83rd Annual Academy Award Nominations: 'King's Speech' Leads With 12; 'True Grit' 10, 'Social Network' And 'Inception' 8 (But Nolan Blanked Again For Best Director)

BEVERLY HILLS: Beverly Hills, CA (January 25, 2011) – Nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards were announced today (Tuesday, January 25) by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak and 2009 Oscar® winner Mo’Nique. Sherak and Mo’Nique, who won an Academy Award® for her supporting performance in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” announced the nominees in 10 of the 24 Award categories at a 5:38 a.m. PT live news conference attended by more than 400 international media representatives.

Academy members from each of the branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories – actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, etc. In the Animated Feature Film and Foreign Language Film categories, nominations are selected by vote of multi-branch screening committees. All voting members are eligible to select the Best Picture nominees. Nominations ballots were mailed to the 5,755 voting members in late December and were returned directly to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the international accounting firm, for tabulation. Official screenings of all motion pictures with one or more nominations will begin for members this weekend at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Screenings also will be held at the Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood and in London, New York and the San Francisco Bay Area. All active and life members of the Academy are eligible to select the winners in all categories, although in five of them – Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject and Foreign Language Film – members can vote only if they have seen all of the nominated films in those categories.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network beginning at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

Here are today’s nominations:

BEST PICTURE
127 HOURS (Fox Searchlight)
An Hours Production Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers
BLACK SWAN (Fox Searchlight)
A Protozoa and Phoenix Pictures Production Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers
INCEPTION (Warner Bros)
A Warner Bros. UK Services Production Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers
THE FIGHTER (Paramount)
A Relativity Media Production David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT (Focus Features)
An Antidote Films, Mandalay Vision and Gilbert Films Production Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers
THE KING’S SPEECH (The Weinstein Co)
A See-Saw Films and Bedlam Production Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers
THE SOCIAL NETWORK (Sony Pictures)
A Columbia Pictures Production Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán Chaffin, Producers
TOY STORY 3 (Walt Disney)
A Pixar Production Darla K. Anderson, Producer
TRUE GRIT (Paramount)
A Paramount Pictures Production Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers
WINTER’S BONE (Roadside Attractions)
A Winter’s Bone Production Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers

BEST ACTOR
JEFF BRIDGES – TRUE GRIT (Paramount)
JAVIER BARDEM – BIUTIFUL (Roadside Attractions)
JESSE EISENBERG – THE SOCIAL NETWORK (Sony Pictures)
COLIN FIRTH – THE KING’S SPEECH (The Weinstein Company)
JAMES FRANCO – 127 HOURS (Fox Searchlight)

BEST ACTRESS
ANNETTE BENING – THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT (Focus Features)
NICOLE KIDMAN – RABBIT HOLE (Lionsgate)
JENNIFER LAWRENCE – WINTER’S BONE (Roadside Attractions)
NATALIE PORTMAN – BLACK SWAN (Fox Searchlight)
MICHELLE WILLIAMS – BLUE VALENTINE (The Weinstein Co)

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
CHRISTIAN BALE – THE FIGHTER (Paramount)
JOHN HAWKES – WINTER’S BONE (Roadside Attractions)
JEREMY RENNER – THE TOWN (Warner Bros)
MARK RUFFALO – THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT (Focus Features)
GEOFFREY RUSH – THE KING’S SPEECH (The Weinstein Company)

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
AMY ADAMS – THE FIGHTER (Paramount)
HELENA BONHAM CARTER – THE KING’S SPEECH (The Weinstein Company)
MELISSA LEO – THE FIGHTER (Paramount)
HAILEE STEINFELD – TRUE GRIT (Paramount)
JACKI WEAVER – ANIMAL KINGDOM (Sony Pictures Classics)

BEST ANIMATED PICTURE
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON (DreamWorks Animation)
TOY STORY 3 (Walt Disney)
THE ILLUSIONIST (Sony Pictures Classics)

BEST DIRECTOR
DARREN ARONOFSKY – BLACK SWAN (Fox Searchlight)
DAVID FINCHER – THE SOCIAL NETWORK (Sony Pictures)
TOM HOOPER – THE KING’S SPEECH (The Weinstein Co.)
JOEL AND ETHAN COEN – TRUE GRIT (Paramount)
DAVID O. RUSSELL – THE FIGHTER (Paramount)

