31 Days of Oscar Blogathon: The Snubs – Defunct Categories

Introduction

Oscar Envelope

Film is an ever-changing artform, so it stands to reason that the awards that Hollywood created to help celebrate the industry should evolve. It’s more apparent when you realize that the Oscars began when the industry was in flux as sound was in its infancy.

Film has twice adapted itself in competition with other media arts. Synchronized sound came on the heels of the popularity of radio and a shift in aspect ratio, away from 1:33 to widescreen formats was introduced to distance itself from television. The same competition with television helped push films away from black and white film and towards color. With just these technical changes its natural that some award categories would fall in an out of favor over time, some aren’t so obvious. Some, surprisingly, should have never left. I will discuss the categories that are no longer around.

Best Picture, Production and Best Picture, Unique and Artistic Production (1929)

Sunrise (1927, 20th Century Fox)

The Academy Awards began with two different iterations of Best Picture. In 1929 the winners of these two respective categories were Wings (Production) and Sunrise (Unique and Artistic). My interpretation of these trophies is that one is more akin to a PGA (Producers Guild of America) award. Whereas, the logistics, accomplishments and merits of the production are highly impressive and well-executed even if the picture mat not be the best overall. Unique and artistic would then be a more narrative-award with special emphasis on creativity. This is a distinction that could’ve proved highly useful in later years. Imagine if it had been around in 1998 (the first year that jumps to mind) give Production to Titanic and Unique and Artistic to As Good as It Gets or L.A. Confidential or Good Will Hunting. Or earlier maybe How Green Was My Valley could get Production and Citizen Kane can get Unique and Artistic and everyone can leave the former alone already, and stop hating it for something that’s no fault of its own.

Ultimately, I understand how the two awards would forever cause confusion and why they needed merging, but it is interesting to consider.

Best Director, Comedy Picture and Dramatic Picture (1929)

Frank Borzage

The Golden Globes still have Comedy/Musical and Dramatic categories for Films and Actors, but not directors. The directing job is highly different in both aspects. Are comedies far too overlooked when it comes to award shows? Yes. Does each year really merit having both categories? Probably not, and surely enough it was not a category the following year.

Best Title Writing (1929)

The Private Life of Helen of Troy (1927, First National Pictures)

To be quite honest considering that the industry was already in flux awkwardly transitioning from silent to talkie I’m a little surprised this was a category at the first awards. Granted some were trying to dismiss synchronized sound as a fad, but it was clear it was coming. Some categories held on longer, but silent films in the end virtually vanished quite quicker than black-and-white fare or 4:3 aspect ratio films.

Yes, titles were crucial in the silent era, and silents did win Oscars, but it’s slightly unusual that this was actually a category for one year.

Best Cinematography, Color and Best Cinematography, Black and White 1936-1939 (Special Achievement) 1940-1966

Psycho (1960, Universal)

This split became a mainstay of the Academy for 27 editions of the Awards. This is quite a long time and indicates that despite the business-related impetus for color cinematography the necessity of occasionally going into more ethereal monochrome remained and undeniable siren’s call for filmmakers for many years to come.

As wide as the gap between color productions and black-and-white ones have become they are not extinct as recent films like Ida, The Artist and The White Ribbon indicate. Yet, color cinematography in unquestionably ubiquitous enough such that the split no longer makes sense. It most definitely did at one time: color and black-and-white are two different ways of seeing the world. The reason for splitting the two was due to that and the fact that they were fairly equally split. With little equality superlative black-and-white films do have to compete against chromatic ones be it fair or unfair; it’s just a reality.

Best Effects, Engineering Effects (1929)

Wings (1927, Paramount)

The awards for Special Effects were ones that had many names an iterations before becoming a mainstay. A category for “Special Effects, Engineering Effects” existed at the first ceremonies. They returned in 1938 with and Honorary Award. From 1939 to 1962 Visual and Sound Effects shared an award titled Special Effects. In 1963 Special Visual Effects took over. From ’72-’77 it was awarded under Special Achievement Award. The current Special Visual Effects title debuted in 1995.

However, going back to the original trophy it puts me in a mind that perhaps the Academy does need to encourage and reward different kinds of effects work. Maybe split it between practical and computerized. It actually would encourage creativity and be fair. For example many of the most impressive feats in Inception (like the spinning hallway) were done practically. This could highlight those creative moments but still reward highly-creative, ever-evolving computerized effects work.

Best Writing, Achievement 1930

The Patriot (1928, Paramount)

This was the category introduced for the 2nd Annual ceremonies and for that year only. It was an attempt to transition away from three categories (Original, Adaptation and Title Writing) to just one. The only other award I ever saw merge all screenplays into one category was my own for a while. However, adaptation and original screenplays are games with similar rules but different approaches and need different skills. They should be separately awarded and this change is one that was needed.

The Juvenile Award (Awarded intermittently from 1935-1961)

The Window (1949, RKO)

This is an award I’ve already written about at length here. In that post I chronicled those young people who were honored by the Academy. I also followed-up on that by listing who since 1961 would have earned the honor, or could have, if it was still something awarded. Since my personal BAM Awards have started offering parity (meaning the same categories for mature and young performers) I have become convinced the Academy could fill a roster of five nominees a year for a category with this same concept. The term juvenile may be dated, and have poor connotations now, but the idea is one worth revisiting.

Best Short Subject, Cartoons (1932-1957) Short Subject, Comedy (1932-1937), Short Subject Novelty (1932-1937), Short Subject Color (1937-38) Short Subject One-Reel (1937-1957) and Short Subject Two-Reel (1937-1957)

The Dot and the Line (1965, MGM)

You can almost always look to the Academy for some kind of indication as to what the state of the art at least in terms of trends. One thing that would be apparent to someone looking solely at the Oscars with no other film knowledge would be that short films used to be a much more integral part of Hollywood films than they are now. For six years Live Action films were split into Comedies and Novelties, which featured, as the name implies varied subjects and approaches. Starting in 1937 animated films (then referred to as Cartoons by the Academy) were split off and Live Action films were bifurcated by length either one-reel (about 10 minutes or less) or two-reel (about 20 minutes or less). In 1958 Live Action was introduced as the only short subject category for live action, Cartoons still the term used, and the category changed to Best Short Subject, Animated Films in 1972. It is notable that serials never had a category somehow. Maybe because Poverty Row and “lesser” majors specialized in them.

Best Assistant Director (1933-1937)

Imitation of Life (1934, Universal)

Assistant Directors back at the beginning of the film industry had a far different role than they do as the industry and art evolved. There used to be far more directing for assistant directors. First ADs now are far more administrative and keep the production running, most of their direction geared at background performers. Therefore, its interesting that the Academy once underscored the greater level of responsibility this job had with an award.

Best Dance Direction (1936-1938)

Show Boat (1936, Universal)

There are a few instances of the Oscars highlighting the elevated place that the film musical once held. This category specifically aimed at choreography on film is one.

Best Art Direction-Interior Decoration Black-And-White and Color 1940-1966

Christmas in Connecticut (1945, Warner Bros.)

This is the second of three categories that for year offered two prizes owing to the unique challenges and distinct differences in working in black-and-white and color. In simplest terms in color there are temperature, palette and tone considerations but in monochrome there is a transliteration of actual colors to gray tones for desired effect that must be considered and calculated by all department heads.

Best Music, Scoring of a Drama or Comedy (1946-1957) Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic Picture (1942-1945) and Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture (1942-1957)

 

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Here’s one more testament to the potency the musical once hand in the cinematic landscape of Hollywood’s output. In 1958 the distinction in scoring ended. For 16 ceremonies musicals were a category apart. They were so prevalent, significant, and thought to be so different that it had its own category for scoring.

The issue with genre-splitting is: where does it end? Comedy was excluded for three years, and then added. If musicals had stayed at their zenith would further scoring splits have occurred? Unlikely, but it may have been clamored for. Clearly, the loss of a category did not shut the door on the musical winning Best Score, The Sound of Music jumps immediately to mind, but it’s fascinating that it was a class apart for years.

Costume Design Black and White and Costume Design Color (1948-1966)

Jezebel (1938, Warner Bros.)

If there’s one thing that you can laud the Academy for it’s that there was uniformity in when categories stopped being subdivided by color and black-and-white. In all cases when there was such a division, either from the inception of a category like costume design, or later in the game like with cinematography, that split ceased after the 1966 Awards.

Similar to Cinematography and Art Direction costuming for both media is a different game. Black-and-white requires a more abstract understanding of colors and textures and how they’ll read when exposed. Thus, its a bit more intuitive, at times counterintuitive, and far less literal than working in color. Again the time had surely come for the category to merge due to ubiquity but the task is by no means an easy one in monochrome.

Conclusion

 

Oscars (AMPAS)

In most of the these cases it is just interesting and important to note how far the artform and industry have come. It’s important in aesthetic appreciation to note some things that used to be taken for granted and to acknowledge different trends and forms of the past. However, in some of these cases these categories could still be highly useful and be brought back today.

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Considerations for the 2013 Robert Downey, Jr. Entertainer of the Year Award

Originally I didn’t want to list considerations for either Entertainer of the Year Award or Neutron Star Award. The reasoning behind this was that these awards being for a body of work should’ve had their winners be rather apparent. However, owing to previous memory lapses, I reconsidered this philosophy.

Therefore, any and all eligible, worthy candidates for either award will be kept on this list. It will be one of the running lists that I update on a biweekly basis.

In essence, this will give those who stand out in these categories their due. For example, last year I felt remiss in not mentioning Matthew McConaughey in my explication for the Entertainer of the Year Award for 2013. In my reasoning behind Samuel L. Jackson’s win I had to talk about his year and how great it was and why Jackson’s superseded it. With this list, at year’s end I will be able to discuss each of the prospective candidates works.

Please note that while this award only requires two ‘participations,’ no “eggs will be counted before they’re hatched,” meaning if I have yet to see a second title, though I may expect to, that person will not be listed yet.

Without further ado, the candidates…

Candidates

Nicholas Hoult
Dwayne Johnson
Ryan Simpkins
Ty Simpkins
Rebecca Hall
James Franco
Spencer Treat Clark
Michael Shannon
Bruce Willis
Chloe Grace Moretz
James Wan
Hailee Steinfeld
Sandra Bullock
Abigail Breslin
Ben Kingsley

DVD Review – Straight A’s

Introduction

I don’t frequently write DVD reviews, but upon seeing this film I was compelled to watch the special bonus features on it as well. Typically, I would stick to a review of the program on the disc, but have included thoughts on the features below.

