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2012 Oscar Awards
Nominations were announced 24 January 2012; polls close 21 February;
the 84th Academy Awards show will be televised Sunday 26 February 2012 on ABC-TV

complete listings of 2012 Academy Awards for films of 2011
A.M.P.A.S. site  •   Internet Movie Database

Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" leads with 11 Oscar nominations; silent homage "The Artist" has ten; "Moneyball" and
Spielberg's "War Horse" have six each; "The Descendants" and "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" have five each;
"The Help" and Woody Allen's "Midnight In Paris" have four each; "Albert Nobbs", "Harry Potter and The Deathly
Hallows – Part 2", "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy", "Transformers: Dark of The Moon", and Terrence Malick's
"The Tree of Life" all have 3 each; and "Bridesmaids", "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close", "The Iron Lady",
"My Week With Marilyn", and "A Separation" each have two Oscar nominations.

nine nominations for Best Motion Picture of the Year
"The Artist"; "The Descendants" starring George Clooney; "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close";
"The Help"; "Hugo" by Martin Scorsese; "Midnight In Paris" by Woody Allen; "Moneyball" starring
Brad Pitt; "The Tree of Life" by Terrence Malick; and "War Horse" by Steven Spielberg

Best Achievement in Directing
Woody Allen for "Midnight In Paris"
Michel Hazanavicius for "The Artist"
Terrence Malick; for "The Tree of Life"
Alexander Payne for "The Descendants"
Martin Scorsese for "Hugo"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Demián Bichir for "A Better Life"
George Clooney for "The Descendants"
Jean Dujardin for "The Artist"
Gary Oldman for "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"
Brad Pitt for "Moneyball"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Glenn Close for "Albert Nobbs"
Viola Davis for "The Help"
Rooney Mara for "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"
Meryl Streep for "The Iron Lady"
Michelle Williams for "My Week With Marilyn"

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Kenneth Branagh for "My Week With Marilyn"
Jonah Hill for "Moneyball"
Nick Nolte for "Warrior"
Christopher Plummer for "Beginners"
Max von Sydow for "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Bérénice Bejo for "The Artist"
Jessica Chastain for "The Help"
Melissa McCarthy for "Bridesmaids"
Janet McTeer for "Albert Nobbs"
Octavia Spencer for "The Help"

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
"A Separation" [Iran]
"Bullhead" [Belgium]
"Footnote" [Israel]
"In Darkness" [Poland] http://www.sonyclassics.com/indarkness/
"Monsieur Lazhar" [Canada]

Best Original Screenplay
Woody Allen for "Midnight In Paris"
J.C. Chandor for "Margin Call"
Asghar Farhadi for "A Separation"
Michel Hazanavicius for "The Artist"
Kristen Wiig & Annie Mumolo for "Bridesmaids"

Best Adapted Screenplay
George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon for "The Ides of March"
John Logan for "Hugo"
Bridget O'Connor, Peter Straughan for "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"
Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash for "The Descendants"
Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Stan Chervin for "Moneyball"

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
"A Cat In Paris" [2010]
"Chico & Rita" [2010]
"Kung Fu Panda 2"
"Puss In Boots"
"Rango"

Best Documentary Feature
"Hell and Back Again"
"If A Tree Falls: A Story of The Earth Liberation Front"
"Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory" by Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky
"Pina" by Wim Wenders
"Undefeated"

And the winner is...
"The Artist" was the big winner with five statuettes, including Best Picture;
"Hugo" placed second, also with 5 wins (but not Best Picture).

           
"The  Artist"  [2007]
full credits from IMDb

Robert Richardson won Oscar for Best Cinematography   won Oscar for Best Art Direction   won Oscar for Best Sound Editing   won Oscar for Best Sound Mixing   won Oscar for Best Visual Effects
"Hugo"  [Warner Bros. Nov 2011]
Hugo 2011 movie from Martin Scorsese  Live-action adventure in 3-D based on Brian Selznick’s bestselling 2007 book; filmed in U.K. & in Paris, France Co-produced & directed by Martin Scorsese; script by John Logan; starring Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley {as cinema pioneer Georges Méličs}, Sacha Baron Cohen, Chloe Grace Moretz, Helen McCrory, Jude Law, Christopher Lee, Emily Mortimer, Frances de la Tour, Richard Griffiths & Michael Stuhlbarg, with archive footage enhanced for 3-D of Charles Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd & Georges Méličs; received 11 Oscar nominations: won for Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing & Best Visual Effects; nomi-nated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Music Score, Best Costume Design & Best Film Editing; also won A.F.I. Movie of The Year, Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Award, two BAFTA Film Awards (and 7 other BAFTA noms), National Board of Review Awards for Best Director & Best Film, Satellite Award for Best Visual Effects, three Visual Effects Society Awards
Paramount 3-D Three-Disk Combo w/s color Blu-ray/DVD/digital bundle [2/2012] for $27.99
Paramount Two-Disk Combo widescreen color Blu-ray/DVD/digital bundle [2/2012] for $21.99
Paramount Studios widescreen color DVD [2/2012] for $15.49
full credits at IMDbofficial movie sitemovie entry at Wikipedia

Invention of Hugo Cabret children's book by Brian Selznick  "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" [ages 9-12; 2007 bestseller]    
by Brian Selznick

An orphan boy surviving inside a Paris, France railroad station meets an
eccentric girl and a bitter old man, putting the boy's most precious secret
in jeopardy; book won the 2008 Caldecott Medal

Scholastic Press 8¼x6 hardcover [1/2007] for $13.72
official book sitebook entry at Wikipedia

