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. OFF TOPIC

    NEW SPIDEY PICS ARE OUT:)

    • Why is it that every picture of the new Spider-man film we see he’s always just running around? It’s like sasquatch. Nice find though. Still haven’t been sold on the idea of the reboot.

  2. Toy Story 3 best picture for me, for becoming one of the few trilogys in screen history to still be as good in its third outing. And I’d suspect one of the few films over all the catagorys people will still be watching in 50+ years down the line. I’d like Aronofsky for director, and Bale for support. No real preference on the other winners, though I’d guess the board will go with King’s Speech over my choices.

  3. I just find it weird how the projected best documentary and song winner Waiting for Superman scored zero nominations.

  4. I haven’t watched the Oscars since the year Braveheart won a bunch..I do however hope that “How To Train Your Dragon” wins Best Animated Film and also Best Music…I have watched HTTYD at least 10 times and I have seen Toy Story 3 3 times..I enjoyed TS3 but I thought HTTYD was just a much better picture… GO HICCUP and TOOTHLESS!!

    • Toy Story 3 is going to win best picture no doubt.

    • GK333, last time i actually watched the Oscars was way back when Unforgiven won for best picture.

      • i kinda gave up on the Oscars when Shakesspear in Love beat out Saving Private Ryan….

  5. It is preposterous that Chris Nolan didn’t get nominated for best director! Such a slap in the face! This has seriously made me lose some of the little faith I have left in the Oscars

    What a terrible terrible day for movie fans …

    • 100% agree. An original screenplay executed to perfection with amazing action sequences, fantastic acting by EVERY CAST MEMBER and a story that left everyone talking about it for weeks after seeing it.

      I already hated these award shows but I’m boycotting them now (to myself). It’s all a sham…politics, ignorant general audience, old-fashioned committee, etc. What a joke

      • I don’t agree guys. Every director nominated earned that nomination. I’m sure it wasn’t easy to pick just 5 (6 technically). Who would you switch out and have you seen the other films those directors made?

        • Ok I do agree that each of the films with a directorial nomination were excellent (just taking king’s speech on faith because I haven’t actually seen that one yet). However when narrowing down the list to five one thing that should be really be taken into account is the difficulty of the subject matter and story complexity being portrayed which calls for a higher sophistication of directorial organization.

          That said, honestly I would give the the Social Network or the Fighter’s spot to Inception for just that reason. While both of them were excellent films, as reflected in their much deserved best picture nominations, I feel like the sophistication of the story just doesn’t merit a director nod quiiiite as much as a film like Inception.

          That is all … :)

          • You make a good point and I respect that. Someone mentioned earlier how Nolan and Inception were highly visual effects driven and I think (I’m no analyst :)) that may be the reason he didn’t get a nomination. All the other films were very practical and driven by mostly acting. I guess that’s why the Acdemy choose them that way. If were up to me, the best director category would be as big as the best pic category. It just makes sense.

            • Social Network is a great movie, but in no way is it superior to Inception in purely “filmmaking” category. Furthermore, Social Network was an adapted screenplay (not original) and some of the acting was questionable (Justin Timberlake).

              Of course, you are correct. The committee, no matter what they say, is composed of old geezers or middle aged film “purists” and a film with special effects instinctually turns them off no matter how good it is. It’s ironic because these special effects helped create a truly complex and original story. Inception did not use special effects as a crutch or to distract from a lacking story. How the eff else would you effectively convey a “dream world” without using heavy special effects? Furthermore, even if you did find a way, why would you not use an abundance of special effects if you knew they were going to look AMAZING.

              Bah…another year and another idiotic Oscar season

              • Well True Grit got ten nominations, so I can’t say it’s a bad season. Plus Inception got a least seven if I counted correctly, which is a lot. All the big nominees I totally agree with, especially in the Best Pic category. Honestly it’s hard for me to choose. They could give the Best Pic award to six of those films and I would be happy.

  6. How in the seven circles of hell did Scott Pilgrim get snubbed for EVERYTHING?!?! I mean come on not even visual effects?! That’s a freaking crime and proof positive that the academy is as frightened of innovative, original ideas as freaking Nintendo.

  7. Its very telling that Toy Story 3 is also nominated for Best animated Film.
    it cant win both.

    • Is it against the rules to win both?

      • No its not, it just that with a best animated film win voters will see it as enough as a reward and won’t vote it for best picture. Same thing goes with foreign films.

  8. Cannot believe no nom for Tron Legacy in Visual Effects. Sound editing only!

  9. I just find it funny how Tron Legacy was snubbed for effects and the same thing happened to the origina Tron but that was because it used CGI and many voters ruled that as a “cheat”.

  10. Academy award

    Y U No nom Scott Pilgrim vs. the World?!?

  11. F the oscars. Seriously, ever since 2008 they have been a bunch of biased pricks. this year is no different. How the hell could they nos nominate tron legacy for best special effects? Huh? How the f could they do that? I understand it’s not the best movie ever made but neither is independence day which won that award. And the the f could you not nominate Chris nolan for best director? And where the f is tangled’s nod for best animated feature (even though we know how much the oscars just love pixar.) So f you oscars.

    • Tangled was amazing,it deserves a nod.

