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The Longlists: Narrowing the Field

It's long been a tradition to do a Longlist, the kind BAFTA does, with the semi-finalists in each category. Having yet to catch up with the other 2011 releases, I have decided -- not through impatience, but through honesty -- to keep the eligible films to those I saw during the year. I had ample time to see a lot of films, and not everything can be seen. Besides, these are the Hollmann Awards, which means two things. First, it means that they do not represent all of 2011 cinema, but my own cinematic year. Second, it means I can basically make up the rules as I go along.


With the notable exception of Best Picture (for I've already revealed the unranked Top Ten) and Best Original Song (for choices were few), the categories are narrowed down to fifteen contenders. Interestingly, the most difficult categories to pare down were Director and Supporting Actor. Doesn't Chris O'Dowd's contribution to Bridesmaids warrant recognition? How could I ignore the greatness of Steven Spielberg, especially since War Horse made it to my Top 25? Wasn't Wyatt McCallum fantastic in The Myth of the American Sleepover? I could always make up a new rule, but if you're not going to kill your darlings, you may as well not do your own awards. And for heaven's sake, who wants that?!?

You will also see actors who are currently being campaigned for supporting in the leading categories. This is because I feel that their roles are large enough to warrant a category change. Peppy Miller and Alice Dainard are more than just the love interests who help their guy make it through to the end. They have their own fully-developed arcs. The movie just couldn't exist without them.


Eighteen categories. It's a lot of text, but I always like the conversations these can spark. Shall we?






BEST PICTURE:
Anonymous
Beginners
Contagion
Drive
The Ides of March
Midnight in Paris
Super 8
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
We Need to Talk About Kevin
Young Adult

BEST DIRECTOR:
JJ Abrams, Super 8
Tomas Alfredson, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
George Clooney, The Ides of March
Roland Emmerich, Anonymous
David Fincher, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Lee Chang-dong, Poetry
Steve McQueen, Shame
Mike Mills, Beginners
Lynne Ramsay, We Need to Talk About Kevin
Jason Reitman, Young Adult
Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive
Steven Soderbergh, Contagion
Joe Wright, Hanna

BEST ACTRESS:
Elena Anaya, The Skin I Live In
Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Elle Fanning, Super 8
Jodie Foster, Carnage
Keira Knightley, A Dangerous Method
Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Saoirse Ronan, Hanna
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin
Charlize Theron, Young Adult
Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids
Kate Winslet, Carnage
Yun Joon-hee, Poetry

BEST ACTOR:
Michael Angarano, Ceremony
Joel Courtney, Super 8
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Michael Fassbender, Shame
Michael Fassbender, X-Men: First Class
Brendan Gleeson, The Guard
Ryan Gosling, Drive
Craig Gregory, Submarine
Chris Hemsworth, Thor
Rhys Ifans, Anonymous
Matthew McConaughey, The Lincoln Lawyer
Ewan McGregor, Beginners
Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt, Moneyball
Christoph Waltz, Carnage

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Amanda Bauer, The Myth of the American Sleepover
Cate Blanchett, Hanna
Rose Byrne, Bridesmaids
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Marion Cotillard, Midnight in Paris
Jennifer Ehle, Contagion
Anne Heche, Cedar Rapids
Rachel McAdams, Midnight in Paris
Helen McCrory, Hugo
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Carey Mulligan, Drive
Carey Mulligan, Shame
Yasmin Page, Submarine
Zoe Wanamaker, My Week with Marilyn
Evan Rachel Wood, The Ides of March

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Albert Brooks, Drive
Bryan Cranston, Drive
Benedict Cumberbatch, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Colin Firth, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Laurence Fishburne, Contagion
Paul Giamatti, The Ides of March
Tom Hiddleston, Thor
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Ides of March
Edward Hogg, Anonymous
John Hurt, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Patton Oswalt, Young Adult
Brad Pitt, The Tree of Life
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Mark Strong, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Noah Taylor, Submarine

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
50/50 - Will Reiser
Anonymous - John Orloff
The Artist - Michel Hazanavicius
Attack the Block - Joe Cornish
Beginners - Mike Mills
Bridesmaids - Kristen Wiig/Annie Mumolo
Ceremony - Max Winkler
Contagion - Scott Z. Burns
The Iron Lady - Abi Morgan
Midnight in Paris - Woody Allen
The Myth of the American Sleepover - David Robert Mitchell
Poetry - Lee Chang-dong
Shame - Steve McQueen/Abi Morgan
Super 8 - J.J. Abrams
Young Adult - Diablo Cody


BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Albert Nobbs - John Banville/Glenn Close/Gabriella Prekop
A Dangerous Method - Christopher Hampton
Drive - Hossein Amini
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Steven Zaillian
The Help - Tate Taylor
Hugo - John Logan
The Ides of March - George Clooney/Grant Heslov
Moneyball - Steven Zaillian/Aaron Sorkin, story by Stan Chervin
Rise of the Planet of the Apes - Rick Jaffa/Amanda Silver
The Rum Diary - Bruce Robinson
The Skin I Live In - Pedro Almodovar
Submarine - Richard Ayoade
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - Bridget O'Connor/Peter Straughn
We Need to Talk About Kevin - Lynne Ramsay/Rory Kinnear
X-Men: First Class - Jane Goldman/Ashley Miller/Zack Stentz/Matthew Vaughn, story by Bryan Singer/Sheldon Turner


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Sean Bobbitt, Shame
Jeff Cronenweth, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Anna Foerster, Anonymous
Janusz Kaminski, War Horse
Darius Khondji, Midnight in Paris
Hyun Seok Kim, Poetry
 Alwin Kuchler, Hanna
Emmanuel Lubezki, The Tree of Life
Seamus McGarvey, We Need to Talk About Kevin
Robert Richardson, Hugo
Guillaume Schiffman, The Artist
Eduardo Serra, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Newton Thomas Sigel, Drive
Steven Soderbergh, Contagion
Hoyte von Hoytema, Tinker, Sailor, Soldier, Spy


BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Basement Jaxx, Attack the Block
The Chemical Brothers, Hanna
Alexandre Desplat, The Ides of March
Michael Giacchino, Super 8
Alberto Iglesias, The Skin I Live In
Alberto Iglesias, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Steve Jablonsky, Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Henry Jackman, X-Men: First Class
Eric D. Johnson, Ceremony
Abel Korzeniowski, W.E.
Cliff Martinez, Contagion
Cliff Martinez, Drive
Thomas Newman, The Iron Lady
Howard Shore, A Dangerous Method
Howard Shore, Hugo


BEST ORIGINAL SONG
Albert Nobbs - Lay Your Head Down
Footloose - Fake I.D.
Gnomeo & Juliet - Hello, Hello
Hugo - Coeur, Mon Volant
The Muppets - Life's a Happy Song
The Muppets - Man or Muppet
The Muppets - Pictures in My Head
Red Riding Hood - The Wolf
Submarine - Piledriver Waltz
W.E. - Masterpiece


BEST EDITING
Joe Bini, We Need to Talk About Kevin
Anne-Sophie Bion/Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Maryann Brandon/Mary Jo Markey, Super 8
Herve de Luze, Carnage
Chris Dickens/Nick Fenton, Submarine
Chris Gill, The Guard
Dino Jonsater, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
William Hoy, Sucker Punch
Kim Hyun, Poetry
Jeff McEvoy, The Lincoln Lawyer
Stephen Mirrione, Contagion
Mat Newman, Drive
Zachary Stuart-Pontier, Martha Marcy May Marlene
Paul Tothill, Hanna
Joe Walker, Shame


BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Albert Nobbs
Anonymous
The Artist
Ceremony
Drive
The Help
Hugo
The Iron Lady
Midnight in Paris
Potiche
Shame
Submarine
Thor
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
W.E.


BEST ART DIRECTION

Anonymous
Ceremony
Drive
Gnomeo & Juliet
Hanna
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Hugo
Midnight in Paris
The Muppets
Potiche
The Skin I Live In
Submarine
Sucker Punch
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
X-Men: First Class


BEST MAKEUP
Albert Nobbs
Anonymous
A Dangerous Method
The Debt
Drive
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Hanna
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Hugo
The Skin I Live In
Sucker Punch
Super 8
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
W.E.
X-Men: First Class


BEST SOUND
The Adventures of Tintin
Anonymous
Attack the Block
The Debt
Drive
The Guard
Hanna
Immortals
Martha Marcy May Marlene
Sucker Punch
Super 8
Take Shelter
Thor
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
War Horse


BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Anonymous
Attack the Block
Final Destination 5
Fright Night
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Hugo
Immortals
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Sucker Punch
Super 8
Take Shelter
Thor
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
The Tree of Life
X-Men: First Class


BEST ENSEMBLE
The Artist
Attack the Block
Beginners
Bridesmaids
Carnage
Ceremony
Contagion
The Help
The Ides of March
Midnight in Paris
The Myth of the American Sleepover
Submarine
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Tower Heist

2 comments:

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

On Brooks in Drive... I just don't get it. Desperately trying to, but alas I don't. And, not to seem like I'm ragging on Drive (because I think Carey is excellent in it) I prefer Gosling in Ides. Ah well.

I'm VERY curious to see what your supporting Actress lineup looks like.

Walter L. Hollmann said...

Gosling in Ides *almost* made it, but that sheer silent PRESENCE in Drive gets me goosepimply just thinking about it. As for Brooks, it's such a strangely-played character, especially for this genre, and even considering the rest of the film. Obviously it works for me, but I really am surprised that others are just as into it.