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.

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.

20 Comments

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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. :|

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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

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Adam Kline commented…

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

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Chester Branch commented…

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

Brittani Bradford

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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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