Dec 29, 2011

OFCS Final Ballot Submission (& Winners)

In theory, I could plow through my remaining blind spots amongst these nominees between today and tomorrow, which would involve three back-to-back screeners, a purchased DVD and a bus trip to NYC, where the much-lauded A Separation opens tomorrow.

In reality, I'm going to stay home and enjoy myself at a leisurely pace so that I might be able to tax my body to unreasonable levels this New Year's weekend. Much as I kick myself for my blind spots, more often than not of late I tend to fall back on the thought that very few of my fellows have managed seen everything, too, and how many of them made a point to see In the Family? Exactly.

Nominees are listed below, my selections in bold italics, blind spots notated with asterisks. Bring on 2012.

UPDATE: January 2nd, 2012. Winners notated with ^.

Best Picture
    The Artist
    The Descendants
    ^The Tree of Life

Best Animated Feature
    The Adventures of Tintin
    Arthur Christmas
    Kung Fu Panda 2
    Winnie the Pooh

Best Director
    Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist
    ^Terrence Malick - The Tree of Life
    Nicolas Winding Refn - Drive
    Martin Scorsese - Hugo
    Lars von Trier - Melancholia

Best Actor
    George Clooney - The Descendants
    Jean Dujardin - The Artist
    ^Michael Fassbender - Shame
    Gary Oldman - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
    Michael Shannon - Take Shelter

Best Actress
    Kirsten Dunst - Melancholia
    Elizabeth Olsen - Martha Marcy May Marlene
    *Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady
    ^Tilda Swinton - We Need to Talk About Kevin
    Michelle Williams - My Week with Marilyn

Best Supporting Actor
    Albert Brooks - Drive
    John Hawkes - Martha Marcy May Marlene
    Nick Nolte - Warrior
    Brad Pitt - The Tree of Life
    ^Christopher Plummer - Beginners

Best Supporting Actress
    ^Jessica Chastain - The Tree of Life
    Melissa McCarthy - Bridesmaids
    *Janet McTeer - Albert Nobbs
    Carey Mulligan - Shame
    Shailene Woodley - The Descendants

Best Original Screenplay
    Martha Marcy May Marlene
    ^Midnight in Paris
    *A Separation
    The Tree of Life
    Win Win

Best Adapted Screenplay
    The Descendants
    ^Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
    We Need to Talk About Kevin

Best Editing
    Martha Marcy May Marlene
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
    ^The Tree of Life
    We Need to Talk About Kevin

Best Cinematography
    The Artist
    ^The Tree of Life

Best Film Not in the English Language
    13 Assassins
    Certified Copy
    ^*A Separation
    The Skin I Live In
    Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Best Documentary
    ^Cave of Forgotten Dreams
    The Interrupters
    *Into the Abyss
    Project Nim

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