For the very first time in a long time I'm not passionately invested in any of the nominees this year. With exception of 2; Viola Davis in Best Actress because of her eloquence so far at acceptance speeches and TV appearances. But mostly because of her emotionally piercing performance that elevated a movie that had no right being this good.
The other nominee is A Separation, the best movie of 2011 bar none. Hopefully it will win Foreign Language and my day would be great if it rightfully wins Best Screenplay. I believe that screenplay is the most brilliant in bringing in new narrative structure since Pulp Fiction 17 years ago.
The best films of the year, in my opinion, were Drive, Shame, Weekend and of course A Separation. Of course the Academy ignored almost all of them. I'll be watching hoping for some funny moments and great speeches but apart from the 2 I mention above I don't care who wins.
Finally here are my predictions in all categories. I plan to win that pool this year!
Picture : The Artist
Director : Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist
Actor : Jean Dujardin - The Artist
Actress : Viola Davis - The Help
Supp Actor : Christopher Plummer - Beginners
Supp actress : Octavia Spencer - The Help
Org Screenplay : Midnight in Paris
Adapted Screenplay : The Descendants
Foreign Language Film : A Separation
Animated Feature : Rango
Original Score : The Artist
Original Song : Man or Muppet
Art Direction : Hugo
Cinematography : The Tree of Life
Costume Design : The Artist
Makeup : The Iron Lady
Documentary Feature : Paradise Lost
Sound Mixing : Hugo
Sound Editing : Hugo
Visual Effects : Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Editing : The Artist
Animated Short : The Fantastic Flying Books
Live Action Short : Tuba Atlantic
Doc Short : Saving Face