If there was a major surprise it was that the best picture category was so short of studio blockbusters. The motion picture academy had expanded the category to include ten films in the hopes that voting members would include a few popular favorites, thereby boosting television ratings. But not a single film among the top ten at the 2011 box office received a best picture nomination, and the only major hit on the list was Disney's The Help , which earned $169.6 million during its domestic run. No other film on the list crossed the $100-million mark. The second highest-grossing film on the list was Moneyball , which earned $75.5 million, and the third highest earner was Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, with $56.4 million. The year's highest-grossing movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 , received only one nomination -- for art direction. No other film on the 2011 top ten list received an Oscar nomination. Ironically, Disney's Cars 2 , which did make the list (at No. 8), was not nominated in the animated feature category. Another surprise was the inclusion of Warner Bros.' Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close in the best picture category. The film had received some excoriating reviews when it opened in limited engagements last month, then debuted DOD in a nationwide rollout last weekend.

24/01/2012