83rd Academy Awards - Nominations

The nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards were announced (early) this morning.  Here are all of the nominees.
 
Best Picture

  • Black Swan
  • The Fighter
  • Inception
  • The Kids Are All Right
  • The King's Speech
  • 127 Hours
  • The Social Network
  • True Grit
  • Toy Story 3
  • Winter's Bone
 
Best Diretor
  • Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
  • David O. Russell, The Fighter
  • Tom Hooper, The King's Speech
  • David Fincher, The Social Network
  • Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, True Grit
 
Best Actor
  • Javier Bardem, Biutiful
  • Jeff Bridges, True Grit
  • Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
  • Colin Firth, The King's Speech
  • James Franco, 127 Hours
 
Best Actress
  • Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
  • Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
  • Natalie Portman, Black Swan
  • Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine
 
Best Supporting Actor
  • 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
 
Best Supporting Actress
  • Amy Adams, The Fighter
  • Helena Bonham Carter, The King's Speech
  • Melissa Leo, The Fighter
  • Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
  • Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom
 
Best Original Screenplay
  • Another Year by Mike Leigh
  • The Fighter by Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson
  • Inception by Christopher Nolan
  • The Kids Are All Right by Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg
  • The King's Speech by David Seidler
 
Best Adapted Screenplay
  • 127 Hours by Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy
  • The Social Network by Aaron Sorkin
  • Toy Story 3 by Michael Arndt, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkich
  • True Grit by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
  • Winter's Bone by Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini
 
Best Animated Feature
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • The Illusionist
  • Toy Story 3
 
Best Foreign Language Film
  • Biutiful
  • Dogtooth
  • In a Better World
  • Incendies
  • Outside the Law
 
Best Documentary Feature
  • Exit Through the Gift Shop
  • Gasland
  • Inside Job
  • Restrepo
  • Waste Land
 
Best Documentary Short
  • Killing in the Name
  • Poster Girl
  • Strangers No More
  • Sun Come Up
  • The Warriors of Quigang
 
Best Live Action Short
  • The Confession
  • The Crush
  • God of Low
  • Na Wewe
  • Wish 143
 
Best Animated Short
  • Day & Night
  • The Gruffalo
  • Let's Pollute
  • The Lost Thing
  • Madagascar, a Journey Diary
 
Best Original Score
  • 127 Hours
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • Inception
  • The King's Speech
  • The Social Network
 
Best Original Song
  • "Coming Home", Country Strong
  • "If I Rise", 127 Hours
  • "I See the Light", Tangled
  • "We Belong Together", Toy Story 3
 
Best Sound Editing
  • Inception
  • Toy Story 3
  • Tron: Legacy
  • True Grit
  • Unstoppable
 
Best Sound Mixing
  • Inception
  • The King's Speech
  • Salt
  • The Social Network
  • True Grit
 
Best Art Direction
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I
  • Inception
  • The King's Speech
  • True Grit
 
Best Cinematography
  • Black Swan
  • Inception
  • The King's Speech
  • The Social Network
  • True Grit
 
Best Makeup
  • Barney's Version
  • The Way Back
  • The Wolfman
 
Best Costume Design
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • I Am Love
  • The King's Speech
  • The Tempest
  • True Grit
 
Best Film Editing
  • Black Swan
  • The Fighter
  • The King's Speech
  • 127 Hours
  • The Social Network
 
Best Visual Effects
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I
  • Hereafter
  • Inception
  • Iron Man 2
 
 

A Few Thoughts


What immediately came to my mind after reading the nominations is the very apparent subs at the expense of Inception.  No Christopher Nolan for Best Director again (he was snubbed a couple of years ago for The Dark Knight).  I know David Fincher is going to run away with it for The Social Network and I am more than okay with him winning it, but not even giving Nolan a nomination is a travesty.  
 
