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Oscar Nominees 2012: Best Picture
We assess the pros and cons for this year’s Academy Award nominees

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Oscar Nominees 2012: Best Picture | The Help
The Help

Why It Will Win

  It was adapted from a hugely popular book, and deals with one of the important bits of history in a novel way.
  It has lots of Acting nominations. Given that actors comprise the bulk of Oscar voters, films with room for acting plaudits tend to do well in Best Picture too.
  It's a feelgood story about a feelbad time, always a winner for the Academy, and it was a big box-office success (relatively) which often helps.



 Why It Won't Win

  No Directing, Editing or Screenplay awards. A very bad sign.
  It’s female led: only two female-led films have won in the last 20 years.
  There’s a perception that it’s, well, slightly patronising in some quarters, which could very easily hurt its chances. Films about Civil Rights and racial politics are nominated a lot more often than they win.


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1 Yes, it SHOULD have been Drive.
To hell with EL&EC. Drive was the second best film of the year, and it is wonderful. Stupid Academy. More

Posted by ScottPilgrimJDP on Sunday February 26, 2012, 00:52

2 Scorsese is most legendary
Now I've heard it all! How can someone be legendary, more legendary or most legendary? More

Posted by Enzino on Thursday February 16, 2012, 14:46

3 Noms
I would have loved different Best Picture noms, as well: 1) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2) Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy 3)The Artist 4) Moneyball 5)The Descendants 6) The Muppets 7)The Adventures of TinTin 8)Drive 9)The Tree of Life 10)Carnage So, I'll have my fingers crossed for The Artist, and yes, it will win hands down. More

Posted by maleachi on Monday February 13, 2012, 18:45

4 Interesting...
I honestly don't think The Artist is going to win. Yes, the hype is overwhelming but so was Avatar's and that didn't win. I also think that The Descendants won at the Globes which usually has a big impact since the academy like to copy the Globes A LOT. But I agree drive should have taken the place of Extremely Loud and, since they had the option of 10 nominees, Tinker tailor should have been in the lineup as well. More

Posted by Mr. Fincher on Saturday February 11, 2012, 09:58

I've seen 6 movies out of nine. I've already expressed my opinion on the artist. It is charming but not oscarworthy. because somebody had the idea of making it a silent movie suddenly this shallow overacted thin movie has been collecting awards around the world. I really liked it overall but all this buzz got me angry against it. The help was not a good movie. I know Americans seemed to like it but they forget that it is fiction. I think they read "based on a book" on the cover and thought it was a real story. If it were a real story I'd give it 10 Oscars especially for having a mogul - I do not mean any disrespect towards people with disabilities- as a leading lady but it is a novel written by smt in the 20th century with 20th century characters set in the 50s. Shame for your pick Academy. ELAIC has talent. But somehow I didn't feel it. Maybe again it is meant for Americans who actually lived the event closer than their TV screens like me. The irresponsible mother who allowsMore

Posted by smakris04 on Saturday February 11, 2012, 08:49

Why the fuck is this over sentimental shite with Hanks getting a nom and not Tinker Tailor. More

Posted by agent cooper on Friday February 10, 2012, 20:04

Also, War Horse doesn't have any A-list stars in it. But wait... so did Slumdog..! More

Posted by Grimm on Thursday February 9, 2012, 18:09

The Artist will win because the academy are a naive bunch of children this year. More

Posted by fantastic mr ethan on Thursday February 9, 2012, 09:28

9 Poor selection this year
The Artist will win for sure but mainly because there's no competition. There have been some great films this year, but they're not nominated, where are Drive, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and I know they were long shots but Warrior, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Guard and the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. they are all popular, well received films and any of them would have a justifiable place on that list but instead we have Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. There's no real competition in it this year and it is not a representative list of the quality of films we've had in the last 12 months. Hopefully next year the Dark Knight Rises and The Hobbit will be duking it out amongst 8 other very good movies More

Posted by stevolegendbauer on Wednesday February 8, 2012, 17:06

I can see The Artist sweeping the board with ease. The only competition it's got from my point of view is The Descendants, and just possibly Midnight in Paris. More

Posted by Elegy on Wednesday February 8, 2012, 15:55

The Artist will win it hands down, and I'm happy for that because I loved it, but it still grinds my gears that Drive isn't even on the list. More

Posted by Whistler on Wednesday February 8, 2012, 15:24

12 Tinker Tailor...
Should be up for it. And should win. More

Posted by loafroaster on Wednesday February 8, 2012, 15:19

13 The Artist
If The Artist doesn't win, I'll be gobsmacked, but could see The Descendants getting it instead. It shouldn't though. Drive should definitely been in this list. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close should definitely not. Also, Annie Hall did win Best Picture in '77. More

Posted by Jack'sSmirkinRevenge on Wednesday February 8, 2012, 14:00

14 Woody Allen's never won Best Picture
Errr Annie Hall? More

Posted by Judge on Wednesday February 8, 2012, 13:38

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