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My 2011 Oscar Nominations: Clooney, Streep Snubbed!

OscarAfter the Oscar noms come out tomorrow morning we'll have the usual endless talk of how the Academy snubbed this or that actor or director. Not a fan. The very nature of the conversation is snubbing someone, since it implies that one of the nominees isn't good enough to have been nom'ed in the first place. If the conversationalists owned up to it ... But they never do. They talk as if the Academy left off this or that front-runner when it had an infinite number of open slots.

Here are my choices in the eight main Oscar categories. As always, this is preference not prognostication. I guess I snubbed Meryl Streep and George Clooney, didn't I, for the likes of Mia Wasikovska and Michael Fassbender. I also chose Brad Pitt twice. What's the opposite of snubbing? Hugging? Spooning? I found the two screenplay categories the toughest to complete, because Original Screenplay had too many possibilities and Adapted too few. I got to four quickly but the fifth required work.

Feel free to post your rooting interests, or anyone I've missed, below. I'll post my winners later today.

Best Picture

Best Director

  • Michel Hazanavicius, “The Artist”
  • Terence Malick, “The Tree of Life”
  • Bennett Miller, “Moneyball”
  • Nicolas Winding Refn, “Drive”
  • Martin Scorsese, “Hugo”

Best Actor

Best Actress

Best Supporting Actor

Best Supporting Actress

Best Original Screenplay

  • J.C. Chandor, “Margin Call”
  • Diablo Cody, “Young Adult”
  • Étienne Comar and Xavier Beauvois, “Of Gods and Men”
  • Terrence Malick, “The Tree of Life”
  • Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig, “Bridesmaids”

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • John Logan, “Hugo”
  • Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, “Captain America”
  • Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”
  • Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash, “The Descendants”
  • Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, “Moneyball”

* Review of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” posted later this week. I have yet to see “Albert Nobbs.”


Posted at 07:20 AM on Mon. Jan 23, 2012 in category Movies - The Oscars  
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