Somehow, though, that is not even the worst Inception snub.  The would go to it's absence in the Best Film Editing nominations.  While I have a feeling that that award is going to get swept up under The Social Network's tidal wave, Inception deserved the award by far.  While the Academy snubbing him for Best Director doesn't surprise me too much, they usually give the Inception type of movies at least nominations in all of the technical categories (like it did with The Dark Knight when it didn't get a Best Picture or Best Director nod).
 
I am perfectly fine with The Social Network sweeping the awards this year.  It is the best film of this year (though my favorite to watch was Inception) and one of, if not the best film so far of this young century.  The only situation I see it's blitzgreig on awards getting stopped is for Best Picture due to people suddenly wanting a "feel good" movie like The King's Speech to win Best Picture instead.  If am not mistake, the voting for Best Picture (maybe all of the awards) is based of "preferential voting".  If you are familiar with the Heisman voting or even the voting we had for the Giant Bomb community's Game of the Year list earlier this month, it is like the same thing.  Meaning that a movie could win Best Picture even if it didn't have the most #1 votes, but had the highest average ranking.  I have not yet seen The King's Speech (I probably will this weekend), everything I have heard about it says that it all-around is only a good movie, but with great acting performances (which it will win Best Actor for Colin Firth).  If my reaction is going to be the same, having it winning Best Picture over The Social Network would be an outright travesty.
 
But, after watching and studying the Academy and other award shows for  more than a decade, no stupid move they make would surprise me.  Just look at how they snubbed Inception for the two aforementioned awards.
 

What Are Your Thoughts?

 
Enough about my thoughts/complaints.  What are your thoughts about the nominations or who you think will/should win?  Let your voice be heard! 

 
P.S.  I will post my "who should/who will win" list shorty for the awards I know enough about, even though I necessarily haven't seen all the films for each category.
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Edited by CitizenKane

The nominations for the 83rd Academy Awards were announced (early) this morning.  Here are all of the nominees.
 
Best Picture

  • Black Swan
  • The Fighter
  • Inception
  • The Kids Are All Right
  • The King's Speech
  • 127 Hours
  • The Social Network
  • True Grit
  • Toy Story 3
  • Winter's Bone
 
Best Diretor
  • Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
  • David O. Russell, The Fighter
  • Tom Hooper, The King's Speech
  • David Fincher, The Social Network
  • Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, True Grit
 
Best Actor
  • Javier Bardem, Biutiful
  • Jeff Bridges, True Grit
  • Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
  • Colin Firth, The King's Speech
  • James Franco, 127 Hours
 
Best Actress
  • Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
  • Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Winter's Bone
  • Natalie Portman, Black Swan
  • Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine
 
Best Supporting Actor
  • 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
 
Best Supporting Actress
  • Amy Adams, The Fighter
  • Helena Bonham Carter, The King's Speech
  • Melissa Leo, The Fighter
  • Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
  • Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom
 
Best Original Screenplay
  • Another Year by Mike Leigh
  • The Fighter by Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson
  • Inception by Christopher Nolan
  • The Kids Are All Right by Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg
  • The King's Speech by David Seidler
 
Best Adapted Screenplay
  • 127 Hours by Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy
  • The Social Network by Aaron Sorkin
  • Toy Story 3 by Michael Arndt, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkich
  • True Grit by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
  • Winter's Bone by Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini
 
Best Animated Feature
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • The Illusionist
  • Toy Story 3
 
Best Foreign Language Film
  • Biutiful
  • Dogtooth
  • In a Better World
  • Incendies
  • Outside the Law
 
Best Documentary Feature
  • Exit Through the Gift Shop
  • Gasland
  • Inside Job
  • Restrepo
  • Waste Land
 
Best Documentary Short
  • Killing in the Name
  • Poster Girl
  • Strangers No More
  • Sun Come Up
  • The Warriors of Quigang
 
Best Live Action Short
  • The Confession
  • The Crush
  • God of Low
  • Na Wewe
  • Wish 143
 
