The following is who will win the Academy Award.
For who I want to win, check the slideshow on the side.
Actor in a Leading Role
- Demián Bichir in “A Better Life”
- George Clooney in “The Descendants”
- Clooney came up with experiences he did not actually have in real life with a family he never had. I guess critics appreciated that early on in the race.
- Jean Dujardin in “The Artist” However, late and in important stages of the race, the game has shifted to Dujardin, whose work this year has given him
- The Golden Globe For Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical
- The BAFTA for Best Actor in a Leading Role
- The Screen Actor’s Guild for Outstanding Performance for Best Actor in a Leading Role
- Gary Oldman in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
- Brad Pitt in “Moneyball”
- Or will it go to Mr. “I’m retiring in two years” and was in the Academy Award nominated (5% voted) “The Tree of Life”?
Actor in a Supporting Role
- Kenneth Branagh in “My Week with Marilyn”
- Jonah Hill in “Moneyball”
- Nick Nolte in “Warrior”
- Christopher Plummer in “Beginners”
- Max von Sydow in “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”
Poor Albert Brooks. The Academy sure did not watch the 21 Jump Street trailer as the Great Dictator trailer probably influenced their Hugo nominations.
Anybody can guess whose winning this one: Christopher Plummer.
I personally felt Nick Nolte was the weak link in “Warrior,” or maybe I don’t know how he looks when he is drunk.
Actress in a Leading Role
- Glenn Close in “Albert Nobbs”
- Viola Davis in “The Help”
- Rooney Mara in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
- Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady”
- Michelle Williams in “My Week with Marilyn”
People may think the fight may between Michelle, Glenn, Viola, and Meryl, but Rooney is the David Fincher (remorse) candidate. She is the only one I would even nominate.
Actress in a Supporting Role
- Bérénice Bejo in “The Artist”
- Jessica Chastain in “The Help”
- Melissa McCarthy in “Bridesmaids”
- Janet McTeer in “Albert Nobbs”
- Octavia Spencer in “The Help”
As much as The Artist was overhyped, I definitely saw some more darkness in Bérénice Bejo’s character than in Octavia Spencer’s. However, Spencer’s been on a role since the Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.
- “The Artist” Michel Hazanavicius
- “The Descendants” Alexander Payne
- “Hugo” Martin Scorsese
- “Midnight in Paris” Woody Allen
- “The Tree of Life” Terrence Malick
Everybody here was expected to be on here. Woody Allen sort of kicked out Nicolas Winding Refn and “Drive.” Hazanavicius is the favorite considering the wins from the Director’s Guild and the BAFTAs, which probably take up at least 30% of the Academy. However, Scorsese has his big fans as of late as seen in the Golden Globes and other critics’ awards. I think there is just a lot of respect from most of these candidates. If they can backup somebody as anti-“Artist” statement such as Scorsese, I would not vote against a win that may not even be considered an upset.
- “The Artist” Thomas Langmann, Producer
- “The Descendants” Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers
- “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” Scott Rudin, Producer
- “The Help” Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers
- “Hugo” Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers
- “Midnight in Paris” Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers
- “Moneyball” Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers
- “The Tree of Life” Sarah Green, Bill Pohlad, Dede Gardner and Grant Hill.
- “War Horse“ Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers
I like “War Horse,” because it deals with the uselessness and realism of war from a time when we were children to a time when we became men.
I like “the Tree of Life,” because it has a director’s nomination and took more risks and ambition than the rest of these films.
I like “Hugo,” because it is a technical achievement in filmmaking.
I like “Moneyball” because it is a very educational film, yet it is a film about the heart like a “Rocky” or a “Fighter” or a “Warrior.”
Oh btw, it is pretty obvious that the Artist is going to win, based on every single large awards ceremony out there.
- “Hell and Back Again” Danfung Dennis and Mike Lerner
- “If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front” Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman
- “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory” Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
- “Pina” Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel
- “Undefeated” TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Richard Middlemas
“Pina” as a Documentary: very interesting choice by the Academy having a modern musical as a documentary. A different work by Wim Wenders. I would not say it was bad at all though.
Animated Feature Film
- “A Cat in Paris” Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli
- “Chico & Rita” Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal
- “Kung Fu Panda 2” Jennifer Yuh Nelson
- “Puss in Boots” Chris Miller
- “Rango” Gore Verbinski
My favorties “Rio” and more importantly Golden Globe winner Steven Spielberg’s “Adventures of Tintin” were snubbed. In addition, here is some interesting reading on the award, especially since the following favorites were not chosen and arbitrariness of Best Picture in a _ .
