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Songfacts 2012 Oscar Pool

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Welcome to the 9th. Annual Songfacts Oscar Pool­­

This thread will serve as the pool. Just post a reply with your choices in the following categories:

Best Picture (25 points):

"The Artist"

"The Descendants"

"Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"

"The Help"

"Hugo"

"Midnight in Paris"

"Moneyball"

"The Tree of Life"

"War Horse"

Best Actor (15 points):

Demián Bichir in "A Better Life"

George Clooney in "The Descendants"

Jean Dujardin in "The Artist"

Gary Oldman in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"

Brad Pitt in "Moneyball"

Best Actress (15 points):

Glenn Close in "Albert Nobbs"

Viola Davis in "The Help"

Rooney Mara in "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"

Meryl Streep in "The Iron Lady"

Michelle Williams in "My Week with Marilyn"

Best Supporting Actress (10 points):

Bérénice Bejo in "The Artist"

Jessica Chastain in "The Help"

Melissa McCarthy in "Bridesmaids"

Janet McTeer in "Albert Nobbs"

Octavia Spencer in "The Help"

Best Supporting Actor (10 points):

Kenneth Branagh in "My Week with Marilyn"

Jonah Hill in "Moneyball"

Nick Nolte in "Warrior"

Christopher Plummer in "Beginners"

Max von Sydow in "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"

Best Original Score (15 points):

"The Adventures of Tintin" John Williams

"The Artist" Ludovic Bource

"Hugo" Howard Shore

"Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" Alberto Iglesias

"War Horse" John Williams

Best Original Song (25 points):

"Man or Muppet" from "The Muppets" Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie

"Real in Rio" from "Rio" Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown Lyric by Siedah Garrett

Best Song is the first tiebreaker, followed by Best Score. The Oscars are Sunday, February 26th, so make sure to post your picks by then. One entry per person. Good luck!

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oh. my. goodness. Is it that time already? Of every movie nominated, I have seen only one: Moneyball. And despite knowing the person it's all about (Billy Beane), I didn't think the movie was Oscar-worthy, and I almost never think that Brad Pitt is Oscar-worthy.

I'll be taking some really wild stabs this year. :crazy:

Edit: I'm lying. I did see Bridesmaids. In my humble opinion, that one should be in the Best Picture category. But they never nominate comedies. Marisa Tomei's Oscar was an anomaly (for "My Cousin Vinny")

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I have not seen any of these, but have heard about a few of them...

Best Picture: War Horse

Best Actor: George Clooney

Best Actress: Viola Davis

Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain

Best supporting Actor: Max von Sydow

Best Orginal Score: "War Horse" John Williams

Best Original Song: "Real in Rio" from "Rio" Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown Lyric by Siedah Garrett

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Best Picture: The Artist

Best Actor: George Clooney in "The Descendants"

Best Actress: Meryl Streep in "The Iron Lady"

Best Supporting Actress: Bérénice Bejo in "The Artist"

Best Supporting Actor: Jonah Hill in "Moneyball"

Best Original Score: "Hugo" Howard Shore

Best Original Song: "Man or Muppet" from "The Muppets" Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie

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The only movies I've seen that are nominated for anything this year are Midnight In Paris and The Muppets (both great!). So I'll just go by what I know about these movies and what seems most Oscar bait-y.

Best Picture (25 points):

"The Artist"

Best Actor (15 points):

George Clooney in "The Descendants"

Best Actress (15 points):

Glenn Close in "Albert Nobbs"

Best Supporting Actress (10 points):

Octavia Spencer in "The Help"

Best Supporting Actor (10 points):

Jonah Hill in "Moneyball"

Best Original Score (15 points):

"The Artist" Ludovic Bource

Best Original Song (25 points):

"Man or Muppet" from "The Muppets" Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie

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I am pathetic...I haven't seen any of the Oscar nominated movies, so I am going to just do some guessing and picking of people who I hope win

Best Picture: The Help

Best Actor: George Clooney

Best Actress: Viola Davis

Best Supporting Actress: Melissa McCarthy

Best Supportign Actor: Jonah Hill

Best Original Score: John Williams for "War Horse"

Best Song: "Man or Muppet"

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Best Picture:

The Help

Best Actor:

George Clooney

Best Actress:

Meryl Streep

Best Supporting Actress:

Octavio Spencer

Best Supporting Actor:

Christopher Plummer

Best Original Score:

War Horse - John Williams

Best Original Song:

Man or Muppet

:afro: :afro: :afro: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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I've only seen one of the nominated films and that was Hugo which was an outstanding picture. However, I don't think it has a chance in hell of winning.

