Oscar nominations are in: 'The King's Speech' rules with 12 nods

oscar-awardImage Credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty ImagesThe Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences unveiled its nominations for the 83rd annual Academy Awards. The King’s Speech led the way with 12 nominations, and the Coen brothers’ western, True Grit, scored 10. Check out the list below, follow-up with Dave Karger‘s take, then head over to PopWatch to let us know who you think got snubbed.

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

BEST ACTOR
Javier Bardem, Biutiful
Jeff Bridges, True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours

BEST 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

BEST 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

BEST 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

BEST ANIMATED FILM
How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Toy Story 3

BEST ART DIRECTION
Alice in Wonderland, Robert Stromberg, Karen O’Hara
Happy Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1, Stuart Craig, Stephenie McMillan
Inception, Guy Hendrix Dyas, Larry Dias, Doug Mowat
The King’s Speech, Eve Stewart, Judy Farr
True Grit, Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Black Swan, Matthew Libatique
Inception, Wally Pfister
The King’s Speech, Danny Cohen
The Social Network, Jeff Cronenweth
True Grit, Roger Deakins

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Alice in Wonderland, Colleen Atwood
I Am Love, Antonella Cannarozzi
The King’s Speech, Jenny Beaven
The Tempest, Sandy Powell
True Grit, Mary Zophres

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

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Exit Through the Gift Shop, Banksy and Jaimie D’Cruz
Gasland, Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic
Inside Job, Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
Restrepo, Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger
Waste Land, Lucy Walker and Angus Aynley

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Killing in the Name (Nominees TBD)
Poster Girl (Nominees (TBD)
Strangers No More, Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon
Sun Come Up, Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger
The Warriors of Qiugang, Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon

BEST EDITING
127 Hours, Jon Harris
Black Swan, Andrew Weisblum
The Fighter, Pamela Martin
The King’s Speech, Tariq Anwar
The Social Network, Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

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

BEST MAKEUP
Barney’s Version, Adrien Morot
The Way Back, Eduoard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk, Yolanda Toussieng
The Wolfman, Rick Baker and Dave Elsey

BEST SCORE
127 Hours, A.R. Rahman
How to Train Your Dragon, John Powell
Inception, Hans Zimmer
The King’s Speech, Alexandre Desplat
The Social Network, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

BEST SONG
“Coming Home,” Country Strong, Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey
“I See the Light,” Tangled, Alan Menken, Glenn Slater
“If I Rise,” 127 Hours, A.R. Rahman, Dido, Rollo Armstrong
“We Belong Together,” Toy Story 3, Randy Newman

BEST ANIMATED SHORT
Day & Night, Teddy Newton
The Gruffalo, Jakob Schuh and Max Lang
Let’s Pollute, Geefwee Boedoe
The Lost Thing, Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
Madagascar, Carnet de Voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary), Bastien Dubois

BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT
The Confession, Tanel Toom
The Crush, Michael Creagh
God of Love, Luke Matheny
Na Wewe, Ivan Goldschmidt
Wish 143, Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite

BEST SOUND EDITING
Inception, Richard King
Toy Story 3, Tom Myers and Michael Silvers
TRON: Legacy, Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague
True Grit, Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey
Unstoppable, Mark P. Stoeckinger

BEST SOUND MIXING
Inception, Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo, and Ed Novick
The King’s Speech, Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen, and John Midgley
Salt, Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan, and William Sarokin
The Social Network, Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick, and Mark Weingarten
True Grit, Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff, and Peter F. Kurland

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Alice in Wonderland, Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1, Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi
Hereafter, Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski and Joe Farrell
Inception, Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb
Iron Man 2, Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Another Year, written by Mike Leigh
The Fighter, Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; 
Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson
Inception, written by Christopher Nolan
The Kids Are All Right, written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
The King’s Speech, Screenplay by David Seidler

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
127 Hours, Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy
The Social Network, Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
Toy Story 3, Screenplay by Michael Arndt; Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
True Grit, written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
Winter’s Bone, adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini

More:
Dave Karger: Oscar nominations: The 5 biggest surprises
Oscar snubs: Christopher Nolan? Ryan Gosling? Barbara Hershey?

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  • Browncoat Jedi

    No Christopher Nolan for best director! SCREW THE OSCARS!!!!!

    • Amelia

      I agree, huuuuuge disappiontment!

      • Armchair Quarterback

        I third that sentiment.

