Oscar 2012 Will Win/Should Win Selections (Magidson)


An annual tradition at The Awards Circuit, I humbly present to you my picks for who/what Will Win as well as who/what Should Win at the Oscars. Before I get into it though, a few quick thoughts. After it being such a wide open season in terms of what films and performances could wind up Academy Award nominees and then winners, we’ve come now to a situation where things are both the same and different. Very few categories are locked up, but there’s a general consensus about how almost every category will wind up going. I find that rather fascinating. So much could go one way or the other, but most prognosticators (myself included, as you’ll see below) are leaning in the same direction. The main questions still to be answered are just how well ‘The Artist’ and ‘Hugo’ will do. Could the former pull off the elusive sweep? We’re going to find out in a few days, but for now, here’s my yearly contribution to our Will Win/Should Win series!

Best Picture
It’s all over here but for the actual coronation this weekend. It’s been ‘The Artist’ for a while now, and while there’s long shot challenges by mainly ‘The Help’ and ‘Hugo’ (with some voters going for ‘The Tree of Life’ as well), it’s not going to be enough. We’re about to have only our second ever silent film Best Picture winner. It’s not my personal choice, as I’d cast my vote for ‘The Descendants’, but it’s going to happen, and the historical significance of the win is something definitely to take note of. I think it’s about middle of the road when it comes to how it compares to other Best Pictures, but time will tell ultimately in that regard.

Will Win– The Artist

Should Win– The Descendants

Could Win– The Help

Should Have Been Nominated– Drive, Shame, and Warrior

Best Director
It’s a rare thing for Best Picture and Best Director not to match up, and while some think that Martin Scorsese is going to achieve that feat for ‘Hugo’, it’s looking more and more likely that the Academy is going to follow the lead of the DGA and go with the director of ‘The Artist’ Michel Hazanavicius. I don’t personally feel that if I were voting that I’d hold to that, but here I’d vote for Alexander Payne for his direction of ‘The Descendants’. It’s a two horse race at this point, but Hazanvicius is way out in the lead now. He’s certainly deserving enough to win, and lots of credit for the success of ‘The Artist’ lays at his feet.  This won’t be the type of win that bums people out like last year’s victory for Tom Hooper was. Hazanavicius is going to likely beat Scorsese, and fewer people will be up in arms about a lose for Marty than historically has been the case.

Will Win– Michel Hazanavicius

Should Win– Alexander Payne

Could Win– Martin Scorsese

Should Have Been Nominated– David Fincher, Steve McQueen, and Nicolas Winding Refn

Best Actor
This was the hardest category to predict (of the majors) for the longest time. Things have cleared up now, and what was once a three pronged race between George Clooney for ‘The Descendants’, Jean Dujardin for ‘The Artist’, and Brad Pitt for ‘Moneyball’ has simplified quite a bit. Clooney and Dujardin both have precursors in their favor, but the latter has all of the momentum, and that should carry him on through to the finish line on Sunday. I’d personally prefer Clooney or Pitt (with Pitt actually getting my vote), but it’s pretty clear that it’s Dujardin’s to lose now. I wouldn’t be shocked at all if Clooney won (Pitt would be a pleasant surprise, and Gary Oldman an outright shock if his first nomination for ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’ was the winner), but it looks like Dujardin is going to become one of the few French actors to also be known as Oscar winners.

Will Win– Jean Dujardin

Should Win– Brad Pitt

Could Win– George Clooney

Should Have Been Nominated– Michael Fassbender, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Ryan Gosling

Best Actress
Despite a few readers thinking I have some grudge against Meryl Streep, I look at this category realistically and know that she’s the only person who could win here besides Viola Davis. I’d cast my non-existent ballot for Rooney Mara and her work in ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’, but it’s down to Davis for ‘The Help’ and Streep for ‘The Iron Lady’. It’s looking like Davis to me at this point, but I’m not counting Streep out, despite evidence suggesting she’s going to have to wait at least another year to contend for the trophy some feel she’s owed. The early favorite for some was Glenn Close for ‘Albert Nobbs’, but her time seems to have come and gone, leaving Davis with a clear path to victory, depending on how many voters decide they HAVE to give Streep her 3rd Oscar win. My guess is, well…not enough, but we’ll see in a few days.

