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01.24.2012by:

This morning at 8:30am EST/5:30am PST, the nominations for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards will be announced in Hollywood. Former Best Actress nominee Jennifer Lawrence will join Tom Sherak, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, to announce the winners and we've got a live feed from the event that you can watch below. Once the nominees are announced in full, we'll update with a complete list plus reactions. It looks like THE ARTIST and THE DESCENDANTS will be among the big winners but who and what do you think will be the big surprises?

As it turns out, HUGO wound up leading the pack with a grand total of 11 nominations including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. THE ARTIST came in 2nd place with 10 total nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor.

There were plenty of surprises this morning including surprise nominations and surprise snubs. In the Best Picture category, THE TREE OF LIFE and EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE, two films that sharply divided audiences and critics, picked up nominations ahead of BRIDESMAIDS, THE IDES OF MARCH and DRIVE. Michael Fassbender and Leonardo DiCaprio were also set aside in the Best Actor race for Damien Bachir for A BETTER LIFE and Gary Oldman in TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY (well-deserved actually).

Rooney Mara was a surprise addition to the Best Actress category at the expense of Tilda Swinton who didn't get nominated for her powerful performance in WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN. And the hotly debated Andy Serkis nominated for RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES amounted to nothing as he was left out EXTREMELY LOUD's Max von Sydow.

Take a look at the full list of nominees below and strike back with your thoughts!

BEST PICTURE
THE ARTIST
THE DESCENDANTS
THE HELP
THE TREE OF LIFE
HUGO
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
MONEYBALL
WAR HORSE
EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE

BEST ACTOR
George Clooney, THE DESCENDANTS
Brad Pitt, MONEYBALL
Jean Dujardin, THE ARTIST
Damien Bachir, A BETTER LIFE
Gary Oldman, TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY

BEST ACTRESS
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

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Kenneth Branagh, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN
Nick Nolte, WARRIOR
Jonah Hill, MONEYBALL
Max von Sydow, EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE
Christopher Plummer, BEGINNERS

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Berenice Bejo, THE ARTIST
Melissa McCarthy, BRIDESMAIDS
Janet McTeer, ALBERT NOBBS
Octavia Spencer, THE HELP
Jessica Chastain, THE HELP

BEST ANIMATED FILM
RANGO
CHICO AND RITA
A CAT IN PARIS
KUNG FU PANDA 2
PUSS IN BOOTS

BEST DIRECTOR
Michel Hazanavicius, THE ARTIST
Alexander Payne, THE DESCENDANTS
Martin Scorsese, HUGO
Woody Allen, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
Terrence Malick, THE TREE OF LIFE

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Nat Faxon, Alexander Payne and Jim Rash, THE DESCENDANTS
Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian, MONEYBALL
John Logan, HUGO
George Clooney and Grant Heslov, IDES OF MARCH
Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan, TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Woody Allen, MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
Michel Hazanavicius, THE ARTIST
Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumulo, BRIDESMAIDS
JC Chandor, MARGIN CALL
Asghar Farhadi, A SEPARATION

BEST ART DIRECTION
THE ARTIST
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART 2
HUGO
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
WAR HORSE

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
THE ARTIST
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
HUGO
THE TREE OF LIFE
WAR HORSE

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
ANONYMOUS
THE ARTIST
HUGO
JANE EYRE
W.E.

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
HELL AND BACK AGAIN
IF A TREE FALLS
PARADISE LOST 3: PURGATORY
PINA
UNDEFEATED

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
"The Barber of Brimingham"
"God is the Bigger Elvis"
"Saving Face"
"The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom"
"Incident in New Baghdad"

BEST EDITING
THE ARTIST
THE DESCENDANTS
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
HUGO
MONEYBALL

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
BULLHEAD
FOOTNOTE
IN DARKNESS
A SEPARATION
MONSIEUR LAZHAR

BEST MAKEUP
ALBERT NOBBS
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART 2
THE IRON LADY

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN
THE ARTIST
HUGO
TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY
WAR HORSE

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
"Man or Muppet," THE MUPPETS
"Real in Rio," RIO

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
"Dimanche/Sunday"
"The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore"
"La Luna"
"A Morning Stroll"
"Wild Life"

BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT
"Pentecost"
"Raju"
"The Shore"
"Time Freak"
"Tuba Atlantic"

BEST SOUND EDITING
DRIVE
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
HUGO
TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON
WAR HORSE

BEST SOUND MIXING
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
HUGO
MONEYBALL
TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON
WAR HORSE

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART 2
HUGO
REAL STEEL
RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES
TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON

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1:33PM on 01/24/2012
One of the worst "Best Picture" lineups I have ever seen.
One of the worst "Best Picture" lineups I have ever seen.
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10:26AM on 01/24/2012

SHAME...

Where the fuck is Michael Fassbender??
Where the fuck is Michael Fassbender??
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6:18PM on 01/24/2012
What a fucking rip off. No Muppets, Tin-Tin, Drive or Shame. Its like the Academy had their eyes closed throughout the year of 2011. Extremely Loud and Incredibly close gets included because it deals with 9/11?? Fuck that! Fuck the Academy Ill watch the BAFTAS instead!
What a fucking rip off. No Muppets, Tin-Tin, Drive or Shame. Its like the Academy had their eyes closed throughout the year of 2011. Extremely Loud and Incredibly close gets included because it deals with 9/11?? Fuck that! Fuck the Academy Ill watch the BAFTAS instead!
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7:54PM on 01/24/2012
The Muppets did get a best song nom.
The Muppets did get a best song nom.
8:40PM on 01/24/2012
Is Drive this years Gran Torino?
Is Drive this years Gran Torino?
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7:53PM on 01/24/2012
WHERE THE F*** IS DRIVE?!
WHERE THE F*** IS DRIVE?!
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6:07PM on 01/24/2012

Best Original Song

If "Man or Muppet" doesn't win best original song, this shit is rigged.
If "Man or Muppet" doesn't win best original song, this shit is rigged.
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11:48AM on 01/24/2012
No 'Jack and Jill'?
No 'Jack and Jill'?
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8:53AM on 01/24/2012

Dragon Tattoo

Glad Mara got nominated for that performance but apparently the rest of the Hollyworld world thought Extremely Loud was better than Dragon Tattoo? WTF?
Glad Mara got nominated for that performance but apparently the rest of the Hollyworld world thought Extremely Loud was better than Dragon Tattoo? WTF?
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9:24AM on 01/24/2012
Haven't seen Extremely Loud yet, but I'm sure it IS better than Dragon Tattoo, one of the year's most overrated movies!
Haven't seen Extremely Loud yet, but I'm sure it IS better than Dragon Tattoo, one of the year's most overrated movies!
6:23PM on 01/24/2012
@ilovemovies, dragon tattoo overrated, are you freaking serious, i would say Bridesmaids & warrior are way more overrated
@ilovemovies, dragon tattoo overrated, are you freaking serious, i would say Bridesmaids & warrior are way more overrated
9:17AM on 01/24/2012

Wow

No Drive. No Dragon Tattoo. No Andy Serkis. Kung Fu Panda, Rango and Puss in Boots over Tin Tin. At least there's no Cars 2. But overall the worst nominations I've seen in recent memory. Hopefully The Artist just sweeps (as it should), Billy Crystal is mildly amusing and we'll get this boring year over with quickly.
No Drive. No Dragon Tattoo. No Andy Serkis. Kung Fu Panda, Rango and Puss in Boots over Tin Tin. At least there's no Cars 2. But overall the worst nominations I've seen in recent memory. Hopefully The Artist just sweeps (as it should), Billy Crystal is mildly amusing and we'll get this boring year over with quickly.
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9:24AM on 01/24/2012
WTF indeed! Only 9 films, so Dragon Tattoo wasn't even top ten, as nothing was?!?! I think I remember that they don't require 10 films, but have the option to have 10.
WTF indeed! Only 9 films, so Dragon Tattoo wasn't even top ten, as nothing was?!?! I think I remember that they don't require 10 films, but have the option to have 10.
8:55AM on 01/24/2012
Is it me or these nominations are the most boring I've ever seen?
Is it me or these nominations are the most boring I've ever seen?
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3:40PM on 01/24/2012
Alan Rickman should have got in over Jonah Hill.
Alan Rickman should have got in over Jonah Hill.
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5:59PM on 01/24/2012
I totally agree.
I totally agree.
11:26AM on 01/24/2012

