They’re Here~ My Big Bold Oscar Nomination Predictions

They’re finally here~ the predictions you really care about, my big bold Academy Award nomination predictions. On Tuesday morning Jan. 24th, Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone) will help announce this year’s contenders and as you all might guess, we should be hearing a lot from The Artist. We will also hear Hugo, The Descendants and The Help landing multiple nods, plus watch for Meryl Streep to grab that record-breaking (of her own record mind you) 17th nomination for The Iron Lady. However, there could be some surprises… I’m expecting The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to show some big muscle (much like last year’s last-minute contender True Grit) and grab notice in the big categories like Picture, Director (David Fincher) and Actress (Rooney Mara)… So, just who and what will be in the race? Take a look at my predictions below and head back here on Tuesday for the official nominees.

My Big Bold 2012 Oscar Nomination Predictions~

Picture:
The Artist
The Descendants
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Help
Hugo
Midnight in Paris
War Horse
~spoilers: Drive, The Tree of Life, Moneyball, Bridesmaids
* Due to new balloting rules where any picture to land a Best Picture nod, they must get at least 250 first place votes and some crazy math, we don’t actually know how many films will land in the big race. It’s anywhere from a minimum of 5 to a max of 10.

Director:
David Fincher (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
Michael Hazanvicius (The Artist)
Alexander Payne (The Descendants)
Martin Scorcesse (Hugo)
Steven Spielberg (War Horse)
~spoilers: Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris), Tate Taylor (The Help), Nicholas Winding-Refn (Drive)

Actor:
George Clooney (The Descendants)
Leonardo DiCaprio (J. Edgar)
Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
Michael Fassbender (Shame)
Brad Pitt (Moneyball)
~spoilers: Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Damian Bichir (A Better Life), Woody Harrelson (Rampart), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (50/50) …. I feel like Ryan Gosling is totally gonna cancel himself out with Drive and The Ides of March unfortunately.

Actress:
Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs)
Viola Davis (The Help)
Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)
Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)
Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn)
~spoilers: Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin), Charlize Theron (Young Adult), Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene)

Supporting Actor:
Kenneth Branagh (My Week with Marilyn)
Albert Brooks (Drive)
Jonah Hill (Moneyball)
Nick Nolte (Warrior)
Christopher Plummer (Beginners)
~spoilers: Patton Oswalt (Young Adult), Andy Serkis (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Alan Rickman (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2), Max Von Sydow (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close)

Supporting Actress:

Berenice Bejo (The Artist)

Jessica Chastain (The Help)

Mellissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids)
Janet McTeer (Albert Nobbs)
Octavia Spencer (The Help)
~spoilers: Shailene Woodley (The Descendants), Judi Dench (My Week with Marilyn), Carey Mulligan (Shame)

Adapted Screenplay
The Descendants, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Help, The Ides of March, Moneyball
~spoilers: Hugo, My Week with Marilyn, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, War Horse

Original Screenplay:
50/50, The Artist, Bridesmaids, Midnight in Paris, Young Adult
~spoilers: Beginners, A Separation, Win Win

Cinematography:
The Artist, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Hugo, The Tree of Life, War Horse
~spoilers: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2, Drive

Editing::
The Artist, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2, Hugo, War Horse
~spoilers: Drive, The Help, The Tree of Life, Super 8

Score:
The Artist, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Help, Hugo, War Horse
~spoilers: Hanna, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2, My Week with Marilyn, W.E.
*Drive was declared ineligible (because of previously used music unfortunately)

Song:
“Bridge of Light” (Happy Feet 2)
“Hello Hello” (Gnomeo & Juliet)
“Life’s a Happy Song” (The Muppets)
“The Living Proof” (The Help)
“Man or a Muppet” (The Muppets)
~spoilers: “Pictures in My Head” (The Muppets), “Lay Your Head Down” (Albert Nobbs), “Star Spangled Man” (Captain America~ The First Avenger)
*Madonna’s Golden Globe winning song “Masterpiece” from W.E. was declared ineligible because it airs too late in the closing credits of the film which falls outside the rules of the category

Costume Design:
The Artist, The Help, Hugo, Jane Eyre, W.E.
~spoilers: War Horse, Albert Nobbs, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Anonymous

Art Direction:
The Artist, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2, Hugo, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, War Horse
~spoilers: The Help, W.E., Jane Eyre

Animated Film:
The Adventures of Tin Tin, Cars 2, Happy Feet 2, Kung Fu Panda 2, Rango
~spoiler: Rio

Makeup:
Albert Nobbs, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2, The Iron Lady
~spoilers: Hugo, The Artist

Sound:
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2, Hugo, Super 8, War Horse
~spoilers: Drive, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Visual Effects:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2, Hugo, Rise of the Planet of the Apes
~spoilers: Super 8, Thor

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