Filed under: Arts, creativity, movies | Tags: A separation, Drive, Extremely Loud and Incredibly close, Gary oldman, George Clooney, hugo, Midnight in Paris, Money ball, oscar nominations, Oscars 2012, Project nim, Senna, the artist, The Descendants, The Help, The tree of life, War Horse
Oh dear. It’s not a great year, is it?
Nine nominations for best film and none of them were;
- Drive – The Best US movie I’ve seen this year
- Senna – The Best documentary I’ve seen this year, and not even a nomination for best documentary (or for Project Nim)
- A Separation. The best film I’ve seen this year, although it does get, and must surely win, best foreign movie and remarkably it has broken out with a best Screenplay nomination. Why not best movie then?
Instead we are left with;
- The Artist – nice but ridiculously overrated
- Hugo – often derided by the critics but leads the way with 12 nominations overall
- The Tree of Life – Great in parts, abysmal in others
- War Horse – after initial good noises largely slagged off in the press and written of as sentimental tosh.
- The Descendants. Will see it next week when it opens. Sounds like a good movie that’s nothing more than that.
- The Help. Oh please.
- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Not much to go on this one but it’s a surprise choice and a 25/1 outsider.
- Midnight in Paris. A return to form by Woody but has largely sentimental and fairly forgettable by all accounts.
- Money ball. A baseball movie. Enough said?
If I was pushed to vote I’d say The Tree of Life (because I haven’t seen The Descendants yet).
It won’t win.
At least the lousy Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy didn’t make it (12 BAFTA’s, I ask you) and Gary Oldman might as well save the air fare because he ain’t got a chance against Clooney for best actor.