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And The Nominees Are…

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the 84th Academy Awards this morning.  This year’s most nominated film was Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, with 11 nominations, followed by Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist, with 10. There were the usual suspects, some surprise and a lot of snubs (Hello Gosling, Fassbender?) The Oscars will be air on ABC on Sunday, Feb. 26 and will be hosted by soon to be 9 time host, Billy Crystal. Check out all the nominees below.

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

*Where did Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close come from? I just think that if they were gonna put another movie in that slot that maybe Bridesmaids or The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo should have been there.

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

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

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

Best Supporting Actor 
Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Nick Nolte, Warrior
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Max Von Sydow, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

*Jonah Hill was great in Moneyball but I just think it’s kind of funny that the actor that brought us great films like Grandma’s Boy and Accepted is now nominated for an Oscar.

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

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

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

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

Best Foreign Language Film
Bullhead (Belgium)
Monsieur Lazhar (Canada)
A Separation (Iran)
Footnote (Israel)
In Darkness (Poland)

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

Costume Design
The Artist
Jane Eyre

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

Documentary Short
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
The Artist, Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius
The Descendants, Kevin Tent
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Kirk Baxter and Angus Wall
Hugo, Thelma Schoonmaker 
Moneyball, Christopher Tellefsen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Watch The Hunger Games‘ Jennifer Lawrence announce the nominees with Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak.


A Couple of Short Reviews

I’ve seen a lot of movies in the last couple of weeks that I haven’t had time to do posts on so I decided to do a quick one with all of them.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows – I really enjoyed this movie as much as the first one. Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law’s chemistry is wonderful. The movie is everything the first one is and a little bit more. There is more mystery and intrigue. Noomi Rapace (The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo; Swedish version) really didn’t bring anything to the table wither character. I man she didn’t really have much to do for the film. See it if you liked the 1st one and if you didn’t like the first one then you won’t like this one.


Young Adult – I love Charlize Theron. She’s such a great actress. She plays Mavis, a completely delusional woman and the kind of chick I would have hated in high school. Mavis is was hot stuff in high school and now comes back to her home town thinking she still has it when in reality she is a complete mess. Patton Oswald is also wonderful in this movie. He plays Matt, a former classmate of Mavis’ who sees through all of her bs and calls her out on it. It’s pretty wonderful. This movie is another joint effort between Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman. Cody wrote the 2007 hit movie Juno and Reitman directed it. This movie has the same sort elements and flow like Juno but its not as cutesy and quirky as Juno was.


The Sitter stars Jonah Hill as the worst babysitter ever who takes 3 kids on the town and wild hijinks ensue. While this movie sounds like it would be terrible, it was actually pretty funny. I mean everything that happens has been done before and better but it is still worth seeing at a matinee. The kids definitely make this movie. They are some of the most ridiculous kids that I have seen in movies. Usually I dislike kids in movies because I feel that they just ruin things make everything go haywire and these kids did but they made me laugh and kept me entertained while everything was going down.


We Bought A Zoo stars Matt Damon and Scarlett Johannsen. Matt Damon plays a widow with 2 kids, who is trying to help the kids cope with the death of their mother while also grieving himself. He then impulsively buys a zoo and they have to find a way to save it and keep open. It’s pretty standard fair nothing special about it. This one is definitely a redbox rental or dollar theater movie. The only thing that I got out of this movie was that the little girl that is Matt Damon’s daughter, played by Maggie Elizabeth Jones, is one of the cutest things ever.


War Horse is a classic Spielberg film. Very picturesque, very sappy. The movie is basically what the trailer shows, a boy and his horse, set against the setting of rural England and World War I. I thought the movie was fine. It had a very Gone With The Wind look and feel to it. I don’t know animal movies just aren’t my cup of tea so I tend not to like them or try to see them. The acting was fine as well. I’m sure this will get nominated for a couple of BAFTAs and Oscars because its Spielberg and it has a victorious, sappy happy ending. If animals are your thing, go see it. For me its a take it or leave meh kind of movie.


The Artist is a black and white silent film about a silent film star who starts getting fazed out by the beginning of “talkies.” The film stars two french actors who are unknown to the states, Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo. I have never actually watched a silent film. (I know how can I be a movie junkie without seeing some of these old films. They are on my list of movies to watch. I’ll get to them at some point). The movie was really good. Sometimes we don’t pay attention to things in movies because the dialogue is there to tell you all you need to get a visual but with a silent film this is not the case and you must pay attention to everything from emotions playing on the face of the actors to how the people around them are reacting. I also saw that you can’t hide bad acting in a silent film. I feel that sometimes good dialogue can hide that someone is a terrible actor. This movie is a hard sell to many people but I liked it and would recommend it just as something different to watch. All the critics are saying this movie is the one to beat this awards season. I don’t know how true that is but I’m sure that it will be walking away with some awards.

SAG and Golden Globe Nominations Announced

LOVE AWARDS SEASON!!!!!! Things definitely kicked into gear with the announcing of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and Golden Globe awards last week. SAGs were announced on Wednesday with The Help leading the way in the film category with 4 nominations. Viola Davis is nominated in the lead actress category for her turn as Aibileen Clark in the movie while Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer got supporting actress nominations for their respective roles. The cast of The Help is also nominated for motion picture ensemble. Yay for Melissa McCarthy picking up a nomination for her role in Bridesmaids. Modern Family leads the television pack with 5 nominations. Dexter, which is having its worst season to date, and 30 Rock are both next with 3 nominations. The Golden Globes also announced its nominations last week. On this list however, The Artist leads with 6 nominations with The Descendants and the The Help trailing with 5 nominations. Ricky Gervais will help bring in the night as host for the third time. I can’t wait to see all the people that he skewers at the show. My goal is to watch all nominated movies by the time the Oscars roll around. The SAG awards will air January 29th, 2012 on TNT and the Globes air January 15th, 2012 on NBC. Full list of nominations below.

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