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I am currently attending Suffolk University where I am majoring in Media Studies. I am aspiring to become a Director of Photography in the Film Industry. My favorite movie in Children of Men starring Clive Owen and directed by Alfonso Cuaron.
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7:21 PM on 02.22.2012

So this is my first official Community Blog Post on Flixist and I’d like to continue writing them depending on how this post goes. After debating for a while what my first topic should be it came to mind that hey Oscar Sunday is coming up soon so this is a perfect opportunity to try this out! So lets see how it goes!
So first off lets take a look at the actual films for 2011. I believe this was a strong year for cinema with some definite favorites for the industry and myself. A constant theme throughout the year the worked surprisingly well was making films about the actual industry the stand within. Movies like Hugo, The Artist, and Midnight in Paris all showed some type of element of film and all three of these films strive strong with a great collection of nominations.
So were going to save the big boys like Best Picture, Director, Actor, and actress for the end and start with some of the other awards that tend to go overlooked by many Oscar viewers. After studying previous year winners as well as this years guild awards I believe I have crafted a solid ballot list that I think is on of my strongest since the past couple of years that I’ve made predictions. Sadly this year I did not see all the top nominated movies this year like I was last year, but I’ve tried to read up on them as much as possible for the one’s I missed here and there like the very early last year release of The Tree of Life staring a favorite of mine Brad Pitt.
I think a fun first area to begin this post will be Special Effects:

Nominees Being-
• Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
• Hugo
• Real Steel
• Rise of the Planet of the Apes
• Transformers: Dark of the Moon



Okay so I write this section with the upmost respect for these films but honestly Fuck Transformers, was it just me or would that shit just never ended. But, that’s sadly not what this is about. This isn’t about which movie was the best, this is the best use of technology and which well just looked the most stunning on the big screen. And too me this award belongs to Rise of the Planet of the Apes. How Andy Serkis has mastered that motion capture suit and is able not only to play just human characters but perform as another animal is just stunning. To me Transformers just looks like gritty trash displayed over a screen that create a mess. And no matter how much I loved everything about Hugo this belongs to Apes.


Sound Mixing Nominees-
• The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
• Hugo
• Moneyball
• Transformers: Dark of the Moon
• War Horse

I believe that this category was nominated perfectly. Each of these films deserves to be here. From the quiet and distinctly eerie sound of Dragon you get the tingling feeling of the winter tundra that the characters are investigating. In Hugo the buzzing and clinging of the magical train station in Paris is filled with a noise of childhood life. Moneyball grabs your attention every time one of those balls is smacked out of the quite stadium. And Transformers and War Horse both succeed in the blaring of bullets and explosions over different types of battlefields. But, this award belongs to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Sound Editing Nominees-
• Drive
• The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
• Hugo
• Transformers: Dark of the Moon
• War Horse


I’m sorry but with my immense anger at the academy with only giving Drive one god damn nomination is just bullshit. So I’m only going to talk about this movie here. This film is great! It was one of my favorites right after seeing it in theatres. I called my mom and immediately told her to go see it (which she did). But in actuality I do feel it deserves this win. As the director said “the film isn’t about the cars its about the noise the cars make.”

Best Make-up Nominees-

• Albert Nobbs
• Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
• The Iron Lady

Although I also disagree with the academy here I believe a nominee should have absolutely been J.Edgar and should have absolutely won the award. When watching this movie and Leo was first shown I didn’t even realize it was him, the make-up was so good I thought; but apparently I’m just fucking crazy. So what I think is a solid winner for this category is Albert Nobbs; Glenn Close in this movie looks way too much like a man, which was the overall goal of the film.

So with the next couple of nominations I haven’t actually seen these films aside from watching trailers and reading up on them in other articles here and there but I figured I’d throw in my opinions anyway.

Best Animated Feature Film-
• A Cat In Paris
• Chico & Rita
• Kung Fu Panda 2
• Puss in Boots
• Rango

So from what I’ve seen I figure this has to go to either Rango or Puss in Boots. I personally gave it to Rango but unless a Toy Story movie is nominated this is usually a toss up.

Best Foreign Film-
• Bullhead
• Footnote
• In Darkness
• Monsier Lazhar
• A Separation

So although I have seen zero of these films the only one I’ve actually heard any buzz over is A Separation This Iran made film is also nominated for best original screenplay so the shit must be good? Right? Well your guess is as good as mine. Give it to A Separation.