        Also, anyone else surprised The Town got shut out of the pic nomination?

      • Brandalism

        How about the docs?

        Banksy is gonna win!!!!

      • Strups

        By far the biggest snub. Totally agree.

      • Rolo Tomasi

        Toy Story took up a spot. Obviously it will win best animated since it was nominated for Best Pic and the other two weren’t. I don’t think it should be in both categories.

      • Meier

        No, it would be “SCREW THE OSCARS!!!” if he wasn’t nominated for Screenplay, which he was.

      • Miss Talk

        Calm down, I think Nolan still has a shot for Best Cinematography or Best Original Screenplay. There’s no whay he will go home empty-handed.

      • Miss Talk

        *way*

      • escayna

        I agree. This is ridiculous.

      • Nikki

        WHY and HOW does Toy Story 3 get to be nominated in both categories?? What the hell kind of rule is that?

      • JAM

        Oscars Schmoscars. total junk and with all the other awards now does it really matter?

      • Joe

        I don’t get the love for Nolan. I really don’t. Not trying to offend anyone, everyone is allowed their opinion, I just think his movies are overrated (with the exception of Batman Begins, which I loved). Inception, while on the surface seeming to be crazy complex, after I watched it a second time just seemed bland and boring without much imagination. Again, just my opinion, not trying to start a fight.

      • Ian

        “WHY and HOW does Toy Story 3 get to be nominated in both categories?? What the hell kind of rule is that?” — It would be stupid if it were nominated for best picture and NOT nominated for best animated feature, lol. If it were only allowed in the best picture category, then you’d have an animated film nominated for best pic, and it wouldn’t even be the best animated feature??? How does that make sense to you? I guess you think it’s unfair to the 2 other films nominated for animated feature, but how is it unfair to lose the award to a film that is clearly the choice for the category? Do you think someone else would really want to win the award for animated feature because of the technicality of TS3 only being allowed in the one category? Nobody wants to win an oscar with an asterisk.

      • Ian

        also, TS3 probably won’t win best picture, so if they weren’t nominated for animated feature, they’d get neither award because of a nonsensical rule. Same thing with Up. Lost best pic and won animated feature.

      • REASON

        yes, big disappointment, I take solace he got the best writing and pic nom(he was a producer), I am more upset “The Town” was snubbed, though that was more expected…doesn’t make it right though.

      • Tajah

        Christopher Nolan should have been nominated! And I agree with Reason that “The Town” should have been best picture. I really dont get the love for “The Social Network.”

      • sara

        Chris Nolan and Leo both snubbed. Welcome to Hollywood.

      • SJ

        Also surprised The Town was shut out of best pic. I don’t quite get the nomination for Jeremy Renner either. I like him as actor, but that seems a stretch to say he made that film. It would have been cool to see a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Rebecca Hall.

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      • Bao

        Rebecca Hall was really one note in The TOwn. Much more deserving if Blake Lively got the nod

    • mae

      huge huge disappointment

      • dee

        yup. disappointed Andrew garfield didn’t get nominated.
        But YAY for RESTREPO! Currently reading the book and so happy to hear it..

      • Yngwie Mackadangdang, Jr.

        Pshaw. Inception was SOOOO overrated. It wasn’t bad, mind you, but at it’s core, it’s nothing wildly original. It’s just another heist movie- only the heist is in dreams. Whoopee frickin ding.

      • arg

        yea Yngwie, and True Grit was an original story. oh wait…

      • Paris

        You guys are talking about the big Sex and the City 2 snub, right?

      • FromChicago

        Hello! True Grit Go True Grit!!!! Loved that movie. Disappointed that Damon didn’t get best supporting. Surprised at Nicole Kidman’s nom.
        So what if Nolan didn’t get direction — that picture was a knockoff of the Matrix & Minority Report. He didn’t do anything super with the actors, who were lame throughout the movie. Notice none of the actors got nom’d either?

      • John

        well COMPARE to Golden Globes, this is sooo much better.

      • SXiPPY

        Seriously, and where’s Dianne Wiest for “Rabbit Hole”!? I want me some Wiest dammit! This year’s noms come off totally biased. The Oscars is so dispensive of true talent and lately goes for what merits popularity votes rather than who truly deserves it. Look at who they chose to host…I’m just saying.

