Yup. Oscar season is back and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has just announced the list of contenders that’s competing for the coveted golden statue.
And given the early buzz and variety of winners in critics’ circles and at the recent Golden Globes, this year’s race will be a very compelling one and one where the academy honours films and talent on their own merits.
Leading the pack is Martin Scorsese’s 3-D orphan story “Hugo” with 11 nominations including best picture and director, as well as for its cinematography and visual effects.
Coming in a close second is silent film “The Artist” which has landed 10 nods in all. Both “Hugo” and “The Artist” are pitched in close contest for Best Picture with the Alexander Payne-helmed tragicomedy “The Descendants” as well as Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris”.
In the lead actor category, Michael Fassbender got snubbed for his excellent performance as a sex addict in “Shame” as well as Leonardo di Caprio who bagged a Screen Actors Guild nomination for “J. Edgar”. Instead, the Academy went for Brad Pitt (“Money Ball”), George Clooney (“The Descendants”) and Gary Oldman (“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”).
As for lead actresses, Kirsten Dunst (“Melancholia”) and Charlize Theron (“Young Adult”) got left out in the cold.
Noticeably missing was the very much hyped “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.” David Fincher’s gritty rejig of the Swedish thriller was absent in the Best Picture and Best Director category but lead actress Rooney Mara manages to sneak in a nomination for standout performance.
Ryan Gosling's much talked about neo-noir thriller "Drive" was another one that failed to connect with the academy, snagging only a nod in the …drum roll please… sound editing category. Another Gosling snub will be the very brilliant “Ides Of March”. The movie picked up Golden Globes nominations for Picture, Director, Actor and Screenplay, but only got a Best Adapted Screenplay nod from the Academy.
Soooo… did your favourite get snubbed? Did you get thrown of course with some (un)pleasant surprises or do you think some aren’t deserving of the nod at all? Here’s a look at the nominees from the major categories!
Midnight in Paris
|Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close |
My Week With Marilyn
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Animated Feature Film
Best Visual Effects
|The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo||5|
|Midnight In Paris||4|
|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2||3|
|Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy||3|
|Transformers: Dark Of The Moon||3|
|The Tree Of Life||3|
|The Iron Lady||2|
|My Week With Marilyn||2|
**Movie buffs who missed the earlier screenings of Golden Globes and Oscars worthy films will be pleased to know that Cathay Cineplexes will be exhibiting the films for a second time.
Following the recent Golden Globe Awards and upcoming Oscars, Cathay Cineplexes will be bringing back to the big screen "The Artist", "Ides of March", "Midnight in Paris" and "50/50" for a duration of one week – 26 January to 1 February 2012.