BEST MOTION PICTURE OF THE YEAR
The Artist The Descendants Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close The Help Hugo Midnight in Paris Moneyball The Tree of Life War Horse Put a line through everything bar everyone’s clear favourite ( The Artist ) and everyone’s sentimental choice ( The
Descendants ). The Help has a faint chance of causing a boil over, purely because it’s the biggest box- office grosser in the field. All are worthy nominees except Extremely
Loud, which reportedly made the cut by a handful of votes.
Deserves to win, but won’t: The Descendants and The Tree of Life represent modern American cinema at its most appealing and most innovative. Either would be an encouraging display of great taste by the Academy in most other years. Strong arguments can still be made in defence of
Moneyball and Hugo, but disclosed form on the awards circuit is against them.
And the winner is . . .
The Artist. In 2012, silence is golden at the Oscars. So it’s made in France. So it’s in black and white. So it keeps coming at you like a playful puppy that won’t take no for an answer? So what? A best picture is worth a thousand words.