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Predicting the 2012 Academy Award Nominations

With some new voting rules to consider, and a number of races with several worthy parties vying for a fifth slot, here are my best guesses for tomorrow’s Oscar nominations. I’m trying my best to leave my personal bias out of the equation (my personal Top 10 lists in the major categories will be posted shortly), but certain snubs seem so cruel– *cough* Michael Shannon *cough*– that I can’t imagine a world in which they happen. So without further ado, my predictions on tomorrow morning’s Oscar nominations.

BEST PICTURE:
The Artist
The Descendants
Hugo
Midnight in Paris
The Help
Tree of Life
War Horse
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Possible upset: Moneyball, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

BEST DIRECTOR:
Martin Scorsese
Michel Hazanavicius
Alexander Payne
Woody Allen
Terrence Malick
Possible upset: Steven Spielberg

BEST ACTOR:
George Clooney, The Descendants
Brad Pitt, Moneyball
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Michael Fassbender, Shame
Michael Shannon, Take Shelter
Possible upset: Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

BEST ACTRESS:
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
Viola Davis, The Help
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Tilda Swinton, We Need To Talk About Kevin
Possible upset; Rooney Mara, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Albert Brooks, Drive
Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Nick Nolte, Warrior
Ben Kingsley, Hugo
Possible upset: Andy Serkis, Rise of the Planet of the Apes

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Possible upset: Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
Midnight in Paris
The Artist
Bridesmaids
50/50
Win Win
Possible upset: A Separation

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
Moneyball
The Descendants
Hugo
The Help
The Ides of March
Possible upset: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:
Tree of Life
Hugo
Tinker Tailor
The Artist
War Horse
Possible upset: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

BEST ART DIRECTION:
Hugo
Tinker Tailor
Anonymous
The Artist
Harry Potter 8
Possible upset: War Horse

BEST SCORE:
The Artist
War Horse
Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Possible upset: Tintin

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE:
Rango
Tintin
Kung Fu Panda 2
Possible upset: Puss in Boots

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS:
Rise of the Apes
Captain America
Hugo
Tree of Life
Harry Potter 8
Possible upset: Transformers 3

BEST EDITING:
Hugo
The Artist
Dragon Tattoo
Descendants
Moneyball
Possible upset: War Horse

BEST SOUND MIXING (note- I’m terrible at predicting sound every year):
Hugo
Mission: Impossible 4
Super 8
War Horse
Hanna
Possible upset: Harry Potter 8

BEST SOUND EDITING:
Hugo
War Horse
Harry Potter 8
Mission: Impossible 4
Tintin
Possible upset: Super 8

BEST COSTUME DESIGN:
Anonymous
The Artist
Hugo
Jane Eyre
Tinker Tailor
Possible upset: The Help

BEST MAKEUP:
The Iron Lady
Hugo
The Artist
Possible upset: Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life

BEST SONG:
two from The Muppets
The Help song
Albert Nobbs song
“Star Spangled Man” from Captain America
Possible upset: Gnomeo and Juliet song

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~ by russellhainline on January 24, 2012.

One Response to “Predicting the 2012 Academy Award Nominations”

  1. I agree with all of those. I’m really pulling for Viola Davis for best supporting actress.

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