WTF

ZERO nom. for SHAME,
ONE for WARRIOR,
ONE for ANONYMOUS (and not Rhis Ifan's performance),
NO nom. for best animated picture for TINTIN...
I lost all faith in the Oscars... AGAIN!!
ZERO nom. for SHAME,
ONE for WARRIOR,
ONE for ANONYMOUS (and not Rhis Ifan's performance),
NO nom. for best animated picture for TINTIN...
I lost all faith in the Oscars... AGAIN!!
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9:29AM on 01/24/2012
...and where the hell is Albert Brooks?
...and where the hell is Albert Brooks?
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9:09AM on 01/24/2012
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is at a 48% on rottentomatoes. WTF is that movie on this list for?
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is at a 48% on rottentomatoes. WTF is that movie on this list for?
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9:19AM on 01/24/2012
...Looks like Howell was right. Sounds like a horrible film on many levels - from wiki-
Peter Howell of the Toronto Star gave the film one out of four stars saying that "[the] film feels all wrong on every level, mistaking precociousness for perceptiveness and catastrophe for a cuddling session. It's calculated as Oscar bait, but the bait is poisoned by opportunism and feigned sensitivity".
...Looks like Howell was right. Sounds like a horrible film on many levels - from wiki-
Peter Howell of the Toronto Star gave the film one out of four stars saying that "[the] film feels all wrong on every level, mistaking precociousness for perceptiveness and catastrophe for a cuddling session. It's calculated as Oscar bait, but the bait is poisoned by opportunism and feigned sensitivity".
8:43AM on 01/24/2012

TinTin

No tintin... wow
No tintin... wow
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10:08PM on 01/24/2012
After the Dark Knight didn't win Best Picture, I stopped giving a fuck about the Academy and their now worthless awards.
After the Dark Knight didn't win Best Picture, I stopped giving a fuck about the Academy and their now worthless awards.
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11:37AM on 01/24/2012

We Need To Change the Awards Season Gold Standard


The Oscars are out of touch and we all know it. Yet we care because it is still THE gold standard for film awards. Nothing gets the same immediate recognition. Its political equivalent is becoming president of the United States as opposed to any other electable office. Yet I can't help but be shocked at how year after year they fuck up and we all wonder why people still pay so much attention.

Fassbender and Mulligan being snubbed for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress is a tragedy. By

The Oscars are out of touch and we all know it. Yet we care because it is still THE gold standard for film awards. Nothing gets the same immediate recognition. Its political equivalent is becoming president of the United States as opposed to any other electable office. Yet I can't help but be shocked at how year after year they fuck up and we all wonder why people still pay so much attention.

Fassbender and Mulligan being snubbed for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress is a tragedy. By all account Extremely Loud is a mediocre film. For everything they got right (Melissa Mccarthy, Nick Nolte) they got so much wrong.
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5:46PM on 01/24/2012
Only good thing about this year's Oscars is that we're only one year away from next year's Oscars, which will likely include noms for The Hobbit, Django, Prometheus, etc.
Only good thing about this year's Oscars is that we're only one year away from next year's Oscars, which will likely include noms for The Hobbit, Django, Prometheus, etc.
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1:36PM on 01/24/2012
The only nom I care about is Man or A Muppet for best song. This probably means we'll get Jason Segal performing it :-)
The only nom I care about is Man or A Muppet for best song. This probably means we'll get Jason Segal performing it :-)
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11:05AM on 01/24/2012

Um...

Extremely Loud got in before Drive, Warrior AND Dragon Tattoo? Good to see nothing has changed I see.
Extremely Loud got in before Drive, Warrior AND Dragon Tattoo? Good to see nothing has changed I see.
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9:55AM on 01/24/2012

This is Bullshit!

Drive deserves better.
Drive deserves better.
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9:20AM on 01/24/2012
Those Best Picture nominations are EXTREMELY boring.

My list:

DRIVE
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
WARRIOR
SHAME
HUGO
THE ARTIST
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY
SUPER 8
Those Best Picture nominations are EXTREMELY boring.

My list:

DRIVE
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO
WARRIOR
SHAME
HUGO
THE ARTIST
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY
SUPER 8
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6:18PM on 01/24/2012
umm no!
umm no!
9:44PM on 01/24/2012
Most of that list is a load of crap... Lame-ass films nobody will remember in a few years. Alan Rickman should've been nominated.
Most of that list is a load of crap... Lame-ass films nobody will remember in a few years. Alan Rickman should've been nominated.
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5:59PM on 01/24/2012
Congrats to Jonah Hill, I am just tickled that he can now claim on his resume 'oscar-nominated actor' for the rest of his career. And while he's great in Moneyball...I cannot objectively say he gave a better performance than Albert Brooks or Andy Serkis.
Congrats to Jonah Hill, I am just tickled that he can now claim on his resume 'oscar-nominated actor' for the rest of his career. And while he's great in Moneyball...I cannot objectively say he gave a better performance than Albert Brooks or Andy Serkis.
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3:56PM on 01/24/2012

"Extremely Loud" reminds me of that South Park episode...

when that country singer shows up to cash in on 9/11. Horribly sentimental, misjudged on every level
As for the rest of the list, pretty poor showing all around. Shame Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy didn't get more noms
when that country singer shows up to cash in on 9/11. Horribly sentimental, misjudged on every level
As for the rest of the list, pretty poor showing all around. Shame Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy didn't get more noms
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12:18PM on 01/24/2012
They couldn't give Harry Potter or Bridesmaids the 10th nomination? Harry Potter deserved just a nomination for being the best reviewed film of the year. I can safely say no matter how good The Dark Knight Rises will be, it will not win best picture...maybe it will get nominated. maybe.
They couldn't give Harry Potter or Bridesmaids the 10th nomination? Harry Potter deserved just a nomination for being the best reviewed film of the year. I can safely say no matter how good The Dark Knight Rises will be, it will not win best picture...maybe it will get nominated. maybe.
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11:09AM on 01/24/2012
Rooney Mara! Yes!! Very happy about that, although I still can't believe the film didn't get an Original Score nom.
Rooney Mara! Yes!! Very happy about that, although I still can't believe the film didn't get an Original Score nom.
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10:34PM on 01/24/2012
Fassbender had two of the better roles of the year (Shame/X-Men First Class) and gets flat out ignored???? BOOOOOOO
Fassbender had two of the better roles of the year (Shame/X-Men First Class) and gets flat out ignored???? BOOOOOOO
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1:31PM on 01/24/2012
Is it just me or was the Descendants completely overrated? Warrior gets fucked over and so does the Devil's Double. Dominic Cooper got fucked on this one. Golden Globes actually does a better job this year. Now I see why Eddie Murphy opted out.
Is it just me or was the Descendants completely overrated? Warrior gets fucked over and so does the Devil's Double. Dominic Cooper got fucked on this one. Golden Globes actually does a better job this year. Now I see why Eddie Murphy opted out.
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6:04PM on 01/24/2012
who cares about Warrior, so overrated & cliched
who cares about Warrior, so overrated & cliched
1:30PM on 01/24/2012
Feels so weird not seeing a Pixar movie nominated
Feels so weird not seeing a Pixar movie nominated
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12:36PM on 01/24/2012

Jonah Hill

every year there's a "look at us kids, we're cool!" nomination. This was it. Let's be real, there was nothing amazing about the role of Peter Brand. I'd actually go as far to say almost any actor could have played him. You'll tell me I'm exaggerating and it was a great supporting character to Brad Pitt, but that is all that movie was about, Brad Pitt. It was a 1 character work, he's all you take away from that movie, and he was great.

I won't even comment on the rest of the noms, bc
every year there's a "look at us kids, we're cool!" nomination. This was it. Let's be real, there was nothing amazing about the role of Peter Brand. I'd actually go as far to say almost any actor could have played him. You'll tell me I'm exaggerating and it was a great supporting character to Brad Pitt, but that is all that movie was about, Brad Pitt. It was a 1 character work, he's all you take away from that movie, and he was great.

I won't even comment on the rest of the noms, bc like every year, it's hard to really care.
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12:30PM on 01/24/2012

Wow

seriously no love for Tin Tin ..first they screwed it on the American box office now at the oscars.i sincerely hope we get two more movies
seriously no love for Tin Tin ..first they screwed it on the American box office now at the oscars.i sincerely hope we get two more movies
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12:07PM on 01/24/2012
No "Tin Tin" in the animated category?
No "Tin Tin" in the animated category?
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9:27AM on 01/24/2012

Disappointments...

Only a Sound Editing nomination for Drive. No nomination for Charlize Theron for Best Actress for Young Adult. No nomination for Kirsten Dunst for Best Actress for Melancholia. Puss in Boots gets nominated but The Adventures of Tintin doesn't in Best Animated Film category. As disappointing as the movie was, is Sucker Punch not more deserving of a nomination for Best Visual Effects than Real Steel is?
Overall a disappointing list of nominees. A few deserving, many underwhelming.
Only a Sound Editing nomination for Drive. No nomination for Charlize Theron for Best Actress for Young Adult. No nomination for Kirsten Dunst for Best Actress for Melancholia. Puss in Boots gets nominated but The Adventures of Tintin doesn't in Best Animated Film category. As disappointing as the movie was, is Sucker Punch not more deserving of a nomination for Best Visual Effects than Real Steel is?
Overall a disappointing list of nominees. A few deserving, many underwhelming.
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9:23AM on 01/24/2012
No DiCaprio for Best Actor. WTF.

