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Oscars 2012 : Categories and Nominations for The 84th Academy Awards

Oscars 2012 : Categories and Nominations

The Artist, The Descendant or The Help – who will go home with the li’l golden man this year? Or is it reserved for Hugo or War Horse? To know that, wait till February 26, 2012 (4:00 p.m. PST, 7:00 p.m. EST) when the 84th Academy Awards ceremony will be held at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California. You can watch a live telecast of the event on ABC.

Oscar 2012 : Host

Billy Crystal will host the 84th Academy Awards ceremony. This will be Crystal’s ninth time as host for the Academy Awards. The ceremony was originally scheduled to be hosted by Eddie Murphy. However, Murphy also stepped down following Brett Ratner’s resignation as producer.

Oscar 2012 : Presenters and performers

No wonder that the biggest night in Hollywood scene will be star studded! And we have got quite a few stars as presenters at this gala night. Want to know about them? Here we go –

  • Halle Berry
  • Bridesmaids cast: Rose Byrne, Ellie Kemper, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Maya Rudolph, and Kristen Wiig
  • Bradley Cooper
  • Tom Cruise
  • Penélope Cruz
  • Cameron Diaz
  • Michael Douglas
  • Tina Fey
  • Tom Hanks
  • Angelina Jolie
  • Milla Jovovich
  • Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • Natalie Portman
  • Chris Rock
  • Ben Stiller
  • Emma Stone

As for the performers, we have just one clue so far- it’s Cirque du Soleil, the famous Canadian entertainment company that present an eclectic mix of circus art and street entertainment. Watch out for aerialists, acrobats and contortionists at Oscars 2012. As for other performers, keep watching this space for more information on them.

Oscars 2012 : Nominations

And now, it’s time for the thing you have been waiting for – the 2012 Academy Awards nominations! We have tried to keep this as dramatic as possible (starting from the lesser known categories and going all the way to the Best Picture – You know, just like the award ceremonies!) – just have a look!

Let’s begin with the foreign films that have won the hearts of millions of viewers across the world –

  1. Best Foreign Language Film
    • Bullhead (Belgium) in Dutch and French – Michaël R. Roskam
    • Footnote (Israel) in Hebrew – Joseph Cedar
    • In Darkness (Poland) in Polish – Agnieszka Holland
    • Monsieur Lazhar (Canada) in French – Philippe Falardeau
    • A Separation (Iran) in Persian – Asghar Farhadi

Let’s have a quick look at the best animation movies for the year –

  1. Best Animated Feature
    • A Cat in Paris – Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli
    • Chico and Rita – Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal
    • Kung Fu Panda 2 – Jennifer Yuh Nelson
    • Puss in Boots – Chris Miller
    • Rango – Gore Verbinski
    • Documentaries…anyone?
  2. Best Documentary – Feature
    • Hell and Back Again – Danfung Dennis and Mike Lerner
    • If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front – Marshall Curry and Sam Cullman
    • Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory – Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky
    • Pina – Wim Wenders and Gian-Piero Ringel
    • Undefeated – TJ Martin, Dan Lindsay, and Richard Middlemas
  3. Best Documentary – Short Subject
    • The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement – Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin
    • God Is the Bigger Elvis – Rebecca Cammisa and Julie Anderson
    • Incident in New Baghdad – James Spione
    • Saving Face – Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
    • The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom – Lucy Walker and Kira Carstensen

A brief about the best short films nominated for the Oscars 2012:

  1. Best Live Action Short Film
    • Pentecost – Peter McDonald and Eimear O’Kane
    • Raju – Max Zähle and Stefan Gieren
    • The Shore – Terry George and Oorlagh George
    • Time Freak – Andrew Bowler and Gigi Causey
    • Tuba Atlantic – Hallvar Witzø
  2. Best Animated Short Film
    • Dimanche – Patrick Doyon
    • The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore – William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg
    • La Luna – Enrico Casarosa
    • A Morning Stroll – Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe
    • Wild Life – Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby

Ah, here’s to the music to your ears –

  1. Best Original Score
    • The Adventures of Tintin – John Williams
    • The Artist – Ludovic Bource
    • Hugo – Howard Shore
    • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Alberto Iglesias
    • War Horse – John Williams
  2. Best Original Song
    • “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets – Bret McKenzie
    • “Real in Rio” from Rio – Sérgio Mendes, Carlinhos Brown, and Siedah Garrett

And now, it’s time for the nominations for best screenplays –

  1. Best Writing – Original Screenplay
    • The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius
    • Bridesmaids – Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo
    • Margin Call – J.C. Chandor
    • Midnight in Paris – Woody Allen
    • A Separation – Asghar Farhad
  2. Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay
    • The Descendants – Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash from The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings
    • Hugo – John Logan from The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
    • The Ides of March – George Clooney, Grant Heslov, and Beau Willimon from Farragut North by Beau Willimon
    • Moneyball – Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin; Story by Stan Chervin from Moneyball by Michael Lewis
    • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan from Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré

