[Oscars FAIL] – If We Picked ‘Em

BEST PICTURE

Josh‘s picks

Young Adult
Beginners
Shame
Midnight in Paris
Submarine
Drive
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Martha Marcy May Marlene
Contagion
Warrior

Matt‘s picks

Drive
Super 8
Submarine
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Tree of Life
The Muppets
The Rum Diary

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Josh’s picks

Michael Fassbender, Shame
Ryan Gosling, Drive
Craig Roberts, Submarine
Michael Shannon, Take Shelter
Gary Oldman, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Matt’s picks

Ryan Gosling, Drive
Brad Pitt, The Tree of Life
Craig Roberts, Submarine
Johnny Depp, The Rum Diary
Andy Serkis, Rise of the Planet of the Apes

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Josh’s picks

Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene
Charlize Theron, Young Adult
Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
Melanie Laurent, Beginners

Matt’s picks

Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Jessica Chastain, The Tree of Life
Carey Mulligan, Drive
Miss Piggy, The Muppets (I have seen, like, zero films with strong lead women this year)

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Josh’s picks

Christopher Plummer, Beginners
John Hawkes, Martha Marcy May Marlene
Michael Sheen, Midnight in Paris
Patton Oswalt, Young Adult
Jared Harris, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Matt’s picks

Jared Harris, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
David Tennant, Fright Night
Albert Brooks, Drive
Giovanni Ribisi, The Rum Diary
Matt Damon, Contagion

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Josh’s picks

Ellen Page, Super
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
Jessica Chastain, The Tree of Life
Marion Cotillard, Midnight in Paris
Carey Mulligan, Shame

Matt’s picks

Kate Winslet, Contagion
Elle Fanning, Super 8
Judy Greer, The Descendants

DIRECTING

Josh’s picks

Steve McQueen, Shame
Richard Ayoade, Submarine
Mike Mills, Beginners
Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive
Steven Soderbergh, Contagion

Matt’s picks

Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive
Richard Ayoade, Submarine
David Fincher, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
James Bobin, The Muppets
J.J. Abrams, Super 8

SCREENPLAY (COMBINED)

Josh’s picks

Richard Ayoade, Submarine
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Mike Mills, Beginners
Diablo Cody, Young Adult
Miranda July, The Future

Matt’s picks

Richard Ayoade, Submarine
Bruce Robinson, The Rum Diary
Jim Rash, Nat Faxon, Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Hossein Amini, Drive
Steve Zaillian, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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2 responses to “[Oscars FAIL] – If We Picked ‘Em

  1. Rob

    No love for The Descendants, Hugo, or Moneyball? I do love all the indie films you guys included in your lists, though I wouldn’t put Contagion or The Rum Diary anywhere close to the best films of 2011. Nice post though.

  2. joshcovell

    I haven’t seen Hugo, but I enjoyed The Descendants and Moneyball. They both had things about them that kept me from loving them, though. With The Descendants, though I liked Clooney’s performance (and look forward to more roles where he plays a father), I thought his character was drawn too frustratingly kind and meek. Every time I wanted him to freak out or even react in some emotional way, he backed off and remained level-headed. I feel like that could have worked if his lack of acting out were an issue with the other characters, but it just made me dislike how good he was. And Moneyball I actually liked a lot more than I thought I would. Pitt was excellent and the story was pretty artfully told, but Jonah Hill stuck out to me as this monotoned cardboard cutout of a character. This type of movie runs the risk of being a little boring when it’s a baseball movie that isn’t really about playing baseball, and Jonah Hill, to me, nearly pushed it in that direction.

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