The Academy just released the list of contenders for this year’s Oscars, and as expected the Martin Scorcesse children’s film Hugo and the French film The Artist lead the pack with eleven and ten nominations, respectively. The Help also picked up nominations mirroring the praise that the film has received from other award committees — Best Picture, Viola Davis for Best Actress, and Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain for Best Supporting Actress.

The full list of nominees can be found here, but if you’re interested in making your own picks for winners I would start with any movie you haven’t seen from the Best Picture list:

Best Motion Picture of the Year
The Artist
The Descendants
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
The Help
Midnight in Paris
The Tree of Life
War Horse

We’ve talked about whether Hollywood is more comfortable with black women playing maids, but will that comfort translate into Oscar gold for Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer? What other Oscar nominated movies have you seen and enjoyed? Speak on it!


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  • girlformerlyknownasgrace

    I have no idea why I am so excited for this year’s Oscars. I have not seen the Help, as well as half the movies on this list (for Best Picture). I think it is because so many of my favorite actors are competing against each other. Finally we have a year where the contenders make the Oscars worth watching. I want to see Hugo, War Horse (what is the fuss with that? It’s is a HORSE!), Midnight in Paris, and Moneyball.

    • *ahem* I’m waiting for the Bandeka deetz babes! Soooooooooo how is it?!

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    • “Moneyball” is actually great. It just came off as corny and sappy due to the film trailer.

    • Yeah, Money ball did seem corny from the trailer. But maybe I will check it out on Netflix or something.

  • Natalie

    I just want Viola to win. She should’ve won in ’07 for Doubt, but Penelope Cruz undeservingly took that. Unfortunately, she’s up against Meryl Streep… I really hope she gets one this time. Mainly to make up for ’07, but she did do a great job in The Help… despite it being a white savior film.

    • Pilot

      You uttered the key phrase here – “Unfortunately, she’s up against Meryl Streep”. I don’t know if you’ve seen Streep’s portrayal of Margaret Thatcher, but it is uncanny. Like Streep is a shape-shifter.

      It’s going to be very tough for anyone to beat Streep this year, but maybe Viola can do it – I would bet that the voters in the Academy probably liked “the Help” better as a movie, so that’s always a plus when you’re up for an individual Oscar.

    • I do not know how I feel about black actresses getting nominated. If I were Viola Davis, and I were to win this year, I would always have this nagging doubt in my mind, that “Did they give me the award because I am an actress who is black, or in spite of my BEING black?” I am all for more black people winning Oscars, but there are some years where I question whether it was given to them because they were black and the Academy felt obliged in some way.

  • Gigi Young

    What does an Oscar matter without demand? Octavia Spencer is a character actress who lucked out by playing a “deeper” character of the type she usually plays, and once the hype about The Help ends and/or she wins her Oscar, she’ll go back to being a character actress (not a bad status in Hollywood, since character actors work steadily, but she’s not going to be headlining any movies).

    Viola Davis is the one to be concerned about–she’s a leading lady who, by dint of her color (not a light/dark issue–all black women are hindered by their brown skin) will find it difficult to get any leading lady roles (a la Nicole Kidman or Meryl Streep). If you take a look at her filmography on IMDb, she has one film in production compared to her white co-stars of The Help and her white female peers. Even though she and her husband formed a production company, let’s see if this Oscar will open the floodgates of funding…

  • Alexandra

    Viola won against Streep in the Critics choice, but lost to her in the Golden Globes.
    Now they are up for the Oscars, I don’t think Viola will win against Streep. I wish them both luck, I’ll be happy if either of them win.

  • kudos

    Good luck to Viola, Meryl seriously is her biggest competition. I would’ve liked to see Steve McQueen’s, Shame, nominated in at least one category. The score, the cinematography, the acting all top notch! He’s a VERY exciting black director and has plans to work with Chiwetel Ejiofor on his next film.