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Hollywood Insight 01/25/11

83rd Academy Awards Noms Announced, "The King's Speech" Leads Again

The Kings Speech gets the most Oscar nominations this year with 12 in all, including best picture and acting nods for Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, and Geoffrey Rush. True Grit was second with 10 noms for best picture, Jeff Bridges for Actor in a Leading Role and newcomer Hailee Steinfeld for Actress in a Supporting Role, and more. The eight other motion pictures that garnered best picture nominations are Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, 127 Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, and Winter's Bone.

Though I have not seen all of the films nominated for the coveted acting, best picture, and directing categories, I'm surprised to see Toy Story 3 nominated for best film of the year. Yes, it was a touching cartoon sequel about Andy's toys, but it wasn't that good. Going up against heavyweights such as Inception, True Grit, and The Social Network, Toy Story 3 doesn't have much of a chance of winning.

One saving grace is that 
Hereafter only received one nomination (for visual effects, which it deserved). It may have been tempting to give Oscar winner, Hereafter director Clint Eastwood another nod, but the film just didn't deliver. Another surprise was Hailee Steinfeld's nom for her work as Mattie Ross in True Grit (a great film that was overlooked at The Golden Globes). Congratulations to Hailee for the nod, an honor she earned for her incredible acting in the Coen brother's film.

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

Art Direction

    * Alice in Wonderland
      Production Design: Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Karen O'Hara
    * Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1
      Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
    * Inception
      Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas; Set Decoration: Larry Dias and Doug Mowat
    * The King's Speech
      Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Judy Farr
    * True Grit
      Production Design: Jess Gonchor; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh


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

Costume Design

    * Alice in Wonderland - Colleen Atwood
    * I Am Love - Antonella Cannarozzi
    * The King's Speech - Jenny Beavan
    * The Tempest - Sandy Powell
    * True Grit - Mary Zophres


    * 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

Music (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

Music (Original Song)

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

Best Picture

    * Black Swan - Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers
    * The Fighter - David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers
    * Inception - Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers
    * The Kids Are All Right - Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers
    * The King's Speech - Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers
    * 127 Hours - Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers
    * The Social Network - Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán Chaffin, Producers
    * Toy Story 3 - Darla K. Anderson, Producer
    * True Grit - Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers
    * Winter's Bone - Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers

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

Writing (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

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

For the full list of nominations, go to oscars.go.com.

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards airs on Feb. 27 on ABC and will be hosted by young Hollywood names - James Franco (who has an acting nom for 127 Hours) and previous Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway.

What do you think of the Academy's nominations?

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