And The Winner Is… Four Weeks Of Academy Nominees: Final Thoughts

We’re now at the eve of the upcoming airing of the 84th Annual Academy Awards and for once, I find myself actually eager to see what this year’s show has in store. My investment started with my four-week trip through the Best Motion Picture nominees and has continued with the plans my fiancé and I have made for tomorrow evening’s event. Using’s free printable Oscar ballot, we will be choosing our own winners in each category than comparing our choices during the telecast. We’re even making a drinking game out of the whole event:

2012 Academy Award Drinking Game Rules

  • Take a drink/shot every time you lose in a category, take two if you were wrong but someone else guessed it right.
  • Take a drink/shot every time a joke is made that you roll your eyes at.
  • Take a drink/shot every time the Artist wins an Oscar.
  • Take a drink/shot every time a nominee you’ve never heard of is mentioned.
  • Take a drink/shot every time a winner is shooed off stage by the “Wrap it up” music.
  • Choose the best dressed male/female, then take a drink/shot every time they’re on screen.

Those are some of the rules I pulled from the net as well as came up with my fiancé, it’ll be a fun way to make the Oscars a more engaging experience that wont have us passively sitting back as the stars congratulate each other on how fabulous they are.

This leads me to my choice for the best Motion Picture of 2011 as voted on by the Academy:

And The Winner is…The Artist.

Of all the nominated movies I watched over the last 3 weeks, “The Artist” was the one that provided me with the most original experience while still hitting all the beats that a great piece of cinema should have. It is a unique film that began with challenging me to accept it as a silent film but quickly won me over with a cast of characters that were larger than life and that were perfectly played by all the actors. “The Artist” excelled with no spoken dialogue in what hundreds of movies writhe with exposition fail to do on a yearly basis, it was engaging throughout. It is a cute story on the outside with a deeper meditation that explores many of our  fear of becoming useless or easily replaced.

Little cinematic pieces of gold like the Artist is the reason why I love movies and my little experiment has shown me that every one of this year’s 9 nominees deserved their place on the list, if only for the small achievements they succeed in. With that, this years “And The Winner Is…” comes to a close and I’d like to say that I’m glad that I forced myself to get through all these films, it was an experiencing that was challenging at points but definitely satisfying overall. I can’t wait to see what next year’s crop of films has in store for all of us.

Some of the drinking game rules taken from

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  • The Academy certainly went with much
    higher brow nominees this year which I think will lose them a large portion of
    their young audience.  After doing better
    at being in touch with the public the past two years, these stiff nominees just
    fall flat.  I usually have something in
    common with the choices but not this year- if the contenders seem stuffy to
    you, check out my own Top 10 Movie Picks of 2011 at
    where you won’t see a single of the Academy’s nominees for Best Picture but you
    will get some movie artwork I drew up as well as the reviews!

  • This has been a great series to read, and I agree with you, Rich.  The Artist is looking like a good choice for winner this year.

  • Hey Brandt, I agree with you. I feel the choices were either introspective pieces that felt like overly intellectual choices (Tree Of Life), or choices made with obvious ulterior motives (Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close/Money Ball). My top movie of the year would be a tight choice between Drive and The Artist. 

    Thanks Tym, it was both a challenge and joy to tackle these movies over the last four weeks.

  • The Artist was without any doubt a movie that appeals to your heart. Great work it was.