The Oscars: 83rd Academy Award Nominations [Updated]

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This morning, Tuesday January 25th, the official nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards are to be announced live. The 2011 Oscar presentation will take place Sunday, February 27, 2011, hosted by none other than two of the year’s most prolific young stars in James Franco (127 Hours) and Anne Hathaway (Love and Other Drugs).

While last year saw the expansion of the contentious Best Picture category grow to 10 nominees after a year of major snubs, to help bring in mainstream viewership and ratings, this Oscar presentation sees its big change with the Special Effects category expanding from three to five nods.

Will Jeff Bridges get his sixth Oscar nomination after winning his first with Crazy Heart last year? Will animated films take up one, two or more spots of the Best Picture category? Will The Tourist get some nominations after some disputable nods at the Golden Globes?

This year’s presenters will be headlined by Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock, Marisa Tomei and Oprah Winfrey – Here’s the nomination livestream and the full list of nominees:

Best motion picture of the year

  • “Black Swan” (Fox Searchlight), A Protozoa and Phoenix Pictures Production, Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers
  • “The Fighter” (Paramount), A Relativity Media Production, David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers
  • “Inception” (Warner Bros.), A Warner Bros. UK Services Production, Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, 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 Company), A See-Saw Films and Bedlam Production, Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers
  • “127 Hours” (Fox Searchlight), An Hours Production, Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers
  • “The Social Network” (Sony Pictures Releasing), 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

Achievement in directing

  • “Black Swan” (Fox Searchlight), Darren Aronofsky
  • “The Fighter” (Paramount), David O. Russell
  • “The King’s Speech” (The Weinstein Company), Tom Hooper
  • “The Social Network” (Sony Pictures Releasing), David Fincher
  • “True Grit” (Paramount), Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Performance by an actor in a leading role

  • Javier Bardem in “Biutiful” (Roadside Attractions)
  • Jeff Bridges in “True Grit” (Paramount)
  • Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network” (Sony Pictures Releasing)
  • Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech” (The Weinstein Company)
  • James Franco in “127 Hours” (Fox Searchlight)

Performance by an actress in a leading role

  • Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right” (Focus Features)
  • Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole” (Lionsgate)
  • Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter’s Bone” (Roadside Attractions)
  • Natalie Portman in “Black Swan” (Fox Searchlight)
  • Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine” (The Weinstein Company)

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

  • Christian Bale in “The Fighter” (Paramount)
  • John Hawkes in “Winter’s Bone” (Roadside Attractions)
  • Jeremy Renner in “The Town” (Warner Bros.)
  • Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right” (Focus Features)
  • Geoffrey Rush in “The King’s Speech” (The Weinstein Company)

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

  • Amy Adams in “The Fighter” (Paramount)
  • Helena Bonham Carter in “The King’s Speech” (The Weinstein Company)
  • Melissa Leo in “The Fighter” (Paramount)
  • Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit”(Paramount)
  • Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom” (Sony Pictures Classics)

Best animated feature film of the year

  • “How to Train Your Dragon” (Paramount), Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois
  • “The Illusionist” (Sony Pictures Classics), Sylvain Chomet
  • “Toy Story 3″ (Walt Disney), Lee Unkrich

Original screenplay

  • “Another Year” (Sony Pictures Classics), Written by Mike Leigh
  • “The Fighter” (Paramount), Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson, Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
  • “Inception” (Warner Bros.), Written by Christopher Nolan
  • “The Kids Are All Right” (Focus Features), Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
  • “The King’s Speech” (The Weinstein Company), Screenplay by David Seidler

Adapted screenplay

  • “127 Hours” (Fox Searchlight), Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
  • “The Social Network” (Sony Pictures Releasing), Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
  • “Toy Story 3″ (Walt Disney), Screenplay by Michael Arndt, Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
  • “True Grit” (Paramount), Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
  • “Winter’s Bone” (Roadside Attractions), Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini

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

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

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 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

