Monday, January 23, 2012

My Oscar Ballot: 2012 Edition

Certified Copy
While everyone gets hyped up about tomorrow morning’s Academy Award nominations, I could probably be less interested this year. While Oscar pundits get excited over some of the middling films that will populate the lists tomorrow, I’m hoping that some years down the roads, the films that dominate my own top films list will become cherished classics. For fun, I’ve submitted my own ballot, following the style of the Academy Awards (ten films ranked for Best Picture, five nominations for all other categories). I’ve presented it without comment—again, go to my top 15 list for commentary on most of these picks.

Best Picture
1.      Certified Copy
2.      Martha Marcy May Marlene
3.      A Separation
4.      Meek’s Cutoff
5.      The Interrupters
6.      Margaret
7.      Mysteries of Lisbon
8.      Take Shelter
9.      Tuesday, After Christmas
10.    The Tree of Life

Best Director
·         Sean Durkin, Martha Marcy May Marlene
·         Asghar Farhadi, A Separation
·         Abba Kiraostami, Certified Copy
·         Kelly Reichardt, Meek’s Cutoff
·         Raúl Ruiz, Mysteries of Lisbon

Best Actor
·         Woody Harrelson, Rampart
·         Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
·         Brad Pitt, Moneyball
·         Peyman Moaadi, A Separation
·         Michael Shannon, Take Shelter

Best Actress
·         Juliette Binoche, Certified Copy
·         Kirstin Dunst, Melancholia
·         Elizabeth Olson, Martha Marcy May Marlene
·         Anna Paquin, Margaret
·         Kristin Wiig, Bridesmaids

Best Supporting Actor

Bruce Greenwood in Meek's Cutoff
·         Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Le Havre
·         Michael Fassbender, Jane Eyre
·         Bruce Greenwood, Meek’s Cutoff
·         John Hawkes, Martha Marcy May Marlene
·         Brad Pitt, The Tree of Life

Best Supporting Actress
·         Jeannie Berlin, Margaret
·         Rose Byrne, Bridesmaids
·         Jessica Chastain, Take Shelter
·         Allison Janey, Margaret
·         Shailene Woodley, The Descendants

Best Original Screenplay
·         Asghar Farhadi, A Separation
·         Abbas Kiraostami, Certified Copy
·         Kenneth Lonergan, Margaret
·         Jeff Nichols, Take Shelter
·         Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Best Adapted Screenplay
·         John Logan, Coriolanus
·         Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash, The Descendants
·         Carlos Saboga, Mysteries of Lisbon
·         Lynne Ramsey, We Need To Talk About Kevin
·         Steve Zallian and Aaron Sorkin, Moneyball

The Tree of Life
Best Cinematography
·         Bobby Bukowski, Rampart
·         Jody Lee Lips, Martha Marcy May Marlene
·         Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life
·         Seamus McGarvey, We Need To Talk About Kevin
·         Adam Stone, Take Shelter

Best Editing
·         Steve James and Aaron Wickenden, The Interrupters
·         Bahman Kiraostami, Certified Copy
·         Kelly Reichardt, Meek’s Cutoff
·         Hayedeh Safiyari, A Separation
·         Zachary Stuart-Pontier, Martha Marcy May Marlene

Best Art Direction
·         Isabel Branco, Mysteries of Lisbon
·         Giancarlo Basili and Ludovica Ferrario, Certified Copy
·         Maria Djurkovic, Tom Brown, and Zsuzsa Kismarty-Lechner, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
·         David Dorenberg and Kat Uhlmansiek, Meek’s Cutoff
·         Jette Lehmann and Simone Grau, Melancholia

Best Score
·         Ludovic Bource, The Artist
·         Cliff Martinez, Drive
·         Nico Muhly, Margaret
·         Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
·         David Wingo, Take Shelter

Best Sound
·         Drive
·         The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
·         Margaret
·         Martha Marcy May Marlene
·         Meek’s Cutoff

Best Visual Effects
·         Rise of the Planet of the Apes
·         Melancholia
·         Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
·         Take Shelter
·         The Tree of Life

Best Foreign Film Not in the English Language
·         A Separation (Iran)
·         Tuesday, After Christmas (Romania)
·         Mysteries of Lisbon (France/Portugal)
·         Le Havre (Finland/France)
·         Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Thailand)

Best Documentary
·         The Arbor (Clio Barnard)
·         The Interrupters (Steve James)
·         Pina (Wim Wenders)
·         Project Nim (James Marsh)
·         Senna (Asif Kapida)

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