And Drive with one nomination. One. Un. Uno. Singular. Without an S. Travesty.
No DiCaprio for Best Actor. WTF.

And Drive with one nomination. One. Un. Uno. Singular. Without an S. Travesty.
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9:10AM on 01/24/2012
No DRIVE, no Fassbender...wow!
Well at least Madonna's POS flick isn't being nominated for anything.
No DRIVE, no Fassbender...wow!
Well at least Madonna's POS flick isn't being nominated for anything.
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4:42PM on 01/24/2012
it actually did get nominated for best costume design
it actually did get nominated for best costume design
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8:50AM on 01/24/2012
There will be terrible ratings this year.
There will be terrible ratings this year.
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12:45PM on 01/24/2012

Senna???

I can't for any reason fathom why 'Senna' is not nominated for Best Documentary Feature. With 'Drive' and 'Shame' being overlooked in numerous categories, it appears as if the Bafta's are much more on the ball this year.
I can't for any reason fathom why 'Senna' is not nominated for Best Documentary Feature. With 'Drive' and 'Shame' being overlooked in numerous categories, it appears as if the Bafta's are much more on the ball this year.
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10:12AM on 01/24/2012

I'm a sucker for the Oscars

But this just has me rolling my eyes. Even though a lot of deserving movies got nominated, this is just a weak effort all around
Thank GOD for the Golden Schmoes*

(*On that note, Schmoes, let's fucking show those Academy suits who really knows their celluloid shit)
But this just has me rolling my eyes. Even though a lot of deserving movies got nominated, this is just a weak effort all around
Thank GOD for the Golden Schmoes*

(*On that note, Schmoes, let's fucking show those Academy suits who really knows their celluloid shit)
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3:31AM on 01/25/2012
"Man or Muppet" was nominated.
There is some justice in the world.
"Man or Muppet" was nominated.
There is some justice in the world.
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4:35PM on 01/24/2012

Such a weak year

Just looking at this lists of nominations is kind of depressing. There really wasn't anything spectacular this year. I definitely think Michael Parks should have been nominated for his role in Red State. Rag on the movie if you want (I personally love it and think it should be up there for best original screenplay and much more) but Parks perfromance in that was incredible. Way better than most of the actors on those lists. I also think it's a shame that Serkis got snubbed for Ceasar. Just
Just looking at this lists of nominations is kind of depressing. There really wasn't anything spectacular this year. I definitely think Michael Parks should have been nominated for his role in Red State. Rag on the movie if you want (I personally love it and think it should be up there for best original screenplay and much more) but Parks perfromance in that was incredible. Way better than most of the actors on those lists. I also think it's a shame that Serkis got snubbed for Ceasar. Just watched Rise of the Apes last night and his performance was incredible. His nomination, and possible win, would have been the perfect publicity this show needs. They had a chance to do something very unique and special here and they dropped the ball. I mean I wouldn't expect him to win but to atleast be acknowledged would have been ground breaking.
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2:37PM on 01/24/2012

TinTin

People seem to forget that TinTin can't be nominated for best animated feature because the Academy's rules state that motion capture doesn't count. Glad to see Nick Nolte recognized for Warrior
People seem to forget that TinTin can't be nominated for best animated feature because the Academy's rules state that motion capture doesn't count. Glad to see Nick Nolte recognized for Warrior
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10:42AM on 01/24/2012
Boring.....I've seen most of the movies nominated and none of them really stand out to me. As in movies to be remembered, that touched me. The descendents was good but way too long and not memorable. I dont know. Such a lackluster year. Like everyone says, I'm looking forward to the Golden Schmoes more than ever but I think Drive is gonna sweep everything there
Boring.....I've seen most of the movies nominated and none of them really stand out to me. As in movies to be remembered, that touched me. The descendents was good but way too long and not memorable. I dont know. Such a lackluster year. Like everyone says, I'm looking forward to the Golden Schmoes more than ever but I think Drive is gonna sweep everything there
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9:39AM on 01/24/2012
Drive was the best movie of the year. A travesty it's not seen anywhere on this list.
Drive was the best movie of the year. A travesty it's not seen anywhere on this list.
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9:14AM on 01/24/2012
Trent Reznor was robbed :(
Trent Reznor was robbed :(
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9:12AM on 01/24/2012
Tin Tin should be up there. Is Kung Fu Panda 2 really that good? I wasn't impressed much with Rango's story, but it was visually amazing. 'A Cat in Paris' came out in France 2010. Very safe year with the nominated films and host; Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close over Dragon Tattoo among others?
Tin Tin should be up there. Is Kung Fu Panda 2 really that good? I wasn't impressed much with Rango's story, but it was visually amazing. 'A Cat in Paris' came out in France 2010. Very safe year with the nominated films and host; Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close over Dragon Tattoo among others?
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11:20AM on 01/24/2012
Kung Fu Panda 2 is really great. MUCH better than Tintin imo.
Kung Fu Panda 2 is really great. MUCH better than Tintin imo.
11:49AM on 01/24/2012
Your avatar tells me to believe you. I'll be checking it out this weekend.
Your avatar tells me to believe you. I'll be checking it out this weekend.
1:29PM on 01/24/2012
I personally thought Kung Fu Panda 2 was awful. Really just the first movie but with a new villain. Other then that, jokes are the same, schtik is the same, plot is the same. Everything you'd expect from a cartoon sequel, with sobby backstory and pretty weak climax IMO. And I loved the first.
I personally thought Kung Fu Panda 2 was awful. Really just the first movie but with a new villain. Other then that, jokes are the same, schtik is the same, plot is the same. Everything you'd expect from a cartoon sequel, with sobby backstory and pretty weak climax IMO. And I loved the first.
8:50AM on 01/24/2012

Music

Only 2 songs for best original songs. Luckily Muppets got one of them.
And John Williams will be losing twice this year to The Artist
Only 2 songs for best original songs. Luckily Muppets got one of them.
And John Williams will be losing twice this year to The Artist
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8:46AM on 01/24/2012

New Rule...

Even with the new rule of having to get x amount of votes to be a part of the best picture race, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close gets a nom -- woof
Even with the new rule of having to get x amount of votes to be a part of the best picture race, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close gets a nom -- woof
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12:05AM on 01/25/2012

Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining

The ONLY thing that makes about these noms is that finally Gary Oldman has been recognized. Being overlooked for decades... the man that is essentially the reason i became so infatuated with film and all things related...and probably will never have this chance again WILL BE KNOWN, by more than just us ex video store clerks. way to go, congrats GO... no shot in hell at winning, but the nom is just as good in my book.
The ONLY thing that makes about these noms is that finally Gary Oldman has been recognized. Being overlooked for decades... the man that is essentially the reason i became so infatuated with film and all things related...and probably will never have this chance again WILL BE KNOWN, by more than just us ex video store clerks. way to go, congrats GO... no shot in hell at winning, but the nom is just as good in my book.
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11:07PM on 01/24/2012
Boooooooooring

Some nom's are deserving, but mostly confusing as hell, once again proving that the Academy is all politics and under the table tuggies, and absolutely no class.

It what fucked up world is Tin-tin not the best animated film of the year???? Oh yeah... in Hollywoodworld.
Boooooooooring

Some nom's are deserving, but mostly confusing as hell, once again proving that the Academy is all politics and under the table tuggies, and absolutely no class.

It what fucked up world is Tin-tin not the best animated film of the year???? Oh yeah... in Hollywoodworld.
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12:52AM on 01/25/2012
Once again, Tintin's not nominated for animation because it's motion-capture. Mo-cap's not eligible under Academy rules.
Once again, Tintin's not nominated for animation because it's motion-capture. Mo-cap's not eligible under Academy rules.
4:31PM on 01/24/2012

Melissa McCarthy and Jonah Hill? Seriously?

Those nominations either confirm that it was a horrible year for movies or the voters are blind. All McCarthy did was her best Zach Galifianakis impersonation. As for Hill, he wasn't bad but he damn sure wasn't Oscar worthy in Moneyball. I guess at least Nick Nolte's nomination might make some people check out Warrior, which is a movie actually worthy of a nomination for best picture. Everything from the use of Billy Crystal as host to the horrible nominations makes this years Oscars look
Those nominations either confirm that it was a horrible year for movies or the voters are blind. All McCarthy did was her best Zach Galifianakis impersonation. As for Hill, he wasn't bad but he damn sure wasn't Oscar worthy in Moneyball. I guess at least Nick Nolte's nomination might make some people check out Warrior, which is a movie actually worthy of a nomination for best picture. Everything from the use of Billy Crystal as host to the horrible nominations makes this years Oscars look completely stale.
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2:17PM on 01/24/2012

Academy Award Nominated Drive...

For the brazen performances? No. The fearless directing? No. Even better. THE SOUND EDITING.
For the brazen performances? No. The fearless directing? No. Even better. THE SOUND EDITING.
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2:03PM on 01/24/2012

Meh.