Best Original Song-
• Man or Muppet from The Muppets
• Real in Rio from Rio

I find it kinda amusing that both of these nominees have their title in their song name! No? I’m the only one? Whatevas… but winner, please who do you think? Of course The Muppets.

Best Documentary-
• Hell and Back Again
• If a Tree Falls: a Story of the Earth Liberation Front
• Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
• Pina
• Undefeated

Common guys I don’t know?!?!?! I picked Hell and Back Again because honestly that sounds fucking badass! You got someone that went to Hell, managed to leave, and was like no fucking way I’m going back to fuck some shit up! Now yes I understand the film probably isn’t anything like that, but imagine if it was?!?!

Best Documentary (Short)-
I’m not even going to write these out. Yea I give the people who made these films the up most respect they made something I probably could never do! I went with Incident in New Baghdad shit seemed deep.

Best Short Film (Animated)-
The only one I’ve heard anything off or have even seen a still picture was of A Morning Stroll The art looks amazing and I would love to see the rest, so I think were going with this one.

Best Short Film (Live Action)-
I went with The Shore. I have no idea what any of these are about and too be frank this was just in the middle of the ballot options! So yea go with The Shore its probably dope for all I know!
Okay now that we’ve pushed through that rut; were gonna continue with some editing.

Best Film Editing Nominees-
• The Artist
• The Descendants
• The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
• Hugo
• Moneyball

Okay so all of these films are great and deserve to be I every award section they are but to pick editing I don’t personally know what makes a film like al of these have better editing then the other, but for this one I’m going with The Descendants. Why? Its fucking pretty I don’t know! I loved it I saw it twice in theatres.

Best Cinematography Nominees-
• The Artist
• The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
• Hugo
• The Tree of Life
• War Horse

So this is one of my favorite awards. The director of photography on a set has one of the hardest jobs. You’re in control of making sure everything looks how its supposed to working with a combination of lights and lens to get that perfect shot. I was originally going to go with The Artist for this one because the black and white style looks so incredible, but when I saw the trailer for The Tree of Life I was completely blown away this movie was shot with all natural light, and worked! That’s insane! Go with The Tree of Life for this one for sure.

Best Costume Design-
• Anonymous
• The Artist
• Hugo
• Jane Eyre
• W.E

For Costume Design I had a bit of a difficulty picking just one. I was able to lower it down to just The Artist and Hugo. And while writing this very article I thought about it one last final time and had to go with Hugo. The recreation of Georges Melies old cinema masterpieces was just amazing.

Best Art Direction Nominees-
• The Artist
• Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
• Hugo
• Midnight in Paris
• War Horse

Same with Costume Design I had limited it down to both The Artist and Hugo. I went with Hugo for the same reasons.

[b]Best Adapted Screenplay Nominations-
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• The Descendants
• Hugo
• The Ides of March
• Moneyball
• Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

This was another tough award to make a prediction for. I never saw Ides or Tinker, Tailor but I heard both great things about them. In the end I went with The Descendants. I felt that overall this film expressed a very dark overall theme and displayed it with full character, quality, and even comedy in a since even without having the Coen Bros anywhere around to touch it.

Best Original Screenplay Nominations-
• Midnight in Paris
• Margin Call
• A Separation
• The Artist
• Bridesmaids


I think that this award has the widest selection of nominees we have a Woody Allen film about screenwriters and novel writers. Margin Call, a completely underrated flick that I’m pretty sure no one saw aside from me with a plot about the stock market crash. A film that will probably win best foreign film. And then lastly one of the best comedies of the year Bridesmaids, which is way better then just being called the “hangover for girls”. But in the end it had to go to the creativity of Midnight in Paris.

Now for the best acting awards of the year.

Best Supporting Actress-
• Berenice Bejo- The Artist
• Jessica Chastain- The Help
• Melissa McCarthy- Bridesmaids
• Janet McTeer- Albert Nobbs
• Octavia Spencer¬- The Help

This is another fun group of nominees; it has to go o Octavia Spencer. Her maid Minny will be a memorable character that will go down in history along with many of these others.

