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Elle. Basically the same movie as The Piano Teacher but sillier. Huppert is great, but when is she not? -Jonathan

The Edge of Seventeen because I needed something light and fun. So delightful, and anchored by a wonderful Hailee Steinfeld performance. - Marina



Maria Schrader (Stefan Zweig...)
Boo Junfeng (The Apprentice
Gianfranco Rosi (Fire At Sea)
Chris Kelly (Other People)
NWR (Neon Demon)

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85th Annual Oscars. Predictions for the films of 2012.




Adam and Dog
Minkyu Lee
(Lodge Films)
Head Over Heels
Timothy Reckart
(National Film and Television School)
Fresh Guacamole
PES (PES) 2 Minutes Stop Motion
Maggie Simpson in 'The Longest Daycare'
David Silverman (Gracie Films)
5 Minutes 3D Animation
John Kars (Disney Animation Studios)

??? Minutes
Traditional Animation
Annie Nominee

A familiar paradise. The first man and the first man's best friend... complete with the first game of fetch!

11 Minutes

A story about a couple who has grown apart; one lives on the floor and the other on the ceiling.


2 Minutes Stop Motion

PES's films, usually witty plays on household objects are instantly recognizable. Oscar hasn't recognized them, though.

Silverman is an Emmy winner and a Golden Globe nominee. He previously directed The Simpsons Movie (2007). This short played before Ice Age: Continental Drift  


 7 Minutes
Black and White, Traditional Animation

An office worker finds that paper airplanes will help him meet a girl he fancies 


Finalists that were not nominated
The Fall of the House of Usher (Raul Garcia)
Dripped (Leo Verrier)
The Eagleman Stag (Mikey Please) - I'm in love with this one!
Tram (Michaela Pavlátová)

Complete list of semi-finalists (most of which did not advance)




Bryan Buckley
(Hungry Man)
Buzkashi Boys
Sam French
(Afghan Film Project)
Shawn Christensen (Fuzzy Logic Picture)
Dood van een Schaduw (Death of a Shadow)
Tom Van Avermaet
(Serendipity Films)
Yan England (Yan England)

17 minutes

A coming of age story of a Somali boy in a fishing village who is struggling to survive in his war torn environment

??? min

Two friends struggle to survive their war torn country. "Buzkashi" refers to a brutal game involving horses and a dead goat.



 ??? min

A young man must watch over a niece he's never met


20 minutes

Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead & Rust & Bone) plays a dead soldier trying to buy a second life

21 Minutes.

Canada A great concert pianist's beloved goes missing

Finalists that were not nominated
The Night Shift Belongs to the Stars Silvia Bizio
Salar Nicholas Greene short available on iTunes
9meter Andrews Walther
A Fábrica (The Factory) Aly Muritiba
Kiruna-Kigali Goran Kapetanovic
when you find me Bryce Dallas Howard full film



(linked titles go to official sites / trailers)
[Shine Global, Inc]
Andrea Nix & Sean Fine
Kings Point
[Kings Point Documentary, Inc]
Sari Gilman
Mondays at Racine
[Cynthia Wade Productions]
Cynthia Wade
Open Heart
Urban Landscapes Inc
[Downton Docs]


 42 minutes

This married team, previously nominated for War Dance, introduces us to an undocumented 15 year old artist who has "fierce determination to never surrender to the bleakness of her surroundings" 


40 minutes

a debut from an Emmy nominated editor. It's about a retirement community in Florida facing its own mortality in a "poignant, funny, and dark empathetic portrait"

39 minutes

This film comes from half of the directing team of Freeheld, which won this category a few years ago. This is about two sisters who open their hair salon once a month to shave the heads of women diagnosed with cancer.





Finalists that weren't nominated
Paraíso [The Strangebird Company]
The Education of Mohamma Hussein [Loki Films] from Heidi Ewing & Rachel Grady who made Jesus Camp
The Perfect Fit [SDI Productions Ltd] Tali Yankelevich


(Pixar's Record in this category: 9 noms / 6 wins)
dir. Mark Andrews & Brenda Chapman 

(Stop Motion Record in this category: 6 noms / 1 win)
dir. Tim Burton 

dir. Chris Butler & Sam Fell 
The Pirates! A Band of Misfits
Aardman Animation / Sony Columbia
dir. Peter Lord 
Wreck-It Ralph
dir. Rich Moore 



June 22nd
$237+ (global $535+)

Though this tale of a stubborn princess and her equally headstrong mother and an ancient curse isn't as generic as critics claim, Pixar's been navigating backlash this year. Will voters rediscover the beauty of the film in time?


October 5th
Stop Motion 
$34+ (global $66+)

Critics liked Tim Burton's return and expansion to one of his name-making short films but audiences largely stayed away from the creepy black and white horror homage of sorts. Despite the low gross, can this be Burton's first Oscar win?


August 17th
Stop Motion
$55+ (global $100+)

Another critical darling which was somewhat spottily received by precursors and also met a good but not great moviegoer response. But it's endearing. Will Oscar fall in love it and respond to its zeitgeisty "dangers of bullying" theme.




April 27th
Stop Motion
$31+ (worldwide $121)

This was the surprise nominee, but Aardman animation is a very respected outfit. It's no Chicken Run or Wallace & Gromit but obviously some voters responded to its wacky high seas slapstick

Nov 2nd
$178+ (global $311+)

Audiences loved its clever take on the internal logic and hardwired magic of video games but will Oscar voters feel the nostalgic pull of arcade games enough for a win or is this a "thank you for the nomination" game over?


Eligible Semi-Finalists That Were Not Nominated
Rise of the Guardians
From Up on Poppy Hill
Le Tableau (The Painting)
The Rabbi's Cat
Dr Seuss The Lorax
Ice Age: Continental Drift
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
The Liars Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman
Adventures in Zambezia
Delhi Safari



5 Broken Cameras
dir. Emad Burnat (never nominated. 1st feature) and Guy Davidi (never nominated)
dir. Dror Moreh (never nominated)
How To Survive a Plague
dir. David France (never nominated. first feature!)
The Invisible War
dir. Kirby Dick (1 nomination)
Searching For Sugar Man
dir. Malik Bendjelloul (never nominated. first feature)

Genre: Middle East Conflicts

Genre: Middle East Conflicts

Genre: Political Activism & AIDS

Genre: Military & Sexual Abuse


 Genre: The Arts & Biography


Finalists that were not nominated:
Chasing Ice (Jeff Orlowski)
Mea Maximum Culpa: Silence in the House of God (Alex Gibney)
Ai WeiWei Never Sorry (Alison Klayman) Instant Watch Netflix
The Waiting Room (Peter Nicks)
Bully (Lee Hirsch)
The Imposter (Bart Layton)
This is Not a Film (Jafar Panahi)
Ethel (Rory Kennedy)
Detropia (Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady)
The House I Live In (Eugene Jarecki) Rent from Netflix