2012 movie awards roundup #1
Oscar nominations are announced this Tuesday, 1/24 at 5:30 AM, Pacific Time.
No question, that’s the big dog of movie awards, and I’m very excited to see them this year (but that’s nothing new). It’s a complicated year, and not just because the Academy changed the rules again for Best Picture.
For example, there is J. Edgar. The director (Clint Eastwood) has been nominated three times before in that category, and has won once. The screenwriter (Dustin Lance Black) is a former winner. The lead actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) has been twice nominated as a lead actor.
And yet, the movie hasn’t had much of a cultural impact. It’s not a little seen critical darling…its MRQE metric is only 60 out of 100.
Will it get nominations anyway?
Then there are a couple of movies that will be challenges because of their genres: Bridesmaids and Hugo. Will the Academy recognize them in the major categories, despite being a comedy and a 3D kids’ fantasy, respectively?
We’ll find out Tuesday.
What we can do is take a look at what has been happening in nominations and awards to date this year.
Critics’ Choice Awards (awarded January 12)
- Hugo, Midnight in Paris, and The Tree of Life were nominated: The Artist won
- Andy Serkis was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Rise of the Planet of the Apes. While Christopher Plummer won for Beginners, that is still a remarkable achievement
- Martin Scorsese was nominated for Hugo: Michel Hazanavicius won for The Artist
- Woody Allen won for Best Original Screenplay for Midnight in Paris
- John Logan was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for Hugo: Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, and Stan Chervin won for Moneyball
- Rango won for Best Animated feature, beating The Adventures of Tintin, Arthur Christmas, Kung Fu Panda 2, and Puss in Boots
- Asa Butterfield (Hugo), Elle Fanning (Super 8), and Saoirse Ronan (Hanna) had been nominated for Best Young Actor/Actress: Thomas Horn won for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
- Drive won the best action movie, over Hanna, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Super 8
- The Muppets and Midnight in Paris had been nominated for best comedy; Bridesmaids won
- Best song went to Bret Mckenzie’s Life’s a Happy Song from The Muppets. It defeated two other songs from The Muppets, and Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s Hello Hello from Gnomeo and Juliet
- Howard Shore’s score for Hugo lost to The Artist
- The Tree of Life shared best Cinematography with War Horse, beating Hugo
- Hugo also took Art Direction, beating Harry Potter, and The Tree of Life
- Hugo lost Costume Design to The Artist
- Harry Potter won for Makeup
- Visual Effects went to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, beating Harry Potter, Hugo, Super 8, and The Tree of Life
- Harry Potter won for Sound over Hugo, Super 8, and The Tree of Life
The Golden Globes (awarded January 15)
- Hugo had been nominated for Best Motion Picture – Drama, but lost to The Descendants
- Midnight in Paris had been nominated for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, but lost to The Artist
- Owen Wilson was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for Midnight in Paris, but lost to Jean Dujardin for The Artist
- Martin Scorsese won for Best Director for Hugo, beating Woody Allen who was nominated for Midnight in Paris
- However, Woody Allen did win for Best Screenplay for Midnight in Paris
- Gnomeo & Juliet’s song “Hello Hello” (by Elton John and Bernie Taupin), was nominated, but Madonna’s (along with Julie Frost and Jimmy Harry) song from W.E. won
- Howard Shore’s score for Hugo lost to The Artist
- The Adventures of Tintin won best animated film, defeating Arthur Christmas, Cars 2, Puss in Boots, and Rango
While this post is about movie awards, I do want to congratulate Peter Dinklage for repeating his Emmy win for best supporting actor (Game of Thrones), and Jessica Lange for her supporting actress win (American Horror Story).
Producers Guild (January 21)
- Best picture: The Artist beat Hugo and Midnight in Paris
- Animated film: The Adventures of Tintin beat Cars 2, Kung Fu Panda 2, Puss in Boots, and Rango
- Motion picture: Hugo versus Midnight in Paris
Screen Actors Gulld (awarded January 29: these are nominees)
- Outstanding Cast: Midnight in Paris
BAFTRA (awarded February 12)
- Direction: Martin Scorsese for Hugo
- Best original screenplay: Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris
- Cinematography: Robert Richardson for Hugo
- Best editing: Thelma Schoonmaker for Hugo
- Production design: Harry Potter, Hugo
- Costume design: Hugo
- Film music: Hugo
- Makeup/hair: Harry Potter, Hugo
- Sound: Harry Potter, Hugo
- Visual effects: The Adventures of Tintin, Harry Potter, Hugo, Rise of the Planet of the Apes
- Animated feature: The Adventures of Tintin, Arthur Christmas, Rango
- Rising star: Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tom Hiddleston (Thor)
- Outstanding debut by British writer, director, or producer: Joe Cornish (Attack the Block)
Writers Guild (February 19…these are nominees)
- Original screenplay: Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen)
- Adapted screenplay: Hugo (John Logan)
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.