      • Ackerman

        No Garfield but Ruffalo? I don’t get it. They don’t nominate him for You Can Count On Me and give him a nom for Kids? Also, I knew Gosling deserved a nomination for Valentine. Can someone please explain to me (not sarcastic, I am genuinely confused) how Toy Story 3 is up for ADAPTED screenplay?

      • percy

        Ackerman, sequels are always entered in adapted screenplay, since they are derivative of the original movie.

      • Leo

        I was most disappointed not to see Fish Tank anywhere in the list. That was not a happy movie but in a sense hopeful and Katie Jacobs is a revelation (Michael Fassbender was amazing too).
        I was disappointed that Ryan Gosling wasn’t nominated for Blue Valentine. I felt his self-disgust, his desperate love for his wife, and the depth of true love as a really good dad to his daughter. He was heartbreaking.

    • bamalam

      agreed!!!

      • Tanner

        I hate to say it, but I think I would rather Nolan been nominated than the Coen Brothers. Really its hard to get rid of anyone in that category.

      • FromChicago

        Oscar loves the Coens….I do too!

      • Mike

        True Grit was Oscar fodder. I thought it was great, but nothing special. Certainly not worth all of the noms…

      • bwdesno

        Coens, nothing against the film, but a nearly shot by shot remake shouldn’t get an Oscar

    • The Truth

      So which director would you bump off the list to include him?

      • Dave

        Truth told? Any of them.

      • NFB

        Inception was the most overrated movie of the year and got too many nominations as it was. I’m glad the director’s branch saw it for what it was.

      • Johnny D

        Coens. Nothing against them — “True Grit” was great — but they have a win; the Academy could’ve given a shot to the deserving Nolan. (Could he be the new Scorsese?)
        And if not the Coens…Russell. Loved “The Fighter”, but that’s an actor’s movie — not a director’s.

      • bill

        The Coen brorthers. True Grit was a decent movie, but not groundbreaking and not even their best. No way it needed 10 noms.

      • Jim S

        Aronovsky. Black Swan was a truly bad movie.

      • David L

        I agree with Jim S. Black Swan should not have as many noms as it does. Portman and cinematography, sure, but NOT picture and director. Inception was a far better acted and directed film.

      • BryanP

        the Coen brothers

      • AK

        Any of them except David Fincher. There was hardly anything special about David O. Russell’s work on “The Fighter.” And I had major problems with a lot of choices made by Tom Hooper, Darren Aronofsky and the Coen Brothers on their respective films. None of them is undeserving. But more deserving than Christopher Nolan? No.

      • REASON

        a great director makes for great actors, I agree the Coens should have been bumped; True Grit was ok at best, overrated and not their best effort by far.

      • Dean

        Agreed. True Grit was a good movie, but nowhere near Oscar material, though it IS Oscar candy.

      • @Johnny D

        How can Nolan be the new Scorsese when he’s British?

      • Will

        I feel like even if Nolan was nominated, David Fincher is still going to win

      • Amy

        I second Dave. While I thought the other nominees were great, I wouldn’t mind seeing any of them snubbed if it meant Christopher Nolan could get in.

    • Jenna

      I know, I’m really upset about this. He definitely deserved a nomination.

    • Cygnus

      That is a major snub. Shouldve left off Joel & Ethan Cohen. Remakes are hardly Oscar worthy, no matter how decent they might be.

      • NAM

        I agree! Why all the nominations for a remake? ACK

      • Jenn

        Totally agree in regards to the Cohens.

      • RT

        If remakes aren’t Oscar worthy than “Inception” should not be nominated since it was just a remake of “Shutter Island”

      • mari

        @RT – go look up the definition of a remake in the dictionary before you go off on the people who feel that Nolan should have been nominated for “Inception.” There might be similarities in plot but “Inception” is not a remake of “Shutter Island.”

      • Dave

        @RT, I’d just love to hear all about this….please elaborate

      • Alan of Montreal

        It’s not technically a remake, though. They based the film off of the original novel, not the film starring John Wayne. It’s a completely different take.

      • RT

        I realize that “Inception” was not literally a remake of “Shutter Island” but the similarities are enough to make claims about how “original” the former was dismissable.

        Bot movies feature a lead character who are tortured souls dealing with ex-wives who go mental. Each character must go through a process in order to deal with the situation and get on with his life. Both movies feature the dreams of the protagonist as part of this process and both characters dreams blend in with reality, etc.

      • purco

        @RT: Nolan worked on it 9 years. There are similarities, but Nolan’s movie is completely original. Maybe DiCaprio’s appearance in both movies makes it more similarly, but I think Inception has something totally unique.

