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And the Oscar Nominees Are…

The nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards were announced today, and as usual there were a few surprises and a few snubs.
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The list of nominees for the major categories is after the jump.

Christopher Nolan, whose Inception was one of my favorite films of year, was denied a Best Director nod even though his film received eight nominations overall. Additionally, while Christian Bale was (deservedly) nominated for Best Supporting Actor, Fighter star Mark Wahlberg’s name is absent from the Best Actor list.

As always, I’ll post my picks for the winners right before the Academy Awards air next month.
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In the meantime, visit for the full list of nominees and start choosing your favorites for Hollywood’s biggest night of the year. Then hit the comments and tell us what you think about this year’s nominees.

Here are the nominees in the major categories:

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


  • “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

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”

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”

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 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”


6 Responses to “And the Oscar Nominees Are…”

  1. Member [Join Now]
    Shemp Howard [shemp-howard]

    Its interesting that there are *ten* nominations for Best Picture, but only *five* for the other categories.

    Shane’s comment about Christopher Nolan was correct. “Inception” was a very creatively crafted film yet very entertaining to watch.

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      Jamie [visitor]

      The number of films for best picture went from 5 to 10 either last year or the year before.

      Really the reason they did it is so the movie companies can advertise the movie as “nomintated for best picture oscar” it’s more about marketing then anything else.

    • Member [Join Now]

      Nolan falls into the same category as Spielberg used to – he’s considered to be too “mainstream” a director – the academy tends to prefer anglophile, serious, high-minded films.

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      Shemp Howard [shemp-howard]


      Best Picture:
      “The King’s Speech”

      “The King’s Speech”

      Actor in a Leading Role:
      Colin Firth “The King’s Speech”

      Actress in a Leading Role:
      Natalie Portman “Black Swan”

      Actor in a Supporting Role:
      Christian Bale “The Fighter”

      Actress in a Supporting Role:
      Jacki Weaver “Animal Kingdom”

      Fickle Academy. The average age of its members is almost 70!

  2. Member [Join Now]

    All in all, pretty expected. I would have thought Ryan Gosling for “Blue Valentine” instead of Bardem and Julianne Moore for “The Kids Are All Right” instead of Weaver. I’m going to go out on a limb and say “The King’s Speech” runs away with it this year.

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    bill [visitor]

    Either way True Grit sucked and no amount of nominations will save it.