Oscar Index: Enough About Bridesmaids, Already

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    Screw Christmas. Forget Hanukkah. To hell with New Year’s. There is only one holiday we celebrate in the dank, windowless labs of Movieline’s Institute for the Advanced Study of Kudos Forensics, and that is Oscar Night. Thus the latest edition of Oscar Index, offering all the festive year-end joy you can possibly stand. Let’s get to it!

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    The Leading 10:

    1. The Artist

    2. The Descendants

    3. The Help

    4. Hugo

    5. Midnight in Paris

    6. War Horse

    7. Moneyball

    8. The Tree of Life

    9. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

    10. Bridesmaids

    Outsiders: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo; The Ides of March; Drive; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; My Week With Marilyn; Margin Call; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

    First things first: As usual, the Oscar Index reflects buzz and chatter among the awards cognoscenti. But honestly? Bridesmaids is not going to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. OK? It is not going to happen. The only reality I take away from reading index_s_actor_122111.jpg

    The Leading 5:

    1. Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

    2. Alexander Payne, The Descendants

    3. Martin Scorsese, Hugo

    4. Steven Spielberg, War Horse

    5. Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris

    Outsiders: Bennett Miller, Moneyball; Stephen Daldry, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close; David Fincher, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo; Tate Taylor, The Help; Nicolas Winding Refn, Drive

    Congrats to Miller for his first Index appearance of 2011-12, which, despite Allen’s redoubtable hold and the perennial lurking of Daldry and Fincher, I doubt will be the Moneyball filmmaker’s last. Other than that, this “race” is about as allergic to interesting as it’s been all year.