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

Best foreign language film of the year

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

Achievement in makeup

  • “Barney’s Version” (Sony Pictures Classics), Adrien Morot
  • “The Way Back” (Newmarket Films in association with Wrekin Hill Entertainment and Image Entertainment), Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng
  • “The Wolfman” (Universal), Rick Baker and Dave Elsey

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 Releasing (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

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

Some interesting notes: Three of the five leading actor nominations are for people playing real people. The Town was snubbed from a spot amongst the 10 Best Picture nominees and Daft Punk got no love for their work on TRON: Legacy. The TRON sequel’s special effects were somehow beat out by Iron Man 2 and Christopher Nolan’s directorial feat with Inception was also not recognized. Mark Wahlberg didn’t get an acting nod, but did get nominated as one of the producers on The Fighter, while the Coens get nominated for three nominations.

The King’s Speech leads the pack with 12 nominations, True Grit gets 10 and The Fighter nabs 7. Any surprise nominations or omissions? Let the predictions and Oscar pools begin! Head to the official Oscars site for more.

Share your thoughts in the comments and with us on Twitter @ rob_keyes and @ screenrant.

The 83rd Academy Awards ceremony airs on ABC February 27th and we’ll be live-blogging it as it happens.

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  1. Not saying it should have won anything, but did everyone in Hollywood miss Scott Pilgrim? All I’m asking for is a Best Original Song nod and for it to get a little attention for it’s special effects.

    • @ Micheal: I was shocked by the lack of love for “Scott Pilgrim” as well! How did “Hereafter” get the nomination you jerks?

      • hereafter was one of the worst films I have seen for years! And the effects were rubbish. Stupid Oscars don’t know jack!

  2. Inception getting best picture nom is nice.

    Scott Pilgrim should have been nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.

    And Nicole Kidman nominated for a film that no one has seen.

    Those are my thoughts.

    • And Tron Legacy not being nominated for Special Effects is insane.

      • And Ben Affleck deserved a nod of some kind (Picture/Director) for The Town.

        • cheers to that!

        • Drsaw I agree 100% Ben Affleck got completely shafted and Noland did as well to a lesser degree.

    • And NO NOLAN OR SCORSESE?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

      • I never thought Nolan would get a best director nod, having only 5 choices is very limiting in that catergory.

      • @ Micheal: Scorsese for which movie?

        • Shutter Island. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the movie, but it has people talking to this day because of how well Scorsese put that film together.

  3. The Social Network is going to totally dominate at the Oscars!

    • I doubt that.

  4. Hereafter for best visual fx. Seriously? Scott Pilgrim deserved its spot

    And I had The Town for best picture and adapted screenplay over 127 Hours since the latter has been getting ignored recently in some precursors, but that’s a surprising comeback for it.

    How to Train Your Ragon for best score, YAY! Should win in my opinion.

    So hoping Black Swan could get in for best original screenplay, surprised Another Year made it in and The Fighter since that one is more of an actor’s showcase than a triumph in the screenplay category.

    Nolan getting snubbed, eh. I actually wasn’t surprised.

    Hopefully Steinfeld will win over Leo.

  5. Although Inception is my all time favorite and very well deserving of best picture, for some reason, a lot of people hate on it. I hope it wins something though because it got jipped at the Golden Globes!

  6. Tron didn’t even get a nomination for effects or sound?! The Oscars is a joke.

    • Agreed sir. If there was one standout film for Effects and Music last year, it was Tron, head and shoulders above the rest in both regards.

      • Absolutely agree

        • No… TRON was a Joke. But Hereafter shouldn’t have gotten it either. I think scenes in Hereafter just messed with the mind while the F/X in TRON were just lifeless and unmoving.

          Scott Pilgrim? Are you joking? MAYBE, maybe visual F/X… but that movie is just a gem for fanboys – and nobody else.

          I’m not surprised Nolan got snubbed. They don’t seem to like him much.

          Obviously I write for a geek/chic website. Rage on guys! 😉

          • Uh no, Tron was great!!! I would very much disagree with your assesment of it’s effects, which I found wonderful and involving, some of the best effects I have ever seen.

