Best motion picture – Drama The Descendants The Help Hugo The Ides of March Moneyball War Horse
Best performance by an actress in a motion picture – Drama Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs Viola Davis, The Help Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin
Best performance by an actor in a motion picture – Drama George Clooney, The Descendants Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar Michael Fassbender, Shame Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March Brad Pitt, Moneyball
Best animated feature film The Adventures of Tintin Arthur Christmas Cars 2 Puss in Boots Rango
Best foreign language film The Flowers of War (China) In the Land of Blood and Honey (USA) The Kid with a Bike (Belgium) A Separation (Iran) The Skin I like In (Spain)
Best Director- Motion Picture Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris George Clooney, The Ides of March Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist Alexander Payne, The Descendants Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Best original song – Motion Picture “Hello Hello” – Gnomeo & Juliet “The Keeper” – Machine Gun Preacher “Lay Your Head Down” – Albert Nobbs “The Living Proof”- The Help “Masterpiece” – W.E.
Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical 50/50 The Artist Bridesmaids Midnight in Paris My Week with Marilyn
Best performance by an actress in a motion picture – Comedy or Musical Jodie Foster, Carnage Charlize Theron, Young Adult Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn Kate Winslet, Carnage
Best performance by an actor in a motion picture – Comedy or Musical Jean Dujardin, The Artist Brendan Gleeson, The Guard Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50 Ryan Gosling, Crazy, Stupid, Love. Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris
Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a motion picture Berenice Bejo, The Artist Jessica Chastain, The Help Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs Octavia Spencer, The Help Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a motion picture Kenneth Branagh, My Week With Marilyn Albert Brooks, Drive Jonah Hill, Moneyball Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method Christopher Plummer, Beginners
Best screenplay – Motion Picture Midnight in Paris The Ides of March The Artist The Descendents Moneyball
Best original score – Motion Picture The Artist W.E. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Hugo War Horse
Well, the show was OK — not great, but not awful. All in all, I would say that James Franco will NEVER be asked back — though Anne Hathaway might, since she seemed excited to be there. Franco seemed to be back in NYC in school rather than on one of the greatest stages in the world. I have been to the Kodak Theater in Hollywood myself and even took a tour. We were able, on the tour, to stand on the stage and look out to the seats like Franco and Hathaway did on Sunday night. No, the Kodak was not all glitzed and glammed up like it was Sunday, but I still felt that it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Also, I have held an Oscar — not at the Kodak but at the Shops at North Bridge on Michigan Avenue. The lavish mall, where the Nordstroms is, holds an annual venue where people can come and get their picture taken with an actual Oscar statue. They also ha
ve photos from some of the previous ceremonies and other information on the awards. It’s like a mini-Academy Awards museum for filmies around the Chicagoland area! It was a blast. So, even though I probably will never hold an Oscar up on the stage of the Kodak Theater, I can at least say I have been there, done that…though in two different cities and two different years!
BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA BLACK SWAN THE FIGHTER INCEPTION THE KING’S SPEECH THE SOCIAL NETWORK
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA Actress HALLE BERRY FRANKIE AND ALICE NICOLE KIDMAN RABBIT HOLE JENNIFER LAWRENCE WINTER’S BONE NATALIE PORTMAN BLACK SWAN MICHELLE WILLIAMS BLUE VALENTINE Actor JESSE EISENBERG THE SOCIAL NETWORK COLIN FIRTH THE KING’S SPEECH JAMES FRANCO 127 HOURS RYAN GOSLING BLUE VALENTINE MARK WAHLBERG THE FIGHTER
BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL ALICE IN WONDERLAND BURLESQUE THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT RED THE TOURIST
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL Actress ANNETTE BENING THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT ANNE HATHAWAY LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS ANGELINA JOLIE THE TOURIST JULIANNE MOORE THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT EMMA STONE EASY A Actor JOHNNY DEPP ALICE IN WONDERLAND JOHNNY DEPP THE TOURIST PAUL GIAMATTI BARNEY’S VERSION JAKE GYLLENHAAL LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS KEVIN SPACEY CASINO JACK
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM DESPICABLE ME HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON THE ILLUSIONIST TANGLED TOY STORY 3
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM BIUTIFUL (MEXICO/SPAIN) THE CONCERT (FRANCE) THE EDGE (RUSSIA) I AM LOVE (ITALY) IN A BETTER WORLD (DENMARK)
