“When the Academy called, I panicked. I thought they might want their Oscars back and the pawn shop has been out of business for awhile.” Woody Allen
For starters, Billy Crystal, the host with the most, will keep us watching and laughing Sunday night. It seems like only yesterday when we celebrated the winners and losers of the 83rd Oscar awards… right? Anyway, like an endless party with props and power brokers, we are at it again as we celebrate the 84th Oscars/Academy Awards with some of the usual suspects and many new nominees. If you have spent any time at the movies this year, you know that we have seen some pretty good stuff and our share of fluff. While I might not have a bookie in Las Vegas, I’d like to toss my hat in the proverbial prediction ring and guess who would walk away with that handsome though stiff and very dead golden boy. Here are some of the top nominees, at least the ones I wait for…(I highlighted my predicted winners). Pick your preference or poison, and we’ll check in Sunday night to count the wins and losses. My choices in black. Winners in red; including any I chose. Enjoy! :-)
The Artist – Thomas Langmann Winner!
The Descendants – Jim Burke, Jim Taylor, and Alexander Payne
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Scott Rudin
The Help – Brunson Green, Chris Columbus, and Michael Barnathan
Hugo – Graham King and Martin Scorsese
Midnight in Paris – Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum
Moneyball – Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz, and Brad Pitt
The Tree of Life – Dede Gardner, Sarah Green, Grant Hill, and Bill Pohlad
War Horse – Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy
Demián Bichir – A Better Life as Carlos Galindo
George Clooney – The Descendants as Matt King
Jean Dujardin – The Artist as George Valentin Winner!
Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy as George Smiley
Brad Pitt – Moneyball as Billy Beane
Glenn Close – Albert Nobbs as Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis – The Help as Aibileen Clark
Rooney Mara – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as Lisbeth Salander
Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady as Margaret Thatcher Winner!
Michelle Williams – My Week with Marilyn as Marilyn Monroe
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Kenneth Branagh – My Week with Marilyn as Laurence Olivier
Jonah Hill – Moneyball as Peter Brand
Nick Nolte – Warrior as Paddy Conlon
Christopher Plummer – Beginners as Hal Fields Winner!
Max von Sydow – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close as The Renter
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Bérénice Bejo – The Artist as Peppy Miller
Jessica Chastain – The Help as Celia Foote
Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids as Megan Price
Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs as Hubert Page
Octavia Spencer – The Help as Minny Jackson Winner!
Woody Allen – Midnight in Paris (I prefer)
Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist (most likely) Winner!
Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life
Alexander Payne – The Descendants
Martin Scorsese – Hugo
The Artist – Guillaume Schiffman
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – Jeff Cronenweth
Hugo – Robert Richardson Winner!
The Tree of Life – Emmanuel Lubezki
War Horse – Janusz Kamiński
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 – Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler, and John Richardson
Hugo – Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossmann, and Alex Henning Winner!
Real Steel – Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Danny Gordon 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 E. Butler, and John Frazier
There is more below … come back to see which ones I predicted would win. Don’t hinge your bet on mine as this is totally subjective. More Predictions Below! ;-) CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS! :-)
“The Oscars demonstrate the will of the people to control and judge those they have elected to stand above them much, perhaps, as in bygone days, an election celebrated the same.” David Mamet
An Academy Award is an award bestowed by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to recognize excellence of professionals in the film industry, including directors, actors, and writers. The Oscar statuette is officially named the Academy Award of Merit and is one of nine types of Academy Awards. Wikipedia
Since the first set of Oscars were handed out in 1929, the Academy Awards have been a captivating event; drawing viewers and prognosticators from around the world. Quite frankly, there are some in the industry who try to downplay the power and prestige an Oscar bestows on an actor and movie, and would like to see the Oscars not hold our collective attention as the final word… However, it continues to pride itself as the ultimate arbiter of what we should watch (thankfully not what we should wear) in as many categories as possible. I don’t remember my first Oscar award viewing; I wasn’t fed a rich diet of TV when I was growing up, and celebrities and drama queens didn’t play a huge role in my life… Let’s just say they were not firmly entrenched in my mind or on my radar. With time, naturally, I adapted and now I’m gungho about the Oscars… I watch, even when they piss me off by choosing someone I didn’t expect to win…
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Bullhead (Belgium) in Dutch and French – Michaël R. Roskam
Footnote (Israel) in Hebrew – Joseph Cedar
In Darkness (Poland) in Polish – Agnieszka Holland
Monsieur Lazhar (Canada) in French – Philippe Falardeau
A Separation (Iran) in Farsi – Asghar Farhadi Winner!
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
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 – Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky
Pina – Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel
Undefeated – TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay, and Richard Middlemas Winner!
