We can't have everything we want -- that's the most valuable lesson we learned from the 2012 Oscar nominations. For every victory (the underdog Demián Bichir received a nomination for "A Better Life"), we have defeat (Ryan Gosling and his "Drive" was virtually snubbed!). So I compiled my complaints, yes, my whining, and some of the winning choices by the Academy. So here's my rants and raves of the 84th Oscar nominations (check out the full 2012 Oscar nominations list right here):
RANTS AND SNUBS
*** Clint Eastwood, the perennial Oscar favorite, was snubbed, so was his "J. Edgar" which received no nomination. I thought Leonardo DiCaprio would at least receive a Best Actor nod, but alas, no
*** Steven Spielberg was not given Oscar love. Sure, his "War Horse" received a Best Picture nomination, but Spielberg was not nominated for Best Director and his "The Adventures of Tintin" was ignored in the Best Animated Feature Film category
*** And while we're talking about directors, no Oscar love for David Fincher for the Best Director category? The omission of Tate Taylor for "The Help" was okay with me -- I view the film largely as an ensemble act. The stars helped elevate the film's so-so script.
*** "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" for Best Picture really?
*** And where's "Drive?" One of the best films of 2011 was virtually ignored except for Sound Editing
*** What happened to the early Oscar frontrunner, Albert Brooks for "Drive?" I thought his nomination is in the bag!
*** "Melancholia" by Lars Von Trier and Jeff Nichols' "Take Shelter" were ignored
*** And gosh, what happened to "50/50?" It was one of the most creative films of 2011 which seamlessly blended comedy and drama to talk about cancer, death, and dying
*** We've ranted about DiCaprio and Gosling, but what about the biggest snub in the Best Actor category? Michael Fassbender, who bared all, raw emotions and everything, in "Shame?" The Academy needs to watch the film again!
*** And I think, the biggest snub in the Best Actress category is Tilda Swinton for "We Need to Talk About Kevin." But at least the actress already won an Oscar for "Michael Clayton" in the Best Supporting Actress category.
*** No Shailene Woodley for Best Supporting Actress nomination for "The Descendants?"
*** So "Drive" received one nomination, but "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" received three for Editing, Sound Mixing, and Visual Effects! Argh!
*** And alas, the last "Harry Potter" film, "The Deathly Hallows Part 2" was relegated to its usual categories -- Art Direction, Make-Up, and Visual Effects -- but who's complaining? At least the franchise received Oscar love
*** "The Muppets" was virtually ignored, except for the category that it will definitely win -- the Best Original Song for "Man or Muppet."
*** And I've ranted about this already but I think it's a crime that "Senna" was not even considered for Best Documentary, heck, it wasn't even shortlisted!
*** And once again, my home country, the Philippines was ignored for Best Foreign Language Film! Their entry was "The Woman in the Septic Tank" and it's truly the best film in Philippine Cinema in 2011...but alas...
*** Here's what some of my Facebook friends were ranting about:
No Drive, Ryan Gossling or Michael Fassbender! No TinTin and no Albert Brooks or Leo DiCaprio
No Michael Fassbender? WTF
No Steven Spielberg for WAR HORSE.
Harry potter should of had a supportive role at least. But girl with the dragon tattoo should have gotten a best picture and also I thought midnight in paris would get more
Fassbender all around. Asa Butterfield. Shame, Drive, Hanna, TGWTDT.
Hugo and the Artist getting praise is nice but doesn't excuse the ridiculous majority of noms.
Now on to RAVES and SURPRISES!
*** I love that the Academy gave Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris" so much Oscar love -- all 4 nominations including Best Picture, Directing, Art Direction, and Writing (Original Screenplay)
*** Demián Bichir's Best Actor nomination for "A Better Life"
*** "Tinker Tailor Solder Spy" was not forgotten! The film received a Best Actor nomination for Gary Oldman (yay!), Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Score
*** Way to go Nick Nolte! I've been championing the actor for his work in "Warrior" since last summer, much like how I've been championing Christopher Plummer for "Beginners."
*** Way to go Max Von Sydow! His silent The Renter character in "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" was the best part of the movie!
*** And congrats Melissa McCarthy for "Bridesmaids!" We love you!
*** Speaking of "Bridesmaids," way to go Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo for receiving a Best Original Screenplay nomination for the best comedy of 2011
*** Janet McTeer got love for her performance in "Albert Nobbs"
*** Much like 2010's Best Animated surprise with the inclusion of Tomm Moore's "The Secret of Kells," I was happily surprised to see the additions of "A Cat in Paris" by Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli, and "Chico & Rita" by Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal.
*** "A Separation" for Best Foreign Language film and Best Original Screenplay, yeah!
*** Loving how much "The Artist" (10 nominations) and "Hugo" (11 nominations) are honored by the Academy -- they're my Top 2 Best Films of 2011
*** Speaking of my Top 10 Best Films of 2011, I love that most of the Oscar-nominated films appeared on my list! Check it out!
That's it for now...it's all I can muster, at least, until I can think of something to rant and rave about the 2012 Oscar nominations! Like what I said earlier, we can't have everything we want!
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