            And why didnt Scott Pilgrim deserve best adapted screenplay?

            • I’m gonna have to agree with Kofi on his points. I wouldn’t give S.P.V.T.W. any noms or Tron.

              • How you can say that Tron didnt deserve an Effects nom over Hereafter?
                And Tron had the best soundtrack for the past few years.

                • Well I haven’t seen hereafter so I cannot say really. I should proba ly sew it to make a real point lol. I used to like daft punk but my musical taste has grown and I didn’t care for them that much.

                  • It’s not like these awards matter, most of these films have been out for months and made all the money they are going to make, I know what I enjoyed, you know what you liked and ultimately thats all that really matters.

                    • Thank you.

                    • Exactly, we don’t need award to tell us what’s good :).

  7. What surprises me is the acknowledgement of “Winter’s Bone.” I really liked the movie and thought Jennifer Lawrence and John Hawkes performances were outstanding, but to also get a Best Picture nod is great. I’m usually not one for regionalism in a movie but this was good.

    I’m glad for the acknowledgement of “The Kids Are All Right” in Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actor categories. The Oscars can be all about the dramas so I like that this comedy-drama is getting recognition.

    Its too bad that Ryan Gosling didn’t get a nomination for “Blue Valentine.” Same goes for Ben Affleck for “The Town” and Mark Whalberg for “The Fighter.” I didn’t think Whalberg or Affleck’s performances were the stuff of legends or anything, but they each worked so hard on their respective films it would be nice to see them acknowledged.

  8. Really can’t argue there with these, but there are in fact a few other movies that should have been nodded for best Visual Effects.

  9. I have a question about the Nomination itself. what is the difference between Best Supporting and Best?

    For example I can see Jeff Bridges as Best Actor and Matt Damon as a Supporting Actor.

    However why wouldn’t Hailee Steinfeld be considered Best Actress?

    Is it because there can only be one lead male/female considered in a movie?

    • Yes, I believe so, but how do they quantify who is the lead actor?

      • The one that gets paid… err…. top billing?

        • Probably. There is no sense in how any of this is done.

    • The studio put Steinfeld for supporting since they see that she has a better shot at winning in that category.

    • also, its kind of an unwritten rule that child actors get pushed the supporting category. See anna Paquin in The Piano, Abigail Breslin in Little Miss sunshine (these are the ones that are off the top of my head).

      • Also, if you watch(ed) the live stream, the noms are actually decided via a vote as in Haliee got 17 votes for a nom in BEST and 22 in BEST SUPPORTING therefore she got the nom in BEST SUP. The numbers were just made up. And they say this at the end of the stream.

  10. I agree that Tron should have gotten a visual effects nomination even though everyone hates on it.

  11. Maybe I’m showing my ignorance here but why is Toy Story 3 being nominated in the best Adapted screenplay category?
    Shouldn’t it be in the original screenplay category. It’s not really an adaptation of anything is it?
    Is it because it’s a sequel?

    • Yeah, because its a sequel.

  12. Snubbs

    Best Director – Chris Nolan – Inception

    Best Lead Actor – Ryan Goslin – Blue Valentine

    Best Effects – Tron

    Best Original Song – “Going Up” – Get Him to the Greek

    any other complaint i have (and there are a few) are petty.

    • Good call on Get Him To The Greek. Although Furry Walls was my favourite.

  13. I dont know why we all care about these awards. First off, shouldn’t Dicaprio have been nominated for best actor in Inception? What about Nolan as best director? Or how about Affleck getting some recognition for the Town, did anybody see that movie?

    These awards are a joke, I rented the Kids are Allright and that movie was completly dreadful and all these critics think the world of it. People should stop taaking these awards so seriously.

    • Tasouli thank you. I hated the Kids are alright. That was awful. What are they smoking over there at the oscars.

  14. Oh, and no sound awards for Black Swan, foul!

    And did Harry Potter deserve a nod for art direction?

    • @ Jose: “Black Swan” and “True Grit” were disqualified from contention because Clint Mansell used Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” (as he should’ve) for the basis of the score. Carter Burwell used 19th century folk songs in his compositions. Since they both based their scores on previously recorded music they were out of the running.