No love for Michael Shannon for Take Shelter or John Hawkes in martha marcy may marlene...granted I know neither did box office numbers and we all know that's what really counts not the persons performance when getting nominated...and I thought Brad Pitt was better in Tree of Life than he was in Moneyball...but that's just my opinion.
No love for Michael Shannon for Take Shelter or John Hawkes in martha marcy may marlene...granted I know neither did box office numbers and we all know that's what really counts not the persons performance when getting nominated...and I thought Brad Pitt was better in Tree of Life than he was in Moneyball...but that's just my opinion.
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6:03PM on 01/24/2012
Ya we all know its Box Office numbers that matter to the Academy
Ya we all know its Box Office numbers that matter to the Academy
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9:45AM on 01/24/2012
Very shocked about Tintin getting snubbed. It seemed like it would go on to take the Oscar after its success at the Golden Globes and the PGA awards. Still the Best Animated Film of 2011.

Very surprised about TTSS getting a screenplay nod seeing as how that was perhaps the biggest problem with the film. Oldman's nomination wasn't entirely unexpected, but I found it to be perhaps his blandest performance.

Also a little peeved about Tilda not getting her much deserved nomination for Best
Very shocked about Tintin getting snubbed. It seemed like it would go on to take the Oscar after its success at the Golden Globes and the PGA awards. Still the Best Animated Film of 2011.

Very surprised about TTSS getting a screenplay nod seeing as how that was perhaps the biggest problem with the film. Oldman's nomination wasn't entirely unexpected, but I found it to be perhaps his blandest performance.

Also a little peeved about Tilda not getting her much deserved nomination for Best Actress. She wouldn't have won, but it would have been nice to see her at least get the nod.

Completely shocked to see that Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close got a nod for Best Picture, especially since it was certified rotten with a 48%. I guess I actually have to see it now though I've heard mostly bad things about it.

The last surprise was that Albert Brooks was snubbed for his performance in Drive after being the frontrunner throughout awards season. Very strange for SAG and now the Academy to leave him off.

Anyways, most of these categories already seem to be decided. Now we just need to sit back and wait to see The Artist take Best Picture... unless some kind of huge upset occurs.
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9:42AM on 01/24/2012

Oscars

It is unfortunate that this is considered the gold standard for Awards season, I rarely agree with most selections year in and year out. I want some youth and opinion injected into the decision making, not a bunch of old men following suit.
It is unfortunate that this is considered the gold standard for Awards season, I rarely agree with most selections year in and year out. I want some youth and opinion injected into the decision making, not a bunch of old men following suit.
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9:39AM on 01/24/2012

Very Mixed...

Very happy about Gary Goldman...... But why shut out War Horse in director and movie??? Also no Tintin for animated movie????
Very happy about Gary Goldman...... But why shut out War Horse in director and movie??? Also no Tintin for animated movie????
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4:48PM on 01/24/2012
war horse was nominated for best picture
war horse was nominated for best picture
9:07AM on 01/24/2012

Yawn

This is the worst, most boring line-up ever. At least 2005 (although Crash won) had Brokeback Mountain. Whatever your thoughts on the film, at least it was interesting.

For whatever reason I've not seen a single film on this least and most year's I've seen over half, some years I've seen them all.

Hugo is the only movie there that I would've paid cash money to see, but it wasn't out long enough for me to catch it.
This is the worst, most boring line-up ever. At least 2005 (although Crash won) had Brokeback Mountain. Whatever your thoughts on the film, at least it was interesting.

For whatever reason I've not seen a single film on this least and most year's I've seen over half, some years I've seen them all.

Hugo is the only movie there that I would've paid cash money to see, but it wasn't out long enough for me to catch it.
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12:38AM on 01/25/2012

Yet again, not good.

It has already been said, but I gotta reiterate that it's a damn shame that Gosling didn't bag a single nomination. between Drive and Ides of March. Both those movies should also be on the best picture list, replacing the thoroughly mediocre War Horse and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Determined to win an Oscar. Of course, I stopped taking the Academy seriously after Children of Men was criminally overlooked in 2006.
It has already been said, but I gotta reiterate that it's a damn shame that Gosling didn't bag a single nomination. between Drive and Ides of March. Both those movies should also be on the best picture list, replacing the thoroughly mediocre War Horse and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Determined to win an Oscar. Of course, I stopped taking the Academy seriously after Children of Men was criminally overlooked in 2006.
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10:55AM on 01/25/2012
Children of Men was the best picture that year and was overlooked because it was scifi which is bullshit. 28 days later is another one.
Children of Men was the best picture that year and was overlooked because it was scifi which is bullshit. 28 days later is another one.
3:41PM on 01/24/2012

Lame!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Besides Hugo it looks like a bunch of boring movies for best picture. Movies people will forget about in 2 years. I give these nominations 3 snores.
Besides Hugo it looks like a bunch of boring movies for best picture. Movies people will forget about in 2 years. I give these nominations 3 snores.
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3:33PM on 01/24/2012
Okay, don't everyone hate on me too much...
I don't think the Academy did a bad job this year. With a few minor exceptions i don't mind the nominations at all. Not crazy about the Best picture section thats for sure. Im not clear on the criteria needed to be nominated (i.e. why Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is nominated) However I'm content with the nominations OVERALL this year.
Okay, don't everyone hate on me too much...
I don't think the Academy did a bad job this year. With a few minor exceptions i don't mind the nominations at all. Not crazy about the Best picture section thats for sure. Im not clear on the criteria needed to be nominated (i.e. why Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is nominated) However I'm content with the nominations OVERALL this year.
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2:33PM on 01/24/2012
They did a terrible job this year. Drive is one of the best films of the year and did not get nominated while Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close got a nomination and received very underwhelming reviews. Also Shailene Woodley did not get a supporting actress nod. Ridiculous
They did a terrible job this year. Drive is one of the best films of the year and did not get nominated while Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close got a nomination and received very underwhelming reviews. Also Shailene Woodley did not get a supporting actress nod. Ridiculous
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11:35AM on 01/24/2012
Lots of snubs indeed. Go Nolte!
Lots of snubs indeed. Go Nolte!
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11:29AM on 01/24/2012
I noticed another snub that no one is talking about. Shailene Woodley for The Descendants. She was incredible. Far better than all the other supporting actress nominees, except for Berenice Bejo
I noticed another snub that no one is talking about. Shailene Woodley for The Descendants. She was incredible. Far better than all the other supporting actress nominees, except for Berenice Bejo
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10:08AM on 01/24/2012
Drive should have been in many categories especially Albert Brooks for best supporting actor.
Drive should have been in many categories especially Albert Brooks for best supporting actor.
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9:31AM on 01/24/2012

Drive?

THE OSCARS FUCKING SUCK!
THE OSCARS FUCKING SUCK!
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9:22AM on 01/24/2012
Shame
Shame
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9:19AM on 01/24/2012

i either like or hate somthing in each category

best pic: loud and close over dragon tatoo
best dir:glad for malick but fincher not on there
actor: awesome for oldman(first nom ever)
actress: rooney mara repping for the best film of the year
s actor: love nolte but von sydow over albert brooks?????
s.actress: mccarthy had me laughing every time on screen

bad year though for movies
best pic: loud and close over dragon tatoo
best dir:glad for malick but fincher not on there
actor: awesome for oldman(first nom ever)
actress: rooney mara repping for the best film of the year
s actor: love nolte but von sydow over albert brooks?????
s.actress: mccarthy had me laughing every time on screen

bad year though for movies
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9:10AM on 01/24/2012

exteremly wrong and incredibly stupid

now i didnt hate the movie extremely loud ove dragon tatoo...

i thought dragon tatoo was the best movie i saw all year i didnt think it would win best picture(actually caught the artist the other day and was very impressed and should win) but i would think it was better than loud and close
now i didnt hate the movie extremely loud ove dragon tatoo...

i thought dragon tatoo was the best movie i saw all year i didnt think it would win best picture(actually caught the artist the other day and was very impressed and should win) but i would think it was better than loud and close
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9:05AM on 01/24/2012

Sweet

I love Rango! But no supporting actor nod for Serkis? C'mon Academy...
I love Rango! But no supporting actor nod for Serkis? C'mon Academy...
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9:37AM on 01/24/2012
Oh yeah, forgot about Serkis...
Oh yeah, forgot about Serkis...
10:34AM on 01/25/2012
I thought PUSS IN BOOTS was a cheap post-shreck cash in, now it's nominated for an oscar? They must be really desperate since Pixar didn't put out a film in 2011.

If TRANSFORMERS 3 wins an oscar I may die laughing.
I thought PUSS IN BOOTS was a cheap post-shreck cash in, now it's nominated for an oscar? They must be really desperate since Pixar didn't put out a film in 2011.

