For those who missed the announcement, the following movies earned enough No. 1 votes to become best picture contenders:
"The Artist" Thomas Langmann, Producer
"The Descendants" Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers
"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" Scott Rudin, Producer
"The Help" Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers
"Hugo" Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers
"Midnight in Paris" Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers
"Moneyball" Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers
"The Tree of Life" Nominees to be determined
"War Horse" Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producer
And here are the other major categories:
"The Artist" Michel Hazanavicius
"The Descendants" Alexander Payne
"Hugo" Martin Scorsese
"Midnight in Paris" Woody Allen
"The Tree of Life" Terrence Malick
Actor in a Leading Role
Demián Bichir in "A Better Life"
George Clooney in "The Descendants"
Jean Dujardin in "The Artist"
Gary Oldman in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"
Brad Pitt in "Moneyball"
Actor in a Supporting Role
Kenneth Branagh in "My Week with Marilyn"
Jonah Hill in "Moneyball"
Nick Nolte in "Warrior"
Christopher Plummer in "Beginners"
Max von Sydow in "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"
Actress in a Leading Role
Glenn Close in "Albert Nobbs"
Viola Davis in "The Help"
Rooney Mara in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
Meryl Streep in "The Iron Lady"
Michelle Williams in "My Week with Marilyn"
Actress in a Supporting Role
Bérénice Bejo in "The Artist"
Jessica Chastain in "The Help"
Melissa McCarthy in "Bridesmaids"
Janet McTeer in "Albert Nobbs"
Octavia Spencer in "The Help"
Kent and I went to 90 movies last year and the only one we that we missed that was nominated for best picture was "The Tree of Life". We did not go see it when it was released for a number of reasons but one of the main reasons was it was by the same director of "A Thin Red Line" which was also nominated years ago and we hated that movie. This one to be honest looks better to me.
Of all the major categories, best picture, best director, best actor, best actress, and supporting actor and actress we have seen all but the following:
The Tree of Life
A Better Life
Not too bad! We will catch at least one - Albert Nobbs this weekend. I really hope that The Tree of Life is rereleased in the Theater - seems like the kind of movie that is better on the big screen.
The Descendants remains my favorite movie of 2011. It's got my vote for best picture!
Four movies that were overlooked in 2011 - Win/Win, Horrible Bosses, Toast and 50/50. All worth checking out!
Go to a movie already!
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