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2012 Oscars: The Nominees, a tally

The nominations for the 84th Academy Awards were announced this morning, and you can find the full list here. As per usual, there was no shortage of surprises. Here are a few of my choice reactions to the nominees:

  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close for Best Picture. Excuse me?
  • The Tree of Life for Best Picture. YES.
  • Spielberg snub: No nomination for The Adventures of TinTin. Except for John Williams. Of course.
  • Has the Academy no Shame?
  • Just because it’s Pixar, doesn’t mean it’s Oscar-worthy (Thank you, Oscar).
  • ¿Dónde eres tú, Almodóvar?
  • Both Bridesmaids and A Separation are Best Screenplay nominees… I think you know what I’m trying to say here.
  • Real Steel. ?
  • I can’t believe I have to see Anonymous.

But almost more interesting is the tally of nominations per film. Could anyone have predicted that Hugo would come out on top? And with second place going to The Artist, it seems the Academy is all about the feel-good fare this year — not that they had much of a choice, mind you.  This hasn’t exactly been the most invigorating Oscar season but it’s what we have to work with, so here we go!

Hugo- 11

The Artist- 10

Moneyball- 6

War Horse- 6

The Descendants- 5

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo- 5

The Help- 4

Albert Nobbs- 3

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2- 3

Midnight in Paris- 4

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy- 3

Transformers: Dark of the Moon- 3

The Tree of Life- 3

Bridesmaids- 2

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close- 2

The Iron Lady- 2

My Week with Marilyn- 2

A Separation- 2

The Adventures of Tintin- 1

Anonymous- 1

The Barber of Birmingham- 1

Beginners- 1

A Better Life- 1

Bullhead- 1

A Cat in Paris- 1

Chico & Rita- 1

Dimanche/Sunday- 1

Drive- 1

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore- 1

Footnote- 1

God Is the Bigger Elvis- 1

Hell and Back Again- 1

The Ides of March- 1

If a Tree Falls- 1

In Darkness- 1

Incident in New Baghdad- 1

Jane Eyre- 1

Kung Fu Panda 2- 1

La Luna- 1

Margin Call- 1

Monsieur Lazhar- 1

A Morning Stroll- 1

The Muppets- 1

Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory- 1

Pentecost- 1

Pina- 1

Puss in Boots- 1

Raju- 1

Rango- 1

Real Steel- 1

Rise of the Planet of the Apes- 1

Saving Face- 1

The Shore- 1

Time Freak- 1

The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom- 1

Tuba Atlantic- 1

Undefeated- 1

W.E.- 1

Warrior- 1

Wild Life- 1

61 films. 34 days.
Let’s do this.

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This entry was posted on January 24, 2012 by in Award Predictions, Film Reviews, Oscar-Nominated.

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