Film

Straight A's (2013, Courtesy of Millennium Entertainment)

The film has a very basic synopsis and I will not elaborate much at all on that here. It’s likely better that you go in knowing that much or less about this film. Straight A’s really caught me by surprise as a refreshing, character-driven family dramedy, that doesn’t get bogged down in the histrionics that are potential pitfalls of a film with a synopsis such as this one.

I will readily admit that I just may have a soft spot for family dramedies. However, the recent film in the subgenre that comes to mind for me is Fireflies in the Garden, and that film pushes its melodramatic limits, whereas there is a fairly realistic grounding to be found here. Characters’ motivations and reactions make sense, things are played up as much as they need to be and are still fairly effective. While the overtures of external conflict are apparent, there is also a lot inner-turmoil that the film is wise enough to hold the reins on, and allow some disputes to be settled sub-textually rather than textually.

There are two things this film does very well early on that set it up for success: The first is that it establishes an overt structure for the titles that confirm the passage of time and that a new day has begun. I’m not one who is slavish towards a ticking clock mentality, but far too often films employing this sub-division approach lag because we as an audience have no clue what the endgame is, and they’d be better off letting time flow organically. This structure becomes intrinsic to this film and aids the flow of it.

That narrative structure established is confirmed by the voice over of the film’s narrator Charles (Thomas Riley Stewart) and that sets up one of the many wonderful symmetries of this film. Quite a few pieces of dialogue, motifs and themes come back around unexpectedly and close many a tidy, well-wrought circle. This is assisted by the strong, certain manner in which the narrative asserts itself.

In building these characters the film does well to split the job. It always shows something about them when they’re alone, usually visually, and is constantly rounding in interaction, but perhaps the best work the film does is through dialogue. The black sheep returning to the fold is Scott (Ryan Phillippe) who is always direct. There is also the fact that Charles is very intelligent that could lead to a number of pitfalls, but his dialogue isn’t instantly and persistently showy, and neither of the kids are condescended to. It’s just one tool that that the film uses to constantly add new definition to its main characters, but one of the best used.

One good example both of dialogue and of how the film avoids overplaying its hand is one of the lead-up-to events – an oral presentation Charles has before his whole school. In this sequence, I was reminded of how the speech in Crazy, Stupid, Love devolved from its diegetic script to being a very literal thinking out loud. There’s a clear message, but never one that’s bluntly said. It’s also another good case of follow-through in the subjective editing choices that are made.

There is also good use of montages and cross-cutting sequences that are more nested and less overt than you see many times. For as strong as the film is with its use of dialogue, it doesn’t ignore the visual end of things either and has quite a few visual signatures throughout.

Of course, any film described as character-driven needs its actors to deliver in order to work and this film has that as well. Ryan Phillippe seems to be quite connected throughout and fills in those blanks the script can’t; portraying troubled, irresponsible with good intentions that could just read like a jerk. Luke Wilson, like in Meeting Evil, finds a part that really seems to suit his type, his poker-faced, button-lipped character’s moment of decision reads better due the whole of his performance. Paquin’s facade of control is always erected, even as she loses it, and it makes her a presence that can be reasonable seem to be one that would be acquiesced to, even by Scott. There’s also Powers Boothe with a significant secondary role, that’s sensitive and understated. Boothe is an actor who you literally can’t see enough of. Last, but not least, there’s Riley Thomas Stewart who has the unenviable task of playing intelligent, precocious yet still childlike and endearing, and he succeeds with flying colors. Even when the dialogue is clearly designed to show his vast intellect it just sounds like Charles talking as opposed to an actor doing a line reading, which is a hard task with verbose lines.

Straight A‘s is the kind of film that might slip under one’s radar. I know I’m glad I found it, as it’s yet another dark horse for this year that I really connected with.

9/10

Special Features

Straight A's (2013, Millennium Entertainment)

While they are a little stripped-down with quick cuts to black and spotty audio, the three special features on the disc make up for in content what they lack in flash.

There’s a featurette, which is about trailer-length that’s a quick splicing together of interview and final film footage.

There are interviews with director, producers and several stars of the film, which run about 17 minutes and explore the themes of the work rather well without getting overly-bogged down in minutiae, but also lends a personal perspective from each participant with interesting tidbits.

Most interesting to me was the behind the scenes footage. They were usually rather quick shots taken during production of the set-up of shots, gear being put in place or moved, takes being done, or re-done and the like. This runs around six minutes. It’s bereft of commentary so it would likely be more intriguing for a filmmaker, but it is an interesting touch to be added to the package.

Straight A‘s is out on DVD and Blu-Ray today.

2011 BAM Considerations

This is where I will track, throughout the year, what films and performers I am considering for my year end awards. Most qualifiers will be listed here so there are no real spoilers here. Just an inside view of the process.

Eligible Titles

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
The Green Hornet
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never 3D
The Rite
I Am Number Four
Unknown
Battle: Los Angeles
The Adjustment Bureau
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
Winter in Wartime
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Insidious
Source Code
Hanna
Soul Surfer
Hop
The Wrong Ferrari
Scream 4
Win Win
Rio
African Cats
Paul
Prom
Fast Five
Thor
Meek’s Cutoff
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Bridesmaids
Alabama Moon
That’s What I Am
The Hangover Part II
The First Beautiful Thing
X-Men: First Class
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
The Human Resources Manager
Brotherhood
Super 8
Even the Rain
I Saw the Devil
In a Better World
Toast
The Tree of Life
Hobo with a Shotgun
Trollhunter
The Other Woman
Green Lantern
The Art of Getting By
Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer
Midnight in Paris
Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Kaboom
Bad Teacher
White Lion
Anneliese: The Exorcist Tapes
NEDs
The Way Back
On the Shoulders of Giants
The Fab Five
Bob Dylan: Revealed
Big Mama’s House: Like Father, Like Son
Olhos Azuis
As Melhores Coisas do Mundo
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Winnie the Pooh
Rubber
Zookeeper
Horrible Bosses
The Resident
The Ward
Heartbeats
Cowboys & Aliens
Captain America: The First Avenger
Crazy, Stupid, Love
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
13 Assassins
The Suite Life Movie
Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure
Terri
Glee: The 3D Concert Movie
The Inheritance
Stake Land
Senna
Final Destination 5
Dream Home
The Reef
Fright Flick
The Help
Fright Night
Conan the Barbarian
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
Our Idiot Brother
The Hole
Shark Night 3D
Creature
Dolphin Tale
The Tree
Children of the Corn: Genesis
The Beaver
Super
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil
Red State
Bereavement
Le Quattro Volte
Potiche
The Music Never Stopped
Housemaid
Exorcismus
The Colors of the Mountain
Drive
Contagion
Hesher
Abduction
50/50
The Guard
Brighton Rock
Real Steel
The Dotted Line
The Thing
Renée
Paranormal Activity 3
The Three Musketeers
Fireflies in the Garden
Martha May Marcy Marlene
Take Shelter
White Irish Drinkers
The Real Rocky
Atrocious
Puss in Boots
Unguarded
Tower Heist
Anonymous
11-11-11
Mozart’s Sister
Roll Tide/War Eagle
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn- Part
Into the Abyss
Hugo
The Muppets
Melancholia
Bill Cunningham New York
Beginners
Fire in Babylon
Chillerama
Deadtime Stories 2
Turtle: The Incredible Journey
Limitless
Take Me Home Tonight
Life in a Day
Le Havre
A Borrowed Life
“Master Harold”…and the Boys
The Arbor
Poetry
Neverland
Deadtime Sories: Volume 2
Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas
Phineas & Ferb Across the 2nd Dimension
Buck
The Chameleon
Snowmen
A Better Life
The Sitter
New Year’s Eve
The Skin I Live In
The Sleeping Beauty
Gnomeo & Juliet
Page One: Inside the New York Times
Adrift
In Their Sleep
Myth of the American Sleepover
The Last Circus
Lemonade Mouth
Mask Maker
The Descendants
The Artist
The Countess
Incendies
A Screaming Man
If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle
Beautiful Boy
Some Dogs Bite
The Entitled
Weekend
Illegal
The Adventures of Tintin
Phase 7
Chillar Party
Cold Fish
Circo
L’arbre et la forêt
War Horse
Tropa de Elite 2: O Inimigo Agora e Outro
A Boy Called Dad
Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame
The Family Tree
Certified Copy
Margin Call
Cherrybomb
Antes Que O Mundo Acabe
Rammbock

Best Picture

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never 3D
Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
The Green Hornet
The Rite
Battle Los Angeles
The Adjustment Bureau
Winter in Wartime
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Insidious
Hanna
Soul Surfer
Hop
Scream 4
Win Win
Rio
Paul
Thor
Bridesmaids
Alabama Moon
That’s What I Am
The First Beautiful Thing
X-Men: First Class
Brotherhood
Super 8
Even the Rain
In a Better World
The Tree of Life
Toast
Midnight in Paris
Olhos Azuis
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Winnie the Pooh
Rubber
Horrible Bosses
Crazy, Stupid, Love
The Suite Life Movie
Terri
Senna
The Help
Fright Night
The Hole
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil
Bereavement
50/50
Take Shelter
Fireflies in the Garden
Hugo
In Their Sleep
The Artist
Incindies
A Screaming Man
The Adventures of Tintin
War Horse
Tropa de Elite 2: O Inimigo Agora e Outro
Rammbock

Best Director

Jon Chu Justin Bieber: Never Say Never 3D
Jonathan Liebesman Battle: Los Angeles
George Nolfi The Adjustment Bureau
Martin Koolhoven Winter in Wartime
James Wan Insidious
Joe Wright Hanna
Sean McNamara Soul Surfer
Wes Craven Scream 4
Michael McCarthy Win Win
Carlos Saldanha Rio
Greg Mottola Paul
Kenneth Branagh Thor
Kelly Reichert Meek’s Cutoff
Rob Marshall Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Paul Feig Bridesmaids
Tim McCanlies Alabama Moon
Paolo Virzi The First Beautiful Thing
Matthew Vaughn X-Men: First Class
Werner Herzog Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Eran Riklis The Human Resources Manager
J.J. Abrams Super 8
Will Canon Brotherhood
Iciar Bollain Even the Rain
Susanne Bier In a Better World
S.J. Clarkson Toast
Terrence Malick The Tree of Life
Jason Eisener Hobo with a Shotgun
Woody Allen Midnight in Paris
Olhos Azuis
David Yates Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Stephen J. Andersen & John Hall Winnie the Pooh
Quentin Dupieux Rubber
Seth Gordon Horrible Bosses
John Carpenter The Ward
Xavier Dolan Heartbeats
Glenn Ficara & John Requa Crazy, Stupid, Love
Takashi Miike 13 Assassins
Sean McNamara The Suite Life Movie
Azazel Jacobs Terri
Aasif Kapadia Senna
Craig Gillespie Fright Night
Robert Rodriguez Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D
Joe Dante The Hole
Jodie Foster The Beaver
Eli Craig Tucker & Dale vs. Evil
Kevin Smith Red State
Stevan Mena Bereavement
Nicholas Winding Refn Drive
Shawn Levy Real Steel
Take Shelter
Fireflies in the Garden
Werner Herzog Into the Abyss
Martin Scorsese Hugo
Pedro Almodóvar The Skin I Live In
Michel Hanzavicius The Artist
Maxime Gaudette Incindies
A Screaming Man
Steven Spielberg The Adventures of Tintin
Steven Spielberg War Horse
José Padilha Tropa de Elite 2
Marvin Kren Rammbock