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
ANOTHER YEAR, Mike Leigh (Sony Pictures Classics)
THE FIGHTER, Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson, Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson (Paramount)
INCEPTION, Christopher Nolan (Warner Bros)
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT, Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg (Focus Features)
THE KING’S SPEECH, David Seidler (The Weinstein Co)

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
127 HOURS, Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy (Fox Searchlight)
TOY STORY 3, Michael Arndt, Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, and Lee Unkrich (Walt Disney)
THE SOCIAL NETWORK, Aaron Sorkin (Sony Pictures)
WINTER’S BONE, Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini (Roadside Attractions)
TRUE GRIT, Joel Coen & Ethan Coen (Paramount)

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Algeria, Hors la Loi (Outside the Law) (Cohen Media Group) – A Tassili Films Production
Canada, Incendies (Sony Pictures Classics) – A Micro-Scope Production
Denmark, In a Better World (Sony Pictures Classics) – A Zentropa Production
Greece, Dogtooth (Kino International) – A Boo Production
Mexico, Biutiful (Roadside Attractions) – A Menage Atroz, Mod Producciones and Ikiru Films Production

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN CINEMATOGRAPHY
Black Swan (Fox Searchlight) – Matthew Libatique
Inception (Warner Bros.) – Wally Pfister
The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company) – Danny Cohen
The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing) – Jeff Cronenweth
True Grit (Paramount) – Roger Deakins

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Exit Through The Gift Shop (Producers Distribution Agency) A Paranoid Pictures Production Banksy and Jaimie D’Cruz
Gasland – A Gasland Production Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic
Inside Job (Sony Pictures Classics) – A Representational Pictures Production Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
Restrepo (National Geographic Entertainment) – An Outpost Films Production Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger
Waste Land (Arthouse Films) – An Almega Projects Production Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
Killing In The Name – A Moxie Firecracker Films Production Nominees to be determined
Poster Girl – A Portrayal Films Production Nominees to be determined
Strangers No More – A Simon & Goodman Picture Company Production Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon
Sun Come Up – A Sun Come Up Production Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger
The Warriors Of Qiugang – A Thomas Lennon Films Production Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN FILM EDITING
Black Swan (Fox Searchlight) Andrew Weisblum
The Fighter (Paramount) Pamela Martin
The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company) Tariq Anwar
127 Hours (Fox Searchlight) Jon Harris
The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing) Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

ACHIEVEMENT IN VISUAL EFFECTS
Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney) – Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1 (Warner Bros.) – Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi
Hereafter (Warner Bros) – Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski and Joe Farrell
Inception (Warner Bros) – Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb
Iron Man 2 (Paramount and Marvel Entertainment, Distributed by Paramount) – Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN ART DIRECTION
Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney) – Production Design: Robert Stromberg, Set Decoration: Karen O’Hara
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1 (Warner Bros.) – Production Design: Stuart Craig, Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
Inception (Warner Bros) – Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas, Set Decoration: Larry Dias and Doug Mowat
The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company) – Production Design: Eve Stewart, Set Decoration: Judy Farr
True Grit (Paramount) – Production Design: Jess Gonchor, Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN COSTUME DESIGN
Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney) – Colleen Atwood
I Am Love (Magnolia Pictures) – Antonella Cannarozzi
The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company) – Jenny Beavan
The Tempest (Miramax) – Sandy Powell
True Grit (Paramount) – Mary Zophres

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN MAKEUP
Barney’s Version (Sony Pictures Classics) Adrien Morot
The Way Back (Newmarket Films/Wrekin Hill Entertainment/Image Entertainment) Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng
The Wolfman (Universal) Rick Baker and Dave Elsey

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SCORE)
How to Train Your Dragon (Paramount) – John Powell
Inception (Warner Bros.) – Hans Zimmer
The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company) – Alexandre Desplat
127 Hours (Fox Searchlight) – A.R. Rahman
The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing) – Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

