by Tom McCarthy, Story by Tom McCarthy & Joe Tiboni
“Young Adult” – Diablo Cody

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
“The Descendants” – Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” – Eric Roth
“The Help” – Tate Taylor
“Hugo” – John Logan
“Moneyball” – Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, Story by Stan Chervin

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
“The Artist” – Guillaume Schiffman
“Drive” – Newton Thomas Sigel
“Hugo” – Robert Richardson
“The Tree of Life” – Emmanuel Lubezki
“War Horse” – Janusz Kaminski

BEST ART DIRECTION
“The Artist” – Production Designer: Laurence Bennett, Art Director: Gregory S. Hooper
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” – Production Designer: Stuart Craig, Set Decorator: Stephenie McMillan
“Hugo” – Production Designer: Dante Ferretti, Set Decorator: Francesca Lo Schiavo
“The Tree of Life” – Production Designer: Jack Fisk, Art Director: David Crank
“War Horse” – Production Designer: Rick Carter, Set Decorator: Lee Sandales

BEST EDITING
“The Artist” – Michel Hazanavicius and Anne-Sophie Bion
“Drive” – Matthew Newman
“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” – Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
“Hugo” – Thelma Schoonmaker
“War Horse” – Michael Kahn

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
“The Artist” – Mark Bridges
“The Help” – Sharen Davis
“Hugo” – Sandy Powell
“Jane Eyre” – Michael O’Connor
“My Week With Marilyn” – Jill Taylor

BEST MAKEUP
Albert Nobbs
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
The Iron Lady
J. Edgar
My Week With Marilyn

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Hugo
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Super 8
The Tree of Life

BEST SOUND
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Hugo
Super 8
The Tree of Life
War Horse

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
The Adventures of Tintin
Arthur Christmas
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots
Rango

BEST ACTION MOVIE
Drive
Fast Five
Hanna
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Super 8

BEST COMEDY
Bridesmaids
Crazy, Stupid, Love
Horrible Bosses
Midnight in Paris
The Muppets

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
In Darkness
Le Havre
A Separation
The Skin I Live In
Where Do We Go Now

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Buck
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
George Harrison: Living in the Material World
Page One: Inside the New York Times
Project Nim
Undefeated

BEST SONG
“Hello Hello” – performed by Elton John and Lady Gaga/written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin – Gnomeo & Juliet
“Life’s a Happy Song” – performed by Jason Segel, Amy Adams and Walter/written by Bret McKenzie – The Muppets
“The Living Proof” – performed by Mary J. Blige/written by Mary J. Blige, Thomas Newman and Harvey Mason, Jr. – The Help
“Man or Muppet” – performed by Jason Segel and Walter/written by Bret McKenzie – The Muppets
“Pictures in My Head” – performed by Kermit and the Muppets/written by Jeannie Lurie, Aris Archontis and Chen Neeman – The Muppets

BEST SCORE
“The Artist” – Ludovic Bource
“Drive” – Cliff Martinez
“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” – Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
“Hugo” – Howard Shore
“War Horse” – John Williams

232 Comments on this Post

  1. No Redgrave, Rooney, or Close – not looking like it’s gonna happen with them.

    Bummed no Ben Kingsley, Gary Oldman or Janet McTeer :/

  2. Yay! Hugo and Drive! Happy for Oswalt and Serkis too. Sad for Kingsley though but I think he still has a chance.

  3. Scott, I will refrain from kicking you while you are down but I did tell you so….

    Bummed about Oldman and lack of love for GWTDT but still my too favorite movies did great so i’m happy.

    Drive and Hugo FTW!

  4. Just noticed Van Sydow didn’t make the cut despite them taking a liking for the film. Interesting. Guess it really is Brooks VS Plummer.

  5. Luis Burguete

    No Gary Oldman???

  6. The reviews for TGWTDT are coming in thick and fast. To summarize so far, it’s great, but Fincher has not been able to build on the source material.

  7. With all the nominations coming out, Glenn Close’s chances seem dimmer by the day. :(

  8. Tero Heikkinen

    Scott is going to be pissed off about this. BFCA is his favourite group and they fucked Harry in the ass with a magical wand.

    So far, this is the closest for the Oscars, I believe. Glenn Close seems to be out for good. In Foreign Language Film, I can see at least 3 of these being nominated for Oscar.

    The lack of Dragon Tattoo is significant. Sasha, I don’t think people love it as much as you do.

  9. Close seems dead in the water, and Mara is still waiting on that late surge…

    How do you nominate Tree of Life for Best Pic but not Malick for Director??

  10. Renan Maia

    Where are GLENN CLOSE, GARY OLDMAN and VANESSA REDGRAVE?

    These american crtics’awards are ridiculous!

  11. Renan Maia

    The american critics hate Glenn Close! She wasn’t nominated for no award this year!

    I am very frustrate because I was thinking that she was favourite for ‘Albert Nobbs’.

  12. Really happy to see Drive keep popping up. Oscar is still way too much to hope for, but maybe it can keep building to something.

    Interesting to see Extremely Loud there. I get the feeling it, not Dragon Tattoo, is going to be the late spoiler.

  13. GARY OLDMAN SNUBBED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    When will it stop????????????????

    :'(((((((((((((((((

  14. TonyBiigood

    Lack of love for Dragon Tattoo is sad and strange. He has 87 on BFCA and ELAIC got a 84….
    But maybe the movie can take the spot of Drive in best picture and director at the Oscars.

  15. Renan Maia

    My list:

    ACTRESS
    Glenn Close
    Viola Davis
    Elizabeth Olsen
    Meryl Streep
    Michelle Williams

    ACTOR
    George Clooney
    Jean Dujardin
    Michael Fassbender
    Gary Oldman
    Brad Pitt

    SUPP. ACTRESS
    Jessica Chastain
    Melissa McCarthy
    Vanessa Redgrave
    octavia Spencer
    Shailene Woodley

    SUPP. ACTOR
    Kenneth Branagh
    Albert Brooks
    Viggo Mortensen
    Christopher Plummer
    Andy Serkis

  16. Oh my god..no Gary Oldman??? Goodbye to the Oscars?? Please don’t tell me so…and nothing for TTSS…

    @Tero Heikkinen: HP was rated 93 and this is a bit numbing. Scott is going to be mightily pissed. He was raving about the 93 score of BFCA and what does he see? Four technical nominations. I expected HP in the technical categories, but two of them were confirmed – Visual Effects and Art Direction. Honestly, I expected a bit more. Maybe, I thought the BFCA would be bit generous…hmmm…

    Looks like the BFCA critics did indeed have time to digest Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

    Wonder what surprises SAG and Golden Globes will have in store for us…

  17. Way to go Hugo! It’s beginning to look a lot like Oscar!

    Picture: Hugo
    Director: Martin Scorsese, Hugo
    Actor: Brad Pitt, Moneyball
    Actress: Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn
    Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, Beginners
    Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, The Help
    Ensemble: The Help
    Young Actor: Asa Butterfield
    Original Screenplay: Midnight in Paris
    Adapted Screenplay: Moneyball
    Foreign Film: A Separation
    Documentary: Buck
    Animated Feature: Rango
    Cinematography: The Tree of Life
    Editing: Hugo
    Art Direction: Hugo
    Costume Design: Hugo
    Score: Hugo
    Song: ‘Hello Hello’, Gnomeo & Juliet
    Sound: Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows Part 2
    Makeup: Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows Part 2
    Visual Effects: Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows Part 2
    Comedy Movie: Bridesmaids
    Action Movie: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

  18. On another note, I thought Nick Nolte would be overlooked, but it’s wonderful to see him there. And Andy Serkis – he deserves it, and much more!!

  19. Tero Heikkinen

    Actually, I feel sorry for Scott. He should’ve gotten this one at least. Harry Potter is not a sucky film, but at the Oscars it shouldn’t be nominated for anything else than technicals.

  20. I’m starting to really think there is some real bias against Oldman. Not only he has been snubbed his entire career, but even now. I mean, Tinker was in their in the top 10 of the best rated films at the BFCA. And it was raved overall (best reviewed film on Metacritic). Dicaprio, yeah right. Same with Redgrave.

  21. @Tero Heikkinen: Even I feel sorry for Scott. What will make him even more pissed is that The Tree of Life is competing against HP in 3 categories – Sound, Art Direction, and visual Effects!!

  22. Tero Heikkinen

    Well, there he can have it. He’s so mean towards TToL, Malick and – most of all – the people who even like that movie, not alone LOVE it. He also hates EL&IC and everything that might steal the spotlight from Harry. That is practically about 10-20 titles.

  23. @Tero Heikkinen: To me, it seems that WB will have to now invest more effort in campaigning for EL&IC and Leo DiCaprio (& leave HP aside). They’ll have to accept what’s going to happen to HP at the Oscars. If all that they had to do was to get was a bunch of technical nominations, I’ve never really understood WB’s aggressive campaigning. For the previous HP films, WB never campaigned, yet the films used to receive technical nominations.

  24. Beth Stevens

    I think Oldman and Redgrave will come into their own at BAFTA, and at the Oscars, which have a large contingent of British voters.

  25. @Beth Stevens: I remember Javier Bardem last year not figuring in any of the early awards, and yet being nominated for the BAFTA and the Oscar.

