What the Academy Should Have Nominated

The 2012 Oscar nominations were announced this morning, and as is typically the case, there are some hits and some misses. I’m pleased that the Academy recognized The Tree of Life (best picture, best director, best cinematography), but I’m also perplexed by some of its other choices (Demian Bichir best actor for A Better Life? No Michael Fassbender?). If I were to have a say in the nominations, they would have gone something like this:

Best Picture: The Tree of Life, Melancholia, Of Gods and Men, Poetry, Certified Copy, The Artist, Take Shelter, Meek’s Cutoff, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Martha Marcy May Marlene

Best Foreign Language Film: A Separation, Poetry, Uncle Boonme Who Can Recall His Past Lives, The Mill and the Cross, Certified Copy

Best Documentary: Into the Abyss, Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Bill Cunningham New York, Rebirth, Buck. 

Best Director: Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life; Lars von Trier, Melancholia; Lynne Ramsay, We Need to Talk About Kevin; Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist; Jeff Nichols, Take Shelter.

Best Actor: Brad Pitt, Moneyball; Michael Shannon, Take Shelter; Michael Fassbender, Shame; Ralph Fiennes, Coriolanus; Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Solider Spy. 

Best Actress: Kirsten Dunst, Melancholia; Elizabeth Olson, Martha Marcy May Marlene; Michelle Williams, Meek’s Cutoff; Jeong-hie Yun, Poetry; Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

Best Supporting Actor: Jonah Hill, Moneyball; Albert Brooks, Drive; Nick Nolte, Warrior; Ezra Miller, We Need to Talk About Kevin; Patton Oswalt, Young Adult.

Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain, The Tree of Life; Vanessa Redgrave, Coriolanus; Charlotte Gainsbourgh, Melancholia; Carey Mulligan, Shame; Jennifer Ehle, Contagion. 

6 responses to “What the Academy Should Have Nominated

  1. Did you see Shame? I would be interested in your review considering the subject matter and rating.

  2. I did see it but didn’t write a review; perhaps I will in the future. The movie has some problems but the performance by Fassbender is undeniably great. Can’t say I’d recommend watching it though.

  3. I feel much more at least with these nominations.

    But don’t forget The Interrupters, from the director of Hoop Dreams, for best doc. It was definitely the best documentary I’ve seen this year.

  4. Correction: I feel so much more at ease with these nominations

  5. I like this list, in general, but two things:

    Foreign language films have to be nominated by their host countries to qualify, so most of your picks wouldn’t. Maybe you know and don’t care, in which case, cool. I don’t really care either. But also: Do you really think The Mill and the Cross qualifies as “Foreign Language”? It only has three speaking parts, and they’re all in English. And Certified Copy is at least half in English (Inglourious Basterds could be a foreign language film under this definition).

    Both are great movies, though, and would make my top ten. The only thing I strongly disagree with you about is Melancholia, which is an awful movie.

  6. I think it is great to know that War Horse, The Tree of Life, and The Help are nominated for Best Picture! Other films, however, that should have been nominated are The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Jane Eyre, The Ides of March, Water for Elephants, J. Edger, Conspiracy, and The Other Woman.

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