ACHIEVEMENT IN MUSIC WRITTEN FOR MOTION PICTURES (ORIGINAL SONG)
“Coming Home” from Country Strong (Sony Pictures/Screen Gems) – Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey
“I See the Light” from Tangled (Walt Disney) – Music by Alan Menken, Lyric by Glenn Slater
“If I Rise” from 127 Hours (Fox Searchlight) – Music by A.R. Rahman, Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong
“We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney) – Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
Day & Night (Walt Disney) – A Pixar Animation Studios Production Teddy Newton
The Gruffalo – A Magic Light Pictures Production Jakob Schuh and Max Lang
Let’s Pollute – A Geefwee Boedoe Production Geefwee Boedoe
The Lost Thing (Nick Batzias for Madman Entertainment) – A Passion Pictures Australia Production Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary) – A Sacrebleu Production Bastien Dubois

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
The Confession (National Film and Television School) – A National Film and Television School Production – Tanel Toom
The Crush (Network Ireland Television) – A Purdy Pictures Production – Michael Creagh
God Of Love – A Luke Matheny Production – Luke Matheny
Na Wewe (Premium Films) – A CUT! Production Ivan Goldschmidt
Wish 143 – A Swing and Shift Films/Union Pictures Production Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND EDITING
Inception (Warner Bros) – Richard King
Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney) – Tom Myers and Michael Silvers
Tron: Legacy (Walt Disney) – Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague
True Grit (Paramount) – Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey
Unstoppable (20th Century Fox) – Mark P. Stoeckinger

ACHIEVEMENT IN SOUND MIXING
Inception (Warner Bros) – Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick
The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company) – Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen and John Midgley
Salt (Sony Pictures Releasing) – Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan and William Sarokin
The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing) – Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick and Mark Weingarten
True Grit (Paramount) – Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland

        1. Either way, Julianne Moore needs to fire her agent.
          .
          Just looked it up. The hack that spends every waking minute wiping former TV sit-com hacktress Jen Aniston’s asss, is also Moore’s agent…Stephen Huvane.
          .
          Now everything makes sense. Too busy picking out teddy bears for lame brain Aniston to pose partially nude with, making sure she doesn’t show up drunk to places and helping her shill her celebrity toilet water…that, or he’s much too busy asking his newest rancid client, a trashy cable tv host to go on insane derogatory rants….the man has an extremely full plate.
          .
          He apparently cannot be bothered to do his job and promote his few clients with actual talent.
          .
          You might want to start agent shopping too, Mrs. Goopy.

          1. Stephen Huvane isn’t an agent, he’s Aniston’s PR Rep. His brother, Kevin Huvane, is Aniston’s agent. In tandem, the two men manage to prop up Aniston’s long-dead acting corpse.

            All of Stephen Huvane’s time is spent keeping Aniston’s name in the press via stories about fake boyfriends, her hair, and her yearly stripping act (wonder if there is a shelf life for half-naked middle-aged women). He hasn’t the time to devote to promoting clients with REAL talent. Aniston pays more in billable hours.

          2. Kevin Huvane is the death to all female actresses over a certain age. He can build a career but can’t sustain it.

      1. Totally agree about Julianne Moore: she was extraordinarily good. And GEOFFREY RUSH should get best supporting actor!

  1. yes!! jackie weaver got nominated! Least someone is getting credit for that unbelievable movie… animal kingdom snubbed because it is an english speking foreign film.. sad. But seriously… hailee steinfeld…

  2. This year’s show will be home to an exceptionally exciting Best Director race; these are some of the best talents working today.

  3. How many DGA noms does Nolan need before he gets a single Oscar nomination for Best Director? At least there’s some dignity that the Coens took the fifth spot. Perhaps next year the Academy will expand the Director category to ten? ;)

    1. Nolan’s fans, tell me, how he was better than any of the directors nominated?
      razzle dazzle is not good direction. and after all that exposition ,Inception still doesn’t make sense. Nolan should feel lucky for getting a best screenplay nomination.

      1. Nolan deserves due credit for maintaining suspense and excitement through Inception, despite its length, the multiple settings, and story arches. He made the complex understandable in a fun way, though the screenplay had a tendency to overexplain.

