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BAFTA nominations: 6 top surprises

true-gritImage Credit: Lorey SebastianThe British Academy of Film and Television Arts nominations always throw a couple wrenches into the awards race, some of which (like Kate Winslet’s Best Actress placement for The Reader or Alan Alda’s nod for in The Aviator) end up foreshadowing unexpected Oscar nominations. So what were the biggest surprises from the BAFTA nominees this morning? Here’s a list.

1. True Grit displaces The Fighter READ FULL STORY

AFI Awards bring out the big Oscar guns

firth-bonham-carter-AFIImage Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty ImagesThe non-stop parade of award shows began in classy fashion yesterday as the American Film Institute held its annual luncheon, which served as a pep rally of sorts for the upcoming Oscar-season crunch. Virtually every major awards player was in attendance: Colin Firth, Christopher Nolan, Natalie Portman, Amy Adams, Annette Bening, David O. Russell, Davis Guggenheim, Jeff Bridges, Melissa Leo, Ben Affleck, Aaron Sorkin, Christian Bale, Darren Aronofsky, Helena Bonham Carter, Hailee Steinfeld, and the list goes on. With no competitive categories (the AFI simply lists its top 10 films and TV shows alphebetically), the mood was genial, and it was fun to see Firth and Bridges, Best Actor rivals for two years running, greet each other with a spirited bear hug.

The lunch began with a clip reel of 2010 film highlights. The crowd erupted most boisterously at Amy Adams’ brilliant Fighter threat, “Don’t call me skank. I’ll rip that nasty hair out of your f—ing head.” Each film and TV program received its own mini-tribute including a clip; it was a particular hoot to watch Jane Krakowski and Will Forte’s priceless “two black swans” bit from 30 Rock knowing that Aronofsky and Portman were also in the room.

But the afternoon’s true highlight was an inspiring speech from Kirk Douglas, there to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the release of Spartacus. Noting that all his cast members from the film are now deceased, Douglas said, “The tragedy of being old is loneliness,” before recounting Spartacus screenwriter Dalton Trumbo’s battle against government anti-Communist forces and ultimately raising a glass to his son Michael’s apparent victory in his war against cancer. For the entire room, it was truly an honor to be there.

'Black Swan,' 'Inception,' 'King's Speech,' 'Social Network,' 'True Grit' score cinematographers guild nods

The American Society of Cinematographers has announced its nominees for its annual awards and has recognized the following films: Black Swan (Matthew Libatique), Inception (Wally Pfister), The King’s Speech (Danny Cohen), The Social Network (Jeff Cronenweth), and True Grit (Roger Deakins). Last year, four of the five ASC nominees ended up scoring Oscar nominations as well.

 

OscarWatch: The Official Precursor Tally

Now all 8 of the most important pre-Oscar precursor nominees have been announced — National Board of Review, American Film Institute, Broadcast Film Critics Association, Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, Producers Guild of America, Directors Guild of America, and Writers Guild of America. And as you’ll see from the tally below, two films, The Social Network and The Fighter, have landed on all eight lists. Here’s the final count. N.B. With the Globes, I’m only counting Best Picture, and with SAG, I’m only counting Best Cast. And I’m counting The King’s Speech among the AFI nominees since the British film received a special award from the group.

8: The Fighter (DGA, PGA, SAG, WGA, GG, BFCA, AFI, NBR)
8: The Social Network (DGA, PGA, SAG, WGA, GG, BFCA, AFI, NBR)
7: Black Swan (DGA, PGA, SAG, WGA, GG, BFCA, AFI)
7: Inception (DGA, PGA, WGA, GG, BFCA, AFI, NBR)
7: The King’s Speech (DGA, PGA, SAG, GG, BFCA, AFI, NBR) *ineligible for WGA
5: The Kids Are All Right (PGA, SAG, WGA, GG, AFI)
5: The Town (PGA, WGA, BFCA, AFI, NBR)
5: True Grit (PGA, WGA, BFCA, AFI, NBR)
4: 127 Hours (PGA, WGA, BFCA, AFI)
4: Toy Story 3 (PGA, BFCA, AFI, NBR) *ineligible for WGA and GG Best Picture
3: Winter’s Bone (BFCA, AFI, NBR) *ineligible for WGA
1: Alice in Wonderland (GG)
1: Another Year (NBR)
1: Burlesque (GG)
1: Hereafter (NBR)
1: I Love You Phillip Morris (WGA)
1: Please Give (WGA)
1: Red (GG)
1: Shutter Island (NBR)
1: The Tourist (GG)

Judging from the above, it looks to me like we now know which films would be nominated for Best Picture if there were only five slots: The Social Network, The King’s Speech, Inception, The Fighter, and Black Swan (which, incidentally, are the five DGA nominees). But the question remains: Which film among the second tier will be left out of the Academy’s top 10? True Grit and Toy Story 3 seem like they’re in. That leaves a quartet of movies — The Town, The Kids Are All Right, 127 Hours, and Winter’s Bone — battling for the final three places.

