My predications of the runners for the 84th Academy Awards Part 1: Best Picture to Best Adapted Screenplay Final Contenders

by adog1990 | created - 02 May 2011 | updated - 02 Jan 2012 | Public

Here is my real list of who will be in the semi-finals to be nomanatied for the 84th Academy Awards. This will also be what movies I think will be the best movies of 2011. Part One is Best Picture to Best Adapted Screenplay which I will post today. Part Two will be Best Animated Feature which I will post on Monday May 2. Part Three is Best Visual Awards (Best Original Score to Best Visual Effects) which will be on May 3. While Parts Four and Five (AKA Best Documentary Feature and Best Foreign Language Film) will arrive when the time is right to post them up.

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1. War Horse (2011)

PG-13 | 146 min | Drama, War

7.2
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72 Metascore

Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages on.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch

Votes: 127,412 | Gross: $79.88M

Best Picture Besat Director: Steven Spielberg Best Actor: Jeremy Irvine Best Adapted Screenplay: Richard Curtis and Lee Hall

2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

R | 158 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.8
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71 Metascore

Journalist Mikael Blomkvist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander, a young computer hacker.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgård

Votes: 362,371 | Gross: $102.52M

Best Picture Best Director: David Fincher Best Actor: Daniel Craig Best Actress: Rooney Mara Best Adapted Screenplay: Steven Zaillian

3. The Tree of Life (2011)

PG-13 | 139 min | Drama, Fantasy

6.8
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85 Metascore

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.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Hunter McCracken

Votes: 148,287 | Gross: $13.30M

Best Picture Best Director: Terrence Malick Best Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt Best Supporting Actress: Jessica Chastain Best Original Screenplay: Terrence Malick

4. J. Edgar (2011)

R | 137 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.6
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59 Metascore

J. Edgar Hoover, powerful head of the F.B.I. for nearly 50 years, looks back on his professional and personal life.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts, Josh Hamilton

Votes: 110,333 | Gross: $37.31M

Best Picture Best Director: Clint Eastwood Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio Best Supporting Actor: Armie Hammer Best Supporting Actress: Judi Dench Best Original Screenplay: Dustin Lance Black

5. The Descendants (2011)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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84 Metascore

A land baron tries to reconnect with his two daughters after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident.

Director: Alexander Payne | Stars: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, Nick Krause

Votes: 215,596 | Gross: $82.58M

Best Picture Best Director: Alexander Payne Best Actor: George Clooney Best Supporting Actress: Shailene Woodley Best Adapted Screenplay: Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash

6. A Dangerous Method (2011)

R | 99 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.5
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76 Metascore

A look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Vincent Cassel

Votes: 88,162 | Gross: $5.70M

Best Actor: Michael Fassbender Best Actress: Keira Knightley Best Supporting Actor: Viggo Mortensen

7. We Bought a Zoo (2011)

PG | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

7.1
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58 Metascore

Set in Southern California, a father moves his young family to the countryside to renovate and re-open a struggling zoo.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, Elle Fanning

Votes: 120,352 | Gross: $75.62M

Best Picture Best Actor: Matt Damon Best Adapted Screenplay: Aline Brosh McKenna and Cameron Crowe

8. The Ides of March (2011)

R | 101 min | Drama, Thriller

7.1
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67 Metascore

An idealistic staffer for a new presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail.

Director: George Clooney | Stars: Paul Giamatti, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ryan Gosling

Votes: 200,520 | Gross: $40.96M

Best Picture Best Director: George Clooney Best Actor: Ryan Gosling Best Supporting Actor: Paul Giamatti Best Supporting Actor: Philip Seymour Hoffman Best Supporting Actress: Evan Rachel Wood Best Supporting Actress: Marisa Tomei Best Adapted Screenplay: George Clooney & Grant Heslov

9. The Iron Lady (2011)

PG-13 | 105 min | Biography, Drama

6.4
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54 Metascore

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.

Director: Phyllida Lloyd | Stars: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Richard E. Grant, Susan Brown

Votes: 90,310 | Gross: $30.02M

Best Picture Best Actress: Meryl Streep Best Supporting Actor: Jim Broadbent Best Supporting Actor: Anthony Head Best Original Screenplay: Abi Morgan

10. Win Win (2011)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Sport

7.2
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75 Metascore

A struggling lawyer and volunteer wrestling coach's chicanery comes back to haunt him when the teenage grandson of the client he has double-crossed comes into his life.

Director: Tom McCarthy | Stars: Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Jeffrey Tambor, Bobby Cannavale

Votes: 50,382 | Gross: $10.18M

Best Actor: Paul Giamatti Best Actress: Amy Ryan Best Original Screenplay: Thomas McCarthy and Joe Tiboni

11. My Week with Marilyn (2011)

R | 99 min | Biography, Drama

7.0
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65 Metascore

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 (1957).

Director: Simon Curtis | Stars: Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh, Julia Ormond

Votes: 76,193 | Gross: $14.60M

Best Picture Best Actress: Michelle Williams Best Supporting Actor: Kenneth Branagh Best Adapted Screenplay: Adrian Hodges

12. Carnage (2011)

R | 80 min | Comedy, Drama

7.2
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61 Metascore

Two pairs of parents hold a cordial meeting after their sons are involved in a fight, though as their time together progresses, increasingly childish behavior throws the discussion into chaos.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, John C. Reilly

Votes: 105,076 | Gross: $2.55M

Best Picture Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz Best Supporting Actress: Kate Winslet Best Supporting Actor: John C. Reilly Best Supporting Actress: Jodie Foster

13. The Help (2011)

PG-13 | 146 min | Drama

8.1
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62 Metascore

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.