Best Actress

Emily Blunt The Adjustment Bureau
Rose Byrne Insidious
Vera Farmiga Source Code
Saoirse Ronan Hanna
AnnaSophia Robb Soul Surfer
Emma Roberts Scream 4
Amy Ryan Win Win
Kristen Wiig Paul
Aimee Teegarden Prom
Danielle Campbell Prom
Jordana Brewster Fast Five
Natalie Portman Thor
Michelle Williams Meek’s Cutoff
Penélope Cruz Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Kristen Wiig Bridesmaids
Micaela Ramazzotti The First Beautiful Thing
Jennifer Lawrence X-Men: First Class
Elle Fanning Super 8
Trine Dyrholm In a Better World
Helena Bonham Carter Toast
Jessica Chastain The Tree of Life
Molly Dunsworth Hobo with a Shotgun
Johanna Mørck Trollhunter
Emma Roberts The Art of Getting By
Jordana Beatty Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer
Marion Cotillard Midnight in Paris
Carla Gugino Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Haley Bennett <em<Kaboom
Cameron Diaz Bad Teacher
Saoirse Ronan The Way Back
Gabriela Rocha As Melhores Coisas do Mundo
Erica Gimpel Olhos Azuis
Emma Watson Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Kristen Anderson-Lopez Winnie the Pooh
Roxane Mesquida Rubber
Rosario Dawson Zookeeper
Jennifer Aniston Horrible Bosses
Hilary Swank The Resident
Amber Heard The Ward
Monia Chokri Heartbeats
Hayley Atwell Captain America: The First Avenger
Julianne Moore Crazy, Stupid, Love
Freida Pinto Rise of the Planet of Apes
Ashley Tisdale Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure
Olivia Crocicchia Terri
Rochelle Aytes The Inheritance
Danielle Harris Stake Land
Josie Ho Dream Home
Adrienne Pickering The Reef
Emma Stone The Help
Viola Davis The Help
Imogen Poots Fright Night
Rachel Nichols Conan the Barbarian
Rowan Blanchard Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D
Bailee Madison Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
Haley Bennett The Hole
Sara Paxton Shark Night 3D
Cozi Zuehlsdorff Dolphin Tale
Charlotte Gainsbourgh The Tree
Kelen Coleman Children of the Corn: Genesis
Jodie Foster The Beaver
Ellen Page Super
Katrina Bowden Tucker & Dale vs. Evil
Kaylee DeFer Red State
Alexandra Daddario Bereavement
Catherine Deneuve Potiche
Tammy Blanchard The Music Never Stopped
Sophie Vavasseur Exorcismus
Do-yeon Jeon Housemaid
Carey Mulligan Drive
Kate Winslet Contagion
Piper Laurie Hesher
Lily Collins Abduction
Anna Kendrick 50/50
Andrea Riseborough Brighton Rock
Evangeline Lilly Real Steel
Mary Elizabeth Winstead The Thing
Lauren Bittner Paranormal Activity 3
Milla Jovovich The Three Msuketeers
Emily Watson Fireflies in the Garden
Elizabeth Olsen Martha May Marcy Marlene
Jessica Chastain Take Shelter
Karen Allen White Irish Drinkers
Clara Moreleda Atrocious
Vanessa Redgrave Anonymous
Marie Féret Mozart’s Sister
Chloë Grace Moretz Hugo
Amy Adams The Muppets
Kirsten Dunst Melancholia
Mélanie Laurent Beginners
Teresa Palmer Take Me Home Tonight
Kati Outinen Le Havre
Jeong-hin Yin Poetry
Anna Friel Neverland
Leigh Allyn Baker Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas
Ellen Barkin The Chameleon
Elena Anaya The Skin I Live In
Carla Besnaïnou The Sleeping Beauty
Laura Neiva Adrift
Anne Parillaud In Their Sleep
Shailene Woodley The Descendants
Bérénice Bejo The Artist
Lubna Azabal Incendies
Julie Delpy The Countess
Maria Bello Beautiful Boy
Anne Coesens Illegal
Jazmin Stuart Phase 7
Asuka Kurosawa Cold Fish
Françoise Fabien L’arbre et la forêt
Hope Davis The Family Tree
Juliette Binoche Certified Copy
Kimberley Morgan Cherrybomb

Best Actor

Andy Serkis Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
Liam Neeson Unknown
Aaron Eckhart Battle: Los Angeles
Matt Damon The Adjustment Bureau
Martijn Lakemeir Winter in Wartime
Zachary Gordon Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Patrick Wilson Insidious
Jake Gyllenhaal Source Code
Eric Bana Hanna
Dennis Quaid Soul Surfer
Russell Brand Hop
David Arquette Scream 4
Paul Giamatti Win Win
Simon Pegg Paul
Thomas McDonnell Prom
Vin Diesel Fast Five
Chris Hemsworth Thor
Bruce Greenwood Meek’s Cutoff
Johnny Depp Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Chris O’Dowd Bridesmaids
Jimmy Bennett Alabama Moon
Chase Ellison That’s What I Am
Zach Galiafanakis The Hangover Part II
Valerio Mastandrea The First Beautiful Thing
James McAvoy X-Men: First Class
Michael Fassbender X-Men: First Class
Mark Ivanir The Human Resources Manager
Joel Courtney Super 8
Trevor Morgan Brotherhood
Luis Tosar Even the Rain
Byun-hun Lee I Saw the Devil
William Jøhnk Nielsen In a Better World
Oliver Kennedy Toast
Brad Pitt The Tree of Life
Rutger Hauer Hobo with a Shotgun
Otto Jespersen Trollhunter
Ryan Reynolds Green Lantern
Freddie Highmore The Art of Getting By
Owen Wilson Midnight in Paris
Jim Carrey Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Thomas Dekker <em<Kaboom

Justin Timberlake Bad Teacher
John Kani White Lion
Conor McCarron NEDs
Jim Sturgess The Way Back
David Rasch Olhos Azuis
Francisco Miguez As Melhores Coisas do Mundo
Daniel Radcliffe Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Jim Cummings Winnie the Pooh
Stephen Spinella Rubber
Kevin James Zookeeper
Jason Bateman Horrible Bosses
Charlie Day Horrible Bosses
Jason Sudeikis Horrible Bosses
Jeffrey Dean Morgan The Resident
Jared Harris The Ward
Xavier Dolan Heartbeats
Daniel Craig Cowboys & Aliens
Chris Evans Captain America: The First Avenger
Steve Carell Crazy, Stupid, Love
James Franco Rise of the Planet of Apes
Takayuki Yamada 13 Assassins
Cole Sprouse The Suite Life Movie
Austin Butler Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure
Jacob Wysocki Terri
Darrin DeWitt Henson The Inheritance
Connor Paolo Stake Land
Damian Walshe-Howling The Reef
Anton Yelchin Fright Night
Jason Momoa Conan the Barbarian
Mason Cook Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D
Paul Rudd Our Idiot Brother
Chris Massoglia The Hole
Dustin Milligan Shark Night 3D
Nathan Gamble Dolphin Tale
Marton Csokas The Tree
JJ Banicki Children of the Corn: Genesis
Mel Gibson The Beaver
Rainn Wilson Super
Tyler Labine Tucker & Dale vs. Evil
Michael Parks Red State
Michael Biehn Bereavement
Gérard Depardieu Potiche
Lou Taylor Pucci The Music Never Stopped
Stephen Billington Exorcismus
Jung-Jae Lee Housemaid
Hernán Mauricio Ocampo The Colors of the Mountain

Ryan Gosling Drive
Laurence Fishburne Contagion
Devin Brochu Hesher
Taylor Lautner Abduction
Joseph Gordon-Levitt 50/50
Brendan Gleeson The Guard
Sam Riley Brighton Rock
Hugh Jackman Real Steel
Joel Edgerton The Thing
Christopher Nicholas Smith Paranormal Activity 3
Logan Lerman The Three Musketeers
Ryan Reynolds Fireflies in the Garden
Michael Shannon Take Shelter
Nick Thurston White Irish Drinkers
Antonio Banderas Puss in Boots
Ben Stiller Tower Heist
Rhys Ifans Anonymous
Michele Barbé Mozart’s Sister
Asa Butterfield Hugo
Jason Segel The Muppets
Kiefer Sutherland Melancholia
Ewan MacGregor Beginners
Bradley Cooper Limitless
Topher Grace Take Me Home Tonight
André Wilms Le Havre
Freddie Highmore “Master Harold”…and the Boys
Charlie Rowe Neverland
Jason Dolley Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas
Marc-André Grondin The Chameleon
Bobby Coleman Snowmen
Démian Bichir A Better Life
Jonah Hill The Sitter
Antonio Banderas The Skin I Live In
Davide Chausse The Sleeping Beauty
Vincent Cassell Adrift
Brett Jacobson The Myth of the American Sleepover
Arthur Dupont In Their Sleep
George Clooney The Descendants
Carlos Areces The Last Circus
Jean Dujardin The Artist
Youssouf Djoaro A Screaming Man
Maxime Gaudette Incendies
George Pistereanu If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle
Michael Sheen Beautiful Boy
Aaron Taylor Some Dogs Bite
Kevin Zegers The Entitled
Thomas Cullen Weekend
Daniel Hendler Phase 7
Mitsuru Fukikoahi Cold Fish
Guy Marchand L’arbre et la forêt
Jeremy Irvine War Horse
Wagner Moura Tropa de Elite 2: O Inimigo Agora e Outro
Kyle Ward A Boy Called Dad
Andy Lau Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame
Dermot Mulrooney The Family Tree
William Shimell Certified Copy
Kevin Spacey Margin Call
Robert Sheehan Cherrybomb
Pedro Tergolina Antes Que O Mundo Acabe
Michael Fuith Rammbock

