AI: 2011 recap – Oscar Nominations

Well it’s the new year, and that means it’s award season. How about some Oscar nominations from the MAL Crowd?

What is your nomination for Best Picture? If there was a Best Skeptical Film category, what would be your nomination?


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  1. Of the films I saw, the best 2011-release films were:
    Attack the Block
    Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
    A Boy and His Samurai
    Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

    I think only the last one is eligible for the Best Picture Academy Award, as the rest were all made by countries other than USA. I think Elite Squad has a good chance at the Best Foreign Film category.

    I haven’t seen Contagion yet, but knowing what I know about the production, it sounds like the science may have been pretty well portrayed.

  2. These are all the movies I saw last year*, except for the ones I forgot about:

    Source Code
    Summary: Ground Hog Day as played by a Phillip K. Dick cover band. Better and worse than it sounds.
    Oscar Odds: Maybe a screenplay nod? Or Gyllenhaal? Wouldn’t bet on it.

    Super 8
    Summary: JJ Abrams and Steven Spielberg relive the glory days of Amblin with great success.
    Oscar Odds: I’ll be surprised if it doesn’t get a good share of nominations but it’s not “serious” enough to take them home.

    Summary: Shiny, vapid, mostly palatable.
    Oscar Odds: Worse than an ectotherm in Jotunheim. VFX, if anything.

    Rise of the Planet of the Apes
    Summary: Not as aggressively bad as the Burton flick, just preachy and boring.
    Oscar Odds: Maybe screenplay, VFX, or whatever Andy Serkis is. Largely dependent on the power of the PETA vote.

    Fright Night
    Summary: A fun vampire movie? What has the world come to?
    Oscar Odds: While I’d like to see Farrell or Tennant get a Supporting Actor nod I’m not getting my hopes up.

    J Edgar
    Summary: The FBI was built by a neurotic, paranoid, megalomaniacal closet case.
    Oscar Odds: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Makeup, Best Director, Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay.

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
    Summary: Harry is Jesus, Neville is a bad-ass, Harmony shippers are morons.
    Oscar Odds: Dead on arrival.

    *that are eligible for this years Oscars. Troll Hunter may be the best film ever made but it was released in Norway in 2010.

  3. The only film* I saw that was released in 2011 was The Cup. What, you’ve never heard of it? I’m shocked, shocked I say! An Australian feel good flick about the Melbourne Cup horse race would have no chance for anything even if it were good, which it wasn’t.

    *Living 80k round trip from the nearest cinema will do that.

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