The Artist - DING DING DING, we have a winner. I'd be willing to put $$$ on this winning.
The Descendants - So. Bad.
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close - Disappointing.
The Help - Loved. It. Some pretty incredible, three-dimensional female characters.
Hugo - Booooooring.
Midnight in Paris - My favourite of the nominees! Great for imaginative geeks :)
Moneyball - So friggin' awesome. You don't even have to like baseball to enjoy it.
The Tree of Life - Majorly pretentious snooze fest.
War Horse - Just "okay".
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Demian Bichir (A Better Life) - Beautiful performance in an "okay" movie.
George Clooney (The Descendants) - I would have been more apt to nominate his performance in "The Ides of March" as Best Supporting than this garbage.
Jean Dujardin (The Artist) - WINNER! If anyone else wins, it will be grand larceny.
Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) - Such a boring movie, I could barely sit through it. Oldman's performance wasn't much better.
Brad Pitt (Moneyball) - He would be my number 2 selection, but mostly because the rest of this category is pure crap.
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs) - I never realized how androgynous Close is. Brilliant performance.
Viola Davis (The Help) - The kind of performance that eats at your soul.
Rooney Mara (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) - Good for her. I LOVED her in this.
Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) - Winner, winner, chicken dinner! Streep is simply the best.
Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn) - Poor Michelle. My personal favourite female performance of the year, her third deserving nomination won't bear fruit this year. You'll get your Oscar one day, Williams.
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Kenneth Branagh (My Week With Marilyn) -
Jonah Hill (Moneyball) - My favourite performance of the category. It makes me so incredibly happy to see the dude from "Superbad" with an Academy Award nomination.
Nick Nolte (Warrior) - Wonderful.
Christopher Plummer (Beginners) - Book it. Plummer's gut wrenching performance is impossible to deny.
Max von Sydow (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close) - Perhaps the most undeserving nomination in years. Ouache.
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Bérénice Bejo (The Artist) - I have so much love for this woman and the radiant beauty and emotion that beamed from her in every scene in this movie. It's tough to pick a favourite in this category, because each performance was so wonderful.
Jessica Chastain (The Help) - So delicious.
Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) - While I was shocked at her nomination, and would have to rank this performance "last" in this category, I just love this actress so much, and am so incredibly excited and happy for her to be nominated.
Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs) - Such incredible depth, such a warranted nomination.
Octavia Spencer (The Help) - My prediction for winner.
Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) - Putting all my eggs in one basket; my favourite & predicted winner.
Alexander Payne (The Descendants) - Please god, no.
Martin Scorsese (Hugo) - Gag me. Not your finest work, Marty.
Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris) - This film is so delightful, and the direction is great. Seriously, go see it.
Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life) - Please go back to whatever pretentious film school you came from.
WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)
The Descendants - Blech.
Hugo - Booooo.
The Ides of March - Finally! Recognition for a great film (and even better script).
Moneyball - My fave and winner.
Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy - Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)
The Artist - WIIIIIIIINNNNNNEEEEERRRR ALL DAY LONG, BABYYYYY.
Bridesmaids - Kristin Wiig is a friggin' Academy Award nominee. How awesome is that?!
Margin Call - Wait, what? I didn't see this one....
Midnight in Paris - <3 I have so much love for this movie. How haven't you seen it yet?!
A Separation - I'll be perfectly honest, I haven't seen this one either. I suppose by opinion in this category is moot.
MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
The Artist - The only nominee worth knowing. In order for a silent film to be even remotely watchable, the score has to be fantastic. WINNER.
You can watch the OSCAR's Sunday, February 26th at 8PM. Then it's a return to plotless, talentless, shameless, tantalizing summer blockbusters. Until next season....
PS. Dear Academy, why no love for "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" as the 10th Best Picture nom? Why no love for Leonardo Dicaprio (J. Edgar) or Ryan Gosling (Drive) or Joseph Gordon-Levitt (50/50)???