13 February 2012

Skandies: The "nominees"

Not all that much suspense about who/what remains, so let's answer potential questions about near-misses and no-chances here, as well as give the top picks a little additional airtime. (Sorry it's all text, incidentally—I have virtually no HTML skills and invariably mangle any attempt to combine words and images, except in the most basic just-one-image-up-at-the-top kind of way.)

Best Picture

• Certified Copy
• House of Pleasures
• Margaret
• A Separation
• The Tree of Life

Overlap with Oscar nominees: The Tree of Life.
Just missed: The Sleeping Beauty (#21—this is the second consecutive year, following Bluebeard, that Breillat has finished in this spot), Weekend (#22), 13 Assassins (#23), War Horse (#24), The Future (#25)
Not so much: The Descendants (#26), The Artist (#30), Midnight in Paris (#57), Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (#73), The Help (no votes).

Best Director

• Bertrand Bonello, House of Pleasures
• Asghar Farhadi, A Separation
• Abbas Kiarostami, Certified Copy
• Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life
• Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive

Previous "nominations": Only Malick, who is 3-for-3; he placed 4th for The Thin Red Line in 1998 and won for The New World in 2005.
Overlap with Oscar nominees: Malick.
Just missed: Julia Leigh, Sleeping Beauty (#21); Alexander Payne, The Descendants (#22); Catherine Breillat, The Sleeping Beauty (tie for #23); Bennett Miller, Moneyball (tie for #23); Steven Spielberg, War Horse (tie for #23).
Not so much: Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist (#36); Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris (no votes).

Best Actress

• Juliette Binoche, Certified Copy
• Kirsten Dunst, Melancholia
• Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene
• Anna Paquin, Margaret
• Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin

Previous "nominations": Swinton ties the all-time record with four appearances in the top five (shared with Cate Blanchett, Nicolas Cage, Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, and Billy Bob Thornton). She previously placed 5th for The Deep End (2001) and 4th in Supporting for Michael Clayton (2007), and won Best Actress two years ago for Julia. Binoche has one previous "nom," for Flight of the Red Balloon (#5, 2008).
Overlap with Oscar nominees: None.
Just missed: Kseniya Rappoport, The Double Hour (#21); Joyce McKinney, Tabloid (#22); Kate Lyn Sheil, Silver Bullets (#23); Jessica Chastain, The Debt (#24); Felicity Jones, Like Crazy (#25).
Not so much: Viola Davis, The Help (#27); Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn (#36); Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs (no votes).

Best Actor

• Michael Fassbender, Shame
• Ryan Gosling, Drive
• Peyman Moadi, A Separation
• Brad Pitt, Moneyball
• Michael Shannon, Take Shelter

Previous "nominations": Everyone but Moadi has been here before. Pitt also ties the all-time record (see below)— he was one of the Oscar-style Supporting Actor nominees in 1995 (the survey's inaugural year, featuring different rules), for Twelve Monkeys, and placed 2nd in Supporting for Burn After Reading (2008). Gosling won Best Actor in 2006 for Half Nelson. Fassbender placed 5th for Hunger two years ago. And Shannon placed 4th in Supporting for Revolutionary Road (2008).
Overlap with Oscar nominees: Pitt.
Just missed: Yvan Attal, Rapt (#21); John Boyega, Attack the Block (#22); Grigory Dobrygin, How I Ended This Summer (tie for #23); Jacob Wysocki, Terri (tie for #23); William Shimell, Certified Copy (#25).
Not so much: Demián Bichir, A Better Life (no votes).

Best Supporting Actor

• Albert Brooks, Drive
• Shahab Hosseini, A Separation
• Brad Pitt, The Tree of Life
• Christopher Plummer, Beginners
• John C. Reilly, Terri

Previous "nominations": As mentioned above, Pitt, with two "nominations" this year, ties the all-time record of four; see Best Actor for details. The only other repeat is Reilly, who placed 2nd in Supporting in 1999 for Magnolia (exactly tied with Tom Cruise for the same film).
Overlap with Oscar nominees: Plummer.
Just missed: Sacha Baron Cohen, Hugo (tie for #21); Ben Kingsley, Hugo (tie for #21); Kieran Culkin, Margaret (#23); Jeremy Irons, Margin Call (#24); Gorô Inagaki, 13 Assassins (#25).
Not so much: Max von Sydow, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (#108); Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn (no votes).

