The nominees are confirmed, but what do you think about 2012’s Oscar contenders?
Martin Scorsese will this afternoon be rubbing his hands in delight after his 3D adventure yarn, Hugo, received 11 Oscar nominations at this afternoon’s 2012 Academy Award announcement. The drama, which focuses on the story of a young boy who lives in a Parisian railway station leads the charge ahead of French romantic-comedy The Artist which has been given ten nods of approval.
British interest focuses on the inclusion of War Horse in the Best Picture category, while Gary Oldman gets another chance to break his Oscar duck with a nomination for best actor following his performance in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Having been nominated four times before across a range of categories, Kenneth Branagh is afforded another shot at glory in the Best Supporting Actor role for his depiction of Sir Laurence Olivier in My Week with Marilyn.
George Clooney (The Descendants) and Brad Pitt (Moneyball) will go head-to-head for the Best Actor prize in what will no doubt prove a draw for audiences across the world, while Meryl Streep (nominated for the 17th time in total!) is being tipped as a shoe-in for the Best Actress prize after a sterling performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.
Despite being two of the most talked about actors of 2012, neither Michael Fassbender (Shame) nor Ryan Gosling (Drive & The Ides of March) have been recognised by the Academy – a state of affairs which has already got Tweeters twitching and one member of the Quidco marketing team up in arms! For a more in depth run down of the nominees in the major categories, see below.
What has all this got to do with Quidco, I hear you ask? Well apart from being a great place to earn cashback on your cinema trips, we’re particularly excited about this year’s award season as we’ve a very special competition and an absolutely superb prize in the pipeline. We can’t tell you about it just yet, but rest assured you’ll be filled in on the details in the very near future…
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Midnight in Paris
The Tree of Life
Actor in a Leading Role
Demian Bichir – A Better Life
George Clooney – The Descendants
Jean Dujardin – The Artist
Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt – Moneyball
Actress in a Leading Role
Glenn Close – Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis – The Help
Rooney Mara – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams – My Week With Marilyn
Actor In a Supporting Role
Kenneth Branagh – My Week With Marilyn
Jonah Hill – Moneyball
Nick Nolte – Warrior
Christopher Plummer – Beginners
Max von Sydow – Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Actress In a Supporting Role
Berenice Bejo – The Artist
Jessica Chastain – The Help
Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer – The Help
Animated Feature Film
A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots
The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius
The Decendants – Alexander Payne
Hugo – Martin Scorsese
Midnight in Paris – Woody Allen
The Tree of Life – Terrence Malick
For the full run down of all the 2012 Academy Award Nominees, click here.
Why not join the debate by leaving your views on who should and shouldn’t have been nominated, who you think will win and which films have been your favourite in the last 12 months.
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