    I agree with what you’re saying but will those British votes be enough? I mean, will the Academy run the risk of having two British actors in the reckoning in consecutive years? Colin Firth won it last year, will the Academy members let another British actor do it? That’s the question. Also, does this mean, Leo DiCaprio and Ryan Gosling may not be nominated at the BAFTAs/Oscars? If yes, then why were they nominated here, especially since the BFCA prides itself on being the ‘most accurate’ Oscar predictor?

  26. Beth Stevens

    @Macy – I think British votes would be enough for the nominations, but the wins would depend on overall Academy support. Redgrave might have that winning level of support; Oldman probably not since he’s up against the likes of Clooney, Pitt and Dujardin. And BFCA may be the most accurate precursor, but they still miss one or two actors per category. I would be surprised if either Gosling or DiCaprio gets in at BAFTA.

  27. @Beth Stevens: Have the prudishness levels of the Academy members decreased over the years or not? Otherwise, Michael Fassbender could bite the bullet for the Oscars (NC-17 rated film). And Oldman could sneak in. But the competition for Best Actor this year is so fierce, that I don’t think even that’s going to work.

  28. Beth Stevens

    Academy members aren’t especially prudish. And it only takes a small percentage of #1 votes to get nominated. Again, a win for Fassy is probably out of the question, since that would require a much larger segment of voters to really love the performance in a year when they can choose Clooney or Pitt. However, Midnight Cowboy (X-rated) won best picture. Hilary Swank, Halle Berry (Monster’s Ball, NC-17), Charlize Theron, Marlon Brando (Last Tango in Paris, NC-17), Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine) all won or were nominated for films with graphic sex and nudity.

  29. Wow close is out!! Well for now tomorrow is a different story and gwtdt is sooo dead on arrival!

    Yay for Charlize!! And yes chastain will be nominated for the help which is a shame cause she could have totally won for free of life instead she will be just a nominee as she will split votes with spencer thus giving an underseved win to the descendant twat or Berenice Bejo who while charming was nowhere near the brilliance of Dujardin.

  30. Tero Heikkinen

    Dragon Tattoo is not doing well, on the day when the embargo has ended. They can talk about it now, but the critics do not agree wholeheartedly. Though, its overall score is not the worse. It’s pretty good actually, but it’s not enough for awards in the categories it could be up to.

  31. @ Tero

    I think people might be shying away from voting for Dragon Tattoo at the moment though. The embargo has limited what buzz there could be for the film and, without buzz, people vote for films they see doing well and feel may have a chance. Also, perhaps some are worrying the voting for it might be breaking the embargo. I suspect, now it is being lifted, we’ll start to see it show up more often. Indeed, slowly but surely, it’s appearing in more critics’ nominations…

  32. Aw shit I don’t know what’s wrong with me.

    To correct myself, I meant ‘people vote for other films’ rather than ‘people vote for films’ and I meant ‘that voting for it’ rather than ‘the voting for it’.

    Wouldn’t want Scott thinking I wasn’t quite as intelligent as him.

  33. The critics seem to be all over the place this year – yes they have front runners but there is no runaway like last year. Things will change when we get the the Guilds, Globes, BAFTA and Oscar – different names will appear …. don’t count out Close just yet!!!!

  34. Macy Kendall

    I’m sure that the SAG nominations tomorrow will be much more along expected lines…with no unexpected surprises popping up, I hope! To me, the omissions of Redgrave and Oldman here seem to be a blip. If the voters at SAG and the Actors branch of AMPAS (all being actors themselves) don’t vote for Redgrave and Oldman, then something is definitely wrong.

    And it’s officially time to shut down the Best Pic talk about HP. To me, the situation will not be much different to previous years. A handful of nominations in the technical categories for the Oscars, that’s it.

  35. Renan Maia

    Where´s GLENN CLOSE?

    Do you know?

  36. Sasha Stone

    No comment except to say that last year taught us that critics awards don’t necessarily carve a path to Oscar. And this year, things are kind of all over the place. There are only a few conclusions you can draw. I’m going to stick mostly with the guilds this year.

  37. @Sasha Stone: Tomorrow we have the SAG nominations. And I fully expect Oldman and Redgrave to figure in tomorrow’s nominations. And the Oscar nominations as well. It’s unimaginable that the Actors’ branch of the Academy will not go for Oldman and Redgrave this time. As for Andy Serkis, I think even the critics know that he will not be nominated for the Oscar, therefore they’re giving him as much recognition as they can (even if it means other actors getting snubbed). And as for Leo DiCaprio, don’t even ask me about it.

  38. I guess this means Daldry is getting nominated since the association just justified the Academy’s love for him. Yea I know. I should reserve my judgment, but he’s never impressed me as a filmmaker. Yea I’m still a little sore over that whole got in over Nolan thing. He’s been nominated 3 times for 3 films. I expect to hear his name again in Jan.

  39. julian the emperor

    Wow, russen….how charming! “The Descendant twat”…wtf? A talented young actress deserves that…wow!

  40. I am most upset about no Michael Shannon for “Take Shelter.” I thought that with the critics award and runner-up finishes he stood a chance for his performance, which I found utterly mesmerizing. But then again, he came out of nowhere to get nominated for “Revolutionary Road,” so I guess there’s still hope…

  41. @Larry: What has happened today is something no one can get their heads ’round. Tomorrow, hopefully, we should see some ‘sensible’ nominations.

  42. worst comedy: Bridesmaids

  43. +
    1. Drive getting 8 (!) nominations including picture, director, actor, supporting actor, editing.
    2. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close getting ‘the crucial three’ (picture, director, script)
    3. The Shame-duo NOT getting snubbed. Yay for Fassbender and Mulligan !
    4. Young Adult getting the 3 nods (actress, s. actor, script) it might get from the Academy, too.
    5. The Tree of Life received a best picture nomination
    6. Jessica Chastain seems to be settling down with ‘The Help’ which WILL get the script-nod ?
    7. The Genre-Trio (McCarthy, Brooks, Serkis) was NOT snubbed. Refreshing…
    8. They could ignore the bad reviews and acknowledge DiCaprio’s brilliant performance.
    9. Bejo and Woodley were not overshadowed and left behind, also Olsen is still in the game.
    10. Win Win and 50/50 received original screenplay nominations.


    1. Where is Glenn Close ? She was magnificent, I hope SAG will make it right tomorrow.
    2. Harry Potter only getting technical nods despite rave reviews.
    3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo only getting editing and score. No Fincher ?
    4. Where is Gary Oldman and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy ?
    5. Where is Viggo Mortensen, Keira Knightley and A Dangerous Method ?
    6. Where is Vanessa Redgrave and Coriolanus ?
    7. Where is Brad Pitt’s career-best performance (The Tree of Life) ?
    8. Where the hell is Alexander Desplat ?
    9. Hugo has 11 nods and not ONE acting ?
    10. Max von Sydow ?

  44. Tero Heikkinen

    Yes, I do believe that Dragon Tattoo will catch steam around Christmas.

    As someone said, and I agree. WB should concentrate on ELIC to get the big award nominations, J. Edgar to get a couple of acting noms and HP for technicals. I said this two months ago, and it’s still true.

  45. @phantom: I could add one more question to your list: What the hell is Leonardo DiCaprio doing there?

  46. I have nothing against Leo DiCaprio, but for him to get nominated ahead of Oldman and Shannon (despite J.Edgar not exactly being received well) is something I cannot comprehend.

  47. Also, I also don’t understand Malick’s absence if his film got the bp-nod.

  48. Yeah, I feel bad for Scott as well. (But not for the other huge HP8 fanboy/girl supporters, who were rude and immature). Let’s move on to movies that merit real discussion…

    I’d love some serious discussion about Drive. I saw it and have very mixed feelings about it. But I am very open to hearing why people think it’s a really great film. I admit that it takes me two viewings to really love a movie after the initial “eh” reaction (No Country, There will be Blood, both which I now LOVE).

    Is it doing well because it is a great film? Because it is so different? Or because this is a weak year in film?

  49. Macy

    I’ve seen Tinker, Take Shelter and J. Edgar, so I know what you mean : how could excellent performances like the ones delivered by Shannon and Oldman NOT get the nominations ? And I agree, it’s ridiculous BUT DiCaprio ALSO gave a brilliant performance so I am glad that the BFCA could see through the mediocre reviews and actually SEE how excellent that performance really was.

  50. Robert A.

    DiCaprio really needed this nomination to keep him in the discussion. Close’s lack of a nomination here as well as everywhere else could be very telling. If she doesn’t get a SAG nomination, her path to an Oscar nod is going to be a very steep climb.

    All this recognition for Drive is getting my hopes up, which surely is setting me up for disappointment later. I have to keep reminding myself, “It’s only the critic awards! It’s only the critic awards!”

  51. AJC, Scott was the rudest and most immature of all of the HP fanboys. Did you miss him calling people who dissagreed with him homophobic slurs and saying that everybody else was stupid.

    The only reason I am not just letting him have it right now is because it would be like kicking a sick dimwitted puppy.

  52. @AJC: I think people appreciate ‘Drive’ that much more because it’s not the kind of film that the Academy traditionally favors. Both Ryan Gosling and Albert Brooks were terrific in it. And yes, 2011 has not been a great year for films in general (unlike 2010, which was a splendid year for films). And ‘Drive’ was something completely original, which was well-appreciated.