Best Supporting Actress

Michelle Rodriguez Battle: Los Angeles
Melody Klaver Winter in Wartime
Rachael Harris Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Lin Shaye Insidious
Michelle Monaghan Source Code
Cate Blanchett Hanna
Helen Hunt Soul Surfer
Lorraine Nicholson Soul Surfer
Neve Campbell Scream 4
Hayden Panettiere Scream 4
Courteney Cox Scream 4
Melanie Lynsky Win Win
Blythe Danner Paul
Danielle Campbell Prom
Raini Rodriguez Prom
Elsa Pataky Fast Five
Gal Godot Fast Five
Kat Dannings Thor
Shirley Henderson Meek’s Cutoff
Maya Rudolph Bridesmaids
Melissa McCarthy Bridesmaids
Rebel Wilson Bridesmaids
Molly Parker That’s What I Am
Stefania Sandrelli The First Beautiful Thing
Claudia Pandolfi The First Beautiful Thing
Rose Byrne X-Men: First Class
Irina Petrescu The Human Resources Manager
Fiona Shaw The Tree of Life
Rita Wilson The Art of Getting By
Heather Graham Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer
Rachael McAdams Midnight in Paris
Kathy Bates Midnight in Paris
Madeline Carroll Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Angela Lansbury Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Juno Temple <em<Kaboom
Lucy Punch Bad Teacher
Helena Bonham Carter Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Maggie Smith Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Kelly Macdonald Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Leslie Bibb Zookeeper
Mamie Gummer The Ward
Danielle Panabaker The Ward
Laura-Leigh The Ward
Lyndsy Fonseca The Ward
Anne Dorval Heartbeats
Emma Stone Crazy, Stupid, Love
Brenda Song The Suite Life Movie
Mary Anne McGarry Terri
Golden Brooks The Inheritance
Kelly McGillis Stake Land
Zoe Naylor The Reef
Jessica Chastain The Help
Bryce Dallas Howard The Help
Sissy Spacek The Help
Allison Janney The Help
Octavia Spencer The Help
Cicely Tyson The Help
Toni Collette Fright Night
Rose McGowan Conan the Barbarian
Jessica Alba Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D
Kathryn Hahn Our Idiot Brother
Teri Polo The Hole
Ashley Judd Dolphin Tale
Morgana Davies The Tree
Jennifer Lawrence The Beaver
Liv Tyler Super
Melissa Leo Red State
Judith Godrèche Potiche
Julia Ormond The Music Never Stopped
Jo-Ann Stockham Exorcismus
Seo Woo Housemaid
Jennifer Ehle Contagion
Gwyneth Paltrow Contagion
Natalie Portman Hesher
Sigourney Weaver Abduction
Anjelica Huston 50/50
Bryce Dallas Howard 50/50
Fionnula Flanagan The Guard
Katarina Cas The Guard
Helen Mirren Brighton Rock
Kim Bubbs The Thing
Hayden Pannetierre Fireflies in the Garden
Julia Roberts Fireflies in the Garden
Sarah Paulson Martha May Marcy Marlene
Téa Leoni Tower Heist
Joely Richardson Anonymous
Lisa Féret Mozart’s Sister
Helen McCrory Hugo
Charlotte Gainsbourg Melancholia
Evelyn Didi Le Havre
Q’orionka Kilcher Neverland
Bridget Mendler Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas
Famke Janssen The Chameleon
Chelsea Rendon A Better Life
Demi Peterson Snowmen
Ari Gaynor The Sitter
Marisa Paredes The Skin I Live In
Luna Charpentier The Sleeping Beauty
Déborah Bloch Adrift
Amanda Bauer Myth of the American Sleepover
Haley Kiyoko Lemonade Mouth
Judy Greer The Descendants
Missi Pyle The Artist
Ada Condeescu If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle
Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin Incindies
Djénéba Koné A Screaming Man
Moon Bloodgood Beautiful Boy
Michelle Asante Some Dogs Bite
Olga Zhdanova Illegal
Megumi Kegurizaka Cold Fish
Sabrina Seyvecou L’arbre et la forêt
Emily Watson War Horse
Maira Ribeiro Tropa de Elite 2: O Inimigo Agora e Outro
Tainá Müller Tropa de Elite 2: O Inimigo Agora e Outro
Bingbing Li Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame
Britt Robinson The Family Tree
Demi Moore Margin Call
Caroline Guedes Antes Que O Mundo Acabe
Anna Graczyck Rammbock

Best Supporting Actor

Anthony Hopkins The Rite
Bill Milner Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
Callan McAuliffe I am Number Four
James Chou The Green Hornet
Bruno Ganz Unknown
Anthony Mackie The Adjustment Bureau
Yorick van Wageningen Winter in Wartime
Steve Zahn Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Devon Bostick Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Ty Simpkins Insidious
Jeffrey Wright Source Code
Tom Hollander Hanna
Jeremy Sumpter Soul Surfer
James Marsden Hop
Gary Cole Hop
Macaulay Culkin The Wrong Ferrari
Rory Culkin Scream 4
Alex Shaffer Win Win
Jeffrey Tambor Win Win
Bobby Cannavale Win Win
Burt Young Win Win
Nick Frost Paul
Nolan Sotillo Prom
Cameron Monaghan Prom
Nicholas Braun Prom
Paul Walker Fast Five
Tego Calderon Fast Five
Don Omar Fast Five
Ludacris Fast Five
Tyrese Gibson Fast Five
Anthony Hopkins Thor
Tom Hiddleston Thor
Will Patton Meek’s Cutoff
Paul Dano Meek’s Cutoff
Ian McShane Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Geoffrey Rush Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Matt Lucas Bridesmaids
Ed Harris That’s What I Am
Bradley Cooper The Hangover Part II
Ed Helms The Hangover Part II
Mason Lee The Hangover Part II
Marco Meseri The First Beautiful Thing
John Goodman Alabama Moon
Kevin Bacon X-Men: First Class
Nicholas Hoult X-Men: First Class
Noah Silver The Human Resources Manager
Ryan Lee Super 8
Riley Griffiths Super 8
Gabriel Basso Super 8
Kyle Chandler Super 8
Jon Foster Brotherhood
Arlen Escarpeta Brotherhood
Gael Garcia Bernal Even the Rain
Juan Carlos Aduviri Even the Rain
Min-sik Choi I Saw the Devil
Mikael Persbrandt In a Better World
Markus Rygaard In a Better World
Ken Stott Toast
Freddie Highmore Toast
Hunter McCracken The Tree of Life
David Gallagher Super 8
Gregory Smith Hobo with a Shotgun
Jonathan Akerman Hobo with a Shotgun
Glenn Erland Tosterud Trollhunter
Peter Sarsgaard Green Lantern
Sam Robards The Art of Getting By
Michael Sheen Midnight in Paris
Cory Stoll Midnight in Paris
Tom Hiddleston Midnight in Paris
Adrien Brody Midnight in Paris
Maxwell Perry Cotton Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Chris Zylka <em<Kaboom

Jason Segel Bad Teacher
Thabo Malema White Lion
Christopher Karl Johnson Annelise: The Exorcist Tapes
Gregg Forrest NEDs
Peter Mullan NEDs
Ed Harris The Way Back
Colin Farrell The Way Back
Dragos Bucur The Way Back
Frank Grillo Olhos Azuis
Rupert Grint Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Alan Rickman Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Michael Gambon Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Ralph Fiennes Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Matthew Lewis Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
John Hurt Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Craig Ferguson Winnie the Pooh
John Cleese Winnie the Pooh
Wings Hauser Rubber
Jack Plotnick Rubber
Joe Rogan Zookeeper
Kevin Spacey Horrible Bosses
Colin Farrell Horrible Bosses
Jamie Foxx Horrible Bosses
Christopher Lee The Resident
Ciarán Hinds Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Niels Schneider Heartbeats
Harrison Ford Cowboys & Aliens
Hugo Weaving Captain America: The First Avenger
Tommy Lee Jones Captain America: The First Avenger
Ryan Gosling Crazy, Stupid, Love
Jonah Bobo Crazy, Stupid, Love
Andy Serkis Rise of the Planet of Apes
John Lithgow Rise of the Planet of Apes
Tom Felton Rise of the Planet of Apes
Kôji Yakusho 13 Assassins
Dylan Sprouse The Suite Life Movie
Bradley Steven Perry Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure
John C. Reilly Terri
Bridger Zadina Terri
Shawn Michael Howard The Inheritance
Nick Damici Stake Land
Tony Todd Final Destination 5
Gyton Grantley The Reef
David Tennant Fright Night
Colin Farrell Fright Night
Ron Perlman Conan the Barbarian
Leo Howard Conan the Barbarian
Jeremy Piven Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D
Steve Coogan Our Idiot Brother
Nathan Gamble The Hole
Chris Zylka Shark Night 3D
Sinqua Walls Shark Night 3D
Joel David Moore Shark Night 3D
Donal Logue Shark Night 3D
Harry Connick, Jr.Dolphin Tale
Billy Drago Children of the Corn: Genesis
Anton Yelchin The Beaver
Kevin Bacon Super
Alan Tudyk Tucker & Dale vs. Evil
John Goodman Red State
Kyle Gallner Red State
Michael Angarano Red State
Brett Rickaby Bereavement
Fabrice Luchini Potiche
Jérèmie Renier Potiche
J.K. Simmons The Music Never Stopped
Richard Felix Exorcismus
Nolberto Sanchez The Colors of the Mountain
Albert Brooks Drive
Matt Damon Contagion
Jude Law Contagion
Joseph Gordon-Leavitt Hesher
Rainn Wilson Hesher
Alfred Molina Abduction
Seth Rogen 50/50
Don Cheadle The Guard
John Hurt Brighton Rock
Dakota Goyo Real Steel
Ulrich Thomsen The Thing
Dustin Ingram Paranormal Activity 3
Willem Defoe Fireflies in the Garden
Chase Ellison Fireflies in the Garden
Cayden Boyd Fireflies in the Garden
John Hawkes Martha May Marcy Marlene
Geoffrey Wigdor White Irish Drinkers
Eddie Murphy Tower Heist
Sebastian Armesto Anonymous
Jamie Campbell Bower Anonymous
Clovis Flouin Mozart’s Sister
Taylor Lautner The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn- Part 1
Ben Kingsley Hugo
Sacha Baron Cohen Hugo
Chris Cooper The Muppets
Udo Kier Melancholia
John Hurt Melancholia
Christopher Plummer Beginners
Dan Fogler Take Me Home Tonight
Demetri Martin Take Me Home Tonight
Robert DeNiro Limitless
Jean-Pierre Daroussin Le Havre
Ving Rhames “Master Harold”…and the Boys
Rhys Ifans Neverland
Bradley Steven Perry Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas
Nick Stahl The Chameleon
Ray Liotta Snowmen
Christopher Lloyd Snowmen
Christian Martin Snowmen
José Julián A Better Life
Max Records The Sitter
Sam Rockwell The Sitter
Jan Cornet The Skin I Live In
Kerian Mayan The Sleeping Beauty
Marlon Morton The Myth of the American Sleepover
Adam Hicks Lemonade Mouth
Robert Forster The Descendants
Nick Krause The Descendants
John Goodman The Artist
Dioucounda Koma A Screaming Man
Kyle Gallner Beautiful Boy
Chris New Weekend
Thomas Sangster Some Dogs Bite
Devon Bostick The Entitled
Denden Cold Fish
François Négret L’arbre et la forêt
David Kross War Horse
Niels Arestrup War Horse
Rainer Bock War Horse
Irandhir Santos Tropa de Elite 2: O Inimigo Agora e Outro
Andre Ramiro Tropa de Elite 2: O Inimigo Agora e Outro
André Mattos Tropa de Elite 2: O Inimigo Agora e Outro
Ian Holm A Boy Called Dad
Max Thieriot The Family Tree
Zachary Quinto Margin Call
Jeremy Irons Margin Call
Rupert Grint Cherrybomb
Theo Trebs Rammbock

