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2012-01-24 01:20:35 PM  
Holy crap, the only movie I have seen on the list is "Puss in Boots".
 
2012-01-24 01:23:31 PM  
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2012-01-24 01:24:19 PM  

frisland: Snape was robbed!


This. Alan Rickman should have gotten a nomination.
 
2012-01-24 01:42:27 PM  

RTX: How did no one from Tinker, Tailor get nominated for Best Supporting Actor? Maybe because there were so many choices, they split the Academy's votes?


Another argument for a best acting ensemble Oscar.
 
2012-01-24 01:43:20 PM  
Pixar missed its chance, stupid year for Cars 2.

While the academy would never let it win, I gotta say with the right momentum Toy Story 3 would have been a strong contender this year. My guess would be the Clooney movie or Artist would still win, but at least people would be upset at Toy Story 3 coming close but not getting it.
 
2012-01-24 01:54:27 PM  

Cybernetic: MindStalker: PsyLord: Really? Sarah Palin? I never thought that these award shows had any merit. This just adds to that belief. Seriously, swag and awards for actors and musicians but no widely televised awards for teachers, scientists, doctors, humanitarians, etc? Our society sucks.

No, I think subby is trolling. There was a football movie called Undefeated, which is also the name of Palins book. Maybe that's what subby is talking about...

Yes. This from another article:

4. "Undefeated"? Really? The Documentary Feature nominees made me do a double-take. Surely that Sarah Palin documentary, which had a zero Tomatometer score last time I looked, didn't get a nomination. A closer look shows that this "Undefeated" is this story of an Ohio high school football team.


And, yet still wrong. It is about a football team from inner city Memphis.
 
2012-01-24 01:56:47 PM  

TheManofPA: Pixar missed its chance, stupid year for Cars 2.

While the academy would never let it win, I gotta say with the right momentum Toy Story 3 would have been a strong contender this year. My guess would be the Clooney movie or Artist would still win, but at least people would be upset at Toy Story 3 coming close but not getting it.


Toy Story 3 came out last year.
 
2012-01-24 01:59:24 PM  

sideshwtodd: As someone who enjoys acting/writing/tech, there are a few things that always drove me nuts about these award shows:

1) The fact that the writing award gets completely over looked. Pretty sure there would be no movie without the script. I'm sick and tired of people praising actors and directors, when the bulk of praise belongs to the person who made the movie possible. Don't even get me started when someone quotes a movie and attributes it to the farking actor that said the line.

2) The fact that the farking producers accept the award for best movie. Because out of everyone that made the movie what it was, the farking producers deserve the award.

3) The fact that the technical awards aren't shown on TV. Because who cares if we don't have cameramen. That's not important to the movie business.

And lastly why are we giving awards to the people who essentially fake playing real people. How about we skip all the bs, and praise and give the people they are supposed to represent 20 million dollars to do there jobs. How many actors have played teachers, cops, soldiers, activists, and scientist and have been given incredible praise and millions of dollars. I think this country would be in a much better position if the above jobs, were given the same money and praise as the people faking them.


You were making some good points until that last paragraph. So by your logic, the only actors who should get awards are those that play superheroes, aliens, & vampires, since, technically, those aren't real people.
 
2012-01-24 02:05:29 PM  

spidermilk: TheManofPA: Pixar missed its chance, stupid year for Cars 2.

While the academy would never let it win, I gotta say with the right momentum Toy Story 3 would have been a strong contender this year. My guess would be the Clooney movie or Artist would still win, but at least people would be upset at Toy Story 3 coming close but not getting it.

Toy Story 3 came out last year.


He's saying that they should've held Toy Story 3 until this (past) year.
 
2012-01-24 02:05:53 PM  

dcigary: What are these "movie" things everyone talks about?

Do they show them on Nick Jr., Nickelodeon, The Disney Channel or PBS?

/has a 4 year old
//hasn't seen regular TV since 2007


*daddyjacking*
 
2012-01-24 02:17:30 PM  
What a germane, drab, boring, predictable slate of movies.