  53. Ugh, quick question : don’t you think in case the Academy rewards Young Adult with two (!) acting nominations AND a script-nod, it might just sneak in best picture, as well ? I know, I know…long shot…but Reitman’s last two dramedies made the cut so the Academy is clearly into his films.

  54. @AJC and @Craig Z: And to rub salt on Scott’s wound, HP and The Tree of Life will be competing against one another in THREE categories.

  55. @phantom: Could very well be the case…

  56. Oh i know Macy but Im trying not to kick him while he is down. He is probably gonna be in tears when he sees these nominations

  57. Glenn Close NEEDS the SAG-GG nods this week or she is basically out…maybe if she scores a BAFTA-nod and pulls a Bardem at the Oscars, THEN she might get the nod, but damn, she should be the frontrunner, not the one barely getting IN ?

  58. @Craig Z: But serves him right, don’t you think?

  59. Macy,Oh I never said he didn’t have this coming but I’m trying to be the bigger man here.

  60. @Craig Z: Can you imagine his reaction – angry, upset, or crying??

  61. Also, that kid isn’t worth the time. I’m just elated by all the Drive and Hugo love. He isn’t a concern to me.

    And Serkis and Oswalt? I’m thrilled!

  62. Robert A.

    @ phantom:

    And to pull a Bardem, I think there will have to be some vocal grassroots actor campaign going on for Close. I’m convinced the reason Bardem was able to pull a Bardem last year was because high profile actors like Sean Penn and Julia Roberts were actively and vocally campaigning for him, all but shouting at voters, “Attention must be paid!” Without their “intervention,” I don’t think Bardem would have made it onto the Oscar list.

  63. @Macy, Probably all three but I don’t care. Go Hugo and Drive!!!!

  64. Serkis got nominated but I don’t think the Academy will be so kind to him…I think they’ll probably go with Max von Sydow for EL&IC.

  65. Macy, Oh I know they wont but he has still already been more recognized than any other mocap performance ever! Glad to see someone who takes such thankless(not on screen) roles finally get some credit.

  66. Darlings

    Glen Close ( who i love ) is officialy out to win a oscar, if she wins a nomination, she never go win the oscar!!

    Its time to Streep!!

    I am brasilian, sorry my poor english…

  67. @Robert A.: Do you think any of the A-listers might campaign so vocally and actively for Gary Oldman or Michael Shannon (like it was done for Javier Bardem)? Or do you think both of them are done in with the race? Tomorrow’s SAG nominations will be very, very crucial for both Oldman and Shannon. Unfortunately, only one of those two can get nominated. I think Clooney, Pitt, Fassbender, Dujardin are locks for Best Actor.

  68. rufussondheim

    Altogether these nominations do see kind of expected. The strong showing for Drive is a tad unexpected, I guess, but that film’s been getting a slow build for awhile now, so perhaps it’s our own ignorance that is causing us to be surprised.

    Malick not getting a directing nod is a tad suspicious. Although I think that he will be in for the Oscar and the DGA (unless Refn takes his spot) – As will Miller, Payne, Scorcese and the French Guy whose name I can’t spell off the top of my head. Well maybe not Miller, but I think the other four are definitely in.

  69. Robert A.

    @ Macy:

    I agree that Clooney, Pitt, Dujardin, and Fassy are most likely going to be nominated. The fifth slot will be a knife fight between Oldman, Shannon, and Leo. I don’t think any of those three can be counted out yet.

  70. How can Redgrave not be nominated? I haven’t seen the movie, but it’s supposed to be a real showcase of her talents and a truly commanding performance. Without her, the lineup looks really weak. A foreign unknown in a silent picture who has no shot of winning? A kid from ABC Family who merely fills the increasingly requisite Abigail Breslin spot? Melissa McCarthy, who killed me in that movie, but is probably too broad for the Oscars anyway? Carey Mulligan, who I can imagine being very nuanced and naturalistic, but not showy or rangy enough for a win this time? Jessica Chastain, who’s worked with everybody and their mother, but did she really do award-worthy work in The Help? And finally Octavia Spencer, the presumptive frontrunner, but they edited out her heaviest scene and I don’t think she’s given enough depth or fire a la a Swank performance to trump a veteran like Redgrave if she’s nominated. I like the nominees I’ve seen, but this category NEEDS Redgrave.

  71. It hurts me to say that this is the final curtain call for HP i mean they had to be in the BFCA TOP 10 AND THEN IN THE PGA TOP 10 in order to have something to crawl up, but if this one didn’t happen (WITH A 93 SCORE FROM THIS OWN ORGANIZATION) then is not gobnna happen in the PGAs and ain’t gonna happen in the Oscars, Probably They’re gonna get the same nominations here than in the Oscars, We Know Art D

  72. And there were many people here who thought malick was a frontrunner for… The oscar win. Never ever underestimate mr. Spielberg because hes the most powerdul person in the film industry and mr. Daldry which they absoloutely cant resist.

  73. Good noms overall, I think.
    Yay for Midnight in Paris,Fassbender, Swinton, Mulligan, Olsen!

    Lol, and I guess we found the 5 or 6 people who saw ‘Where do we Go Now’ at TIFF!

  74. Oh, and I originally just wanted to say that Weinstein has spent ao much energy on Michelle and MWWM, who at this point is a lock anyway, but a hard sell for the win, that he’s leaving out Coriolanus and Redgrave, whom I think the Academy would LOVE to award again.

  75. It hurts me to say that this is the final curtain call for HP i mean they had to be in the BFCA TOP 10 AND THEN IN THE PGA TOP 10 in order to have something to crawl up, but if this one didn’t happen (WITH A 93 SCORE FROM THIS OWN ORGANIZATION) then is not gobnna happen in the PGAs and ain’t gonna happen in the Oscars, Probably They’re gonna get the same nominations here than in the Oscars, We Know Art Direction & Visual Effects are locks, then Sound Mixing (Don’t know about Sound Editing) and Probably make-up Although it’s a top 3 in the oscars i don’t know AND i wish there was some recognition for Desplat for a wonderful score BUT he has EL&IC and Tree Of Life up ahead and I imagine voters will go IF HE GETS A NOM for either of those movies

  76. @Zach: Redgrave will be at the Oscars, I can assure you. If not, the actress who ends up winning Supp. Actress is not a worthy winner.

  77. At the oscars von sydow is in and kingsley will probably be too. The brits vote will aslso give oldman his so deserving nod.

  78. Good to hear! If anybody can overcome no love from the BFCA, it should be a veteran powerhouse and previous winner like Redgrave.

    Kind of surprised people are writing off Close, but the 6 nominees here do seem solid. Rooney still seems deserving enough to take out someone … less exciting? Maybe she’s too genre for the Acad without being Johnny Depp. Maybe similar problems for nominating actors from TTSS.

  79. @Zach: This is what happens when the Academy traditionally does not recognize films of particular genres. Why? Only they know.

  80. Vivi

    Let’s wait two more days to declare Glenn Close’s Oscar chances DOA. If she receives SAG and GG nods this week, she might just be our 4th lock (after Williams, Davis, Streep) as soon as the day after tomorrow.

    Zach

    I think Jessica Chastin WAS Oscar-worthy in ‘The Help’. The range she delivered with such limited screentime, was ridiculously impressive. I would love to see her win, but at this point, it would be also lovely just to see her AND Spencer getting the nominations.

  81. @WillNomNoms

    Happy with the supporting category nominations but I’m kind of surprised with all this Hugo love. I’ve seen the film twice and don’t think it’s as great as most seem to think. The acting is grand but the plot was extremely predictable. I understand the message of the movie about preserving our films because they truly are treasures but that doesn’t make Hugo great. It’s fun and cute but not quite best pic of the year. In a year with so many great, daring, and poignant films it’s crazy that Hugo is getting so much love. I just don’t understand it.

  82. WOW…all I have to say is WHAT A BUNCH OF FUCKING HYPOCRITES!!!

  83. @WillNomNoms: If the plot was predictable, I think you should blame the book on which the film was based. A large part of the positive emotion behind Hugo is the fact that it is Martin Scorsese’s first 3D film.

  84. @Scott: What a reaction…we knew you would be pissed, but wow!!

  85. Now that my oscar hopefuls for TGWTDT and Tinker Tailor are probably dead, please academy, just give Andy Serkis a nom and I will smile.
    Thank god Scorsese and Hugo are getting all the attention they deserve.

  86. @Yogsss: I think you’re expecting a bit too much from the Academy to be honest…which is why Serkis is getting all the love right now.

  87. Considering Noomi Rapace was nominated last year and Rooney Mara wasn’t, makes it all the more interesting. Did voters think, “No, we’ve already acknowledged Lisbeth so even if Mara is exceptionally great, no thank you” OR Mara couldn’t live up to Rapace’s performance ? I haven’t seen the Fincher-version, but now I can’t wait, so I could have this question answered.

  88. @WillNomNoms

    @Macy I understand that but if it wasn’t for Scorsese’s involvement the movie wouldn’t have been as hyped as it is. I think Tintin is going to play a role in the Oscars as well and it will definitely be because of Spielberg’s involvement. I saw it and it’s merely passable.