      • Dave

        @RT, the similarities are rather weak to have led you to your conclusion. Virtually all sports movies are remakes then, based on the standards you are employing.

      • Nathan

        Truth is that True Grit, whether it was a remake or not was a much better film than Inception, same can be said for every single nominated film this year.

      • Amy

        The Departed won the Oscar…

    • kimmy

      HUGE SNUB! Regardless of what you think of the movie, ALOT went into directing it and Nolan totally deserved the nom. =/

    • Joe Malik

      And no best editing for Inception??

      So King’s Speech has better editing than Inception??

      Pure idiocy!

      • A-K87

        the whole world has gone topsy turvy

      • joesmom

        I thought for sure Inception would be a sure-thing for Editing with all that back and forth between times and dream levels. It was rather genius how it was done, but as usual, someone deserving gets the shaft.

      • Ashley G.

        Have you seen The King’s Speech? It was edited very well, I would say better than Inception

      • Paula

        All that fancy stuff you see on screen in Inception is Art Direction, not Editing….& Inception got a nod for Art Direction.

      • Aaron

        ditto on that.

      • huh

        next to the nolan snub, the missing nom for editing for inception is next in line. all the going back and forth between times etc. required skillfull directing and editing, they both should have been nominated.

      • Nathan

        A movie with a 45 minute scene of a van falling off a bridge doesn’t deserve an editing nomination, that movie could not end soon enough.

    • Jurybox

      Unbelievable! Unforgivable!

    • Rolo Tomasi

      Ridiculous!!

      • Hoggy

        Outrageous!

      • Ragging Ple

        Preposterous!

      • Fredo

        Ludicrous!

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      • Ashley G.

        Inconceivable!!!!

      • Shannon

        LOL
        Glad to see that at least adjectives are still abundant.

    • David

      thank God no atrocious song by Dianne Warren from Burlesque!! and the score from HTTYD over TS3??!!! sacrilege!!

      • Joseph

        How To Train Your Dragon had an excellent, excellent score – one of the best in years. From a musical standpoint, I’m definitely glad it was nominated over Toy Story (though I love the movie and Randy Newman!)

      • lois

        are they like leagally obligated to give randy newman a nomination everytime he writes a song? when is the academy get with the times, there was a ton of great music in movies this year and none of it was from Randy Newman

      • JD

        Academy–you suck at nominating this category. At least NOMINATE the Cher song, so we can at least see her perform on the telecast. The Academy complains about their ratings but refuses to nominate good songs by performers we love.

      • Karen

        While I wish Daft Punk had been nominated, the nomination for How to Train Your Dragon’s score was inspired!! That score is so sweeping, so excellent.

      • Jose

        Randy Newman himself dropped out of the best score race, not sure why but John Powell form How to train your Dragon deserves to be there, and win.

      • Hedwig

        the HTTYD score is AMAZING. It doesn’t only deserve to be there, it deserves to win. Toy Story 3? w/e. Nothing special there with regards to music.

      • Shannon

        Yeah, I didn’t even think “Last of Me” or whatever the title belonged in the movie. It just felt like filler.
        And “Bound To You”… When I hear that title, I just think of contractual binding or Siamese twins.

    • Olwenhoff

      What a huge snub for Christopher Nolan. The oscars cannot save themselves now. Oscars, this is your death knell sounding (cue inception’s opening theme music).

    • holly

      Thrilled Colin Firth is nominated. Hope he wins

      • Elaine Thaller

        If he doesn’t win there is officially no God.

      • Nathan

        He will, it’s the surest sure thing there is this year.

      • Ashley G.

        I would have to agree, if he doesn’t win it will be the biggest upset, he is amazing in the King’s Speech, his best work to date

    • slwah

      No Inception for practically anything…Nolan should have gotten an nom for at least director!

    • Frances

      I agree. That is the biggest snub!!! How could they nominate Inception for best picture and not recognize Nolan????

      • Alan of Montreal

        well, there’s 10 nominees for best picture, for a start…

      • Jennifer

        Best Picture nominations are voted on by the entire Academy membership; Best Director nominations are chosen only by members of the Director’s branch. With 10 Best Picture spots and 5 Best Director spots, there are bound to be differences, and apparently not enough other directors thought Nolan deserved a nomination.

