Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Oscar Nominations...snubs & surprises! Billy Crystal to host gala event!








Once again the Oscar nominations have been rolled out by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences bright and early at the crack of dawn.

As usual, some of the selections have raised a few eyebrows in show-biz circles.


But, for the most part, the candidates for the coveted prize were pretty much predictable.


George Clooney and Brad Pitt were both a shoe-in for best actor ("Descendants" and "Moneyball" respectively).


Meanwhile, some thought it a crying shame that Kristen Dunst was "shut-out" in view of a captivating performance in "Melancholia".


Critics were a little taken aback that Rooney Mara was given the nod - on the other hand - for best actress in "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo".


I raved about her performance in my own movie review posted a couple of weeks ago.


It was no surprise to moi!

Will Meryl Streep (or Viola Davis) win in the race for best actress?


Although Michael Fassbender gave it his "all" in "Shame", he was snubbed, too.

I guess "big swinging dicks" in Hollywood are a dime-a-dozen these days, eh?

By the way, I am rooting for fellow Canuck - Christopher Plummer - who turned in a marvelous performance in "Beginners" (pictured below).

Some are betting that Michelle Williams will snatch up the Oscar for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe.

Tune in for yourself and see who nabs top prize in the female category!

The Oscar celebration kicks-off on Feb. 26th (with Billy Crystal hosting) at the Kodak Theatre.

Here is a run-down of the nominees for the year 2011:

Best Picture:

"The Artist"
"The Descendants"
"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"
"The Help"
"Hugo"
"Midnight in Paris"
"Moneyball"
"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"
"Rango"

Best Art Direction:

"The Artist"
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2"
"Hugo"
"Midnight in Paris"
"War Horse"

Best Cinematography:

"The Artist"
"The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"
"Hugo"
"The Tree of Life"
"War Horse"

Best Sound Mixing:

"The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"
"Hugo"
"Moneyball"
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon"
"War Horse"

Best Sound Editing:

"Drive"
"The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"
"Hugo"
"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:

"Anonymous"
"The Artist"
"Hugo"
"Jane Eyre"
"W.E"

Best Documentary Feature:

"Hell and Back Again"
"If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front"
"Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory"
"Pina"
"Undefeated"

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"
"Hugo"
"Moneyball"

Best Makeup:

"Albert Nobbs"
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2"
"The Iron Lady"

Best Animated Short Film:

"Dimanche/Sunday"
"The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore"
"La Luna"
"A Morning Stroll"
"Wild Life"

Best Live Action Short Film:

"Pentecost"
"Raju"
"The Shore"
"Time Freak"
"Tuba Atlantic"

Best Visual Effects:

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2"
"Hugo"
"Real Steel"
"Rise of the Planet of the Apes"
"Transformers: Dark of the Moon"






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