Best Cinematography

Ben Davis The Rite
Lukas Ettlin Battle: Los Angeles
Guido van Gennep Winter in Wartime
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
David M. Brewer & John R. Leonetti Insidious
Don Burgess Source Code
Alwin H. Kuchler Hanna
John R. Leonetti Soul Surfer
African Cats
Zarbia Hambarloukos Thor
Chris Blauvelt Meek’s Cutoff
Dariusz Wolski Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Nicola Pecorini The First Beautiful Thing
John Mathieson X-Men: First Class
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Larry Fong Super 8
Michael Fimognari Brotherhood
Alex Catalan Even the Rain
I Saw the Devil
Balasz Bolygo Toast
Karim Hussein Hobo with a Shotgun
Darius Khondji Midnight in Paris
<em<Kaboom

White Lion
NEDs
The Way Back
Eduardo Serra Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
The Resident
The Ward
Stephanie Anne Weber-Biron Heartbeats
Captain America: The First Avenger
13 Assassins
Stake Land
Dream Home
Fright Night
Conan the Barbarian
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
The Hole
The Tree
The Beaver
Bereavement
Le Quattro Volte
Potiche
Housemaid
The Colors of the Mountain
Drive
50/50
Brighton Rock
Real Steel
Fireflies in the Garden
Take Shelter
Anna Forester Anonymous
Mozart’s Sister
Robert Richardson Hugo
Melancholia
Beginners
Limitless
Life in a Day
Neverland
The Skin I Live In
Adrift
In Their Sleep
The Artist
A Screaming Man
Incendies
The Adventures of Tintin
War Horse
Tropa de Elite 2: O Inimigo Agora e Outro
Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame
Rammbock

Best Makeup

Katalin Jakots The Rite
Kim Ayers Battle: Los Angeles
Diana Dreesen Winter in Wartime
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
Insidious
Scream 4
Meek’s Cutoff
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
X-Men: First Class
Super 8
Brotherhood
Even the Rain
I Saw the Devil
In a Better World
Hobo with a Shotgun
NEDs
The Way Back
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Horrible Bosses
The Ward
Captain America: The First Avenger
13 Assassins
Stake Land
Dream House
Fright Night
Conan the Barbarian
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil
Bereavement
Potiche
The Music Never Stopped
Exorcismus
Contagion
Hesher
50/50
Brighton Rock
Atrocious
Anonymous
Mozart’s Sister
Hugo
Neverland
The Skin I Live In
The Sleeping Beauty
In Their Sleep
The Artist
Beautiful Boy
Cold Fish
Cherrybomb
Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame
Rammbock

Most Overrated Picture

I Saw the Devil
Trollhunter
13 Assassins
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
The Thing
Martha May Marcy Marlene
Melancholia
Cold Fish

Worst Picture

I am Number Four (score: 4/10)
Unknown (score: 4/10)
Beastly
The Wrong Ferrari
I Saw the Devil
Trollhunter
Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer
Annelise: The Exorcist Tapes
Big Momma’s House: Like Father, Like Son
Final Destination 5
Fright Flick
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
Creature
Children of the Corn: Genesis
The Thing
The Three Musketeers
11-11-11

Most Underrated Picture

Soul Surfer
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
Battle: Los Angeles
Winter in Wartime
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Alabama Moon
That’s What I Am
The First Beautiful Thing
Toast
Green Lantern
The Art of Getting By
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Winnie the Pooh
Rubber
Horrible Bosses
The Ward
Crazy, Stupid, Love
The Suite Life Movie
Terri
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D
The Hole
Red State
Bereavement
Brighton Rock
Real Steel
Fireflies in the Garden
Atrocious
Take Me Home Tonight
Snowmen
The Sitter
A Screaming Man
L’arbre et la forêt
Rammbock

Best Original Screenplay

Chris Bertolini Battle: Los Angeles
Leigh Whannell Insidious
Ben Ripley Source Code
Seth Lochead & David Farr Hanna
Kevin Williamson Scream 4
Thomas McCarthy & Joe Tiboni Win Win
Carlos Saldanha and Earl Richey Jones & Todd Jones (story), Don Rhymer and Joshua Sternin & Jeffrey Ventimilia and Sam Harper (screenplay) Rio
African Cats
Paul
Meek’s Cutoff
Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo Bridesmaids
That’s What I Am
The First Beautiful Thing
Werner Herzog Cave of Forgotten Dreams
J.J. Abrams Super 8
Will Canon and Douglas Simon Brotherhood
Paul Laverty Even the Rain
In a Better World
Terence Malick The Tree of Life
Hobo with a Shotgun
Trollhunter
The Art of Getting By
Woody Allen Midnight in Paris
<em<Kaboom

Bad Teacher
NEDs
The Way Back
Olhos Azuis
Rubber
Horrible Bosses
The Ward
Xavier Dolan Heartbeats
Dan Fogelman Crazy, Stupid, Love
Terri
Stake Land
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D
Our Idiot Brother
The Hole
Dolphin Tale
The Beaver
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil
Kevin Smith Red State
Stevan Mena Bereavement
Le Quattro Volte
Potiche
The Colors of the Mountain
50/50
The Guard
Martha Marcy May Marlene
Take Shelter
Puss in Boots
Rene Féret Mozart’s Sister
The Muppets
Beginners
Take Me Home Tonight
Le Havre
Poetry
Neverland
The Sitter
The Skin I Live In
The Myth of the American Sleepover
In Their Sleep
The Artist
A Screaming Man
Incendies
Weekend
Chillar Party
L’arbre et la forêt
Tropa de Elite 2: O Inimigo Agora e Outro
A Boy Called Dad
Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame
The Family Tree
Certified Copy
Margin Call
Antes Que O Mundo Acabe
Rammbock

Adapted Screenplay

The Rite
The Green Hornet
The Adjustment Bureau
Winter in Wartime
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
Sean McNamara, Deborah & Douglas Schwartz, Michael Berk, Matt Allen, Caleb Wilson, Brad Gann, Bethany Hamilton, Sheryl Berk and Richard Bundschuh Soul Surfer
8 members Thor
9 members Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
James Whittaker and Watt Kay Alabama Moon
X-Men: First Class
The Human Resources Manager
Toast
Green Lantern
Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Steve Kloves & JK Rowling Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Winnie the Pooh
Captain America: The First Avenger
Rise of the Planet of Apes
13 Assassins
The Help
Fright Night
Housemaid
Drive
Brighton Rock
Real Steel
Fireflies in the Garden
Hugo
Master Harold”…and the Boys
The Descendants
The Adventures of Tintin
War Horse

Best Editing

Christian Wagner Battle: Los Angeles
Jay Cassidy, Jillian Twigger Moul, Avi Youabian Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
Jay Rabinowitz The Adjustment Bureau
Job ter Berg Winter in Wartime
Troy Takaki Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Kirk M. Morri & James Wan Insidious
Jeff Canavan Soul Surfer
Harry Hinter Rio
African Cats
Prom
Fast Five
Paul Rubell Thor
Michael Kahn, etc. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides</em
The First Beautiful Thing
X-Men: First Class
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
The Human Resources Manager
Super 8
Josh SchaefferBrotherhood
Liana Del Giudice Toast
The Tree of Life
Hobo with a Shotgun
Kaboom
Olhos Azuis
Mark Day Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Winnie the Pooh
Horrible Bosses
The Resident
The Ward
Xavier Dolan Heartbeats
Crazy, Stupid, Love
Rise of the Planet of Apes
Terri
Senna
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil
Red State
Bereavement
Le Quattro Volte
Exorcismus
Drive
Contagion
Brighton Rock
Real Steel
Fireflies in the Garden
Martha May Marcy Marlene
Take Shelter
Atrocious
Anonymous
Hugo
Beginners
Life in a Day
Le Havre
The Skin I Live In
The Descendants
In Their Sleep
The Artist
A Screaming Man
Incendies
The Countess
The Adventures of Tintin
Rambock

Best Score

Brian Tyler “Battle: Los Angeles”
Pino Donaggio Winter in Wartime
Chris Bacon Source Code
The Chemical Brothers Hanna
Marco Beltrami Soul Surfer
Marco Beltrami Scream 4
Lyle Workman Win Win
John Powell Rio
African Cats
Patrick Doyle Thor
Hans Zimmer Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Ludek Drizhal Alabama Moon
X-Men: First Class
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Michael Giacchino Super 8
Dan Marocco Brotherhood
I Saw the Devil
In a Better World
Ruth Barrett Toast
The Tree of Life
Hobo with a Shotgun
Green Lantern
Olhos Azuis
Alexandre Desplat Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Mark Kilian The Ward
13 Assassins
Terri
Senna
Stake Land
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil
Stevan Mena Bereavement
Drive
Brighton Rock
Real Steel
The Three Musketeers
Fireflies in the Garden
Take Shelter
Puss in Boots
Mozart’s Soster
Into the Abyss
Hugo
Life in a Day
Le Havre
Neverland
The Skin I Live In
Adrift
The Artist
The Adventures of Tintin
War Horse
Tropa de Elite 2
Margin Call
Rammbock

Best Sound Editing/Mixing

Battle: Los Angeles
Winter in Wartime
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
Insidious
Source Code
Hanna
Soul Surfer
Scream 4
Rio
African Cats
Paul
Fast Five
Thor
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
X-Men: First Class
Super 8
The Tree of Life
Hobo with a Shotgun
Green Lantern
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
The Ward
Cowboys & Aliens
Captain America: The First Avenger
Rise of the Planet of Apes
Fright Night
Conan the Barbarian
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D
Shark Night 3D
Bereavement
Real Steel
The Thing
Take Shelter
Fireflies in the Garden
Mozart’s Sister
Hugo
Life in a Day
The Chameleon
The Adventures of Tintin
War Horse
Tropa de Elite 2
Rammbock

