Forget the Oscars – it’s The Sunnies

Welcome to the first annual Sunnies Awards, presented by The Western Sun.

Golden West College students were red-carpet-ready when asked to vote for their favorite 2012 Academy Awards nominee for the following categories: best picture, director, actor, actress, supporting actor, actress and best animated feature.

*BEST PICTURE - WINNER “The Help” 24% This book-turned-movie tells the story from the point of view of a few brave maids during the civilrights movement in the South. Runner Up - “The Artist” 17% Nominees: “The Descendants,” “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” “The Help,” “The Artist,” “Hugo,” “Midnight in Paris,” “Moneyball,” “The Tree of Life,” “Warhorse.”

*BEST ACTOR - WINNER George Clooney 30% Good looks is not all this legendary actor brings to the screen as he struggles to deal with the passing of his wife and having to raise his children on his own. Runner Up - Brad Pitt 29% Nominees: Demián Bichir (“A Better Life”), George Clooney (“The Descendants”), Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”), Gary Oldman (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”), Brad Pitt (“Moneyball”).

*BEST ACTRESS - WINNER Rooney Mara 33% First time nominee surprised critics and audiences alike with her riveting performance as a street-wise researcher hired to investigate a mystery. Runner Up - Meryl Streep 32% Nominees: Glenn Close (“Albert Nobbs”), Viola Davis (“The Help”), Rooney Mara (“The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”), Maryl Streep (The Iron Lady”), Michelle Williams (“My Week With Marilyn”).

*BEST DIRECTOR - WINNER Martin Scorcese (Hugo) 34% A Parisian orphan turns a train station into a magical world of surprises, making this film a crowd favorite and showing Scorcese’s talent. Runner Up - Michel Hazanavicius (“The Artist”) 29% Nominees: Woody Allen (“Midnight In Paris”), Michel Hazanavicius (“The Artist”), Alexander Payne (“The Descendants”), Martin Scorsese (“Hugo”), Terrence Malick (“The Tree of Life”).

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR - WINNER Jonah Hill 41% This comedic actor takes on a more serious role as Oakland A’s assistant general manager who has unique ideas on how to improve the team. Runner Up - Max Van Sydow 32% Nominees: Kenneth Branagh (“My Week With Marilyn”), Jonah Hill (“Moneyball”), Nick Nolte (“Warrior”), Christopher Plummer (“Beginners”), Max von Sydow (“Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close”).

*BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS - WINNER Melissa McCarthy 44% Melissa McCarthy plays the talkative, sometimes raunchy sister of the groom in what critics have called the female version of The Hangover. Runner Up - Octavia Spencer 20% Nominees: Bérénice Bejo (“The Artist”), Jessica Chastain (“The Help”), Melissa McCarthy (“Bridesmaids”), Janet McTeer (“Albert Nobbs”), Octavia Spencer (“The Help”).

*BEST ANIMATED FEATURE - WINNER “Rango” 39% Johnny Depp lends his voice to this comical tale of an indoor lizard who gets lost in the desert and spends his days trying to find his way home. Runner Up - “Puss in Boots” 32% Nominees: “A Cat In Paris,” “Chico & Rita,” “Kung Fu Panda 2,” “Puss In Boots,” “Rango.”

Data collection and content by Monica Dekany.
Layout and design in printed version of The Western Sun by Alexander Strada
Western Sun staff writer and Sun opinion editor


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