Will Win– Viola Davis

Should Win– Rooney Mara

Could Win– Meryl Streep

Should Have Been Nominated– Lianna Liberato, Anna Paquin, and Charlize Theron

Best Supporting Actor
All season long it was Christopher Plummer’s work in ‘Beginners’ going up against the job Albert Brooks turned in for ‘Drive’, but when the latter was snubbed by the Academy, it pretty much locked things up for Plummer. There’s the potential for an upset by fellow senior citizen nominee Max von Sydow and his silent performance from ‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’, but I don’t see it as nearly as likely others do. My thumbs up would go to Nick Nolte for ‘Warrior’, but I know the actual trophy is all but locked in to go Plummer’s way. He’ll be the oldest Oscar winner ever (so would Max von Sydow, by the by), and it’ll be for one of his most likable roles to date.

Will Win– Christopher Plummer

Should Win– Nick Nolte

Could Win– Max von Sydow

Should Have Been Nominated– Albert Brooks, John Goodman, and Corey Stoll

Best Supporting Actress
I don’t see Octavia Spencer’s performance in ‘The Help’ as being quite as locked in for a win as many others do, but it’s such an odd group this year in this category that I don’t see any other option. Berenice Bejo for ‘The Artist’ and Melissa McCarthy for ‘Bridesmaids’ are the only real alternatives, and while McCarthy gets my personal vote, if Spencer is to lose, it’s likely going to be to Bejo on the back of a sweep by ‘The Artist’. As it stands now though, the split votes will end up breaking Spencer’s way for the win.

Will Win– Octavia Spencer

Should Win– Melissa McCarthy

Could Win– Berenice Bejo

Should Have Been Nominated– Anjelica Huston, Carey Mulligan, and Shailene Woodley

Best Adapted Screenplay
Up until this week, it had seemed like ‘Moneyball’ was taking home this Oscar, but a late surge by ‘The Descendants’ has moved it into the lead. Momentum at this point is hard to fight with, and while I slightly prefer the script to ‘Moneyball’ (it’d get my vote), I have no issues with ‘The Descendants’ winning, as it seems now is going to happen. There’s a tiny possibility of ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ pulling off an upset, but don’t bet on it. This is looking like the category where ‘The Descendants’ will see itself honored.

Will Win– The Descendants

Should Win/Could Win– Moneyball

Should Have Been Nominated– Drive, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and The Muppets

Best Original Screenplay
Woody Allen has been in the pole position for this prize since the summer, and very little has changed since then. His script for ‘Midnight in Paris’ is the frontrunner, and also deserves to win in my eyes. The only challenge is going to be if ‘The Artist’ has a huge night, which could lead to it taking home the Oscar here as well as in a lot of other categories. I’m still banking on ‘Midnight in Paris’ winning however…but it’s not a lock or anything.

Will Win/Should Win– Midnight in Paris

Could Win– The Artist

Should Have Been Nominated– 50/50, Margaret, and Young Adult

And now on to the other categories, sans commentary:

Best Animated Feature
Will Win/Should Win– Rango
Could Win– A Cat in Paris
Should Have Been Nominated– Winnie the Pooh

Best Art Direction
Will Win– Hugo
Should Win– Midnight in Paris
Could Win– The Artist
Should Have Been Nominated– The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Best Cinematography
Will Win– The Tree of Life
Should Win– The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Could Win– Hugo
Should Have Been Nominated– Drive

Best Costume Design
Will Win– The Artist
Should Win– Jane Eyre
Could Win– W.E.
Should Have Been Nominated– Midnight in Paris

Best Film Editing
Will Win– The Artist
Should Win– Moneyball
Could Win– Hugo
Should Have Been Nominated– Shame

Best Makeup
Will Win– The Iron Lady
Should Win– Albert Nobbs
Could Win– Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Should Have Been Nominated– The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Best Sound Mixing
Will Win– Hugo
Should Win– The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Could Win– War Horse
Should Have Been Nominated– Drive

Best Sound Editing
Will Win– Hugo
Should Win– Drive
Could Win– War Horse
Should Have Been Nominated– Red State

Best Visual Effects
Will Win/Should Win– Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Could Win– Hugo
Should Have Been Nominated– Super 8

Best Original Score
Will Win– The Artist
Should Win– War Horse
Could Win– Hugo
Should Have Been Nominated– Shame

Best Original Song
Will Win/Should Win– The Muppets
Could Win– Rio
Should Have Been Nominated– Winnie the Pooh

Best Documentary Feature
Will Win– Undefeated
Should Win– Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
Could Win– Hell and Back Again
Should Have Been Nominated– Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey

Best Foreign Language Film
Will Win/Should Win– A Separation
Could Win– In Darkness
Should Have Been Nominated– The Skin I Live In

Best Documentary Short Subject
Will Win– The Barber of Birmingham
Should Win/Could Win– Incident in New Baghdad

Best Short Film Live Action
Will Win– The Shore
Should Win– Raju
Could Win– Time Freak

Best Animated Film Short
Will Win– The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
Should Win/Could Win– La Luna

Finally, some personal awards, citations, and lists in regard to 2011, including a preferential order of all the films I saw last year (ranked from 1 to 256), plus the most underrated and overrated films/performances of the year . First up is what my personal “perfect world” Oscar nominations would look like:

Best Picture
The Beaver
The Descendants
Drive – winner
Midnight in Paris
Red State
Shame – runner up

Honorable Mentions: Bridesmaids, The Ides of March, Margaret, We Bought a Zoo, and Young Adult

Best Director
Jodie Foster- The Beaver
Jonathan Levine- 50/50
Steve McQueen- Shame – runner up
Alexander Payne- The Descendants
Nicolas Winding Refn- Drive – winner

Honorable Mentions: Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris), David Fincher (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Evan Glodell (Bellflower), Bennett Miller (Moneyball), and Kevin Smith (Red State)

Best Actor
Michael Fassbender- Shame – winner
Mel Gibson- The Beaver
Joseph Gordon-Levitt- 50/50
Ryan Gosling- Drive – runner up
Michael Parks- Red State

Honorable Mention: George Clooney (The Descendants), Matt Damon (We Bought a Zoo), Tom Hardy (Warrior), Brad Pitt (Moneyball), and Martin Sheen (The Way)

Best Actress
Felicity Jones- Like Crazy
Rooney Mara- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – winner
Anna Paquin- Margaret
Charlize Theron- Young Adult
Michelle Williams- My Week with Marilyn – runner up

Honorable Mention: Ellen Barkin (Another Happy Day), Viola Davis (The Help), Lianna Liberato (Trust), Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin), and Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids)

Best Supporting Actor
Albert Brooks- Drive – winner
John Goodman- Red State
Jonah Hill- Moneyball
Nick Nolte- Warrior
Christopher Plummer- Beginners – runner up

Honorable Mention: Bryan Cranston (Drive), Corey Stoll (Midnight in Paris), Patton Oswalt (Young Adult), Seth Rogen (50/50), and Anton Yelchin (The Beaver)

Best Supporting Actress
Anjelica Huston- 50/50
Jennifer Lawrence- The Beaver
Melissa McCarthy- Bridesmaids – runner up
Carey Mulligan- Shame – winner
Shailene Woodley- The Descendants

Honorable Mention: Berenice Bejo (The Artist), Kerry Bishe (Red State), Judy Greer (The Descendants), Jennifer Morrison (Warrior), and Evan Rachel Wood (The Ides of March)

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Descendants (Nat Faxson, Alexander Payne, and Jim Rash) – runner up
Drive (Hossain Amini)
The Ides of March (George Clooney, Grant Heslov, and Beau Willimon)
Moneyball (Stan Chervin, Aaron Sorkin, and Steven Zaillian) – winner
We Bought a Zoo (Aline Brosh McKenna and Cameron Crowe)

Honorable Mention: Everything Must Go (Dan Rush), The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo (Steven Zaillian), Hugo (John Logan), The Muppets (Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller), and Scream 4 (Kevin Williamson)

Best Original Screenplay
50/50 (Will Reiser) – winner
The Beaver (Kyle Killen)
Bellflower (Evan Glodell)
Red State (Kevin Smith) – runner up
Shame (Steve McQueen and Abi Morgan)

Honorable Mention: Beginners (Mike Mills), Bridesmaids (Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig), Margaret (Kenneth Lonergan), Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen), and Young Adult (Diablo Cody)

And the rest…

Best Animated Feature (the only 5 I saw during 2011)
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
Puss in Boots
Rango – runner up
Winnie the Pooh – winner

Best Art Direction
The Artist – winner
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Midnight in Paris – runner up

Best Cinematography
The Descendants – winner
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Tree of Life – runner up

