Ok, so you don’t watch the Oscars every year… You’re more of the “mainstream” movie-goer… You don’t care for those critically acclaimed movies much… But remember this, some of the movies on the list of nominees may actually be a REALLY GOOD MOVIE that you may be missing out on!

Here’s onomeister’s list of can’t-miss Oscar-nominated gems of 2012:

  • Hugo – Really? Martin Scorcese directing a family film? Nevermind, it’s the best family film of 2012, and garnered 11 total noms!
  • War Horse – Steven Spielberg’s sentimental film gets a nom for Best Picture, and John Williams (a la Star Wars theme) gets two noms for Best Original Score, one for this and one for Adventures of Tintin
  • Midnight In Paris – A Woody Allen film? starring Owen Wilson? Why? Because it’s about time-travel!! And it’s a rom-com for the ladies!
  • The Descendants – Really? George Clooney acting as a dysfunctional dad? Nevermind, he got nominated for Best Actor for one of his best performances of his career.
  • The Help – With 4 noms (Best Picture, Actress, 2 for Supporting Actress) and Emma Stone it it? Gotta see it.
  • Warrior – Nick Nolte gets a nom for Best Supporting in this MMA themed flick. Apparently the ending is unforgettable!
  • The Artist – A black & white silent movie nominated for Best Picture? Total of 10 noms?  Have they gone mad?
  • The Tree of Life – A coming-of-age story tackles every difficult question about God (Best Picture nom)
  • Beginners – Christopher Plummer got a nom for Best Supporting in this movie, but Ewan McGregor was also acclaimed for his acting.
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay, it is an intelligent spy movie not for the younger thrill-seeker crowd.
  • A Separation – This Iranian film has won countless Film Festival awards worldwide, and is the favourite to win Best Foreign Language Film.

Honourable mentions that weren’t nominated (aka “Snubs by Snobs“): Super 8 (Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams deliver a fun popcorn / sci-fi movie), The Cave of Forgotten Dreams (a must-see documentary if you have a 3D HDTV), Hanna (a story of a 16 year old assassin), The Interrupters (a documentary about stopping gang violence by having them talk to each other)

Any of these intrigue you? Check them out at Amazon by clicking the movie name.