Best Animated Short
  • Day & Night
  • The Gruffalo
  • Let's Pollute
  • The Lost Thing
  • Madagascar, a Journey Diary
 
Best Original Score
  • 127 Hours
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • Inception
  • The King's Speech
  • The Social Network
 
Best Original Song
  • "Coming Home", Country Strong
  • "If I Rise", 127 Hours
  • "I See the Light", Tangled
  • "We Belong Together", Toy Story 3
 
Best Sound Editing
  • Inception
  • Toy Story 3
  • Tron: Legacy
  • True Grit
  • Unstoppable
 
Best Sound Mixing
  • Inception
  • The King's Speech
  • Salt
  • The Social Network
  • True Grit
 
Best Art Direction
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I
  • Inception
  • The King's Speech
  • True Grit
 
Best Cinematography
  • Black Swan
  • Inception
  • The King's Speech
  • The Social Network
  • True Grit
 
Best Makeup
  • Barney's Version
  • The Way Back
  • The Wolfman
 
Best Costume Design
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • I Am Love
  • The King's Speech
  • The Tempest
  • True Grit
 
Best Film Editing
  • Black Swan
  • The Fighter
  • The King's Speech
  • 127 Hours
  • The Social Network
 
Best Visual Effects
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I
  • Hereafter
  • Inception
  • Iron Man 2
 
 

A Few Thoughts


What immediately came to my mind after reading the nominations is the very apparent subs at the expense of Inception.  No Christopher Nolan for Best Director again (he was snubbed a couple of years ago for The Dark Knight).  I know David Fincher is going to run away with it for The Social Network and I am more than okay with him winning it, but not even giving Nolan a nomination is a travesty.  
 
Somehow, though, that is not even the worst Inception snub.  The would go to it's absence in the Best Film Editing nominations.  While I have a feeling that that award is going to get swept up under The Social Network's tidal wave, Inception deserved the award by far.  While the Academy snubbing him for Best Director doesn't surprise me too much, they usually give the Inception type of movies at least nominations in all of the technical categories (like it did with The Dark Knight when it didn't get a Best Picture or Best Director nod).
 
I am perfectly fine with The Social Network sweeping the awards this year.  It is the best film of this year (though my favorite to watch was Inception) and one of, if not the best film so far of this young century.  The only situation I see it's blitzgreig on awards getting stopped is for Best Picture due to people suddenly wanting a "feel good" movie like The King's Speech to win Best Picture instead.  If am not mistake, the voting for Best Picture (maybe all of the awards) is based of "preferential voting".  If you are familiar with the Heisman voting or even the voting we had for the Giant Bomb community's Game of the Year list earlier this month, it is like the same thing.  Meaning that a movie could win Best Picture even if it didn't have the most #1 votes, but had the highest average ranking.  I have not yet seen The King's Speech (I probably will this weekend), everything I have heard about it says that it all-around is only a good movie, but with great acting performances (which it will win Best Actor for Colin Firth).  If my reaction is going to be the same, having it winning Best Picture over The Social Network would be an outright travesty.
 
But, after watching and studying the Academy and other award shows for  more than a decade, no stupid move they make would surprise me.  Just look at how they snubbed Inception for the two aforementioned awards.
 

What Are Your Thoughts?

 
Enough about my thoughts/complaints.  What are your thoughts about the nominations or who you think will/should win?  Let your voice be heard! 

 
P.S.  I will post my "who should/who will win" list shorty for the awards I know enough about, even though I necessarily haven't seen all the films for each category.
Posted by spankingaddict

I like TV shows better than Movies :)

Edited by TooWalrus

It's just occurred to me how few movies I've seen this year. I haven't seen any of the best picture nominees... So my vote goes with whichever films have the closet correlation with Jeff Bridges.

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Posted by MooseyMcMan

As usual, I have not seen most of those movies. Not surprising, as I will always take a movie like Iron Man 2, or Tron Legacy over something like The Social Network. I like violence in my movies. 

