84th Academy Award Contenders (As I see it)

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1.
Water for Elephants (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Set in the 1930s, a former veterinary student takes a job in a traveling circus and falls in love with the ringmaster's wife. (120 mins.)
“ Best Leading Actor: Robert Pattison
Best Supporting Actor : Christoph Waltz
Best Director
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Art Direction

I'm not really a fan of Twilight, so hopefully for Robert Pattison, he makes sure he can act with this one. ” - expeditielong
 
2.
The Tree of Life (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The story of a family in Waco, Texas in 1956. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents' conflicting teachings. (139 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
“ Best Leading Actor : Brad Pitt
Best Supporting Actor : Sean Penn
Best Director
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Cinematography

Looking only to the concept, this will be a huge Oscar-Contender, with a cast like Pitt and Penn, only more nominations will come. ” - expeditielong
 
3.
Everything Must Go (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
When an alcoholic relapses, causing him to lose his wife and his job, he holds a yard sale on his front lawn in an attempt to start over. A new neighbor might be the key to his return to form. (97 mins.)
Director: Dan Rush
“ Best Leading Actor : Will Ferrell


It seems that there's some kind of curse around Will Ferrell when it comes to the Oscars. They just never nominate him. But maybe this time we see a change. ” - expeditielong
 
4.
Hesher (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young boy has lost his mother and is losing touch with his father and the world around him. Then he meets Hesher who manages to make his life even more chaotic. (106 mins.)
Director: Spencer Susser
“ Best Leading Actor : Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Best Supporting Actor : Rainn Wilson
Best Supporting Actress : Natalie Portman
Best Director
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Cinematography

This might be the big contender for the Oscars, or it will be unnoticed. Maybe it will be concidered as Indie, and then the Academy isn't likely to nominate it. But who knows, it has got it all, brilliant story and stunning Acting performances. ” - expeditielong
 
5.
Anonymous (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The theory that it was in fact Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford, who penned Shakespeare's plays. Set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I and the Essex rebellion against her. (130 mins.)
Director: Roland Emmerich
“ Best Leading Actor : Rhys Ifans
Best Original Screenplay
Best Art Direction

It has got the story to make it. ” - expeditielong
 
6.
The Help (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis. (146 mins.)
Director: Tate Taylor
“ Best Leading Actress : Emma Stone
Best Supporting Actress : Viola Davis
Best Adapted Screenplay

Emma stone will definately get nominated, whatever it takes. Also it has got a story, this might be another big contender. ” - expeditielong
 
7.
The Iron Lady (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
An elderly Margaret Thatcher talks to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband as she struggles to come to terms with his death while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to British prime minister, intervene. (105 mins.)
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
“ Best Leading Actress : Meryl Streep
Best Original Screenplay
Best Art Direction
Best Costumes

Because the Academy is likely to nominate Streep, this one will be nominated as well. ” - expeditielong
 
8.
Cracks (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A look at the lives and relationships among girls at an elite boarding school. (104 mins.)
Director: Jordan Scott
“ Best Leading Actress : Eva Green
Best Supporting Actress : Juno Temple

Really stunning acting performances, sure one of the two will get a nomination. ” - expeditielong
 
9.
The Conspirator (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Mary Surratt is the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln. As the whole nation turns against her, she is forced to rely on her reluctant lawyer to uncover the truth and save her life. (122 mins.)
Director: Robert Redford
“ Best Leading Actress : Robin Wright
Best Supporting Actor : Tom Wilkinson
Best Director

Beautiful story, it will have a nomination anyhow. Maybe even James McAvoy or Evan Rachel Wood will be nominated. ” - expeditielong
 
10.
The Whistleblower (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A drama based on the experiences of Kathryn Bolkovac, a Nebraska cop who served as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia and outed the U.N. for covering up a sex scandal. (112 mins.)
“ Best Leading Actress : Rachel Weisz


According to the story and the acting capacity of Rachel Weisz, a nomination is likely to come. ” - expeditielong
 