  89. No Close, Redgrave or Oldman? I don’t understand why they hate Gary so much? Sid Vicious, LHO, Sheldon Runyon, George Smiley, to name a few. I mean, the guy has always been different, every role he plays is special. Yet, not a single nomination. Clooney, on the other hand, gets 4 nominations for playing Clooney every time! And Pitt: he walks, he talks, he drives a car, what a stretch! As for Best Supporting Actress, the nominees should be:
    JC for Coriolanus, JC for The Debt, JC for The Help, JC for The Tree of Life and JC for Take Shelter! She’s in every movie! Please stop!

  90. @Nick: Watch out for tomorrow’s SAG nominations. Oldman and Redgrave should definitely be there, and hopefully Close too.

  91. Actually I have to expand on that thought…I mean how fucking ASININE is it that the film they gave the HIGHEST SCORE OF THE YEAR to is not nominated for any more then tech categories? Seriously, WTF?! You’ve got some explaining to do Broadcast Film Critics Association…

  92. The BFCA, as usual, is the business of predicting the OSCARS… not the business of selecting what the believe are the year’s best achievement in film. They ignore the films they personally named “Critics Choice” in favor of films they believe have a better chance to get nominated – this habit goes back a while (remember “Nine” getting nominated…I was so happy when that blew up in their face… so well-deserved).

    There isn’t a “critic’s group” out there that deserves to be snubbed of credibility more than the BFCA.

    Sorry. Truth.

  93. @Scott: I hate to say this, but expect a repeat performance of this at the Oscars as well…

  94. @ed: Exactly the reason why they’re so good at predicting the Oscars ‘cos they ignore true quality, and the films that they themselves rated as ‘Critics Choice’

  95. No Close, Redgrave or Oldman? I don’t understand why they hate Gary so much? Sid Vicious, LHO, Sheldon Runyon, George Smiley, to name a few. I mean, the guy has always been different, every role he plays is special. Yet, not a single nomination. Clooney, on the other hand, gets 4 nominations for playing Clooney every time! And Pitt: he walks, he talks, he drives a car, what a stretch! As for Best Supporting Actress, the nominees should be:
    JC for Coriolanus, JC for The Debt, JC for The Help, JC for The Tree of Life and JC for Take Shelter! She’s in every movie! Please stop!

    100% agree!!!

  96. Oscar noms take from this list (assuming no on snub sneaks in)

    BEST PICTURE
    The Artist
    The Descendants
    Drive
    Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
    Hugo
    The Tree of Life
    War Horse

    BEST ACTOR
    George Clooney – “The Descendants”
    Jean Dujardin – “The Artist”
    Michael Fassbender – “Shame”
    Ryan Gosling – “Drive”
    Brad Pitt – “Moneyball”

    BEST ACTRESS
    Viola Davis – “The Help”
    Meryl Streep – “The Iron Lady”
    Tilda Swinton – “We Need to Talk About Kevin”
    Charlize Theron – “Young Adult”
    Michelle Williams – “My Week With Marilyn”

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
    Kenneth Branagh – “My Week With Marilyn”
    Albert Brooks – “Drive”
    Nick Nolte – “Warrior”
    Patton Oswalt – “Young Adult”
    Christopher Plummer – “Beginners”

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
    Berenice Bejo – “The Artist”
    Jessica Chastain – “The Help”
    Melissa McCarthy – “Bridesmaids”
    Octavia Spencer – “The Help”
    Shailene Woodley – “The Descendants”

    BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE (For SAG purposes)
    The Artist
    Bridesmaids
    The Descendants
    The Help
    The Ides of March

    BEST DIRECTOR
    Stephen Daldry – “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”
    Michel Hazanavicius – “The Artist”
    Alexander Payne – “The Descendants”
    Nicolas Winding Refn – “Drive”
    Martin Scorsese – “Hugo”

    BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
    “The Artist” – Michel Hazanavicius
    “50/50” – Will Reiser
    “Midnight in Paris” – Woody Allen
    “Win Win” – Screenplay by Tom McCarthy, Story by Tom McCarthy & Joe Tiboni
    “Young Adult” – Diablo Cody

    BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
    “The Descendants” – Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
    “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” – Eric Roth
    “The Help” – Tate Taylor
    “Hugo” – John Logan
    “Moneyball” – Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, Story by Stan Chervin

    BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
    “The Artist” – Guillaume Schiffman
    “Drive” – Newton Thomas Sigel
    “Hugo” – Robert Richardson
    “The Tree of Life” – Emmanuel Lubezki
    “War Horse” – Janusz Kaminski

    BEST ART DIRECTION
    “The Artist” – Production Designer: Laurence Bennett, Art Director: Gregory S. Hooper
    “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” – Production Designer: Stuart Craig, Set Decorator: Stephenie McMillan
    “Hugo” – Production Designer: Dante Ferretti, Set Decorator: Francesca Lo Schiavo
    “The Tree of Life” – Production Designer: Jack Fisk, Art Director: David Crank
    “War Horse” – Production Designer: Rick Carter, Set Decorator: Lee Sandales

    BEST EDITING
    “The Artist” – Michel Hazanavicius and Anne-Sophie Bion
    “Drive” – Matthew Newman
    “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” – Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
    “Hugo” – Thelma Schoonmaker
    “War Horse” – Michael Kahn

    BEST COSTUME DESIGN
    “The Artist” – Mark Bridges
    “The Help” – Sharen Davis
    “Hugo” – Sandy Powell
    “Jane Eyre” – Michael O’Connor
    “My Week With Marilyn” – Jill Taylor

    BEST MAKEUP
    Albert Nobbs
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
    The Iron Lady

    BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
    Rise of the Planet of the Apes
    Super 8

    BEST SOUND
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
    Hugo
    Super 8
    The Tree of Life
    War Horse

    BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
    The Adventures of Tintin
    Arthur Christmas
    Kung Fu Panda 2
    Puss in Boots
    Rango

    BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
    In Darkness
    Le Havre
    A Separation
    The Skin I Live In
    Where Do We Go Now

    BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
    Buck
    Cave of Forgotten Dreams
    George Harrison: Living in the Material World
    Page One: Inside the New York Times
    Project Nim
    Undefeated

    BEST SONG
    “Hello Hello” – performed by Elton John and Lady Gaga/written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin – Gnomeo & Juliet
    “Life’s a Happy Song” – performed by Jason Segel, Amy Adams and Walter/written by Bret McKenzie – The Muppets
    “The Living Proof” – performed by Mary J. Blige/written by Mary J. Blige, Thomas Newman and Harvey Mason, Jr. – The Help
    “Man or Muppet” – performed by Jason Segel and Walter/written by Bret McKenzie – The Muppets
    “Pictures in My Head” – performed by Kermit and the Muppets/written by Jeannie Lurie, Aris Archontis and Chen Neeman – The Muppets

    BEST SCORE
    “The Artist” – Ludovic Bource
    “Drive” – Cliff Martinez
    “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” – Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
    “Hugo” – Howard Shore
    “War Horse” – John Williams

  97. @Paul8148: Based on what happened today, I guess that is how it might turn out…and if it does, it’s s shame that Redgrave and Oldman (again!!) might not get in…

  98. Congrats to Hugo! My favorite film of the year! Well deserved noms!

  99. therealmike

    Wow, this year is so chaotic. I don´t have a single clue what to expect. I mean who would´ve expected that Melissa McCarthy is a frontrunner now?!

    And even though it seems Glenn Close is out of the race now, I still think she´ll be nominated for an Oscar. Yet I´m surprised because I thought there would be a tie between Meryl Streep and Glenn Close. I mean it´s the BFCA.

    I also believe that Ryan Gosling will be snubbed just like last year. Gary Oldman needs to be nominated.

    Now let´s see what the Golden Globes have to offer.

  100. @therealmike: Exactly what I felt when I saw the nominees for the first time. And before the Golden Globes, we have the SAG (Screen Actors Guild) nominations tomorrow (actors vote for their peers with no critics to interfere), and those actors who were expected to get nominated today and haven’t, do stand a good chance of getting nominated tomorrow.

  101. MikeScott

    These are amazing. 8 for Drive!!!! :D Please let this get Oscar love too! It’s been doing really well so far. I really think it deserves a Best Sound nomination too. There’s one part alone that makes it worthy of this.

    Great to see Elizabeth Olsen make it in for Best Actress. Maybe all hope is not lost for her. No Glenn Close. I’m thinking she’s out of the Best Actress race. Reviews for the film are poor and most have been leaving her out. I almost feel bad for her though as she does seem great. But if I had to choose I’d rather have Elizabeth Olsen in.

    Glad Fassbender and Mulligan made it for Shame.

  102. @Mikescott: Looking at the way Drive has been received so far (& esp. Albert Brooks’ performance), I don’t think the Academy can ignore it, even if they want to.

  103. It’s so damn refreshing to finally be witnessing the first Oscar year since I can remember where not everything is written in stone. Up until I saw The Iron Lady last night, I was convinced that Glenn Close should WIN the Oscar. That it’s looking like she won’t even be nominated is unfathomable to me.

    As for Gary Oldman, he might be my #1 most criminally under-nominated actor, (aka never), but Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is so damn confusing and his performance, while brilliant, is so subtle, that I can easily see Oscar passing him by. Though I liked the film less than most, this cannot be said for Take Shelter, where Michael Shannon’s performance is quite obviously fantastic. Maybe it’s just my sour feelings for the film as a whole, but I really can’t get over the exclusion of these two while Leo gets in. I think he’s a brilliant actor, but he should not be the one that keeps Oldman from his first nomination. I have yet to see Rampart, but I can imagine that maybe Harrelson is, as unlikely as it seems now.