      • In that case, should Inception not also be disqualified as it uses “Je ne regrette rien” at several points in the score?

        • @ DrSamBeckett: “Inception” used the song as it was originally written. Same goes for “The Social Network” who used “In the Hall of the Mountain King.” Mansell and Burwell used variations on previously recorded music. While the new compositions are their own, the source music was not.

          • You’re probably right there.

      • I was talking about,sound editing and mixing, not score though.

  15. Not bad but here are a few disagreements I have with this list:

    1) “The Town” should’ve gotten more nominations, Ben Affleck should’ve gotten a nomination for Best Director and Best Screenplay, Rebecca Hall should’ve gotten a Best Supporting Actress nomination and most importantly the movie should’ve gotten a Best Picture nomination

    2) Mark Wahlberg should’ve gotten a nomination for Best Actor in “The Fighter”

    3) “Toy Story 3″ getting a Best Picture nomination. Now don’t get wrong, “Toy Story 3″ was a great movie but I think it’s unfair for the Academy to put an animated movie in the best picture category going up against live-action movies and when there is a best animated picture category for “Toy Story 3″ to be in.

  16. Nothing too surprising here – still, Nolan should’ve been nominated for directing Inception and it’s too bad that Ryan Gosling didn’t get recognized for Blue Valentine.

    I’d like to see Exit Through the Gift Shop win Best Documentary, though – really enjoyed that flick. :-)

    • Also – would’ve liked to see The Town get more recognition, but I wasn’t really expecting it.

      • One more thing – why was Hailee Steinfeld nominated for Best SUPPORTING Actress? She’s not only the protagonist, she onscreen in over 90% of True Grit.

        That’s just… confusing.

        • Her reps campaigned for her to be supporting actress. Figured she’d have a better chance winning. Portman is almost a lock for B.S. (I’ll let you each decide what that acronym means 😉 )

          The Town is a bit of a snub, I agree.

          • Did you not like Black Swan Kofi?

  17. I don´t mean it to wib just to got nominated … Bound to You – Christina Aguilera (Burlesque).

    I want Inception or Black Swan to get Best Movie – The Social Network is overrated!

  18. Every year there are a few snubs and this year is no different. There is no excuse for the absence of Christopher Nolan in Best Directing and Inception in Best Editing. Anybody who gives the argument that it got plenty of other nominations is lying to themselves. If that is the justification by the Academy, I am ashamed.

    No movie in recent memory was more affected by its editing than Inception. Managing multiple layers of a story in an exciting way that builds up to a climax is the very DEFINITION of editing. I hate to give too much power and meaning to one awards show, but the Oscars is the most important awards show each year and it needs to be the best representation of quality work.

    In addition, Christopher Nolan’s direction was one of the most important aspects of the film’s existence, let alone execution. Filled with innovation and relentless creativity, Inception does not even exist without Nolan. The only excuse I can imagine is the Academy thinks he got too much financial freedom and the movie didn’t make sense to enough audiences to actually give him a nod. But seriously, this is a joke, and I’m tired of saying it every year.

    • I’ve never understood why anyone didnt understand Inception. The concept is straight forward, my Grand dad understood it perfectly, there is no reason for the Directing snub, and you’re 100% right about the editing. It was a huge part of the film.

      • Exactly.

    • Or maybe they just thought the film wasn’t all it was hyped to be. I liked it but I found it way over rated, pretencious, a medaphore for drug addiction and I had no care for the main character.

      • Curious…Where did you get that it was a metaphor for drug addiction???

        • Well, this might be a tad long but here we go. First off Cobb and his wife totally were trying to escape reality by living in their own dream world. So what happens? Cobb decides that he doesn’t wanna live in that world anymore, but Mal won’t leave. So he manipulates her to leaving but she’s so hooked cause of his manipulation she ends up killing herself. This is exactly how Heroin addicts act. Plus look at em all hooked up to the briefcase like a bunch of addicts in an opium den (remember when they went to that cellar and all those guys were hooked up cause it was their new reality?).

