Oscar nominations 2012 - who will be snubbed this year?
The 2012 Academy Award nominations will be revealed by ‘Hunger Games’ star Jennifer Lawrence on 24 January and the press is naturally buzzing with Oscar speculation. It’s an awards show with few clear favourites, making it very exciting indeed. Here’s our predictions for who will nab the nods...
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Thanks to a new voting system, the biggest category of the night could have between five and ten nominations. It will be a full of great films but nothing is certain, except the inclusion of the two big winners at this year's Golden Globe awards...
Dead certs: ...‘The Artist’ and ‘The Descendants’. Both will definitely be up for the big prize come 26 February. The former is the darling of the film world right now, and the latter is from acclaimed director Alexander Payne ('Sideways’). They’re undoubtedly the two favourites.
‘Hugo’, ‘The Help’ and ‘Moneyball’ are not quite certainties but we expect them to make the cut. That’s a likely five, with Woody Allen’s ‘ Midnight in Paris’ and David Fincher’s ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ decent bets as well.
Potential snubs: ‘Drive’ was the film of the year for many fans but it’s not exactly awards-material and it could easily be snubbed, though a Best Film nod at the BAFTAs improves its chances.
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‘Tinker Tailor Solider Spy’ also got its fair share of BAFTA love, but American award shows have mostly snubbed the film and the Academy could continue the trend. Terrence Malick’s ‘Tree of Life’ was another critically acclaimed project which did well at smaller ceremonies (like Cannes) but will probably miss out here.
Steven Spielberg epic ‘War Horse’ also appeared tailor-made to win Oscars, but a middling reception from critics could also see it miss out.
The only category with a very clear favourite.
Dead certs: Meryl Streep is of course odds-on to take home her first statuette in nearly 30 years for her portrayal of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in ‘The Iron Lady’.
An outside bet is Tilda Swinton. When ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’ was first released critics were falling over each other to praise her stunning performance. You can be sure that if she were to win there would be gasps but nobody would say she doesn’t deserve it.