If TRANSFORMERS 3 wins an oscar I may die laughing.
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3:44PM on 01/25/2012
Pixar didn't put a GOOD film in 2011 - don't forget Cars 2!
Pixar didn't put a GOOD film in 2011 - don't forget Cars 2!
1:08AM on 01/25/2012
These are shit.
These are shit.
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5:05PM on 01/24/2012
UH...Tintin not up for best animated? Even if its a crap film i would have thought the muscle behind the making of it would have got a certain nomination. Very strange..
UH...Tintin not up for best animated? Even if its a crap film i would have thought the muscle behind the making of it would have got a certain nomination. Very strange..
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12:54AM on 01/25/2012
It's motion-capture, which isn't animation according to AMPAS rules.
It's motion-capture, which isn't animation according to AMPAS rules.
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4:35PM on 01/24/2012
I don't know what this says about me... but I haven't seen a single movie nominated for best picture.... Hugo and Moneyball are the only two on that list that I wanted to see but never got around to.
I don't know what this says about me... but I haven't seen a single movie nominated for best picture.... Hugo and Moneyball are the only two on that list that I wanted to see but never got around to.
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4:46PM on 01/24/2012
Dude im in the same boat as you. They all look like snooze fests. Even Moneyball and Hugo don't wet my appetite.
Dude im in the same boat as you. They all look like snooze fests. Even Moneyball and Hugo don't wet my appetite.
4:52PM on 01/24/2012
One thing it says about you is that you don't like cinema. Maybe it's the lack of explosions.
One thing it says about you is that you don't like cinema. Maybe it's the lack of explosions.
7:18PM on 01/24/2012
Skellington, stop being pretentious

"Hmm...These people weren't interested in these movies. They must be unintelligent Michael Bay fans." Get over yourself
Skellington, stop being pretentious

"Hmm...These people weren't interested in these movies. They must be unintelligent Michael Bay fans." Get over yourself
12:40AM on 01/25/2012
No, Skellington is right, it's obviously clear that I don't like cinema ;)
No, Skellington is right, it's obviously clear that I don't like cinema ;)
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4:11PM on 01/24/2012
2011 list is very very "meh".. I never cared much about the oscars to watch the entire show, but now i donīt even care about the nominations. Thank god 2012 is here so far.. it rocks!
2011 list is very very "meh".. I never cared much about the oscars to watch the entire show, but now i donīt even care about the nominations. Thank god 2012 is here so far.. it rocks!
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4:01PM on 01/24/2012

1 problemish

Well as much as I loved "drive" im OK with it not on the best pic list, however why didnt the academy recongnize the best reviewed / biggest franchise of all times final movie? Harry Potter 7 P2!!! Im not even a big HP fan but that movie was fantastic, it shoulda got some love i.e. LOTR style
Well as much as I loved "drive" im OK with it not on the best pic list, however why didnt the academy recongnize the best reviewed / biggest franchise of all times final movie? Harry Potter 7 P2!!! Im not even a big HP fan but that movie was fantastic, it shoulda got some love i.e. LOTR style
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4:04PM on 01/24/2012
agreed
agreed
2:54PM on 01/24/2012

This is horrible...

Spielberg snubbed, Glosing snubbed, Brooks snubbed, Fassbender snubbed, Extremely Shitty and Incredibly Crappy nominated for best pic?? Drive doesn't get a nomination? and WTF is A Better Life...why did I just hear about this film??

At least they got Hugo and Nick Nolte right...-___-

Spielberg snubbed, Glosing snubbed, Brooks snubbed, Fassbender snubbed, Extremely Shitty and Incredibly Crappy nominated for best pic?? Drive doesn't get a nomination? and WTF is A Better Life...why did I just hear about this film??

At least they got Hugo and Nick Nolte right...-___-

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1:26PM on 01/24/2012
This is an odd list.
This is an odd list.
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1:10PM on 01/24/2012

GREAT LIST

but shocked Tintin was left off animated.
and i LOVE that Oldman got a nom., but sadly he's a long shot. i think it'll be Clondog's
but shocked Tintin was left off animated.
and i LOVE that Oldman got a nom., but sadly he's a long shot. i think it'll be Clondog's
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11:11AM on 01/24/2012

Disappointed

The positives for me are Rooney Mara getting a nomination for Best Actress, Viola Davis getting a nomination for Best Actress, Nick Nolte getting a nomination for Best Supporting Actor, and Brad Pitt getting a nomination for Best Actor.

The negatives for me were Drive, The Ides of March, or Warrior did not receive Best Picture nominations, Ryan Gosling did not receive a nomination for Best Actor for Drive OR The Ides of March, and the fact that Tom Hardy did not get nominated for Best Actor
The positives for me are Rooney Mara getting a nomination for Best Actress, Viola Davis getting a nomination for Best Actress, Nick Nolte getting a nomination for Best Supporting Actor, and Brad Pitt getting a nomination for Best Actor.

The negatives for me were Drive, The Ides of March, or Warrior did not receive Best Picture nominations, Ryan Gosling did not receive a nomination for Best Actor for Drive OR The Ides of March, and the fact that Tom Hardy did not get nominated for Best Actor for Warrior.
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9:46AM on 01/24/2012
I'm ok with the nominations this year. Did you all really expect Drive or Shame to pick up nominations. They deserved it, but are not the type of films that get recognized. The only nomination that should be there is Alan Rickman for Deathly Hallows Part 2. Not just for that movie but for the incredible work done over the course of 8 movies.

On another note, thankfully Rooney Mara got nominated. She made that role her own and was way better than Rapace was in the Swedish version.

I
I'm ok with the nominations this year. Did you all really expect Drive or Shame to pick up nominations. They deserved it, but are not the type of films that get recognized. The only nomination that should be there is Alan Rickman for Deathly Hallows Part 2. Not just for that movie but for the incredible work done over the course of 8 movies.

On another note, thankfully Rooney Mara got nominated. She made that role her own and was way better than Rapace was in the Swedish version.

I do wish that Kirsten Dunst was nominated over Meryl Streep. Why does Streep keep getting nominated. We get it. She is great in everything. About time they stop nominating her, especially since she hardly ever wins, and give someone else her spot.
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12:16PM on 01/24/2012
I've seen every film on the best picture list except for Extremely Loud and I have to say...it's really not a bad list. Hugo is without a doubt one of the best films to be released in the past few years and if you haven't seen it and you love cinema do yourself a favor and check it out. Also glad to see some love for Tree of Life which was by far the most engrossing film to be released in years. Wow! Watched it again last night and I'm glad to see it being nominated and that its not nearly as
I've seen every film on the best picture list except for Extremely Loud and I have to say...it's really not a bad list. Hugo is without a doubt one of the best films to be released in the past few years and if you haven't seen it and you love cinema do yourself a favor and check it out. Also glad to see some love for Tree of Life which was by far the most engrossing film to be released in years. Wow! Watched it again last night and I'm glad to see it being nominated and that its not nearly as esoteric as one might think. The Help is one of the most important films released in the past few years, Midnight in Paris is a unique little tale pulled off spectacularly and War Horse is the beard doing what the beard does best now in a period piece drama. The artist was something out of the box and the Descendants bored me when I saw it initially but I kept analyzing it for a week after so there must have been something there. And Moneyball was a sports film that broke the mold yet maintained its inspiring tone. All in all its a pretty decent list.

As for acting nominations the person who really got snubbed was Leo! Did anyone see him as J Edgar? Now that was a revelation of a performance. He wasn't playing an old man HE WAS one. A truly remarkable performance that is unfortunately not getting the attention it deserves.

I know I'm kind of digging this list even though it doesn't have a lot of the movies that I really enjoyed for pure entertainment purposes (X Men and Warrior) but by this point we should all know how the Academy operates and try and see these films from another perspective....Yeesh, I sound like the president of the Academy or something...I'm not (surprise!) but there are quite a few great movies here worth checking out.
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11:35AM on 01/24/2012

Wow

I'm actually shocked. Usually I disagree with the actual winners, but this is the first time where I cannot believe who got nominated, or who didn't rather.
I'm actually shocked. Usually I disagree with the actual winners, but this is the first time where I cannot believe who got nominated, or who didn't rather.
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10:25AM on 01/24/2012
basically no surprises... Sure Drive, Warrior and some other good, more edgy stuff (good to see Nolte got a nom though) got robbed in some of the categories but I didn't really expect them to get nominated. We have Golden Schmoes to make things right like that. All in all there's nothing to be infuriated about, I disagree with a bunch of the picks, but we saw each and everyone coming.
basically no surprises... Sure Drive, Warrior and some other good, more edgy stuff (good to see Nolte got a nom though) got robbed in some of the categories but I didn't really expect them to get nominated. We have Golden Schmoes to make things right like that. All in all there's nothing to be infuriated about, I disagree with a bunch of the picks, but we saw each and everyone coming.
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9:55AM on 01/24/2012
Well that was, underwhelming.
Because Drive and Warrior and all of the other films that got snubbed for best picture aren't there.. I guess I will have to root for Midnight in Paris - which won't happen.
Well that was, underwhelming.
Because Drive and Warrior and all of the other films that got snubbed for best picture aren't there.. I guess I will have to root for Midnight in Paris - which won't happen.
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9:04AM on 01/24/2012
Double YES!!! for Gary Oldman and Nick Nolte for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively. I really hope they win.
Double YES!!! for Gary Oldman and Nick Nolte for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively. I really hope they win.
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10:33AM on 01/25/2012

SMH

despte all of the bullsh##t snubs at leat nick nolte got a well deserved nom for his role in the warrior prob one of the only thingsthey got right... This awards show is becoming more and more likethe golden globes every year more focused on celebs than on film
despte all of the bullsh##t snubs at leat nick nolte got a well deserved nom for his role in the warrior prob one of the only thingsthey got right... This awards show is becoming more and more likethe golden globes every year more focused on celebs than on film
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7:25PM on 01/25/2012
As evident by them giving Damien Bachir the nom over DiCaprio.
As evident by them giving Damien Bachir the nom over DiCaprio.
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11:54PM on 01/24/2012

Would anyone else agree...

