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84th Academy Award Nominations

The 84th Academy Award Nominations were announced on January 24, 2012. This year there are nine Best Picture nominees. “The Ides of March”, which was co-written and directed by George Clooney was noticeably missing from the Best Picture category but was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. Otherwise most of the nominees are very similar to this year’s Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice nominees. Kudos to the Academy for giving a Best Actress in a Supporting Role nod to Melissa McCarthy for her role in “Bridesmaids”. McCarthy was previously snubbed of a Golden Globe nomination, so it is nice to see that she got an Oscar nomination for a role which many thought would garner one.

The 84th Annual Academy Awards will air on February 26, 2012, with host Billy Crystal making this his 9th time as MC-ing the event.

Here are some nomination highlights:

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“The Artist” Thomas Langmann, Producer
“The Descendants” Jim Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, Producers
“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” Scott Rudin, Producer
“The Help” Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, Producers
“Hugo” Graham King and Martin Scorsese, Producers
“Midnight in Paris” Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, Producers
“Moneyball” Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, Producers
“The Tree of Life” Nominees to be determined
“War Horse” Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, Producers
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Spring Movie Season: April 2011

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Spring is here! So what films come out this month which is a prequel to the Summer Movie Season? Opening the month we have Jake Gyllenhaal starring in the action film “Source Code”. Following week Academy Award nominee, Saoirse Ronan (“Atonement”), stars in “Hanna” which looks like an intriguing action thriller. The film also stars Eric Bana (“The Hulk”) and Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett (“The Aviator”). Academy Award winner Natalie Portman (“Black Swan”) along with Danny McBride and Academy Award nominee James Franco (“127 Hours”) star in the comedy “Your Highness”.

Mid month Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway star in the animated comedy “Rio”, which looks like a cute film to check out with friends and/or family.

Toward the end of the month are some movie sequels. Vin Diesel and Paul Walker return for the latest film in the Fast and the Furious franchise titled “Fast Five”. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson joins the cast in this latest installment. Hayden Panettiere takes over as the voice of Red Riding Hood in “Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil”.

My spotlight pick of the month is “The Conspirator” directed by Robert Redford and with an all-star cast including James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Kevin Kline, and Tom Wilkinson. Based upon true events, the film details the trial following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Well that’s my April overview, click on the link below to check out the rest of the movies coming out this month and check back next month for my movie picks for the start of the Summer Movie Season picks.

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