Best Visual Effects

Battle: Los Angeles
The Adjustment Bureau
Insidious
Source Code
Soul Surfer
Hop
Rio
Paul
Thor
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
X-Men: First Class
Super 8
The Tree of Life
Trollhunter
Green Lantern
Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Rubber
Zookeeper
The Ward
Cowboys & Aliens
Captain America: The First Avenger
Rise of the Planet of Apes
Dream House
Fright Night
Conan the Barbarian
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
The Hole
Shark Night 3D
Dolphin Tale
Super
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil
Real Steel
The Thing
Take Shelter
Anonymous
Hugo
Melancholia
The Adventures of Tintin
Rammbock

Best Cast

Winter in Wartime
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Insidious
Source Code
Hanna
Soul Surfer
Hop
Scream 4
Win Win
Paul
Prom
Fast Five
Thor
Meek’s Cutoff
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Bridesmaids
That’s What I Am
The Hangover Part II
The First Beautiful Thing
X-Men: First Class
The Human Resources Manager
Super 8
Brotherhood
Even the Rain
In a Better World
Toast
The Tree of Life
Hobo with a Shotgun
Trollhunter
The Art of Getting By
Mr. Popper’s Penguins
NEDs
The Way Back
Olhos Azuis
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Winnie the Pooh
Horrible Bosses
The Ward
Heartbeats
Captain America: The First Avenger
Crazy, Stupid, Love
The Suite Life Movie
Terri
Stake Land
The Reef
The Help
Fright Night
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D</em
Our Idiot Brother
The Hole
Shark Night 3D
Dolphin Tale
The Tree
The Beaver
Super
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil
Red State
Bereavement
Potiche
The Music Never Stopped
Drive
Contagion
Hesher
50/50
The Guard
Brighton Rock
Real Steel
Fireflies in the Garden
Take Sheltet
Martha May Marcy Marlene
Tower Heist
Anonymous
Mozart’s Siste
Hugo
The Muppets
Melancholia
Beginners
Le Havre
Master Harold”…and the Boys
Neverland
Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas
Snowmen
The Sitter
Adrift
The Descendants
The Artist
Incendies
A Screaming Man
Beautiful Boy
Weekend
Chillar Party
L’arbre et la forêt
War Horse
Margin Call
Rammbock

Best Youth Ensemble

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Insidious
The Rite
Hanna
Prom
Alabama Moon
That’s What I Am
The First Beautiful Thing
X-Men: First Class
Super 8
In a Better World
Toast
The Tree of Life
Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer
Mr. Popper’s Penguins
NEDs
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
As Melhores Coisas do Mundo
Rubber
Terri
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D
Dolphin Tale
The Tree
Children of the Corn: Genesis
Super
Bereavement
The Colors of the Mountain
Real Steel
Fireflies in the Garden
Anonymous
Mozart’s Sister
Hugo
Neverland
Snowmen
The Sitter
The Sleeping Beauty
Adrift
The Myth of the American Sleepover
Chillar Party
War Horse
Antes Que O Mundo Acabe

Best Performance by a Child Actor in a Supporting Role

Ben Cheetham The Rite
Bill Milner Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
Callan McAuliffe I am Number Four
Bryce Cass Battle: Los Angeles
Robert Capron Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Ty SimpkinsInsidious
Aldo Maland Hanna
Coleton Ray Hop
David W. Thompson Win Win
Jake T. Austin Rio
Brett Michael Jones Paul
Nolan Sotillo Prom
Cameron Monaghan Prom
Robbie Tucker Prom
Dakota Goyo Thor
Ted Allpress Thor
Tommy Nelson Meek’s Cutoff
Robbie Kaye Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Uriah Shelton Alabama Moon
Gabriel Basso Alabama Moon
Daniel Yelsky That’s What I Am
Alexander Walters That’s What I Am
Tanner Maguire The Hangover Part II
William A. Johnson The Hangover Part II
Aedin Mincks The Hangover Part II
Dylan Boyack The Hangover Part II
William Jiang The Hangover Part II
Giacomo Bibbiani The First Beautiful Thing
Laurence Belcher X-Men: First Class
Bill Milner X-Men: First Class
Noah Silver The Human Resources Manager
Riley Griffiths Super 8
Ryan Lee Super 8
Gabriel Basso Super 8
Zach Mills Super 8
Markus Nygaard In a Better World
Frasier Huckle Toast
Laramie Eppler The Tree of Life
Tye Sheridan The Tree of Life
Gattlin Griffith Green Lantern
Dylan James Green Lantern
Preston Bailey Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer
Parris Mosteller Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer
Garrett Ryan Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer
Toke Lars Bjarke In a Better World
Maxwell Cotton Perry Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Matthew J. Evans Bad Teacher
Ayrton Perreira White Lion
Gregg Forrest NEDs
Benedict Clark Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Robbie Jarvis Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Arthur Bowen Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Will Turner Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Rohan Gotobed Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Bertie Gilbert Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Jack Boulter Winnie the Pooh
Wyatt Dean Hall Winnie the Pooh
Devin Brochu Rubber
Remy Thorne Rubber
Bertie Gilbert Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Noah Ringer Cowboys & Aliens
Maxwell Newman Captain America: The First Avenger
Jonah Bobo Crazy, Stupid, Love
Bradley Steven Perry Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure
Bridger Zadina Terri
Leo Howard Conan the Barbarian
Matthew Mindler Our Idiot Brother
Nathan Gamble The Hole
Christian Byers The Tree
Tom Russell The Tree
Gabriel Gotting The Tree
Dusty Burwell Children of the Corn: Genesis
Riley Thomas Stewart The Beaver
Mario Jimenez Super
Connor Day Super
Grant Goodman Super
Spencer List Bereavement
Chase Pechacek Bereavement
Noam Charlier Potiche
Martin De Myttanaere Potiche
Max Antisell The Music Never Stopped
Lazzaro E. Ortili Ortiz Exorcismus
Nolberto Sanchez The Colors of the Mountain
Kaden Leos Drive
Griffin Kane Contagion
Michéal Óg Lane The Guard
Chase Ellison Fireflies in the Garden
Regan Mizrahi White Irish Drinkers
Anthony Amorim White Irish Drinkers
Sergi Martin Atrocious
Luke Thomas Taylor Anonymous
Isaiah Michalski Anonymous
Timo Huber Anonymous
David Moreau Mozart’s Sister
Gulliver McGrath Hugo
Shaun Aylward Hugo
Cameron Spurr Melancholia
Keegan Boos Beginners
Blondin Miguel Le Havre
Patrick Gibson Neverland
Bradley Steven Perry Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas
Christian Martyn Snowmen
Josh Flitter Snowmen
Bobb’e J. Thompson Snowmen
Max Records The Sitter
Kevin Hernandez The Sitter
Alex Wolff The Sitter
Kerian Mayan The Sleeping Beauty
Max Huszar Adrift
Marlon Morton The Myth of the American Sleepover
Milo Masset-Depasse Illegal
Alexandre Gontcharov Illegal
Vishesh Tiwari Chillar Party
Rohan Grover Chillar Party
Sanath Menon Chillar Party
Naman Jain Chillar Party
Chinmai Chandranshuh Chillar Party
Leonard Carow War Horse
Pedro Van-Held Tropa de Elite 2
Marco Túlio Fernandes Filho Tropa de Elite 2
Adrian Moore Certified Copy
Theo Trebs Rammbock

Best Performance by a Child Actress in a Supporting Role

Joey King Battle: Los Angeles
Peyton List Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Jessica Barden Hanna
Tiffany Espensen Hop
Mia Stallard Paul
Raini Rodriguez Prom
Mia Rose Frampton Bridesmaids
Elizabeth Jackson Alabama Moon
Mia Rose Frampton That’s What I Am
Aurora Frasca The First Beautiful Thing
Morgan Lily X-Men: First Class
Milena Soliz Even the Rain
Madeline Carroll Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Katheryn Newton Bad Teacher
Daphne de Berguisti
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Sydney Sweeney The Ward
Ellie Darcey-Alden Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Jade Gordon Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Joey King Crazy, Stupid, Love
Olivia Crocicchia Terri
Eleanore & Emma Henry The Help
Peyton List Bereavement
Seo Hyeon-Ahn Housemaid
Jessica Tyler Brown Paranormal Activity 3
Chloe Csnegery Paranormal Activity 3
Demi Peterson Snowmen
Landry Bender The Sitter
Luna Charpentier The Sleeping Beauty
Isadora Armelin Adrift
Amara Miller The Descendants
Shriya Sharma Chillar Party
Celine Buckens War Horse

Best Performance by a Child Actor in a Leading Role

Martijn Lakemeir Winter in Wartime
Zachary Gordon Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Jimmy Bennett Alabama Moon
Chase Ellison That’s What I Am
Joel Courtney Super 8
William Jøhnk Nielsen In a Better World
Oliver Kennedy Toast
Hunter McCracken The Tree of Life
Conor McCarron NEDs
Jacob Wysocki Terri
Mason Cook Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D
Nathan Gamble Dolphin Tale
Hernán Mauricio Ocampo The Colors of the Mountain
Devin Brochu Hesher
Dakota Goyo Real Steel
Cayden Boyd Fireflies in the Garden
Asa Butterfield Hugo
Charlie Rowe Neverland
Bobby Coleman Snowmen
Ifran Khan Chillar Party
Kyle Ward A Boy Called Dad
Pedro Tergolina Antes Que o Mundo Acabe

Best Performance by a Child Actress in a Leading Role

Saoirse Ronan Hanna
AnnaSophia Robb Soul Surfer
Danielle Campbell Prom
Elle Fanning Super 8
Jordana Beatty Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer
Saoirse Ronan The Way Back
Rowan Blanchard Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D
Bailee Madison Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
Cozi Zuehlsdorff Dolphin Tale
Morgana Davies The Tree
Chloë Grace Moretz Hugo
Carla Besnaïnou The Sleeping Beauty
Laura Neiva Adrift

Best Art Direction

Winter in Wartime
The Adjustment Bureau Hanna
Hop
Win Win
Rio
Fast Five
Hobo with a Shotgun
Thor
Meek’s Cutoff
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
The First Beautiful Thing
X-Men: First Class
The Human Resources Manager
Super 8
Brotherhood
Toast
The Tree of Life
The Art of Getting By
Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer
Midnight in Paris
Mr. Popper’s Penguins
NEDs
Winnie the Pooh
Horrible Bosses
The Resident
The Ward
Heartbeats
Cowboys & Aliens
Captain America: The First Avenger
Crazy, Stupid, Love
Rise of the Planet of Apes
13 Assassins
Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure
Terri
Stake Land
Dream House
The Help
Fright Night
Conan the Barbarian
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D
Dolphin Tale
The Tree
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil
Bereavement
Le Quattro Volte
Housemaid
The Colors of the Mountain
Drive
The Guard
Brighton Rock
Real Steel
Fireflies in the Garden
Martha May Marcy Marlene
Atrocious
Tower Heist
Anonymous
Hugo
The Muppets
Melancholia
Beginners
Neverland
The Skin I Live In
The Sleeping Beauty
The Artist
The Countess
Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame
Rammbock

