And Marty tallies yet another Nighthawk Award.

You can read more about this year in film here.  The Best Picture race is discussed here, with reviews of all the nominees.  First there are the categories, followed by all the films with their nominations, then the Globes, where I split the major awards by Drama and Comedy, followed by a few lists at the very end.  If there’s a film you expected to see and didn’t, check the very bottom – it might be eligible in a different year.  Films in red won the Oscar in that category (or Globe, in the Globes section).  Films in blue were nominated.  Films (or directors) in olive are links to earlier posts that I don’t want to have show up in blue and be mistaken for a nominee.  Films with an asterisk (*) were Consensus nominees (a scale I put together based on the various awards) while those with a double asterisk (**) were the Consensus winners.

I’m listing the top 20 in the categories but only the top 5 earn Nighthawk nominations.

Nighthawk Awards:

  • Best Picture
  1. Hugo  *
  2. The Artist  **
  3. Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy
  4. Midnight in Paris  *
  5. The Descendants  *
  6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II
  7. A Separation
  8. The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
  9. The Tree of Life
  10. My Week with Marilyn
  11. The Ides of March
  12. Contagion
  13. Beginners
  14. Incendies
  15. Jane Eyre
  16. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  17. Rango
  18. Margin Call
  19. As If I Am Not There
  20. Moneyball  *

Analysis:  The first 15 films are ****.  The rest are ***.5.  In spite of an overall weak year (see various categories below), the Top 5 tracks almost exactly along with 2009.  In fact, the first four films here all earn the exact same ratings as the first four in 2009 and The Descendants is one point better than Broken Embraces in the #5 spot, so this year’s Top 5 is actually one point better.  That said, it’s still the second weakest Top 5 since 1998 (and the same goes for the Top 10 and Top 20).
The Help was actually 4th in the Consensus.  There are 5 films because Midnight in Paris and Moneyball tied for 5th (as did War Horse). (more…)


The best cameo of the year in the Oscar winner for Best Animated Film.

The 84th annual Academy Awards, for the film year 2011.  The nominations were announced on 24 January 2012 and the awards were held on 26 February 2012.

Best Animated Film:  Rango

  • Puss in Boots
  • Kung Fu Panda 2
  • Chico & Rita
  • A Cat in Paris

Most Surprising Omission:  The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn

Best Eligible Film Not Nominated:  The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (more…)

Congrats to the single best collection of five performances ever nominated for Best Actress.

The record didn’t get tied this year, but it was close.  And for the first time in 13 years, I have actually seen all the Best Picture nominees already, even if I only predicted eight of the nine (see the end here). (more…)

First off, a little note about the future posts.  There will hardly be any in January.  I want to put the two 2011 posts up together (Animated Film, Nighthawk Awards) and there’s not enough time to really post them both before all the awards groups start nominating in early January and I’ll continually have the Oscar season notes piece on sticky from the 3rd or so all the way until the Oscar nominations on the 23rd.  There should be additions to that post every couple of days or so and I’ll try to point out things that Oscar pundits don’t usually point out.  After the Oscar nominations themselves, I’ll hopefully be able to get more stuff up, with this month allowing me to still catch up to everything that happened when my computer crashed (rewriting Adapted Screenplay posts, re-creating my 90’s list). (more…)

One of film’s most iconic moments and not in the original at all.

My Top 10:

  1. Dr. Strangelove
  2. High and Low
  3. Harakiri
  4. Mary Poppins
  5. The Americanization of Emily
  6. The Best Man
  7. The Night of the Iguana
  8. The Chalk Garden
  9. Goldfinger
  10. My Fair Lady

Note:  There are 20 films on my list.  Only one of the other ten is reviewed below as a WGA nominee (Seven Days in May).  The other nine are all listed towards the bottom of the post. (more…)

It’s that time of year

Brandy and eggnog, there’s plenty of cheer

I’m not going to finish any more of the song because if you know it, then you’ll know why (and why I’m not embedding the video) and if you don’t, well then go here.  It’s appropriate though because it could have been called “A Very Southie Christmas”.  So it will make for a nice comparison to the song that is embedded at the end. (more…)

In a Sunburned Country

  • Author:  Bill Bryson
  • Published:  2000
  • Publisher:  Broadway Books
  • Pages:  335 (paperback with new Appendix)
  • First Line:  “Flying into Australia, I realized with a sigh that I had forgotten again who their prime minister was.”
  • Last Lines:  “You see, Australia is an interesting place.  It truly is.  And that really is all I’m saying.”
  • First Read:  Fall 2001