- “The Artist” Production Design: Laurence Bennett; Set Decoration: Robert Gould
- “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2“ Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
- “Hugo” Production Design: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo
- “Midnight in Paris” Production Design: Anne Seibel; Set Decoration: Hélène Dubreuil
- “War Horse” Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Lee Sandales
I think it’s the story that is interesting about this category.
Is it J.K. Rowling or Martin Scorsese?
Daniel Radcliffe or Asa Buttefield?
Emma Watson or Chloe Grace Moretz?
Voldemort or Sasha Baron Cohen?
- “The Artist” Guillaume Schiffman
- “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Jeff Cronenweth
- “Hugo” Robert Richardson
- “The Tree of Life” Emmanuel Lubezki
- “War Horse” Janusz Kaminski
All the Ms (“Martha Marcy May Marlene,” “Melancholia,” “Moneyball”) got snubbed in this category. It does not really matter though as there could be every category in the world nominated in this category and even the harshest of critics or snootiest of Academy members and biggest of the film’s detractors will choose “The Tree of Life” to win.
- “Anonymous” Lisy Christl
- “The Artist” Mark Bridges
- “Hugo” Sandy Powell
- “Jane Eyre” Michael O’Connor
- “W.E.” Arianne Phillips
It is peculiar that :The Artist” was nominated in this category. What kind of costumes are they referring to? I know men wear costumes, but women?
“Anonymous” was well praised, but did not get through to the race. Maybe costumes will be the award it or “Jane Eyre” get.
- “The Artist” Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius
- “The Descendants” Kevin Tent
- “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
- “Hugo” Thelma Schoonmaker
- “Moneyball” Christopher Tellefsen
“Moneyball” really made learning statistics look cool. (I am a nerd from a Science High School, so you probably should not be taking my word for it.)
Foreign Language Film
- “Bullhead” Belgium
- “Footnote” Israel
- “In Darkness” Poland
- “Monsieur Lazhar” Canada
- “A Separation” Iran
It was interesting that the only stand the BAFTAs took against the Academy was for “The Skin I Live In.”
“A Separation” is going to win.
- “Albert Nobbs” Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle
- “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng
- “The Iron Lady” Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland
I could see “Albert Nobbs” winning because of
I could also “The Iron Lady” winning because of Meryl Streep’s work.
I could also see “Harry Potter” winning because of Harry Potter.
Music (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
It would be great if Tintin won because of the animation snub. It would be great if “Hugo” won because it has a great original score by Howard Shore.
“The Artist” is going to win.
Hey! “Vertigo” was awesome.
Music (Original Song)
- “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets” Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie
- “Real in Rio” from “Rio” Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown Lyric by Siedah Garrett
Odd. “Man or Muppet” was my least favorite Muppet song. “Muppets” was still a decent musical. I really fell in love with “Rio” this year though. It will probably not get the win.
“Man or Muppet”
- “Drive” Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis
- “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Ren Klyce
- “Hugo” Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty
- “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
- “War Horse” Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom
- “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Bo Persson
- “Hugo” Tom Fleischman and John Midgley
- “Moneyball” Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, Dave Giammarco and Ed Novick
- “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Peter J. Devlin
- “War Horse” Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson and Stuart Wilson
- “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and John Richardson
- “Hugo” Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning
- “Real Steel” Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor and Swen Gillberg
- “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White and Daniel Barrett
- “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Matthew Butler and John Frazier
Wouldn’t it be great if “Drive” won an Academy Award?
I can see “Hugo” sweeping technical awards. There may be big Harry Potter fans, but the Academy probably has bigger Martin Scorsese fans.
Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
- “The Descendants” Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
- “Hugo” Screenplay by John Logan
- “The Ides of March” Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon
- “Moneyball” Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. Story by Stan Chervin
- “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” Screenplay by Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan
Although it blurs the real and the ideal, “Ides” would be a good win because of Clooney. “Tinker” did not really have clues for its mystery. “Hugo” simplified and confused the plot of the book at the same time.
“The Descendants” and “Moneyball” are the favorites.
Writing (Original Screenplay)
- “The Artist” Written by Michel Hazanavicius
- “Bridesmaids” Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
- “Margin Call” Written by J.C. Chandor
- “Midnight in Paris” Written by Woody Allen
- “A Separation” Written by Asghar Farhadi
Woody Allen is the favorite to win this award, thanks to his Golden Globe win. Great choices by the Academy.