Best Supporting Actress

• Sareh Bayat, A Separation
• Jeannie Berlin, Margaret
• Elle Fanning, Super 8
• Mirela Oprisor, Tuesday, After Christmas
• J. Smith-Cameron, Margaret

Previous "nominations": Nobody
Overlap with Oscar nominees: None.
Just missed: Juno Temple, Kaboom (#21); Christine Bottomley, The Arbor (#22); Olivia Crocicchia, Terri (tie for #23); Sarah Paulson, Martha Marcy May Marlene (tie for #23); Jessica Chastain, The Help (#25).
Not so much: Octavia Spencer, The Help (#28); Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs (no votes).

Best Screenplay

• Alexandru Baciu, Radu Muntean and Razvan Radulescu, Tuesday, After Christmas
• Asghar Farhadi, A Separation
• Abbas Kiarostami, Certified Copy
• Kenneth Lonergan, Margaret
• Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, Moneyball

Previous "nominations": Two former winners in this category: Lonergan (You Can Count on Me, 2000) and Sorkin (last year for The Social Network).
Overlap with Oscar nominees: Farhadi, Zaillian + Sorkin.
Just missed: Xavier Beauvois and Etienne Comar, Of Gods & Men (#21); Scott Z. Burns, Contagion (#22); Diablo Cody, Young Adult (#23); Joe Cornish, Attack the Block (#24); John Michael McDonagh, The Guard (#25).
Not so much: Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (#26); Kristen Wiig & Annie Mumolo, Bridesmaids (#31); Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris (tie for #35); John Logan, Hugo (tie for #35); George Clooney & Grant Heslov and Beau Willimon, The Ides of March (#75); Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist (no votes).

Best Scene

Nah, I gotta save something as a surprise.


Zack said...

By now of course I'd figured it wasn't gonna make the top 20, but I'm surprised to see The Interrupters not even in the "Just Missed" category when it's #9 in the Movie Nerd Discussion Group rankings. Is that an uncommon thing, or is there something I'm missing?

Jeff said...

INTERRUPTERS is highly rated by those that have seen it, but it has not been seen by enough voters to gather the needed points.

Victor Morton said...

I probably would have THE INTERRUPTERS about #12 or #13 for the year, and (in general terms) I doubt I'm the only one. Be willing to bet it makes the overall Top 10 in average star-ratings -- it seems to be the kind of film the editorial "everybody" gives 3 or 3.5 stars to, but not quite 4.

Victor Morton said...

Also ... TWO documentary performers just miss the Top 20 (I gave points to both). Are people just taboo-reluctant to give "acting" points in Docs, even when someone is clearly performing.

dd said...

And also Movie Nerd Discussion Group != Skandies voters. And also, probably, a lower Passiondex.

Nictate said...

This nominee list is its own house of pleasures.

It's gratifying Certified Copy gets top 5 honors here, since so many critics left it off of their year-end lists. Thanks for righting those kinds of wrongs, Skandies.

mr. pink said...

Fassbender for SHAME? Certainly no actor worked harder this year to not enjoy sex on screen. If only you could insert his Tainted Love expressions into A DANGEROUS METHOD.

Alex said...

Is that an uncommon thing, or is there something I'm missing?

Not too uncommon. Consider:
Marwencol (2010: #9 ratings, #69 Best Picture)
The Class (2008: #10 ratings, #30 Best Picture)
The King Of Kong (2007: #4 ratings, #25 Best Picture)
The Devil And Daniel Johnston (2006: #7 ratings, #48 Best Picture)

md'a said...

Note that three of those four, like The Interrupters, are documentaries, which is the most likely kind of film to wind up high on an average-rating list due to universal mild admiration. Right now, for example, any film that got 'pro' across the board—loved by nobody, but liked by all—would be #16 for last year. Not a likely Skandie finalist, though.

Are people just taboo-reluctant to give "acting" points in Docs, even when someone is clearly performing.

I don't think of it as a taboo, but I don't vote for people appearing as themselves in documentaries, no matter how strenuously they're performing. It just seems an entirely different thing to me. (I did vote for Bottomley, who I gather is one of the two you mention, but she's not appearing as herself—that's unquestionably traditional acting.)

Anonymous said...

"The Sleeping Beauty (#21—this is the second consecutive year, following Bluebeard, that Breillat has finished in this spot)"

"Just missed: Julia Leigh, Sleeping Beauty (#21)"

Nictate said...

Looking forward to seeing how many voters/points separated Lonergan and Winding Refn as Best Directors from their Best Films.

Maybe Lonergan was docked for post-production woes.