Academy Award Nominees Announced (with credibility-straining results)


Well they did it. It happened. It certainly wasn’t pretty, but it happened.

I don’t want to go into my reaction about the assembled nominees here. I feel like I’ve been doing nothing but kvetching with fellow Oscar nerds all day so I’ll save my thoughts for the inevitable podcast discussion.

But if I could use a visual aid to perhaps illustrate my incredulity at some of the decisions made this morning, perhaps you will indulge me and see if you can tell what's wrong with this [best] picture:


'nuff said...

So here they are, read ‘em and weep (that’s what I kinda felt like doing):



Best Motion Picture of the Year


The ArtistThomas Langmann

The DescendantsJim BurkeAlexander PayneJim Taylor

Extremely Loud and Incredibly CloseScott Rudin

The HelpBrunson GreenChris ColumbusMichael Barnathan

HugoGraham KingMartin Scorsese

Midnight in ParisLetty AronsonStephen Tenenbaum

MoneyballMichael De LucaRachael HorovitzBrad Pitt

The Tree of LifeNominees to be determined

War HorseSteven SpielbergKathleen Kennedy

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role


Demián Bichir for A Better Life

George Clooney for The Descendants

Jean Dujardin for The Artist

Gary Oldman for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Brad Pitt for Moneyball

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role


Glenn Close for Albert Nobbs

Viola Davis for The Help

Rooney Mara for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady

Michelle Williams for My Week with Marilyn

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role


Kenneth Branagh for My Week with Marilyn

Jonah Hill for Moneyball

Nick Nolte for Warrior

Christopher Plummer for Beginners

Max von Sydow for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role


Bérénice Bejo for The Artist

Jessica Chastain for The Help

Melissa McCarthy for Bridesmaids

Janet McTeer for Albert Nobbs

Octavia Spencer for The Help

Best Achievement in Directing


Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris

Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist

Terrence Malick for The Tree of Life

Alexander Payne for The Descendants

Martin Scorsese for Hugo

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen


The ArtistMichel Hazanavicius

BridesmaidsKristen WiigAnnie Mumolo

Margin CallJ.C. Chandor

Midnight in ParisWoody Allen

A SeparationAsghar Farhadi

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published


The DescendantsAlexander PayneNat FaxonJim Rash

HugoJohn Logan

The Ides of MarchGeorge ClooneyGrant HeslovBeau Willimon

MoneyballSteven ZaillianAaron SorkinStan Chervin

Tinker Tailor Soldier SpyBridget O'ConnorPeter Straughan

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year


A Cat in ParisAlain GagnolJean-Loup Felicioli

Chico & RitaFernando TruebaJavier Mariscal

Kung Fu Panda 2Jennifer Yuh

Puss in BootsChris Miller

RangoGore Verbinski

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year


BullheadMichael R. Roskam(Belgium)

FootnoteJoseph Cedar(Israel)

In DarknessAgnieszka Holland(Poland)

Monsieur LazharPhilippe Falardeau(Canada)

A SeparationAsghar Farhadi(Iran)

Best Achievement in Cinematography


The ArtistGuillaume Schiffman

The Girl with the Dragon TattooJeff Cronenweth

HugoRobert Richardson

The Tree of LifeEmmanuel Lubezki

War HorseJanusz Kaminski

Best Achievement in Editing


The ArtistAnne-Sophie BionMichel Hazanavicius

The DescendantsKevin Tent

The Girl with the Dragon TattooAngus WallKirk Baxter

HugoThelma Schoonmaker

MoneyballChristopher Tellefsen

Best Achievement in Art Direction


The ArtistLaurence BennettRobert Gould

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2Stuart CraigStephenie McMillan

HugoDante FerrettiFrancesca Lo Schiavo

Midnight in ParisAnne SeibelHélène Dubreuil

War HorseRick CarterLee Sandales

Best Achievement in Costume Design


AnonymousLisy Christl

The ArtistMark Bridges

HugoSandy Powell

Jane EyreMichael O'Connor

W.E.Arianne Phillips

Best Achievement in Makeup


Albert NobbsMartial CornevilleLynn JohnsonMatthew W. Mungle

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2Nick DudmanAmanda Knight,Lisa Tomblin

The Iron LadyMark CoulierJ. Roy Helland

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score


The Adventures of TintinJohn Williams

The ArtistLudovic Bource

HugoHoward Shore

Tinker Tailor Soldier SpyAlberto Iglesias

War HorseJohn Williams

Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song


The MuppetsBret McKenzie("Man or Muppet")

RioSergio MendesCarlinhos BrownSiedah Garrett("Real in Rio")

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing


The Girl with the Dragon TattooDavid ParkerMichael SemanickRen Klyce,Bo Persson

HugoTom FleischmanJohn Midgley

MoneyballDeb AdairRon BocharDavid GiammarcoEd Novick

Transformers: Dark of the MoonGreg P. RussellGary SummersJeffrey J. HaboushPeter J. Devlin

War HorseGary RydstromAndy NelsonTom JohnsonStuart Wilson

Best Achievement in Sound Editing


DriveLon BenderVictor Ray Ennis

The Girl with the Dragon TattooRen Klyce

HugoPhilip StocktonEugene Gearty

Transformers: Dark of the MoonEthan Van der RynErik Aadahl

War HorseRichard HymnsGary Rydstrom

Best Achievement in Visual Effects


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2Tim BurkeDavid VickeryGreg ButlerJohn Richardson

HugoRobert LegatoJoss WilliamsBen GrossmannAlex Henning

Real SteelErik NashJohn RosengrantDanny Gordon TaylorSwen Gillberg

Rise of the Planet of the ApesJoe LetteriDan LemmonR. Christopher White,Daniel Barrett

Transformers: Dark of the MoonScott FarrarScott BenzaMatthew E. Butler,John Frazier

Best Documentary, Features


Hell and Back AgainDanfung DennisMike Lerner

If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation FrontMarshall CurrySam Cullman

Paradise Lost 3: PurgatoryJoe BerlingerBruce Sinofsky

PinaWim WendersGian-Piero Ringel

UndefeatedDaniel LindsayT.J. MartinRich Middlemas

Best Documentary, Short Subjects


The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights MovementRobin FrydayGail Dolgin

God Is the Bigger Elvis: Rebecca CammisaJulie Anderson

Incident in New BaghdadJames Spione

Saving FaceDaniel JungeSharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

The Tsunami and the Cherry BlossomLucy WalkerKira Carstensen

Best Short Film, Animated


DimanchePatrick Doyon

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris LessmoreWilliam JoyceBrandon Oldenburg

La LunaEnrico Casarosa

A Morning StrollGrant OrchardSue Goffe

Wild LifeAmanda ForbisWendy Tilby

Best Short Film, Live Action


PentecostPeter McDonald

RajuMax ZähleStefan Gieren

The Shore: Terry GeorgeOorlagh George

Time FreakAndrew BowlerGigi Causey

Tuba AtlanticHallvar Witzø