My 84th Oscars Predictions - Best Motion Picture of the Year

Lol at whoever said "I read your thing saying you're an expert..." I never once said I was an expert. And let the record show that I got 7 out of the 9 nominees. I know I put a lot of films on here, but I got 7 out of the 9 nominees.

Also, I hadn't updated this in months, but I definitely would have included "Hugo" and "Midnight in Paris" before the noms came out.

And yes, "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" got terrible reviews, but look, it got nominated for Best Picture!

So, I laugh at everyone who said my picks were terrible. I initially didn't think the Academy would go for "Hugo", because it's based on a children's book and films of the sort rarely ever get due recognition with the Academy. I left out "Midnight in Paris" because the Academy hasn't been showing Woody Allen much love in recent years.
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1.
The Artist (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A silent movie star meets a young dancer, but the arrival of talking pictures sends their careers in opposite directions. (100 mins.)
“ Though it is doubtful that a silent film will win Best Picture, it will definitely be a huge contender. ” - alexandersapphiredestiny
 
2.
The Descendants (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A land baron tries to reconnect with his two daughters after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident. (115 mins.)
Director: Alexander Payne
 
3.
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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. (129 mins.)
Director: Stephen Daldry
 
4.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
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. (158 mins.)
Director: David Fincher
“ I do like David Fincher, save for "The Social Network" (I thought it didn't live up to the hype and didn't deserve as much recognition from the Academy as it received). Nevertheless, I'm sure this will get some recognition, and I can't believe I didn't include it before. However, unless I'm mistaken, it's few, far, and in-between that directors receive back-to-back nominations. So, this may receive a Best Picture nod, but I doubt that Fincher will be able to clinch a Best Director nod, but you never know. The Academy practically lives to defy itself. ” - alexandersapphiredestiny
 
5.
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
“ One of the purposes of adding an additional 5 nominations to this category, was so that crowd-pleasing movies like Harry Potter could receive a nomination. Indeed, "The Dark Knight" not receiving a Best Picture nod sparked the idea to go back to 10 nominations. Thus far, 3 of the top 5 highest grossing films of all time have received Best Picture nominations (2 of them have won). Never mind the fact that Deathly Hallows: Part 2 was by far the best Potter film, delving much deeper into the emotional and character driven aspects of the series than the other films. Personally, I believe that it definitely deserves a Best Picture nomination. It is the highest grossing film of 2011 and the third highest grossing film of all time (not counting inflation). Since the change to 10 nominations, there has been a sci-fi/fantasy film that has received a Best Picture nod. No reason to think that DH2 won't get one, especially considering that WB is not making any stops on their quests to get it a Best Picture nod. ” - alexandersapphiredestiny
 
6.
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
 
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
 
8.
J. Edgar (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
J. Edgar Hoover, powerful head of the F.B.I. for nearly 50 years, looks back on his professional and personal life. (137 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
9.
Moneyball (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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. (133 mins.)
Director: Bennett Miller
“ I really haven't heard a lot about this film, (so you'll have to forgive me for not including this sooner) but a lot of people are saying really good things about it. From the picture it looks like it's about baseball...so that's a strike for me (no pun intended). I don't like baseball, and can't really bring myself to watch a movie on baseball. But I might just watch this one, since I'm hearing good things about it. ” - alexandersapphiredestiny
 
10.
War Horse (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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. (146 mins.)
 
11.
50/50 (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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. (100 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Levine
 
12.
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
“ Disregarding the fact that this is alphabetically first to the other one, I am placing it at #1, because it was my favourite film so far. Granted, I have not seen the vast majority of the films on this list, nevertheless, I feel "Anonymous" should get more Oscar recognition than it will undoubtedly get. Most of the critics did not like it, which could prove as a roadblock. However, hopefully the Academy can overlook that and see that this film is on a higher calibre. ” - alexandersapphiredestiny
 
13.
Beginners (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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. (105 mins.)
Director: Mike Mills
 
14.
Carnage (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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. (80 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
15.
Contagion (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Healthcare professionals, government officials and everyday people find themselves in the midst of a worldwide epidemic as the CDC works to find a cure. (106 mins.)
“ Maybe not your typical Best Picture choice, but just look at the cast: mostly all Oscar winners or Oscar nominees. It's obvious that this something deeper than your typical end-of-the-world thriller. ” - alexandersapphiredestiny
 
