Director: Abbas Kiarostami, Certified Copy (218/21)
Actress: Kirsten Dunst, Melancholia (288/28)
Actor: Ryan Gosling, Drive (215/20)
S. Actor: Shahab Hosseini, A Separation (181/16)
S. Actress: Mirela Oprisor, Tuesday, After Christmas (189/16)
Screenplay: Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, Moneyball (165/14)
Scene: Scaling Burj Khalifa, Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol (136/14)
Super awful CAM! How can anyone watch an entire movie like this?
Kiarostami previously placed 15th for Taste of Cherry (1998) and 8th for The Wind Will Carry Us (2000). That was one long-ass decade of middling experimentation.
Dunst gets her first nod since playing the title role in Marie Antoinette (#16, 2006); she also previously placed 12th in Supporting for The Virgin Suicides (2000), 16th for crazy/beautiful (2001), and 10th in Supporting for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004). In addition to his Half Nelson win (and his other nod this year; see #15), Gosling has finished 6th twice, for The Believer (2002) and for Blue Valentine last year. Hosseini and Oprisor are new.
Sorkin, as noted below, won Screenplay last year. Zaillian, whose best work predates the Skandies, has never before placed (and for all I know, has never met Sorkin).