Best Costume Design
The Artist
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – runner up
Midnight in Paris – winner
War Horse

Best Film Editing
The Descendants
Drive – winner
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Red State – runner up

Best Makeup (3 nominees like the Academy)
The Artist – winner
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – runner up

Best Sound Mixing
Drive – winner
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – runner up
Red State
Super 8

Best Sound Editing
Drive – winner
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Red State – runner up
Super 8

Best Visual Effects
Rise of the Planet of the Apes – winner
Source Code
Super 8
The Tree of Life – runner up

Best Original Score
The Artist
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – winner
Shame – runner up

Best Original Song
Captain America: The First Avenger (Star Spangled Man)
The Muppets (Life’s a Happy Song) – runner up
The Muppets (Man or Muppet)
The Muppets (Pictures in My Head)
Winnie the Pooh (So Long) – winner

Best Documentary Feature
American: The Bill Hicks Story
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey – runner up
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory – winner
Project Nim

Best Foreign Language Film
The Flowers of War
Mysteries of Lisbon
Sarah’s Key
The Skin I Live In – winner
Trollhunter – runner up

And, as promised, a ranking of all the 2011 films that I saw:

1. Drive
2. Shame
3. The Descendants
4. Bellflower
5. The Beaver
6. Red State
7. 50/50
8. Midnight in Paris
9. Warrior
10. Moneyball
11. Young Adult
12. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
13. We Bought a Zoo
14. Bridesmaids
15. The Ides of March
16. Beginners
17. The Muppets
18. Margaret
19. The Adjustment Bureau
20. Crazy Stupid Love
21. Super 8
22. The Artist
23. Like Crazy
24. The Guard
25. Source Code
26. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
27. Sympathy for Delicious
28. Another Happy Day
29. Scream 4
30. Hugo
31. The Way
32. Insidious
33. Winnie the Pooh
34. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
35. Contagion
36. Margin Call
37. Rampart
38. War Horse
39. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
40. Trust
41. Martha Marcy May Marlene
42. Puncture
43. HappyThankYouMorePlease
44. Everything Must Go
45. Friends With Benefits
46. Win Win
47. Our Idiot Brother
48. X-Men: First Class
49. Horrible Bosses
50. Rango
51. Paranormal Activity 3
52. The Adventures of Tintin
53. Project Nim
54. Beautiful Boy
55. The Skin I Live In
56. Senna
57. 30 Minutes or Less
58. Fright Night
59. We Need to Talk About Kevin
60. Certified Copy
61. Hanna
62. Tabloid
63. The Debt
64. Bill Cunningham New York
65. Weekend
66. The Flowers of War
67. Into the Abyss
68. Circumstance
69. Meek’s Cutoff
70. Paul
71. Cold Weather
72. My Week with Marilyn
73. American: The Bill Hicks Story
74. In a Better World
75. Revenge of the Electric Car
76. The Woman
77. Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey
78. Straw Dogs
79. Captain America: The First Avenger
80. Puss in Boots
81. Submarine
82. The People vs George Lucas
83. Super
84. Jane Eyre
85. Pearl Jam Twenty
86. Cracks
87. African Cats
88. The Music Never Stopped
89. Corman’s World
90. The Whale
91. Potiche
92. Cowboys & Aliens
93. Daydream Nation
94. The Green Hornet
95. Ceremony
96. The High Cost of Living
97. Thor
98. Cedar Rapids
99. The Swell Season
100. Kaboom
101. The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
102. Hobo with a Shotgun
103. Peep World
104. No Strings Attached
105. A Better Life
106. The Devil’s Double
107. Another Earth
108. The Tree of Life
109. A Dangerous Method
110. Hesher
111. Mysteries of Lisbon
112. Take Shelter
113. Carnage
114. Take Me Home Tonight
115. Battle: Los Angeles
116. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
117. Janie Jones
118. The Help
119. Attack the Block
120. Sarah’s Key
121. The Mechanic
122. A Little Help
123. The Lincoln Lawyer
124. Exporting Raymond
125. The Rum Diary
126. Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
127. The Future
128. Gun Hill Road
129. Life, Above All
130. Forks Over Knives
131. The Other Woman
132. The Art of Getting By
133. London Boulevard
134. One Day
135. The Hedgehog
136. Elektra Luxx
137. The Conspirator
138. Green Lantern
139. Henry’s Crime
140. Restless
141. Machine Gun Preacher
142. The Thing
143. Lucky
144. Tucker & Dale vs Evil
145. Every Day
146. Priest
147. The Big Year
148. I Melt With You
149. Hall Pass
150. The Myth of the American Sleepover
151. Trollhunter
152. Dolphin Tale
153. Footloose
154. Chasing Madoff
155. Drive Angry
156. Waiting for Forever
157. Connected
158. Dylan Dog: Dead of Night
159. The Conquest
160. Skateland
161. Brighton Rock
162. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
163. The Whistleblower
164. Stake Land
165. Wrecked
166. Good Neighbors
167. The Sitter
168. I Am
169. Dirty Girl
170. Your Highness
171. The Ward
172. Real Steel
173. The Bang Bang Club
174. Salvation Boulevard
175. Prom
176. Killing Bono
177. Final Destination 5
178. Tower Heist
179. Chalet Girl
180. Rio
181. White Irish Drinkers
182. Killer Elite
183. Johnny English Reborn
184. A Good Old Fashioned Orgy
185. Sleeping Beauty
186. Terri
187. Melancholia
188. Immortals
189. Bad Teacher
190. J. Edgar
191. Miral
192. Limitless
193. Water for Elephants
194. In Time
195. Albert Nobbs
196. Just Go With It
197. Twelve Thirty
198. Last Night
199. The Son of No One
200. Meet Monica Velour
201. The Ledge
202. Anonymous
203. The Family Tree
204. Arthur
205. The Eagle
206. Dream House
207. Kill The Irishman
208. The Double
209. Texas Killing Fields
210. Vanishing on 7th Street
211. 13
212. Sucker Punch
213. The Rite
214. 5 Days of War
215. Sanctum
216. Father of Invention
217. The Change-Up
218. Hop
219. Conan the Barbarian
220. The Dilemna
221. Fireflies in the Garden
222. Mr. Popper’s Penguins
223. Love, Wedding, Marriage
224. Unknown
225. The Perfect Host
226. The Reef
227. Something Borrowed
228. Columbiana
229. The Rite
230. I Am Number Four
231. Monte Carlo
232. I Don’t Know How She Does It
233. The Three Musketeers
234. Soul Surfer
235. What’s Your Number?
236. Fast Five
237. Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star
238. New Year’s Eve
239. The Smurfs
240. Red Riding Hood
241. Trespass
242. Spy Kids: All the Time in the World
243. Abduction
244. Beastly
245. Zookeeper
246. Season of the Witch
247. The Darkest Hour
248. The Hangover: Part II
249. Apollo 18
250. Transformers: Dark of the Moon
251. Passion Play
252. The Iron Lady
253. Shark Night
254. The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)
255. A Serbian Film
256. Atlas Shrugged: Part 1

