Academy Members Will Receive Oscar Ballots Today. Quick! Make Your Case

Yesterday the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences placed nomination ballots in the mail to be delivered to the voting body of 5,783 members, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. This means that the majority of Academy members will be receiving them today and the remainder will receive them throughout the end of this week. They then have until January 13 to submit their completed nomination ballots.

In the miniscule chance that any voting member of the Academy happens to follow Film Misery, I would like to invite any reader to post their own For Your Consideration ad for a particular category. Make your case in the comments for why the particular film or performance that you favor should be written down on an Academy member’s ballot and submitted.

I will begin with my own.

Dear Anonymous Academy Member,

Please consider Juliette Binoche in the Best Actress category for her radiant performance in Abbas Kiarostami’s Certified Copy. The film earned much of its buzz last year during the Cannes Film Festival, but it did not reach theatres in the U.S. until 2011 so it is technically eligible in any category. However, a nomination for La Binoche would be a more than satisfactory way to recognize the fantastic film.

Juliette Binoche’s performance was remarkable on many levels. She managed to challenge the audience’s perception of reality with complete commitment to the game she creates for the two main characters in the film. She drives all of the action and is almost solely responsible for the state of wonderment/befuddlement that the audience is meant to experience when the central relationship changes.

I also know how you Academy folk like to recognize performers for their body of work as much as an individual performance. Consider that it has been 10 years since Juliette Binoche was last nominated for an Oscar and in that span she has been remarkable in Cache, Summer Hours, and Breaking and Entering in addition to Certified Copy.

With all of this in mind I beg that you consider Juliette Binoche for Best Actress when you fill out your ballot over the next several days.

Sincerely,

Alex Carlson
Film Nerd

Your turn. Let’s hear your best arguments.

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  • Passed the trend on to my own site, along with my own personal plea on behalf of Jared Harris for his performance in “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”. Not a great film, but a stunning performance that’s likely to go on unnoticed. http://highoncelluloid.blogspot.com/2011/12/my-case-to-academy-voters-on-behalf-of.html

  • Gah! You beat me to the punch with your Binoche letter! FYI, ‘Certified Copy’ is eligible this year for Best Picture as well :-D

    Here’s my letter,. which is far less specific than yours:

    Dear Academy Voter,

    In my opinion, 2011 is the best year the cinema has seen in this young century. But you probably wouldn’t know it if you looked at the list of the year’s highest-grossing movies, which are littered with sequels, remakes, franchises and all-around stinkers.

    You won’t see it in the countless critics’ polls either, which are more or less awarding their top prizes to the same three or so films, which are all well-made middlebrow crowd-pleasers, yet hardly representative of the great cinema we’ve seen this year.

    For me, the movies that stuck out were the ones that used the medium as a means of expressing artists’ rawest sensibilities, and deeply challenging moviegoers as a result.

    I speak of ‘Tree of Life’ and ‘Uncle Boonmee,’ which stimulate and stymie the mind in equal doses.

    I speak of ‘Melancholia,’ which insisted that viewers identify with and relate to characters we would otherwise care not to know.

    I speak of ‘Weekend,’ the most gripping and honest story of dissident sexuality since 2005’s true Best Picture ‘Brokeback Mountain.’

    I speak of ‘A Separation,’ and ‘Certified Copy,’ which demonstrate Hollywood is one of many places to turn to for great cinema.

    I speak of ‘Attack the Block,’ proof that popcorn entertainment need not require a massive budget.

    Not all of these movies will make my “Best of 2011” list, but they are all eligible for yours. They represent exactly what has made this year so crucial to the medium for which you claim stewardship. Make a bold step this year, go against the grain. For every ‘Descendant’ and ‘Artist’ you nominate, pick a ‘Margaret’ or a ‘Tyrannosaur’ as well.

    Test the tastes of those who hold your opinion in high regard, just as directors did in 2011. It may not do well for your institution’s annual telecast (already tanking) ratings, but you may wind up being the first step in a process that transforms the Academy to a more profound harbinger of cinema’s greatness.

    • My hope for a Best Picture nomination has long faded, but part of me feels like there is a fighting chance for Binoche. I’ll hold onto hope.

