The Artist (Sean’s Pick) – I don’t want it to win, but at the same time, it’s the only film I see winning. I personally would rather see Moneyball walk away with the award, but I just don’t see it happening.
(Jeremy’s Pick) – I gotta agree with Sean on this one. I’d rather see something else wins besides The Artist, but that just isn’t going to happen. Seeing as how a majority of my favorite films of 2011 aren’t even on this list I can’t really wholeheartedly pick one. Of the bunch though, I’d like to see The Descendants take home the gold in this category, although I’d be happy if Hugo surprised us all and won.
The Tree of Life
Midnight in Paris
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Michel Hazanavicius — The Artist (Sean’s Pick) – Rarely is the best director award given to anyone other than the best picture director, so this one is a given.
(Jeremy’s Pick) – Again, I don’t want to see The Artist take this one too, but it’s probably going to. I’d love to see Terrence Malick take this one.
Alexander Payne — The Descendants
Martin Scorsese — Hugo
Woody Allen — Midnight in Paris
Terrence Malick — The Tree of Life
Demian Bichir — A Better Life
George Clooney — The Descendants (Sean’s Pick) – I think it’s Clooney’s year, unless The Artist just sweeps and they give it to Jean Dujardin.
(Jeremy’s Pick) – Clooney better win this one. He deserves it the most.
Jean Dujardin — The Artist
Gary Oldman — Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt — Moneyball
Glenn Close– Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis — The Help (Jeremy’s Pick) – I honestly think Viola is going to take this one home. She’s got a lot of strong buzz radiating from The Help and hopefully that buzz translates into gold.
Rooney Mara — The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep — The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams — My Week with Marilyn (Sean’s Pick) – Not sure anyone will agree with me on this one, but the only contender other than Williams is Viola Davis.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Jonah Hill — Moneyball
Kenneth Branagh — My Week with Marilyn
Max von Sydow — Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Nick Nolte — Warrior (Sean’s Pick) – Give Nolte his due, no one else in this category even came close.
Christopher Plummer — Beginners (Jeremy’s Pick) – I want Nolte to win it, but I have a strong feeling that Plummer will take it. Shady Academy.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Berenice Bejo — The Artist
Jessica Chastain — The Help
Melissa McCarthy — Bridesmaids (Sean’s Pick) – I know it’s highly unlikely, but I think this is who deserves it. I won’t be mad if either of The Help‘s nominees win, however.
Janet McTeer — Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer — The Help (Jeremy’s Pick) – Another one that I’m semi-confident about. Octavia should take this one home without a problem, but The Artist might do some sweeping.
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
The Artist — Michel Hazanavicius
Bridesmaids — Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
Margin Call — J.C. Chandor
Midnight in Paris — Woody Allen (Sean’s Pick) – They love when Woody goes out on a limb and succeeds, as he did here.
(Jeremy’s Pick) – Agreed with Sean on this one. Woody should and probably will win this one, but I’d love to see newcomer J.C. Chandor get some love. Margin Call was a bit of a surprise.
A Separation — Asghar Farhadi
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Descendants — Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash (Sean’s Pick) – A lot of tough noms here, but I think this is the one that will pull it out.
(Jeremy’s Pick) – Sean nailed it right on the head.
Hugo — John Logan
The Ides of March — George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon
Moneyball — Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, and Stan Chervin
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots
Rango (Sean’s Pick) – Because it was an original film, otherwise, who cares.
(Jeremy’s Pick) – Again, I agree with Sean on this one.
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Bullhead (Sean’s Pick) – Haven’t seen it, but I’d like to see it win with its whole $5 Oscar campaign designed to be a jab in the eye to companies like the Weinsteins.
(Jeremy’s Pick) – This seems like the only foreign film that has been getting a ton of press and I think that will translate into an instant-winner. I haven’t seen this film yet, but I have screener sitting on my desk. I’ll get to it soon!
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Hell and Back Again
If A Tree Falls: The Story of the Earth Liberation Front
Paradise Lost 3 (Sean’s Pick) – An infinitely better docu on the same case is coming later this year with West of Memphis, but for now, I think this one had the most emotional weight, and the heaviest social commentary.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Tree of Life (Jeremy’s Pick) – How any other film can win in this category is beyond me.
War Horse (Sean’s Pick) – While the other noms may have been more inventive in certain ways, this one is most like a living painting. I suppose that’s what one of the 3 best DP’s in the world will get you.