Awards season is definitely upon us, and in just a matter of weeks, the 84th Academy Awards will honor the greatest movies of the year.
Stars will take the red carpet Feb. 26 to show off their designer duds and see who will take home the awards.
With so many worthy movies and actors, it is sure to be a tight competition, but The Bells staff is weighing in with their picks for who deserves to take home this year’s golden statues.
Though some big name films are in the running for best picture, one seems to stand out among fans. The Help portrays a young white journalist from Jackson, Miss. played by Emma Stone, who documents the stories of African American maids in the 1960s.
The movie is adapted from a novel by Kathryn Stockett, and both have enjoyed success and popularity.
Not only is the film full of humor and has a cast of talented actresses, but it also has cultural significance. It displays a important period of time in our nation’s history in a way that is both informative and entertaining.
Among the other top contenders is the sports drama Moneyball starring Brad Pitt and the black and white picture The Artist. Also nominated are The Descendants, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, The Tree of Life and War Horse.
Talented stars were also in no shortage this year, and many of the nominees for best picture also produced best actor and actress noms.
This being his fourth time as an Oscar nominee, Brad Pitt is likely to take home the prize as best actor in a leading roll for his work on Moneyball.
He portrays the Oakland Athletic’s general manager Billy Bean as he tries to rebuild a losing team. The bad-boy persona he has established in previous roles really give weight to his unorthodox methods in resurrecting a secondrate baseball team. Pitt is a great actor and once again shows that on screen.
Other nominees for the title are Demian Bichir in A Better Life, George Clooney in The Descendants, Jean Dujardin in The Artist and Gary Oldman in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.
For the other most coveted award for best actress in a leading roll, The Bells votes are somewhat divided.
A definite front runner is The Help’s Viola Davis, who portrays the first of the African American maids to agree to tell their heart gripping story. She did a wonderful job of playing her part and made every single scene believable as she grasped the audience and hung onto them with every emotion until the very end.
No stranger to the Academy Awards, Meryl Streep is also a heavy contender as she receives her 17th nomination for leading lady in The Iron Lady. Streep is a classic actor and did a great job with the role of Britain’s first female Prime Minister.
Rooney Mara from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Glenn Close from Albert Nobbs and Michelle Williams from My Week With Marilyn also received nominations for their roles.