The Academy Awards 2012: If I Had A Ballot

The Oscars are kind of silly but I love the all the same. As I run through a bunch of the categories, giving my predictions on who the winner will be I will be more using this space to list out who I would have put in these coveted slots and I think you will find that I disagreed quite a bit with the Academy. The format will be my picks, the Academy’s nominations, and then the obligatory Will Win/Should Win.

If you are curious about my Best Picture picks make sure to check back tomorrow for my 2011 Year in Review where you can see my notes about a bunch of these performances and films.

Anyways, enough rambling, and lets get started.

Best Actor
George Clooney, “The Descendants”
Woody Harrelson, “Rampart”
Michael Fassbender, “Shame”
Andy Serkis, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”
Michael Shannon, “Take Shelter”

Runner Ups: Brad Pitt, “Moneyball”; Gary Oldman, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”; Ryan Gosling, “Drive”; Owen Wilson, “Midnight in Paris”; Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”

The Academy’s Picks: Demian Bichir, “A Better Life”; George Clooney, “The Descendants”; Jean Dujardin, “The Artist”; Gary Oldman, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”; Brad Pitt, “Moneyball”

Will Win: George Clooney
Should Win: Michael Fassbender

Best Actress
Rooney Mara, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Elizabeth Olsen, “Marth Marcy May Marlene
Tilda Swinton, “We Need to Talk About Kevin”
Charlize Theron, “Young Adult”
Kristen Wiig, “Bridesmaids

Runner Ups: Kirsten Dunst, “Melancholia”; Michelle Williams, “Meek’s Cutoff”; Brit Marling, “Another Earth”

The Academy’s Picks: 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”

Will Win: Viola Davis
Should Win: Elizabeth Olsen, “Martha Marcy May Marlene”

Best Supporting Actor
Ryan Gosling, “Crazy Stupid Love”
Brad Pitt, “The Tree of Life”
Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”
John C. Reilly, “Cedar Rapids”
Kevin Spacey, “Margin Call”

Runner Ups: Albert Brooks, “Drive”; John Hawkes, “Martha Marcy May Marlene

The Academy’s Picks: Kenneth Branagh, “My Week With Marilyn”; Jonah Hill, “Moneyball”; Nick Nolte, “Warrior”; Christopher Plummer, “Beginners”; Max Von Sydow, “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”

Will Win/Should Win: Christopher Plummer

Best Supporting Actress
Elena Anaya, “The Skin I Live In”
Rose Byrne, “Bridesmaids”
Jessica Chastain, “The Tree of Life”
Carey Mulligan, “Shame”
Shailene Woodley, “The Descendents”

Runner Ups: Bérénice Bejo, “The Artist”; Charlotte Gainsbourg, “Melancholia”; Jennifer Ehle, “Contagion”; Elle Fanning, “Super 8”

The Academy’s Picks: Berenice Bejo, “The Artist”; Jessica Chastain, “The Help”; Melissa McCarthy, “Bridesmaids”; Janet McTeer, “Albert Nobbs”; Octavia Spencer, “The Help”

Best Director
Terrence Malick, “The Tree of Life”
Steve McQueen, “Shame”
Nicolas Winding Refn, “Drive”
Martin Scorsese, “Hugo”
Steven Spielberg, “The Adventures of Tintin”

Runner Ups: Sean Durkin, “Martha Marcy May Marlene”; David Fincher, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”; Tomas Alfredson, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”

The Academy’s Picks: Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris”; Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”; Terrence Malick, “The Tree of Life”; Alexander Payne, “The Descendants”; Martin Scorsese, “Hugo”

Will Win: Michel Hazanavicius
Should Win: Nicolas Winding Refn

Best Original Screenplay
Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris”
Sean Durkin, “Martha Marcy May Marlene”
Tom McCarthy, “Win Win”
Mike Mills, “Beginners”
Jeff Nichols, Take Shleter

The Academy Picks: Woody Allen, “Midnight in Paris”; JC Chandor, “Margin Call”; Asghar Farhadi, “A Separation”; Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”; Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, “Bridesmaids”

Will Win/Should Win: Woody Allen

Best Adapted Screenplay
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxton, Jim Rash, “The Descendants”
John Logan, “Hugo”
Bridget O’Connor, Peter Straughn, “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”
Hossein Amini, “Drive”
Lynne Ramsay, Rory Kinnear; “We Need to Talk About Kevin”

The Academy Picks: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxton, Jim Rash, “The Descendants”; John Logan, “Hugo”; George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon, “The Ides of March”; Aaron Sorkin, Steven Zaillian, “Moneyball”; Bridget O’Connor, Peter Straughn, “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”

Will Win: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxton, Jim Rash
Should Win: Bridget O’Connor, Peter Straughn, “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”

That’s it for a full list of my picks, from here on out I will just do a Will Win/Should Win. The listed films are all Academy picks.

Best Animated Feature
“A Cat In Paris”
“Chico & Rita”
“Kung Fu Panda 2”
“Puss in Boots”
“Rango”

Will Win/Should Win: Rango

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

Will Win: The Artist
Should Win: Hugo

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

Will Win/Should Win: Man or Muppet

Best Achievement in Art Direction
“The Artist”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”
“Hugo”
“Midnight in Paris”
“War Horse”

Will Win: Hugo
Should Win: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Best Achievement in Cinematography
“The Artist”
“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
“Hugo”
“The Tree of Life”
“War Horse”

Will Win: Hugo
Should Win: The Tree of Life
Best Achievement in Costume Design
“Anonymous”
“The Artist”
“Hugo”
“Jane Eyre”
“W.E.”

Will Win: The Artist
Should Win: Hugo

Best Achievement in Film Editing
“The Artist”
“The Descendants”
“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
“Hugo”
“Moneyball”

Will Win: The Artist
Should Win: Hugo

Best Achievement in Makeup
“Albert Nobbs”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”
“The Iron Lady”

Will Win: Albert Nobbs
Should Win: Harry Potter

Best Achievement in Sound Editing
“Drive”
“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
“Hugo”
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”
“War Horse”

Will Win/Should Win: Hugo

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”
“Hugo”
“Moneyball”
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”
“War Horse”

Will Win/Should Win: Hugo

Best Achievement in 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”

Will Win/Should Win: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Bullhead (Belgium)
Footnote (Israel)
In Darkness (Poland)
Monsieur Lazhar (Canada)
A Separation (Iran)

Will Win: A Separation (I have only seen this one)

Best Documentary Feature
“Hell and Back Again”
“If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front”
“Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory”
“Pina”
“Undefeated”

Will Win: Undefeated (only seen Pina so can’t really say)

Best Animated Short Film
Dimanche/Sunday
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
La Luna
A Morning Stroll
Wild Life

Haven’t Seen Any but odds on La Luna

Best Live Action Short Film
“Pentecost”
“Raju”
“The Shore”
“Time Freak”
“Tuba Atlantic”

Havent’ Seen Any

Best Documentary Short Subject
“The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement?”
“God Is the Bigger Elvis”
“Incident in New Baghdad”
“Saving Face”
“The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom”

No idea

Now, let’s see how I do Sunday!

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