Last, but certainly not least, the underrated and overrated picks for the year that was:

The 10 most underrated films of 2011: 50/50, The Beaver, Bellflower, The Ides of March, Margaret, Red State, Warrior, The Way, We Bought a Zoo, and Young Adult

The 10 most overrated films of 2011: Albert Nobbs, The Artist, A Dangerous Method, The Help, The Iron Lady, Melancholia, Take Shelter, Terri, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Tree of Life

There you go, ladies and germs. I hope that was of some bit of interest to you all, and an added bonus to my installment of the series. Now, let’s get set for the moment we’ve all been waiting for…the Oscars!

Thoughts? Discuss on the Forum!

  • Kevin

    Definitely the list I agree with the most. Really like seeing the love for 50/50 and Warrior. Don’t get how those films didn’t get more recognition.

    • Joey Magidson

      Thank you kindly good sir!

  • Wow @ the number of films, that is awe inspiring. I think most critics stop just after 100, then again I’m sure you watched a number of these on DVD or from torrents or whatever.

    Did you accidentally contradict yourself with supporting actor and choosing Nolte at first then Plummer as your overall runner up pick?

    I have to join the detractors of The Descendants, whilst it was a watchable film there felt something off and anticlimactic about it (and I know that was the point and style as well), it seemed hollow and soulless to me, very flat and formulaic compared to Sideways.

    • Joey Magidson

      I’ve actually never watched a movie off of a torrent. All were early screenings, in theater viewings, DVD/Blu-Ray (95% of which I purchased), or On Demand.

      Kind of, sort of…basically a tie between them, so I cited them both. Sorry for the confusion.