Best Supporting Actor Nominees-
• Kenneth Branagh- My Week With Marilyn
• Jonah Hill- Moneyball
• Nick Nolte- Warrior
• Christopher Plummer-Beginners
• Max Von Sydow- Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

My beef with this group? Take a guess! I had a rant about this films lack of nominations way in the beginning. How about the witty, fun, and completely evil mob leader played by Albert Brooks. Where is his rightful and winning award Academy?!?!? Where!?!?!...Well anyway, yea this is probably going to Christopher Plummer and not for his role in Dragon, instead the one where he plays a gay grandfather or something along those lines. Pretty obvious I didn’t see the flick right?



Best Actress Nominations-
• Glenn Close- Albert Nobbs
• Viola Davis- The Help
• Rooney Mara- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
• Meryl Streep- The Iron Lady
• Michelle Williams- My Week with Marilyn

This is another great collection of actresses. Each of them provided excellent performances but what we’re looking for here is a winner. The two biggest choices are of course Streep, but people don’t understand although yes she is an amazing actress and has a metric-fuck-ton of nominations but has only actual won two awards. Who I think is going to take it home this year is Viola Davis for her beautiful performance in The Help.


Best Actor-
• Demian Bichir- A Better Life
• George Clooney- The Descendents
• Jean Dujardin- The Artist
• Gary Oldman- Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
• Brad Pitt- Moneyball

This is one of the biggest awards given at the Academy Awards. It symbolizes the best performance done by a male actor in the entire year of 2011. I would be completely fine with anyone winning this award aside for Demian Bichir because I have no clue who that is. But all and all I would love to see Pitt take one home for Moneyball although I’m pretty sure he won’t and its really down to Clooney and Jean. I’m leaning more towards The Artist. Jean Dujardin’s breakout performance was incredible. He captured the same technique that silent actors from the early 1910s to 19teens used.

Best Director-
• Woody Allen- Midnight in Paris
• Michel Hazanavicius- The Artist
• Terrence Malick- The Tree of Life
• Alexander Payne- The Descendants
• Martin Scorsese- Hugo

The best director also one of the biggest awards given out Sunday night. This director succeeded so well at making one of the most amazing pictures of the year and will be remembered forever. The top three contenders for taking this prestigious award home with them are Payne, Scorsese, and Hazanavicius. I’d love to give it to my favorite director here; Scorsese; but I feel as though the award is going to go to Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist I feel his risk of taking on a silent film and succeeding so well will place him at the top of the list but honestly it’s a complete tossup between the three.


And lastly we find ourselves at the best picture award. The biggest and most spectacular award of the night. This movie was better then all the others this year. All though it maybe didn’t win in the box office, quality wise this film stood above all other. This is the award everyone will be waiting for and will be announced last late on Sunday night. Good luck too all the nominees even the one’s that don’t deserve to be there in my opinion (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Obnoxious as I put it just had to take Driver’s spot!) And the nominees are…

• The Artist
• The Descendents
• Extremely Loud & incredibly Close
• The Help
• Hugo
• Midnight in Paris
• Moneyball
• The Tree of Life
• War Horse


And the film that I’m going to give this award to is going to be Hugo. I feel as though this award goes for the same the Best Directors section it’s a toss up between many but mainly The Artist, The Descendants, and Hugo. I’m going to give it to Hugo purely because this was the film that I thoroughly enjoyed the most out of everything that I saw this year. Hugo message of preserving film is great and I hope that everyone is able to see this movie it deserves everything in my opinion!


So and with that we conclude my predictions. I would like to list out some films that I feel were completely robbed this year. As you already know some that I’m going to say.

• Drive: I’ve complained enough don’t ya think!?!
• J. Edgar: This movie was directed and acted very well and got zero recognition from the Academy which is a totally bummer but this movie told a great and interesting story that should be seen as well as heard.
• Source Code: This movie I feel everyone forgot about, but I thought it was a movie that seemed both simple and complex all at the same time and was very enjoyable.
• Super 8: J.J. Abrams is a master of his craft. This Sci-Fi movie was like a grown up E.T. and had all the same suburban feel as its daddy did.

So once again good luck too all of the nominees on Sunday! And leave any comments below this is my first blogpost here and I’d love to do more! I will probably post another blog about the results

Thanks For Reading!
-Ant
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