    Speaking of best actor, is anyone else as saddened as I am that Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s name has yet to be mentioned even once? I know it is a remarkably strong year in the category, but to not pop up anywhere is insane.

    Finally… as to Drive. After it was released and it seemed like everyone lost hope that it would do well during awards season, I, quite loudly, continued to dream of a world in which the year’s best film got the nominations it deserves: for picture, actor, and director. Of course, I still doubt that this will repeat at the Oscars, but wouldn’t that just be remarkable?

  104. All I got to say is these nominees will follow the same pattern as the oscars will. As for the wins; albert brooks
    is almost a shoo in for best supporting actor

  105. @Ricky: I hope the Academy is listening to you…

  106. @joe ct: Albert Brooks is currently the front-runner for Best Supp. Actor. His only real competition so far is Christopher Plummer for ‘Beginners’

  107. Usually the most nominated filmat tje bfcas does not get the best picture; but with the artist ill guess they should make a exception

  108. Do they not understand this televised and they need rating, and that maybe nominating their highest rated movie (Harry) for best picture would have been a good thing on all levels. Seems a bit odd that that didn’t cross their heads

  109. @joe ct: Hugo ties with The Artist for the most nominations. Best Pic winner will be interesting.

  110. @Matt R: I think the BFCA is thinking along the lines of the Academy. If, according to the Academy, HP will not get too many nominations, I don’t think BFCA will actually bother. That’s why they’re so good at predicting the Oscars. Having said that, I think this is indeed what the Oscars might look like for HP.

  111. rufussondheim

    I don’t feel bad for Scott. We’ve explained over and over again that his hopes were higher than they should have been. Yet, he ignored us over and over, clinging to his pipe dream.

    He’ll get over it, he’s just going through what must of us have gone through every year since we’ve been watching the Oscars. And that’s why the Oscars, while fun, really shouldn’t be held on the pedestal too many of us put it on.

    Now it’s time to go back to volunteering at the local soup kitchen, Scott. That’s where you can do some real good in this world.

  112. @rufussondheim: It seems so quiet without Scott!! I’m sure he’ll get over it…as I have, on seeing Gary Oldman getting snubbed (again!).

  113. “The critics are all over the place,” seems to be the prevailing thought right now, so I’m guessing there’s going to be 10 BP nominees at the Oscars. There’s a lot of films that would appeal to Oscar voters this year, and, if my calculations are right, only 274 first place votes are needed to clinch a BP nomination. That is, if all members participate in the nominating process. If there’s less, consequently, that requisite number goes lower. Very much unlike last year when IMO, only 7 really appealed to them: King’s Speech, Social Network, True Grit, The Fighter, Toy Story 3, Black Swan, and Inception. The other 3 (127 Hrs, Kids are All Right, Winter’s Bone) probably had relatively low votes prompting some “genius” to tweak the system again.

    The Artist
    Hugo
    The Descendants
    The Help
    The Tree of Life
    Midnight in Paris
    Moneyball
    War Horse
    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
    J. Edgar
    My Week with Marilyn
    Rango
    Rise of the Planet of the Apes
    The Ides of March
    Shame
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    Any one of those films could easily snatch up 274 #1 votes (number gets lower with a lower voter turnout — correct me if I’m wrong).

  114. rufus, I guess I just thought for once that logic would prevail over bias, politics, and the usual crap that surrounds award season.

  115. I forgot to include Drive.

  116. But this is just further proof of the world going to hell in a handbasket. I’ve lost all faith in humanity when Tree of Life @ 78 is chosen over films that with a score of 90+. Clearly they are retarded.

  117. @James: Wait for the SAG and the Golden Globe nominations over the next two days. Things should clear up a bit by the weekend. If there’s any actor/film who does not get mentioned over the next two days, they’re virtually out of the race (unless they do a Javier Bardem, and somehow get nominated because A-list celebs campaigned for them). And after looking at these nominees, I think it is safe to say that HP is not going to be nominated for Best Pic. And the BFCA have named their ten best. And I think that is how the Academy might end up thinking as well (a film here and there changed, but majority remains the same).

  118. @Scott: That is how the Academy thinks, just accept it. And yet, all HP fans want the film to win an Oscar. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, but you should know how the Oscars really work.

  119. *have a screw loose

  120. @Scott: Good to know that you have retained your sense of humor despite what has happened!!

  121. rufussondheim

    James, you are wrong with the nominatiing process.

    Please read the following article from the LA Times

    http://articles.latimes.com/2011/nov/17/news/la-en-voting-20111117

  122. rufussondheim

    Scott, our reasoning is just as logical if not more logical than yours. Just because you refuse to see our logic doesn’t make it less logical.

  123. It’s not humor, it’s common sense, lol

  124. @rufussondheim: OMG…That voting system is so complicated. Thanks for the article!!

  125. @Scott: I thought it was funny :D…even I’ve got to keep myself going, you know, even I was disappointed today with a few of the acting nominations, but hey, life goes on.

  126. Seriously, if awards season made any sense you’d be a fool to not predict the best reviewed film of the year to gobble up major nominations.

  127. @Scott: I’ll say it again. It’s ALL ABOUT the Academy’s tastes. And HP is not Academy flavor, no matter how well it might be reviewed.

  128. Robert A.

    “I guess I just thought for once that logic would prevail over bias, politics, and the usual crap that surrounds award season.”

    But maybe it has. Maybe the “bias, politics, and the usual crap” happened this summer, when everyone, including critics, sort of reflexively jumped on the “goodbye to Potter” bandwagon and showered it with somewhat overinflated reviews and scores as a sort of friendly swat on the butt to the franchise on its way out the door. Now that a few months have passed and we’re away from the hype and the movie’s huge “event” marketing job, maybe “logic” has set in and the critics are saying, “Wait a minute. Do we really think Potter is the best the year has to offer?” Judging from most of the critic lists and awards, the answer is clearly no.

  129. Everyone has to remember these are “critics” and not members of the Academy. Dragon Tattoo, Extremely Loud, and War Horse have probably not been seen by a lot of people yet. The real clue will be the SAG nominations. I wouldn’t bank anything on the critics this year because there just isn’t a consensus among them about anything and some of the reviews I’ve read just make me shake my head and wonder how it is two paragraphs of drivel about a film that runs 120 minutes is considered a review. Granted there are those critics that truly reveiw film but there are a lot of them just cashing a paycheck. I wouldn’t count anybody out just yet.

    I just saw the trailer for Extremely Loud and I gotta tell ya I was welling up just watching the damn trailer. I’ve been listening to all the hype about Dragon Tattoo and honestly there was nothing that has said to me yet “I gotta see this”. I listened to a real quick piece with Plummer this morning and they did just about a minute on Dragon. Then they jumped right to Beginners. Dragon will get great box office and that probably will help it into the fray.

    This year is a mess. But I think that SAG will clear up a lot of questions.

  130. At least we have our nightmare scenario now at the BFCA’s; the gimmick silent movie as well as Scorsese’s Folly, which keeps dropping boxoffice as it INCREASES it’s theater count. Here in a nutshell is how bad 2011 was for films. Hugo and The Artist? Is that the best Hollywood can come up with? Sadly, probably.

  131. Robert A.

    “Clearly they are retarded.”

    Oh, Scott! *sigh*

  132. 274 will still be the number because that’s 5%. That’s going to include the 1st place votes plus the redistributed votes. Those who get 500 and up are automatically nominated. The other films will have to settle for 2nd place votes and hope the total score for them reaches 5%. Right? Wrong?

  133. Scottish Jellyfish

    WTF with Drive. I’d given up on the awards early on thinking it had no steam. Even one nomination would be a welcomed surprise for it. Team Refn!

  134. Well whatever…I never expected any of the films to be so well reviewed. I was frankly shocked by the raves and thought I was dreaming when I saw the 97% (with 100% Top Critics), 87 Metacritic, and 93 BFCA score.

    But after realizing that it was real I thought for once if voters could just lay aside whatever bias or other reasons they hadn’t recognized the series in the past that some wins or at least major nominations could really happen…and perhaps they holding out so they could shower the last with recognition like they did with the last LotR film, and in a sense honor the whole franchise that way. Sigh, I guess not. Granted the nail isn’t in the coffin yet…the Guild’s still need to have their say, but it’s looking pretty grim right now…

  135. @Robert A.: Now that I think of it, a lot of the positive reviews that ‘Potter’ received, it seems, were purely out of emotion, rather than objectivity and logic. I mean, if the critics awards don’t seem to mention Potter (despite the overwhelming ‘glowing’ reviews by the critics themselves), what else does it imply? @Scott, don’t bite my head off. I’m only making an observation.

  136. @Robert A.: I hate to say this but the same thing seems to have happened with TTSS. Everybody keeps saying,”Gary Oldman has never been nominated for an Oscar, so let’s just praise his performance AND the film that much more, so that he actually gets there”. I’m not saying he (or the film) wasn’t good enough, but emotion does play a huge part whenever you’re reviewing a film/actor’s performance.