      Fair enough about The Descendants, which I actually prefer to Sideways. I still like About Schmidt and Election best, but that’s me.

      • I suppose it wouldn’t make sense for a professional critic to watch torrents, lol.

        • Joey Magidson

          I’d say it’s kind of a issue, but I can only speak for myself.

  • Johnny

    wow! that’s dedication/passion!

    • Joey Magidson

      I try my best…

      • Thomas

        I made my list this year, too … and I have 307 on it after listing them alphabetically from thenumbers website by release date. It’s going to take me a bit to figure out where we are lacking … but I find it AMAZING that the bottom of my list is a movie about a mythical character shrugging, too! Just above that one, though, is Bucky Larson — I was so repulsed by this movie that I cannot even put it into words! You’ve given it slightly more credit than I do!


        • Joey Magidson

          Not by much though…

          • Thomas

            I see there are like 15 movies between the two but those numbers don’t mean a whole lot (that low anyway) when they are that detestable. My two differences (that low again) are The Iron Lady and Fast Five.

            I did not hate The Iron Lady like you did and I actually like Meryl. I didn’t like her growing up and I do believe some of her work is overrated — but the role that “sold me” on her was One True Thing. I saw it when I was sick with one of my bouts of cancer and so I was able to actually relate to a Meryl performance — something I had never been able to do before. Her depiction of the disease was THE most realistic and honest I have EVER seen (she lost eyebrows unlike Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 50/50!!! 😉 ). When you wrote your review a month or so back of The Iron Lady, I almost wrote a response to it questioning whether-or-not one needs to “bond” with a performance of hers to become a fan. Now — don’t misread what I am saying here as I do not think it was a very good movie either (I gave it a C-) and it was rather akin to Amelia — yawn (this was the best they could come up with!?).

            As for Fast Five … I haven’t liked any of those movies but by telling myself that it was one of the dumbest movies ever made I didn’t choke to death on my popcorn.

            I had missed Shark Night until a few weeks back. Uhm … STOP GETTING INTO THE WATER.

            #84 — Bullcrap, Joey! 🙂

            • Joey Magidson

              I don’t hate Streep in the least, I just hated this latest film…

              I liked Jane Eyre (as my review last year stated), it just wasn’t especially memorable.

  • WillQ

    I have always enjoyed reading your reviews and columns because, honestly, I agree with most of your opinions. I am very happy at how much you liked Warrior and Nick Nolte in it. That movie was able to crack my own top 10 and I think it has woefully flown under the radar. Nolte was superb in it, and I think he has just as much right to win the Oscar as Plummer.

    • Joey Magidson

      Much obliged.

  • LOVE your lists man. I may still have slightly different thoughts but I certainly can’t argue against your opinions. Great job. Also here’s my lists of my top 20 and my own personal awards.

    Top 20:

    1. Drive
    2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
    3. Hugo
    4. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
    5. War Horse
    6. Super 8
    7. Midnight in Paris
    8. The Muppets
    9. Rise of the Planet of the Apes
    10. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    11. Melancholia
    12. The Ides of March
    13. 50/50
    14. The Adventures of Tintin
    15. Margin Call
    16. Bridesmaids
    17. Contagion
    18. Moneyball
    19. Source Code
    20. The Tree of Life

    Honorable Mentions: The Artist, Crazy Stupid Love, The Descendants, Hanna, Mission Impossible 4

    My own personal awards:

    Best Picture
    Drive [winner]
    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
    Hugo [runner up]
    Midnight in Paris
    War Horse

    Best Director
    Drive (Nicholas Winding Refn) [winner]
    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (David Fincher)
    Hugo (Martin Scorsese) [runner up]
    Melancholia (Lars von Trier)
    War Horse (Steven Spielberg)

    Best Actor
    Drive (Ryan Gosling)
    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Thomas Horn) [winner]
    50/50 (Joseph Gordon-Levitt)
    Moneyball (Brad Pitt)
    Shame (Michael Fassbender) [runner up]

    Best Actress
    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Rooney Mara) [runner up]
    Hanna (Saoirse Ronan)
    Melancholia (Kirsten Dunst) [winner]
    Trust (Liana Liberato)
    Young Adult (Charlize Theron)

