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JASON'S BEST: If I Voted For The Oscars 2011 (Return to Jason's Best Main Page)


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Here's the detailed list of my Oscar choices for 2011, if I were allowed to vote -- my choice for the winner is in bold -- in addition, I have also included a few additional categories worth mentioning...


Shame, The Best Film of 2011

BEST PICTURE
The Artist
Hugo
Like Crazy
Shame
The Tree of Life

BEST ACTOR
George Clooney in The Descendants
Leonardo DiCaprio in J. Edgar
Michael Fassbender in Shame
Hunter McCracken in The Tree of Life
Michael Shannon in Take Shelter

BEST ACTRESS
Viola Davis in The Help
Rooney Mara in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Charlize Theron in Young Adult
Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton in We Need to Talk About Kevin
Michelle Williams in My Week with Marilyn

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Kenneth Branagh in My Week with Marilyn
Viggo Mortensen in A Dangerous Method
Patton Oswalt in Young Adult
Brad Pitt in The Tree of Life
Christopher Plummer in Beginners

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Bérénice Bejo in The Artist
Jessica Chastain in The Tree of Life
Carey Mulligan in Shame
Octavia Spencer in The Help
Shailene Woodley in The Descendants

BEST DIRECTOR
Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist
Terrence Malick for The Tree of Life
Nicolas Winding Refn for Drive
Steve McQueen for Shame
Martin Scorsese for Hugo

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
The Artist
Margin Call
Midnight in Paris
The Tree of Life
Shame

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Descendants
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Help
Hugo
Moneyball

BEST MUSIC - ORIGINAL SCORE
Ludovic Bource for The Artist
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Michael Giacchino for Super 8
Harry Escott for Shame
Alexandre Desplat for The Tree of Life
Alexandre Desplat for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
John Williams for War Horse

BEST MUSIC - ORIGINAL SONG
"Shelter" from Take Shelter (Performed by Ben Nichols)
"Pop" from White Irish Drinkers (Performed by The Shillaly Brothers)
"The Living Proof" from The Help (Performed by Mary J. Blige)
"A Thousand Years" from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 1 (Performed by Christina Perri)
"Never Be Daunted" from happythankyoumoreplease (Performed by Jaymay)
"Lay Your Head Down" from Albert Nobbs (Performed by Sinead O'Connor)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Hugo
Melancholia
The Tree of Life
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
War Horse

BEST FILM EDITING
Hugo
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Tree of Life
Drive
The Artist

BEST ART DIRECTION
The Artist
The Help
Hugo
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
The Artist
A Dangerous Method
Hugo
Jane Eyre
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

BEST MAKEUP
Albert Nobbs
J. Edgar
The Iron Lady
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

BEST SOUND MIXING
The Tree of Life
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Hugo
War Horse
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

BEST SOUND EFFECTS EDITING
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
War Horse

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Hugo
The Tree of Life
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Super 8
Rise of the Planet of the Apes

BEST ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
The Descendants
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Help
The Tree of Life
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
Rango
The Adventures of Tintin
Kung Fu Panda 2

BEST SCENE OR SEQUENCE IN A 2011 MOTION PICTURE
In the library, with Hugo and Isabelle reliving the early history of film in Hugo
The deeply moving slow motion sequences set to the music of Richard Wagner's Tristan and Isolde that open Melancholia
The showing of the film the kids had been wanting to make during the end credits of Super 8
The ending scene with Jacob and Anna holding each other in the shower, each remembering past times and wondering about their future in Like Crazy
The creation of the universe sequence in The Tree of Life
The ending scene over the end credits with Matt (George Clooney) simply watching tv with his daughters in The Descendants

BEST FILM QUOTE OF THE YEAR
"Well of course it's happening inside your head, Harry! But that doesn't make it any less real." from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
"It's just money; it's made up. Pieces of paper with pictures on it so we don't have to kill each other just to get something to eat. And there have always been and there always will be the same percentage of winners and losers. Happy foxes and sad sacks. Fat cats and starving dogs in this world. Yeah, there may be more of us today than there's ever been. But the percentages-they stay exactly the same." from Margin Call
"Courage sometimes skips a generation. Thank you for bringing it back to our family." from The Help
"If you ever wonder where your dreams come from, look around: this is where they're made." from Hugo
"No subject is terrible if the story is true, and if the prose is clean and honest, and if it affirms courage and grace under pressure." from Midnight in Paris
"The only way to be happy is to love. Unless you love, your life will flash by." from The Tree of Life
"We're not bad people. We just come from a bad place." from Shame
"First love is such sweet desperation." from My Week With Marilyn
"Well, let's say that since you were little, you always dreamed of getting a lion. And you wait, and you wait, and you wait, and you wait but the lion doesn't come. And along comes a giraffe. You can be alone, or you can be with the giraffe. I'd wait for the lion. That's why I worry about you." from Beginners

BEST MOVIE SOUNDTRACK ALBUM
The Muppets: The Green Album
Drive
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
The Tree of Life

BEST MOVIE POSTER
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Contagion
Midnight in Paris
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
The Ides of March

DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR: BEST INDEPENDENT FEATURE FILM/DOCUMENTARY
The Innkeepers (directed by Ti West)
Life in a Day (directed by Kevin MacDonald)
Page One: Inside the New York Times (directed by Andrew Rossi)
Without (directed by Mark Jackson)
Where Soldiers Come From (directed by Heather Courtney)

DISCOVERY OF THE YEAR: BEST INDEPENDENT SHORT FILM
Annie and her Anger (directed by Tam Le)
Intercambios (directed by Brian Aramayo)
Timelapse - The City Limits (directed by Dominic Boudreault at www.dominicboudreault.com)
Mourir Auprès de Toi (To Die By Your Side) (directed by Spike Jonze | Click Here to View)
Two-Legged Rat Bastards (directed by Scott Weintrob)
Sexting (directed by Tim Harms)
Special Mention: My own short film, After the Torment! Film's website