BEST DOCUMENTARY – SHORT STORY
The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement – Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin
God Is the Bigger Elvis – Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson
Incident in New Baghdad – James Spione
Saving Face – Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy Winner!
The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom – Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen
BEST WRITING – ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius
Bridesmaids – Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo
Margin Call – J.C. Chandor
Midnight in Paris – Woody Allen
A Separation – Asghar Farhadi
BEST WRITING – ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Descendants – Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash from The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings Winner!
Hugo – John Logan from The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
The Ides of March – George Clooney, Grant Heslov, and Beau Willimon from Farragut North by Beau Willimon
Moneyball – Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin; Story by Stan Chervin from Moneyball by Michael Lewis
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan from Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
A Cat in Paris – Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli
Chico and Rita – Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal
Kung Fu Panda 2 – Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Puss in Boots – Chris Miller
Rango – Gore Verbinski Winner!
Albert Nobbs – Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnson, and Matthew W. Mungle
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 – Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight, and Lisa Tomblin
The Iron Lady – Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland Winner!
BEST FILM EDITING
The Artist – Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius
The Descendants – Kevin Tent
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter Winner!
Hugo – Thelma Schoonmaker
Moneyball – Christopher Tellefsen
FILMS WITH MULTIPLE NOMINATIONS
18 films received multiple nominations:
11 nominations: Hugo
10 nominations: The Artist
6 nominations: Moneyball and War Horse
5 nominations: The Descendants and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
4 nominations: The Help and Midnight in Paris
3 nominations: Albert Nobbs, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and The Tree of Life
2 nominations: Bridesmaids, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Iron Lady, My Week with Marilyn, and A Separation
“Despite what the Wall Street Journal says, our awards are the best-kept secret in America, with the possible exception of what George W. Bush did in the Seventies.” Billy Crystal
“Films and life are like clay, waiting for us to mold it. And when you trust your own insides and that becomes achievement, it’s a kind of principle that seems to me is at work with everyone. God bless that principle. God bless that potential that we all have for making anything possible if we think we deserve it.” Shirley MacLaine
The grand show on Sunday will be filled with glitz and glamor, slick one liners from Billy, acceptance speeches (both brilliant and banal), fashion firsts and faux pas, and many of us will be glued to our TV sets waiting to see our favorites win. One important event that often takes place well before Oscar night is the special recognition/honorary awards event. Last November, James Earl Jones and Dick Smith received the Academy Honorary Award, and Ms Oprah Winfrey got the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for her impressive contributions to desperate and needy causes around the globe. I don’t know if you’d be watching on Sunday, I will. Enjoy the show and may the best ones win… pass the popcorn will you? :-)
BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
Pentecost – Peter McDonald and Eimear O’Kane
Raju – Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren
The Shore – Terry George and Oorlagh George Winner!
Time Freak – Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey
Tuba Atlantic – Hallvar Witzø
BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
Dimanche – Patrick Doyon
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore – William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg Winner!
La Luna – Enrico Casarosa
A Morning Stroll – Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe
Wild Life – Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – BEST ORIGINAL SONG
The Adventures of Tintin – John Williams
The Artist – Ludovic Bource Winner!
Hugo – Howard Shore
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Alberto Iglesias
War Horse – John Williams
BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Man or Muppet” from The Muppets – Bret McKenzie Winner!
“Real in Rio” from Rio – Sérgio Mendes, Carlinhos Brown, and Siedah Garrett
BEST SOUND EDITING
Drive – Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Ren Klyce
Hugo – Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty Winner!
Transformers: Dark of the Moon – Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
War Horse – Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom
BEST SOUND MIXING
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce, and Bo Persson
Hugo – Tom Fleischman and John Midgley Winner!
Moneyball – Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, David 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
BEST ART DIRECTION
The Artist – Laurence Bennett and Robert Gould
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 – Stuart Craig and Stephanie McMillan
Hugo – Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo Winner!
Midnight in Paris – Anne Seibel and Hélène Dubreuil
War Horse – Rick Carter and Lee Sandales
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Anonymous – Lisy Christl
The Artist – Mark Bridges Winner!
Hugo – Sandy Powell
Jane Eyre – Michael O’Connor
W.E. – Arianne Phillips
♥What are your thoughts? Are you planning to watch the Oscars on Sunday? Do you have favorites you expect to win? What movies did you watch this year? Are some favorites left off the list and are you disappointed? Do share! ♥Happy ♥Oscar ♥Sunday♥To ♥You! :-) Thank you. ;-)
*Please bear with me as I catch up on your blogs and commenting… Thank you all for your patience! :-)
POSITIVE MOTIVATION TIP: Find the time to dream big; set the stage for your big night at the movies, as a chanteuse, as the ultimate entertainer in a world you create… Go ahead get creative and live a little. ;-)
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