Friday, February 24, 2012

Road to the Oscars® 2011!

Sunday is the big night! Hollywood honors its stars and a year in artistic achievement. Much like 2010, the 2011 was highlighted by fantastic documentaries, two in fact that the Academy neglected to mention - Senna and Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest. Two films that deserve so much more attention than they have already gotten, while Senna won the BAFTA for Best Documentary, Beats, Rhymes and Life is more than just a film about a legendary hip-hop group, it is about a movement.

Yet, of course the show centers on the narrative film, we had a year that took as back in time. With The Artist, the cinematic masterpiece that pays homage to Hollywood's Golden Era and Martin Scorsese's Hugo - which not only tells a brilliant story but also honors legendary French filmmaker George Melies. While so many films came through the door this year, host Billy Crystal returns as the true Master of Ceremonies and we will have to wait and see what the show brings.

As we do every year, here is our list of the 10 Best Films of the Year as well as some Oscar® picks in the major categories. Tune in to ABC Sunday at 7 to see how we did and who won.


1- The Artist
2- Hugo
3- Win Win
4- Midnight in Paris
5- Drive
6- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
7- Beginners
8- 50/50
9- Super 8
10- X Men: First Class

Oscar® Picks for 10 Categories:

Best Motion Picture of the Year
The Artist

Achievement in Directing
Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Viola Davis, The Help

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Christopher Plummer, Beginners

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Octavia Spencer, The Help

Achievement in Cinematography
Robert Richardson, Hugo

Original Screenplay
Midnight in Paris, Written by Woody Allen

Adapted Screenplay
The Descendants, Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash

Original Score
The Artist, Ludovic Bource