Tuesday, January 25, 2011

And the 2011 Oscar Nominies Are...


The complete list of nominees for the 83rd Academy Awards, the most prestigious award in Hollywood, have been announced earlier this week. There's no need to spend any more time introducing this, so let's get right down to it! This is the second year since 1943 that 10 films are nominated for Best Picture and they've revealed an interesting set of nominees, as expected. But there are plenty more great selections hidden within, so without further ado, take a look at the full nominees list. I've also highlighted the ones I hope win.

The 83rd Academy Awards will take place on Sunday, February 27th at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood with a live telecast airing on ABC starting at 8PM (EST) / 5PM (PST). This year's ceremony is being hosted by lovely and talented James Franco and Anne Hathaway. Can't wait for the big night!



PICTURE:
Black Swan
The Fighter
Inception
The Kids Are All Right
The King's Speech
127 Hours
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter's Bone

If Social doesn't it take it this year, I hope it's by either Inception or The Kings Speech. And it has to be said, I'm still annoyed they nominate 10 movies. BOO! A cartoon should never be a Best Picture nominee.

DIRECTOR:
Darren Aronofsky - Black Swan
David Fincher - The Social Network
Tom Hooper - The King's Speech
Joel & Ethan Coen - True Grit
David O. Russell - The Fighter

I'm really surprised Christopher Nolan got snubbed. WTH?!

ACTOR:
Javier Bardem - Biutiful
Jeff Bridges - True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg - The Social Network
Colin Firth - The King's Speech
James Franco - 127 Hours

ACTRESS:
Annette Bening - The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman - Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence - Winter's Bone
Natalie Portman - Black Swan
Michelle Williams - Blue Valentine

SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Christian Bale - The Fighter
John Hawkes - Winter's Bone
Jeremy Renner - The Town
Mark Ruffalo - The Kids Are All Right
Geoffrey Rush - The King's Speech

SUPPORTING ACTRESS:
Amy Adams - The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter - The King's Speech
Melissa Leo - The Fighter
Hailee Steinfeld - True Grit
Jacki Weaver - Animal Kingdom

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY:
Mike Leigh - Another Year
Scott Silver & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson - The Fighter
Christopher Nolan - Inception
Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg - The Kids Are All Right
David Seidler - The King's Speech

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY:
Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy - 127 Hours
Aaron Sorkin - The Social Network
Michael Arndt - Toy Story 3
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen - True Grit
Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini - Winter's Bone

ANIMATED FEATURE:
How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Toy Story 3

I know TS3 will take it this year, and even though it's quite deserving, I still want Dragon to take the Oscar.


FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM:
Biutiful (Mexico)
Dogtooth (Greece)
In a Better World (Denmark)
Incendies (Canada)
Outside the Law (Algeria)

CINEMATOGRAPHY:
Matthew Libatique - Black Swan
Wally Pfister - Inception
Danny Cohen - The King's Speech
Jeff Cronenweth - The Social Network
Roger Deakins - True Grit

DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Gasland
Inside Job
Restrepo
Waste Land

DOCUMENTARY SHORT:
Killing in the Name
Poster Girl
Strangers No More
Sun Come Up
The Warriors of Qiugang

ANIMATED SHORT:
Day & Night
The Gruffalo
Let's Pollute
The Lost Thing
Madagascar, a Journey Diary

LIVE-ACTION SHORT:
The Confession
The Crush
God of Love
Na Wewe
Wish 143

VISUAL EFFECTS:
Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Hereafter
Inception
Iron Man 2

Although HP7.1 had some pretty rad visual effects, I'm still going to have to go with Inception.


ART DIRECTION:
Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Inception
The King's Speech
True Grit

COSTUME DESIGN:
Alice in Wonderland
I Am Love
The King's Speech
The Tempest
True Grit

MAKEUP:
Barney's Version
The Way Back
The Wolfman

The Wolfman? Is this a joke?!!


FILM EDITING:
Black Swan
The Fighter
The King's Speech
127 Hours
The Social Network

SOUND MIXING: (the sound design as a whole)
Inception
The King's Speech
Salt
The Social Network
True Grit

SOUND EDITING: (how the sounds are created)
Inception
Toy Story 3
Tron Legacy
True Grit
Unstoppable

ORIGINAL SCORE:
John Powell - How to Train Your Dragon
Hans Zimmer - Inception
Alexandre Desplat - The King's Speech
A.R. Rahman - 127 Hours
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network

I'm extremely excited and pleasantly surprised to see How to Train Your Dragon get nominated.


ORIGINAL SONG:
"Coming Home" from Country Strong
"I See the Light" from Tangled
"If I Rise" from 127 Hours
"We Belong Together" from Toy Story 3

I hope they showcase each song individually this year, as they should, instead of combining them like they've done in years past. Hate it when they do that!


I'm actually pretty happy with this year's nominations. 2010 was a fantastic year in film and it's nice to see a lot of them get recognized. However, as always they're missing some good noms like Christopher Nolan for directing, Andrew Garfield for Supporting Actor in The Social Network, Daft Punk's Tron Legacy score and Despicable Me for Animated Feature. Anyway, with that being said, I'm still, as always, looking forward to seeing who wins on February 27th. Only 30 more days to go!


Who do you want to see win this year?

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