Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Oscar Nominations

The Oscar nominations were announced earlier today, and a few surprises excepted, they were pretty much what I expected. I went a total of 86/105 in my predictions, which is 82% which I am happy with, as when you get to the below the line categories, it can be tough to predict the nominees. In the major categories, I went 10/10 for Best Picture (my gut feeling about sticking with Winter's Bone turned out to be correct), 4/5 for Director (shocked that Nolan didn't get in, but not shocked by who did), 4/5 for actor (truly shocked that Bardem got in, which means I will have to wait unitl Biutiful is released to do my final year end report), 5/5 for Actress, 4/5 for Supporting Actor (disappointed that none of The Social Network gang got in there, but happy for John Hawkes just the same), 5/5 for Supporting Actress, 5/5 for Adapted Screenplay and 4/5 for Original Screenply (The Fighter's nomination and Black Swan's snub here surprised me).

Out of the feature nominees, I have seen all but 4 of the Foreign Language nominees. I should be able to see Incendies, from Canada, this weekend and will see Biutiful when it is released. When I get a chance to see Outside the Law or In a Better World remains to be seen. All of them will have a tough time beating out the one film I have seen though - Dogtooth - which surprised and delighted me by getting a nomination this morning. I will also try and see the Shorts nominated - Animated and Live Action usually not being a problem, but Documentary not easy to see at all.

Closer to the ceremony, I will do my winner predictions, which get quite involved.

Anyway, here are the nominees.

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

Best Director
Darren Aronofky, Black Swan
Joel & Ethan Coen, True Grit
David Fincher, The Social Network
Tom Hooper, The King's Speech
David O. Russell, The Fighter

Best Actor
Javier Bardem in "Biutiful"
Jeff Bridges in "True Grit"
Jesse Eisenberg in "The Social Network"
Colin Firth in "The King's Speech"
James Franco in "127 Hours"

Best Actress
Annette Bening in "The Kids Are All Right"
Nicole Kidman in "Rabbit Hole"
Jennifer Lawrence in "Winter's Bone"
Natalie Portman in "Black Swan"
Michelle Williams in "Blue Valentine"

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale in "The Fighter"
John Hawkes in "Winter's Bone"
Jeremy Renner in "The Town"
Mark Ruffalo in "The Kids Are All Right"
Geoffrey Rush in "The King's Speech"

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams in "The Fighter"
Helena Bonham Carter in "The King's Speech"
Melissa Leo in "The Fighter"
Hailee Steinfeld in "True Grit"
Jacki Weaver in "Animal Kingdom"

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

Original Screenplay
Another Year - Mike Leigh
The Fighter - Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson. S
Inception - Christopher Nolan
The Kids Are All Right - Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
The King's Speech - David Seidler

Best Animated Film
How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Toy Story 3

Best Documentary
Exit through the Gift Shop
Inside Job
Waste Land

Best Foreign Language Film
Biutiful - Mexico
Dogtooth - Greece
In a Better World- Denmark
Incendies - Canada
Outside the Law - Algeria

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

Art Direction
Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
The King's Speech
True Grit

Costume Design
Alice in Wonderland
I Am Love
The King's Speech
The Tempest
True Grit

Film Editing
Black Swan
The Fighter
The King's Speech
127 Hours
The Social Network

Barney’s Version
The Way Back
The Wolfman

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

Original Song
Country Strong - Coming Home
127 Hours - If I Rise
Tangled - I See the Light
Toy Story 3 - We Belong Together

Sound Editing
Toy Story 3
Tron: Legacy
True Grit

Sound Mixing
The King's Speech
The Social Network
True Grit

Visual Effects
Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Iron Man 2

Best Documentary Short
Killing in the Name
Poster Girl
Strangers No More
Sun Come Up
The Warriors of Qiugang

Best Animated Short
Day & Night
The Gruffalo
Let's Pollute
The Lost Thing
Madagascar, a Journey Diary

Best Live Action Short
The Confession
The Crush
God of Love
Na Wewe
Wish 143

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