War Horse, The Tree of Life, Moneyball, Midnight in Paris, Hugo, The Help, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Descendants and The Artist are in for the race for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards.
Film awards ceremonies have been greatly dominated by The Artist, a movie that has received, among others, a prize for Jean Dujardin’s interpretation at Cannes in 2011, three Golden Globes, seven BAFTA awards, a Goya, numerous trophies awarded by professional associations in the film industry and six Cesar awards.
The Artist is the first (almost completely) silent film nominated for the Oscar in the past 83 years.
The Descendants, a movie credited with chances in the race for the Oscars, grabbed a few prizes on Saturday evening at the Independent Spirit Awards gala for Best Screenplay (Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash) and Best Supporting Actress (Shailene Woodley).
The film, which takes place in Hawaii, tells the story of a man who is trying to connect emotionally to his daughters while his wife is in coma, following an accident.
The Tree of Life is the story of a family in the 1950s. The film follows the life of the eldest son Jack, since childhood to an adulthood full of disappointment, as he tries to resolve the complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn) feels like a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers and the meaning of life.
The true story of Oakland A’s General Manager Billy Bean (Brad Pitt) who decides to come up with a way to compete without spending money following his team’s elimination by the New York Yankees.
Although the team’s financial situation is precarious, Bean manages to improve its performance using revolutionary techniques, taken afterwards by the rest of the U.S. baseball clubs.