Who Will Win The Oscars 2012? – My Predictions

With the Oscars 2012 not that far away I have decided to tell you all both my predictions and who I would like to win. So lets get started.

Best Picture

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

I think that the winner here is an obvious one, I’m pretty sure that The Artist has got this award in the bag. If The Artist wins Best Picture then it will be the first silent film to win that award in over 80 years and I think that is exactly what the Academy want. I did enjoy The Artist and I can see why people have fallen in love with it but I just feel as though the Oscar hype is quite over the top, but then again with all of its campaigning it can’t really fail to take away best picture. I don’t really have any doubt that The Artist won’t take home best picture and I would be extremely surprised if it didn’t.

I’m really not sure who I would like to win Best Picture, I just know I don’t want it to go to Extremely Loud & Incredible Close, the two films I would most like to win are War Horse and Midnight In Paris, I thought that both of these films were absolutely phenomenal. War Horse was beautifully shot, acted and was just an overall an amazing film, I don’t think War Horse will win as it will be The Artist but I would like it to come out and surprise everyone. I would also like to see Midnight In Paris come out and surprise us all, I really loved this film, it was a smart, beautiful and happy film and I would love to see it take home the award.

Best Director

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

The Artist will also be taking home the award for Best Director this Sunday, I do think The Artist was beautifully directed but I believe that this award should go more deserving directors. Again with all of The  Artist’s campaigning it would be a shock if they didn’t manage to take home Best Director as well. I again would be very surprised if The Artist doesn’t take home the award for Best Director as well as Best Picture. We never know though, the Academy could chose to go for more popular and recognised directors than go with the gimmick of The Artist. 

I would have liked Steven Spielberg to take home this award for his spectacular movie War Horse as I feel that was the best directed film of the year (2011). But from the nominees here I would love Woody Allen to take home the award for Midnight In Paris, I absolutely loved this film and thought Woody Allen captured every scene beautifully. Woody Allen hasn’t won an Oscar in fifteen years and I would really like to see him back basking in the glory he belongs. I wouldn’t also mind seeing Martin Scorsese taking home the award for his tim Hugo, again Hugo was beautifully shot and he deserves this award just as much as Michel Hazanivicius. 

Best Actor

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

This award will be between two people, Jean Durjardin for The Artist or George Clooney for The Descendants.  I think they were both equally as deserving seeing that Durjardin’s performance made The Artist great, his acting was the most important part of the whole film and he really pulled it off. I do think though that the Academy will go for Clooney though seeing he is a lot more well known than the relatively unknown Durjardin despite Durjardin’s recent BAFTA win for best actor.

I wouldn’t be upset if Clooney took home the award but I would really love to see Gary Oldman win his long overdue Oscar. Surprisingly this is Oldman’s first ever Oscar review but it’s just a shame that he probably won’t  win. I, along with everyone else would be extremely surprised if he won but I would be extremely happy for him to take home the award.

Best Actress

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

I think it is safe to say that this award will most definitely be going to Meryl Streep, she has been long overdue an Oscar win and winning this one would make it her third win. I personally really didn’t like the Iron Lady but there is no doubt that Streep’s performance was absolutely astounding. I wouldn’t surprised if she didn’t win as she is up against some tough candidates but I think she is the most likely to take home the award with her bigger competition being Viola Davis for The Help. 

The woman I would like to see take home this award is the breathtaking Rooney Mara but I think it is unlikely that she will take home the award as this category as two front runners, both Meryl Streep and Viola Davis. I highly doubt that anyone apart from those two will take home this award. I thought that Rooney Mara’s performance in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was absolutely astonishing and its a shame she won’t get any recognition for it.

Supporting Actor

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

With both a Golden Globe, SAG and BAFTA win under his belt it is inevitable that Christopher Plummer takes away this award as well and if he doesn’t I will actually be surprised. Beginners wasn’t my favourite film of 2011 but I thought that Christopher Plummer’s performance was absolutely brilliant. From his past winnings I don’t think their is much competition in this category especially with Max Von Sydow in there, to be honest I have no idea why he is nominated his performance was no where near Oscar worthy like Christopher Plummer’s. 

As much as I loved Christopher Plummer’s performance in Beginners I would actually prefer Nick Nolte to win this award. I know it is highly unlikely but not only was his performance great, it is also the only Oscar that Warrior has a possibility of winning. I loved Warrior and I’m quite disappointed that it can’t win more so that is who I am so eager for Nick Nolte to win this award no matter how unlikely.

Supporting Actress

Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help

Everyone knows who will be getting this award, and it is of course Octavia Spencer. She has been trouncing all the other awards taking home a Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG so the likelihood of her not winning it pretty slim. To be fair though Spencer does completely deserve this award, her performance in The Help was absolutely phenomenal and she should get as much credit s possible for that performance. If she doesn’t win I, along with everyone else will be extremely surprised.