  19. The Town should have been nominated for best picture :(

    • That is one of the most sensible things you have ever posted.

      • Town should of been nominated for Best Picture (Though not won)

        Best Director as should Inception
        Best Actor since Affleck gave one of his best performances

        • Affleck deserves something for the sheer mass ammount of work he put into that film, acting, directing, writing, all brilliantly.
          I’m still upset he’s not directing Superman!

  20. Here’s what I would like to see:

    Best Picture: “Black Swan.” Although I haven’t seen “The King’s Speech” so that might change.

    Best Actor: James Franco for “127 Hours.” I won’t be too upset if it goes to Jeff Bridges :)

    Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale for “The Fighter.” His ability to morph into another person amazes me every time he does something good. I would’ve liked to have seen Vincent Cassel (“Black Swan”) and Andrew Garfield (“The Social Network”) nominated at least…

    Best Actress: Natalie Portman for “Black Swan.” She really blew my mind when she danced the Black Swan.

    Best Supporting Actress: Either Hailee Steinfeld for “True Grit” or Amy Adams for “The Fighter.” If it goes to Melissa Leo (“The Fighter”) I’d be OK with that.

    Best Director: David O. Russell for “The Fighter.” I’m not happy with snubbing Danny Boyle. The confined shots of “127 Hours” were key to the tone of that movie.

    Best Original Screenplay: Christopher Nolan for “Inception.” It had been too long since I’d seen a movie that really made me think and pay attention.

    Best Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin for “The Social Network.” I love his quick wit although I wouldn’t mind Danny Boyle for “127 Hours” simply for the uplifting message.

    • I’d agree with most of those, havent seen The Fighter though.

  21. Nothing warms my heart more than Nolan fanboys getting all up in arms cause he didn’t get a Best Director nomination :).

    Way to go Coens! 10 nominations is awesome.

    Other than The Town not really getting any noms, this is exactly how I would of picked them.

    • I find the Coens very over rated, they have made some interesting films. I havent seen True Grit, it holds zero interest for me.

      • Well DSB we will have to just agree to disagree on that lol :). The Coens write some of the most realistic/belivable dialog IMO. Have you ever seen Millers Crossing DSB?

        • I have, and I liked it. I also liked Brother Where Art Thou and The Man Who Wasnt There. And Fargo. The Big Lebowski is of course a classic.
          But they also made The Ladykillers, Intolerable Cruelty. Burn After Reading. All of which are terrible films in almost every way.

          My point is this, they are to me, very over rated. They have made several very good films, several very interesting films and more than a couple of stinkers.

          • Yeah I wasn’t big on Intolerable Cruilty either. I like Burn After Reading though. Taking Brad Pitt and making him a complete moron was epic lol :)

            • He just played himself. 😎

              • Harsh. But fair.

                • Sam, I was actually surprised by True Grit, did i like it more than the original, no but no one can top Wayne in a western as far as I am concerned. He simply is The Duke now and forever.

                  The Coens did a great job with their take on it IMO, like I said I was surprised. It was good to see Barry Pepper on the screen again as well.

                  • miller’s crossing sucked!

                    • You obviously saw a different Millers Crossing than I did cause its got %92 rate over a rotten tomatoes. Maybe it wasn’t simple enough for you?

    • I totally agree about The Town. That was one of the year’s best for me.

      I don’t think The Social Network is deserving of all these noms but I definitely thing Iron Man 2 is out of place as a best special effects contender.

      • Yeah IM2 came out of left field. Weird …

  22. Did my comment get removed?

    • Never mind lol

  23. Its not the diffence between “Best Supporting and “Best” .
    Its the difference between “Supporting Actor” and “Actor”.

  24. Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but would this make Toy Story 3 the second animated feature to get a best picture nod? Or am I missing one?

    I’m also annoyed at no Scott Pilgrim love, but then, thinking about it, while it’s probably in my top ten of last year (and quite near the top) I should think it’d only really have a chance in sound mixing/editing and possibly film editing.

