Wednesday, July 13, 2011

2012 Oscar Predictions: 12 for ‘12

They're kinda creepy, if you think about it...

Getting sick of the summer lineup already? Well, I sure am. I can only take so many explosions, superstunts, robots, pathetic CGI, and that pesky 3D. Think it’s too early to think about Oscar films and the Academy Awards season? Phsh. No and no.
I plan to break the following list of films into four segments of three, assuming I actually get around to it…….. Those segments will go into more detail as to why I think they will be among the select few at the 84th Academy Award in 2012.
Anyway, here is the never-too-early list of Oscar Contenders for 2012:  

 A Dangerous Method
Director: David Cronenberg (A History of Violence, Eastern Promises)
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightly
Release Date: TBA in U.S.; 10 November 2011

War Horse
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, Benedict Cumberbatch
Release Date: 28 December 2011

The Iron Lady
Director: Phillida Lloyd (Macbeth, Mamma Mia!)
Starring: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent
Release Date: 16 December 2011

Tinker, Tailor, Solder, Spy
Director: Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In- 2008)
Starring: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, Benedict Cumberbatch
Release Date: 16 September 2011

The Tree of Life
Director: Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line, The New World)
Starring: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn
Release Date: 27 May 2011

J. Edgar
Director: Clint Eastwood (Million Dollar Baby, Flags of Our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima, Gran Torino, Invictus, Hereafter)
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts, Josh Lucas, Armie Hammer
Release Date: 14 December 2011

We Need to Talk About Kevin
Director: Lynne Ramsay (Ratcatcher)
Starring: Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller
Release Date: TBA in U.S.; 12 May 2011 (Cannes)

The Ides of March
Director: George Clooney (Good Night, and Good Luck, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind)
Starring: George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood
Release Date: 7 October 2011

Director: Bennett Miller (Capote)
Starring: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Robin Wright, Phillip Seymour Hoffman
Release Date: 23 September 2011

The Rum Diary
Director: Bruce Robinson (Withnail and I)
Starring: Johnny Depp, Amber Heard
Release Date: 28 October 2011

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Director: David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club, Zodiac, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Social Network)
Starring: Rooney Mara, Daniel Craig, Christopher Plummer, Robin Wright
Release Date: 21 December 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. II
Director: David Yates (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 1)
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint
Release Date: 15 July 2011

Honorable Mention: Young Adult, The Descendants, Contagion, Drive, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Carnage, Like Crazy, The Eye of the Storm, Hugo Cabret, 50/50, Marcy Martha May Marlene, The Debt, Warrior

Stay tuned for more coverage of the Oscars! And... well, maybe coverage in general... It's been busy for us YAMB writers... to say the least.

Part One
Part Two 
Part Three
Part Four
The Rest... (Coming Soon!)




  1. Hey blog, this is a movie blog about a movie blog -

  2. this loses any attempt at being correct with harry potter

  3. Um. Really? While the franchise has been, shall-we-say, less than an Academy Award hotbed, I see no reason why HP, Pt. II shouldn't at least be a contender for categories in Visual Effects, Cinematography, etc. Even though the franchise as a whole has only one Oscar nom (Half-Blood Prince for Best Cinematography), Parts I and II of installment 7 has been far better than the others in the series. And since I gave a super early prediction that HP, Pt. II will be a contender immediately destroys the validity of any of the other films I listed being Oscar-worthy? Please. I realize some of them are far-fetched, but c'mon, like I said, it's early. 
    I will explain my choices further... Stay tuned.


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