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE Actress AMY ADAMS THE FIGHTER HELENA BONHAM CARTER THE KING’S SPEECH MILA KUNIS BLACK SWAN MELISSA LEO THE FIGHTER JACKI WEAVER ANIMAL KINGDOM Actor CHRISTIAN BALE THE FIGHTER MICHAEL DOUGLAS WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS ANDREW GARFIELD THE SOCIAL NETWORK JEREMY RENNER THE TOWN GEOFFREY RUSH THE KING’S SPEECH
BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE DARREN ARONOFSKY BLACK SWAN DAVID FINCHER THE SOCIAL NETWORK TOM HOOPER THE KING’S SPEECH CHRISTOPHER NOLAN INCEPTION DAVID O. RUSSELL THE FIGHTER
BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE DANNY BOYLE, SIMON BEAUFOY 127 HOURS LISA CHOLODENKO, STUART BLUMBERG THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT CHRISTOPHER NOLAN INCEPTION DAVID SEIDLER THE KING’S SPEECH AARON SORKIN THE SOCIAL NETWORK
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE ALEXANDRE DESPLAT THE KING’S SPEECH DANNY ELFMAN ALICE IN WONDERLAND A.R. RAHMAN 127 HOURS TRENT REZNOR, ATTICUS ROSS THE SOCIAL NETWORK HANS ZIMMER INCEPTION
BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE “BOUND TO YOU” — BURLESQUE “COMING HOME” — COUNTRY STRONG “I SEE THE LIGHT” — TANGLED “THERE’S A PLACE FOR US” — CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER “YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE LAST OF ME” — BURLESQUE
BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA BOARDWALK EMPIRE (HBO) DEXTER (SHOWTIME) THE GOOD WIFE (CBS) MAD MEN (AMC) THE WALKING DEAD (AMC)
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA Actress JULIANNA MARGULIES THE GOOD WIFE ELISABETH MOSS MAD MEN PIPER PERABO COVERT AFFAIRS KATEY SAGAL SONS OF ANARCHY KYRA SEDGWICK THE CLOSER Actor STEVE BUSCEMI BOARDWALK EMPIRE BRYAN CRANSTON BREAKING BAD MICHAEL C. HALL DEXTER JON HAMM MAD MEN HUGH LAURIE HOUSE
BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL 30 ROCK (NBC) THE BIG BANG THEORY (CBS) THE BIG C (SHOWTIME) GLEE (FOX) MODERN FAMILY (ABC) NURSE JACKIE (SHOWTIME)
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A TELEVISION SERIES –COMEDY OR MUSICAL Actress TONI COLLETTE UNITED STATES OF TARA EDIE FALCO NURSE JACKIE TINA FEY 30 ROCK LAURA LINNEY THE BIG C LEA MICHELE GLEE Actor ALEC BALDWIN 30 ROCK STEVE CARELL THE OFFICE THOMAS JANE HUNG MATTHEW MORRISON GLEE JIM PARSONS THE BIG BANG THEORY
BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION CARLOS (SUNDANCE CHANNEL) THE PACIFIC (HBO) PILLARS OF THE EARTH (STARZ) TEMPLE GRANDIN (HBO) YOU DON’T KNOW JACK (HBO)
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A MINI-SERIES OR MADE FOR TV MOVIE Actress HAYLEY ATWELL PILLARS OF THE EARTH CLAIRE DANES TEMPLE GRANDIN JUDI DENCH RETURN TO CRANFORD ROMOLA GARAI EMMA JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT THE CLIENT LIST Actor IDRIS ELBA LUTHER IAN MCSHANE PILLARS OF THE EARTH AL PACINO YOU DON’T KNOW JACK DENNIS QUAID THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP EDGAR RAMIREZ CARLOS
BEST PERFORMANCE IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION Actress HOPE DAVIS THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP JANE LYNCH GLEE KELLY MACDONALD BOARDWALK EMPIRE JULIA STILES DEXTER SOFIA VERGARA MODERN FAMILY Actor SCOTT CAAN HAWAII FIVE-O CHRIS COLFER GLEE CHRIS NOTH THE GOOD WIFE ERIC STONESTREET MODERN FAMILY DAVID STRATHAIRN TEMPLE GRANDIN
George Clooney plays Ryan Bingham, a paid “hatchet” man whose job is to fire people for corporate executives who don’t have the guts to do it themselves. Touted as a “transition specialist”, he spends 322 days a year flying from one city to the next while living out of a one-room rental at a place that looks like the Hampton Inn.
His goal: To achieve membership in the 1,000,000 mile club and receive the airlines club card that identifies him as only the 7th man in the world to reach this milestone.
Bingham loves his work and he truly believes he is a performing a positive service. This, however, is not an upbeat movie. It is a timely and very poignant look at getting downsized in the worst job market in decades. Director Jason Reitman has chosen to cast real people who have been recently fired for the roles of the employees that Bingham meets.
Bingham has no relationships, even with his family, and no commitments. He finds this very satisfying. So too, does the female “road warrior” Alex Goran (Vera Farmiga) he meets in a hotel bar, naturally.
His boss, played by Justin Bateman, brings in a new whiz kid Natalie Keener (Anna Kendrick), who has found a way to cut expenses by firing people through videoconferencing. Kendrick is energetic, smart and likable. Bingham takes her on the road to show the hotshot how he does it, and then to attempt the changeover. Clooney is at his best in these scenes. He is smooth and warm and engaging.
We follow Bingham to Wisconsin to attend his sister’s wedding who he hasn’t seen in years. There we get another glimpse of the character’s bravado while really seeing that he is just a lonely guy.
A late scene with Alex is, thankfully, not your “Harry Met Sally” happy ending. It is also unexpected and it is in this scene that you witness the great actor Clooney has become.
Kendrick and Farmiga are good additions to the cast and this is Clooney’s best role. Academy Award nominations for sure for the movie and possibly Clooney.