The sad part? It was actually a great year for films. Poetry, Melancholia, Shame, A Seperation, etc.

Just goes to show these award shows are more about a self congratulatory industry wankfest than they are recognizing excellence. There's a reason why The Wire never won an Emmy.
 
2012-01-24 02:19:18 PM  

DamnYankees: At the very least its the worst in the last 10 years. Next worst was The Reader at 62%.


Oscars aren't about the best films, and frequently pick absolutely horrible shiat over really good films. Anyone who uses them as a barometer is likely to be disappointed about half the time. The Oscars are far more about worthy films and bribery than great films, that's why some of them fade into obscurity while films that win nothing go on to become greats.

The worst film I've seen that won is Shakespeare in Love, a film whose only good moment was Gwyneth Paltrow's tits. Yet somehow, it beat both Elizabeth and Saving Private Ryan of the nominees, two films I've watched more than once. How can you sit through something as mindnumbingly tedious as Shakespeare in Love and then give it an award when the farking Truman Show, Out of Sight, There's Something about Mary, The Big Lebowski, A Bug's Life, Croupier, Lock Stock, Run Lola Run and Rushmore were released in the same year?
 
2012-01-24 02:22:44 PM  

RhineStoneTaco: When was the last time a film that reviewed so poorly as "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" was nominated for Best Picture?


My first reaction was The Blind Side, but even it had a 66% Rotten Tomatoes score compared to the 48% for Tom Hank's 9/11 Ghost.
 
2012-01-24 02:24:13 PM  

Vodka Zombie: The Undefeated?!? Really?

The academy's trolling is, I think. Did anyone even see that thing?


My thoughts exactly!
 
2012-01-24 02:24:41 PM  

TravisBickle62: BalugaJoe: Jonah Hill should not be nominated for anything.

Yeah I was surprised by that, he was perfectly competent but the role didn't require a great deal in the way of acting.


Agreed, 100,000 actors could have been in that role and performed it as equally well as Hill.
 
2012-01-24 02:25:01 PM  
Drive gets completely ignored in favor of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Wow. Wowwwwwww. I try not to be surprised by the Academy favoring syrupy, saccharine garbage, but Jesus Christ.
 
2012-01-24 02:25:45 PM  
Jonah Hill - Really is the white version of Cuba Gooding Jr.
 
2012-01-24 02:33:41 PM  
Whoa......whoa, whoa, whoa....whoa.

Let me get this straight.....


Kung Fu Panda 2 And Puss In Boots are nominated for best Animated Feature.... And not The Adventures of Tintin?


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Why? For fark's sake....why? What the hell is the technical difference? All three are CGI animation.

Just....

But...

/the answer is obviously Academy trollin'
 
2012-01-24 02:37:40 PM  

Jizz Master Zero: Meh. Okay, let's just do this instead of a big award show: We'll give a thirty minute speech about how your pretentious art house flick of choice is pretentious and not actually deserving of all the knob-slobbering it's getting, give Hugo everything it's up for, let Scorsese talk however long he damn well pleases, split the Best Actress between Mara and Elizabeth Olsen for Martha Marcy May Marlene, tell all the Best Actor nominees, "PSYCH," and toss that shiat out to Andy Serkis, let everyone from The Muppets know that their award isn't actually just for the song, but for being so Goddamned awesome, then call it a night.


I agree with all of this but with one addition - Throw a new award towards the makers of "The Artist" for trying something different (going back to how movies were once looked is now different?) and not doing ultra CGI to death, in your face but looking pointless 3D, IMAX, Michael Bay-splosion fest.
 
2012-01-24 02:44:59 PM  
It's hilarious how people go on and on about how the Academy nominates just "art house films". No, that's not the problem. If they did then Poetry, Shame and Melancholia would have gotten their due.

The problem is the Academy just nominates mostly big budget schlock for mouthbreathers and establishment nominations with just the occasional "arty" nomination throw in to try to give it some artistic credence. What it's mostly concerned with is to getting as many attractive, non-ethnic people in a room as they can in tuxes and gowns for the cameras to be the "face" of Hollywood (it's also good to throw in the occasional token fat or black person to break up the monotony). That's why if George Clooney or Brad Pitt merely turn in a 7 performance, it will be nominated over those who turned in a 9 or a 10 who don't have the name or the irresistible smile.
 