  12. NO NOLAN AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH NOOOO

  13. “Inception” also is nominated for 7 categories, just like “The Fighter”.

    • Inception is not nominated for editing. Cannot. Believe. It.

      • Me neither.

        • But overall it gets eight, no? Picture, Screenplay, Cinematography, Design, Score, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Vis FX?

  14. Rickster,
    No its not against the rules,
    But its overkill if it wins Best Picture And Best animated Film
    Last year Up was nominated for both and won Best Animated film
    but not Best Picture and that is what I believe will happen this year .

    • Yes I think Toy Story 3 will only win best animated picture so no worries :)

  15. every year, there is always oe film that dominates the Special Effects categories.
    And I believe Inception is that film this year.
    As for Nolan, my guess is that if he does a movie that is less of a genre piece and the Academy likes it, he might get nominated as Best Director one day.

  16. Inception may have not been my favorite movie of the year but I am surprised that Nolan didn’t get a director nomination. With the 7 nominations it did get a director bid seemed to be logical. I just think if you’re going to have 10 Best Picture nomiinations that you should have the same number of directors. Since Saving Private Ryan we have seen the award for director and best picture split more often but there was a time when that was extremely rare. And I think this year it may happen again with Fincher winning director and TKS best picture….

  17. Cane believe daft punk dint get a nod for their tron soundtrack its epic I like reznors soundtrack for tsn can’t believe nolan was ignored for inception

    The kings speech has no appeal to me in anyway is it a film made for awards or is it genuinely good

    • Yeah, I second the disdain in Daft Punk’s snub. Possibly too close to Inception so I can see them citing similarity/redundancy in themes but come on, DP’s score rocked. That was the best part of the movie.

  18. Can’t believe Tangled didn’t get a best animated pic nom. Also thought season of the witch should have had a best makeup nomination and costume design. The tourist should have also got one for best costume design

  19. I think if Nolan Directed a film with less Special Effects
    It would be to his benfit I think the feeling is that he is very good
    with stunts and visual effects .
    But he hasent really told a story without effects and stunts.

    • What about memento???

  20. I LOVED Tangled.
    It was just released too late in the year.
    The other films had a longer time to linger in peoples memories.

  21. Oscars suck as always, real talents (Nolan, Daft Punk, Tron’s effects<IronMan2 wtf?) are being ignored.

  22. With 7 Nominations Nolans MOVIE certainly isnt being ignored.

  23. Sorry but I think Inception is a little overrated for Nolan to get a best director nomination, really surprised it got best picture. It certainly isn’t the best picture. I’d say The Town was a better overall film and story. Inception was good but it was all over the place. The Town was specific and told a specific story in a very good way.

    I’m glad to see Jeremy Renner get nominated because he played his character to a T. I had felt zero remorse at the end of the movie for his character, as I was suposed too.

    • Really disagree. Inception was an amazingly thought out concept that would have never been made if not for Nolan’s ability to be a great director and story teller. Imagine you are told to make a movie about tiers inside a person’s brain and you have to plant an idea. “Make it” they say. The realization of the concept for me and the fact that it is a coherent mind bend makes Nolan an auteur.

      • A dream within a dream within a dream to plant an idea. Yes, it’s a decent concept and a new concept and it was a new way to present a spy type movie. However, there were parts of the movie that just didn’t flow and created some holes in the story itself.

        It was a good movie and a good ending but when you watch it more than once, the novelty wears off.

  24. Best Film
    The Fighter or Inception are acceptable. Just please not Social Network, Kids are alright or Black Swan those films do Not deserve it.

    Best Director
    David O Russel or The Cohens (though The Town and Inception should of been nomed and both could of easily won.) just please not Social Network or Black Swan)

    the only other two catagories I care about are

    Best Supporting actor for Bale he deserves it for The Fighter that was an amazing performance.

    Best original Screenplay for Inception none of the other should even be seriously considered in the Screenplay category.

    Sad to See The Town and Ben get snubbed and to a lesser extent to see Nolan get snubbed yet Inception was not.

    • The Social Network all the way FTW!!! Also Jesse all the way FTW!!!

      Also Natalie Portman FTW!!!

    • agreed with ya inception should have won

  25. I suppose i’m one of the few people who liked Toy Story 3 but didn’t love it like I did How to… Dragon; I really hope it wins but I doubt it. Sad to not see Daft Punk Nominated. I loved Tangled but I found the songs were lacking. There sure is a look of Alice nominated.

  26. I cant believe that they ignore Tron in Visual effects, that was the best that i saw last year

  27. I read that some one hasn’t seen Animal Kingdom, I highly recommend picking it up. Really good. Guy Pearce can do no wrong by me, dude’s a terrific actor.

  28. Tron had ehhh visuals for me but I am more pissed about the non nom for the Daft Punk soundtrack, after I left the theatre I went out and bought the soundtrack it is amazing. Three more things I thought they missed were Nolan as Director,The Town, and Andrew Garfield.

  29. WOW Just WOW!!!!

    I can’t believe how the academy would already gave an Oscar to Eminem and completely ignore this year the brilliance that Daft Punk created for TRON!!!!

    It makes no sense!!!!

    I’ve lost all interest in this show for the year :(