What the Oscar Noms Should Have Been

Editor's note: We asked Brett McCracken, a regular film reviewer for us, to evaluate the Oscar nominations and give us his thoughts on what should have been nominated. Here's what he came up with: 

The 2011 Oscar nominations
were announced this morning, and as is typically the case, there are
some hits and some misses. By and large I think the Academy got it
pretty right, with a few good surprises (Jacki Weaver for Animal Kingdom)
and some bad (no Andrew Garfield supporting actor nom?). If I were to
have a say in the nominations, they would have gone something like this:

Best Picture: The Social Network, The King’s Speech, Blue Valentine, Fish Tank, Never Let Me Go, Animal Kingdom, Somewhere, 127 Hours, True Grit, Another Year.

Best Foreign Language Film: I Am Love, Mother, Everyone Else, Letters to Father Jacob.

Best Documentary: Exit Through the Gift Shop, Restrepo, Sweetgrass, Waiting for Superman, Catfish.

Best Director: David Fincher, The Social Network; Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech; Derek Cianfrance, Blue Valentine; Mike Leigh, Another Year; Andrea Arnold, Fish Tank.

Best Actor: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech; Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine; Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network; James Franco, 127 Hours; Leonardo DiCaprio, Shutter Island.

Best Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan; Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole; Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine; Lesley Manville, Another Year; Tilda Swinton, I Am Love.

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Best Supporting Actor: Andrew Garfield, The Social Network; Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech; Christian Bale, The Fighter; Jim Broadbent, Another Year; Michael Fassbender, Fish Tank.

Best Supporting Actress: Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech; Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit; Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom; Carey Mulligan, Never Let Me Go; Dianne Wiest, Rabbit Hole.



Anonymous commented…

For once I would have to disagree with Relevant. No Inception? It doesn't take a film critic to be able to tell that Nolan and the crew deserve something for making such an awe-inspiring film. :|


Chip commented…

Obviously he left off the inclusion of Inception "just to be different" - seems like a fully anti-popular/purely "indie" guy

Adam Kline


Adam Kline commented…

Brett, why wasn't Joaquin Phoenix ever considered this award season (in general) for Best Actor?


Chester Branch commented…

The films nominated all have a spiritual subtext to them. http://j.mp/gBsPqU

Brittani Bradford


Brittani Bradford commented…

Perhaps this movie won't win an oscar, but everyone should still make a point to go see Blue Like Jazz when it comes out opening weekend 4.13.2012 - I've had the opportunity to see it already, and it's amazing, so do yourself a favor and see one of the most worth while films of this year!

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