  137. so does snobbery…

  138. @Scott: What is done is done. There is no use of sulking about it. Call it ‘snobbery’ or whatever, it’s not going to change. You’ve just got to move on, that’s it. And don’t take awards too seriously. Not even the Oscars.

  139. The Great Dane

    The BFCA ALWAYS just chose whatever other people are predicting will get nominated. They are the biggest Oscar whores of them all. They just want to guess the Oscars, that’s why they always have 6 nominees in some categories… The biggest joke? A couple of years ago David Poland went out and said Phantom of the Opera would win Best Picture. Right after that the BFCA nominated it for Best Picture (when there were only 6 nominees in that category), even though it wasn’t even in their Top 20 of BFCA scores. It had a bad score, but they just look at the most famous predictors and previous critics groups. I HATE the BFCA, and they just help cementing something in stread of having an original thought and mixing it up… God, I really HATE them so much! Ever since their embarassing Phantom nomination. They didn’t love the film. No critics groups did! And then comes David Poland, a famous (but notoriously bad) predictor and a whole critics group go against their own feelings and vote for it, just because they want to have it on THEIR list if the Oscars are gonna end up having it on theirs. And we all know what happened there…

  140. I really hope TGWDT gets recognition come oscar time but at the very least i would like to see my favorite musician get another nom for his awesome work scoring the film

  141. @The Great Dane: There are some critics who deliberately give bad reviews to good films just because they weren’t allowed into screenings of their choice. And there are critics who give glowing reviews to bad films because the actors have sucked up to them. All kinds of things go on behind-the-scenes…

  142. Harry Potter snub in Best Ensemble is sad.

  143. Scott, the BFCA has little to do with the Academy, but you know that, so I think you shouldn’t waste your energy here, tomorrow is a much more crucial day HP-wise than today was. If HP gets a Best Ensemble nod tomorrow when the SAG nominations are announced, then HP is back…and it is back with a bang.

  144. @Insider: Welcome to the ways of the working of the awards season and the Academy…

  145. @phantom: Exactly, tomorrow is the SAG nominations, HP has a greater chance because the actors are themselves voting for one another in the SAG Awards. And if HP gets a cast ensemble nomination tomorrow, it’s back into the picture. And tomorrow is also a big day for all those actors who were not nominated today.

  146. And for the whole HP debacle, let just ask this- couldn’t even give a Lifetime Achievement award? NBR and AFI did for logical purposes. And they haven’t had one before so it’d be a good way to start. That would definatley swell the flames and at the same time honor a series that have gotten consistently good marks by the BFCA. Win win.

  147. @Matt R: Honorary Oscars (lifetime achievement in your words) for this year have already been handed out to Oprah Winfrey, James Earl Jones, and Dick Smith.

  148. Pierre de Plume

    Redgrave, whom I think the Academy would LOVE to award again

    I think you may be right.

    I understand the message of the movie about preserving our films because they truly are treasures but that doesn’t make Hugo great.

    @WillNomNoms: The main theme of Hugo is something quite different and more deeply personal.

  149. No at the Critics Choice Awards

  150. @pierre de Plume: Knowing how the Academy is an organization where politics works immensely, I’m not sure if the Academy would ever reward Vanessa Redgrave again, considering the fact that she made the infamous ‘Zionist hoodlums’ acceptance speech (video on YouTube) when she won her Oscar for ‘Julia’, and it attracted a huge amount of controversy. Yes, she’s been nominated after that, but a win…dunno.

  151. @Matt R: There’s the Joel Siegel Award (found it through the Critics Choice website). It’s mainly given out for significant services off-screen to society. For instance, Matt Damon won it last year for his charity work. And Martin Scorsese has been named this year’s recipient for the Film+Music Award.

  152. Zach…it’s more then a litle bit funny that Redgrave was left out and Melissa McCarthy in. If she gets an Oscar nomination for having a blast playing a character personally, I’ve seen before…oh, but wait, that’s right, she didn’t wear any make-up and she’s an overweight woman who was crude and sexual. Haha, how brilliant.
    I think McCarthy is good, and probably a nice person….but this is Oscar we’re talking about! Redgrave, Chastain, Spencer, Janet Mcteer, Emily Watson, Sarah Paulson in MMMM, Carey Mulligan, Bejo, Woodley, Evan Rachel Wood, Judi Dench….I am scratching the surface here. Perhaps it’s because I am an actor and I understand the fun of playing a character such as McCarthy’s….and I’ve just seen it, done it, seen it again….no more impressed then I was with Galifinakis in Hangover….oh, yeah! Except she’s an overweight WOMAN, now that’s funny!

  153. julian the emperor

    Yeah. let’s wait until tomorrows’ announcement before we rush to conclusions. But, surely, HP is in dire need of recognition and the same can be said for Oldman and Redgrave (whom I personally vouch for, for a simple reason: they are Oldman and Redgrave!)

  154. Hey Scott, I’ll just say it now. I fucking told you so!

    I said on two occasions that you were gonna disown your precious BFCA after they snubbed HP.

    Maybe you will learn to listen to people who know more about this stuff than you. You just can’t use one group as your holy bible for Oscar predictions.

  155. @Craig Z: I’ve been talking to Scott, and let him know exactly how the Academy works. And yeah, he was sulking. I asked him to just move on from it, and not take the awards too seriously. He called the BFCA ‘a bunch of fucking hypocrites!!’, btw!!

  156. Pierre de Plume

    @Macy: You make good points, but the Academy has changed since the mid-1970s. In Britain, especially, Redgrave has become a living legend, and, as a block, British Academy members affect voting. Redgrave’s American peers, as well, largely revere her talent, as well as younger members. I haven’t seen Coriolanus, so that figures into her chances of recognition. I still think her odds are good of landing at least a nomination.

  157. @Pierre de Plume: Even I hope she gets nominated. But a win, not sure about that right now.

  158. Paul8148, nice predictions for the oscars. At this point, makes a lot of sense. Sorry for Glenn Close, i always believe it will be a Streep-Close battle, now is a Streep-Williams battle. Viols Davis, sorry, maybe later, she is the finest actress i’ve seem in the last years. My money is on Meryl right now.

  159. I’m giving up the hope that actors will vote differently and give Oldman a well deserved nom (SAG, Oscar). I have a bad feeling that the brit bloc will simply rally behind Fassbender. If they are effective enough, with the help of the huge support from Americans, they can even vote an Oscar win for him.

  160. it seems Drive is making quite a come back. the fact that its popping up on almost every major critics list or top 10 and that Refn is getting director nods along with cinematography and editing.

    also i haven’t seen one FYC ad for Drive. very interesting.

  161. YES!!!!! Go Drive!!!! Even Ryan Gosling got the nomination for Best Actor! Talk about a great way to start the day.

  162. @Susan: Tomorrow should be more organized than the chaotic situation of today. Tomorrow is a big day for all the actors. And hopefully, sense prevails. The actors who were snubbed today were so good in their roles that everybody’s hoping that things would change over the next couple of days, and that today was, hopefully, just a blip.

  163. I’m really happy about Nick Nolte. :)

    Otherwise, these nominations seem pretty standard. Someone who hasn’t seen any of the films but frequented sites like this probably would have filled out a ballot in the same way. Not a lot of daring choices or anything with a lack of buzz. But they sure do know how to invite the cool kids to their parties.

  164. @john b and @Ryman: Drive is making all the noises at the right moment.

  165. @Antoinette: The golden Globes are notorious for inviting the cool kids to the parties. If Leo DiCaprio gets nominated for Golden Globe, Ricky Gervais will have a field day.

  166. Williams and Olsen for Best Actress? How about remembering one of the , if not THE, most acclaimed performance in the first half of the year: Saoirse Ronan. Being put into “the kids table” when your performance rivals those that are nominated for the adult category is a slap in the face. Talk about ageism.

  167. @Jill: Saoirse Ronan did not get nominated for ‘The Lovely Bones’ at the Oscars. How? I don’t know. When Shailene Woodley can be classified as a ‘kid’, Saoirse Ronan (Oscar nominee at that) being classified so, doesn’t surprise me one bit.

  168. if there is a top 5 right from the overall critics lists/noms choices now its (abc):

    The Artist
    The Descendents
    Drive
    Hugo
    The Tree of Life

  169. @ Macy, I can go into the theories on why, but that’s kinda besides the point. Woodley was also nominated for her ‘adult’ category as well.

  170. Question: Can a film be nominated for Best Pic at the Oscars without receiving a nomination for directing, acting, or even writing? You know, not nominated in any of those three categories, yet nominated for Best Pic at the Oscars? Is it really possible?

    ‘Cos the reason I’m asking this question is that HP’s no-show today could be made up with the Producers Guild of America (PGA), nominations for which will be announced on Jan 3, 2012. I know, with what happened today, it’s not possible, but you never know…

  171. What about Source Code, Jake Gyllenhaal, Duncan Jones, Vera Farmiga? Not even one nomination?!!! A shame!

  172. @Macy – yes its possible for a film to be nominated for best picture without the acting/writing/directing trio BUT it is very unlikely. Lord of the Rings: Two Towers is the only one that comes to mind.

  173. There’s many things to be thankful for…the overwhelming presence of Drive, Ryan Gosling, Swinton, Fassbender/Mulligan, Charlize Theron, Elizabeth Olsen…

    …but I swear if Melissa McCarthy gets an Oscar nomination for shitting in a sink over Vanessa Redgrave who’s acting her ass off in Coriolanus…I’m going to break some shit.

