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The Suspense! The Drama! The Finalists!

The Golden Globes are done and gone, and the BAFTAs announce tomorrow. One week after that, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announces its nominees for the 83rd Oscars. Before we get too influenced by other awards shows, we ought to share some feelings of our own. Namely, which movies are being considered in what categories.

It's a tradition here to do as BAFTA does and provide a longlist: eighteen categories, fifteen finalists in each, selected from the 70+ films I've screened this year. Does it kill some of the suspense? Maybe, but so does a Top Ten when you think about it (and you shouldn't, not too hard). Besides, you're just itching to narrow it down, aren't you? The suspense is killing you, isn't it? Maybe not, but if you're into that sort of thing (that is, my opinion), then continue reading, dear friends. Presenting the Hollmann Longlist:

BEST PICTURE
Black Swan
Blue Valentine
Easy A
The Fighter
For Colored Girls
Get Low
I Am Love
The Kids Are All Right
The King's Speech
Mother
Never Let Me Go
The Runaways
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
The Social Network
Winter's Bone

BEST DIRECTOR
Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
Danny Boyle, 127 Hours
Lisa Cholodenko, The Kids Are All Right
Derek Cianfrance, Blue Valentine
Anton Corbijn, The American
David Fincher, The Social Network
Debra Granik, Winter's Bone
Luca Guadagnino, I Am Love
Tom Hooper, The King's Speech
Bong Joon-ho, Mother
John Cameron Mitchell, Rabbit Hole
David O. Russell, The Fighter
Aaron Schneider, Get Low
Floria Sigismondi, The Runaways
Edgar Wright, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

BEST ACTRESS
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Patricia Clarkson, Cairo Time
Rebecca Hall, Please Give
Kim Hye-ja, Mother
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right
Carey Mulligan, Never Let Me Go
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Kristen Stewart, The Runaways
Emma Stone, Easy A
Tilda Swinton, I Am Love
Emma Watson, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams, The Fighter
Patricia Clarkson, Easy A
Loretta Devine, For Colored Girls
Dale Dickey, Winter's Bone
Whoopi Goldberg, For Colored Girls
Barbara Hershey, Black Swan
Keira Knightley, Never Let Me Go
Mila Kunis, Black Swan
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Rooney Mara, The Social Network
Maria Paiato, I Am Love
Winona Ryder, Black Swan
Sissy Spacek, Get Low
Dianne Wiest, Rabbit Hole
Ellen Wong, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

BEST ACTOR
Russell Brand, Get Him to the Greek
Michael Caine, Harry Brown
Michael Cera, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
George Clooney, The American
Rob Corddry, Hot Tub Time Machine
Robert Duvall, Get Low
Aaron Eckhart, Rabbit Hole
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Patrick Fabian, The Last Exorcism
Colin Firth, The King's Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours
Andrew Garfield, Never Let Me Go
Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine
Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right
Mark Wahlberg, The Fighter

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christian Bale, The Fighter
Pierce Brosnan, The Ghost Writer
Vincent Cassel, Black Swan
Jackie Chan, The Karate Kid
Andrew Garfield, The Social Network
Josh Hutcherson, The Kids Are All Right
Michael Keaton, Toy Story 3
Bill Murray, Get Low
Jerry O'Connell, Piranha 3D
Guy Pearce, Animal Kingdom
Brandon Routh, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech
Jason Schwartzman, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Michael Shannon, The Runaways
Stanley Tucci, Easy A

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Black Swan - Mark Heyman and Andres Heinz and John McLaughlin, story by Heinz
Blue Valentine - Derek Cianfrance & Cami Delavigne and Joey Curtis
Burlesque - Steve Antin
Cairo Time - Ruba Nadda
Easy A - Bert V. Royal
The Fighter - Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson, story by Keith Dorrington & Tamasy & Johnson
Get Low - Chris Provenzano and C. Gaby Mitchell, story by Provenzano & Scott Seeke
Hot Tub Time Machine - Josh Heald and Sean Anders & John Morris, story by Heald
I Am Love - Barbara Alberti, Ivan Cotroneo, Walter Fasano & Luca Guadagnino, story by Guadagnino
Inception - Christopher Nolan
The Kids Are All Right - Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
The King's Speech - David Seidler
The Last Exorcism - Huck Botko & Andrew Garland
Mother - Bong Joon-ho & Park Won-kyo, story by Joon-ho
Tangled - Dan Fogelman