Super 8 deserved some praise
Super 8 deserved some praise
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7:23PM on 01/24/2012

War Horse???

Really? Why does War Horse get nominated for best picture and Drive gets left out? War Horse was... meh, but it does NOT deserve best picture. Spielberg is one of the greatest directors of all time, but he really disappointed me here. I don't think it will win, maybe it will, but either way... seriously?
Really? Why does War Horse get nominated for best picture and Drive gets left out? War Horse was... meh, but it does NOT deserve best picture. Spielberg is one of the greatest directors of all time, but he really disappointed me here. I don't think it will win, maybe it will, but either way... seriously?
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5:01PM on 01/24/2012
Honestly, who are has seen CHICO AND RITA and
A CAT IN PARIS?
Honestly, who are has seen CHICO AND RITA and
A CAT IN PARIS?
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5:05PM on 01/24/2012
You are aware that there are movies outside Hollywood, right ?
You are aware that there are movies outside Hollywood, right ?
9:02PM on 01/24/2012
Of course I'm aware. But my question was Who has seen the films in the U.S? Both films are from 2010, so technically, they shouldn't even be on this list.
Of course I'm aware. But my question was Who has seen the films in the U.S? Both films are from 2010, so technically, they shouldn't even be on this list.
9:21PM on 01/24/2012
Once again Skellington fails in his arguments.
Once again Skellington fails in his arguments.
12:55AM on 01/25/2012
Me. They're good, not Oscar-winning good but they deserve a look. Still surprised Arthur Christmas or Winnie the Pooh didn't get nominated.
Me. They're good, not Oscar-winning good but they deserve a look. Still surprised Arthur Christmas or Winnie the Pooh didn't get nominated.
4:00PM on 01/24/2012

No Winnie the Pooh or Arthur Christmas?

I'm surprised (and not in a good way) that neither Arthur Christmas nor Winnie the Pooh got nominated for the Best Animated Feature Film category, considering they got the best reviews of any animated film released last year.

And I agree with Director003: Tintin was made using motion-capture, which means it's automatically disqualified for the Animation category.
I'm surprised (and not in a good way) that neither Arthur Christmas nor Winnie the Pooh got nominated for the Best Animated Feature Film category, considering they got the best reviews of any animated film released last year.

And I agree with Director003: Tintin was made using motion-capture, which means it's automatically disqualified for the Animation category.
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4:03PM on 01/24/2012
That is bullshit TinTin should be nominated.
That is bullshit TinTin should be nominated.
12:56AM on 01/25/2012
Take it up with the Academy. Hell, not even Roger Zemeckis thinks motion-capture should be considered animation.
Take it up with the Academy. Hell, not even Roger Zemeckis thinks motion-capture should be considered animation.
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2:25PM on 01/24/2012

Just noticed

Melissa McCarthy... jeez, it was a good role, but relax a little.
Melissa McCarthy... jeez, it was a good role, but relax a little.
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1:15PM on 01/24/2012

I don't get it

No screenplay nom for 50/50? No technical noms for Super 8? Trent Reznor ignored? Weird...

Also, am I the only one who just doesn't see what the big deal is about Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill in Moneyball? They were both good, don't get me wrong, but Oscar-worthy?? Hill was better in Superbad. Those two slots should've gone to Patton Oswalt for Young Adult (supporting), and Dominic Cooper for lead in The Devil's Double (which for some reason everyone has been ignoring. Too violent, perhaps?)
No screenplay nom for 50/50? No technical noms for Super 8? Trent Reznor ignored? Weird...

Also, am I the only one who just doesn't see what the big deal is about Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill in Moneyball? They were both good, don't get me wrong, but Oscar-worthy?? Hill was better in Superbad. Those two slots should've gone to Patton Oswalt for Young Adult (supporting), and Dominic Cooper for lead in The Devil's Double (which for some reason everyone has been ignoring. Too violent, perhaps?)
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1:25PM on 01/24/2012
Dominic Cooper deserves not just the nomination but the award. He was fantastic. Devil's Double should also have the nomination for best picture at least.
Dominic Cooper deserves not just the nomination but the award. He was fantastic. Devil's Double should also have the nomination for best picture at least.
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11:49AM on 01/24/2012
I saw Shame, and I can see why it didn't get any nominations. It was actually predictable and fairly heavy-handed. Fassbender was good in it, but he did a far better job in Xmen: First Class (I'm not saying that he should have been nominated for that either).
Glad to see Rango up there, since I still think that was my favorite movie of last year, AND surprisingly so. Also glad to see the Muppet song nominated since it was actually well done.
I saw Shame, and I can see why it didn't get any nominations. It was actually predictable and fairly heavy-handed. Fassbender was good in it, but he did a far better job in Xmen: First Class (I'm not saying that he should have been nominated for that either).
Glad to see Rango up there, since I still think that was my favorite movie of last year, AND surprisingly so. Also glad to see the Muppet song nominated since it was actually well done.
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4:47PM on 01/24/2012
No Drive, Pariah, Tilda Swinton or Brit Marling / Another Earth....at this rate winning an oscar is gonna be like taking home an mtv movie award...or a grammy.....once again Brad Pitt's performance in The Tree Of Life gets ignored! What the fuck man?
No Drive, Pariah, Tilda Swinton or Brit Marling / Another Earth....at this rate winning an oscar is gonna be like taking home an mtv movie award...or a grammy.....once again Brad Pitt's performance in The Tree Of Life gets ignored! What the fuck man?
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3:27PM on 01/24/2012
Its a great list. Except for "Extremely Loud". I'm glad "Tree of Life" got nominated. I really never grasped all the love "Warrior" got on this site. Its a very average, predictable movie. I felt like I had seen it before when I first watched it. I do wish "Dragon Tattoo" had gotten nominated for Best Picture. And Fassbender for "Shame".
Its a great list. Except for "Extremely Loud". I'm glad "Tree of Life" got nominated. I really never grasped all the love "Warrior" got on this site. Its a very average, predictable movie. I felt like I had seen it before when I first watched it. I do wish "Dragon Tattoo" had gotten nominated for Best Picture. And Fassbender for "Shame".
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11:46AM on 01/24/2012
I really hope Pitt wins for Best Actor and Nolte wins for Best Supporting Actor. The two of them more than deserve to win.
I really hope Pitt wins for Best Actor and Nolte wins for Best Supporting Actor. The two of them more than deserve to win.
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9:33AM on 01/24/2012
I'm pleased to see the following:

Demian Bichir
Gary Oldman
Nick Nolte
Melissa McCarthy

I wish they left Jonah Hill off in exchange for Albert Brooks though.

Yeah, it's rather predictable, but I'm more impressed with this year's line-up then I have been since probably 2008 (when No Country for Old Men, There Will Be Blood, and Michael Clayton all made the cut).
I'm pleased to see the following:

Demian Bichir
Gary Oldman
Nick Nolte
Melissa McCarthy

I wish they left Jonah Hill off in exchange for Albert Brooks though.

Yeah, it's rather predictable, but I'm more impressed with this year's line-up then I have been since probably 2008 (when No Country for Old Men, There Will Be Blood, and Michael Clayton all made the cut).
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9:26AM on 01/24/2012

Best Original Score...

Also left out were the Chemical Brothers for HANNA and Michael Giacchino for SUPER 8. These were two of the most breathtaking scores of last year and they got nothing.
Also left out were the Chemical Brothers for HANNA and Michael Giacchino for SUPER 8. These were two of the most breathtaking scores of last year and they got nothing.
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9:06AM on 01/24/2012

Nick Nolte!!

