The nominations for the 2012 Academy Awards were announced this morning, and while they have no doubt already inspired countless office water-cooler arguments (nothing divides colleagues like discussing the relative merits of The Descendants), we're just happy to see some of our friends and fellow Canadians on the list.
You can follow this link to find the complete list of nominees, but here is a rundown of the Canadian content at this year's Oscars:
Christopher Plummer: The Canadian acting icon and red-chair favourite won the nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance as an older man who reveals his sexuality to his adult son in the film Beginners.
Here he is talking to George last year about drinking, death and the Hollywood lifestyle:
Monsieur Lazhar: Philippe Falardeau's touching film about an Algerian man teaching at a Montreal school was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.
Falardeau is on the show tomorrow night.
Dimanche/Sunday: Patrick Doyon's film showing what happens when a bored boy places a coin on a train track is production of the National Film Board of Canada, and is nominated for Best Short Film (Animated).
Wild Life: Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby's clip about about a young English sophisticate's attempts to adapt to life in 1909 Alberta is also an NFB production, and also up for Best Short Film (Animated).
Howard Shore: The Toronto composer has twice been nominated for an Academy Award before, for the score he wrote for The Lord of the Rings. He's nominated again for Best Original Score, this time for his work on Martin Scorsese's Hugo. (Welland, Ont.'s Dave Giammarco has also been nominated for his work on Hugo, in the category of Best Sound Mixing.)
In Darkness: While this is officially Poland's entry into the Best Foreign Film Category, In Darkness is a Poland-Canada-Germany co-production, written by Toronto's David F. Shamoon and produced by Canadians Eric Jordan and Paul Stephens.
Christopher Plummer and Philppe Falardeau are not the only show guests to have received nominations this year. Other recent visitors to the red chair include:
Joe Berlinger: The documentary filmmaker was on our show last month, talking about his movie Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory, about the questionable evidence behind the imprisonment of the so-called West Memphis Three. Berlinger learned about the release of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley while he was finishing the films, which has now been nominated for Best Documentary (Feature).
Here he is, talking to George about freeing prisoners:
Michael Morpurgo: The author of the novel War Horse has already seen his story of a horse separated from his owner in order to serve in the British cavalry in World War I turned into a play, and then into a film by Steven Spielberg. Now he's seen that movie nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.
Michael Morpurgo is on the show next Monday.
Jason Segel and Kermit the Frog: The Muppets, Segel's cinematic love letter to Kermit's gang of felt-made friends only scored a single Oscar nomination this year, for the Bret McKenzie-penned Best Original Song nominee "Man or Muppet," but we're glad to have another chance to share clips from George's interviews last year with both, er, man and Muppet.
Last night on the show, we featured Cameron Bailey, co-director of the Toronto International Film Festival, discussing his predictions for this year's Oscar nominations. How did he do?
Here is Cameron's contribution to The List:
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