        1. Nolan should have been nominated. He could have easily replaced either Hooper or Russel.

          I can’t think of many films in recent memory more dependent on skilled Editing and Direction than “Inception.” Unlike “King’s Speech” and “The Fighter” (both of which I liked fine), Inception aims so high that it could have been derailed in 1,000 different ways had it not been for its direction and editing. King’s Speech and the Fighter, on the other hand, mostly just depended on the script and performances. They were both good films and I’m sure their directors had a lot of input, but I also think that basically any competent director could have pulled them off. I don’t think the same could be said of “Inception,” though.

          1. Jcar,
            You do understand that a large component of skiled directing is getting good performances out of the actors, right? Hopper got two of the best of the year (well actually three) out of Firth and Rush. Inception is an entertaining action movie. Like most entertaining action movies, it is a fresh idea with great editing, vfx, sound but is ultimately full of plot holes and cheats. It is unbelievable that the script was nominated, but it goes to show that the Academy awards original ideas over good writing in some instances. Your assertion that any competent director could have pulled off THE KINGS SPEECH or THE FIGHTER is hilarious. You must be a Nolan fanboy/fangirl.

          1. Dark Knight. Fucked in 08
            Avatar and District 9. Fucked in 09
            Nolan REALLY fucked over in 10.

            Thank you assholes. I’ve officially no reason to watch the Oscars.

      2. It doesnt make sense to you because you are an idiot or you didn’t pay attention. It was nominated for best picture, right? It should win but probably won’t because out of the people voting there were most likley a handful that didn’t get it just like you.

        1. being an oscar voter, i certainly did not vote to any of the “live-action Satoshi Kon’s wannabes” for direction.
          sadly, the other one got a nomination. Aronofsky, i’m looking at you!
          why they don’t just remake Paprika( inception) and Perfect blue(black swan) instead?

          1. As a voter also, I have no idea why you are a voter (Penny). What you have said so far in your posts is moronic. Hopefully you won’t be voting again.

  4. I can’t believe they actually snubbed Christopher Nolan for Best Director. I’m not watching this year.

    1. I know, but Nolan would’ve lost to Fincher anyway. Still, it’s a great year for the Academy Awards and those who care.

    2. I’m beginning to think Nolan must have run over somebody’s dog in the directors’ block. That said, at least this year in can take solace in getting nominations for Best Picture and Screenplay (which he has an outside shot of winning) unlike 2008 when he got shut out all together.

    3. True Nolan would have lost to Fincher but the Academy needs to acknowledge this man’s supreme talent for once. Reminds me of the way they treated Scorcese for decades…He deserves at the very least a nomination…

    1. Agreed! The Academy really needs to open up the Best Animated feature to 5 nominees every year…this tiered system stuff is BS.

      1. Yes, and leave “Toy Story 3″out of best picture category, unless non-animated films get to be in the animated category as well — no double dipping! It makes no sense when they do this and comes off like there’s not enough non-animated films that are Oscar worthy … which there probably aren’t.

        1. Well what about foreign films “double-dipping?” Life is Beautiful and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon were both nominated for Picture and Foreign Film. Do you think it unfair for a foreign film to be nominated for Best Picture if it is indeed one if the best films of the year? Same goes for animated films. Toy Story 3 was hands down one of year’s best films and deserved its BP nom.

        2. You realize your criticism is completely moronic, do you not? A best picture category is just that… BEST PICTURE. TOY STORY 3 was easily one of the best and most critically hailed films of the year. It deserves to be there. “Double-dipping”? Road Runner pretty much sums it all up. The Animated Feature Category was partially created because there were films like THE LITTLE MERMAID, ALADDIN, TOY STORY 1 & 2 weren’t getting any recognition despite their critical acclaim. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST was the animated film ever to receive a best picture nomination and this of course was a big deal because the feature category didn’t exist. Best Picture simply means what it says. End of story.

      2. Tangled was my favorite movie of the year because it was the most entertaining and compelling film I saw. I spent a small fortune going to many different films last year. I also think its animation was light years ahead of Toy Story 3. Wasn’t Tangled also the only movie to get an A+ Cinemascore? My second runner up is The King’s Speech.

    2. That’s more the fault of only 3 nominees, IMO. I agree it was great, but so were the 3 that actually made the category. 5 nominees this year would’ve made more sense.