The person I would really really like to win is of course Melissa McCarthy, her performance in Bridesmaids was absolutely hilarious and she deserves some sort of recognition for that fine performance. Don’t get me wrong I would love to see Octavia Spencer win just as much as the next guy but if there is any black horse I would like to see this year it would be Melissa McCarthy. 

Best Original Screenplay

Michel Hazanivicius, The Artist
Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, Bridesmaids
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
J.C. Chandor, Margin Call
Asghar Farhadi, A Separation

Best Adapted Screenplay

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

Best Foreign Feature

Bullhead
Footnote
In Darkness
Monsieur Lazhar
A Separation

Best Animated Feature

A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots
Rango

Art Direction

The Artist
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Hugo
Midnight in Paris
War Horse

Cinematography

The Artist
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
The Tree of Life
War Horse

Costume Design

Anonymous
The Artist
Hugo
Jane Eyre
W.E.

Film Editing

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

Makeup

Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle, Albert Nobbs
Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight and Lisa Tomblin, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland, The Iron Lady

Music (Original Score)

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

Music (Original Song)

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

Sound Editing

Drive
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon
War Horse

Sound Mixing

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Hugo
Moneyball
Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon
War Horse

Visual Effects

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

So those are my predictions for this year. Who do you think will win? Who do you want to win? Feel free to tell me your thoughts in the comments below. Thank you very much for reading and if you enjoyed this post please feel free to hit that follow button if you haven’t already and that like button to show me some love.

 

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Blu-Rays To BUY

Warrior – This was one of the best films of 2011, I absolutely loved this movie and it is defiantly worth a purchase on Blu-ray. Warrior centres on two brothers who both enrol in a mixed martial arts competition where they both end up against each other. It is a fairly standard story but it has been executed phenomenally, it has amazing acting from the great Tom Hardy and an Oscar worthy performance from Nick Nolte as their drunk father. I would recommend this film to anyone, it really is astonishing.

Fright Night – This is by no way better than the original but it is still a pretty good film, it is smart and funny and surprisingly frightening. Fright Night centres a teenager that suspects that his new neighbour is a vampire. This film does have a pretty great performance from Colin Farrell dishing out a pretty harrowing performance. I wouldn’t recommend this film to everyone, this is film is more suited to the people who enjoy the horror genre.

Blu-Rays To AVOID

Real Steel – I reviewed this film a few weeks back and I did not enjoy this one bit. Real Steel is set in the future where robot boxing has now become the biggest sport in the world, a retired boxer and his son decide to get into the game of robot boxing. I thought this film was really poor, yes your children may enjoy it but you defiantly won’t. I would only recommend this film to a family who want to watch this film with their kids.

All of these Blu-rays are released on Monday 20th February 2012. What Blu-ray will you be picking up this week? Feel free to tell me in the comments below. Thanks again for reading and if you enjoyed this post please feel free to hit that follow button.

‘Real Steel’ Movie Review

In the future where robot boxing has become the number one sport, a promoter (Hugh Jackman) fights his may to the top using a discarded robot all with the help of his eleven year old son (Dakota Goyo).

Let me say this right upfront, I really didn’t like this film very much and here is why. First off the bat, acting. Hugh Jackman plays his typical role of big man that doesn’t care about anyone else and he does it just as poorly as usual. The actor that plays the kid on the other hand, oh dear God he has to be the most annoying child in a film ever, his whole performance will drive you mental. Not only is he incredibly annoying he isn’t even very good, I really hope he isn’t on out screens for much longer he was piss poor.

When it comes to talking about the story of this film genius isn’t the first thing that pops to your head. I felt while watching this film the first thing they thought of was robots fighting and then attempted to build a storyline around that. To be honest I would have much preferred it if they just didn’t bother with this half assed story and just showed continuous robot fights, at least that way we wouldn’t have to see any of the chords awful acting. But this is the typical underdog story where everyone watching knows what is going to happen, there is no denying that it feels like it has all been done before.

I personally would not recommend this to anyone besides a 9 year-old child and even they would get bored halfway through. This is not one to buy or rent, but if it is on television and there is nothing else on you could maybe consider watching it.

4/10

 

 

Oscar 2012 Nominations

First off, I would like to apologise for my recent absence over the last few days I have been plagued with internet failure leaving me in the dark until this morning, but I am back.

