Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The 2012 Essential Film Awards - Announcing the Nominees

It's awards season! And everyone has been waiting for the most prestigious awards ceremony for excellence in motion pictures all year... of course, I'm talking about The Essential Film Awards.

Last year we held the first ever Essential Film Awards which you can find right HERE

The main criteria for each category was that each film has to have some sort of theatrical run in 2011.  Last year we only announced winners.  This year we are announcing the nominees today and we'll be announcing the winners at the end of the month.  Who votes for these awards?  Well, uh... me.  Get over it.

The 2012 Essential Film Awards

Celebrating the films and cinematic achievements of 2011.

Best Film of the Year

The Artist
The Descendants
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
Midnight in Paris
The Tree of Life

Best Actor in a Leading Role
The Artist - Jean Dujardin
The Descendants - George Clooney
Drive - Ryan Gosling
Moneyball - Brad Pitt
Shame - Michael Fassbender

Best Actress in a Leading Role
Bridesmaids - Kristen Wiig
Certified Copy - Juliette Binoche
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - Rooney Mara
My Week With Marilyn - Michelle Williams
Young Adult - Charlize Theron

Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Beginners - Christopher Plummer
Drive - Albert Brooks
Moneyball - Jonah Hill
X-Men: First Class - Kevin Bacon
Young Adult - Patton Oswalt

Best Actress in a Supporting Role
The Artist - Bérénice Bejo
Bridesmaids - Melissa McCarthy
The Descendants - Shailene Woodley
Shame - Carey Mulligan
Super 8Elle Fanning

Best Ensemble Cast
50/50 - Joseph Gordon Levitt, Seth Rogen, Angelica Huston, Bryce Dallas Howard, Anna Kendrick, Phillip Baker Hall, Matt Frewer
Bridesmaids - Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jon Hamm, Melissa McCarthy, Elle Kemper, Rose Byrne
Carnage - Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz, Kate Winselt, John C. Reilly
Drive - Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Albert Brooks, Ron Perlman, Bryan Cranston
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong

Best Director
The Artist - Michel Hazanavicius
Drive - Nicolas Winding Refn
Hugo - Martin Scorsese
Midnight in Paris - Woody Allen
The Tree of Life - Terrence Malick

Best Screenplay - Original Material
50/50 - Will Reiser
Bridesmaids - Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo
Midnight in Paris - Woody Allen
Shame - Steve McQueen, Abi Morgan
Weekend - Andrew Haigh

Best Screenplay - Adapted Material
Drive - Hossein Amini
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - Steven Zaillian
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 - Steve Kloves
Hugo - John Logan
Moneyball - Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin

Best Film - Animated Feature
The Adventures of Tintin
Puss In Boots

Best Film - Documentary Feature
Bill Cunningham: New York
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
The Interrupters
Project Nim

Best Film - Foreign
13 Assassins - Japan
Certified Copy - France, Italy, Belgium
Poetry - Japan
A Separation - Iran

Best Film - Limited Theatrical Release
The Arbor
Attack The Block
Red State

Best Cinematography
The Artist - Guillame Schiffman
Captain America: The First Avenger - Shelly Johnson
Drive - Newton Thomas Sigel
Hugo - Robert Richardson
The Tree of Life - Emmanuel Lubezki

Best Film Editing
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
The Tree of Life 

Best Visual Design
(Concept Art, Production Design, Art Direction, Costume Design, Props)
The Artist
Captain America: The First Avenger
X-Men: First Class

Best Visual Effects
Captain America: The First Avenger
Real Steel
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
The Tree of Life

Best Stunts & Stunt Choreography
13 Assassins
Fast Five

Best Make-Up Effects
Captain America: The First Avenger
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
X-Men: First Class

Best Music - Score
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross
Shame - Harry Escott
Super 8  - Michael Giacchino
War Horse - John Williams
X-Men: First Class - Henry Jackman

Best Music - Soundtrack or Song Score
The Muppets

Best Sound Design
(Sound Recording, Mixing, Effects)
13 Assassins
Fast Five
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Special Achievement Awards

Small Fry
Outstanding Animated Short Film

The Arbor
For its unique artistic production of blending stage play, documentary and narrative storytelling to create a compelling feature.

Andy Serkis
For motion capture performances in Rise of the Planet of the Apes and The Adventures of Tintin

Kevin Smith
For pioneering new distribution process for independent motion pictures, specifically Red State


The Nominees

  1. 13 Assassins - 3 Nominations
  2. 50/50 - 2 Nominations
  3. The Adventures of Tintin - 1 Nomination
  4. The Arbor - 1 Nomination
  5. The Artist - 7 Nominations
  6. Beginners - 2 Nominations
  7. Bill Cunningham - 1 Nomination
  8. Bridesmaids - 4 Nominations
  9. Captain America: The First Avenger - 4 Nominations
  10. Carnage - 1 Nomination
  11. Cave of Forgotten Dreams - 1 Nomination
  12. Certified Copy - 2 Nominations
  13. Contagion - 1 Nominations
  14. The Descendants - 3 Nominations
  15. Drive - 11 Nominations
  16. Fast Five - 2 Nominations
  17. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - 4 Nominations
  18. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 - 3 Nominations
  19. Hugo - 6 Nominations
  20. The Interrupters - 1 Nominatin
  21. Midnight in Paris - 3 Nominations
  22. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol - 1 Nomination
  23. Moneyball - 4 Nominations
  24. The Muppets - 1 Nomination
  25. My Week with Marilyn - 1 Nomination
  26. Poetry - 1 Nomination
  27. Project Nim - 1 Nomination
  28. Puss In Boots - 1 Nomination
  29. Rango - 1 Nomination
  30. Real Steel - 1 Nomination
  31. Red State - 1 Nomination
  32. Rise of the Planet of the Apes - 2 Nominations
  33. A Separation - 1 Nomination
  34. Shame - 5 Nominations
  35. Super 8 - 3 Nominations
  36. Thor - 1 Nomination
  37. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - 1 Nomination
  38. Transformers: Dark of the Moon - 1 Nomination
  39. The Tree of Life - 5 Nominations
  40. War Horse - 1 Nomination
  41. Weekend - 2 Nominations
  42. X-Men: First Class - 3 Nominations
  43. Young Adult - 2 Nominations