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Big Phil puts his nerdy genius to the test with his 2012 Oscar predictions…

January 26th, 2012 by Big Phil Comments

The Oscars 2011 begins now!

Well my fellow Nerds and Nerdettes, its Magic 8 ball time once more as the list of nominations has been made public and we at Nerd HQ ponder over our choices until the awards presentation.

Well, pondering aside, this year’s nominations have certainly given us the usual and unusual. But fear not, in case you may have missed anything on the various newscasts as I will give you a brief rundown on the nominee’s and possible winners:

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Way back last year in my review of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy I informed you that this was one of the most faithful adaptions ever to a book. The Academy has certainly taken note as it has received a worthy nomination. Also nominated are The Descendents, Hugo, The Ides of March and Moneyball. My choice would be Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy however The Descendents is not to be ruled out.

Best Original Screenplay:
The field this year has been sprayed wide open due to the nominees including The Bridesmaids, The Artist, Margin Call, A Separation and Midnight in Paris. As Our choice would be Midnight in Paris, as Woody Allen is held in such high regard both with critics as well as audiences alike, my suggestion would be that this may have his name scratched on it.

Best Score:
With John Williams having two nominations this year with The Adventures of Tin Tin and War Horse (which score I personally was not overly impressed with), its hard not to think he wont “hit the right note” on the evening. That said, Howard Shore’s Hugo, Ludovic Bource’ The Artist and Alberto Iglesias’ Tinker, Tailor (etc) all stand a worthy listen. Having listened to them all, I can’t choose a winner! (Coward! lol – ed)

Best Cinematography:
Visually speaking, the nominees this year are all worthy of receiving this statuette. The Artist, War Horse, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Hugo and The Tree of Life all have different visual styles. If I had to pick, my choice would be either The Artist.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role:
The nominations this year contain nominees that deserve the statuette if not for the films they have been in this year, then most certainly previous years. Christopher Plummer, Max Von Sydow (for Judge Dredd, obviously) and Nick Nolte have turned in career defining portrayals this year with Kenneth Brannagh and Jonah Hill rounding out the field. The Academy have been know in the past to honour actors who may have been “past their prime” so to speak with an award so this one will be tough to call but we’re hoping for local boy Kenneth Brannagh.

Best Actress in a Supporting Role:
This one seems to be a little easier to call than the gent’s with nominations for Berenice Bejo, Melissa McCarthy, Janet McTeer along with Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer for their roles in The Help. My best guess would be Jessica Chastain.

Best Actor in a Leading Role:
With heavy hitters such as Brad Pitt, Gary Oldman and George Clooney being nominated, there have been some welcome additions by foreign males such as Demian Bichir and Jean Dujardin. However, as a foreigner so to speak won this award last year (Colin Firth for The King’s Speech) my choice would have to be the excellent performance by George Clooney for The Descendants as the voters don’t like to have two years without a homegrown winner. That said, I would really love for Gary Oldman to win this.

Best Actress in a Leading Role:
Glenn Close, Viola Davis, Rooney Mara, Michelle Williams and Meryl Streep have all deservedly received the nominations this year. That said though, there is really only Meryl Streep being fancied for this for her already award-winning performance in The Iron Lady. However, I wouldn’t rule out Viola Davis since, like I mentioned earlier, the Academy like to surprise us every now and then.

Best Director:
Both Martin Scorsese and Woody Allen have lifted this one before and could well indeed lift it again this year. Though Terence Malick and Alexander Payne have received the nomination too, something tells me that this is going to be Michel Hazanavicious for The Artist this year.

Best Picture:
This is the category that will either go hand-in-hand with the Best Director award or go in the completely opposite direction. All of the films in this category have already been nominated previously in other categories except Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close which receives its only nomination. As this is an award for producing (or “opening your cheque book” for the more cynical amongst us) anyone could walk away with this. The other nominees are War Horse, Hugo, The Artist, The Descendents, The Help, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball and The Tree of Life.

With Billy Crystal confirmed as host for this year’s ceremony, there is certainly something for everyone. We impatiently wait to see whose arms will be clutching the statuette and tearfully thanking everyone in their acceptance speeches to those who sadly didn’t win and who are left muttering under their breath…

Phil Wilce
Following The Nerd
Ps If none of my predictions come true don’t blame me, blame the Magic 8 ball!

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I arrived on Earth in 1977 and have virtually devoted my entire existence to cult films, television programmes and cartoons. I am a very big fan of Star Wars and Star Trek; I may struggle with foreign languages but I can order live Gagh in Klingon! I’m the Nerd that knows the trivia but I’m hopeless at sport!

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