    • The third one actually.

      The first film to get a best picture nod was “beauty and the Beast” back when there were 5 slots at best picture.

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    • The first animated best picture nominee was Beaty and the beast.

      • Yeah, I’m asking if TS3 was the second in history. I can’t remember whether any other animated features had been nominated since Beauty and the Beast.

        • Yeah its the third. second one was Up.

    • You’re wrong it would be the third. First was Beauty and the Beast, second was Up.

  25. There are a few films nominated that I haven’t seen yet (Toy Story 3, The Fighter, The kids are all right,biutiful and Rabbit hole) so I can only comment on the ones that I have seen.
    I’ve recently seen Black Swan, True Grit, The Kings Speech, Blue Valentine and, just a couple of nights ago, Inception (again).
    The Kings Speech and True Grit are garnering all the headlines so it wouldn’t surprise me if they took home the big prizes.
    The Best Actor gong doesn’t always go to the actual best actor due to the sentimentality of the Academy. So although I believe Colin Firth will win I thought that Di Caprio was terrific in “Shutter Island” and should have been nominated. I also liked Franco in “127 Hours” and Nelson in “Blue Valentine” was excellent. I haven’t seen Bardem’s performance, but if I had i’d probably go for him…Bardem is up there with Day-Lewis as acting gods. I also want to give a special mention for Ryan Reynolds who was terrific in “Buried” (seriously, I am not joking).
    Portman is heavily tipped for Best Actress, and, as much as I love Black Swan, I think Jennifer Lawrence should win. She is really quite incredible in “Winter’s Bone”.
    The Best Original Screenplay should be Nolan’s by a country mile. I am simply in awe of the mind of a man who can imagine a story like “Inception”. The dialogue in other films may be better but nothing comes close to this awesome feat of mental ingenuity. Brilliant.
    Again, for the same reasons, Nolan ought to win Best Director (But he won’t).
    The Best film will always be contentious as some people just think the winner is boring. Surely the Best Film ought to be the film that marries general excellence in script, performance and direction as these are the base fundamentals of film…everything else is garnish. For these reasons the winner should come from “Winter’s Bone”, “True Grit”, “The Social Network”, “Inception” and “The Kings’ Speech”.
    “The Kings’ Speech” will win, but the clear winner ought to be “Inception”. The script is ingenious and the execution of it is oustanding. The casting is beyond reproach, and although there isn’t a stand out performance, collectively they make, what could have degenerated into farce with lesser actors, a gripping thriller.

  26. All of the Nods are about right but no Daft Punk? And Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World effects were crazy good, even if they will not get Best Picture anytime soon(as much as a fan boy could dream) it could have gotten a nod for that at least…

  27. James Franco should win best actor. He was brilliant in 127 Hours. I’ve been saying for years how good he is, the Spiderman films were a prime example.

    • I don’t think he was stellar in the Spidey movies, although he may have been the only good part of the third movie.

      I think best actor is locked in for Colin Firth

      • Franco IS really good, I mean, ever since his Freaks and Geeks days, I knew that he would be around for a while.

  28. Best Picture
    Should Win: The Fighter
    Will WIn: The Social Network

    Best Actor:
    Should and Will Win: Colin Firth (a little disappointed Bardem got the final nomination over Gosling)

    Best Actress:
    Should Win: Annette Bening
    Will Win: Natalie Portman

    Best Supporting Actor:
    Should and Will Win: Christian Bale

    Best Supporting Actress:
    Should Win: Amy Adams
    Will Win: Melissa Leo (wouldn’t be upset if anyone won this category though, they were all excellent…. haven’t seen Animal Kingdom though)

    Best Director:
    Should Win: David O. Russell
    Will Win: David Fincher

    Best Original Screenplay:
    Should Be: Inception
    Will Be: King’s Speech

    Best Adapted Screenplay:
    Should and Will Be: The Social Network (easiest pick of the bunch)

    • Josh, can you please tell me if I will win the lotto too while you’re at it, thanks bro :)