83rd Academy Award nominations

The nominations are in! The Academy has spoken and evidently they all hate Christopher Nolan. The three-time Director’s Guild Award nominee (this year included) woke up to the news that he had been snubbed yet again by the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences. But wait, it gets better- his film Inception managed to score 6 nominations regardless, including a nod (read: consolation prize) for Nolan in the Original Screenplay category.

In an effort to make a “vent sandwich” the good news on the day was eight nominations for The Social Network, included Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Adapted Screenplay, Original Score, Cinematography, Sound Mixing and Editing. Not bad for film about Facebook, even if The King’s Speech, their biggest competition as of Saturday night, scored a whooping 12 nominations in all of the above categories plus Supporting (Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham-Carter) and a few technical nods.

In terms of performance nominations, Natalie Portman’s award-winning season will continue on into Oscar night, as the Black Swan actress scored the second nomination of her career. Sadly, her costars Mila Kunis and Barbara Hershey are currently receiving the news that they were left out of the fray. Don’t cry too much for Black Swan, the film managed to win a nomination for Best Picture and for the first time in his illustrious career Darren Aronofsky was finally honored with a nomination for Achievement in Directing! Other first time nominees on the day included Christian Bale, Jesse Eisenberg, James Franco, John Hawkes ,Tom Hooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Mark Ruffalo, David O. Russell, Hailee Steinfeld (shamelessly nominated in the wrong category) and Jacki Weaver.

Now back to venting – besides the obvious Christopher Nolan snub, nominations were also lacking for Blue Valentine, Andrew Garfield, Robert Duvall, Ryan Gosling and surprisingly the award-winning documentary Waiting For Superman.

Maybe next year the Academy should implement American Idol type rules; they could release a longlist of nominees and have America vote on who gets a nomination and then they could pick the winner because clearly their judgment is under question. Then again, have you seen some of the people who make it on American Idol? Nevermind.

Check out the partial list of nominees down below and the full list here.

Best Motion 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

Performance by an actor in a leading role

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

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

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

Performance by an actress in a leading role

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

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

Amy Adams, The Fighter
Helena Bonham-Carter, The King’s Speech
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Hailee Steinfeld, True Grits
Jackie Weaver, Animal Kingdom

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

Achievement in directing

Black Swan
The Fighter
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
True Grit

Best Documentary Feature

Exit through the Gift Shop
Inside Job
Waste Land

Adapted Screenplay
127 Hours
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone

Original Screenplay
Another Year
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech

For a full breakdown of the Oscar Nominations + commentary on the Screen Actors Guild Awards, catch Episode 2 of The Real Reel’s Oscar Podcast Series on Monday January 31, 2011.


2 Responses to “83rd Academy Award nominations”

  1. JMO, but Aronofsky got a director nod and Nolan didn’t? Hmmm
    I don’t dislike Aronofsky, they should have both gotten nods.

    I haven’t seem most of these movies so it’s hard for me to pick.
    From the trailers and things I have heard, these would be my

    Best Film – Social Network or 127 hrs.
    Best Actor leading – Jeff Bridges or James Franco
    Best Actor supporting – Christian Bale
    Best Actress leading – I don’t know
    Best Actress supporting – Amy Adams
    Best Animated Feature – How to train your dragon
    Directing – The Fighter or Social Network

    I’m not sure about the rest. I may go see Social Network
    next week, that will help a lot.

    In the score nom”s, I will go with Hans Zimmer or Trent Reznor.
    It’s really tough to choose between them.

    What are your predictions?

    • The Nolan snub is very difficult to process considering this is the second time that he’s received a Director’s Guild nomination and not an Oscar nomination. As for how the major awards will play out, until Saturday I would have placed all my money on The Social Network for Best Picture, but The King’s Speech won at the Producer’s Guild Awards so it could go either way.

      Best Actor- Colin Firth, without a doubt. I’d be surprised if he didn’t win.
      Best Actress- Portman should take this but politics within the Academy could be in favor of Bening. Afterall, she does serve on the board of directors.
      Best Supporting actor- Christian Bale
      Best Supporting Actress- Melissa Leo
      Animated- Toy Story 3
      Directing: David Fincher.

      I definitely think that Reznor has a really great shot at winning for Best Score. Love Hans Zimmer but we all know what he’s capable of – greatness. I think the fact that this was such a departure for Reznor could work in his favor.

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