Kudos to those unseen (and often unsung) heros behind each film –

  1. Best Sound Editing
    • Drive – Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis
    • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Ren Klyce
    • Hugo – Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty
    • Transformers: Dark of the Moon – Ethan Van der Ryn and Erik Aadahl
    • War Horse – Richard Hymns and Gary Rydstrom
  2. Best Sound Mixing
    • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce, and Bo Persson
    • Hugo – Tom Fleischman and John Midgley
    • Moneyball – Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, David Giammarco, and Ed Novick
    • Transformers: Dark of the Moon – Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush, and Peter J. Devlin
    • War Horse – Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson, and Stuart Wilson
  3. Best Art Direction
    • The Artist – Laurence Bennett and Robert Gould
    • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 – Stuart Craig and Stephanie McMillan
    • Hugo – Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo
    • Midnight in Paris – Anne Seibel and Hélène Dubreuil
    • War Horse – Rick Carter and Lee Sandales
  4. Best Cinematography
    • The Artist – Guillaume Schiffman
    • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – Jeff Cronenweth
    • Hugo – Robert Richardson
    • The Tree of Life – Emmanuel Lubezki
    • War Horse – Janusz Kamiński
  5. Best Makeup
    • Albert Nobbs – Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnson, and Matthew W. Mungle
    • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 – Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight, and Lisa Tomblin
    • The Iron Lady – Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland
  6. Best Costume Design
    • Anonymous – Lisy Christl
    • The Artist – Mark Bridges
    • Hugo – Sandy Powell
    • Jane Eyre – Michael O’Connor
    • W.E. – Arianne Phillips
  7. Best Film Editing
    • The Artist – Anne-Sophie Bion and Michel Hazanavicius
    • The Descendants – Kevin Tent
    • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter
    • Hugo – Thelma Schoonmaker
    • Moneyball – Christopher Tellefsen
  8. Best Visual Effects
    • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 – Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler, and John Richardson
    • Hugo – Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossmann, and Alex Henning
    • Real Steel – Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Danny Gordon Taylor, and Swen Gillberg
    • Rise of the Planet of the Apes – Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White, and Daniel Barrett
    • Transformers: Dark of the Moon – Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Matthew E. Butler, and John Frazier

I can feel the increased interest as we move onto the actors and actresses. Ladies and gentlemen, here we go!

  1. Best Supporting Actor
    • Kenneth Branagh – My Week with Marilyn as Laurence Olivier
    • Jonah Hill – Moneyball as Peter Brand
    • Nick Nolte – Warrior as Paddy Conlon
    • Christopher Plummer – Beginners as Hal Fields
    • Max von Sydow – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close as The Renter
  2. Best Supporting Actress
    • Bérénice Bejo – The Artist as Peppy Miller
    • Jessica Chastain – The Help as Celia Foote
    • Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids as Megan Price
    • Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs as Hubert Page
    • Octavia Spencer – The Help as Minny Jackson

And now it’s time for the face of the film or the chief protagonists:

  1. Best Actor
    • Demián Bichir – A Better Life as Carlos Galindo
    • George Clooney – The Descendants as Matt King
    • Jean Dujardin – The Artist as George Valentin
    • Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy as George Smiley
    • Brad Pitt – Moneyball as Billy Beane
  2. Best Actress
    • Glenn Close – Albert Nobbs as Albert Nobbs
    • Viola Davis – The Help as Aibileen Clark
    • Rooney Mara – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as Lisbeth Salander
    • Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady as Margaret Thatcher
    • Michelle Williams – My Week with Marilyn as Marilyn Monroe

Ladies and Gentlemen! A big round of applause for the directors, who made these films what they are!

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

And now, it’s the most awaited category of the year…

  1. Best Picture
    • The Artist – Thomas Langmann
    • The Descendants – Jim Burke, Jim Taylor, and Alexander Payne
    • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close – Scott Rudin
    • The Help – Brunson Green, Chris Columbus, and Michael Barnathan
    • Hugo – Graham King and Martin Scorsese
    • Midnight in Paris – Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum
    • Moneyball – Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz, and Brad Pitt
    • The Tree of Life – Dede Gardner, Sarah Green, Grant Hill, and Bill Pohlad
    • War Horse – Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy

And the Oscar goes to…

Hold on! For that you have to wait till February 26, 2012! The Oscars 2012 will be televised on ABC via DISH Network, DIRECTV, CableVision, FIOS TV and many other pay TV providers across the United States. Don’t miss it!

Who will win the best picture award? Which actor will take the golden statuette home? Share your thoughts and ideas in the comment section.

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