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
127 Hours - Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
The American - Rowan Joffe
For Colored Girls - Tyler Perry
The Ghost Writer - Roman Polanski & Robert Harris
How to Train Your Dragon - Will Davies and Dean DeBlois & Chris Sanders
Never Let Me Go - Alex Garland
Rabbit Hole - David Lindsay-Abaire
The Runaways - Floria Sigismondi
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World - Edgar Wright & Michael Bacall
Shutter Island - Laeta Kalogridis
The Social Network - Aaron Sorkin
Toy Story 3 - Michael Arndt, story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
True Grit - The Coen Brothers
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps - Stephen Schiff and Allan Loeb
Winter's Bone - Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
The American - Martin Ruhe
Black Swan - Matthew Libatique
Blue Valentine - Andrij Parekh
The Fighter - Hoyt von Hoytema
Get Low - David Boyd
Greenberg - Harris Savides
I Am Love - Yorick la Saux
Inception - Wally Pfister
The King's Speech - Danny Cohen
The Runaways - Benoit Debie
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World - Bill Pope
Shutter Island - Robert Richardson
The Social Network - Jeff Cronenweth
TRON: Legacy - Claudio Miranda
Winter's Bone - Michael McDonough

BEST EDITING
127 Hours - Jon Harris
The American - Andrew Hulm
Black Swan - Kristina Boden/Andrew Wiesblum
Blue Valentine - Jim Helton/Ron Patane
Easy A - Susan Littenberg
The Fighter - Pamela Martin
How to Train Your Dragon - Darren Holmes/MaryAnn Brandon
I Am Love - Walter Fasano
Inception - Lee Smith
The Last Exorcism - Shilpa Sahi
The Runaways - Richard Chew
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World - Jonathan Amos/Paul Machliss
The Social Network - Kirk Baxter/Angus Wall
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps - David Brenner/Julie Monroe
Winter's Bone - Affonso Goncalves

BEST SCORE
127 Hours - A.R. Rahman
Black Swan - Clint Mansell
Cairo Time - Niall Byrne
The Ghost Writer - Alexandre Desplat
How to Train Your Dragon - John Powell
Inception - Hans Zimmer
The King's Speech - Alexandre Desplat
Let Me In - Michael Giacchino
Mother - Lee Byeong-woo 
Never Let Me Go - Rachel Portman 
Rabbit Hole - Anton Sanko
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World - Nigel Godrich
The Social Network - Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross
Toy Story 3 - Randy Newman
TRON: Legacy - Daft Punk

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
Burlesque - Bound to You
Burlesque - But I Am a Good Girl
Burlesque - You Haven't Seen the Last of Me
How to Train Your Dragon - Sticks 'n' Stones
The Other Guys - Pimps Don't Cry
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World - Ramona
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World - Slick
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World - Summertime
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World - Threshold
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World - We Are Sex Bob-Omb
Tangled - I Have a Dream
Tangled - I See the Light
Tangled - Mother Knows Best
Toy Story 3 - We Belong Together

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
The American - Suttirat Larlarb
Black Swan - Amy Westcott
Burlesque - Michael Kaplan
Easy A - Mynka Draper
The Fighter - Mark Bridges
For Colored Girls - Johnetta Boone
Get Low - Julie Weiss
I Am Love - Antonella Cannarozzi
Inception - Jeffrey Kurland
The King's Speech - Jenny Beavan
Mother
The Runaways - Carol Beadle
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World - Laura Jean Shannon
The Social Network - Jacqueline West
True Grit - Mary Zophres

BEST MAKEUP
127 Hours
Black Swan
The Fighter
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I
Inception
Kick-Ass
Let Me In
Nanny McPhee Returns
Piranha 3D
The Runaways
Saw 3D
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Shutter Island
True Grit
The Wolfman

BEST ART DIRECTION
127 Hours
Black Swan
Burlesque
For Colored Girls
Get Low
The Ghost Writer
I Am Love
Inception
The Last Exorcism
Nanny McPhee Returns
The Runaways
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Toy Story 3
TRON: Legacy
True Grit

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
127 Hours
The A-Team
Black Swan
The Ghost Writer
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I
Inception
Iron Man 2
Kick-Ass
The Other Guys
Piranha 3D
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Shutter Island
The Social Network
TRON: Legacy
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

BEST SOUND
127 Hours
The A-Team
The American
Black Swan
The Fighter
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I
How to Train Your Dragon
Inception
The Last Exorcism
Machete
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
The Town
Toy Story 3
TRON: Legacy
True Grit

BEST ENSEMBLE
Black Swan
Easy A
The Fighter
For Colored Girls
Get Low
I Am Love
The Kids Are All Right
The King's Speech
The Last Exorcism
Mother
Rabbit Hole 
The Runaways
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
The Social Network
Winter's Bone

2 comments:

TomS said...

Walter, you left nothing out!

I think most of the nominees will have come from your preliminary lists.

Some of your choices were amusing... I can't fathom anything like Pirhana 3D being elevated to award status, regardless of its technical excellence...but that's old-school talking, I guess..(grin)

I still have a twinge of regret at the Academy nominating 10 films for Best picture. It seems to dilute the honor a bit. Back when the Oscar routinely cited 10 or 12 films in the category (1930's and 40's), there were maybe 3 times as many films being made.

Besides, it makes it harder for trivia buffs like us to remember them all year after year!

Good job...

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

Enough with the suspense! Aaargh.

Mila Kunis? Eh. Pass.

ONE acting citation for Animal Kingdom and from Pearce. Good lord, you know to shake things up.