Oscar 2012 Watch: My Dream Shortlists

There are those who’ll offer their predictions on the upcoming Oscar shortlists, and there are those who’ll avoid talk altogether. I don’t do either, I’m going to list the films I wish would get nominations. Most won’t, because my taste in films is clearly crap, but in a perfect (for me) world, they’d be earning them nods.

Best Adapted Screenplay


Drive – Hossein Amini

Submarine – Richard Ayoade

Kung Fu Panda 2 – Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes – Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver

The Ides Of March – George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon


Best Original Screenplay


Crazy, Stupid, Love. – Dan Fogelman

Margaret – Kenneth Lonergan

Shame – Steve McQueen & Abi Morgan

Weekend – Andrew Haigh

Cedar Rapids – Phil Johnston


Best Visual Effects


The Tree Of Life

Transformers: Dark Of The Moon

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes


X-Men: First Class


Best Film Editing


The Tree Of Life – Hank Corwin, Jay Rabinowitz, Daniel Rezende, Billy Weber and Mark Yoshikawa

Drive – Matthew Newman

Hanna – Paul Tothill

Super – Cara Silverman

Source Code – Paul Hirsch

Margaret… Ahem, ahahahaha, that’s called a joke.


Best Original Song


The Backson Song – Winnie The Pooh

Life’s A Happy Song – The Muppets

Pictures In My Head – The Muppets

Man Or A Muppet – The Muppets

The Star-Spangled Man – Captain America: The First Avenger


Best Original Score


Alexandre Desplat – The Ides Of March

The Chemical Brothers – Hanna

Henry Jackman – X-Men: First Class

Michael Giacchino – Super 8

Chris Bacon – Source Code


Best Cinematography


The Tree Of Life – Emmanuael Lubezki

Drive – Newton Thomas Siegel

Super 8 – Larry Fong

Shame – Sean Bobbitt

Hanna – Alwin H. Kuchler


Best Animated Feature



Winnie The Pooh

Kung Fu Panda 2

Puss In Boots

The Adventures Of Tinin: Secret Of The Unicorn


Best Actress In A Supporting Role


Jessica Chastain – The Tree Of Life

Judy Greer – The Descendants

Jessica Chastain – Take Shelter

Judi Dench – My Week With Marilyn

Vera Farmiga – Source Code


Best Actor In A Supporting Role


Kenneth Branagh – My Week With Marilyn

Albert Brooks – Drive

John C. Reilly – Cedar Rapids

Brad Pitt – The Tree Of Life

Tom Hardy – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy


Best Actress In A Lead Role


Viola Davis – The Help

Anna Paquin – Margaret

Olivia Coleman – Tyrannosaur

Carey Mulligan – Shame

Ellen Page – Super


Best Actor In A Lead Role


Michael Fassbender – Shame

Ryan Gosling – Drive

Rainn Wilson – Super

Antonio Banderas – The Skin I Live In

Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy


Best Director


Steve McQueen – Shame

Terrence Malick – The Tree Of Life

Richard Ayoade – Submarine

JJ Abrams – Super 8

Jennifer Yuh – Kung Fu Panda 2


Best Picture




The Ides Of March


The Tree Of Life

Again, these are only wishes, dreams if you will, and most won’t even get close to a nomination, but in my head they are all winners.

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