84th Academy
Shockers, Snubs and Surprises

Tom Sherak, President of the Academy of  Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, stood beside the beautiful Jennifer Lawrence, early this morning to announce the 2011 Academy  Award Nominations. Lawrence, who made a splash last at the Oscars for her best actress nomination for the movie “Winters Bone”. Winters Bone  received a surprising Best Picture nomination last year, so maybe it was only fitting that Lawrence helped announce the nominations this year, as it was a very surprising year.

In my opinion 2011 was a rather dismal year in movies, I was rather disappointed with most of the movies this year but as always there’s a good list of movies from every year that I loved and enjoyed, and a lot of them were nominated today, many were not.

I am still rocking and reeling at some snubs, that’s for sure.

Let me now dissect most of the Oscar nomination categories, I won’t do all of the categories, just the ones with some surprises or snubs.

Best Picture 

  • “The Artist” 
  • “The Descendants” 
  • “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” 
  • “The Help” 
  • “Hugo” 
  • “Midnight in Paris” 
  • “Moneyball” 
  • “The Tree of Life” 
  • “War Horse” 

Shocker: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close -This Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, post 9/11 movie, which is more of a fan favorite than a critic favorite

Snubs: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Drive, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Bridesmaids

Actor in a Leading Role

  • Demián Bichir in “A Better Life”
  • George Clooney in “The Descendants”
  • Jean Dujardin in “The Artist”
  • Gary Oldman in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
  • Brad Pitt in “Moneyball”
Shocker: Demián Bichir is a big shocker. So is Gary Oldman, but most everyone was rooting for him

Snubs: Michael Fassbender (Shame), Ryan Gosling (The Ides Of March, Drive), Leonardo Dicaprio (J. Edgar), Michael Shannon (Take Shelter)
Actor in a Supporting Role
  • Kenneth Branagh in “My Week with Marilyn”
  • Jonah Hill in “Moneyball”
  • Nick Nolte in “Warrior”
  • Christopher Plummer in “Beginners”
  • Max von Sydow in “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”
Shocker: Jonah Hill, Nick Nolte

Snub: Albert Brooks (Drive), Andy Serkis (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes), Alan Rickman (Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: part 2)

Actress in a Leading Role
  • Glenn Close in “Albert Nobbs”
  • Viola Davis in “The Help”
  • Rooney Mara in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
  • Meryl Streep in “The Iron Lady”
  • Michelle Williams in “My Week with Marilyn”
A snub for Tilda Swinton (We Need To Talk About Kevin) and Charlize theron (Young Adult) but that was expected. Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia)

Actress in a Supporting Role
  • Bérénice Bejo in “The Artist”
  • Jessica Chastain in “The Help”
  • Melissa McCarthy in “Bridesmaids”
  • Janet McTeer in “Albert Nobbs”
  • Octavia Spencer in “The Help”
Shocker: Melissa McCarthy, but in my opinion a welcome shock, and Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs)

Snub: Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) definitly deserved a nomination

Animated Feature Film
  • “A Cat in Paris “Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli
  • “Chico & Rita “Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal
  • “Kung Fu Panda 2” Jennifer Yuh Nelson
  • “Puss in Boots” Chris Miller
  • “Rango” Gore Verbinski
Shockers: A Cat In Paris and Chico & Rita, 2 movies i have never even heard of

Snubs: The Adventures Of Tintin, and Cars 2

    • “The Artist” Michel Hazanavicius
    • “The Descendants” Alexander Payne
    • “Hugo” Martin Scorsese
    • “Midnight in Paris” Woody Allen
    • “The Tree of Life” Terrence Malick
    Snub: Spielberg! No love for Tintin and no directorial love for “War Horse” 

    Foreign language Film

    A Snub for Angelina Jolie’s Foreign language film “In The Land Of Blood and Honey”

    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
    Snubs: The Score for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo had an amazing score!!!

    Music (Original Song)
    • “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppet’s” Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie
    • “Real in Rio”from “Rio” Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown Lyric by Siedah Garrett

    I am so glad to see The Muppet’s nominated, but Why only 2 choices from a short list of 38 songs, also “Man or Muppet” wasn’t even the best song from The Muppet’s! 

    Side notes:
    Nice to see Kristen Wiig (and Annie Mumolo) receive a nomination for Bridesmaids. 
    No Love for 50/50, which is another favorite from this year. 
    I will say this now, a little more love for the finale of movies that defined a generation would have been nice, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2 deserves all the love it can get and I feel as if 3 nominations isn’t enough. 
    Oh, and I’m still shaking my head at the nominations for Transformers. 

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