    Best Supporting Actor
    Drive (Albert Brooks) [winner]
    Drive (Bryan Cranston)
    Hugo (Ben Kingsley) [runner up]
    Moneyball (Jonah Hill)
    Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Andy Serkis)

    Best Supporting Actress
    The Artist (Berenice Bejo)
    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (Sandra Bullock) [winner]
    Hugo (Chloe Moretz)
    Shame (Carey Mulligan)
    The Tree of Life (Jessica Chastain) [runner up]

    Best Original Screenplay
    Crazy Stupid Love
    Margin Call [runner up]
    Midnight in Paris [winner]
    Source Code

    Best Adapted Screenplay
    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
    The Ides of March [winner]
    Moneyball [runner up]

    Best Cinematography
    The Tree of Life [winner]
    War Horse [runner up]

    Best Art Direction
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 [runner up]
    The Help
    Hugo [winner]
    Midnight in Paris
    War Horse

    Best Costume
    The Artist
    The Help [winner]
    Hugo [runner up]
    Midnight in Paris
    War Horse

    Best Film Editing
    Drive [winner]
    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo [runner up]
    Super 8
    War Horse

    Best Sound
    The Adventures of Tintin
    Drive [runner up]
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
    Super 8 [winner]

    Best Visual Effects
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
    Rise of the Planet of the Apes [winner]
    Super 8
    The Tree of Life [runner up]

    Best Makeup
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 [runner up]
    Hugo [winner]
    J. Edgar

    Best Score
    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close [runner up] tie
    Super 8
    War Horse [winner]
    We Bought a Zoo [runner up] tie

    Best Song
    The Help [The Living Proof]
    Hugo [Coeur Volant]
    The Muppets [Life’s a Happy Song] (winner)
    The Muppets [Man or Muppet]
    We Bought a Zoo [Gathering Stories] (runner up)

    Best Animated Feature:
    The Adventures of Tintin [winner]

    I don’t have any runner-up nor any other nominees for Animated Feature because I didn’t enjoy any of the rest and think Tintin was the only deserving contender. My apologies to Winnie the Pooh.

    • Joey Magidson

      Pooh forgives you…

  • Joey Magidson

    Great job so far from the rest of the staff…here’s hoping mine can keep up!

    • 4 of us so far that think Brad Pitt should win.

      • Joey Magidson

        Indeed. Pitt and Clooney are like 1 and 1A to me, but just by the smallest margin he got my vote.

  • Jessie

    Dedication to the max!

    • Joey Magidson

      haha, thanks!

  • Marty

    It’s admirable that you literally try to see everything…you help make the site what it’s become today!

    • Joey Magidson

      We all help to make The Awards Circuit so great, but thanks!

  • Joey Magidson

    Thanks, duly noted.

  • I still haven’t seen The Descendants, so I can’t comment there, but I agree with most of your picks, and definitely approve of most of the Should Have Beens. Excellent work as always, sir.

    • Joey Magidson

      I highly recommend it, and thanks bud.

  • Joey Magidson

    I try to do the best I can…

  • Richard green

    Another great article Joey but you list The Rite at number 213 and 229. Was it so bad that you had to name it twice?

    • Joey Magidson

      Hang on, I’ll figure out what film that second one was supposed to be…

      • Joey Magidson

        It was the Z grade monster movie Creature I believe…my mistake, finished the article late at night.

  • Raphael Sanches

    I just saw “Drive” and to be honest I don’t understand why everyone is so fascinated with this film or Ryan Goslin…. I thought It was a good film…nothing more…
    I think he found a sort of a “way of acting” that leads people to believe he is great actor… when in fact…he is not! …. he always have that “sad puppy look” on his face….just like when a man is trying to take a woman to bed… and he has been doing it to the audience for a while…. he is always playing the “Sad, Poor Ryan Goslin” character….

    P.S. Sorry Ryan’s Lovers…..
    P.S. Sorry Joey… I respect your opinion thou…..

    • Joey Magidson

      Well, you’re certainly in the minority when it comes to Ryan Gosling, but that’s perfectly alright.

  • Joey Magidson

    Thanks for the kind words so far everyone!

  • Holden

    I think I agree with you on nearly everything. The only differences is that I loved Midnight in Paris and Tinker, Tailor ,Soldier, Spy a lot more, and The Descendants wasn’t my thing. Other than that, spot on.

    • Joey Magidson

      Thank you kindly…

      Well, I loved Midnight in Paris as well, so that’s good.