The 84th Annual Academy Awards nominees – plus our picks for Oscar gold!

The 84th Annual Academy Awards nominees – plus our picks for Oscar gold!

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The Oscars are coming up fast, and today we get the full list of nominees for all the Academy Award categories. While I'm happy to see THE ARTIST getting so much deserved love, I noticed a few other things immediately, such as J. EDGAR getting completely snubbed (no nomination for Leonardo Di Caprio or director Clint Eastwood), and only two songs nominated for Best Original Song - you're telling me there weren't more songs than that?! Also not Disney/Pixar's disappointing CARS 2 did not get nominated for Best Animated Film, giving me hope for the voters this year. Check out the list and share your thoughts in the comments below. Remember, our "picks" below are what we think will win, not necessarily what we want to win. Best Motion Picture of the Year Nominees: The Artist (2011): Thomas Langmann - my pick to win The Descendants (2011): Jim Burke, Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011): Scott Rudin The Help (2011): Brunson Green, Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan Hugo (2011/II): Graham King, Martin Scorsese Midnight in Paris (2011): Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum Moneyball (2011): Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz, Brad Pitt The Tree of Life (2011): Nominees to be determined War Horse (2011): Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Nominees: Demián Bichir for A Better Life (2011) George Clooney for The Descendants (2011) - my pick to win Jean Dujardin for The Artist (2011) - could also be Jean, who is phenomenal Gary Oldman for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) Brad Pitt for Moneyball (2011) Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Nominees: Glenn Close for Albert Nobbs (2011) Viola Davis for The Help (2011) Rooney Mara for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) Meryl Streep for The Iron Lady (2011) Michelle Williams for My Week with Marilyn (2011) - my pick to win Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Nominees: Kenneth Branagh for My Week with Marilyn (2011) Jonah Hill for Moneyball (2011) Nick Nolte for Warrior (2011) Christopher Plummer for Beginners (2010) - my pick to win Max von Sydow for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011) Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Nominees: Bérénice Bejo for The Artist (2011) Jessica Chastain for The Help (2011) Melissa McCarthy for Bridesmaids (2011) Janet McTeer for Albert Nobbs (2011) Octavia Spencer for The Help (2011) - my pick to win Best Achievement in Directing Nominees: Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris (2011) Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist (2011) Terrence Malick for The Tree of Life (2011) Alexander Payne for The Descendants (2011) Martin Scorsese for Hugo (2011/II) - my pick to win Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen Nominees: The Artist (2011): Michel Hazanavicius - my pick to win Bridesmaids (2011): Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo Margin Call (2011): J.C. Chandor Midnight in Paris (2011): Woody Allen A Separation (2011): Asghar Farhadi Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published Nominees: The Descendants (2011): Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash Hugo (2011/II): John Logan - my pick to win The Ides of March (2011): George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon Moneyball (2011): Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Stan Chervin Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011): Bridget O'Connor, Peter Straughan Best Animated Feature Film of the Year Nominees: A Cat in Paris (2010): Alain Gagnol, Jean-Loup Felicioli Chico & Rita (2010): Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011): Jennifer Yuh Puss in Boots (2011): Chris Miller Rango (2011): Gore Verbinski - my pick to win Best Foreign Language Film of the Year Nominees: Bullhead (2011): Michael R. Roskam(Belgium) Footnote (2011): Joseph Cedar(Israel) In Darkness (2011): Agnieszka Holland(Poland) Monsieur Lazhar (2011): Philippe Falardeau(Canada) A Separation (2011): Asghar Farhadi(Iran) - my pick to win Best Achievement in Cinematography Nominees: The Artist (2011): Guillaume Schiffman The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011): Jeff Cronenweth Hugo (2011/II): Robert Richardson The Tree of Life (2011): Emmanuel Lubezki War Horse (2011): Janusz Kaminski - my pick to win Best Achievement in Editing Nominees: The Artist (2011): Anne-Sophie Bion, Michel Hazanavicius The Descendants (2011): Kevin Tent The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011): Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter Hugo (2011/II): Thelma Schoonmaker - my pick to win Moneyball (2011): Christopher Tellefsen Best Achievement in Art Direction Nominees: The Artist (2011): Laurence Bennett, Robert Gould Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011): Stuart Craig, Stephenie McMillan Hugo (2011/II): Dante Ferretti, Francesca Lo Schiavo - my pick to win Midnight in Paris (2011): Anne Seibel, Hélène Dubreuil War Horse (2011): Rick Carter, Lee Sandales Best Achievement in Costume Design Nominees: Anonymous (2011/I): Lisy Christl The Artist (2011): Mark Bridges Hugo (2011/II): Sandy Powell - my pick to win Jane Eyre (2011): Michael O'Connor W.E. (2011): Arianne Phillips Best Achievement in Makeup Nominees: Albert Nobbs (2011): Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnson, Matthew W. Mungle - my pick to win Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011): Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight, Lisa Tomblin The Iron Lady (2011): Mark Coulier, J. Roy Helland Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score Nominees: The Adventures of Tintin (2011): John Williams The Artist (2011): Ludovic Bource - my pick to win Hugo (2011/II): Howard Shore Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011): Alberto Iglesias War Horse (2011): John Williams Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song Nominees: The Muppets (2011): Bret McKenzie("Man or Muppet") - my pick to win Rio (2011): Sergio Mendes, Carlinhos Brown, Siedah Garrett("Real in Rio") Best Achievement in Sound Mixing Nominees: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011): David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce, Bo Persson - my pick to win Hugo (2011/II): Tom Fleischman, John Midgley Moneyball (2011): Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, David Giammarco, Ed Novick Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011): Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush, Peter J. Devlin War Horse (2011): Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson, Stuart Wilson Best Achievement in Sound Editing Nominees: Drive (2011): Lon Bender, Victor Ray Ennis The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011): Ren Klyce - my pick to win Hugo (2011/II): Philip Stockton, Eugene Gearty Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011): Ethan Van der Ryn, Erik Aadahl War Horse (2011): Richard Hymns, Gary Rydstrom Best Achievement in Visual Effects Nominees: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011): Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler, John Richardson Hugo (2011/II): Robert Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossmann, Alex Henning Real Steel (2011): Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Danny Gordon Taylor, Swen Gillberg Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011): Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, R. Christopher White, Daniel Barrett - my pick to win Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011): Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Matthew E. Butler, John Frazier Best Documentary, Features Nominees: Hell and Back Again (2011): Danfung Dennis, Mike Lerner If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (2011): Marshall Curry, Sam Cullman Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011): Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky Pina (2011): Wim Wenders, Gian-Piero Ringel - my pick to win Undefeated (2011): Daniel Lindsay, T.J. Martin, Rich Middlemas Best Documentary, Short Subjects Nominees: The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Soldier of the Civil Rights Movement (2011): Robin Fryday, Gail Dolgin God Is the Bigger Elvis: Rebecca Cammisa, Julie Anderson Incident in New Baghdad (2011): James Spione - my pick to win Saving Face (2011/II): Daniel Junge, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom (2011): Lucy Walker, Kira Carstensen Best Short Film, Animated Nominees: Dimanche (2011): Patrick Doyon The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (2011): William Joyce, Brandon Oldenburg La Luna (2011): Enrico Casarosa - my pick to win A Morning Stroll (2011): Grant Orchard, Sue Goffe Wild Life (2011): Amanda Forbis, Wendy Tilby Best Short Film, Live Action Nominees: Pentecost (2011): Peter McDonald Raju (2011): Max Zähle, Stefan Gieren The Shore: Terry George, Oorlagh George - my pick to win Time Freak (2011): Andrew Bowler, Gigi Causey Tuba Atlantic (2010): Hallvar Witzø Courtesy of IMDB.com

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Born and raised in Dallas, Mark has been a movie critic since 1994, with reviews featured in print, radio and National TV. In 2001 he started the Entertainment section of the Herorealm website, where he contributed film reviews and celebrity interviews until 2004. After three years of service there, he started Bigfanboy.com, which has become one of the Dallas film community's leading information websites. Bigfanboy hosts several movie screenings in the Texas area, and works closely with film and TV studios and promotional partners to host exciting events and contests. The site also features a variety of rare celebrity and filmmaker interviews, and Bigfanboy.com regularly covers the film festival circuit as well. In addition to Hollywood reporting, Mark has worked for many years as an advertising and sci-fi/comic book artist. Clients have included Lucasfilm Ltd., Topps Trading Cards, The Dallas Mavericks and The Dallas Stars. He currently catalogs rare comic books and movie memorabilia for Heritage Auctions, and runs the Dallas Comic Con and Sci-Fi Expo conventions, but remains an avid moviegoer and cinema buff.