  5. Can someone explain why Annette Bening is the nominee for The Kids are All Right? Julianne Moore’s role was not only more substantial, her performance was significantly better. Granted, neither compared to Natalie Portman, so it’s somewhat of a moot point, but I’m curious. Was it the producers’ decision (and if so, why was Moore not nominated for Supporting)?

      1. IndyJaws, don’t overlook Bening. I don’t disagree that Moore carried the movie, but “Black Swan” is ripe for a backlash (sorry, it’s terribly overrated) and more to the point, Bening will probably get one of those Oscars this year for other films.

        1. thank you.

          i thought Black Swan was a disaster. crudely directed, poorly edited . . . it felt like bad cable. i was shocked at how bad it was.

          Natalie Portman? she was okay . . . but she’s not a compelling talent . . .

          am I resigned to her winning? at this point, yes.

          a friend responded to my reaction by saying, “oh, it’s a gender thing. men didn’t like it as much as women.”

          for me, it’s NOT a gender thing. I dated a ballerina for several years. Unlike most people, I know ballet and I know ballerinas.

          the issue is . . . the inter-cutting dreams/nightmares/episodes were so poorly executed that it destroyed the movie.

    1. I disagree with you. That whole scene where Bening sings the Joni Mitchell song, and then sees the evidence that something is going on between Ruffalo and Moore — that could have been awful and Three’s Companyish, but Bening did a fantastic job, all the emotion on her face. It’s her best performance since The Grifters.

    2. You ARE kidding right?? “Neither (Bening or Moore)compared to Natalie Portman?” you say??!! Wtf. Boy, I remember the days…(just last year?) when actually saying that about Portman in comparison to such major talents as Bening and Moore, would’ve gotten you an ‘Are you batsh*t?!’ side-eye to end all. Sorry, but re Portman, if you were without decent chops and lacked charisma at 29, you suddenly don’t metamorphasis into superior acting skills and being watchable at 30. It helps that Portman is playing a shy, introverted, quiet woman who lacks charisma – as everyone knows, it’s no stretch. But I fully expect TPTB to revise history and give her everything on a silver platter.

  6. So happy that Hailee Steinfeld got recognized! She was an inspiration to us all and proof that talent still exists!

  7. So happy for Jennifer!

    Bummed about Nolan snub but if he had to be snubbed, at least the Coens got nominated.

  8. I don’t get the Hailee Steinfeld nomination. She said every line with the exact same intonation and same plucky determination. Shouldn’t the Best Actress show range? I mean I get that she’s cute. Is it because she’s so young & everyone’s all awwww….she’s adorable? To put her in the same category as Jennifer Lawrence seems almost insulting.

        1. Just proof that acting isn’t a real job. If I showed up for work and a twelve-year-old was in the cube next to me, I’d quit on the spot.

      1. How does Hailee qualify as a supporting actress when she is in almost every scene and no other female in the movie even comes close? She was the LEAD actress in that movie.

        1. So true. It is ridiculous to call her a supporting player. Guess they thought she had a better shot in this category than in lead.

    1. Hailie carried the movie and complimented the male stars. It was her first movie. And she WAS GOOD.

  9. Sadly, Another Year overlooked. And I am Love: Score? Art Direction?
    Black Swan and Natalie Portman Highly Over rated.

    1. We are two birds of the same feather on these points. Tilda Swinton was robbed and so was Giovanna Mezzogiorno. Black Swan is beyond overrated.

      1. That movie is so bad, the audience at TIFF was laughing throughout. The Black Swan is a perfect storm of privilege, favoritism/affinity, and misplaced worship of things that have little to do with movies combined with an amazing marketing plan geared towards critics and a voracious demographic alike, that THOUGHT they were getting a current day ‘The Turning Point,’ and instead got a poor man’s ‘Uninvited’ in toe shoes (yes, Emily Browning did do it better than Portman – rent it and see…not that that’s any mean feat). Once the first festival critics and buzz was generated, the sycophantic media/pay for play critics fell down like dominoes. I think for an extremely long period of time, people have wanted to deify Portman, despite a relatively lackluster persona onscreen and mediocre chops. It just so happened that all of this came together, and gave them a perfect excuse.

    2. “I Am Love” had the best “classical” score of the year by far, though I have a feeling most voters didn’t make it all the way to the end of the film to really get the full impact.

