Monday, January 23, 2012

End-Of-Year: 2011 Film Nominees

Before the Academy announces which films and performances they liked bright and early tomorrow, I wanted to make my personal picks known. I usually try to post these nominations the first week of January, but I had wanted to see a few more films.

With that said, there are still many films I just never got around to seeing such as A Separation, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Melancholia, Pariah, The Adventures of Tintin, The Skin I Live In, Coriolanus, The Debt, Tyrannosaur, A Dangerous Method, A Better Life, Albert Nobbs, War Horse, Margaret, Young Adult, and I'm sure a lot more. My final tally is 97 films, which was A LOT more than last year. Maybe next year I'll finally crack 100 films. So without further a due...

Best Film
The Artist
The Help
The Ides of March
Meek's Cutoff
Midnight in Paris
My Week with Marilyn

Best Actor
Dominic Cooper, The Devil's Double
Tom Cullen, Weekend
Joel Edgerton, Warrior
Michael Fassbender, Shame/X-Men: First Class/Jane Eyre
Ryan Gosling, Drive/Ides of March/Crazy, Stupid, Love
Chris New, Weekend

Best Actress
Juliette Binoche, Certified Copy
Viola Davis, The Help
Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Elisabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn/Meek's Cutoff

Best Supporting Actor
Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn
Bruce Greenwood, Meek's Cutoff
Tom Hiddlestone, Thor/Midnight in Paris
Brad Pitt, Tree of Life
Andy Serkis, Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Corey Stoll, Midnight in Paris

Best Supporting Actress
Jessica Chastain, The Help/Tree of Life/Take Shelter
Marion Cotillard, Contagion/Midnight in Paris
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Carey Mulligan, Shame/Drive
Maggie Smith, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Octavia Spencer, The Help

Best Young Actor or Actress
John Boyega, Attack the Block
Joel Courtney, Super 8
Kerris Dorsey, Moneyball
Elle Fanning, Super 8
Thomas Horn, Extremely Close & Incredibly Loud
Saoirse Ronan, Hanna/The Way Back

Best Ensemble
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
The Help
The Ides of March
Midnight in Paris

Most Disappointing Film
The Conspirator
The Eagle
J. Edgar
Like Crazy
The Three Musketeers

Worst Film
Bad Teacher
The Hangover: Part II
No Strings Attached
The Other Woman
Your Highness

Worst Acting Performance
Cameron Diaz, Bad Teacher
Ken Jeong, The Hangover: Part II
Alex Pettyfer, Beastly
Natalie Portman, No Strings Attached/The Other Woman/Your Highness
Channing Tatum, The Eagle
Chris Zylka, Kaboom

Best Netflix Movie
Almost Famous
Annie Hall
Fish Tank
Galaxy Quest
Love of Siam
Spirited Away
The Stranger in Us
Tokyo Sonata

I do want to make it know that most of the categories, especially the acting ones, each had a long list of about 12-15 contenders so it was insanely difficult and if you ask me a day or two from now if these would be the same exact nominees, I'd probably say no. With that said, unlike the Academy Awards, I won't make you wait a month for the winners which I'll post in the next week or so.


  1. Some great picks in there—I especially love the recognition of Andy Serkis in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. And as for the ones you haven't seen yet... you really must watch A Better Life. Demian Bichir was absolutely wonderful!


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