2012 Oscars


Live-blogging for the novelty. We’ll see how this goes.

Best Picture
There’s not showing any clips from Tree of Life… And… it’s… no surprise. I love how during Hazanavicius’s speech, Durjardin is playing with the dog.

Best Actress
Very very kind words from classy Firth. He even brought Streep to tears. HA! Wow. I voted for Davis just because of the politics. But I must say this is very nice, clearly a huge surprise. Yeah. This is nice.

Best Actor
Not a surprise. Yet another awkward speech by a foreigner, and a man without as much to say as we’d have wanted. There’s irony in that, you see?

Always painful. Always painful. Gazzara and Falk in the same year… Jesus. Your guess is as good as mine as to why Steve Jobs was included in this list.

Best Director
There’s no discussion that it should be Malick, and that will not happen. It will be Hazanavicius. And it is: Hazanavicius.

Short Films Awards
Thank a lot, ladies. I got Saving Face, and ONLY because I read about it online. One out of three!

Best Original Screenplay
Damn RIGHT its Allen. And Midnight in Paris is a better picture than the Artist, but it will not win…

Best Adapted Screenplay
What a babe. With a lot of makeup. No surprises here.

Best Original Song
Didn’t see the film.

Best Original Score
Awkward speech for the perfunctory awarding.

Best Supporting Actor
Jonah’s clip was absolutely undemonstrable of his nomination, but then we didn’t have much to go on. Very bizarre to see Nolte present at all, and he looks it. Plummer! Color me surprised. Heh, mildly awkward speech from Plummer

Visual Effects
Omg. I knew Hugo would win every technical award… I really blew this one…

Animated Feature
Chris Rock – keepin’ it real. Thank you 🙂

Documentary Feature
Extensive and indulgent Downey, which is actually quite welcome. UNDEFEATED BABY YEEEEEAH. Only knew about that cause I read other blogs. Until then I’d never heard of it.

Cirque de Soleil
For the kids.

Sound Editing and Mixing
Six so far. Got both Hugos but I still don’t have enough!! I SUCK!

Film Editing

Best Supporting Actress
Spencer. Oh yeah. There’s a moment the Academy will be proud of for a long time to come. It meant so much to her. Probably good that she won.
Heh – Crystal makes a good black joke.

Foreign Language Film
Ha. Sandra speaking German-Mandarin was actually pretty funny. I’ll be shocked if it’s not A Separation… and it is. Big shit! Farhadi clearly didn’t want to eff this up.

I voted for Potter, actually, just cause I think people will be upset if Potter doesn’t get something, and this is what they’d be willing to condescend to award… Iron Lady! Rats.

Costume Design
Two for three!

I may not agree with many of the clips chosen, but I can’t fault a segment designed to remind audiences why theaters are more important than iPads.

Art Direction
OK. I’m one for two.

Shit. I knew Hugo would get all the technical awards, and I took a genuine risk by putting my chips on Lubezki.

The Academy is clearly not interested in taking risks with their hosts… after last year. Crystal’s opening monologue is utterly limp. It’s another generation… things just aren’t the same. Yikes.

John Carter trailer. Jesus, Mark Strong will never not play a villain again.

Clooney. Mr. Hollywood. With quite the tall babe at his side. All that pressure to be continuously clever. Pitt’s a class act. Appreciative and natural against Clooney’s would-be-Cary-Grant smug shitheel.

Zach Galifanakis described as “legendary” somehow. He looks like Tom Selleck.

Ha – the reporter to Nolte, “Great performance in Warrior, which I actually watched last night.” Classy. Nolte incapable of making conversation with her – on drugs?

Hey, Portman, Gainsbourg and Birkin… Sex indeed.

Jean’s shining moment. He doesn’t have anything really unique to say… makes me feel like he will not win best actor after all. I wonder.

Forcing myself to say something. Just got through with the “Mominees” pre-game segment. I guess the main purpose of the pre-game is for the fashion

The nominations are in, and… OK… Alright. I see we’re just joking around here.

As one ages and learns more about Hollywood, it becomes evident that artistic expression takes a second place to technical achievement. This makes much sense, knowing how many technicians Hollywood employs, and this is the awards ceremony dedicated to, let’s say, “blue collar art.”

All listings below are ranked in the order in which I think awards should be given. Separations between entries denote films I have not yet seen. And the films that I think will win the Oscars are italicized.

Best Picture
The Tree of Life
Midnight in Paris
The Descendants
War Horse
The Help
The Artist
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Best Actress
Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help

Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn

Best Actor
Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Jean Dujardin, The Artist<
Brad Pitt, Moneyball
George Clooney, The Descendants
Demian Bichir, A Better Life

Supporting Actress
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids

Supporting Actor
Nick Nolte, Warrior
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Jonah Hill, Moneyball

Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn

Best Director
Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Michel Hazanivicus, The Artist

Best Original Screenplay
J.C. Chandor, Margin Call
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Asghar Farhadi, A Separation
Michel Hazanivicius, The Artist
Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumulo, Bridesmaids

Best Adapted Screenplay
Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin and Stan Chervin, Moneyball
George Clooney, Beau Willimon and Grant Heslov, The Ides of March
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, The Descendants

John Logan, Hugo

Best Foreign Feature
A Separation

In Darkness
Monsieur Lazhar

Best Animated Feature

A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots

Art Direction
Midnight in Paris
War Horse
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
The Artist

The Tree of Life
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
War Horse
The Artist

Costume Design
Jane Eyre
The Artist


Documentary Feature
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
Hell and Back Again


Documentary Short Subject

The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement
God Is the Bigger Elvis
Incident in New Baghdad
Saving Face
The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

Film Editing
Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Christopher Tellefsen, Moneyball
Kevin Tent, The Descendants
Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

Thelma Schoonmaker, Hugo

Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland, The Iron Lady
Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle, Albert Nobbs

Music (Original Score)
Alberto Iglesias, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Howard Shore, Hugo
John Williams, War Horse
Ludovic Bource, The Artist
John Williams, The Adventures of Tintin

Music (Original Song)

“Man or Muppet” from The Muppets, Bret McKenzie
“Real in Rio” from Rio, Sergio Mendes, Carlinhos Brown and Siedah Garrett

Sound Editing
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
War Horse
Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon

Sound Mixing
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
War Horse
Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon

Visual Effects
Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Real Steel

Short Film (Animated)

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
La Luna
A Morning Stroll
Wild Life

Short Film (Live Action)

The Shore
Time Freak
Tuba Atlantic


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