2012 acting Oscar winners {l-r} Christopher Plummer, for "Beginners"; Octavia Spencer, for "The Help"; Meryl Streep, for "The Iron Lady"; and Jean Dujardin, for "The Artist"

"The Adjustment Bureau" [2011]
Adjustment Bureau sci-fi movie  PREDICTION 3/2011: This convoluted sci-fi tale was adapted & directed by George Nolfi, who deserves a nomination for Best Director as well as for Best Adapted Script, for the seamless result.
A young candidate for Senator from New York meets a very special woman, but men wearing hats keep getting in the way of their romance; the story examines free will vs. fate, and how free will is indeed necessary for changing the Future. Co-produced, written & directed by George Nolfi; based on a short story by Philip K. Dick; starring Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Anthony Mackie, Michael Kelly, Terence Stamp & John Slattery
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available
full credits at IMDbofficial movie site
adaptation of 1953 short story "The Adjustment Team"
Kindle Edition from Amazon Digital Services [undated] for 99˘

"Chico & Rita" animated feature film
[Europe Nov 2010, USA Nov 2011
Chico & Rita animated feature film  Traditional animation feature film, set in 1948 Cuba. A young piano player with big dreams and a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice are united by music and romantic desire, but in the tradition of the bolero Latin ballad, they experience heartache and torment. Co-directed by Tono Errando & Javier Mariscal; co-written & co-directed by Fernando Trueba; co-written by Ignacio Martínez de Pisón; voices of Limara Meneses, Eman Xor Ońa, Mario Guerra; won European Film Award for Best Animated Film, two Gaudí Awards, Goya Award for Best Animated Film, Sant Jordi Award for Best Spanish Film, Oscar nom for Best Animated Feature
Region 1 DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • full credits at IMDbofficial movie site
The soundtrack music is performed by Cuban pianist, bandleader & composer Bebo Valdés, and features music by Thelonious Monk, Cole Porter, Dizzy Gillespie & Freddy Cole
Red General Catalog soundtrack CD [1/2012] 30 tracks for $12.00
Chico & Rita graphic novel by Javier Mariscal & Fernando Trueba  
"Chico & Rita" graphic novel [2012]
by Javier Mariscal & Fernando Trueba

Harry N. Abrams 9½x7 hardcover [2/2012] for $12.99

"The Help" [2011]
full credits from IMDb
http://www.amazon.com/Help-Kathryn-Stockett/dp/0425232204/
http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi809278745/

"The Iron Lady" [Dec 2011]
PREDICTION 12/2011: Meryl Streep's portrayal of U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
is dead-perfect, Oscar nom is inevitable.
full credits from IMDb

"The Lady" [EuropaCorp/Cohen Media Group Nov 2011]
The Lady movie about Aung San Suu Kyi from Luc Besson & starring Michelle Yeoh   PREDICTION 9/2011: Buzz from the Toronto Film Festival says that Yeoh & Thewlis are contenders for Oscars; the epic nature of Bresson's film (ala "Gandhi") speaks for Best Picture nomination.
The story of pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma/Myanmar and British writer & academic Michael Aris [1946-1999], a tale of true love set against political turmoil. Co-produced & directed by Luc Besson; written by Rebecca Frayn; starring Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis, William Hope
DVD/Blu-ray not yet available • full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"Life In A Day" [2011]
"an astonishing piece of work" Directed by Kevin Macdonald & Joseph Michael
full credits from IMDb

"Rango" animated feature [I.L.M./Paramount Feb 2011]
won Oscar for Best Animated Feature    Rango animated feature on DVD & Blu-ray  PREDICTION 4/2011: Nomination for Best Animated Feature
An outstanding and also astounding CGI-generated film, the first from George Lucas's Industrial Light & Magic company; suggested by several print reviewers as Best of The Year (before it opened). A city-bred lizard gets abandoned in the desert and stumbles into the town of Dirt in the middle of a water crisis. Co-produced, directed & co-written by Gore Verbinski; co-written by John Logan; starring voices of Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Ned Beatty, Bill Nighy, Abigail Breslin, Alfred Molina, Harry Dean Stanton & Timothy Olyphant; won Oscar for Best Animated Feature, Eddie Award from American Cinema Editors, four Annie Awards, BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film, Hollywood Film Festival Award, National Board of Review Award, People's Choice Award, & four Visual Effects Society Awards
Paramount widescreen color Blu-ray/DVD combo [7/2011] 2 disks for $19.99
Paramount widescreen color DVD [7/2011] for $15.99
full credits at IMDbofficial movie site

"The Tree of Life" [2011]
PREDICTION 10/2011: Nominations for filmmaker Malick and for actor Brad Pitt
Written & directed by Terrence Malick
full credits from IMDb

"Undefeated" [Feb 2007]
full credits from IMDb
Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature
http://www.undefeatedmovie.com/
Sean Combs aka P. Diddy has jumped on the bandwagon for Oscar nominated documentary “Undefeated” as executive producer; the feature film remake that The Weinstein Company is reportedly developing; football doc is directed by Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Matin about a single defining season of the Memphis Manassas Tigers high school football team; a severely underfunded and underprivileged program attempting a winning season after years of losses, whose fortunes reverse thanks to an immensely-devoted coach named Bill Courtney.

"--" [2007]
full credits from IMDb

"--" [2007]
full credits from IMDb

"--" [2007]
full credits from IMDb


Screen World Volume 63 / Films of 2011 book edited by Barry Monush  
"Screen World Volume 63: The Films of 2011" [2012]
Edited by Barry Monush

Applause Books 9½x7½ hardcover [10/2012] out of print/many used

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