Skip to comments.Oscar nominations 2011: Academy Award season is here (list of nominees)
Posted on 01/25/2011 9:17:25 AM PST by SeekAndFind
The nominees for the 83rd Academy Awards were announced live this morning in Beverly Hills, California. They were read by Academy President Tom Sherak and last year's Best Supporting Actress winner, Mo'Nique.
The British monarchy saga "The King's Speech" led the pack for this year's Academy Awards with 12 nominations, including best picture and acting honors for Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush.
The Coen brothers' western remake of "True Grit" snagged 10 nominations, just ahead of "The Social Network," David Fincher's Facebook drama which racked up eight.
Entertainment's most esteemed award ceremony will take place from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Actor James Franco and actress Anne Hathaway will be co-hosting the event, which will be the first time for each. The Oscars will be televised Sunday, February 27 on ABC at 8 p.m..
Here is the list of major nominees:
The Kids Are All Right
The King's Speech
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
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It’s a shame they passed over the kid who played the Facebook CFO in “The Social Network” for best supporting actor. He was great.
The King’s Speech should clean up.
Some major nominees....
Actor in a Leading Role
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
Actor in a Supporting Role
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
Actress in a Leading Role
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
Actress in a Supporting Role
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
Animated Feature Film
How to Train Your Dragon Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois
The Illusionist Sylvain Chomet
Toy Story 3 Lee Unkrich
Black Swan Darren Aronofsky
The Fighter David O. Russell
The King’s Speech Tom Hooper
The Social Network David Fincher
True Grit Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
Writing (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
Now it's "how many of these nominees have I heard of?"
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RE: The Kings Speech should clean up.
They were bypassed at the Golden Globes in favor of the Social Network. The only win for the King’s Speech at the Golden Globe was Colin Firth for Best Actor.
I remember Steven Spielberg’s THE COLOR PURPLE ( starring Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey ) was nominated for 11 Oscars in 1985 but DID NOT WIN ANYTHING that year.
Aint’ it the truth! I know who Bridges is and don’t care who the rest are.
It would be a damn shame, although it would be a perfect sign of the times, having a film about the narcissists who started Facebook, win out over a story about triumphing over adversity.
The Golden Globes best picture usually isn’t the Oscar Best Picture. “The King’s Speech” just won the best produced movie from Producers Guild of America which also happened to be the Oscar Best Picture for the last 3 years in a row.
So it has a very good chance right now of being Best Picture
“Now it’s ‘how many of these nominees have I heard of?’”
Partly, this is due to the current reign of mindless sequels, prequels, reboots, adaptations, and so forth that dominate the “tentpole” pictures, which I happen to agree wityh the critical community are with few exceptions (Toy Story 3, The Dark Knight, etc.) worth forgetting. Their penchant for the old “indie” feel isn’t quite for me, and I resent the academy and critics endlessly honoring it.
Perhaps, though, they have no choice. I’d honor a great middlebrow movie like Back To the Future over pretentious one which no one will watch in five years, like for instance Secrets and Lies, The Thin Red Line, The Pianist, Lost in Translation, or Babel. Problem is, Transformers, The A-Team, and Tron are not Back To the Future.
That being said, this is not a particularly bad year. Inception and Toy Story 3 were juggernauts, and The Social Network and True Grit were respectable hits. Of course, if there weren’t now 10 best picture nominees there’s no way Inception and Toy Story 3’d be up there, which kinda makes it feel like a consolation prize.
I also thought the Thin Red Line was one of the greatest war movies ever made. Came out the same year as Saving Private Ryan unfortunately, but I liked Thin Red Line better.
Colin Firth and the King’s Speech — it was excellent and deserves every Oscar.
“It would be a damn shame, although it would be a perfect sign of the times, having a film about the narcissists who started Facebook, win out over a story about triumphing over adversity.”
Firstly, just because the movie is about a narcissist (or someone with narcissistic tendencies) doesn’t mean it celebrated narcissism. Actually, the main character was sort of the villain. Secondly, at least he was a self-made man. And though his product was unecessary and perhaps socially destructive (not that people were getting along in the old fashioned way beforehand), it was what the people wanted. He’s a true entreprenuer.
The King, on the other hand, is a useful figure for the culture in which he lived. We don’t need one, but the British are used to it. Anyway, if you’re going to have a king, he’s the sort you’d want, from what little I know. In the very least he was a triumph compared to his predecessor. However, is anyone going to seriously argue his role was necessary when you had Churchill to make speeches for you? Does anyone outside of rabid royalists study his speeches—or his life as a whole, for that matter?
Aside from the general overemphasis on politics, there is the old aristocratic bias at work here. I, for one, think it’s perfectly okay for a Horatio Alger story (if characters in Alger stories were pricks who struck it rich making superficial trinkets) to win over a silver spoon story. Then again, The King’s Speech also has Geoffrey Rush’s character, so maybe I’m talking out my rear.
“I also thought the Thin Red Line was one of the greatest war movies ever made. Came out the same year as Saving Private Ryan unfortunately, but I liked Thin Red Line better.”
That’s fine, and certainly I love plenty of obscure movies myself. But you must admit that it’s not for a general audience (lacking—what do you call it?—oh yeah, a plot). It also bombed at the box office and has not since become part of the cannon (that is, very few watch it anymore). It fits the point to which I was responding: namely, that the Academy Awards have a tradition of rewarding obscure titles.
I included it in the list because of my special hate for Terence Malick; anmy number of other films could’ve taken its place.
Most of my favorite recent have been foreign films, I still can’t think of any recent Hollywood film that was better than “The Lives of Others.”
Agreed. I haven’t heard of most of these movies. Haven’t heard of some of the actors and actresses either.
I wonder what the ratings will be for the Oscars. Will middle America sit through a 3 to 4 hour show about movies they don’t care about?
Many of these movies did poorly at the box office, so I’m thinking that many people don’t know and don’t care if the movies they haven’t seen win awards.
Apparently its royalist Hollywood revisionism. The royals had a policy of appeasement but to this day can claim they stood by Britain it its "finest hour" due to clever marketing.
Oh well, Braveheart was a mess of historical propaganda, but I can still enjoy it from time to time.
King’s Speech was good, not great. But the acting was strong. Firth is a lock for Best Actor.
Loved True Grit. Didn’t see Social Network, The Fighter or Black Swan.
Toy Story 3 and Inception were great.
All in all, a ho-hum year for movies.
The plot was a historical retelling of soldiers' experiences on Guadalcanal with internal monologues. A traditional plot like your average 'guys on a mission' flick would've missed the point. Put it this way, I could watch Thin Red Line with the sound off and enjoy it better than 90% of the other crap that's out there.
What caused your special hatred for Terrence Malick?
I saw Days of Heaven about a month ago, and wasn't blown away with the story but could certainly see why people went crazy over the cinematography at the time.
That's kind of the point with a Malick film. Criticizing his films for not having a traditional plot is like criticizing expressionist paintings for not being realistic.
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