      • Lee

        INCEPTION is overrated. I’m glad it got snubbed in some of the major categories. (It’s lucky it got nominated for Best Pic!) However, I think THE KING’S SPEECH and THE FIGHTER are overrated too. I would’ve nominated SHUTTER ISLAND, CARLOS, ANOTHER YEAR and RABBIT HOLE over any of those movies.

    • j

      How about no love for Inception’s editing? I thought that was a sure thing!

      • Nathan

        Yeah, 45 minute scene of a van falling into a river = no editing nomination, good call on their part.

    • Ali

      Unbelievable snub for directing. Ugh. If the Academy would get over their crush on the Coen brothers for every single movie they create, maybe he could have slid in there. Hoping he gets best original screenplay.

      • marlonbrandosbaby

        Inception was so overrated! Truly Gritty fact: the Coen brother’s eat Christopher Nolan’s babies for breakfast

      • David L

        @marlonbrando-
        That is by far the least mature response I have ever read. Save that stuff for the playground.

      • waya

        Coen Bros could film paint drying for 2 hrs and get a nomination. Nolan just can’t get any respect.

      • marlonbrandosbaby

        *on my way to the playground, where making gruesome baby jokes is acceptable*

    • teekay

      This surprised me too, but is bound to happen now with 10 films up for best pic and only 5 directors up for an award in their category – if you look at it that way, Danny Boyle (127 Hours) and Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3 – with noms for Best Picture AND Best Animated)and others got dissed too.

      • S.

        Ugh Toy Story 3 is practically the same movie as Toy Stories 1 & 2. I’m tired about hearing how great the movie was when I spent the whole time bored.

      • Marcy Runkle

        You spent the whole time bored? Really? Wow…you are the first person I’ve seen who didn’t love TS3.

      • T

        S.

        You have no heart!

      • M.

        Chiming is as another who thought TS3 didn’t do anything new or amazing. There were other animated films I enjoyed more this year (let alone live action).

      • Hedwig

        yeah I have to say I was not all that impressed with TS3. But in its defense, maybe it could have been more meaningful if I actually remembered the first 2…

    • Karen

      My thoughts exactly! Ridiculous!

    • meso soup

      Nolan is a talented director no doubt, its just that Inception was is worst film. hands down…

      • Nathan

        Absolutely is, I’ll take anything else Nolan has done over this overlong crap pile.

      • J.

        Good Lord, Nathan. You just have to chime in and agree with every single person in this thread who didnt like Inception. Shut it!

    • Jennifer

      I’m more surprised at Danny Boyle not getting a director’s nod for 127 Hours, given all the pre-release hype for the film.

      • lefty

        that’s what I was thinking too.

    • liss

      Having just seen inception, I thought it was a lock for a nom for film editing. Not so upset about the director though, I think it’s just a tough category this year.

    • Nathan

      Nolan didn’t deserved it anyway, he should be happy his movie was nominated as much as it was.

    • dipshat

      Yeah i know, Christopher Nolan’s movies are almost always GREAT and memento was one of the finest films of the 21st century. That being said, i love the Coen brothers even more so I’m a little torn. Also another HUGE disappointment was Andrew Garfield’s snub. He was the heart and soul of that film.

      • Lee

        I agree. Andrew Garfield should’ve gotten nominated over that guy in WINTER’S BONE or Mark Ruffalo.

      • Hedwig

        Yes. Yes yes yes. I’m so upset about Andrew.

      • jennifer

        I agree

    • Aaron

      Nolan should’ve been on there for sure. Inception was robbed on Editing also.

    • Mark

      Haven’t people realized long ago that the Oscars are nonsense? Look at the list of movies that have won. Titanic? Dances With Wolves? Shakespeare in Love? English Patient?

      • Becky

        You make a very good point, Mark. You couldn’t make me watch any one of those movies again, even if you tied me to my chair. The Academy Awards seem to be one big popularity contest where true talent gets lost under all the glitter….

    • wino

      very surprised but that means Inception wouldnt have made the list for best picture if we had only 5 nominees. Social Network is going to win anyway, so it doesnt matter. But its a bit of a slap in the face to Nolan. Again, denied.

    • Jessica

      Yes, it’s a shame that Nolan hasn’t been nominated.