Best Picture: The Help

Best Actor: Jean Dujardin The Artist

Best Actor: Meryl Streep The Iron Lady

Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer The Help

Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer Beginners

Best Original Score: Hugo Howard Shore

Best Original Song: Man or Muppet

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Best Picture: "The Artist"

Best Actor: Jean Dujardin in "The Artist"

Best Actress: Michelle Williams in "My Week with Marilyn"

Best Supporting Actress: Bérénice Bejo in "The Artist"

Best Supporting Actor: Max von Sydow in "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"

Best Original Score: "The Artist" Ludovic Bource

Best Original Song: "Man or Muppet" from "The Muppets" Music and Lyric by Bret McKenzie

This does not reflect who I think SHOULD win, I just tried predicting the way the Academy votes and I based a few off of how the Golden Globes went. There's a few I hope I'm wrong on.

And Shawna, I would venture to say that Brad Pitt was Oscar-worthy in "12 Monkeys".

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Agreed, he was oscar-worthy for Kalifornia. So out-of-character in that neither his looks nor edge for humor aided his acting, yet totally believable characterization. Sort of a similar portrayal as Charlize Theron in Monster. (And she won for that, no?)

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Best Picture - The Artist

Best Actor - George Clooney

Best Actress - Viola Davis

Best Supporting Actor - Christopher Plummer

Best Supporting Actress - Octavia Spencer

Best Original Score - Ludovic Bource - The Artist

Best Song - Man Or Muppet

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Best Picture:

"The Artist"

Best Actor:

Gary Oldman in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"

Best Actress:

Viola Davis in "The Help"

Best Supporting Actress:

Bérénice Bejo in "The Artist"

Best Supporting Actor:

Christopher Plummer in "Beginners"

Best Original Score:

"War Horse" John Williams

Best Original Song:

"Real in Rio" from "Rio" Music by Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown Lyric by Siedah Garrett

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Best Picture (25 points):

"The Artist"

Best Actor (15 points):

Jean Dujardin in "The Artist"

Best Actress (15 points):

Meryl Streep in "The Iron Lady"

Best Supporting Actress (10 points):

Octavia Spencer in "The Help"

Best Supporting Actor (10 points):

Christopher Plummer in "Beginners"

Best Original Score (15 points):

"The Artist" Ludovic Bource

Best Original Song (25 points):

"Man or Muppet" from "The Muppets"

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Best Picture: The Artist

Best Actor: George Clooney

Best Actress: Viola Davis

Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer

Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer

Best Original Score: War Horse

Best Original Song: Real in Rio

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I can't believe Jean Dujardin won for best actor. He didn't even speak any lines in The Artist. I just rolled my eyes when it won best picture. I also don't understand how it won best directing, the director didn't really do anything innovative to set this film apart, just went over the basic point and shoot technique that's been done before.

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I just rolled my eyes when it won best picture.

This might be a turning point in Oscar voting. This movie is so incredibly lame and unappealing to anyone without an AARP membership, that the academy might start voting for movies people actually want to see, which is what they used to do.

I get how The Artist had to tell a story with lots of restrictions, but the gimmick quickly wore off for me, and it was obvious that this was a nostalgia piece for people who actually remember silent films. :P

To kill time in my brain during this movie, I thought about other films that dealt with the silent-to-talkie transition, and how much better they were: Singing In The Rain and Sunset Boulevard. If you ever get the urge to see The Artist, rent one of those instead.

As for the Oscar telecast, it had some great moments. It sounded like they finally fired Bruce Villanch and wrote some material for the presenters that allowed them to do what they do best: act. The Emma Stone/Ben Stiller and Gwen Paltrow/Robert Downey Jr. bits were really funny, and it's because they got to stay in character the whole time. And Cirque should come back every year.

Congrats Mike, looks like you got it.

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I actually like The Artist :crazy:

But then again I don't have any problems with silent movies in general... Metropolis, Nosferatu, Dr. Caligari, or films by Chaplin or Keaton are all very very good and still watchable today...

also there was a funny "modern" silent movie a couple of years ago by Franka Potente (the Lola of "Run Lola Run", if that tells you anything), about a punk turning up at a silent-film-era family

it probably didn't make it to the US - it barely got much attention here - but it was still cool :D

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