  174. Scottish Jellyfish

    The Brooks and Plummer competition continues. Brooks just won another critics award. It’s a minor one, but his name is showing up everywhere. Can we just lock these two already?

  175. MikeScott

    Mermon, I really enjoyed Source Code but I wouldn’t say it’s worthy of many awards, especially not in the acting categories. Maybe Best Action and some technical categories.

    It’s a shame that the awesome Hanna score is being overlooked this season. But really I don’t have much to complain about at this point. Hopefully the Globes are this good.

  176. Glenn Close…. *sigh*
    I save my last hope for the GG. Although the Drama spots are extremely crowded with Meryl, Viola, Tilda and possebly Olsen and Mara.

    But at the moment, I’m happy with the snubbs of SaBu and Cars 2. Hopefully it goes that way.

  177. Alexandra

    Macy, I can still see Oldman at SAGS,Globes,BAFTAS, and Oscars..Serkis might make it to the first two but his Oscar path is uphill…as for HP,BAFTAS will nominate it in various categories… Scott,they did give HP an honorary award but if you can recall,only ONE of the seven previous entries won one…out of 28 nominations in all,only GOF won in production design ( excluding Audiences Awards )…

  178. MikeScott

    Not all great performances can be nominated. And McCarthy IS deserving of being nominated. She was great in Bridesmaids and does give one of the best supporting female performances this year. Also giving one of the best was Carey Mulligan in Drive, but she’ll get nominated for Shame, which I’m assuming she’s even better in and as long as she’s nominated for something I’ll be happy. I prefer it to be Shame though because the more nominations it gets the more theaters will consider playing it. It needs all of the help it can get to overcome this NC-17 rating.

  179. @WillNomNoms

    @Pierre I understand that. I know that the movie was personal for Scorcese and it’s about much more than preserving films but it was the overarching theme in the movie for me.

  180. At this point it is:
    Artist VS Hugo
    Hazanavicius VS Scorcese
    Dujardin VS Clooney VS Pitt
    Streep VS Williams
    Plummer VS Brooks
    Spencer VS Chastain (Personally hope McCarthy takes it!!)

  181. For me, it looks right now In Contention has got the predictions right: 8 films.

    The Artist
    The Descendtants
    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
    The Help
    Hugo
    Moneyball
    Midnight In Paris
    War Horse

    Still in doubt about Midnight In Paris. I find tough to imagine it getting the 5%.

    There are many problems with the list here at Awards Daily:

    The Artist+++*
    Hugo+**
    The Descendants+**
    War Horse***
    Moneyball**
    Tree of Life***
    Midnight in Paris**
    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close*
    The Help**
    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo*
    Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
    Drive**
    J Edgar**
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2*
    The Ides of March*
    Margin Call

    Tinker Taylor (it has hardly NONE mention in any of these awards, even Oldman is in trouble and I’m saying this for weeks… in one of those posts about this films I wrote about this and I was criticized) and Dragon Tattoo are not in front of Drive… and Midnight In Paris is still a lot more vulnerable than ELIC and The Help.

  182. JP. The Contender Tracker is not a list of predictions

  183. For me this list considers films more likely to receive an OSCAR nod (from the more likely to the least likely). If it’s not that, I quite don’t get it.

  184. Its just a list of films to keep an eye on. Not predictions. It is intentionally very broad

  185. I’m not saying it’s a list of the Oscar predictions but the order of the films is from the most likely to receive a not to the least likely. This is pretty clear to me. And TGWDD and TTSS are not in front of Drive or Midnight In Paris in front of The Help for me.

  186. I wouldn’t read into the exact order of them. It’s not like they are updated daily

  187. AHarry potter and the deathly hallows part 2 is this years the dark knight.

    Predictions
    bp: the artist
    Bd: michel hazanavicius
    Actor: brad pitt for moneyball
    Actress: michelle williams for mwwm
    S. Actor:brad albert brooks
    S. Actress: shailene woodley
    Young actor: shailene woodley
    Os: 50/50
    As: the descendants
    Action movie: drive
    Comedy movie: bridesmaids
    Art direction: harry potter
    Cos
    Costume design: jane eyre
    Film editing: the artist
    Score: the artist
    Make up: harry potter
    visual effects:harry potter
    CinemaTography: the tree of life
    sound: harrypotter
    Animated feature: rango
    Documentary: buck
    Foreign film: a seperation
    f

  188. Song: the muppets
    Ensemble: the artist

  189. I’m annoyed by this strange love for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close… Well, it’s not like it’s going to be Oscar nominated. Only Von Sydow, that’s all.

    I love the love for Serkis. Dreaming doesn’t cost a thing does it?

    Mulligan is also refreshing. I wonder if she can actually make it to Oscar night as a nominee… Fassbender is a lock now by the way.

    Where is Vanessa Redgrave? Nominating McCarthy over her is awful.

    Best actress category is missing Close. I think she will get nominated á la Laura Linney (no prior noms in the year and then Oscar nominated).

  190. I’m having Social Network feelings coming from Tha Artist. And King’s Speech feelings coming from Hugo. Not talking about the quality of each of those because I haven’t seen neither but in terms of what I think will happen during Awards Season.

  191. Alexandra

    Sorry:( but Hp is NOT this years Dark Knight…

  192. I am convinced ,there is a general bias against Oldman. Nothing more too add ,this snubbery is just ridiculous.It´s not even worth to write about it and Gary you are in good company if this is a help .I hoped that it will change with all the permises .Every other actor would be a lock ,but for Oldman applies other laws it seems and it never occured clearer to me .He got rave reviews from critics ( did they lie ? ) ,Metacritic score 89 ,fresh at RT, Huge success in Britain ,great success in limited release ….shall I go on -oh many of the so called young great actors see him as a idol .

    Well they hate him and I will accept it .It seems a restrained performance is not as worthy as a crying and showy one.

    Please stop with all the praise for him in word it´s not belivable if there is no physical proof finally .

  193. You all mean Fast (Drive) Five, right? Wtf is the obsession with this car heist flick?

  194. Jerry Grant

    When will the AD staff admit that “Tree of Life” is very likely to receive a BP nom?

  195. I am sorry that Gary Oldman is not in this list as I am about Vanessa Redgrave. But i have a feeling that Leo will not make it at the Oscar!

  196. When will the AD staff admit that “Tree of Life” is very likely to receive a BP nom?

    speaking for myself, trying not jinx any movie that might be on the bubble.

    nothing is more counterproductive than trying to force-feed a polarizing movie to someone.

  197. No Gary Oldman (B. Actor)?
    No Vanessa Redgrave (B.S. Actress)?
    No Glenn Close (B Actress)?
    No Max Von Sydow (B.S. Actor)?
    No Alexandre Desplat (B. Score (for any film he did – his output was incredible amount of great film music this year)?
    No Emmanuel Lubezki (B. Cinematography – Harry Potter)
    No Lisy Christl (B. Costume Design – Anonymous)

    The only refreshing part of their list is putting Nick Nolte in there in supporting. Good for him. Nice to see him getting some attention.

  198. I think Melick is much more likely to be nominated than the film itself. Chances of winning none, but nomination likely.

    Although I have my concerns about Tree of Life, I start to doubt it won’t get the 5% and Midnight In Paris will.

  199. Critics aren’t members of the Academy. It’s that simple. And there is a GREAT reservoir of love and respect for G. Close.

    And Vanessa and Oldman are Brits…And when the British voting block votes you can be assured they very well may be in.

    Who’s out? SHOCKED not to see critical love for TGWTDT!!! If ANYbody was going to love it, it was this group!

    Lack of buzz from the embargo??? Scott Rudin trips up again.

    He knows how to win Tonys(Book of Mormon) but not Oscars, it seems.

    PROVE ME WRONG THIS YEAR, SCOTT!

  200. rufussondheim

    Anyone leaving off The Tree of Life of their best pic predictions is being foolish in my opinion. Hollywood is not filled with a bunch of idiots. It’s just mostly full. 25% of Hollywood is smart and they will be voting for Tree of Life. And that will be enough.

    HOW MANY TIMES DO I HAVE TO SAY IT? THERE IS NO 5% THRESHOLD!!!!!!!!!!

    IT’S A 9.1919191919191919191919% THRESHOLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  201. I don’t know about you… but the snub that I found the most outrageous was Alexander Desplat. How could they leave out a guy who composed in the same year Harry Potter, ELIC, Tree of Life and The Ides of March.

    Not considering John Williams or Morricone, which are the 2 best of all time for me, Desplat is the best working composer for me.

  202. A total Glenn Close snub: Actress, Script, Song… HMmmm

  203. I am so incredibly happy that Leonardo DiCaprio, Nick Nolte and George Harrison: Living in the Material World were all recognized.

    More than anything, hooray for Hugo, the year’s best film!

  204. To be totally fair and factual, Stephen — of course Scott Rudin has won an Oscar of his very own, for producing No Country for Old Men.

  205. I still don’t think the nomination for Warrior will hold up. Sure Nick Nolte was great in that film, but again it could be like Sam Rockwell last year for Conviction.