      I think Best actress category is lacking some best actress performances. Michelle Williams, really???? Not in my opinion, I don’t understand the buzz for Blue Valentine. It was an ok film but nothing more. Why on earth should Nicole Kidman be up. Please, she cried a few times big deal. And Annette Bening performed way better in Running with Scissors which has not even had a glimpse in the Oscar world and that is a shame. True Grit was the most boring western ever so Best actor for Jeff Bridges, True Grit seams like a ”go on, nominate him again before he dies” approach to his entry.

      • Liz Lemon

        You didn’t include Natalie Portman on your list, so I guess she’s your winner in that category.

    • Carlos

      I haven’t seen any of the movies nominated. I do like Christan Bale as an actor.

    • Jethro

      The movie was more technical and you don’t need a director to do this.

      Nolan is so over-rated, I am so tired of hearing why he was snubbed, heck, there’s only 5 spots, not everyone can be nom’d.

      • Amy

        That’s kind of what the director does. He puts everything together, and that includes the technical stuff.

    • Hmmm…

      HAPPY POTTER? Hmm….
      Go The King’s Speech!

    • clair de lune

      no inception for best editing? scandal. nommed for best sound mixing, best sound editing, best art direction AND best cinematography and NOT best editing? that’s like nomming a pic for best director, best actor and actress, but supporting and not best picture. it just doesn’t make any sense…

  • Jenn

    Chris Nolan should’ve had a directing nod.

    • ash

      Inception was an original, complex awe-fest and Christopher Nolan was robbed.

  • Maserda

    Julia’s plea for Javier worked!

    • Jen

      Great; now she can make his nomination all about her.

      • Some Guy

        hahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahaha

      • Adui

        I love her life!

      • jk

        agreed…she could not be more full of herself

      • LucyLoo

        OMG, I hope she remembers to tell her kids to go to bed!!! You know, the kids she had with that guy she started an affair with while he was still married! She’s SUCH a sweetheart!

      • JAB

        Just FYI Julia Roberts was never married to Benjamin Bratt. So this affair you refer to doesn’t exist. And she doesn’t need to make the nomination about herself, because she WON an Oscar for Best Actress for Erin Brokovich. So before you run your mouth, get your facts straight.

      • LucyLoo

        Actually, the affair I refer to DID exist, quite publicly. Not with Benjamin Bratt- I’m not sure where you got that from. Her current husband was very much married when she started an affair with him after they met on the set of “The Mexican,” and when his wife made a stink about it during the divorce, Julia Roberts taunted her publicly, wearing shirts with bad puns on them about his wife’s name.

      • Esme

        Geez, JAB, where have you been?

    • Ralphie

      And if you believe the Blind Vices circulating the internet, they’re having an affair and he’s cheating on his pregnant wife. Since Julia has broken up marriages before, I’m not entirely predisposed to disagree with the rumors…

      • Olivia

        Julia would never break up a marriage, she’s America’s Sweet– Sorry, I couldn’t finish it. Threw up in my mouth a little.

      • RT

        Julia Roberts = Most.Obnoxious.Oscar.Speech.Ever.

      • Photo-finish

        With Halle Berry’s fake-crying a close second.

    • wkrp

      Well, at least she can’t use the line “I don’t want to live in a world where Javier Bardeem doesn’t have an Oscar”. I was really hoping that Denzel WOULDN’T win that year.

      • To wkrp

        Javier does have an Oscar. So why with all the hatred for Julia Roberts. Have you seen Buitiful?

    • Greg

      If Julia Roberts supported Javier’s nomination, that’s a good thing. Javier gave an Oscar winning performance. Don’t knock it until you have seen the movie. With that said my vote is for Colin Firth, he was BRILLIANT in The King’s Speech.

    • Amy

      I’ve got nothing against Julia Roberts, but it bothers me that if she didn’t do all that campaigning for him, he almost definitely wouldn’t have been nominated.

  • Noelle

    So thrilled to see Michelle Williams included. I’m a little bummed Andrew Garfield missed out, though.

    • tori

      I’m REALLY bummed. He should’ve gotten a nomination over Ruffalo.

      • JJ

        I’ve never understood the love for Ruffalo’s performance.

      • m

        i don’t understand the love for that whole movie.

      • SJ

        Ruffalo was the best part of The Kids are Allright; not sure it necessitates an Oscar nom. Hype for that film far overblown.

      • Liz Lemon

        Andrew definitely should have gotten a nomination. But don’t worry…his time will come.

