Oscars 2012, Nomination Surprises and Predications

The nominations are in, and it’s now time to count down to OSCAR 2012. Many surprises to say the least regarding the noms this morning, But none the less good surprises. Of course the break out films all made the nom list, but so did break out films that audiences, not just the academy, enjoyed this year, such as The Help and Bridesmaids.

HUGO snagging 11 total nods, which is not surprising given our master director Scorsese, however The Artist came in short with 10 nods, which was “surprising” . This silent film resurrected experience, has been causing so much buzz everywhere, given its subliminal middle finger to the 3D generation of today, however both at The Artist and Hugo are nodded for Best Picture,which is not surprising, both brilliant.

All the films that were the obvious nomination worthy, are all present, but even summer films made the list. in fact this little surprise has changed my mind over the Fall Film fixation OSCAR seems to have when nominating year after year. Movies like Puss in Boots and Rango up for Best Animated Film, no Disney this year, another surprise? Perhaps considering TOY STORY 3′s nod for best picture last year, leaves me wondering if 2011 was not a year for Disney, CARS 2,”a major and expensive flop”!

The ” IT” summer film, was breakout chick flick, Bridesmaids

, nodded for Best Original Screen play, and Best Supporting Actress Melissa McCarthy, the big surprise Nomination of the year, no one saw that coming, however a well deserved win, if so. Moving on to Best Actress, not a surprising list at all, maybe their red carpet looks will surprise us more, but for the nods not at all shocking. the leading ladies of 2011/12 all present, and of course the leading lady of the past decade Meryl is also present.

A Big year for females with equally big roles, from British Parliament, yet another “helping” maid, and of course the iconic Marilyn, all characters well deserving of nods, even Glenn’s gender bending role in Albert Nobbs is also hard to pass up with a predication notch on my part.

As for the boys, Supporting Actor Noms, again maybe not to surprising or shocking, except of course for Jonah Hill in “Moneyball”, which from what I hear was a break out role for him. As for Best Actor, George Clooney in “The Descendants” is having quite the year, given his performance was nodded , as well as his talent in writing and directing the Ides of March, also having notable nominations.

Then of course there’s Best Director, which seems the only surprising thing about everyone in this category, is the absence of Clint Eastwood, which was so overly snubbed for J.EDGAR, and now that we mentioned J.EDGAR we must add, Leo also was thrown into the snub pile. Which makes the idea of Bridesmaids even more surprising given J.EDGAR was overlooked by a chick flick. Just a Thought!

And, as for song? Um….where is Madonna and Elton, I guess we wont be seeing round two of the cattiness we saw at the Globes, perhaps a tad bummed Madonna, isn’t planning a surprise performance of Masterpiece, but who knows…W.E. wasn’t completely left out, Madonna’s masterpiece “so to speak” did get a nod for Best Costume.

Oscar seems to be very unpredictable this year. Their two “only” Best Song nominations are going to make for a ceremony o filled with musical scores performances, whatever happened to the Celine Dion days at the Oscars? it’s quite a mix of names and all sorts of talent.

Unpredictable, or not, in true Oscar tradition here are my predications for cataorgory’s I look out for each year, I tend not to have a high ratio of winners, but maybe like the Noms, I’ll be surprised and score a few wins come FEB 26th!


The Artist

“Hugo” Martin Scorsese

Art Direction
“The Artist” Production Design: Laurence Bennett; Set Decoration: Robert Gould

Costume Design
“The Artist” Mark Bridges

Best Animated Feature Film
“Rango” Gore Verbinski


Best Original Song
“Real in Rio” from “Rio” Music by Sergio Mendes,Carlinhos Brown Lyric by Siedah Garrett

Musical Score
“The Artist” Ludovic Bource


George Clooney “The Descendants”

Best Supporting Actor
Kenneth Branagh “My Week with Marilyn”

Michelle Williams “My Week with Marilyn”

Best Supporting Actress
Octavia Spencer “The Help”


Adapted Screenplay
“The Descendants” Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash

Original Screenplay

The Artist” Written by Michel Hazanavicius

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