2012-01-24 02:48:52 PM  

InmanRoshi: That's why if George Clooney or Brad Pitt merely turn in a 7 performance, it will be nominated over those who turned in a 9 or a 10 who don't have the name or the irresistible smile


Oh, they'll nominate Brad Pitt in movies like Moneyball, but for his career-best performance in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford? Faaaaaaark that.

Speaking of that movie, at least you'll be in excellent company, Drive.
 
2012-01-24 02:54:08 PM  
Second-best comic book movie ever made (Xmen) gets pushed aside.
 
2012-01-24 02:56:48 PM  
Funny that Andy Serkis didn't get a nomination, but Figwit did.
 
2012-01-24 02:57:40 PM  

pjlawrence81: sideshwtodd: As someone who enjoys acting/writing/tech, there are a few things that always drove me nuts about these award shows:

1) The fact that the writing award gets completely over looked. Pretty sure there would be no movie without the script. I'm sick and tired of people praising actors and directors, when the bulk of praise belongs to the person who made the movie possible. Don't even get me started when someone quotes a movie and attributes it to the farking actor that said the line.

2) The fact that the farking producers accept the award for best movie. Because out of everyone that made the movie what it was, the farking producers deserve the award.

3) The fact that the technical awards aren't shown on TV. Because who cares if we don't have cameramen. That's not important to the movie business.

And lastly why are we giving awards to the people who essentially fake playing real people. How about we skip all the bs, and praise and give the people they are supposed to represent 20 million dollars to do there jobs. How many actors have played teachers, cops, soldiers, activists, and scientist and have been given incredible praise and millions of dollars. I think this country would be in a much better position if the above jobs, were given the same money and praise as the people faking them.

You were making some good points until that last paragraph. So by your logic, the only actors who should get awards are those that play superheroes, aliens, & vampires, since, technically, those aren't real people.


No the whole awards thing is all bs. The point still stands that they are getting millions of dollars to pretend to due something.
 
2012-01-24 03:17:54 PM  
Midnight in Paris was cute but on the whole was sentimentalized and pointless. If it was directed by a guy named Joe Johnson it wouldn't be considered.

Jesus this year had some stinkers.
 
2012-01-24 03:34:12 PM  
Any holocaust movies this year? No? Retards? No? Guess you have to give it to the theatrical circle jerk
 
2012-01-24 03:44:59 PM  

sweetmelissa31: No nominations for Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence?


The academy is waiting for Tom Six to complete the trilogy, then pile on the Oscars, like they did with Lord of the Rings.
 
2012-01-24 03:45:18 PM  
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2012-01-24 03:46:16 PM  
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy shoulöd have gotten a nod for art direction and cinematography. It's stilistically fantastic.

And yeah, best picture.
 
2012-01-24 03:47:11 PM  

WhoIsWillo: In other news, "Man or Muppet" has to win Best Original Song, right?


Cue the "You just don't GET it" brigade.

This was a monotonous, boring song. It wasn't funny or even mildly amusing. I think if it wasn't written by whoever-the-hell-famous-for-absurdity-guy wrote it, it would have been written off and ignored.

/has no appreciation for value of meta-level entertainment if the surface level sucks
//it didn't work as a Muppet song. It just didn't.
 
2012-01-24 03:48:26 PM  

HaywoodJablonski: Any holocaust movies this year? No? Retards? No? Guess you have to give it to the theatrical circle jerk


Extremely Loud is a 9/11 / holocaust / semi-autistic-kid combo.
 
2012-01-24 03:54:25 PM  

HaywoodJablonski: Any holocaust movies this year? No? Retards? No? Guess you have to give it to the theatrical circle jerk


Fear not, "In Darkness" has it covered in the best foreign language film noms
 
2012-01-24 04:00:39 PM  

sideshwtodd: 1) The fact that the writing award gets completely over looked. Pretty sure there would be no movie without the script. I'm sick and tired of people praising actors and directors, when the bulk of praise belongs to the person who made the movie possible. Don't even get me started when someone quotes a movie and attributes it to the farking actor that said the line.