I agree with mainly everything my fellow my schmoes said below me, but Nick Nolte was freaking nominated for Warrior!! He probably won't win given the politics of these award shoes, but I'm glad to see the nomination and the recognition for a film that deserved a lot better. As for the rest I don't hold much stock.
I agree with mainly everything my fellow my schmoes said below me, but Nick Nolte was freaking nominated for Warrior!! He probably won't win given the politics of these award shoes, but I'm glad to see the nomination and the recognition for a film that deserved a lot better. As for the rest I don't hold much stock.
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2:07AM on 01/27/2012

Hoping For Lowest Ratings Ever

I have never been so disappointed or pissed off. This year's noms are the safest of the safe and the blandest of the bland. I urge all of you to skip the show this year, as the Academy doesn't deserve anyone to watch them after this fiasco.
I have never been so disappointed or pissed off. This year's noms are the safest of the safe and the blandest of the bland. I urge all of you to skip the show this year, as the Academy doesn't deserve anyone to watch them after this fiasco.
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6:30AM on 01/25/2012

Bad

My dad didn't watch the Oscars when TDK got left out. It was the first time in my life we didn't watch the Oscars b/c he said that the best movie that year was not nominated. This will be the first year in my life that neither of us will watch the Oscars. I FUCKING hope they notice. This is a joke.
My dad didn't watch the Oscars when TDK got left out. It was the first time in my life we didn't watch the Oscars b/c he said that the best movie that year was not nominated. This will be the first year in my life that neither of us will watch the Oscars. I FUCKING hope they notice. This is a joke.
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4:53PM on 01/24/2012
more proof that 2011 was an extremely weak year, but I am glad Rooney Mara got nominated, the rest is just very typical with no real surprises other than Hugo getting so much love. Shame ya'lls BELOVED Warrior & Drive got only one nomination apiece.

more proof that 2011 was an extremely weak year, but I am glad Rooney Mara got nominated, the rest is just very typical with no real surprises other than Hugo getting so much love. Shame ya'lls BELOVED Warrior & Drive got only one nomination apiece.

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3:55PM on 01/24/2012
The video doesn't work, says "An error has occurred" every time I try to watch it!
The video doesn't work, says "An error has occurred" every time I try to watch it!
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10:59AM on 01/24/2012
Really glad to see The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and Rooney Mara getting the love they deserve, as well as The Muppets for Original Song. And hopefully Pixar will learn from their mistakes as they had no noms.
Really glad to see The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and Rooney Mara getting the love they deserve, as well as The Muppets for Original Song. And hopefully Pixar will learn from their mistakes as they had no noms.
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10:16AM on 01/24/2012

Oscars

Well, its time to talk OSCAR. I did pretty bad predicting the nominations (though I almost expected to.) This year OSCAR decided to only nominate between 5-10 films for Best Picture, not a set number like in years previous. In order for a film to get nominated it had to be voted number one by a certain percentage of the Academy. This way they would avoid nominating less worthy films just to fill out the space.

That said, I did not see a nomination for Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close in
Well, its time to talk OSCAR. I did pretty bad predicting the nominations (though I almost expected to.) This year OSCAR decided to only nominate between 5-10 films for Best Picture, not a set number like in years previous. In order for a film to get nominated it had to be voted number one by a certain percentage of the Academy. This way they would avoid nominating less worthy films just to fill out the space.

That said, I did not see a nomination for Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close in the Best Picture category happening. I have yet to read an overwhelming review of the film, almost all the ones I have read have been pretty average. On that note it only has a 48% rating from critics on [link] and only a 67% rating from users. Now I have not seen the film, and I won't dare say it doesn't deserve to be there. But when there are much higher-regarded films that didn't get the nomination out there, I can't help feel like this was a political move. Like, "Oh we better nominate the 9/11 movie or people will think we're anti-American." I don't know, I guess I'll just have to see the film.

There were more great surprises than disappointing ones for a change. Damien Bachir (A Better Life) and Gary Oldman (Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy) both sneaking into the Best Actor category is wonderful. I've yet to see TTSS but I'm a big Gary Oldman fan and I'm confident the nomination is deserved. I thought A Better LIfewas a nice little movie, not a masterpiece, but certainly the best thing about it was Bachir's performance.

I actually predicted the Best Actress category correctly, so needless to say I found no surprises there. The Best Supporting Actress category saw a nomination for Melissa McCarthy for her hilarious performance in Bridesmaids. Truth be told I wasn't as impressed with the film as everyone else, but she definately stole the show and I'm happy to see her nominated. Best Supporting Actor saw two big, and very satisfyng surprises. Nick Nolte, who I predicted would get nominated, but was almost sure I'd be wrong, got the nomination for is amazing turn in Warrior. And Max Von Sydow, who we've been watching for over fifty years (The Seventh Seal anyone?), is nominated for his performance in Extremely Loud..., again I haven't seen the film but I'm confident he's probably one of the best aspects of it. Albert Brooks was left out of this category for his performance in Drive. I think the film is incredibly overrated (apparently the Academy agrees) but I was hoping to see him nominated for taking on a role so much different than what we're used to from him.

The biggest disappointment of the nominations is the snubbing of The Adventures of Tin Tin, a wonderful movie containing some of the best animation I've ever seen. That said, its does eliminate the biggest competition for my favorite film of the year, Rango, in the Best Animated Feature category. I almost wonder if the Academy left Tin Tin off the list because of its use of motion capture technology for the performances instead of tradtional "drawing," but in my opinion there should be no question that it is an animated picture. Maybe a surprise, maybe not, is Cars 2 not getting nominated. I'm not saying it deserved it, because cute as it may have been it wasn't a great movie, but to see Pixar left out of this category is a rarity.

There were no major surprises in the Screenplay cagegories except for Margin Call. It's a good movie and certainly deserving of a nomination for its writing. Best Director was another category with no surprises, though I'm glad to see one of my favorite filmmakers, Woody Allen, nominated for my second-favorite movie of the year, Midnight In Paris. If I could control the Oscars it would win for Best Picture, but I know it's not gonna happen.
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9:25AM on 01/24/2012
um, wow- I haven't seen atleast one of the best movie category. Usually, I've seen 80% of the movies. All these categories look like a bore? Am I wrong in thinking that? Anyone want to recommend me anything?
um, wow- I haven't seen atleast one of the best movie category. Usually, I've seen 80% of the movies. All these categories look like a bore? Am I wrong in thinking that? Anyone want to recommend me anything?
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9:35AM on 01/24/2012
I enjoyed War Horse, Tree of Life was pretty good. Hugo, MoneyBall and Midnight in Paris were also pretty good. Some were more mundane than others.
I enjoyed War Horse, Tree of Life was pretty good. Hugo, MoneyBall and Midnight in Paris were also pretty good. Some were more mundane than others.
12:13PM on 01/24/2012
Thanks bud
Thanks bud
8:56AM on 01/24/2012
How does Rango get the nod over Tin Tin? Rango was terrible and I know i'm not the only one who thought so. Also, please don't give Terrence Malick Best Director, so pretentious. I'm also pulling for Gary Oldman for Best Actor, he's amazing and doesn't get enough recognition(cool fact, he does a different voice/accent for every character).
How does Rango get the nod over Tin Tin? Rango was terrible and I know i'm not the only one who thought so. Also, please don't give Terrence Malick Best Director, so pretentious. I'm also pulling for Gary Oldman for Best Actor, he's amazing and doesn't get enough recognition(cool fact, he does a different voice/accent for every character).
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8:48AM on 01/24/2012
Apatow must be pissed
Apatow must be pissed
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5:03PM on 01/24/2012
It's funny how everyone seems to think the nominations should match their own likings. Sure there are some misses, but there are many hits as well and it's always been that way. It's not about getting it "right". There will always be people who don't understand certain nominations, others will claim it's a weak year (you hear that every year), some will say it's a scandal their favorite movie wasn't even mentioned once, but all in all, it's not to bad. If you understand how the academy works,
It's funny how everyone seems to think the nominations should match their own likings. Sure there are some misses, but there are many hits as well and it's always been that way. It's not about getting it "right". There will always be people who don't understand certain nominations, others will claim it's a weak year (you hear that every year), some will say it's a scandal their favorite movie wasn't even mentioned once, but all in all, it's not to bad. If you understand how the academy works, you shouldn't be that surprised.

And Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and The Help aside, it's a pretty strong line up for Best Picture, with quality movies made by artists who care about movies.
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2:24PM on 01/24/2012
Probably the first Oscars where the actual best movie of the year is even nominated (Tree of Life obviously). Sure, won't win, but still cool.
Other than that as always not one single movie which would deserve to win or even be nominated (best movies of 2011 were among others ToL, Hanna, Another Earth and Drive).
But just like every year everyone is outraged about the nominations and/or wins, then about the show etc. blahblah. It's getting boring, isn't it?

I couldn't care less about who
Probably the first Oscars where the actual best movie of the year is even nominated (Tree of Life obviously). Sure, won't win, but still cool.
Other than that as always not one single movie which would deserve to win or even be nominated (best movies of 2011 were among others ToL, Hanna, Another Earth and Drive).
But just like every year everyone is outraged about the nominations and/or wins, then about the show etc. blahblah. It's getting boring, isn't it?

