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84th Academy Awards Preferences

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  • MiMicMick
    Feb 1st, 2012

    Oh, this year’s Oscar nominees were a combination of perfect surprise and genuine disappointment. Here, I give my list of the nominees in Best Picture/Director/Actor/Actress/Sup.Actor/Sup.Actress categories. 
    Best Picture (My Ranking)
    1. ‘The Artist’
    2. ‘The Descendants’
    3. ‘Hugo’
    4. ‘The Help’
    5. ‘Drive’
    6. ‘Midnight in Paris’
    7. ‘Moneyball’
    8. ‘The Tree of LIfe’
    9. ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’
    10. ‘War Horse’
    11. ‘We Need to Talk about Kevin’
    12. ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’
    13. ‘Shame’
    14. ‘My Week with Marilyn’
    15. ‘Bridesmaids’
    … ‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’
    Now, I think many people will agree with the fact that ‘Drive’ was perfectly snubbed. Also, ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ deserved more recognition. These two films all received nominations from BAFTA, but Academy Awards and Golden Globe Awards ignored them. In addition, ‘We Need to Talk about Kevin’, the film that Roger Ebert liked very much, also deserved some recognition. ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo’, ‘Shame’, ‘My Week with Marilyn’ and ‘Bridesmaids’ are my personal preferences that I consider to be films that were completely ignored by most of the major awards ceremonies. And what the heck is ‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’? It was a terrible film.
    Anyhow, I am still rooting for ‘The Artist’. And I think some major upsets can be made by ‘The Descendants’ or ‘Hugo’, but it will not happen.  

    Best Actor (My Ranking)
    1. George Clooney, ‘The Descendants’
    2. Jean Dujardin, ‘The Artist’
    3. Brad Pitt, ‘Moneyball’
    4. Gary Oldman, ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’
    5. Michael Fassbender, ‘Shame’
    6. Demian Bichir, ‘A Better Life’
    7. Leonardo DiCaprio, ‘J. Edgar’
    Well, I actually didn’t like Leonardo DiCaprio and Ryan Gosling’s performance in ‘J. Edgar’ and ‘Drive’, respectively, but I have to say Leonardo DiCaprio was the one who actually deserved some recognition. He was nominated for both Golden Globes and SAG Awards. Demian Bichir was a great surprise – Roger Ebert also said that when his name was called out, he said to himself that it was a great surprise. However, I’m sad that Michael Fassbender was not nominated, presumably because of the fact that ‘Shame’, in which he plays a leading role, received NC-17 rating, and mainly actors from films that have explicit sexual contents and violence like this are not nominated for academy awards. However, I’m still happy with Gary Oldman, who was also a good surprise.  
    I think people are too much influenced by SAG awards. I’m still rooting for George Clooney, but even if Jean Dujardin takes the Oscar, I’ll still clap for him.

    Best Actress
    1. Meryl Streep, ‘The Iron Lady’
    2. Viola Davis, ‘The Help’
    3. Michelle Williams, ‘My Week with Marilyn’
    4. Tilda Swinton, ‘We Need to Talk about Kevin’
    5. Rooney Mara, ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’
    6. Glenn Close, ‘Albert Nobbs’
    7. Elizabeth Olsen, ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’
    8. Kirsten Dunst, ‘Melancholia’
    9. Charlize Theron, ‘Young Adult’
    I personally love Meryl Streep, and though she lost many Oscars to many deserving winners (though I disagree with many choices) I think her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in this film was exceptional. I also want to say that the acting category should be evaluated by the ‘acting’, not the ‘film’s quality’, and that’s why I’m still rooting for great Meryl Streep. However, I think Viola Davis also has chance to win, but it was not really a leading performance. (I know it was mesmerizing and her performance definitely led the film, but I was more impressed with supporting performances.)
    One of the most significant snubs – was Tilda Swinton. Her portrayal of Eva was acclaimed by critics and she was nominated for BAFTAs, Golden Globes and SAG Awards – but not this? This is an absolute snub! I insist that either Rooney or Glenn shouldn’t have been nominated (though I personally prefer Rooney Mara’s charistmatic performance) and Tilda Swinton should’ve stepped into it.
    Anyhow, I’m a strong supporter for Meryl Streep this year, but Viola Davis would be a runner-up.

    Best Supporting Actor
    1. Christopher Plummer, ‘Beginners’
    2. Albert Brooks, ‘Drive’
    3. Kenneth Branagh, ‘My Week with Marilyn’
    4. Jonah Hill, ‘Moneyball’
    5. Patton Oswalt, ‘Young Adult’
    6. Nick Nolte, ‘Warrior’
    7. Andy Serkis, ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’
    8. Max Von Sydow, ‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’
    9. Jim Broadbent, ‘The Iron Lady’
    Well, this category is very obvious – Christopher Plummer will win, and should win. His performance was just flawless.
    However, I was sad when Albert Brooks wasn’t nominated for his stunning performance which even won more critics awards than Plummer’s depiction of Hal. I was embarrassed when SAG Awards also snubbed him. I’m also a bit disappointed that Patton Oswalt didn’t get recognition that he deserved. 
    Anyhow, I’m rooting for Christopher Plummer and nobody would win since Albert Brooks who was considered as a possible upset was snubbed. The other 4 nominees should be satisfied with their nominations.

    Best Supporting Actress
    1. Octavia Spencer,’ The Help’
    2. Berenice Bejo, ‘The Artist’
    3. Jessica Chastain, ‘The Help’
    4. Shailene Woodley, ‘The Descendants’
    5. Janet McTeer, ‘Albert Nobbs’
    6. Melissa McCarthy, ‘Bridesmaids’
    7. Carey Mulligan, ‘Shame’               
    Again, this category is obvious. Octavia would win. But I disliked the fact that Shailene Woodley’s performance was perfectly overlooked by the Academy members. I preferred it to Melissa McCarthy’s role which was also great and comedic but not as stunning as Shailene’s breakthrough performance. I also personally loved Janet McTeer’s performance. 

    Best Director
    1. Martin Scorsese, ‘Hugo’
    2. Michel Hazanavicius, ‘The Artist’
    3. Alexander Payne, ‘The Descendants’
    4. Nicolas Winding Refn, ‘Drive’
    5. Woody Allen, ‘Midnight in Paris’
    6. David Fincher, ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’
    7. Terrence Malick, ‘The Tree of Life’
    8. Lynne Ramsay, ‘We Need to Talk about Kevin’
    9. Tomas Alfredson, ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’
    As Roger Ebert said, my instinct tells me that Martin Scorsese is an obvious frontrunner and a real deserving winner. However, Michel Hazanavicius, a newcomer, won DGA award. So I’m a little bit confused right now – but i’m still rooting for Martin Scorsese. Michael Hazanavicius still has a long path to get through since he is a completely unknown director except for his directorial achievement for ‘The Artist’, so he should get Oscar probably later in my opinion. (so that he won’t be complacent about himself)  I’m sure he’ll have another chance to be nominated if he does other amazing films with his wife and Jean Dujardin.

    What do you think about my analysis (preferences)?
    Please give me your opinions.
    Thank You So Much!  

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