Open Thread: Oscar Nominations 2012

 Posted by on January 24, 2012 at 9:15 am  Film
Jan 242012

I took down the post I had scheduled for this morning because I thought we’d all prefer this! Jump in!

Best Picture Nominees:
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” Nominees to be determined
“War Horse” Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers

Whole list here.


  18 Responses to “Open Thread: Oscar Nominations 2012”

  1. BTW, I am so pleased with me. Of the above 9 films, I’ve seen 6, and The Help is top of my Netflix. I have no desire to see Extremely Loud… or War Horse. I’ve also seen nominated films in other categories: Tinker Tailor…, Beginners, Drive, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Bridesmaids.

    • Good for you, Deborah, for seeing so many! Aaah I have only seen a few so far. I’m going to try to see a few more in coming weeks. I would like to see Extremely Loud….but like you, I don’t really want to see War Horse.

      I think “Albert Nobbs” might be next on my list actually… Isaw the full trailer when I went to see another movie a few months ago and I thought it looked fascinating.

      • I am trying to get The Help from Netflix, but it’s listed as “very long wait” and they are now sending me the second not-Help movie in a row, even though it’s on top. I’m getting “Bill Cunningham’s New York” which was on the documentary shortlist but didn’t end up nominated.

        I’ve seen all the Best Actors, none of the Best Actresses. That’s weird.

        • I’ve noticed that sometimes Netflix says “very long wait” and then suddenly it changes, so hoping that will be the case for you. (I saw “The Help” and I liked it a lot)

          Someone I know recently recommended that Bill Cunningham movie. I’ll have to add that to my list.

  2. I just saw The Artist this past Friday. It was a wonderful experience and I am thrilled to see it nominated in so many categories.

  3. I think the horserace money for Best Pic is between Hugo and The Artist. My favorite is The Artist. A review of Hugo is forthcoming.

  4. Hugo is definitely on my must see list

  5. A bit upset Leo DiCaprio wasn’t recognized for J. Edgar.

    Also–Albert Brook’s performance in Drive wasn’t acknowledged, either.

    I am not on the Bridesmaids bandwagon. It had absolutely hilarious moments…best original screenplay? No. I am always upset that more comedies don’t end up in the top categories–but it’s a shame that this movie was the one to break through that (in TWO categories).

    • I thought Brooks was great; Max von Sydow is a total surprise nominations. None of the film commenters I read (and I read many) saw that one coming.

  6. I got to see The Artist over the weekend, Loved it! And I think little Uggie the dog should have been nominated for best supporting actor! 😉 I want to see a lot of these, especially Hugo, War Horse, and Midnight in Paris. Good Luck to all the nominees!

  7. Midnight in Paris was seriously overrated, IMO.

    • Honestly I could barely sit through it and the plot was too easy to guess.

    • I thought it was really cute. I’m a big Woody fan overall….do I think it’s one of his very best? No, definitely not. But I enjoyed it. Good performances too–I especially liked some of the more minor characters, such as Allison Pill as Zelda Fitzgerald and Corey Stoll as Ernest Hemingway. Stoll ‘found’ Hemingway, I think. He just seemed to capture the essence.

      • I thought “Midnight in Paris” was fun, but certainly not “great.” Most of the historical characters were caricatures. To be fair–they were meant to be caricatures. They were meant to be a modern romantic’s fantasy of what a bygone era was like.

        But as a result, they didn’t exist in themselves for themselves–they existed as fantasies to make a philosophical point.

        My husband LOVED it. He loved all the name-dropping.

        I just didn’t find it as impressing or clever as he seemed to find it.

  8. The Artist is exceptional mostly because it is so different. Fine but not great. It will easily win Best Pic.
    Moneyball is a bit dry, formulaic, but it is exceptional. Sad to see it won’t get 1 vote out of the thousands of loons who hold AMPAS memberships. One day a Michael Lewis book will be adapted into a Best Picture. No other current writer has such a hold on what is relevant in pop culture’s cutting edge.

  9. I still want to see “”The Descendants” and “The Help” before Oscar night. I feel less compelled to see “War Horse,” “Extremely Lound & Incredibly Close,” and “Tree of Life.” Any reasons from any of you why I should reconsider?

    I enjoyed “The Artist.” I do not think it is just a gimmick. They took a big risk and decidedly were “thinking outside the box.” The film succeeded in making people smile, laugh, wonder, and sympathize. It wasn’t slapped together; it was well-executed, and took lots of careful thought to recreate a past art in modern times.

    The ending genuinely surprised me, though I felt like I should have been able to think of it. The issue was a bigger issue in the past, but arguably is still more of an issue than we’d like to admit. It is of the past, but not entirely of the past. It is still relevant.

    True–a clever idea that can be pulled off once isn’t always “great.” It is hard to compare “The Artist” to other movies, because its style is so different. Anyone who tries to follow-up on their idea will just look like they are copying “The Artist” and I doubt we will see a huge push for more silent films.

    But I would not feel like something was wrong with the universe if ‘The Artist’ won Best Picture. It is one of my favorites.

    I think “Moneyball” a solid, strong movie. I found the story and the characters very interesting, even though I am not a huge baseball fan like my husband. It is a very respectable movie, and I think it’s better than some of the other nominations. But I did not find it to be a magical movie that hit me in the gut.

    As I said above, “Midnight in Paris” was fun, but it wasn’t great.

    “Hugo” had a lot of magical moments, but the entire Hugo story suddenly feels like a set-up to selectively talk about a historical figure. (I say selectively, because it chooses to focus on some true parts of his past, but ignores others.) Does Hugo really exist for the sake of Hugo, or does he exist to trick us into a history lesson about the old movies?

    • LK, I haven’t seen War Horse or Extremely Loud…, but I can recommend Tree of Life, with caveats. It’s essentially abstract art. There are times when it is simply the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen, and other times it’s overblown and self-important. I suppose it depends on your tolerance for non-linear storytelling, but I think the experience of beauty is worth putting up with the sections that don’t work.

  10. The Artist would be a very decent choice for the top prize. Unlike, say oh lets go down the list of woe. 2010: The King’s Speech over Toy Story 3 & The Social Network. 2006: The Departed (what?) over Pan’s Labyrinth. 2005: Crash (@#%&*!?&**%) over Brokeback Mountain. 97: Titanic (cha-ching) over L.A. Confidential 94: Forrest Gump over Pulp Fiction AND Shawshank!!!.
    89, 85, 82, 81, 76 Rocky over Network (funny). 67 65 61 56 52 51 An American in Paris (my fave musical) over Brando’s Streetcar? That one took the cake. 1941 Citizen Kane wins 1 award instead of the million it deserved. Politics, not excellence is what we’re dealing with at the Oscars. Shame.

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