Best Costumes

The Adjustment Bureau
Winter in Wartime
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Insidious
Soul Surfer
Hop
Win Win
Paul
Prom
Thor
Meek’s Cutoff
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
That’s What I Am
The First Beautiful Thing
X-Men: First Class
The Human Resources Manager
Super 8
Toast
The Tree of Life
Hobo with a Shotgun
The Art of Getting By
Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer
Midnight in Paris
The Way Back
Heartbeats
Cowboys & Aliens
Captain America: The First Avenger
Crazy, Stupid, Love
13 Assassins
Terri
The Inheritance
Stake Land
The Help
Conan the Barbarian
Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D
Super
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil
Bereavement
Potiche
Drive
Brighton Rock
Real Steel
Fireflies in the Garden
Anonymous
Hugo
Take Me Home Tonight
Neverland
Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas
Snowmen
The Sitter
The Sleeping Beauty
Adrift
The Artist
The Countess
War Horse
Detective Dee and the Mystery of The Phantom Flame
Antes Que o Mundo Acabe
Rammbock

Best Foreign Film

Winter in Wartime
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
The First Beautiful Thing
The Human Resources Manager
I Saw the Devil
In a Better World
Trollhunter
Olhos Azuis
As Melhores Coisas do Mundo
Heartbeats
13 Assassins
Dream House
Le Quattro Volte
Potiche
Housemaid
The Colors of the Mountain
Atrocious
Le Havre
Poetry
The Skin I Live In
The Sleeping Beauty
Adrift
In Their Sleep
The Last Circus
Incendies
If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle
A Screaming Man
Illegal
Chillar Party
Phase 7
Cold Fish
Circo
L’arbre et la forêt
Tropa de Elite 2
Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame
Antes Que o Mundo Acabe
Certified Copy
Rammbock

Best Documentary

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never 3D
African Cats
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
On the Shoulders of Giants
The Fab Five
Bob Dylan: Revealed
Glee: The 3D Concert Movie
Senna
Catching Hell
Renée
The Dotted Line
Charismatic
The Real Rocky
Unguarded</em
Roll Tide/War Eagle
Into the Abyss
Bill Cunningham New York
Turtle: The Incredible Journey
Fire in Babylon
Life in a Day
The Arbor
Buck
The Marinovich Project
Page One: Inside the New York Times
Circo

Best (Original) Song

“Born to be Somebody” Justin Bieber Justin Bieber: Never Say Never 3D
“Exploded Diaper” Löded Diper Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
“Na Wewe” Na Wewe
“I Want Candy” Cody Simpson Hop
“Set the World on Fire” Britt Nicole Soul Surfer
“Real In Rio” Jesse Eisenberg, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway, George Lopez, Will i Am and The Rio Singers
 Rio
“Let Me Take You to Rio (Blu’s Arrival)” Ester Dean & Carlinhos Brown Rio
“Take You To Rio” Ester Dean Rio
“Hot Wings (I Wanna Party)” Performed by Will.i.Am, Jamie Foxx and Anne Hathaway Rio
“Pretty Bird” Performed by Jemaine Clement Rio
“Fly Love” Performed by Jamie Foxx Rio
“Telling the World” Taio Cruz Rio
“Balanço Carioca” Mikael Mutti Rio
“Sapo Cai” Carlinhos Brown and Mikael Mutti Rio
“Samba de Orly” Bebel Gilberto Rio
“Valsa Carioca” Sergio Mendes Rio
“Mas Que Nada (2011 Rio Version) Sergio Mendes, The Rio Singers Rio
“Forró da Fruta” Carlinhos Brown and Mikael Mutti Rio
“We Could Be Anything” Nolan Sotillo Prom
“Go Ahead and Dream” Alexander Walters That’s What I Am
“Alan Town” Ed Helms The Hangover Part II
“One Night in Bangkok” Mike Tyson One Night in Bangkok
“Simpatico” Justin Timberlake Bad Teacher
“So Long” Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward Winnie the Pooh
“Winnie the Pooh” Zooey Deschanel Winnie the Pooh
“The Winner Song” the cast Winnie the Pooh
“Everything is Honey” Winnie the Pooh
“A Very Important Thing to Do” Winnie the Pooh
“A Pooh Takes Care of His Tummy” Winnie the Pooh
“Gonna Shine” Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure Ashley Tisdale
“My Boi and Me” Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure Ashley Tisdale
“The Rest of My Life” Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure Ashley Tisdale
“New York’s Best Kept Secret” Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure Ashley Tisdale
“My Girl and Me” Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure Ashley Tisdale and Stephen Molko
“Where Did You Sleep Last Night?” Danielle Harris Stake Land
“Sharks in a Lake” The Cast Shark Night 3D
“C’est Beau La Vie” Catherine Deneuve Potiche
“Marcy’s Song” John HawkesMartha May Marcy Marlene
“Couer Volant” Zaz Hugo
“Pictures in My Head” The Muppets
“Rainbow Connection” The Muppets
“Let’s Talk Me” The Muppets
Man or Muppet The Muppets
“The Whistling Caruso” The Muppets
“Hello, Hello” Lady Gaga & Elton John Gnomeo & Juliet
“Aevin ENdar” Jónsi We Bought a Zoo
“Boy Lilikoi” Jónsi We Bought a Zoo
“Sinking Friendships” Jónsi We Bought a Zoo
“Hoppipolla” Sigur Rós We Bought a Zoo
“Go Do” Jónsi We Bought a Zoo
“Gathering Stories” Jónsi We Bought a Zoo
“Between the Bars” Chris Garneau The Skin I Live In
“Shades of Marbel” Trentmoller Por The Skin I Live In
“El Amor de amar” Concha Buika The Skin I Live In
Se me hizo facil Concha Buika The Skin I Live In
“Breakthrough” Lemonade Mouth
“Determinate” Lemonade Mouth
“Don’t You Wish U Were Us” Lemonade Mouth
“Here We Go” Lemonade Mouth
“More Than A Band” Lemonade Mouth
“She’s So Gone” Lemonade Mouth
“Somebody” Lemonade Mouth
“Turn Up The Music” Lemonade Mouth
“Marz” WeekendJohn Graham
“Aa Rela Hai Apun” Chillar Party
“Behla Do” Chillar Party
“Chatte Batte” Chillar Party
“Ek School Banana Hai” Chillar Party
“Liar Liar” Chillar Party
“Ziddi Piddi” Chillar Party
“Chatte Batte – Sad Version” Chillar Party

Robert Downey, Jr. Award for Entertainer of the Year

Contenders:

Justin Bieber
Alex Pettyfer
Seth Rogen
Aimee Teegarden
Nolan Sotillo
Anthony Hopkins
Kristen Wiig
Mia Rose Frampton
Alexander Walters
Paul Giamatti
Sean Michael Cunningham
Jeffrey Tambor
Mike Tyson
Ed Helms
Bill Milner
Werner Herzog
Gabriel Basso
Terrence Malick
Freddie Highmore
Emma Roberts
Woody Allen
Cameron Diaz
Justin Timberlake
Ed Harris
Saoirse Ronan
Xavier Dolan
Steven Spielberg
David Bradley
Joey King
Andy Serkis
Tom Felton
Kevin Bacon
Emma Stone
Chris Zylka
Anton Yelchin
Kevin Bacon
Colin Farrell
Catherine Deneuve
Ryan Gosling
Matt Damon
Natalie Portman
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Hugh Jackman
Dakota Goyo
Jamie Campbell Bower
Chloë Grace Moretz
John Hurt
Rupert Grint

The Ingmar Bergman Lifetime Achievement Award

TBA

Special Jury Prize

TBA

Review- Final Destination 5

Jacqueline MacInnes Wood and Nicholas D'Agosto in Final Destination 5 (Warner Bros./New Line)

Were I to be completely and totally hateful I’d start this review with something like: “Final Destination 5, how do I hate thee? Let me count the ways” and I would do so without any sort of qualifications. Instead I will qualify this review by stating the following:

I have gone to see each and every Final Destination film willingly and while two of them have been atrociously bad at the very least they had me come coming back. I absolutely love the first installment of the series without any reservation and I still think there are possibilities in the concept which keeps bringing me back but this…this is a train wreck and not the kind where you wanna stick around and watch either. It’s just nightmarishly bad almost from the word go. So what makes this one so much worse than the others? Now, I can say with far much less crassness than I would’ve otherwise, let me count the ways:

Firstly, I think all the sequels have struggled in terms of casting, there aren’t that many Devon Sawas around these day to plop into these kinds of films, however, I cannot recall the last time I was this appalled and offended by the ineptitude of the cast of a film. I will not name the names but you have the internet use the IMDb. The most prominent characters in the film are portrayed by those with the least chops or the least faith in the material. If you look at those top three there is at least one who has proven in the past she can act so part of it falls on the direction also.

However, your two leading males are made even worse by comparison when Tony Todd waltzes in for a few scenes and just blows everyone out of the water.

Now, there’s also the writing to blame. This is best evidenced by Agent Block, which I believe was likely shortened from Agent Blockhead in earlier drafts because rarely if ever have I seen a character this stupid, much less one that’s supposed to be in law enforcement. The last character I saw that was this dumb was in Satan’s Little Helper and he was a kid not a cop. Courtney B. Vance is a good actor but he cannot salvage dialogue so bad that anyone with half-a-brain who ever saw a police procedural show can punch holes in.

While one piece of the formula which was the persistence of visions (Oh, film jokes) is gone here (as there’s only one) and I’m fine with that but it’s as if they had to fill it with something and what they did fill it with is even more annoying because the paranoia they feel knowing death has a plan goes outward and it turns the movie into something it’s really not. You also have in this film fewer false alarms, near misses and chain reactions therefore while the kills might be more spectacular in execution they have less suspense leading up to them and you have here the flattest, least likable characters to date so all you’re left with is hoping for deaths that you know will happen.

It’s true I feel 80s slashers skewed the equation of the horror film where in certain cases you wanted death but even they knew better than to always kill everyone. Almost invariably there was a character you couldn’t stand that wouldn’t get it. Here it seems as if the effort has become less and less in terms of building characters that you’re at least interested in watching dodge death’s attempts.

What could possibly make bad acting, bad casting, bad writing, bad directing any worse? Oh, yeah there’s a twist too not only that but it changes the nature of this film and I really wish it hadn’t it’s as if what preceded the end of this film wasn’t bad enough it needed a little coup de grace.

