Saturday, January 21, 2012

Who Said It Was A Bad Year?



Yes, we've had some truly awful films this year.  Some truly awful ones.  However, we did have some good ones, and some good performances and craft-work in 2011.  With that, I offer my nominees for the Best of 2011.

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Battle: Los Angeles
Hugo
Real Steel
Rise of Planet of the Apes

BEST SOUND EDITING

The Artist
Battle: Los Angeles
Captain America: The First Avenger
Thor
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

BEST SOUND MIXING

The Artist
Battle: Los Angeles
Captain America: The First Avenger
Thor
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

BEST MAKE-UP

Captain America: The First Avenger
Contagion
Insidious
The Iron Lady

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Cave of Forgotten Dreams
If A Tree Fell: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
The People vs. George Lucas
Senna
Undefeated

BEST FILM EDITING

Contagion
Drive
Jane Eyre
Senna
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

Star-Spangled Man With a Plan (Captain America: The First Avenger)  Music by Alan Menken, lyrics by David Zippel
Courageous (Courageous)  Music & lyrics by Mark Hall and Matthew West
The Living Proof (The Help)  Music by Mary J. Blige, Thomas Newman, and Harvey Mason, Jr.; lyrics by Mary J. Blige, Harvey Mason, Jr., and Damon Thomas
Life's a Happy Song (The Muppets)  Music & lyrics by Bret McKenzie
Think You Can Wait (Win Win)  Music & lyrics by Matt Berninger and Aaron Dessner

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

The Artist (Ludovic Bource)
Drive (Cliff Martinez)
Hugo (Howard Shore)
Jane Eyre (Dario Marianelli)
Shame (Harry Escott)

BEST ART DIRECTION

Captain America: The First Avenger
Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part II
The Help
Hugo
Jane Eyre

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

The Artist (Guillaume Schiffman)
Jane Eyre (Adriano Goldman)
Hugo (Robert Richardson)
Pariah (Bradford Young)
The Tree of Life (Emmanuel Lubezki)

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

The Help
Jane Eyre
Snow Flower & The Secret Fan
Thor
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

The Devil's Double (Michael Thomas, based on The Devil's Double by Latif Yahia)
Drive (Hossein Amini, based on Drive by James Sallis)
The Help (Tate Taylor, based on The Help by Kathryn Stockett)
Jane Eyre (Moira Buffini, based on Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan, based on Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John le Carré)

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

The Artist (Michel Hazanavavicius)
Contagion (Scott Z. Burns)
Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen)
Pariah (Dee Rees)
Win Win (Tom McCarthy, screenplay; Tom McCarthy and Tim Tiboni, story)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Christopher Plummer (Beginners)
Alan Rickman (Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part II)
Alex Shaffer (Win Win)
Kevin Spacey (Horrible Bosses)
Christopher Jordan Wallace (Everything Must Go)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Judi Dench (Jane Eyre)
Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help)
Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids)
Octavia Spencer (The Help)
Kim Wayans (Pariah)

BEST ACTRESS

Viola Davis (The Help)
Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia)
Adepero Oduye (Pariah)
Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
Mia Wasikowska (Jane Eyre)

BEST ACTOR

Damian Bachir (A Better Life)
Dominic Cooper (The Devil's Double)
Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
Michael Fassbender (Jane Eyre)
Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)

BEST DIRECTOR

Woody Allen (Midnight In Paris)
Tomas Anderson (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
Cary Joji Fukunaga (Jane Eyre)
Dee Rees (Pariah)
Martin Scorsese (Hugo)

BEST PICTURE

The Artist
The Help
Hugo
Jane Eyre
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Now for the official count:

Jane Eyre: 11 nominations
The Help: 8 nominations
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: 8 nominations
The Artist: 7 nominations
Hugo: 6 nominations
Captain America: The First Avenger: 5 nominations
Pariah: 5 nominations
Battle: Los Angeles: 3 nominations
Contagion: 3 nominations
Drive: 3 nominations
Thor: 3 nominations
Win Win: 3 nominations
The Devil's Double: 2 nominations
Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part II: 2 nominations
The Iron Lady: 2 nominations
Midnight in Paris: 2 nominations
Senna: 2 nominations

A Better Life, Beginners, Bridesmaids, Courageous, Everything Must Go, Horrible Bosses, Insidious, Melancholia, The Muppets, Real Steel, Rise of Planet of the Apes, Shame, Snow Flower & The Secret Fan, The Tree of Life: 1 nomination

The Best Picture of 2011, in my view, is pretty much set.  However, all the other categories are up for grabs.  Even now I still go back and forth on some of them: thinking maybe this one should get it, then changing my mind.  It will be clear to me before the Oscars are handed out, which is when I will announce my winners.

This list isn't going to be what I think who will win an Oscar in said category or even what will get nominated.  More often than not, I disagree with the Academy and fighting them is a useless struggle. 

These are MY nominees, MY choices for these categories based on what I have seen over the course of the year.   The people and films nominated for their categories are the ones I think the best in their categories.   I welcome input, but after thought I have come to the nominees I'm generally happy with.

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