This being a Dream Ballot, I count everything that received a 2011 release in the US. I do not restrict this ballot to the films eligible for the Oscars, or to the official submissions for the Oscars. This is my ballot with the imagined scenario of every single film with a 2011 release being eligible for all categories. The only categories I chose not to include were Original Song, Sound Mixing and Sound Editing.

Best Picture:
Certified Copy
A Separation
Take Shelter
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
The Tree of Life
We Need to Talk About Kevin
Young Adult

Best Director:
Tomas Alfredson – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Abbas Kiarostami – Certified Copy
Lee Chang-dong – Poetry
Terrence Malick – The Tree of Life
Nicolas Winding Refn – Drive

Best Actor:
Carlos Areces – The Last Circus
Demian Bichir – A Better Life
Michael Fassbender – Shame
Ryan Gosling – Drive
Michael Shannon – Take Shelter

Best Actress:
Juliette Binoche – Certified Copy
Olivia Colman – Tyrannosaur
Rooney Mara – Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Tilda Swinton – We Need to Talk About Kevin
Charlize Theron – Young Adult

Best Supporting Actor:
Albert Brooks – Drive
Tom Hollander – Hanna
Viggo Mortensen – A Dangerous Method
Nick Nolte – Warrior
John C. Reilly – Terri

Best Supporting Actress:
Sareh Bayet – A Separation
Jessica Chastain – The Help
Sarina Farhadi – A Separation
Charlotte Gainsbourg – Melancholia
Carey Mulligan – Shame

Best Original Screenplay:
Diablo Cody – Young Adult
Abbas Kiarostami – Certified Copy
Asghar Farhadi – A Separation
Jeff Nichols – Take Shelter
Lars von Trier – Melancholia

Best Adapted Screenplay
Hossein Amini, Drive
Moira Buffini – Jane Eyre
Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Lynne Ramsay and Rory Kinnear – We Need to Talk About Kevin
Steve Zaillan and Aaron Sorkin – Moneyball

Best Editing:
Zachary Stuart-Pontier, Martha Marcy May Marlene
Molly Malene Stensgaard – Melancholia
Christopher Tellefson – Moneyball
Chris King and Gregers Sall – Senna
Joe Bini – We Need to Talk About Kevin

Best Cinematography:
Jody Lee Lipes – Martha Marcy May Marlene
Emmanuel Lubezki – The Tree of Life
Christopher Blauvelt – Meek’s Cutoff
Hoyt van Hoytema – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Manuel Albert Caro – Melancholia

Best Art Direction:
Antxón Gómez – The Skin I Live In
Dante Ferretti – Hugo
Maria Djurkovic – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Chi Pang Terrance Chung – Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame
Bo Welch – Thor

Best Costume Design:
Alison Byrne – Cracks
Paco Delgado – The Last Circus
Jacqueline Durran – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Michael O’ Connor – Jane Eyre
Bruce Yu – Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

Best Original Score:
Dario Marianelli – Jane Eyre
Alberto Iglesias – The Skin I Live In
Alberto Iglesias – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
The Chemical Brothers – Hanna
Antonio Pinto – Senna

Best Foreign Language Film:
A Separation
I Saw the Devil
The Last Circus
Le Quattro Volte

Best Documentary:
Project Nim
The Arbor
Bobby Fischer Against the World

Best Animated Feature:
Kung Fu Panda 2
Winnie the Pooh

Best Makeup:
The Artist
Jane Eyre
The Last Circus

Best Visual Effects:
The Adventures of Tintin
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
The Tree of Life

7 Nominations – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
5 Nominations – A Separation
5 Nominations – Drive
5 Nominations – Melancholia
4 Nominations – We Need to Talk About Kevin
4 Nominations – Certified Copy
4 Nominations – Jane Eyre
4 Nominations – The Last Circus
4 Nominations – The Tree of Life
3 Nominations – Young Adult
3 Nominations – Senna
3 Nominations – Hugo
3 Nominations – Take Shelter
2 Nominations – Hanna
2 Nominations – Moneyball
2 Nominations – The Skin I Live In
2 Nominations – Poetry
2 Nominations – Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame
2 Nominations – Shame
2 Nominations – Martha Marcy Marlene


2 thoughts on “2012 Academy Award Dream Ballot

  1. Your Best Picture picks are top notch. (If only it would play out like that.)
    So much love for Young Adult and Take Shelter! Easily 2 of my favorites of 2011.
    Inspired post.

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