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Oscars: And the Academy Award nominees will be …


By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: It all comes down to this.

The Oscar nominations will be revealed tomorrow, Tuesday, at around 8:35 a.m. ET. That’s less than 12 hours from right now. We’ve been tracking the race for the better part of the last six months, charting the frontrunners, also-rans, beloved pictures and cherished underdogs. We have our guesses as to which titles and names will be announced Tuesday morning … and it’s time to put up or shut up.

Here are my best guesses for the top eight categories. If you’ve been keeping track of my guesses over at Gold Derby, these might not surprise you. But for fun, here’s what I think after weeks and weeks of Oscar coverage (which might not amount to much at all).

I’m putting down 10 Best Picture guesses. As we all know, there could be as few as five Picture nominees and as many as 10. I seriously doubt the Academy will get to 10, but 6 or 7 seems likely.

Be sure to check back all day Tuesday for Oscar nominees, analysis and snubs. And so, without further ado, here are my picks for the Academy Award nominees:

Best Picture
The Artist
The Descendants
The Help
Hugo
War Horse
Moneyball
Midnight In Paris
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Bridesmaids

Best Director
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Woody Allen, Midnight In Paris
Steven Spielberg, War Horse

Best Actor
George Clooney, The Descendants
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Brad Pitt, Moneyball
Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar
Gary Oldman, Tinker, Tailor Soldier, Spy

Best Actress
Viola Davis, The Help
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

Best Supporting Actor
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Albert Brooks, Drive
Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Nick Nolte, Warrior

Best Supporting Actress
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Berenice Bejo, The Artist
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids

Best Original Screenplay
Bridesmaids
The Artist
Midnight In Paris
50/50
Win Win

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Descendants
The Help
Hugo
Moneyball
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

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– The cast of “The Artist.”
Kenneth Branagh for “My Week With Marilyn.”
Bennett Miller talks “Moneyball.”
Sir Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz for “Hugo.”
Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
David Fincher, Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara on “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
Tate Taylor for “The Help.”
Woody Harrelson for “Rampart.”
Gavin O’Connor for “Warrior.”
Gary Oldman and Colin Firth for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody for “Young Adult.”
Steve McQueen for “Shame.”
Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs.”
Seth Rogen and Will Reiser for “50/50.”

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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One Comment

  • January 24, 2012 | Permalink |

    Sean, I think you’re on the money. I’m thinking 7 for Best Picture, and you’ve nailed them. Midnight on Paris is a toss-up there, I’m a little surprised by this year’s adoration for Woody Allen. And though Hugo is flawed, it’s absolutely directed well, in what must have been a massive effort (Martin isn’t young anymore)…

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