Saturday, February 25, 2012

Oscars 2012 - Picks O the Year

Well, it's that weekend again. Time to make our picks for this year's Academy Awards. To make this a little easier to consume we've broken it down into the main categories and if you'd like to see our choices for things like Best Editing etc, they're available after the jump.

And so without further ado, here are the CineCritical Picks of the Year...Oscar style.

Best Picture (nominated: The Artist, The Descendants, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, War Horse)


Siobhan's pick: The Artist, which as far as I'm concerned was one of the cleverest films this year, and I can't help but like things that are clever.
Matt's pick: In a year when two of my three favourite films of the year were not even nominated, I am picking my second favourite of the year,
The Artist.


Actor in a Leading Role (nominated: Demian Bichir, George Clooney, Jean Dujardin, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt)


Siobhan's Pick: This is a tough one as the only think I can say for sure is that Brad Pitt doesn't even deserve a nomination for this one but I'm going to have to go with Jean Dujardin.
Matt's Pick: A few weeks ago I would have chosen George Clooney for
The Descendants (a career best performance), but all the love for The Artist has me picking Jean Dujardin.


Actor in a Supporting Role (nominated: Kenneth Branagh, Jonah Hill, Nick Nolte, Christopher Plummer, Max Von Sydow)

Siobhan's Pick: It's not even a competition. Christopher Plummer, hands down.
Matt's Pick: Christopher Plummer will for Beginners. It is Oscar's surest bet.


Actress in a Leading Role (nominated: Glenn Close, Viola Davis, Rooney Mara, Meryl Streep, Michelle Williams)

Siobhan's Pick: I don't think Rooney Mara or Michelle Williams (though I like her) deserved Oscar nominations for their roles this year but I think it's going to come down to Oscar favourite Meryl or Ms. Viola Davis in the end. My vote is for Viola.
Matt's Pick: Viola Davis has a lot of support for The Help, but Meryl Streep has God (Harvey Weinstein) and I would love to see La Streep win once during my lifetime (even if The Iron Lady is garbage).


Actress in a Supporting Role (nominated: Berenice Bejo, Jessica Chastain, Melissa McCarthy, Janet McTeer, Octavia Spencer)

Siobhan's Pick: I do so like Jessica Chastain and I also very much enjoy Melissa McCarthy but I don't really see them having deserved nominations for these roles. I think more likely the person who deserves this Oscar is Octavia Spencer or Berenice Bejo. I'm going to go with Spencer on this one.
Matt's Pick: Where is Shailene Woodley? She is Octavia Spencer's only competition.


Writing - Original Screenplay (nominated: The Artist, Bridesmaids, Margin Call, Midnight in Paris, A Separation)

Siobhan's Pick: Having not seen A Separation, but having been told that it was incredible, I'm going to anticipate either The Artist or Midnight in Paris winning. For my money I think that The Artist is the one I would choose, though I do love Woody Allen's dialogue.
Matt's Pick: The writing branch of the Academy loves Woody Allen. Midnight in Paris is not his best film (or his best film in years, as others have stated), but I envision Woody winning, but not attending.


Writing - Adapted Screenplay (nominated: The Descendants, Hugo, The Ides of March, Moneyball, Tinker Tailor, Soldier Spy)

Siobhan's Pick: The Ides of March would definitely be my pick.
Matt's Pick: I would love to see Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy win, but I am leaning towards potential Best Picture spoiler The Descendants.

Animated Feature Film (nominated: A Cat in Paris, Chico & Rita, Kung Fu Panda 2, Puss in Boots, Rango)
Siobhan's Pick: A Cat in Paris.
Matt's Pick: I have not seen a single one of these animated films (as we all know my aversion to animation), but I will have to pick Rango.

Art Direction (nominated: The Artist, Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows: Pt 2, Hugo, Midnight in Paris)
Siobhan's Pick: The Artist.
Matt's Pick: Hugo, though The Artist could play spoiler.

Cinematography (nominated: The Artist, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Hugo, The Tree of Life, War Horse)
Siobhan's Pick: The Tree of Life.
Matt's Pick: Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life will certainly win an award since it was robbed of an nomination for Best Supporting Actress for Jessica Chastain.

Costume Design (nominated: Anonymous, The Artist, Hugo, Jane Eyre, W. E.)
Siobhan's Pick: The Artist.
Matt's Pick: Sure, Madge's W.E. has beautiful (and expensive) costumes, but The Artist is probably going to win.

Directing (nominated: The Artist, The Descendants, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, The Tree of Life)
Siobhan's Pick: Even I'm getting tired of my answers...The Artist.
Matt's Pick: Martin Scorsese was the frontrunner after winning the Golden Globe, but Michel Hazanavicius will win for The Artist.

Documentary Feature (nominated: Hell and Back Again, If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth, Liberation Front, Paradise Lost 3: Pugatory, Pina, Undefeated)
Siobhan's Pick: I'm going to totally guess on this one and say Hell and Back Again.
Matt's Pick: To vote for this category you must have seen all five films. I have seen none. But I will go for Undefeated.

Documentary Short Subject (nominated: The Barber of Birmingham, Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement, God is the Bigger Elvis, Incident in New Bagdad, Saving Face, The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom)
Siobhan's Pick: Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement.
Matt's Pick: This is such an easy pick! The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom.

Film Editing (nominated: The Artist, The Descendants, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Hugo, Moneyball)
Siobhan's Pick: The Descendants
Matt's Pick: The ACE (American Cinema Editors) have crowned the eventual Oscar champ every year since 2000. This year the top prize was awarded to The Artist. That is my pick.

Foreign Language Film (nominated: Bullhead, Footnote, In Darkness, Monsieur Lazhar, A Separation)
Siobhan's Pick: I really want to say Monsieur Lazhar but I'm afraid I'll have to guess A Separation.
Matt's Pick: I would love to see Canada's own Monsieur Lazhar win, but A Separation is a much better film.

Makeup (nominated: Albert Nobbs, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Pt 2, The Iron Lady)
Siobhan's Pick: Albert Nobbs.
Matt's Pick: Meryl Streep's Oscar win is a by-product of the film's makeup. The Iron Lady wins.

Music - Original Score (nominated: The Adventures of Tintin, The Artist, Hugo, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, War Horse)
Siobhan's Pick: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Matt's Pick: The bad press will not stop The Artist from winning.

Music - Original Song (nominated: Man or Muppet, Real in Rio)
Siobhan's Pick: Real in Rio (because I didn't like Man or Muppet).
Matt's Pick: Two songs. Neither performed during the ceremony. I will still pick Man or Muppet from The Muppets.

Short Film - Animated (nominated: Dimanche/Sunday, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, La Luna, A Morning St. Roll, Wild Life)
Siobhan's Pick: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (because the name is so long)
Matt's Pick: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. It is long.

Short Film - Live Action (nominated: Pentecost, Raju, The Shore, Time Freak, Tuba Atlantic)
Siobhan's Pick: Time Freak (just a shot in the dark).
Matt's Pick: The Shore.

Sound Editing (nominated: Drive, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Hugo, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, War Horse)
Siobhan's Pick: Drive.
Matt's Pick: Hugo.

Sound Mixing (nominated: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Hugo, Moneyball, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, War Horse)
Siobhan's Pick: War Horse.
Matt's Pick: Hugo.

Visual Effects (nominated: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Pt 2, Hugo, Real Steel, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Transformers: Dark of the Moon)
Siobhan's Pick: Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Matt's Pick: Sure, Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

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