  206. This list (which is pretty much the same list we see popping up everywhere) is sorely lacking some edge…last year The Social Network, Black Swan, True Grit & The Fighter brought out the knives. This year, even Tree of Life (which I love) is pretty PG (is it actually PG?). It’s too bad they seem to be brushing aside Dragon Tattoo.

  207. I know I shouldn’t be surprised that Potter got snubbed by BFCA, but I’m still a little ticked. How the hell does a movie like “The Help”, (which is this season’s “Crash”) make the list, but Harry Potter gets short-shifted to technicals? It’s one of the best-reviewed movies of the year, became the 3rd highest grossing film of all time, internationally speaking…and nothing.

    Memo to the Academy: You think there was an uproar when “The Dark Knight” got snubbed for Best Picture in 08? Just wait until Potter-nation starts hollering when they find out the you gave last last movie in legendary franchise the cold shoulder, yet again.

  208. I agree with Jonathan. This is really disappointing for Harry Potter. I mean, come on.

  209. brainypirate

    @Scott: “I guess I just thought for once that logic would prevail over bias, politics, and the usual crap that surrounds award season.”

    I doubt very much that critics groups pay attention to their own *combined* scores when picking best film.

    Here’s the logic behind that: if everyone likes HP well enough, it will get a high score, even if NONE of the critics who gave it a good review think of it as an award-worthy film. It’s like having a film that everyone thinks is a good #3, but no one takes seriously as #1: it will rank high in the combined ranking, but be missing in the vote totals.

    So it’s perfectly logical that the highest-ranked movie of the year is no one’s choice for Best Pic.

  210. Christina

    I just love all the love that Drive has received. I would love that the Academy would recogize Drive just like BFCA did today. I’ll keep my fingers crossed!

  211. Jenny Lee

    Drive and Hugo!!!! But no Shame…. dang it! At least Michael Fassbender got nominated! And go Andy Serkis.

  212. I know HP is facing an uphill battle, but I have a feeling the Golden Globes will give it some much deserved love as a possible ratings ploy.

  213. And WTF that even Fast Five is nominated for Best Action Movie and not DH2… seriously, i think some Twilight fan give some money to the critics to shit on the film

  214. Oh, that should have been in quotes too.

  215. Alexandra

    Hahahaha!!!! Scott!!!! I shouldn´t be feeding the troll but now THAT was reallyyyyyy funnyyyyy!!!!!:)

  216. For fuck sakes, I’m no troll!

  217. But why is this comment not posting?

    ROFL, I saw this on HarryPotterForum-

    Thoughts of the BFCA:

    “So Potter has the highest score of 93. Nomination right there, correct?”

    “No no no no, see, that would make sense to give the highest rated movie a film nomination. But here at the BFCA, we like to shove dildos up our assholes and out of our mouths. Then we proceed to rub each other in peanut butter and play twister naked. Finally, we spend the rest of the night playing the waffle game.”

    “….How the fuck does that have anything to do with not nominating the highest rated movie?’

    “Oh, nothing at all. We just fucking hate Harry Potter.”

  218. austin111

    Thrilled for DiCaprio and Gosling though doubtful they’ll make it to the final lap (oscar, etc.). DiCaprio’s chief crime here is being in a film that was so polarizing and disliked by so many and yet it’s most definitely some of his best work ever… just brilliant. Oldman is fine in his film but going by some critics overstates his understatedness. I’d rather see him win for something where he went over the top, personally. That’s always been his best card, imo. No one can be more entertaining or daring than he is when that happens. I think most people have such affection for him that they’d rather see him win for anything at this point, deserving or not. Shannon is also brilliant and I don’t doubt will score the big one someday, somewhere. Gosling isn’t quite there yet but probably will be. He’s too cool and charismatic not to be. Didn’t think he did anything particularly special in Ides but he was onto something iconic in Drive. Close is in a small film playing an extremely understated role, so she can’t match the fireworks of Streep, Williams, or Mara. She may get an oscar nod, though, out of affection more than anything else.

  219. I actually loved McCarthy and would love to see her get nominated too. But I’m not counting on it…and you know what? I actually thought the best performance overall in Bridesmaids was still Kristen Wiig. At the end of the day, she WAS the film. McCarthy was a scene-stealer and had some of the funniest bits, though, so I can understand why she’d make a splash in the supporting race…at least with critics. If she gets a SAG nomination (and I expect a GG nod), then maybe I’ll buy it. On the other hand, I agree it’s a stretch when Galifianakis didn’t get nominated. To be honest, though, Bridesmaids is MUCH stronger than The Hangover.

  220. I also think DiCaprio can overcome being in a bad film to get a de-facto nomination for such buzzed-about work in a Clint Eastwood biopic. Glenn Close? Maybe not because it’s so tiny and unsexy. (And forget Michelle playing MM — who doesn’t want Charlize Theron on the red carpet? Or maybe an ingenue.)

  221. Tero Heikkinen

    H FOREIGN PA will nominate Madonna even. I know a couple of people here personally. ALL the women loved Madonna’s film (men hated it) and – more importantly – the after parties. Moneyball will also do well with GG. Just so you know.

  222. Tero Heikkinen

    And whoever compared something like Fast Five to Drive, obviously has NOT seen Drive. Nordic directors (also Tinker Tailor) bring it.

  223. Scott, the year SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE won with a score of 92, THE DARK KNIGHT had a 96. They don’t seem to feel the need to match up.

  224. rufussondheim

    maybe because certain films face lower expectations, and the reviews reflect that.

    In other words, some reviews are more glowing simply because the film was less ambitious and it was easier to achieve its goals. And some films, because they are lightweight, don’t get negative reviews simply because “entertainment,” while not easy to achieve, is more universal than more challenging works.

    In even more words, films that take risks offer more rewards, but also those risks don’t work for everyone (otherwise they wouldn’t be risks.) The reviews from those who thought the risks failed bring down the overall average.

    This isn’t rocket science people. For supposedly “logical” people, you sure don’t know how to use logic.

  225. austin111

    Whoah, rufussondheim, completely agree. Critics can be just like you and me when you come down to it. The only thing that makes a critic truly interesting is his love of a subject, his writing, and his willingness to probe his own dislikes and likes in an informative, revealing way. This is how he/she brings light to us, the audience. It’s certainly true that some films are more compelling to us immediately while others take time to make an impression. That’s why so many trifling films get higher ratings than something more daunting.

  226. brainypirate

    Rufus, I was saying the same thing in my response to Scott: it’s perfectly logical that the combined highest-rated movie might not be nominated. It’s the difference between combining everyone’s rating and actually asking them to vote on their favorite film. A film that everyone rates #2 but no one rates #1 will have a very high score without getting many/any noms….

  227. My friends and I are officially boycotting the awards race this year.
    This is the crapshoot that happens when these precursors choose to push back the announcements of nominations stupidly to the second week of December which prevents many films, studios, and actors the opportunity to campaign properly or for other movies to gain traction. December used to be the key campaign month and should have been used until the end to evaluate the movies properly instead of jumping on movies that started their media campaign earlier. I’m not interested in The Artist/The Descendents/Drive three-horse race.

    The snubs in the acting categories are just mind-boggling. I can’t take even half of these nominations seriously. If they only had the appropriate timeframe to analyze and compare the 2011 movies that each had the chance to build a good campaign, I know the nominations would be wildly different. This awards race has turned into a joke.
    It could have been the strongest year but the awards boards have set the most mediocre line-up I have seen. I already know tons of people who are upset and have lost interest. There will be many cinemaphiles tuning out. It is just a downward spiral for me, especially compared to last year. Bullshit.

  228. I don’t see the GG’s or Guilds’ deviating from this line-up too much.
    I can already predict how this will go. The nominations are all over the place but there are definitely three or four movies that are being favored which will have most of the wins. I think this will probably the weakest and worst race ever. I can only see the BAFTA’s possibly shaking things up.

    I’m tuning out this year. Such lazy picks and absurd snubs. None of my pals will participate in discussion. I might just tune in to watch the Oscars because it is a tradition for me but that is it. This is devastating for me, considering I participate every year and usually become quite invested. Just UGH!!!

    I feel sorry for us cinemaphiles this year. What astounds me is how the award race had the potential to be so much better and cater to alot of different tastes. I hope this mess changes the timeframe of the awards race next year. They better not push it back further to the beginning of Dec or end of November in 2012. I am going to miss my analyzing. One of my passions just had the life sucked out of it. So depressing.

    This will probably be my final post until the actual Oscars. I just had to vent. I am not the only one who is not satisfied with this list.
    Such hogwash.

  229. Yes! I am so happy for Hugo and Drive! Also for Olsen, Leo, and Serkis!

  230. rufussondheim

    Tess, stop being such a drama queen. You’ll be back, you know it, we all know it.

  231. @Rufussondheim, don’t call my friend Tess a drama queen. Why can’t you let people say their piece in peace? Do you have to counter every single post of hers with mockery? Learn how to respect other people’s opinions and commentary that is different from your own. A lot of people are very upset and dissatisfied with the awards race lineup and will not be involved this year. Many people think it is a mess, including people in entertainment industry circles and I have heard many actors complain as well. I also think 2011 will go down in infamy when people realized the snubs and why two movies specifically dominated when it is about the timing issue of the nomination annoucements and traction game. I know this will be my final remark until the Oscar nominations.

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