If I Were King of the Oscars… 2012

It’s time for my nominations! Hopefully, you’ve had a look at my top ten already. Now, it’s time for my favorites in every other category. I posted this last year, so even though the Oscars are long gone, I’m doing it again.  As usual, some of these the Academy got right, others not so much. Here is what my personal ballot for 2011 would look like. A lot of the same movies pop up, but I assure you, I honestly thought about what was best in each category. I didn’t just fill it out with my top 5 films, trust me.

Best Picture:

We Need to Talk About KevinWinner





Well, Drive was close. In the end, I felt like Kevin resonated with me just a bit more. It’s an experience.

Best Director:

Lynne RamsayWe Need to Talk About KevinWinner

Nicolas Winding Refn – Drive

Jeff Nichols – Take Shelter

Martin Scorsese – Hugo

Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life

I really need to see Ratcatcher now.

Best Actor:

Brad PittMoneyballWinner

Michael Shannon – Take Shelter

Michael Fassbender – Shame

Ryan Gosling – Drive

Peter Mullan – Tyrannosaur

This was a stacked category this year, with 5 more actors that easily could have been here instead. Pitt squeaked by for no good reason. He’s amazing, and so was everyone else.

Best Actress:

Olivia ColmanTyrannosaurWinner

Tilda Swinton – We Need to Talk About Kevin

Anna Paquin – Margaret

Elizabeth Olsen – Martha Marcy May Marlene

Michelle Williams – My Week With Marilyn

Colman, not well known, is devastating. Tilda a close runner-up.

Best Supporting Actor:

Christopher PlummerBeginnersWinner

Ben Kingsley – Hugo

Jonah Hill – Moneyball

Albert Brooks – Drive

Bryan Cranston – Drive

I didn’t want to side with Academy and everyone else, but then I watched Plummer and he cannot be denied.

Best Supporting Actress:

Jessica ChastainThe HelpWinner

Carey Mulligan – Shame

J. Smith-Cameron – Margaret

Jeannie Berlin – Margaret

Jessica Chastain – Take Shelter

Terrible movie, but Chastain is amazing (see how she’s nominated twice). Along with Fassbender, someone I’m 100% positive will win one of these someday.

Best Original Screenplay:


Take Shelter

Midnight in Paris



Such a unique take on a seemingly well worn type of story. Not just amazing dialogue, but fresh exploration of its own universe.

Best Adapted Screenplay:


We Need to Talk About Kevin

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy


War Horse

I’ll say what I said last year: Tight and quotable. Great work from Sorkin and Zaillian.

Best Editing:

We Need to Talk About KevinWinner




Martha Marcy May Marlene

It skips through time sure, but the precision and unraveling in which it does so is masterful.

Best Cinematography:


The Tree of Life



We Need to Talk About Kevin

This was all about the amazing 3D, otherwise Tree was a very close second. Another repeat winner from last year.

Best Art Direction:


Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

War Horse

The Tree of Life

The Skin I Live In

Probably the most Art Direction, but also the best.

Best Score:



Take Shelter


War Horse

Subdued, but oh so powerful.

Best Song:

The Muppets“Life’s a Happy Song”Winner

The Muppets – “Pictures in my Head”

The Muppets – “Man or Muppet”

Same old story, weak year for songs, so The Muppets ended up dominating.

Best Costume:

Tinker Tailor Soldier SpyWinner



Meek’s Cutoff

Crazy, Stupid, Love

Perfectly tailored, but also perfectly suited to everyone’s character and period setting.

Best Make-Up:

The Iron LadyWinner


Captain America: The First Avenger

Begrudgingly I side with the Academy in rewarding this crummy movie. Some great old age work, but also great prosthetic work on the supporting characters.

Best Sound Editing:

We Need to Talk About KevinWinner


War Horse

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

Super 8

Never has a sprinkler sounded so menacing.

Best Sound Mixing:




War Horse

We Need to Talk About Kevin

I found the score perfectly drove the momentum-less story in accordance with all the steam, gears, and train sounds.

Best Visual Effects:

Rise of the Planet of the ApesWinner

The Tree of Life


Captain America: The First Avenger

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

This is next level shit right here. The practical and gorgeous Tree effects were close, but Apes was a game changer.

And once again, I’m gonna go ahead and skip the shorts, docs, foreign and animated feature categories.

The Tally:

We Need to Talk About Kevin – 4 Wins – 8 Nominations

Hugo – 3 Wins – 10 Nominations

Moneyball – 3 Wins – 8 Nominations

Margaret – 1 Win – 5 Nominations

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – 1 Win – 3 Nominations

The Muppets – 1 Win – 3 Nominations

Tyrannosaur – 1 Win – 2 Nominations

Beginners – 1 Win – 1 Nomination

The Help – 1 Win – 1 Nomination

Rise of the Planet of the Apes – 1 Win – 1 Nomination

The Iron Lady – 1 Win – 1 Nomination

Drive – 11 Nominations

Take Shelter – 5 Nominations

War Horse – 5 Nominations

The Tree of Life – 4 Nominations

Shame – 2 Nominations

Martha Marcy May Marlene – 2 Nominations

Contagion – 2 Nominations

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol – 2 Nominations

Captain America: The First Avenger – 2 Nominations

Midnight in Paris – 1 Nomination

50/50 – 1 Nomination

Weekend – 1 Nomination

The Skin I Live In – 1 Nomination

My Week with Marilyn – 1 Nomination

Meek’s Cutoff – 1 Nomination

Crazy, Stupid, Love – 1 Nomination

Super 8 – 1 Nomination


2 responses to “If I Were King of the Oscars… 2012

  1. Midnight in Paris gets only one nomination? You’re a tyrant Bryan! A damn tyrant!

  2. Not sure how serious you are. But what else would you have nominated it for?

    This shouldn’t reflect me not liking the film enough, but rather how high I hold up an Original Screenplay since 3 single nominated films in that category were also in my top 10.

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