Tuesday, January 3, 2012

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Guilding the Lily (Or a Similar Pun)

And now the Producer's Guild has weighed in, with only the WGA (Thursday) and DGA (Monday) left to announce their nominees, followed by Oscar nominations at the end of the month. And the ten are:

The Artist
The Descendants
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Help
The Ides of March
Midnight in Paris
War Horse

...six of which appeared on my own Best of the Year list, with two making it to the Top Ten!

I never gave up on The Ides of March. People are still saying that this PGA nomination, along with the Globes noms, is just a case of the flukes and the Clooney-worship. That at the end of the day, The Ides of March still won't make it in, and it'll be between The Artist, The Descendants, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life and War Horse. Doesn't that all seem rather "light" for an Oscar lineup? What a relief that'd be, if we actually got mostly feel-good films in the running!

But friends, do not give up hope on the Political Clooney. I didn't bet someone an ice cream dinner that it would get more noms than Moneyball just for shits and giggles. The lack of attention in the SAG Nominations was disappointing, sure, but I still say it has a shot in Pic, Adapted Screenplay, Score, Editing, Cinematography, and maybe a surprise Supporting Actor nod for Philip Seymour Hoffman; Moneyball, meanwhile, I can see for Pic, Actor, Adapted Screenplay...maybe Editing and/or Supporting Actor for Jonah Hill. But otherwise, uh-uh. Forget about Director, forget about Score, forget about Cinematography.

Oh, and I know it didn't crack my Top 25 at all, but isn't it great to see Bridesmaids getting so much attention this year?

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