Countdown to Oscar [Part II]

Don’t we all wish we could be Oscar voters and hand those trophies to the people and movies we liked the most? I know I do. Here’s my ranking of the nominees in the eight main categories. I ordered these films, scripts and performances based solely on my preference, not counting past snubs or losses or overall likeability of the nominee (titles link to the reviews).

Best Picture

  1. Midnight in Paris
  2. The Artist
  3. The Tree of Life
  4. The Help
  5. The Descendants
  6. Moneyball
  7. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  8. Hugo
  9. War Horse

Best Director

  1. Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
  2. Terrence MalickThe Tree of Life
  3. Woody AllenMidnight in Paris
  4. Martin ScorseseHugo
  5. Alexander PayneThe Descendants

Original Screenplay

  1. Woody Allen – Midnight in Paris
  2. Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig – Bridesmaids
  3. Asghar Farhadi – Jodaeiye Nader az Simin
  4. Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
  5. J.C. Chandor – Margin Call
(totally bummed Mike Mills didn’t get in for Beginners).

Adapted Screenplay

  1. Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash – The Descendants
  2. George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon – The Ides of March
  3. Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin; story by Stan Chervin – Moneyball
  4. Bridget O’Connor (†) and Peter Straughan – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  5. John Logan – Hugo

Best Actor

  1. George Clooney – The Descendants
  2. Jean Dujardin – The Artist
  3. Demián Bichir – A Better Life
  4. Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  5. Brad Pitt – Moneyball

Best Actress

  1. Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady
  2. Viola Davis – The Help
  3. Rooney Mara – The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
  4. Glenn Close – Albert Nobbs

(can’t comment on Michelle Williams because I haven’t yet seen My Week with Marilyn).

Best Supporting Actor

  1. Nick Nolte – Warrior
  2. Christopher Plummer – Beginners
  3. Max Von Sydow – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  4. Jonah Hill – Moneyball

(can’t comment on Kenneth Branagh, same case as Michelle Williams)

Best Supporting Actress

  1. Jessica Chastain – The Help
  2. Octavia Spencer – The Help
  3. Bérénice Bejo – The Artist
  4. Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs
  5. Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids