Hrm. I like how Michael Gebert did his rundown.
***** - The perfect choice for that award, and essential viewing.
**** - A well-deserved honor, and well worth seeking out.
*** - A perfectly respectable (and watchable) choice.
** - They could have chosen better then; you could do better now.
* - An outright blunder -- and to be avoided.
Best Picture - The Tree of Life or Moneyball
The Tree of Life is clearly the better film, or rather the better piece of filmmaking. I've only seen it the once, and I said I would try to watch it again. Moneyball though is a pleasure to rewatch, and perhaps more successful in its modest sandbox. Either one would make me happy, but The Tree of Life is the greater achievement by far.
1. The Tree of Life
3. Midnight in Paris
5. The Help
6. The Artist
7. The Descendants
8. War Horse
H/S - Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Best Director - Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life
No question here. Malick is a visionary and The Tree of Life is some of the best stuff he's ever done. Scorsese pulls off a similar hat trick, but the story he brings to life becomes such a chore. Alexander Payne is one of the worst nominees for directing in ages.
1. Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life
2. Martin Scorsese, Hugo
3. Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
4. Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
5. Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Best Actor - Brad Pitt, Moneyball
If Dujardin or Oldman won, that'd be fine. None of my problems with The Artist have anything to do with Jean Dujardin. Likewise, Oldman is very fine in his role but the film tends to suffocate him a bit with its breakneck pace. I say give it to Brad Pitt who had an incredible year and has done some of the best work of his career here in Moneyball and in The Tree of Life.
1. Brad Pitt, Moneyball
2. Jean Dujardin, The Artist
3. Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
4. George Clooney, The Descendants
H/S - Demian Bichir, A Better Life
Best Actress - Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Haven't seen The Iron Lady or My Week with Marilyn. Really don't want to. Probably will eventually. Mara is a fascinating camera study and gives the film a charge whenever she's on screen.
1. Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
2. Viola Davis, The Help
3. Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
H/S - Meryl Streep, Michelle Williams
Best Supporting Actor - Christopher Plummer, Beginners
I should probably give Plummer only three stars because the film never quite gives him a scene or two that would demonstrate his incredible talents. But it's a lovely performance full of warmth, and really he's in a class above Nolte and Hill.
1. Christopher Plummer, Beginners
2. Nick Nolte, Warrior
3. Jonah Hill, Moneyball
H/S - Kenneth Branagh, Max von Sydow
Best Supporting Actress - Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
I like this lineup for the most part. Bejo just isn't a supporting performer in The Artist and should have been replaced by...well, Shailene Woodley is fine, I guess. Carey Mulligan from Shame would have been a better call. As the lone defender of The Help's relative merits, I'll say that I loved how Spencer started off as a pair of very funny eyes that I expected to see pop up once or twice throughout the film, and was pleasantly surprised to see her get a larger arc than I anticipated. Chastain fared much better in other films this year, but she's pretty amusing in The Help and unlike Melissa McCarthy she didn't turn the film into something else entirely. McCarthy is good but it's a performance that upends the rest of the film. Considering that Bridesmaids never really had its feet on the ground to begin with, that's not a problem.
One of the classier things that voters could do would be to give it to Janet McTeer whose character is so completely fascinating that everything else seems a bit afterthought by comparison.
1. Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
2. Octavia Spencer, The Help
3. Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
4. Jessica Chastain, The Help
5. Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Best Original Screenplay - Asghar Farhadi, A Separation
The best nominated screenplay in almost a decade.
1. A Separation
2. Midnight in Paris
3. The Artist
4. Margin Call
Best Adapted Screenplay - Moneyball
I think the screenplay to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is pretty ambitious and just required a bit more breathing room than Tomas Alfredson allowed. But the narrative itself is pretty compelling stuff. Moneyball though is the clear standout in this lot though.
2. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
4. The Ides of March
5. The Descendants
Best Original Score - Alberto Iglesias, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
The score to Hugo is pretty lovely, but Iglesias has been doing great work for ages now and this is one of his best compositions.
1. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
3. The Artist
4. War Horse
H/S (H?) - The Adventures of Tintin
Best Cinematography - Emmanuel Lubeszki, The Tree of Life
Watch as Robert Richardson takes it for Hugo.
1. The Tree of Life
2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
4. The Artist
5. War Horse
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