Monday, February 20, 2012

The JWD awards

In which I pretend that I get my own awards show. And I steal a bunch of categories from the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, who are awesome.

What I wrote last year holds; once the Oscar noms come out, I'm gleeful about some inclusions, pissed at some snubs, outraged at the undeserving noms, and wistful for those that never had a chance. And I'll pick the ones I think will win, and which I think should win, and root for my favorites.

But what if I could pick all the nominees myself?

I certainly haven't seen everything that has come out this year. There are many films which I'm sure are some of the best of the year that I never got to (see the top films of 2011 entry for examples).

Again, if you look at every picture which has received a nomination for Best Picture from a critics guild, that's roughly 80 different films right there.

So, given what I have seen, here's what I'd pick (nominees and notable omissions of the films I have yet to see):

Best Film:
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Tree of Life
Jane Eyre
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
Martha Marcy Mae Marlene
Another Earth

Best Popcorn Film (those genre flicks worth your time):
Stake Land
The Guard
The Muppets
Mission Impossible
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Rise of Planet of the Apes
Attack the Block
Source Code

Best Actress:
Mia Wasikowska (Jane Eyre)
Brit Marling (Another Earth)
Michelle Williams (Meek's Cutoff)
Rooney Mara (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
Elizabeth Olson (Martha Marcy Mae Marlene)
Nikohl Boosheri (Circumstance)
Rachel Weisz (The Whistleblower)

Notable omission: Charlize Theron (Young Adult), Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin), Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role:
Kiera Knightley (A Dangerous Method)
Jessica Chastain (Tree of Life)
Carey Mulligan (Shame)
Sarah Paulson (Martha Marcy Mae Marlene)
Amy Ryan (Win Win)

Notable omission: Vanessa Redgrave (Coriolanus), Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs), Adepero Oduye (Pariah), Felicity Jones (Like Crazy),

Best Actor:
Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor)
Michael Fassbender (Shame)
Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
Brendan Gleeson (The Guard)
Andy Serkis (Rise of Planet of the Apes)
Ryan Gosling (Ides of March)
Dominic Cooper (The Devil's Double)
Brad Pitt (Moneyball)

Notable omissions: Ralph Fiennes (Coriolanus), Michael Shannon (Take Shelter)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role:
Albert Brooks (Drive)
Viggo Mortenson (A Dangerous Method)
Corey Stoll (Midnight in Paris)
Jonah Hill (Moneyball)
Benedict Cumberbatch (Tinker Tailor)
John Hawkes (Martha Marcy Mae Marlene)

Best Ensemble Cast:
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Margin Call
Ides of March
Midnight in Paris (when you include all the historical cameos, SAG)
The Muppets
Meek's Cutoff

Best Cinematography:
Tree of Life
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
Jane Eyre
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Tinker Tailor

Best Screenplay (adapted/original):
Moneyball (adapted)
Tinker Tailor (adapted)
Ides of March (adapted)
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (adapted)
Submarine (adapted)
Win Win (original)
Margin Call (original)
The Future (original)
The Guard (original)
Another Earth (original)

Did the Trip have a screenplay? If so, it should be nominated. But I'm guessing it was mostly improv...

Notable omission: 50/50, The Descendants, Young Adult

Best Director:
David Fincher (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive)
Terrence Malick (Tree of Life)
Julia Leigh (Sleeping Beauty)
Steve McQueen (Shame)

Notable omission: Vera Farmiga (Higher Ground)

Best Visual Effects:
Rise of Planet of the Apes
Super 8
Captain America
Harry Potter

Best Costumes:
Jane Eyre
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Tinker Tailor

Notable omissions: Mysteries of Lisbon, W.E., Water for Elephants

Best Art/Production Design:
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Harry Potter
Pirates of the Caribbean

Best Makeup:
Harry Potter

I really haven't seen any of the others nominated for things. Well, The Artist and Hugo, but they don't seem like great achievements to me.

Best Editing:
Tinker Tailor
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Tree of Life
Martha Marcy Mae Marlene

Best Song:
Man or a Muppet (The Muppets)
Life's a Happy Song (The Muppets)
A Real Hero (Drive)
She's Just a Picture (Martha Marcy Mae Marlene)
Think You Can Wait (Win Win)
Star Spangled Man (Captain America)
Immigrant Song - Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Orinoco Flow - Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Best Score:
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Sucker Punch
Tinker Tailor
Tree of Life

Best Sound Mixing & Editing:
Attack the Block
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
War Horse
Rise of Planet of the Apes
Super 8

Best Foreign-but-not-British Film:
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
Le Quattro Volte

Notable omission: The Mysteries of Lisbon

Best Documentary:
Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Notable Omissions: If a Tree Falls, Jane's Journey, Senna, Buck, The Interrupters, We Were Here, Project Nim...

Best Animated:
Rango. Just go see it. (To be fair, I have not seen A Cat in Paris or Winnie the Pooh).

Best Female Action Star:
Rooney Mara (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
Saoirse Ronan (Hanna)
Paula Patton (Mission Impossible)
Jena Malone (Sucker Punch)
Emma Watson (Harry Potter)
Jennifer Lawrence (X-Men First Class)

Best Breakthrough Performance:
Rooney Mara (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
Elizabeth Olson (Martha Marcy Mae Marlene)
Brit Marling (Another Earth)
Jessica Chastain (Tree of Life)
John Boyega (Attack the Block)

Movie You Wanted To Love But Just Couldn't:
Sucker Punch
The Artist
X-Men First Class
Moneyball (I liked it a lot, but I really wanted to fall madly in love...)

Unforgettable Moment Award: [SPOILERS!]
Shame - New York, New York
Drive - The Elevator
Moneyball - Jeremy Brown's home run. 
War Horse - Joey running through No Man's Land (LOOK AT THE PRETTY HORSEY RUN!)
Warrior - Tom Hardy's fights
Fright Night - Peter Vincent's introduction
Rise of Planet of the Apes - Caesar's response to "get your paws off me..."
Mission Impossible - Climbing the Burj Khalifa/the Sandstorm
Attack the Block - Moses vs. the Gorilla-wolf-motherfuckers
Hanna - the chase through the theme park
Tinker Tailor - Smiley's monologue about Karla
Another Earth/Martha Marcy Mae Marlene - the last shot
Stake Land - the helicopters

Best Depiction Of Nudity, Sexuality, or Seduction:
A Dangerous Method
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Crazy, Stupid, Love

Best upstaging object in a film:
Lisbeth's Mohawk - Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Smiley's glasses - Tinker Tailor
The coat rack - The Artist
Driver's hammer - Drive
The Apples - Fright Night
Benedict Cumberbatch's mustache - War Horse

Seriously - what was that?

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