    3. I agree, Tilda Swinton and John Adams’ score, completely overlooked. Also, on the score topic, Carter Burwell’s score for True Grit was fantastic — the best work he’s done, and one of the few memorable scores this year, and of course it’s ignored.

      Glad I Am Love’s costumes were touted.

      No cinematography for Never Let Me Go?

      1. Where IS “Never Let Me Go”? Why did it disappear entirely from the whole campaign? It’s like it never got off the starting block, and I was really looking forward to it after a friend at Telluride said it was among her favorites.

    4. I predict Nicole will steal the best acting from Natalie. Remember the Wrestler last year? Everybody thought Mickey had it in the bag, including me, and Penn walked away with it.

    5. agreed on Black Swan. See above.

      I am Love?

      There were elements were very strong . . . the creation of a wealth Milanese family. Perfectly executed . . .

      But, unfortunately, it had major issues.

      It was very poorly edited . . . bizarrely and startling choppy . . . the plot point where the son is killed . . . poorly written . . .

      Tilda’s lover had no charisma and no acting talent . . . clearly she was unhappy and looking for amore but . . . no reason why she would be drawn to him . . .

      So, it was a mixed bag . . . .but not Oscar quality

  10. It’s a shame that Despicable Me couldn’t have gotten nominated. If they only had more than sixteen animated movies, so they could bump the nominees up to five…

    1. I thought Pharell Williams would have gotten a best song nomination just on his name recognition alone. I guess he’s no Randy Newman…

  11. Hailee Steinfeld for best SUPPORTING actress, really!? She’s in every scene in the movie! Doesn’t make sense that Jennifer Lawrence was in the best actress catagory and Steinfeld is not. This is a big fuck up by the academy, making the BSA catagory an unfair race.

    1. Agree about Hailie, but imagine this:

      Leo and Amy split the vote and hailie sneaks in to win. Possible? yes.

    2. Rooster Cogburn is the main character in True Grit. Hailee’s character is simply the driving force behind Rooster’s journey and transformation into a better man. Yes, Steinfeld has more dialogue but that doesn’t mean anything. The whole film is her account/story about Rooster.

      Even the brother’s Coen have said that Rooster Cogburn is the main character.

    3. there’s a lot of chatter on this issue.

      she was the lead of the movie and should not have been nominated for supporting . . .

      Rooster was NOT the lead of the piece . . . what movie was that?

      she was the heroine and it was her story . . .

      you’d think there’d be rules about this . . .

  12. Happy for Winter’s Bone, but how does Christopher Nolan not qualify for a Best Director nomination? Stunning.

    But Nikki was right (again). Warners dropped the ball on Inception and Nolan will have to settle for the consolation prize of Best Screenplay.

  13. Are you fucking kidding me? Nolan misses out AGAIN? Now I’m certain there’s a vendetta against him.

  14. Uhhh…where’s Chris Nolan as a best director nominee? Are my eyes deceiving me or am I in some kind of alternate reality? david o. Russell did a good job, but seriously the Fighter is an actors movie. Inception was a visual marvel to behold.

    And even though I’m not a big fan of the movie but HAILEE STEINFELD as best supporting? She drove the movie guys, should’ve been bumped to Best Actress at least.

    1. Great Directors trim fat. They are just as skilled at controlling narrative as they are wowing the eye.

      When Nolan learns to detect exposition lard and slice it relentlessly from his films, he will not only be nominated, but will win.

      1. Great directors have great performances from actors, and none of the actors were nom’d either….hmmm?

          1. None of the movies for Best Picture or Best Directors were perfect. If you are defining a good director by only the actors performance, the you don’t really know what a director does as an occupation. Chris got snubbed. It’s a great movie, yes none of the actors had amazing performances, but it’s not an actor’s movie.

    2. Part of a director’s job is directing actors, whereas a lot of the credit for “visual marvels” goes to art designers and other technical experts.

      I would’ve personally thought Nolan was more deserving of a Director nod than Screenplay, but don’t diminish Russell’s work just because your guy didn’t make it.

    1. i understand your point but don’t agree . . .

      I thought that Ruth Sheehan should have been nominated . . . she was the glue to the movie and centered the story beautifully . . . .