      • Amy

        Why does everyone think Mark Ruffalo knocked out Andrew Garfield? I think it was John Hawkes. Ruffalo was one of the safer contenders in the category, while Hawkes was one of the ones that had a chance but wasn’t necessarily considered a shoo-in. Besides, I liked Mark Ruffalo.

    • nunnya

      Ugh. YES! He was incredible.

    • Ralphie

      Garfield was great. I’d rather him be there than Ruffalo or Renner.

      • Laurie

        Wait, what about Ryan Gosling in Blue Valentine. I thought his performance was even stronger than Michelle Williams.

      • Johnny D

        Ruffalo, not Renner. Would’ve been keen to see Garfield up there with Hawkes and Renner.

    • Sarah El

      I agree. I’m glad John Hawkes got in, but I was hoping it would be at the expense of Ruffalo or Renner rather than Garfield.

    • Strepsi

      I agree – while I always like MARK RUFFALO, and he always does great work, I actually thought ANDREW GARFIELD had the harder, more complicated role, and should have been nominated.

      Did you catch that Brit Andrew doing a subtle Brazilian-American accent? And making us actually feel sorry for a pampered Harvard brat? He was great.

    • Kevin

      Yup. He was much better than Jeremy Renner.

      • Allie

        I thought Jeremy Renner was excellent. Mark Ruffalo was overrated and took Andrew Garfield’s spot. SHAME.

    • Alan Smithee

      I remember Michelle walking the red carpet the first time and saying she was loving and relishing the whole Oscar experience because it was never going to happen again. Kinda cute when actors/actresses really have no idea how good they are.

    • Lee

      I think Garfield split votes between SOCIAL NETWORK and NEVER LET ME GO.

    • Casey

      Bummed? I was seriously disappointed. He was so good in The Social Network. I mean, Mark Ruffalo? Really?

  • Victoria

    Surprising to see Michelle Williams nominated for Best Actress. I hope she pulls an upset.

    Very glad to see Christian Bale nominated, too.

    • Jackie

      Christian Bale was pretty much a lock, though.

    • StewyFan

      Why are you surprised?

    • same here

      I really hope Michelle can pull an upset somehow, I do agree that Natalie had a great performance in Black Swan but I think the praise is coming from so much hype from people. I think if you put it all aside and actually look at the performances for what they are, I would give it to Michelle. Unfortunately Natalie being a lock and probably thinking she’s a lock and all this media attention is getting beyond annoying.

      • PW

        You’re annoyed that Natalie Portman “probably” thinks of herself as a lock for best actress? You might find life much easier if you stop reacting to thoughts you’ve imagined other people to be thinking.

  • Brad

    Who is this fool that is the president of the Academy??? Just saw him announce the nominees with Mo’nique: “Helen-A Bonham Carter”, “THE Black Swan”. LOL. Way to phone it in there.

    • CDB

      Lighten up; he could have just been nervous.

      • JersyGrl

        I totally agree with you Brad. That guy was gaaaaaaarbage.

      • Alan of Montreal

        He’s the Academy President–he’s not supposed to be nervous. This is one of the few responsibilities he has!

    • Tanner

      Its not his fault, he has a stammer.

      • Alan of Montreal

        I don’t think adding “The” before every movie title is the result of a stammer

      • ET

        Maybe he should hire Geoffrey Rush to fix it.

  • saint of E. 69th st

    ok with the list but was hoping for Mila Kunis in Best Supporting Actress have sen most of Best Pic nominess and I think True Grit should win..but won’t…social will

    • t.t

      MILA KUNIS WAS ROBBED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ROBBED I SAY ROBBED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Allie

        AGREE

    • AK

      I didn’t even notice the first time around that she missing from the list. That’s a snub I’m fine with; she was good, but not nothing special.

      • Erin

        Me too, I’m fine with that snub. Didn’t expect her to make to list anyway, that category is very strong and whilst she was fine, she was very subpar compared to Jackie, Melissa, Amy et al.

  • Amber

    It’s going to be a very ho hum ceremony this year. I don’t even know if I’ll watch. Good luck to Christian Bale and True Grit. The most deserving candidates on the list.

  • Derek

    I’m happy for Mark Ruffalo, but I was also hoping Andrew Garfield would get a nom. Also, I’m bummed Winter’s Bone got nominated, because that means I have to try to get through that movie again. Didn’t make it the first time…

    • mae

      ugh this switcharoo disappoints me

    • Lucy

      Winter’s Bone was awesome!!

