The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Midnight in Paris
I’m going to go with eight nominations, although it could be anywhere from five to ten. If it’s five, The Artist, The Descendants, The Help, Hugo and Midnight in Paris figure to be in. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was aided immensely by David Fincher being nominated for Best Director by the DGA. To be nominated, a film must receive five percent of the first place votes cast. Moneyball I have in by a thread.
If the category goes to ten, add The Tree of Life, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, or Bridesmaids.
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Tate Taylor, The Help
It would be boring to just parrot the DGA nominees, so I’ll substitute Taylor for Fincher. It will be interesting to see if Terence Malick gets any love for The Tree of Life, and if he can get nominated here without the film being nominated for Best Picture, which hasn’t happened yet since the Best Picture category expanded from five nominees.
George Clooney, The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Michael Fassbender, Shame
Brad Pitt, Moneyball
Clooney, Dujardin, and Pitt are locks. DiCaprio doesn’t belong here, but seems to have enough star power and enough good will to get by. The remaining spot should go to a man named Michael–Fassbender or Shannon, for Take Shelter. Gary Oldman for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is also a possibility, but slight.
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
The consensus is, and I agree, that there are six women chasing five spots. The last spot will either go to Swinton, or to Rooney Mara for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. If anyone else gets in it will be a surprise.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Albert Brooks, Drive
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Nick Nolte, Warrior
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
The most wide open category, there are another half-dozen or so actors who could gain a spot here, most likely Max von Sydow for Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
As with Actress, this category is six women chasing five spots, but only Bejo, Chastain, and Spencer are locks. Janet McTeer, for Albert Nobbs, is the other possibility. McCarthy received a SAG nomination but not a Golden Globe, while the opposite was true for Woodley. McTeer received both, which means I should have her here, but for some reason I don’t. Just a hunch.
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Midnight in Paris
Lots of room for other films here, including A Separation, 50/50, Beginners, Take Shelter, Tree of Life or Melancholia. The screenwriters branch is frequently the most adventurous.
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
If The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo has a big day it could be here, too, but I’ll go with the more complex Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy to get the fifth spot.
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
In Darkness, Poland
Monsieur Lazhar, Canada
A Separation, Iran
The Academy makes this easier, by winnowing it down to nine semifinalists. Don’t know much about these films. Poland’s is about the Holocaust, so that should be in. Pina has the distinct possibility of being nominated for both Best Foreign Language and Best Documentary, which has never happened before.
BEST ANIMATED FILM
The Adventures of Tintin
Puss ‘n Boots
Ludicrously, the Academy will allow for five nominees in this category, because of the number of releases. Pixar, even in an off year, may get in, and though Rio kind of came and went it did get decent box office. But a relatively unknown film could knock one of them off and sneak in here.
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Bill Cunningham New York
Paradise Lost 3
This is a real crap shoot. I could be wrong on all five, though they are taken from a semifinalist list of 15.
Find out Tuesday morning how I did!