The 2012 Oscars are upon us. The biggest night in Hollywood is set to go down Sunday, and when all is said and done, only one film will be crowned Best Picture.
Of course, with only nine films in the Best Picture race, the Academy Awards have neglected to acknowledge some of the past year’s biggest and brightest gems — but geeks and genre fans know better: The nerd community enjoyed a truly spectacular 2011, as comic-book movies swarmed theaters with an astonishing level of quality in tow. Some of the year’s greatest performances came not from the likes of George Clooney in “The Descendants” or Jean Dujardin in “The Artist,” but from Michael Fassbender and Tom Hiddleston as tortured souls armed with superhuman gifts — yet neither of these men were nominated, snubbed alongside the countless other deserving individuals who dabbled in 2011′s incredible blockbuster scene.
Chief among the snubs, as we’ve said time and time again: “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” the stunning conclusion to the epic “Potter” saga. Warner Bros. campaigned hard to get Oscar love for its long-awaited grand finale, and while fans kept their fingers crossed for a Best Picture nod and Best Supporting Actor recognition for Alan Rickman, it never happened. The Academy can explain their decisions however they like, but there’s no skirting the issue: “Potter” got snubbed, plain and simple.
In short, though 2011 was a phenomenal year for movie nerds all over the world, the Academy did not share our interests. They chose to not recognize the brilliant work of Andy Serkis in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” or honor the conclusion of one of the greatest fantasy franchises of all time in “Harry Potter.” Instead, it’s a dead heat between “The Artist” and “The Descendants,” much to the excitement of … who again, exactly?
But the Talk Nerdy team knows better: We selected our biggest surprises, biggest disappointments and overall favorites from 2011′s nerdy movie offerings in this week’s latest episode. See if you agree with our picks in the video above — and if you don’t, you can always disagree with our choices in the comments section below.
The MTV Movies team has the 2012 Oscars covered! Stick with us for everything you need to know leading up to the awards show, and on Sunday, February 26, tune into MTV.com at 5 p.m. ET for our two-and-a-half-hour red-carpet live stream and updates on the night’s big winners. To join the live conversation, tweet @MTVNews with the hashtag #Oscars.