I couldn't care less about who wins (if ToL would win that obviously would be insane), and still watch the show because I enjoy it and because it's a glamorous night dedicated to movies. Bye.
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12:38PM on 01/24/2012
Why does "Best Animated Film" still exist? Since its entries are already eligible for best picture (TOY STORY 3), there doesn't seem to be much reason to keep the category around. The argument could be made that it's to recognize CGI artistry, but isn't that what "Best Visual Effects" is for? I mean, come on, is KUNG FU PANDA 2 really Oscar-worthy material?
Why does "Best Animated Film" still exist? Since its entries are already eligible for best picture (TOY STORY 3), there doesn't seem to be much reason to keep the category around. The argument could be made that it's to recognize CGI artistry, but isn't that what "Best Visual Effects" is for? I mean, come on, is KUNG FU PANDA 2 really Oscar-worthy material?
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4:20PM on 01/24/2012
I really don't think this is all that bad. Sure, I would've loved to see some of my favorites of the year get more love (Drive, 50/50, The Guard, Dragon Tattoo) but to be honest, those are just not the types of movies that get nominated for Oscars. I knew that when I saw them, and I'm not going to throw a temper tantrum now because the Oscars held to form. I still think it's a rather lackluster list for Best Picture, but IMO this was one of the weakest years for movies I can EVER remember, so
I really don't think this is all that bad. Sure, I would've loved to see some of my favorites of the year get more love (Drive, 50/50, The Guard, Dragon Tattoo) but to be honest, those are just not the types of movies that get nominated for Oscars. I knew that when I saw them, and I'm not going to throw a temper tantrum now because the Oscars held to form. I still think it's a rather lackluster list for Best Picture, but IMO this was one of the weakest years for movies I can EVER remember, so they did the best they could IMO. Granted, Extremely Loud has no place on the list, but what do you expect from a [link] movie.
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1:24PM on 01/24/2012
First of all, How in the hell did puss N'boots able to get a nomination for best animated feature but Tintin wasn't. That's just plain weird to me. Secondly, how bad was 2011 for movies if the academy isn'T even able to find 10 movies to nominate for best picture? Finally, what's the reason to have a best song category this year if you only going to have 2 nominees in this category? what are they going to do with to decide the winner, flip a coin?

Really i don't get some of the nomination in
First of all, How in the hell did puss N'boots able to get a nomination for best animated feature but Tintin wasn't. That's just plain weird to me. Secondly, how bad was 2011 for movies if the academy isn'T even able to find 10 movies to nominate for best picture? Finally, what's the reason to have a best song category this year if you only going to have 2 nominees in this category? what are they going to do with to decide the winner, flip a coin?

Really i don't get some of the nomination in the major category, they try to throw a curveball to make it look less predictable but i doubt it will succeed and in the end, most of us will see right through the game they are playing.
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10:24AM on 01/24/2012

Drive

Someone said they didn't see DRIVE "anywhere on this list". It's right there under Best Sound Editing. Hey, it's not much, but it's something. I know I'm in the minority (especially on this site) when it comes to DRIVE. To me it was just a lot of close-ups of Ryan Gosling brooding. I thought Carey Mulligan was good in it and I enjoyed Albert Brooks' branching-off from the norm, but the film just wasn't as poetic and deep to me as it was to a lot of viewers. A decent suspense picture? I'll
Someone said they didn't see DRIVE "anywhere on this list". It's right there under Best Sound Editing. Hey, it's not much, but it's something. I know I'm in the minority (especially on this site) when it comes to DRIVE. To me it was just a lot of close-ups of Ryan Gosling brooding. I thought Carey Mulligan was good in it and I enjoyed Albert Brooks' branching-off from the norm, but the film just wasn't as poetic and deep to me as it was to a lot of viewers. A decent suspense picture? I'll certainly give it that.
(Oh, and I thought Midnight In Paris and The Artist were great)
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6:25PM on 01/24/2012
So Brad Pitt can get nominated for a really boring and BLAND movie but Michael Fassbender, who proved what talent is, doesn't? What a very droll list of nominees. I did like some of these films that got nominated, but to not even give "Shame" one nomination? That really blows. I see though that Potter of course didn't get nominated for Best Picture? Wonderful. Could have sworn though Tintin won the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature. Why isn't it there?
So Brad Pitt can get nominated for a really boring and BLAND movie but Michael Fassbender, who proved what talent is, doesn't? What a very droll list of nominees. I did like some of these films that got nominated, but to not even give "Shame" one nomination? That really blows. I see though that Potter of course didn't get nominated for Best Picture? Wonderful. Could have sworn though Tintin won the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature. Why isn't it there?
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3:36AM on 01/25/2012
The Golden Globe's rules consider Tintin an animated Movie. However the Academy's rule about animated films using Motion Capture disqualifies Tintin. Thus the Academy doesn't Recognize Tintin as an animated film because Spielberg used Motion Capture. On top of that, The Academy allows Motion Capture but only a certain % of the film.

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The Golden Globe's rules consider Tintin an animated Movie. However the Academy's rule about animated films using Motion Capture disqualifies Tintin. Thus the Academy doesn't Recognize Tintin as an animated film because Spielberg used Motion Capture. On top of that, The Academy allows Motion Capture but only a certain % of the film.

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3:49PM on 01/24/2012

AWWW YAAAAAA

transformers has THREE NOMINATIONS!!!!!

now. before everyone starts shutting me down with rude comments and vulgar statements let's all remember the reason the transformers movies are good. SOUND AND VISUAL EFFECTS
transformers has THREE NOMINATIONS!!!!!

now. before everyone starts shutting me down with rude comments and vulgar statements let's all remember the reason the transformers movies are good. SOUND AND VISUAL EFFECTS
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11:17AM on 01/24/2012
Very glad Bridesmaids got some recognition. A bit too much love for Moneyball, TTSS, and The Tree of Life though. 50/50 seems to be absent, but glad that Kung Fu Panda 2 made it on the list. I felt that The Adventures of Tintin was really disappointing, so I really don't care that it didn't get nominated.
Very glad Bridesmaids got some recognition. A bit too much love for Moneyball, TTSS, and The Tree of Life though. 50/50 seems to be absent, but glad that Kung Fu Panda 2 made it on the list. I felt that The Adventures of Tintin was really disappointing, so I really don't care that it didn't get nominated.
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9:47AM on 01/24/2012
worst set of oscar nominations in years. last couple of years have actually been pretty good, but this is just horrid. Just look at the critical consensus for The Help and Incredibly Loud, there shoudln't be anywhere near best picture. And don't get me started on all the noms for Midnight In Paris, it's fucking awful, Allen's weakest film in years as well.. and his much better ones got no noms. Bleh... no Coriolanus, no Tinker Tailor for BP, no Fassbender, no Swinton...
worst set of oscar nominations in years. last couple of years have actually been pretty good, but this is just horrid. Just look at the critical consensus for The Help and Incredibly Loud, there shoudln't be anywhere near best picture. And don't get me started on all the noms for Midnight In Paris, it's fucking awful, Allen's weakest film in years as well.. and his much better ones got no noms. Bleh... no Coriolanus, no Tinker Tailor for BP, no Fassbender, no Swinton...
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12:50PM on 01/24/2012
How did the artist not get nominated for best sound editing or sound mixing? that scene where he hears sound for the first time was amazing.
How did the artist not get nominated for best sound editing or sound mixing? that scene where he hears sound for the first time was amazing.
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6:27PM on 01/24/2012

Enough of the DRIVE crying!

I've just seen Drive today and while it was good it wasn't as great as all the guys here are talking about.
I really enjoyed the film but the only part that was really Oscar-worthy was Ryan Gosling's performance. Yet everybody is crying about Albert Brooks, who wasn't all that memorable for the supporting chategory (like prevous fan faves Ledger, Waltz, Bardem, etc...).
I've just seen Drive today and while it was good it wasn't as great as all the guys here are talking about.
I really enjoyed the film but the only part that was really Oscar-worthy was Ryan Gosling's performance. Yet everybody is crying about Albert Brooks, who wasn't all that memorable for the supporting chategory (like prevous fan faves Ledger, Waltz, Bardem, etc...).
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9:19PM on 01/24/2012
The Drive hating is just as ridiculous.
The Drive hating is just as ridiculous.
3:45PM on 01/25/2012
I hope you didn't address that to me because like I wrote I DID enjoy Drive.
I hope you didn't address that to me because like I wrote I DID enjoy Drive.
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9:34AM on 01/24/2012

Best (Dreamworks) Animated Film

Well, it's clearly gonna come down to Puss in Boots or Kung Fu Panda 2. Yes, they were both that good to those who would doubt. I said it before, I'll say it again: Dreamworks is holding the line, and Pixar is falling back. The other studios don't stand a chance this year. Both Puss and Po were in the mid 80s percentage wise on Rottentomatoes.com
Well, it's clearly gonna come down to Puss in Boots or Kung Fu Panda 2. Yes, they were both that good to those who would doubt. I said it before, I'll say it again: Dreamworks is holding the line, and Pixar is falling back. The other studios don't stand a chance this year. Both Puss and Po were in the mid 80s percentage wise on Rottentomatoes.com
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