All in all I can’t say I’ll give up on the franchise because there is something inherently scary about having escaped fate and then always looking over your shoulder and it takes a lot to squander that (and they did). So it’s a new low in the series that will hopefully take the next one (which there may or may not be) back to its roots.

1/10

In Memoriam: Jackie Cooper

Jackie Cooper

As is my usual policy when deciding to write an in memoriam piece I don’t like to rush it to strike while the news cycle is hot. Part of the reason why is that I like to give the people I choose to write about their due rather than being short and sweet to the point of being curt.

Jackie Cooper’s was a long and extensive career that can not be summed up in a few short and sweet sentences. I’ll try and give it better perspective here.

From 1929-1931 Cooper made about 13 shorts as part of Hal Roach’s legendary Little Rascals troupe. Hal Roach being one of the legendary producers of Hollywood and the Rascals being one of his longest lasting legacies.

Below in two parts you’ll find one of their shorts where Cooper features prominently.

1931 turned out to be a watershed year for the young actor who in that year went most of the way to establishing his Hollywood immortality. First, there is his participation in the film Skippy, which earned him a nomination as Best Actor. A film which is mysteriously unavailable on DVD in the US.

However, in that year he also delivered what is likely his most memorable performance in The Champ, a film for which Wallace Beery captured Best Actor.

Another fine and more mature performance from Cooper can be found in the film Peck’s Bad Boy, which is a wonderful example of classic filmmaking because the story is so simple but so emotive. It also features two outstanding antagonistic performances by Dorothy Peterson and Jackie Searl. The film can be seen in its entirety here:

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Mickey Rooney, Freddie Batholomew and Jackie Cooper in The Devil is a Sissy (MGM)

Surprisingly Cooper never did capture the Juvenile Award, a special Academy Award that was awarded to a deserving young actor from 1934 to 1960. However, he did have another memorable performance with two of the other finest actors of his generation Freddie Bartholomew and Mickey Rooney in The Devil is a Sissy in 1936. His character being the most hardened of the lot.

While like many child actors Cooper found the work to be not as good or as consistent as he transitioned to adulthood he did keep working and with the advent of television he transitioned mediums and started building a long and impressive resume of guest appearances on the small screen.

Jackie Cooper with Emmy

Eventually he made his way behind the scenes as a director and producer. Some of his directorial credits include episodes of M*A*S*H for which he won an Emmy for the episode “Carry on, Hawkeye,” Mary Tyler Moore, The Rockford Files, The White Shadow for which he won an Emmy for the Pilot episode, Magnum, P.I., Cagney & Lacey, The Adventures of Superboy and Jake & the Fatman.

Between 1948 and 1971 there was but television work, he also garnered consecutive Emmy nominations as an actor in 1961 and 1962 for his work on Hennesey, but then there was the occasional blip of a film until he was cast as Perry White, the editor of the Daily Planet, in the Superman films, the initial wave. It is in this capacity that he is known and remembered by many today as I have mentioned before many are lucky to be known by all for one film or project, even more fortunate are those who are known by many.

Jackie Cooper had many incarnations as an entertainer but in all of them he entertained audiences and endeared himself to them. He will be dearly remembered and sorely missed. He left an indelible mark on film and left innumerous memories behind. Let us take a moment and reflect on them.

Jackie Cooper in Superman (Warner Bros.)

Review- The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Will Poulter, Skandar Keynes, Ben Barnes and Georgie Henley in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (20th Century Fox)

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is in a word, though there could be many, many more; glorious. Absolutely glorious in every single, solitary respect. Not only does it work brilliantly as a standalone tale but it also closes a chapter in a series with great effect. How it functions within the series will be detailed later.

The first thing that should be commented upon is the virtuosity of the players involved. Now this tale does have a rather big obstacle to overcome as in this tale the Pevensie quartet becomes a duo, as Peter (William Moseley) and Susan (Anna Popplewell) are scarcely seen but worry not Georgie Henley and Skandar Keynes are very strong and prodigious leads in the film. They each face their own trials and tribulations in their journey and support the film equally. Will Poulter, who broke out with his earth-shatterlingly good performance in Son of Rambow, is flawless in the part of Eustace Scrubb. He applies the affectations of an uptight, snobbish brat with great aplomb from a pitchy voice to flared nostrils and as his character mellows those layers peel back. Truly, Son of Rambow was most fortunate to have both he and the incomparable Bill Milner in the fold and The Dawn Treader would be so much less than it is without Poulter.

Lastly, and here is where we discuss this film in the context of the series, there is Ben Barnes. Ben Barnes, as Caspian, who is now a King; reprises his role but not identically to the last installment. In Prince Caspian a decision was made that the Talmarines, to differentiate themselves as men of a different nation, should be Spanish or speaking in a brogue thereof. Barnes did what he could to work with this impediment but that decision along with some in structuring made that installment a little less than it could’ve been. Therefore kudos are in store for the production team, principally the late great director Michael Apted, for deciding to rescind said decision. Ben Barnes speaking in his true voice is another actor entirely and he is a credit to this film.

This film, unlike many fantastic voyages, actually allows you to get into the character’s head a bit. In fact, that’s really what the enemy is all about: exploiting fears that each of the characters have. The characters are seen alone, the characters dream and they do battle with an enemy that knows how to defeat them. Mist or fog can be a very effective cinematic motif, as evidenced by eponymous films but you add a sentient nature to said mist and a whole other level is reached. Especially with the way it is framed and how the characters very infrequently sense its presence. I wrote recently of the jolting scares to be found in the most recent Harry Potter, well that is trumped by the ominous looming and chasing of the mist in this tale which gave me goosebumps on more than one occasion, as did some other events, CG or not.

Speaking of CG this may be an aspect of this film, which is almost taken for granted. To go through a laundry list of awe-inspiring visual achievements that the effects artists conjure up in this film would be tedious. However, it does need to be said that the work in this film is so accurate and precise that it likely goes overlooked by many. It has been short-listed for an Academy Award nomination and if it does not receive said nomination it will be one of the greatest injustices they’ve ever perpetuated [It didn’t get it, surprise, surprise].

This film is expertly edited and flows like a dream and treats time like a tinker toy. It makes the film move very briskly throughout but grinds the action nearly to a halt when things need observing in the minutest detail. If you had no notion of the time you’d swear the film is at least 20 minutes shorter than it really is, which is a testament to the pace of the tale.

You can’t have a sweeping epic story line without a sweeping epic score and this film most certainly has that as well, as there’s not much it doesn’t have. The score always matches but doesn’t overpower or over-accentuate the film and is dazzling.

The superlatives could continue to flow but I saw this film twice on the weekend so that should say something. I may see it anew to gauge the 3D quality, for the time being bear in mind that it is post-converted so buyer beware [I did end up seeing it in 3D later on and the conversion was pretty good] .

You have in this tale characters who are human therefore flawed and must struggle mightily against the darker parts of their nature to achieve their goal. You also have here in a series an ending as should the films continue different characters coming to the fore, even if this wasn’t the case the ending is quite the effective tear-jerker. This is without a doubt one of the most complete cinematic experiences I’ve had in a while, one of the best films of the year and a no questions asked must see.

10/10

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is available on DVD and Blu-Ray today.

In Memoriam- John Hughes

John Hughes

Often times an era in which one excelled, and the fact that an artist was wildly prolific within a time period greatly influences our opinion of him. Simply calling John Hughes the “Bard of Teen Angst” is not praise enough for not all of his work was a teen movie or a brat pack film.

Planes, Trains & Automobiles was not only an uproariously funny film, which was John Candy and Steve Martin’s only onscreen meeting, but a heartwarming film in the end. The revelation that Candy’s character was homeless became a 1980s template for sitcom episodes as did the plots of The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Sixteen Candles.

Hughes then put Candy in The Great Outdoors in a similar brand of comedy but fewer social ramifications.

This was the man who penned the Vacation films to greatness and those were hardly angst-ridden just downright funny.

Hughes also showed his more dramatic side with titles like Curly Sue – a film whose perception in my mind is likely skewed due to my sister’s incessant watching of it. The heartfelt, sincere, coyly funny, at times dramatic She’s Having a Baby.

He was a star launcher from propelling Michael Keaton in Mr. Mom, and also John Candy, Anthony Michael Hall, Molly Ringwald and Macaulay Culkin.

Even his greatest hits: The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off show more diversity than Hughes is typically given credit for having.

The screenwriter is a largely anonymous figure in the Hollywood game and in the American consciousness, even more so when said writer chooses to leave Hollywood behind. Even with one of the longest string of hits in the history of film there was a fade, yet even while fading Hughes put his name on big scripts.

In the 90s Hughes was hired to write a series of remakes: 101 Dalmatians, Flubber, Miracle on 34th Street and Dennis the Menace.

He also wrote Beethoven which was good in its first installment and he has continued the series under his pen name scripting it or lending his characters.

The decade of course began with Home Alone, which has been tarnished in hindsight due to many things unrelated to the film. It is a classic comedy and at the end of its theatrical run was the 4th highest grossing film of all-time and the #1 comedy. It is still in the mid-20s of the all-time rank 19 years later, with no inflated ticket prices there to boost it. Hughes went on to pen the next two in the series.

Home Alone was inspired by one short scene in Uncle Buck where Macaulay interviewed Buck’s girlfriend through the mail slot. Which is another tremendous example of his artistry: one, because such a short exchange spun off into another film and that he found inspiration in that. It’s also great because the two films complement each other.

The remainder of his credits he had attributed to him where written under his pen name Edmond Dantès, he did have few indie attempts like a TV series called New Port South and a hard to find film called Reach the Rock.

Which were followed by story credits such as Maid in Manhattan– nothing special but as good as a Cinderella update can be. Lastly, Drillbit Taylor which reportedly was a tale optioned in the 1980s and untouched ’til last year.

So a lot of that body of work had little to do with angst and a lot to do with fantasy and laughter and things that would get us through angst. The label likely has to do with his magnum opus, the masterpiece whose first draft was written over the course of one weekend: The Breakfast Club.

This is the kind of film that strikes a big time nerve not just for teenagers but for those who were teenagers, I myself was in college when I first saw it and likely connected with it more because of it. It examines its characters with surgical precision, and they all understand each other more they are by no means fixed or better for the experience just changed and more aware. They stand united against a common enemy – their parents and the principal. 

Part of what made Hughes great was that he had an unwavering view of the world best exemplified by a quote of his: “I don’t think of kids as a lower form of the human species.”

Hughes practiced what he preached and will not be forgotten by any of us who are young or merely young at heart. Whether we just sought escape or seek to create characters as honest and true as he did we will not forget his words.