Check out our handy graphs of all the major categories to see how each race is shaping up.

DGA nominations: David O. Russell in, Coen brothers out

The Directors Guild of America has announced its five nominees for best director of the year, and along with expected nominees David Fincher (The Social Network), Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech), Christopher Nolan (Inception), and Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), The Fighter‘s David O. Russell edged out Joel and Ethan Coen of True Grit for the final spot. Last year the DGA matched the eventual Oscar nominees for Best Director 5-for-5, so today’s news is a great sign for Russell and the overall chances for The Fighter, which has only grossed half as much as True Grit at the box office so far. It’ll be a tight battle between Russell and the Coens for that fifth Best Director slot at the Oscars.

Cinema Audio Society nominates 'Swan,' 'Social,' 'Inception,' 'Grit,' 'Shutter'

The Cinema Audio Society has nominated Black Swan, Inception, Shutter Island, The Social Network, and True Grit as the films with the most outstanding sound mixing of the year. Last year the CAS predicted four of the five eventual Oscar nominees in the Best Sound Mixing category. All five films also received nods from the Art Directors Guild yesterday as well.

Academy announces seven visual-effects finalists

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which last month narrowed down the Best Visual Effects category to 15 semifinalists, has announced the seven films that remain in the running for a nomination. They are: Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Hereafter, Inception, Iron Man 2, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and Tron: Legacy. That means The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Clash of the Titans, The Last Airbender, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Shutter Island, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and Unstoppable are now officially out of the competition.

Five of the remaining seven contenders will end up scoring an Oscar nomination later this month. Which two won’t end up making the cut? My guesses are Hereafter and Iron Man. How about you?

Art Directors Guild nominees announced

Today begins the flurry of guild award nominations that can give you a good idea of which films are going to do well with the Academy. (As opposed to the Golden Globes or critics groups, many people who vote for guild prizes also vote for the Oscars.) The Art Directors Guild has announced its 15 nominees, including all the expected visual feasts (Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter, Inception) and overall awards contenders (The Social Network, The King’s Speech, True Grit). Here are their lists: READ FULL STORY

Writers Guild nominees announced

I-Love-You-Phillip-MorrisImage Credit: Patti PerretUnlike the Producers and Directors Guild awards, the Writers Guild nominees never match up too closely with the Academy Awards since several top Oscar contenders usually aren’t eligible for the WGA prize. (Entries must be filmed under guild jurisdictions to qualify.) That’s why we don’t see The King’s Speech, Another Year, Winter’s Bone, Blue Valentine, or Toy Story 3 in the just-announced WGA lists. So which screenplays took advantage of the extra spaces? Clearly, it’s Please Give and I Love You Phillip Morris, two films that haven’t made much of an impression in the overall awards hunt so far. The only surprise omission in my mind is Rabbit Hole in the adapted category. I’m also shocked that Oscar front-runner Waiting for “Superman” didn’t make it into the documentary list, though Superman director Davis Guggenheim’s An Inconvenient Truth didn’t get a WGA nod either and it went on to win the Oscar. Here are the nominees:  READ FULL STORY

Producers Guild nominees: '127 Hours,' 'The Town' in, 'Winter's Bone' out

127-hours-francoImage Credit: Chuck ZlotnickThe Producers Guild of America has announced its nominees for best picture, including all the top Oscar contenders as well as two films that are “on the bubble” for an Oscar nomination: 127 Hours and The Town. Indie favorite Winter’s Bone, meanwhile, was left out. Here are the PGA nominees:

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

Could the Academy match the PGA 10 for 10? Maybe. Though I still think Winter’s Bone could squeeze its way in there. But today’s announcement confirms that there are really only 11 films fighting for the 10 Best Picture slots. Check out the other categories after the jump.

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