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Oscars 2012: What I Think Will Be Nominated

The nominations for the 85th Academy Awards will be announced tomorrow.

This Oscar season has been one of two things — very abrupt or very exciting. Possibly both. Maybe it’s because I stayed out of listening to anything Oscar-related this year and am going almost entirely on my gut and experience, but this feels like going 0-60 in three seconds. I haven’t had time to settle in and get warmed up yet, and all of a sudden the Oscar nominations are upon us.

The Oscar nominations are coming out real early this year, probably to shake things up in the race, which a lot of people have felt was boring in recent years, because the awards season went on for so long that we knew exactly who was gonna win even before the ceremony. Really all they did was stop having the ceremony in March (which was stupid to begin with) and pushed the Oscar nominations up a week (which caused some confusion in this town, given that most people were still on vacation around the time nominations ballots were due, and because they’re switching over to almost completely online voting, which raised some issues with the older section of the Academy (most of them), who have no fucking idea how to use that series of tubes that is the internet to vote). I guess two weeks makes all the difference.

I’ll give them one thing — this year, we don’t really know anything yet. I have a good idea about what’ll be nominated, but even so, you can’t be too sure about certain things. At this point, there is no clear frontrunner for Best Picture. And since they’re announcing the nominees so early, not all of the awards shows are gonna sync up, leaving an air of mystery to the whole thing. That said, I’m sure by Oscar night, we’ll have a damn good idea what’s going to win, as we always do. But for now, it’s kind of exciting, even though I feel like they could have waited a week and split the difference. (more…)


Pic of the Day: “But in war, time is so precious to the young people.”

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Oscars 2012 Update: BAFTA Nominations

Today, the nominations for the BAFTA awards were announced.

Let’s not waste any time and get right into them. They’re the last clue we’re gonna get as to the Oscar nominations puzzle:

Best Film


Les Misérables

Life of Pi


Zero Dark Thirty

No shock here, these are the five Best Director nominees and the expected five Best Picture locks. Curious to see if they go Les Mis or not. Everything’s pointing toward Lincoln this year.

More nominees after the jump: (more…)

Oscars 2012 Update: ASC (American Society of Cinematographers) Nominations

ASC has just announced their nominations. Here they are:

Anna Karenina, Seamus McGarvey

Les Misérables, Danny Cohen

Life of Pi, Claudio Miranda

Lincoln, Janusz Kaminski

Skyfall, Roger Deakins

Since my Oscar nominations predictions are coming out later today, I’ll spare the discussion of these nominations until then, except to say — yes. In a few minutes, once I type them all out — BAFTA nominations.