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Who Should Win Tonight’s Oscars? Vote!

As if the glitz and glamor hasn’t been enough to tip you off, tonight sees the 2012 Academy Awards taking place, giving the movie industry its annual chance to celebrate just how wonderful it is, as well as providing Billy Crystal another chance at reminding said movie industry that he exists. But what about the nominees? Who’ll take Best Director? What movie is the Best Movie of the year? And what about the Best Actor and Actress? Ahead of tonight’s big event, here’s your chance to pick your favorites… Just think of it as SpinOff’s very own ceremony… just with less red carpet and likelihood of awkward cut-aways of the losers pretending to be happy for whoever actually gets the nod.

Here are the nominees for the “big” awards – Who are your favorites? And, more importantly, who do you think will win the political process and be declared the winner of each one? Use the comments section to share your selections – and your reasons for picking them, too.

Best Picture
• The Artist 
• The Descendants 
• Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 
• The Help 
• Hugo 
• Midnight in Paris 
• Moneyball 
• The Tree of Life 
• War Horse 

Best Director
• Woody Allen – Midnight in Paris
• Michel Hazanavicius – The Artist
• Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life
• Alexander Payne – The Descendants
• Martin Scorsese – Hugo

Best Actor
• Demián Bichir – A Better Life as Carlos Galindo
• George Clooney – The Descendants as Matt King
• Jean Dujardin – The Artist as George Valentin
• Gary Oldman – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy as George Smiley
• Brad Pitt – Moneyball as Billy Beane

Best Actress
• Glenn Close – Albert Nobbs as Albert Nobbs
• Viola Davis – The Help as Aibileen Clark
• Rooney Mara – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as Lisbeth Salander
• Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady as Margaret Thatcher
• Michelle Williams – My Week with Marilyn as Marilyn Monroe

Best Supporting Actor
• Kenneth Branagh – My Week with Marilyn as Laurence Olivier
• Jonah Hill – Moneyball as Peter Brand
• Nick Nolte – Warrior as Paddy Conlon
• Christopher Plummer – Beginners as Hal Fields
• Max von Sydow – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close as The Renter

Best Supporting Actress
• Bérénice Bejo – The Artist as Peppy Miller
• Jessica Chastain – The Help as Celia Foote
• Melissa McCarthy – Bridesmaids as Megan Price
• Janet McTeer – Albert Nobbs as Hubert Page
• Octavia Spencer – The Help as Minny Jackson


  • stealwise

    I’m too lazy to type up my selections, much like you were too lazy to make this an actual poll.

  • guest

    who really cares? All this ceremony is is a chance for the movie industry to give each other blow jobs.

  • guest

    who really cares? All this ceremony is is a chance for the movie industry to give each other blow jobs.

  • Back Burner

    Captain America got snubbed for costume design, the Oscars have no credibility.

  • Statham

    Hugo, Scorsese, Oldman, Mara, Plummer, Chastain. Done.

  • pDUB

    Best writer: Graeme McMillan.

  • michael Jeese

    to be fair i like most of them and for the coment captain america got snubbed i for on kind disliked captain america ya it was ok nothing great i would the say the new ghost rider movie was a tad bit better

  • Pete

    I vote – who cares?  This is a comics website.

  • Patrick

    All I know is that if Hugo wins anything I will puke, literally. Anyone else notice that Marty was biting some directoral style in that film?

  • Matthewjamesgannon

    Haven’t seen all the nominated films and performances, but very nearly so.  I’ll abstain from Picture and Director since I haven’t seen ‘The Artist.’
    There are performances worthy of recognition (Oscars or otherwise) throughout the categories.
    I say Oldman and Mara for pretty similar reasons.  The characters they portrayed are atypical for this kind of recognition.  They don’t triumph or grow or experience tragedy in a personal sense in the way the other characters do.  This is probably the reason they will not win, too.  The result that Smiley and Salander find themselves with involves some achievement and satisfaction of a sort,but their lives are not necessarily all put together, vindicated, or proven to be tragic by the conflict’s resolution itself.
    I think they’re two very real and awesome performances that will probably NOT get the trophies.  That would be really cool if they did, though.
    There is one reason Oldman could take it home against the odds, though.  I understand that the Academy sometimes makes a practice of kind of saying: “Well, you’ve done so much good s#!t, here ya go.”  So it’s not necessarily just about these nominations, I guess.

  • Mister1

    I’d rather watch the All Star.

  • Troypasquale

    My predictions:
    Best Picture: “The Artist”
    Best Director: Michel Hazanavicious for “The Artist”
    Best Actor:Jean Dujardin for “The Artist”
    Best Actress: Viola Davis for “The Help”
    Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer for “Beginners”
    Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer for “The Help”

  • Demoncat4

    odds are both the artist and no doubt woody or martin will take best director since the academy has proven time and time with their votes they are kind of out of step of who deserves the oscar other wise the decendent would sweep.

  • ATK

    Best Pic: the Help
    Director: Terrence Malick 
    Actor: Gary Oldman 
    Actress: Meryl Streep 
    S Actor: Christopher Plummer 
    S Actress: Octavia Spencer 

  • Statham

    Do you actually understand the point of the film? It’s an ode to the early days of cinema. If he’s ‘biting’ a directorial style, he’s probably doing it intentionally.

  • Statham

    Seriously? Streep? For that piece of shit, glorifying turd of a film that glamourises a woman who destroyed a country almost single-handedly? The Iron Lady deserves to have all it’s copies burnt. That said, the Academy probably will go for that over Mara’s genuinely impressive performance, given they love sappy crap.

  • Lord Prong

    Since when did the movie industry need a reason to give each other blow jobs?  Shit, giving blowjobs is how Angelina Jolie got where she was today.  And look how it’s helped Brad this year

  • ATK

     Most of my reasoning centers around your last statement. I do not disagree with any particular points you made.

  • Patrick

    I understood the point of the film, the problem is that he isn’ biting the style from the time. I can deal with that, Tarantino does that all the time.  Im my opinion it felt much more like a Jean-Pierre Jeunet or Terry Gilliam film, ya know just with a big budet.