Oscar 2012- Nominations & Surprises

So the time has arrived. The nominations are out and the stage is set for the Academy Awards. The Academy Awards ceremony will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, hosted by Billy Crystal.

Martin Scorsese’s 3D movie “Hugo” earned 11 nominations, whereas “The Descendants” is considered to be the other top awards contender of the show.  One of the most surprising Best Picture nomination was of  “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,”  Stephen Daldry-directed adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel about a boy who goes on a search for a secret left by a father that died on 9/11. The film was shut out of the Golden Globes. Max von Sydow earned a nomination for Best Supporting Actor. “Young Adult,” the Diablo Cody-scripted, Jason Reitman scripted dark comedy, was shut out entirely. Star Charlize Theron was nominated for a Golden Globe, while co-star Patton Oswalt was favored to get an Oscar bid for Best Supporting Actor. Tilda Swinton, heavily favored to get a Best Actress nomination, was snubbed of recognition for her haunting turn in “We Need To Talk About Kevin. “Drive,” the Nicolas Winding-Refn directed LA street noir film, was shut out of the big awards, with Best Supporting Actor favorite Albert Brooks getting snubbed.

“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” did very well during the Oscar nominations, scoring nods for Best Actress (Rooney Mara), Best Cinematography and Best Editing. but no nomination in Best Director  for David Fincher, in spite of Fincher’s nomination from the Directors Guild of America. And why No Best Director nomination for Steven Spielberg??

But this years Oscars gave us a couple of surprises. Adventures of Tintin not receiving that many nominations as it should have not even in the Animated category. One which they very much deserved. . Ryan Gosling didn’t get the much anticipated nomination. Jonah Hill & Nick Nolte gets surprise nominations where as Michael Fassbender didn’t get any nomination at all. And ya what about J.Edgar team???

This year’s nominations gave us a number of surprises. Lets see if we get more during the Awards. Here are the list of nominations

Best Picture:

“The Artist”

“The Descendants”

“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”

“The Help”


“Midnight in Paris”


“The Tree of Life”

“War Horse”

Best Actor:

Demian Bichir, “A Better Life”

George Clooney, “The Descendants”

Jean Dujarin, “The Artist”

Gary Oldman, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”

Brad Pitt, “Moneyball”

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 Supporting Actor:

Kenneth Branagh, “My Week with Marilyn”

Jonah Hill, “Moneyball”

Nick Nolte, “Warrior”

Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”

Max von Sydow, “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”

Best Supporting Actress:

Berenice Bejo, “The Artist”

Jessica Chastain, “The Help”

Melissa McCarthy, “Bridesmaids”

Janet McTeer, “Albert Nobbs”

Octavia Spencer, “The Help”

Best Directing:

Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”

Alexander Payne, “The Descendants”

Martin Scorsese, “Hugo”

Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris”

Terrence Malick, “The Tree of Life”

Best Foreign Language Film:

“Bullhead” (Belgium)

“Footnote” (Israel)

“In Darkness” (Poland)

“Monsieur Lazhar” (Canada)

“A Separation” (Iran)

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, “The Descendants”

John Logan, “Hugo”

George Clooney, Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon, “The Ides of March”

Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin and Stan Chervin, “Moneyball”

Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan

“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”

Best Original Screenplay:

Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”

Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig, “Bridesmaids”

J.C. Chandor, “Margin Call”

Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris”

Asghar Farhadi, “A Separation”

Best Animated Feature Film

“A Cat in Paris”

“Chico & Rita”

“Kung Fu Panda 2”

“Puss in Boots”


Best Art Direction:

“The Artist”

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”


“Midnight in Paris”

“War Horse”

Best Cinematography:

“The Artist”

“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”


“The Tree of Life”

“War Horse”

Best Sound Mixing:

“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”



“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”

“War Horse”

Best Sound Editing:


“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”


“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”

“War Horse”

Best 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

Best Original Song:

“Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets,” Bret McKenzie

“Real in Rio” from “Rio,” Sergio Mendes, Carlinhos Brown and Siedah Garrett.

Best Costume:


“The Artist”


“Jane Eyre”


Best Documentary Feature:

“Hell and Back Again”

“If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front”

“Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory”



Best Documentary (short subject):

“The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement”

“God is the Bigger Elvis”

“Incident in New Baghdad”

“Saving Face”

“The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom”

Best Film Editing:

“The Artist”

“The Descendants”

“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”



Best Makeup:

“Albert Nobbs”

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”

“The Iron Lady”

Best Animated Short Film:


“The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore”

“La Luna”

“A Morning Stroll”

“Wild Life”

Best Live Action Short Film:



“The Shore”

“Time Freak”

“Tuba Atlantic”

Best Visual Effects

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”


“Real Steel”

“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”

“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”



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