This year I saw of the nominated films, The Help, Bridesmaids, The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo and Harry Potter. Below are a list of the relevant nominations, I skipped the technical categories.
"The Artist" Thomas Langmann, Producer
"The Descendants" Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers
"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" Scott Rudin, Producer
"The Help" Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers
"Hugo" Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers
"Midnight in Paris" Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers
"Moneyball" Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers
"The Tree of Life" Nominees to be determined
War Horse" Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers
I saw The Help and read the book, but as good as it was, I'm not sure its really the Best Picture, one of them, surely, but not The . I haven't seen any of the others but fora afew months a year I really care about Ranger baseball and I did want to see Money Ball. I see it has a run between The Artist, War Horse and The Descendents and I see The Artist winning. Unless it a The Descendents evening... I heard that TA was really good as was TD, EL&IC was very stupid, H was not much better, MiP is yet another Woody Allen movie, MB was supposed to be really good, ToL I heard was very confusing and WH was better on stage.
I just noticed. Other than "The Help" every damn one of those movies are about men or boys. Every single one. Changed my vote, I want TH to win.
Actor in a Leading Role
Demián Bichir in "A Better Life"
George Clooney in "The Descendants"
Jean Dujardin in "The Artist"
Gary Oldman in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"
Brad Pitt in "Moneyball"
Jean Dujardin, no lines, no soundtrack padding, no net.
Actor in a Supporting Role
Kenneth Branagh in "My Week with Marilyn"
Jonah Hill in "Moneyball"
Nick Nolte in "Warrior"
Christopher Plummer in "Beginners"
Max von Sydow in "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"
Jonah Hill?! I'm still horrified. Christopher Plummer for being really old.
Actress in a Leading Role
Glenn Close in "Albert Nobbs"
Viola Davis in "The Help"
Rooney Mara in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
Meryl Streep in "The Iron Lady"
Michelle Williams in "My Week with Marilyn"
I really don't want Michellle "Professional Widow" Williams to win and I don't want Davis' to win because I want her to keep really trying for great roles and superior scripts and not end up doing Tyler Perry crap because she can and she all ready has her Oscar (tm). Roony Mara isn't going to get it. I want Meryle Streep but Michelle "Hurt Me" Williams will get it.
Actress in a Supporting Role
Bérénice Bejo in "The Artist"
Jessica Chastain in "The Help"
Melissa McCarthy in "Bridesmaids"
Janet McTeer in "Albert Nobbs"
Octavia Spencer in "The Help"
Sadly, with two from the same cast, "The Help" is going to cancel itself out. I want Melissa McCarthy to win but it isn't going to happen, so Berenice Bejo for the win.
The Artist" Michel Hazanavicius
"The Descendants" Alexander Payne
Hugo" Martin Scorsese
"Midnight in Paris" Woody Allen
"The Tree of Life" Terrence Malick
Very heavy hitters, Michel Hazanavicius for the block.
Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
"The Descendants" Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash
"Hugo" Screenplay by John Logan
"The Ides of March" Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon
"Moneyball" Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. Story by Stan Chervin
"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" Screenplay by Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan
Aaron Sorkin. Like he isn't going to win.
Writing (Original Screenplay)
"The Artist" Written by Michel Hazanavicius
"Bridesmaids" Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
"Margin Call" Written by J.C. Chandor
"Midnight in Paris" Written by Woody Allen
"A Separation" Written by Asghar Farhadi
"Bridesmaids"! Yay! Kristin Wigg! Wooo! SNL! SNL! SNL!! And it goes to "A Separation"