I agree - it's the foundation of filmmaking. Get the story wrong and the rest simply doesn't matter.

I'm convinced it's why animation has such a better hit rate than any other form of movie making now. Actors get no say in the product and the storyboarding has to be far more thorough because of the cost of doing the animating.

The tragedy is that people follow actors, despite them being one of the worst indicators of a great film. You might as well see who's doing the cinematography or editing.
 
2012-01-24 04:02:31 PM  

Mr. Parker: No nominations for drive? Academy fails!


Except for the fact that Drive wasn't very good, I totally agree with you.

/Really, really enjoyed the 1st half.
//Really, really, really hated the 2nd.
 
2012-01-24 04:05:12 PM  

CarnySaur: sweetmelissa31: No nominations for Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence?

The academy is waiting for Tom Six to complete the trilogy, then pile on the Oscars, like they did with Lord of the Rings.


I LOL'd so hard at this I scared my dog.

/TY for the much needed guffaw.
 
2012-01-24 04:05:25 PM  

farkeruk: DamnYankees: At the very least its the worst in the last 10 years. Next worst was The Reader at 62%.

Oscars aren't about the best films, and frequently pick absolutely horrible shiat over really good films. Anyone who uses them as a barometer is likely to be disappointed about half the time. The Oscars are far more about worthy films and bribery than great films, that's why some of them fade into obscurity while films that win nothing go on to become greats.

The worst film I've seen that won is Shakespeare in Love, a film whose only good moment was Gwyneth Paltrow's tits. Yet somehow, it beat both Elizabeth and Saving Private Ryan of the nominees, two films I've watched more than once. How can you sit through something as mindnumbingly tedious as Shakespeare in Love and then give it an award when the farking Truman Show, Out of Sight, There's Something about Mary, The Big Lebowski, A Bug's Life, Croupier, Lock Stock, Run Lola Run and Rushmore were released in the same year?


The same reason that cinematic Sominex known as The English Patient beat Fargo in 1996 and The King's Speech (which I liked a lot but no way was it better than The Social Network) won last year. Harvey Weinstein. The man is obsessed with winning Oscars and will spend insane amounts of money campaigning for them every year during Oscar season.
 
2012-01-24 04:06:10 PM  

zerkalo: HaywoodJablonski: Any holocaust movies this year? No? Retards? No? Guess you have to give it to the theatrical circle jerk

Fear not, "In Darkness" has it covered in the best foreign language film noms


That's a relief. Thanks
 
2012-01-24 04:06:12 PM  

farkeruk: The tragedy is that people follow actors, despite them being one of the worst indicators of a great film. You might as well see who's doing the cinematography or editing.


That's something about the movie going public that I simply don't get. I never saw a trailer and said "Wow, that looks like a flaming pile of turds ..... .but then again, it does have Will Smith in it."
 
2012-01-24 04:06:16 PM  
Its not so much that its been a shiatty year for movies. The Academy just has terrible standards.

Great movies this year, none of which get a best picture nod.

Another Earth
Devil's Double
Drive
A Separation
Shame
Take Shelter
 
2012-01-24 04:07:05 PM  

farkeruk: The tragedy is that people follow actors, despite them being one of the worst indicators of a great film. You might as well see who's doing the cinematography or editing.


If great movies were based on great writing alone, they'd be books. Suggesting that the cinematography, editing, and performances of a film don't have as much importance to a movie as the script is straight up laughable.
 
2012-01-24 04:08:33 PM  

InmanRoshi: The problem is the Academy just nominates mostly big budget schlock for mouthbreathers and establishment nominations with just the occasional "arty" nomination throw in to try to give it some artistic credence. What it's mostly concerned with is to getting as many attractive, non-ethnic people in a room as they can in tuxes and gowns for the cameras to be the "face" of Hollywood (it's also good to throw in the occasional token fat or black person to break up the monotony). That's why if George Clooney or Brad Pitt merely turn in a 7 performance, it will be nominated over those who turned in a 9 or a 10 who don't have the name or the irresistible smile.


