Monday, 26 December 2011


Best Picture
·         The Artist
·         The Descendants
·         Drive
·         Hugo
·         The Tree of Life
Best Director
·         Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
·         Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life)
·         Martin Scorsese (Hugo)
·         Lars von Trier (Melancholia)
·         Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
·         George Clooney (The Descendants)
·         Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
·         Michel Fassbender (Shame)
·         Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
·         Michael Shannon (Take Shelter)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
·         Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia)
·         Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene)
·         Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
·         Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin)
·         Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
·         Albert Brooks (Drive)
·         John Hawkes (Martha Marcy May Marlene)
·         Nick Nolte (Warrior)
·         Brad Pitt (The Tree of Life)
·         Christopher Plummer (Beginners)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
·         Jessica Chastain (The Tree of Life)
·         Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids)
·         Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs)
·         Carey Mulligan (Shame)
·         Shailene Woodley (The Descendants)
Best Original Screenplay
·         Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris)
·         Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene)
·         Asghar Farhadi (A Separation)
·         Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life)
·         Thomas McCarthy and Joe Tiboni (Win Win)
Best Adapted Screenplay
·         Hossein Amini (Drive)
·         Nat Faxon, Alexander Payne and Jim Rash (The Descendants)
·         Rory Kinnear and Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin)
·         Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
·         Aaron Sorkin and Steven Zaillian (Moneyball)
Best Cinematography
·         Manuel Alberto Claro (Melancholia)
·         Emmanuel Lubezki (The Tree of Life)
·         Robert Richardson (Hugo)
·         Guillaume Schiffman (The Artist)
·         Newton Thomas Sigel (Drive)
Best Editing
·         Joe Bini (We Need to Talk About Kevin)
·         Hank Corwin, Jay Rabinowitz, Daniel Rezende, Billy Weber and Mark Yoshikawa (The Tree of Life)
·         Dino Jonsäter (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)
·         Matthew Newman (Drive)
·         Zachary Stuart-Pontier (Martha Marcy May Marlene)
Best Animated Feature
·         The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
·         Arthur Christmas
·         Kung Fu Panda 2
·         Rango
·         Winnie the Pooh
Best Documentary
·         Cave of Forgotten Dreams
·         The Interrupters
·         Into the Abyss
·         Project Nim
·         Tabloid
Best Foreign Language Film
·         13 Assassins
·         Certified Copy
·         A Separation
·         The Skin I Live In
·         Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
Special Awards
                Jessica Chastain (the breakout performer of the year)
                Martin Scorsese (in honour of his work and dedication to the pursuit of film preservation)

Although far from the most accurate Oscar predictors, or the most influential critics' group, the OFCS are, at least, well respected in their own right, and their choices are hard to ignore. I, for example, rather approve of many of these picks, from the nominations for Melancholia to the The Help shut-out. On the other hand, having now seen The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I continue to be perplexed by its absence at so many critics' awards - it's almost as if it doesn't exist.

At this point in the race, very little can be achieved ruminating over who was and who was not nominated, though. Each group has its own preferences, and one ought never to expect the Academy to follow suit, no matter how likely it may seem. So what if Kenneth Branagh isn't here. So what if neither The Help nor War Horse scored a single nomination? So what if that Best Editing line-up is terrific - can you imagine what people would think if you said any of this aloud? Very little of this matters unless it results in Oscar nominations, and very much of it will not. They may be respected in their own right, but the OFCS is just a drop in the water of a very big pond.