How The Formula Predicts
The 2011 Oscar Nominees

The Formula's Most Important Rule The Too Early Front Runner The Over-Estimated Comedy The Meryl Streep Rule

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The Descendants
55.85 pts

Martin Scorsese
32.41 pts

George Clooney
23.10 pts

Meryl Streep
18.38 pts

Supp. Actor
Christopher Plummer
32.04 pts

Supp. Actress
Octavia Spencer
14.66 pts

Orig. Screenplay
The Artist
20.32 pts

The Descendants
30.22 pts

Best Picture
The Artist
The Descendants
Midnight in Paris

6. The Help
7. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
8. The Tree of Life
9. War Horse
10. Bridesmaids

11th and 12th Place: The Ides of March ; Drive,

Note: The Formula doesn't predict the number of Best Picture Nominees. Nominee Extremely Loud & Incredible Close ended on 14th place.

Best Director
Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist
Alexander Payne, The Descendants
Martin Scorsese, Hugo
Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris
Bennett Miller, Moneyball
6th and 7th Place: David Fincher, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ; Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life

Places 8 to 10: Tate Taylor, The Help ; George Clooney, The Ides of March ; Steven Spielberg, War Horse

Best Actor
George Clooney, The Descendants
Jean Dujardin, The Artist
Michael Fassbender, Shame
Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Brad Pitt, Moneyball
6th and 7th Place: Michael Shannon, Take Shelter; Leonardo DiCaprio, J. Edgar ;

Places 8 to 10: Demian Bichir, A Better Life ; Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris ; Ryan Gosling, The Ides of March

Best Actress
Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis, The Help
Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady
Tilda Swinton, We Need to Talk About Kevin
Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn
6th and 7th Place: Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ; Kirsten Dunst, Melancholia

Places 8 to 9: Charlize Theron, Young Adult ; Elizabeth Olsen, Martha Marcy May Marlene

10th place was a tie between Vera Farmiga, Higher Ground and Anna Paquin, Margaret

Best Supporting Actor
Kenneth Branagh, My Week with Marilyn
Albert Brooks, Drive
Jonah Hill, Moneyball
Nick Nolte, Warrior
Christopher Plummer, Beginners
6th & 7th Place: Viggo Mortensen, A Dangerous Method ; Armie Hammer, J. Edgar

Places 8 to 9: Patton Oswalt, Young Adult ; Brad Pitt, The Tree of Life

10th place was a tie between seven performances, too many to list here

Nominee Max Von Sydow was not mentioned by the Formula

Best Supporting Actress
Berenice Bejo, The Artist*
Jessica Chastain, The Help
Janet McTeer, Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer, The Help
Shailene Woodley, The Descendants
6th and 7th Place: Melissa McCarthy, Bridesmaids* ; Carey Mulligan, Shame

Places 8 to 10: Jessica Chastain, The Tree of Life ; Judy Greer, The Descendants ; Rachel McAdams, Midnight in Paris

* Berenice Bejo had the same score as Melissa McCarthy, so the formula used the Tie Breaker to determine the fifth place.

Best Original Screenplay
The Artist
Midnight in Paris
A Separation
6th and 7th Place: The Tree of Life ; Win Win

Places 8 to 10: Young Adult ; Martha Marcy May Marlene ; The Guard

Nominee Margin Call was not mentioned by the Formula

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Descendants
The Help
The Ides of March
6th and 7th Place: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy ; The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Places 8 to 10: War Horse ; Drive ; The Skin I Live In

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