This is also why they created the animation ghetto (best animated movie). They want beautiful people in tuxes and frocks, not people that look like Brad Bird and John Lasseter. And by creating the Best Animated Movie category, they know that Pixar et al will compete harder for that and apply less energy to the main category.
 
2012-01-24 04:14:00 PM  
I loved The Social Network but The King's Speech absolutely smoked it. Not even close.

Saving Private Ryan is a good movie, but not even close to Best Picture quality. The battle scenes are some of the best ever filmed but the dialog scenes are not well written at all.
 
2012-01-24 04:14:38 PM  

randomstranger: Mr. Parker: No nominations for drive? Academy fails!

Except for the fact that Drive wasn't very good, I totally agree with you.

/Really, really enjoyed the 1st half.
//Really, really, really hated the 2nd.


'Wasn't very good' is your opinion. I thought it was superb throughout, unmatched mood/pacing/tone, and the best film I saw in 2011.
 
2012-01-24 04:16:47 PM  

interface2x: I loved The Social Network but The King's Speech absolutely smoked it. Not even close.


The problem with the King's Speech is that its essentially EXACTLY what you think of when you think of an "Oscar Winning" film.

Historical? Check.
Royalty? Check.
War? Check.
Affliction treated by radical new thinking? Check.

Best film was also Winter's Bone
 
2012-01-24 04:20:54 PM  
Damn, I haven't seen a single film listed on that page. I need to get out more.
 
2012-01-24 04:21:03 PM  

Axissillian: Its not so much that its been a shiatty year for movies. The Academy just has terrible standards.

Great movies this year, none of which get a best picture nod.

Another Earth
Devil's Double
Drive
A Separation
Shame
Take Shelter


Agreed. It's actually been a very good year for films overall. It's just been a poor year for films which fit narrowly in the Academy's category of "Best Picture" (ie. American, generally like to star at least marketable name, happy ending preferable, no ugly people in major roles ... or at least a beautiful person playing someone with a physical or mental handicapp, some sort of over-reaching trite politically correct underlying message so they can pat their backs about how socially conscious they are, preferably a period piece or a modern movie that harkens back to a specific period)
 
2012-01-24 04:23:17 PM  

InmanRoshi: no ugly people in major roles ... or at least a beautiful person playing someone with a physical or mental handicapp


This is the big thing I agree with you on. Its also why I refuse to watch the American Girl with The Dragon Tattoo.

In the original version, they cast actors who look realistically downtrodden and afflicted by their experiences. Daniel Craig looks like he has his existential crises while doing like a million crunches.
 
2012-01-24 04:24:19 PM  

Axissillian: The problem with the King's Speech is that its essentially EXACTLY what you think of when you think of an "Oscar Winning" film.

Historical? Check.
Royalty? Check.
War? Check.
Affliction treated by radical new thinking? Check.


Leading actor with physical or mental handicap (check)

Widely respected method actor hamming it up and chewing up scenery in a supporting role (check).
 
2012-01-24 04:25:34 PM  

PsyLord: Really? Sarah Palin? I never thought that these award shows had any merit. This just adds to that belief. Seriously, swag and awards for actors and musicians but no widely televised awards for teachers, scientists, doctors, humanitarians, etc? Our society sucks.



So, if there were an award show for Best History Teacher, would you watch it? They should all definetely be recognized and awarded more than they are, but come on, there is enough crap on tv without having to search through the Best Gynocologist Awards.

/then again...
 
2012-01-24 04:25:56 PM  

InmanRoshi: Axissillian: The problem with the King's Speech is that its essentially EXACTLY what you think of when you think of an "Oscar Winning" film.

Historical? Check.
Royalty? Check.
War? Check.
Affliction treated by radical new thinking? Check.

Leading actor with physical or mental handicap (check)

Widely respected method actor hamming it up and chewing up scenery in a supporting role (check).


Not just war, but Nazis (check)
 
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