      • Joan

        This!

    • Lee

      WINTER’S BONE was a bore.

  • C.

    Bummed that there was no Oscar love for Andrew Garfield in The Social Network. I thought he was brilliant.

    • Derek

      Haha, great minds!

  • Troy

    Yey to Jacki Weaver, John Hawkes & Michelle Williams! Actually a pretty solid list of nominees! Well done academy.

    • JJ

      Jakci for the win.

  • Lena

    Please, let this be Colin Firth’s turn. He deserves an Oscar.

    • Shane

      Don’t worry, Colin has his name on the award this year, he and Natalie both will win, no one else needs to show up or do any press. Its over.

      • Lena

        Colin Firth should’ve won an oscar for his performance in “The Single Man.” That was an incredible performance, so he’s long overdue.

      • orville

        Don’t be *too* sure about Natalie. Annette Benning has a lot of support behind her–especially considering that she’s never won before.

      • Miss Talk

        No way. Nathalie Portman is a mortal lock this year. Too bad there’s a curse attached to this award. Just sayin’

      • Joan

        She didn’t marry yet, so the curse doesn’t apply! hehehe She is a mortal lock, if Annete wins the Oscar will revive the days of Grace Kelly over Judy Garland… and it wasn’t cool.

      • Kelly

        The curse already hit Natalie. No Strings Attached.

      • stiffy

        I didn’t like Annette in ‘The Kids are Alright’, Juliane Moore was stronger

      • @Kelly

        No Strings Attached won the weekend box office, so I wouldn’t say she has been hit with the curse just yet. (Not that it makes it a good movie or anything, but people are paying to see it, and that’s all Hollywood cares about anyway.)

    • Alix

      Hear, hear!

    • Jurybox

      Sorry, but don’t buy the legitimacy of giving Oscars for multiple great performances – he was wonderful in King’s Speech but Jesse Eisenberg was incredible in Social Network. I’m tired of Oscars being given for another “handicapped person overcomes” performance.

      • Rita

        Did you see The King’s Sppech?
        It was so much more than “another “handicapped person overcomes” performance.I am not saying that Jesse E. wasn’t good but this is Colin’s award..

      • Rita

        oops “King’s Speech”

    • Nicole

      There is no way they can rob Colin this year, is there?

    • Tin

      I totally agree.

  • nothing

    I guess Julia Roberts got what she wanted

    • pj

      i know right. she have so many friends in the academy..thats why javier was there..but i thought his performance was outstanding

  • Anne

    Shutter Island should have been nominated

    • Strepsi

      Just want to give a shout out to Canada for the amazing INCENDIES – an intense story of Lebanese French-Canadians and war.

      • mwy

        I’m so glad Incendies made the oscar list!! It’s an amazing intense movie!Thanks Strepsi to show it some love too

    • Doc Brown’s DeLorean

      Wrong year, Anne.

      • Radzinsky

        No, it’s not actually.

      • Lee

        It came out in February, check your facts before attacking other people “Doc”

  • Carrie #2

    How did Chris Nolan not get nominated for Director?!?!?! He should have WON for Inception! Bull. Double bull to the fact that The Town wasn’t nominated for Best Picture!!!! Yes, I’m going overboard on the punctuation but I don’t care.

    • Mike

      well he DID get nominated for original screenplay!

      • bamalam

        but we all know that The King’s Speech is going to win…because the Academy cares more about the prestigious things…

      • Amy

        Directing is completely different from screenplay. I am grateful for the screenplay & best picture nominations, but I still think Nolan was snubbed big time for his direction; it pretty much made the movie. That’s like saying the fact that The Fighter got nominated for BP makes up for Mark Wahlberg not getting an acting nom (he gets part of the BP nom since he produced).

    • Troy

      I didn’t even realise it was Nolan who had been bumped for the Coens. That is a joke. None of the nominees for Best Director (except for Aranofsky) did anything that comes close to compmaring with what Nolan did with Inception.

    • Mocha

      I can’t believe “The Town” was snubbed. It was fantastic. Did they really need to put Toy Story 3 into both Best Picture AND Best Animated? I mean, I loved it, but it’s never going to win best picture…

      • Aly

        Have you seen any other movies that were nominated? If you had, you would not be saying the Town even REMOTELY deserves a nomination. It was really just ok. There was no comparison whatsoever to the book, which was amazing. If I were the author, I’d be very disappointed.

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