The Help Takes Over The 2012 Oscars

This 2012 Oscars are dominated by fantastic actresses, especially the ladies starring in The Help and of course, Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady. This has been crazy year and I am woefully behind on my movie viewing. Which means I will be doing some double features in the next few days. On my viewing list, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Iron Lady, War Horse, The Descendants and Hugo.

I am not eager to see The Artist, but I guess I should see why it is winning all the awards. It might be deserving, however my only fear is that if it wins an Oscar, we will see a wave of silent movies coming out of Hollywood.

Let’s take a look at some of the nominees for the 2012 Academy Awards.

Best Picture

The Artist

The Descendants

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

The Help


Midnight in Paris


The Tree of Life

War Horse

Actor in a Leading Role

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”

Actor in a Supporting Role

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”

Actress in a Leading Role

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”

Oscar nominees: Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer with Emma Stone

Actress in a Supporting Role

Bérénice Bejo in “The Artist”

Jessica Chastain in “The Help”

Melissa McCarthy in “Bridesmaids”

Janet McTeer in “Albert Nobbs”

Octavia Spencer in “The Help”


“The Artist” Guillaume Schiffman

“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Jeff Cronenweth

“Hugo” Robert Richardson

“The Tree of Life” Emmanuel Lubezki

“War Horse” Janusz Kaminski

Costume Design

“Anonymous” Lisy Christl

“The Artist” Mark Bridges

“Hugo” Sandy Powell

“Jane Eyre” Michael O’Connor

“W.E.” Arianne Phillips


“The Artist” Michel Hazanavicius

“The Descendants” Alexander Payne

“Hugo” Martin Scorsese

“Midnight in Paris” Woody Allen

“The Tree of Life” Terrence Malick

I am always confused when the directing and best nominations don’t match up. With 9 Best Picture nominations and only 5 Best Director nominations, it seems as though Stephen Daldry (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close), Tate Taylor (The Help), Bennett Miller (Moneyball) and Steven Spielberg (War Horse) were a bit slighted. While The Tree of Life was a beautiful movie and deserves the nomination for Cinematography, I found the movie incomprehensible and boring. So how did Terrence Malick get a nomination and not Spielberg?

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

“The Descendants” Screenplay by Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon & Jim Rash

“Hugo” Screenplay by John Logan

“The Ides of March” Screenplay by George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon

“Moneyball” Screenplay by Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin. Story by Stan Chervin

“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” Screenplay by Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan

This was a great year for book adaptations. In addition to The Girl with the Dragon TattooThe Help and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer, the popular children’s book, The Invention of Hugo CabretMoneyball by Michael Lewis, Kaui Hart Hemmings’ The Descendants and  John le Carre’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy were also adapted into popular movies.

Writing (Original Screenplay)

“The Artist” Written by Michel Hazanavicius

“Bridesmaids” Written by Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig

“Margin Call” Written by J.C. Chandor

“Midnight in Paris” Written by Woody Allen

“A Separation” Written by Asghar Farhad

Which movies do you want to win an Oscar?

About Clara Mathews

Clarabela (Clara Mathews) is freelance web content copywriter, professional blogger and Hugh Jackman fan. In addition to writing about her love of movies at, Clarabela is also a regular contributor to DignityZine.  Follow Just Chick Flicks on Facebook.