My Thoughts on the 2012 Oscar Nominations

This year’s Oscars are a mixed bag for me. On one hand, the two best films of 2011, Hugo and The Artist, are the the two biggest nominees. On the other hand, some fantastic films, such as Senna and Super 8, got ignored. Anyway though, here are my thoughts on this years Oscar nominations, again broken down by each category. Starting off with:
Best Film:
Will Win: The Artist
Should Win: Hugo/The Artist
Missing: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2/Super 8/Senna/Rise of the Planet of the Apes/Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Best Director:
Will Win: Martin Scorcese – Hugo
Should Win: Martin Scorcese – Hugo/Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
Missing: David Yates – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2/JJ Abrams – Super 8

Best Actor:
Will Win: George Clooney – The Descendants
Should Win: George Clooney – The Descendants/Jean Dujardin – The Artist/Gary Oldman – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Missing: Jake Gylenhaal – Source Code/Asa Butterfield – Hugo/Joel Courtney – Super 8/Michael Fassbender – Shame

Best Actress:
Will Win: Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady
Should Win: Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady/Michelle Williams – My Week With Marylin
Missing: Olivia Colman – Tyrannosaur/Saoirse Ronan – Hanna

Best Supporting Actor:
Will Win: Christopher Plummer – Beginners
Should Win: Christopher Plummer – Beginners/Nick Nolte – Warrior
Missing: Andy Serkis – Rise of the Planet of the Apes/Albert Brooks – Drive/Ben Kingsley – Hugo/Benedict Cumberbatch – War Horse and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy/Alan Rickman – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2/James Cromwell – The Artist

Best Supporting Actress:
Will Win: Jessica Chastain – The Help
Should Win: Berenice Bejo – The Artist
Missing: Chloe Grace Moretz – Hugo/Elle Fanning – Super 8/Carey Mulligan – Shame

Best Animated Film:
Will Win: Rango
Should Win: Chico and Rita/Kung Fu Panda 2
Missing: The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn

Best Foreign Language Film:
Will Win: A Separation
Should Win: A Separation
Missing: The Skin I Live In/Troll Hunter

Best Documentary:
Will Win: Paradise Lost 3
Should Win: Paradise Lost 3
Missing: Senna (seriously Oscars, you leave out one of the best documentaries ever made from this category)/Project Nim/Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Best Original Screenplay:
Will Win: Midnight In Paris
Should Win: Midnight In Paris/The Artist
Missing: Source Code/Super 8/The Guard/Attack the Block

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Will Win: The Descendants
Should Win: Hugo/Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Missing: None

Best Art Direction:
Will Win: Hugo
Should Win: Hugo/Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Missing: Super 8/Captain America: The First Avenger/Thor/X-Men: First Class

Best Cinematography:
Will Win: Hugo
Should Win: Hugo/The Artist
Missing: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2/Thor/Captain America: The First Avenger/Super 8

Best Costume Design:
Will Win: Jane Eyre
Should Win: Jane Eyre/Anonymous/The Artist/Hugo
Missing: Captain America: The First Avenger/Thor/Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Best Editing:
Will Win: The Artist
Should Win: The Artist/Hugo
Missing: Source Code/X-Men: First Class/Super 8/Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Best Makeup:
Will Win: The Iron Lady
Should Win: The Iron Lady
Missing: Captain America: The First Avenger

Best Score:
Will Win: Hugo
Should Win: Hugo/The Artist
Missing: Drive/Attack the Block/Hanna

Best Song:
Will Win: Man or Muppet – The Muppets
Should Win: Man or Muppet – The Muppets
Missing: Life’s A Happy Song – The Muppets/Star Spangled Man – Captain America: The First Avenger

Best Sound Editing:
Will Win: Hugo
Should Win: Hugo/Drive
Missing: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2/Captain America: The First Avenger/Thor/Super 8

Best Sound Mixing:
Will Win: Hugo
Should Win: Hugo
Missing: Drive/Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2/Thor/Captain America: The First Avenger/Super 8

Best Visual Effects:
Will Win: Hugo
Should Win: Hugo/Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Missing: Super 8/Thor/Captain America: The First Avenger/Paul

So there are my thoughts on this years nominations. Come back after the ceremony to see my brief thoughts on what won at the Oscars and to see my guess on what will be nominated at next years ceremony.

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