The 2012 Academy Award nominations were announced today and you can check the full list out below:

Nominations for the 84th Academy Awards

Best Picture

The Artist (The Weinstein Company), Thomas Langmann, Producer
The Descendants (Fox Searchlight Pictures), Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (Warner Bros. Pictures), Scott Rudin, Producer
The Help (Touchstone Pictures), Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers
Hugo (Paramount Pictures), Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers
Midnight in Paris (Sony Pictures Classics), Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers
Moneyball (Columbia Pictures), Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers
The Tree of Life (Fox Searchlight Pictures), Nominees to be determined
War Horse (Touchstone Pictures), Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers

Directing

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

Actor in a Leading Role

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

Actress in a Leading Role

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

Actor in a Supporting Role

Kenneth Branagh – My Week with Marilyn
Jonah Hill – Moneyball
Nick Nolte – Warrior
Christopher Plummer – Beginners
Max von Sydow – Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Actress in a Supporting Role

Bérénice Bejo – The Artist
Jessica Chastain – The Help
Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer – The Help

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

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

Writing (Original Screenplay)

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

Foreign Language Film

Bullhead (A Savage Film Production), Belgium
Footnote (Sony Pictures Classics), Israel
In Darkness (Sony Pictures Classics), Poland
Monsieur Lazhar (Music Box Films), Canada
A Separation (Sony Pictures Classics), Iran

Animated Feature Film

A Cat in Paris (GKIDS), Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli
Chico & Rita (GKIDS), Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal
Kung Fu Panda 2 (DreamWorks Animation), Jennifer Yuh Nelson
Puss In Boots (DreamWorks Animation), Chris Miller
Rango (Paramount Pictures), Gore Verbinski

Art Direction

The Artist – Production Design: Laurence Bennett; Set Decoration: Robert Gould
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 – Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
Hugo – Production Design: Dante Ferretti; Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo
Midnight in Paris – Production Design: Anne Seibel; Set Decoration: Hélène Dubreuil
War Horse – Production Design: Rick Carter; Set Decoration: Lee Sandales

Cinematography

Guillaume Schiffman – The Artist
Jeff Cronenweth – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Robert Richardson – Hugo
Emmanuel Lubezki – The Tree of Life
Janusz Kaminski – War Horse

Costume Design

Lisy Christl – Anonymous
Mark Bridges – The Artist
Sandy Powell – Hugo
Michael O’Connor – Jane Eyre
Arianne Phillips – W.E.

Film Editing

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

Documentary (Feature)

Hell and Back Again (Docurama Films), Danfung Dennis and Mike Lerner
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (Oscilloscope Laboratories), Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (A Radical.Media Production), Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky
Pina (Sundance Selects), Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel
Undefeated (The Weinstein Company), TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay and Richard Middlemas

Makeup

Albert Nobbs – Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston and Matthew W. Mungle
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 – Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight and Lisa Tomblin
The Iron Lady – Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland

Music (Original Score)

John Williams – The Adventures of Tintin
Ludovic Bource – The Artist
Howard Shore – Hugo
Alberto Iglesias – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
John Williams – War Horse

Music (Original Song)

“Man or Muppet” from The Muppets, Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie
“Real in Rio” from Rio, Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown Lyric by Siedah Garrett

Sound Mixing

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce and Bo Persson
Hugo, Tom Fleischman and John Midgley
Moneyball, Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, Dave Giammarco and Ed Novick
Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush and Peter J. Devlin
War Horse, Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson and Stuart Wilson

Sound Editing

Drive, Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Ren Klyce
Hugo, Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty
Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
War Horse, Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom

Visual Effects

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and John Richardson
Hugo, Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning
Real Steel, Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor and Swen Gillberg
Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White and Daniel Barrett
Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Matthew Butler and John Frazier

Documentary (Short Subject)

The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement, Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin
God Is the Bigger Elvis, Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson
Incident in New Baghdad, James Spione
Saving Face, Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom, Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen

Short Film (Animated)

Dimanche/Sunday, Patrick Doyon
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg
La Luna, Enrico Casarosa
A Morning Stroll, Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe
Wild Life, Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby

Short Film (Live Action)

Pentecost, Peter McDonald and Eimear O’Kane
Raju, Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren
The Shore, Terry George and Oorlagh George
Time Freak, Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey
Tuba Atlantic, Hallvar Witzø

Now its time for the rant, (sorry if I offend anyone with the foul language that I’m about to write) How on earth has Extremely Loud and Incredibly Shit been nominated for Best Picture, come on Hollywood tell me how you could be so stupid to think that this pile of unbearable tosh is better than Drive, 50/50 or The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Now Drive it was one of my favourite films of the year and so it was many others, there is no denying it is a great film so why the fuck has  it only got one nomination and that nomination is for Sound Editing, a shitty category that no-one gives a rats ass about. I am raged that there is not a single nomination for 50/50, not one. I expected it to at least get an Original Screenplay nomination but no, it got fuck all. One of the worst films of 2011, Transformers 3, got more nominations than 50/50 and Drive, what the actual fuck Hollywood, you need to sort your lives out. On the bright side I do see some good nominations in there, Rooney Mara for Best Actress, War Horse for Best Picture, Melissa McCarthy for Best Actress In a Supporting Role. Rant over. I have embedded a video from a great YouTube movie reviewer, Chris Stuckmann, below which is his Oscar nominations reaction, he says exactly what I think, I think its great you can check it out below.

I have a review of The Descendents and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo coming up tomorrow so please stick around for them. Tell me what you think of the Oscar nominations in the comments below. Once again thanks for reading.