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The 2012 Academy Award Nominations

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | January 24, 2012 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | January 24, 2012 |

Number of nominations for Drive: 0. Number for 50/50: 0. Let’s torch this b*tch, people.

I mean, really? You nominated Extremey Loud and Incredibly Close and War Horse in the Best Picture category, but you leave out Drive, 50/50, The Ides of March and even Bridesmaids, which I might understand if they hadn’t nominated Extremely Loud. Ryan Gosling also gets shut out AGAIN (what does the Academy have against Baby Geese).

There are snubs, aplenty, including Clooney for director of The Ides of March, Nicolas Winding Refn for director, 50/50 doesn’t even get a screenwriting nod, no Martha Marcy May Marlene, no Elizabeth Olsen, oh, and no Fassbender for Shame.

For shame, indeed.

I’m at a complete loss for the dumbfoolery in this year’s nominations. War Horse? WAR HORSE. Oh, and no Adventures of Tintin?! But at least you Tree of Life people should be satisfied, and I’m not unhappy about Hugo’s nominations. But overall, the Academy Awards look more and more like The Golden Globes: Less an appreciation of great filmmaking and more an appreciation of celebrity. The real indies don’t even get a passing notice: No Take Shelter or We Need to Talk About Kevin or The Guard because those movies don’t bring in ratings points, but Tom Hanks and Sandy Bullock do.

We shouldn’t be too surprised. In predicting the 10 Biggest Oscar Snubs of 2012 last December, I was 9 for 10 (at least “Man or Muppet” was nominated).

Best Picture

The Artist
The Descendants
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
The Help
Midnight in Paris
The Tree Of Life
War Horse

Best Director

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

Best Actress
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn

Best Actor

Demián Bechir, A Better Life
George Clooney, The Descendants
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt, Moneyball

Best Supporting Actress

Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer, The Descendants
Octavia Spencer, The Help

Best Supporting Actor

Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Max Von Sydow, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn
Nick Nolte, Warrior

Best Original Screenplay
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
J.C. Chandor, Margin Call
Asghar Farhadi, A Separation
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids

Best Adapted Screenplay

Stan Chervin, Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian, Moneyball
George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon, The Ides of March
John Logan, Hugo
Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, The Descendants

Best Animated Feature
A Cat in Paris
Chico and Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots

Best Foreign Language Film

Bullhead, Belgium
Footnote, Israel
In Darkness, Poland
Monsieur Lazhar, Canada
A Separation, Iran

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