Thursday, February 23, 2012

Oh, right! My Oscar picks...

(after the ceremony) - Dang! I suck at this! Well, there's irony somewhere when you consider that this is an awards show celebrating excellence in sound mixing and sound editing, when the whole ceremony sounded like it was played back on an Olympus Digital Voice Recorder. Stumbling backwards into the future we go!!!!
Final score: 84

Geez! It's about three days away! I made my picks a while ago. Since everyone else bases their picks on the Golden Globes, and based on who Ricky Gervais picks on, why not join the crowd. I want to get a good score this time. I haven't even summarized last year's results. Actually, I did it in a different forum already, so who cares. Mind you, these are who I THINK is going to win, not who I want to win. I kinda don't have a dog in this fight this year. I'm not even using a picture on this one, that's how out of it I am. Does Clooney need another Oscar? He seems like he wants it. Why not let Brad Pitt have it for once? What's Brad gotta do, wait til he's old like at the beginning of Benjamin Button? Probably...

Awards for 2012

Best Motion Picture of the Year

10 The Artist: Thomas Langmann
9 The Descendants: Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor
2 Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close: Scott Rudin
4 The Help: Brunson Green, Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan
8 Hugo: Graham King, Martin Scorsese
3 Midnight in Paris: Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum
6 Moneyball: Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz, Brad Pitt
7 The Tree of Life
5 War Horse: Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

1 A Better Life: Demián Bichir
5 The Descendants: George Clooney
4 The Artist: Jean Dujardin
3 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Gary Oldman
2 Moneyball: Brad Pitt

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

3 Albert Nobbs: Glenn Close
4 The Help: Viola Davis
2 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Rooney Mara
5 The Iron Lady: Meryl Streep
1 My Week with Marilyn: Michelle Williams

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

1 My Week with Marilyn: Kenneth Branagh
3 Moneyball: Jonah Hill
2 Warrior: Nick Nolte
5 Beginners: Christopher Plummer
4 Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close: Max von Sydow

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

4 The Artist: Bérénice Bejo
2 The Help: Jessica Chastain
1 Bridesmaids: Melissa McCarthy
3 Albert Nobbs: Janet McTeer
5 The Help: Octavia Spencer

Best Achievement in Directing

1 Midnight in Paris: Woody Allen
5 The Artist: Michel Hazanavicius
2 The Tree of Life: Terrence Malick
3 The Descendants: Alexander Payne
4 Hugo: Martin Scorsese

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

5 The Artist: Michel Hazanavicius
3 Bridesmaids: Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo
2 Margin Call: J.C. Chandor
1 Midnight in Paris: Woody Allen
4 A Separation: Asghar Farhadi

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published

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

Best Achievement in Cinematography

5 The Artist: Guillaume Schiffman
1 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Jeff Cronenweth
2 Hugo: Robert Richardson
4 The Tree of Life: Emmanuel Lubezki
3 War Horse: Janusz Kaminski

Best Achievement in Art Direction

5 The Artist: Laurence Bennett, Robert Gould
4 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2: Stuart Craig, Stephenie McMillan
3 Hugo: Dante Ferretti, Francesca Lo Schiavo
1 Midnight in Paris: Anne Seibel, Hélène Dubreuil
2 War Horse: Rick Carter, Lee Sandales

Best Achievement in Costume Design

2 Anonymous: Lisy Christl
5 The Artist: Mark Bridges
4 Hugo: Sandy Powell
3 Jane Eyre: Michael O'Connor
1 W.E.: Arianne Phillips

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing

5 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce, Bo Persson
2 Hugo: Tom Fleischman, John Midgley
1 Moneyball: Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, David Giammarco, Ed Novick
3 Transformers: Dark of the Moon: Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush, Peter J. Devlin
4 War Horse: Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson, Stuart Wilson

Best Achievement in Editing

4 The Artist: Anne-Sophie Bion, Michel Hazanavicius
2 The Descendants: Kevin Tent
3 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter
5 Hugo: Thelma Schoonmaker
1 Moneyball: Christopher Tellefsen

Best Achievement in Sound Editing

4 Drive: Lon Bender, Victor Ray Ennis
3 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Ren Klyce
2 Hugo: Philip Stockton, Eugene Gearty
1 Transformers: Dark of the Moon: Ethan Van der Ryn, Erik Aadahl
5 War Horse: Richard Hymns, Gary Rydstrom

Best Achievement in Visual Effects

5 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2: Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler, John Richardson
4 Hugo: Robert Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossmann, Alex Henning
2 Real Steel: Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Danny Gordon Taylor, Swen Gillberg
3 Rise of the Planet of the Apes: Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White, Daniel Barrett
1 Transformers: Dark of the Moon: Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Matthew E. Butler, John Frazier

Best Achievement in Makeup

2 Albert Nobbs: Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnson, Matthew W. Mungle
1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2: Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight, Lisa Tomblin
3 The Iron Lady: Mark Coulier, J. Roy Helland

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song

2 The Muppets: Bret McKenzie
- "Man or Muppet"

1 Rio: Sergio Mendes, Carlinhos Brown, Siedah Garrett
- "Real in Rio"

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score

3 The Adventures of Tintin: John Williams
4 The Artist: Ludovic Bource
2 Hugo: Howard Shore
1 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Alberto Iglesias
5 War Horse: John Williams

Best Short Film, Animated

1 Dimanche: Patrick Doyon
4 The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore: William Joyce, Brandon Oldenburg
2 La Luna: Enrico Casarosa
5 A Morning Stroll: Grant Orchard, Sue Goffe
3 Wild Life: Amanda Forbis, Wendy Tilby

Best Short Film, Live Action

4 Pentecost: Peter McDonald
1 Raju: Max Zähle, Stefan Gieren
2 Time Freak: Andrew Bowler, Gigi Causey
3 Tuba Atlantic: Hallvar Witzø

Best Documentary, Short Subjects

2 The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement: Robin Fryday, Gail Dolgin
4 Incident in New Baghdad: James Spione
1 Saving Face: Daniel Junge, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
3 The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom: Lucy Walker, Kira Carstensen

Best Documentary, Features

5 Hell and Back Again: Danfung Dennis, Mike Lerner
4 If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front: Marshall Curry, Sam Cullman
1 Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
3 Pina: Wim Wenders, Gian-Piero Ringel
2 Undefeated: Daniel Lindsay, T.J. Martin, Rich Middlemas

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

1 Bullhead: Michael R. Roskam
- Belgium
3 Footnote: Joseph Cedar
- Israel
4 In Darkness: Agnieszka Holland
- Poland
2 Monsieur Lazhar: Philippe Falardeau
- Canada
5 A Separation: Asghar Farhadi
- Iran

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

2 A Cat in Paris: Alain Gagnol, Jean-Loup Felicioli
1 Chico & Rita: Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal
3 Kung Fu Panda 2: Jennifer Yuh
5 Puss in Boots: Chris Miller
4 Rango: Gore Verbinski

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