16.
Coriolanus (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A banished hero of Rome allies with a sworn enemy to take his revenge on the city. (123 mins.)
Director: Ralph Fiennes
“ It's been an extremely long time since an adaptation of Shakespeare has been nominated for Best Picture. (Only one Shakespeare adaptation has won Best Picture.) Nevertheless, this modernized version of Coriolanus is sure to turn heads, especially with Ralph Fiennes at the helm. ” - alexandersapphiredestiny
 
17.
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.)
“ I'm moving this down from the top 10 contenders. "Moneyball" is taking it's place. ” - alexandersapphiredestiny
 
18.
Drive (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A mysterious Hollywood stuntman and mechanic moonlights as a getaway driver and finds himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor. (100 mins.)
“ Initially, I didn't even give this a second thought as a possible contender for Best Picture. I thought it was going to be just another action film. I still haven't had the opportunity to see it, but from what I've heard it's nothing like that at all. So, I'm throwing this into the mix. ” - alexandersapphiredestiny
 
19.
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
“ Feel good films don't usually get Oscar recognition. However, we could be caught off guard, just like we were when "The Blind Side" received a Best Picture nod. ” - alexandersapphiredestiny
 
20.
In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
During the Bosnian War, Danijel, a soldier fighting for the Serbs, re-encounters Ajla, a Bosnian who's now a captive in his camp he oversees. Their once promising connection has become ambiguous as their motives have changed. (127 mins.)
Director: Angelina Jolie
 
21.
Like Crazy (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A British college student falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she's banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa. (86 mins.)
Director: Drake Doremus
 
22.
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. (135 mins.)
Director: Lars von Trier
 
23.
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
“ I think the chances of this getting a Best Picture nod are going to be completely contingent on Michelle Williams's performance as Marilyn Monroe. ” - alexandersapphiredestiny
 
24.
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A group of men set out in search of a dead body in the Anatolian steppes. (157 mins.)
 
25.
Rango (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Rango is an ordinary chameleon who accidentally winds up in the town of Dirt, a lawless outpost in the Wild West in desperate need of a new sheriff. (107 mins.)
Director: Gore Verbinski
“ I disagree with the Academy's sudden need to nominate animated films for Best Picture. I understand that the story and intent of an animated film can be just as strong, if not stronger than a live-action film. However, I feel like that is the purpose of the Best Animated Film award. Consequently, if an animated film is nominated for Best Picture, then it's most certainly going to win Best Animated Film, which - I would think - would make the producers of the other films in the Animated category just think, "Well, they already picked (blank) to win, when they nominated it for Best Picture." I mean, both animated films that were nominated for Best Picture in the past two years (Toy Story 3 and Up) both won animated film.

Nonetheless, if an animated film is nominated this year, I feel certain that it will be Rango. ” - alexandersapphiredestiny
 
26.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A fisheries expert is approached by a consultant to help realize a sheik's vision of bringing the sport of fly-fishing to the desert and embarks on an upstream journey of faith and fish to prove the impossible possible. (107 mins.)
 
27.
The Skin I Live In (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A brilliant plastic surgeon, haunted by past tragedies, creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession. (120 mins.)
“ This probably won't get nominated since it didn't get chosen as Spain's choice for Best Foreign Film. ” - alexandersapphiredestiny
 
28.
Super 8 (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
During the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town. (112 mins.)
Director: J.J. Abrams
“ A truly great sci-fi film. However, given the fact that the main cast is predominantly children, albeit talented children, I think it less likely that Super 8 will receive a Best Picture nod. ” - alexandersapphiredestiny
 
29.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6. (122 mins.)
Director: Tomas Alfredson
 
30.
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
 
31.
Tyrannosaur (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Joseph, a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction, earns a chance of redemption that appears in the form of Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker. (92 mins.)
Director: Paddy Considine
 
32.
Warrior (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament - a path that puts the fighter on a collision course with his estranged, older brother. (140 mins.)
Director: Gavin O'Connor
 
33.
We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Kevin's mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly vicious things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined. (112 mins.)
Director: Lynne Ramsay
 
34.
Win Win (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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. (106 mins.)
Director: Tom McCarthy
 
35.
Young Adult (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
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. (94 mins.)
Director: Jason Reitman
“ Take 4-time Academy Award nominee Jason Reitman, Academy Award winner Diablo Cody, and Academy Award winner Charlize Theron, and you get Young Adult. Need I say more? ” - alexandersapphiredestiny