  15. BEST ACTOR

    Colin Firth

    BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

    Social Network

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

    Christian Bale

    BEST DIRECTOR

    David Fincher

    BEST MOVIE

    King’s Speech

    1. Agreed, except for King’s Speech for Best Movie.

      Boring, artsy shit no one outside the business cares about shouldn’t win for once. A compromise between mass appeal and art should – Social Network or Black Swan.

      1. Don’t agree. My entire family from the Midwest enjoyed the King’s Speech. I liked the King’s Speech more than Social Network. It was neither artsy nor boring.

        Social Network portrayed women in the worst light.

  16. Andrew Garfield snubbed. I’m glad that John Hawkes was recognized but Garfield should have been in there over Ruffalo.

    1. Yeah, I’m surprised about Nolan, but Garfield’s probably the biggest snub to me. He’s the heart of the movie that’s probably going to win Best Picture.

    2. I agree. Wholeheartedly. Garfield’s snub is the only down moment in my morning.

      But I see where the Academy is coming from. Ruffalo’s performance in Kids Are All Right was pretty poignant. Played by any other actor and the role would probably come across as douchey. But I think the Academy is also nominating him for his role in Shutter Island. He gave two supporting performances this year that were absolutely essential to their respective films.

      But still: Team Garfield! He was also superb in the Red Riding trilogy and I really see him as one of the great actors of the future. Right up there with Franco, Gosling and Eisenberg.

    3. I love Ruffalo and all but his performance didn’t really go past his usual lovable schlub performance. Garfield was robbed of a nomination for “Social Network” or of his even better work in “Never Let Me Go.” At least Garfield can take consolation in the fact that he’s a major rising star and will get a nomination sometime in the near future.

    4. Garfield really is one of the finest young actors working. He also gave an extraordinary — and very different — performance in “Never Let Me Go.” Also unjustly overlooked here: Ryan Gosling, who was superb in “Blue Valentine.”

  17. I really wish the Academy would get out of the Cohen’s ass. Seriously.

    With no Nolan, Gosling, Garfield or Tangled noms the Academy is clearly on crack this year!

    1. The Coens have been working regularly since 1985 and have a grand total of 3 Best Director Nods in those 25 years.

      1. Plus — Hollywood loves Westerns as it does Fighting films. Coens do interesting movies with great actors.

  18. Boo-hoo. Like anyone cares if you watch. Alert the media!!

    You and the fanboy Nolan loving brethren can go back to your basement complaining about the oscars.

  19. It is head-scratching to me that Nolan was not nominated for Best Direction. Inception was the singular vision of its director and audiences were wowed around the world. Academy, really??

    1. Robert, really? A “singular vision” that is basically a retread of Dreamscape and the Matrix, but not nearly as engaging as either? A singular vision where everything the characters do has to be explained in a running monologue by the hero? The movie sucked. It’s head-scratching that it was nominated for anything other than special effects.

      1. Dreamscape? really? clearly shows how much you paid attention – but that’s a given since your ilk sucked up to that overrated POS ‘The Social Network’ in droves and then you have the gall to try and tell everyone that it the best movie of the year.. unrepentant sack of shit that movie is.

        In 5yrs, no one is gonna give a shit about ‘The Social Network’ – except whiny little douchebags like yourself.

        1. The only whiny douchebags are immature fanboys like you, It’s_A_Fact. The fawning Nolan fanboys are as pathetic, childish, delusional, and intolerant of any valid criticism of their “hero” as the Tarantino fanboys. Inception was a good movie (far better than The Dark Knight, talk about overrated!) but Nolan’s lack of a nomination isn’t a shocking oversight. There was simply better directorial work this year. Grow up. Get over it. By the way, Nolan’s best films? Memento, Insomnia and Batman Begins. I bet you fanboys don’t know why.

        1. All of my problems with the Social Network stem from the script. I think Sorkin is one of the most overrated screenplay/TV writers in history. Yes, he’s very good at writing snappy and interesting dialogue, but he’s awful at creating fully fleshed out and believable characters. He really lacks the imagination to put himself in someone else’s shoes and to write from idioms not his own–both of which I think are the top requirement for being a good screenwrite. So the consequence of this is that every single character in the film talks like they are Aaron Sorkin, as opposed to fully fleshed out individual people.

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