Director: Tate Taylor | Stars: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard

Votes: 358,190 | Gross: $169.71M

Best Picture Best Actress: Viola Davis Best Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer Best Adatped Screenplay: Tate Taylor

14. Super 8 (2011)

PG-13 | 112 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.0
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72 Metascore

During the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town.

Director: J.J. Abrams | Stars: Elle Fanning, AJ Michalka, Kyle Chandler, Joel Courtney

Votes: 306,879 | Gross: $127.00M

Best Picture Best Director: J. J. Abrams Best Original Screenplay: J.J. Abrams

15. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

R | 122 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

7.1
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85 Metascore

In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet Agent within MI6.

Director: Tomas Alfredson | Stars: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong

Votes: 163,314 | Gross: $24.15M

Best Picture Best Actor: Gary Oldman Best Adapted Screenplay: Peter Straughan and Bridget O'Connor

16. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

PG-13 | 130 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

8.1
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87 Metascore

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.

Director: David Yates | Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Michael Gambon

Votes: 623,712 | Gross: $381.01M

Best Picture Best Adapted Screenplay: Steve Kloves

17. Moneyball (2011)

PG-13 | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

7.6
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87 Metascore

Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players.

Director: Bennett Miller | Stars: Brad Pitt, Robin Wright, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Votes: 306,412 | Gross: $75.61M

Best Picture Best Director: Bennett Miller Best Actor: Brad Pitt Best Supporting Actor: Jonah Hill Best Adapted Screenplay: Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin

18. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011)

PG-13 | 129 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery

6.9
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46 Metascore

A nine-year-old amateur inventor, Francophile, and pacifist searches New York City for the lock that matches a mysterious key left behind by his father, who died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Director: Stephen Daldry | Stars: Thomas Horn, Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, Max von Sydow

Votes: 88,611 | Gross: $31.85M

Best Picture Best Director: Stephen Daldry Best Actor: Thomas Horn Best Supporting Actor: Max von Sydow Best Supporting Actress: Sandra Bullock Best Adapted Screenplay: Eric Roth

19. The Artist (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.9
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89 Metascore

A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions.

Director: Michel Hazanavicius | Stars: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, James Cromwell

Votes: 205,685 | Gross: $44.67M

Best Picture Best Director: Michel Hazanavicus Best Actor: Jean Dujardin Best Supporting Actress: Berenice Bejo Best Original Screenplay: Michel Hazanavicius

20. Midnight in Paris (2011)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

7.7
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81 Metascore

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.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Kurt Fuller

Votes: 333,693 | Gross: $56.82M

Best Picture Best Original Screenplay: Woody Allen

21. Young Adult (2011)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama

6.3
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71 Metascore

Soon after her divorce, a fiction writer returns to her home in small-town Minnesota, looking to rekindle a romance with her ex-boyfriend, who is now happily married and has a newborn daughter.

Director: Jason Reitman | Stars: Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Patton Oswalt, Elizabeth Reaser

Votes: 68,810 | Gross: $16.31M

Best Picture Best Actress: Charlize Theron Best Original Screenplay: Doable Cody

22. Albert Nobbs (2011)

R | 113 min | Drama, Romance

6.7
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57 Metascore

Albert Nobbs struggles to survive in late 19th-century Ireland, where women aren't encouraged to be independent. Posing as a man so she can work as a butler in Dublin's most elegant hotel, Albert meets a handsome painter and looks to escape the lie she has been living.

Director: Rodrigo García | Stars: Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Antonia Campbell-Hughes

Votes: 21,110 | Gross: $3.01M

Best Actress: Glenn Close Best Supporting Acteress: Janet McTeer

23. Melancholia (2011)

R | 135 min | Drama

7.1
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80 Metascore

Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Alexander Skarsgård

Votes: 142,543 | Gross: $3.03M

Best Actress: Kristen Dunst

24. Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011)

R | 102 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.9
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75 Metascore

Haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, a damaged woman struggles to re-assimilate with her family after fleeing an abusive cult.

Director: Sean Durkin | Stars: Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson, John Hawkes, Christopher Abbott

Votes: 43,431 | Gross: $2.98M

Best Actress: Elizabeth Olsen Best Supporting Actor: John Hawkens Best Original Screenplay: Sean Durkin

25. Beginners (2010)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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81 Metascore

A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer, and that he has a young male lover.

Director: Mike Mills | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent, Goran Visnjic

Votes: 79,967 | Gross: $5.79M

Best Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer Best Original Screenply: Mike Mills

26. Drive (I) (2011)

R | 100 min | Crime, Drama

7.8
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78 Metascore

A mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks

Votes: 483,133 | Gross: $35.06M

Best Picture Best Director: Nicolas Winding Refn Best Supporting Actor: Albert Brooks Best Adapted Screenplay: Hossein Amini

27. 50/50 (2011)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.7
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72 Metascore

Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.

Director: Jonathan Levine | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard

Votes: 288,493 | Gross: $35.01M

Best Actor: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Best Original Screenplay: Will Reiser

28. The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

PG | 107 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.4
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68 Metascore

Intrepid reporter Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock's ancestor.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg

Votes: 190,814 | Gross: $77.59M

Best Adapted Screenplay: Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish

29. Hugo (2011)

PG | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

7.5
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83 Metascore

In Paris in 1931, an orphan named Hugo Cabret who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee, Ben Kingsley

Votes: 268,430 | Gross: $73.86M

Best Picture Best Supporting Actor: Ben Kingshley Best Adapted Screenplay: John Logan