  • Dear Academy Voters,

    I would like you to remember an overloooked peformance from way earlier in the year: Saoirse Ronan in “Hanna”. The film is not a great movie, but her portrayal of the title character is a great performance, and one of the top pieces of acting (lead or supporting) I’ve seen this year.

  • Jose

    Dear Avademy Voters,

    This year has been a great year for performances and while so far I am pleased with how the Oscar race is shaping up, but there is room for improvement.

    How can this be done you ask? Nominate Charlotte Gainsbourg for Best Supporting Actress in Melancholia.

    Why her? Well frankly because I know that it’ll be more plausable for her to score a nod than her co-star Kirstin Dunst (whose just as deserving of an Oscar nomination) but, like Justin said, she was part of an ensemble that forced us identify with characters that we would ussually hate. I mean hell, at the end of the world who else would be like Claire and cower in the final seconds of life?

    Also, please don’t forget Yoon Jeong-hee for Poetry (that movie is eligible this year right? If so vote for it)

    And Micheal Shannon and/or Gary Oldman for Take Shelter and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, because either of those two is better than Leonardo DiCaprio in J. Edgar.

    And also, I beg of you, do not fall in the Shailene Woodley and Melissa McCarthy bandwagon.

    Both of the movies they starred in were forgettable (although I must admit the leads were great, where’s the Oscar Campaign for Kristin Wiig!) But those two actresses are getting way to much acclaim. Yes those roles were definitely great breakout roles, but Oscar worthy?

    In the wise words of Gob Bluth: C’mon!

    • If you’re going to bring Gob Bluth into this conversation, I feel like taunting the Academy with a Chicken Dance would be way more effective.

      …you DO have your own version of the chicken dance, don’t you, Jose?

      • The Academy is just too CHICKEN to nominate La Binoche. Squawkee Squawkle doo!

      • Jose

        Good grief…

  • Dear Academy Voters!
    Please do consider the following points:

    – I would really like you to take some of the movies seriously not just because they are too indie, small or ‘a Harsh uncomfortable look at life’ movies like Shame, Martha Marcy May Marlene, We Need To Talk About Kevin and Drive.

    – Please consider actors like Kristen Dunst, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Fassbender, Michael Shannon, Nick Nolte, Elizabeth Olsen and Shailene Woodley if you already aren’t.

    – Please don’t go a lot with audience reaction to certain movies like The Help and nominated it for Best Picture, instead consider nominating a worthy small movie.

    – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2 got amazing reviews and a universal acclaim all over. Please do consider it for Best Picture and other categories.

    – I am not sure about movies like The Tree Of Life and Drive getting your uttermost attention for being slightly to mostly polarizing reviews from audiences mainly, please do it so.

    – Nominate A Separation for Screenplay, it is flawless according to my opinion.

  • Dear Academy Voters,

    Please consider nominating Michael Parks for Best Actor for his amazing performance in Red State. It is the best performance I’ve seen so far this year. Please also consider Kerry Bishe for Best Supporting Actress for her peformance in Red State, and Kevin Smith’s screenplay for Red State for Best Original Screenplay.

    Please also consider Saorsie Ronan for Best Actress for her performance in Hanna, Armie Hammer for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in J. Edgar, Life In A Day for Best Documentary, and Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, and Bryce Dallas Howard for Best Supporting Actress for their performances in The Help.

  • Jose

    Hey, Certified Copy is available on Instant Streaming on Netflix.

    So I can finally watch it and see if its worth all the hype you’re giving it Alex.

    • Brilliant discovery! Now everyone can behold its wonder.

  • If I could influence the voters:

    Dear voters,
    We know we have no frontrunner in Best Supporting Actress. If only you could change your rule this year for this particular category, you would find it easy to fill out your ballot. Why? Make it eligible for an actress to be nominated for more than one performance in this category. With this, write Jessica Chastain for her performances in Tree of Life, The Help, and Take Shelter. You got 3 spots filled already and you can make your own case with the last two.

    PS: Chastain is also great in The Debt. Now you only have to think one last name.

    You’re welcome.

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