11.
Trust (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A teenage girl is targeted by an online sexual predator. (106 mins.)
Director: David Schwimmer
“ Best Supporting Actor : Clive Owen
Best Director
Best Original Screenplay

This is the kind of story that the Academy always nominate. Clive Owen gives really everything he has, Catherine Keener might be nominated too for Supporting Actress. ” - expeditielong
 
12.
My Week with Marilyn (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Colin Clark, an employee of Sir Laurence Olivier's, documents the tense interaction between Olivier and Marilyn Monroe during the production of The Prince and the Showgirl. (99 mins.)
Director: Simon Curtis
“ Best Supporting Actress : Michelle Williams
Best Art Direction
Best Cinematography

This concept just asks for Nomination, definately Michelle Williams in the role of Marilyn Monroe. ” - expeditielong
 
13.
Midnight in Paris (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
While on a trip to Paris with his fiancée's family, a nostalgic screenwriter finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s everyday at midnight. (94 mins.)
Director: Woody Allen
“ Best Original Screenplay


A Romantic Comedy at the Oscars? Well maybe this time it'll work, because of the beautiful original story, maybe Owen Wilson get a nomination as well. ” - expeditielong
 
14.
The Ides of March (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An idealistic staffer for a new presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail. (101 mins.)
Director: George Clooney
“ Best Adapted Screenplay


The new Clooney-movie may be a big contender it will be this or Hesher. ” - expeditielong
 
15.
Hugo (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton. (126 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ Best Director
Best Adapted Screenplay

According to the Story, director and cast. Nothing can go wrong, but as we know the Academy, every year they forget a great movie, as I see it, i think they might forget this one. ” - expeditielong
 
16.
A Dangerous Method (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis. (99 mins.)
“ Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Costumes

Possibly a big one. ” - expeditielong
 
17.
Jane Eyre (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A mousy governess who softens the heart of her employer soon discovers that he's hiding a terrible secret. (120 mins.)
“ Best Cinematography
Best Art Direction
Best Costumes

Another Jane Eyre movie, another big Oscar contender ” - expeditielong
 
18.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Harry, Ron and Hermione search for Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes in their effort to destroy the Dark Lord as the final battle rages on at Hogwarts. (130 mins.)
Director: David Yates
“ Best Cinematography
Best Art Direction

When the Academy does have some nomination unfilled, they take Harry Potter and his friends to fill up the holes. ” - expeditielong
 
19.
Melancholia (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth. (130 mins.)
Director: Lars von Trier
“ Best Supporting Actress : Charlotte Gainsbourg


A weird thriller, with brilliant acting performances by Gainsbourg and Dunst ” - expeditielong
 
20.
Rio (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
When Blu, a domesticated macaw from small-town Minnesota, meets the fiercely independent Jewel, he takes off on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro with the bird of his dreams. (96 mins.)
Director: Carlos Saldanha
“ Best Animated Feature


It speaks for itself ” - expeditielong
 
21.
Hop (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
E.B., the Easter Bunny's teenage son, heads to Hollywood, determined to become a drummer in a rock 'n' roll band. In LA, he's taken in by Fred after the out-of-work slacker hits E.B. with his car. (95 mins.)
Director: Tim Hill
“ Best Animated Feature


It will be this or Rio ” - expeditielong
 
22.
The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A documentary about branding, advertising and product placement that is financed and made possible by brands, advertising and product placement. (90 mins.)
Director: Morgan Spurlock
“ Best Documentary


Definately ” - expeditielong
 
23.
Born to Be Wild (2011 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
This heartwarming film documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them-saving endangered species one life at a time. (40 mins.)
Director: David Lickley
“ Best Documentary


If this one ain't nominated i'll make one of the life of a chair, i swear. ” - expeditielong
 
24.
Winnie the Pooh (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
During an ordinary day in Hundred Acre Wood, Winnie the Pooh sets out to find some honey. Misinterpreting a note from Christopher Robin... (63 mins.)
“ Best Animated Feauture


Possibly, for all the kids that have grown up. ” - expeditielong