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Posted by Warchief

yikes out of that list the only one i have seen is   Inception and i thought it was ok at best. 

Posted by PenguinDust

Like I said on Screened, there's nothing really interesting to me this year.  Even with the new 10 film nomination system for Best Pic, I still didn't bother with a lot of the nominees.  I find it increasingly difficult to watch dramas, and so I am shut out of the Oscar races.   
 
I would prefer to see How to Train Your Dragon win over Toy Story 3 because I enjoyed it more.  TS3 was okay but I don't understand how people got teary over it.  I got it with UP but not at all with TS3, but of course I prefer TS2 in every sense so my opinion is admittedly skewed. 

Posted by RYNO9881

Go  Hailee Steinfeld.  
Completely agree with you about inception. I liked The King's Speech better than the Social Network though. 

Posted by BulletproofMonk

If there's one movie that should have been on the best editing list, it's Scott Pilgrim. It's ridiculous that it didn't get nominated.

Posted by Azteck

My vote goes to Inception any day of the week. I fucking love that movie.

Posted by CitizenKane
@TooWalrus said:
" So my vote goes with whichever films have the closet correlation with Jeff Bridges. "
Then you'll fucking love True Grit.  It is filled with all kinds of Jeff Bridges.
Posted by MooseyMcMan
@CitizenKane said:
" @TooWalrus said:
" So my vote goes with whichever films have the closet correlation with Jeff Bridges. "
Then you'll fucking love True Grit.  It is filled with all kinds of Jeff Bridges. "
But Tron Legacy has TWO Jeff Bridges!  
 
But wait, it's not up for for anything like best movie. Lame!  
 
If I were in charge of the Oscars, it'd be nothing but badass action movies. And they'd be called the Oscar-Mayers, instead of the Oscars. The catch phrase would be, "We're full of baloney!" 
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Posted by mordukai

Ricky Gervais should host every award show. He makes them actually fun to watch. 

Posted by GilbertMordinAndSullivan
@CitizenKane: Toy Story 3 is also nominated for best picture.  
 
And it deserves to win, dammit.
Posted by wwfundertaker

The Kings Speech is going to win most of the categories, its just a fact.

Posted by CitizenKane
@GilbertMordinAndSullivan said:
" @CitizenKane: Toy Story 3 is also nominated for best picture.   And it deserves to win, dammit. "
My bad.  I thought I had it in there.
Posted by CitizenKane
@wwfundertaker said:
" The Kings Speech is going to win most of the categories, its just a fact. "
The Social Network has the tidal wave of momentum.  It has swept everything in it's path so far.  The King's Speech is going to get Best Actor for Colin Firth, but that's it right now for the major categories (it will probably get Best Costume Design like British films always do).  As I talked in my original post, The King's Speech could sneak in and steal Best Picture, but that would be the only one it would steal from The Social Network if that happens at all (I doubt it, but it is a concern).
Posted by MikkaQ

Yeah I see The Social Network sweeping up most categories. Well good for them, it felt like the best thing this year. 

Edited by KillyDarko

Unfortunately, The Social Network is gonna sweep the floor this year... Which is kinda sad, cause it's a pretty average film, especially when you consider other, older, films David Fincher has directed in the past. The Black Swan was my favorite film this year, but everybody knows no psychological horror drama will ever win a best film academy award... ever : /
Also, even if in my very humble, but professional opinion, Darren Aronofsky was without a doubt the best director this year, Christopher Nolan should've at least been nominated. Say what you will about Inception, but you can't really argue that its directing was almost flawless. Oh well...

Posted by AlexW00d
@CitizenKane said:

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • 127 Hours by Danny Bowl and Simon Beaufoy

 What a brilliant typo.

Posted by MetalGearGeorge

Holy crap Dogtooth is nominated? There are some really sick bastards at the academy...Hmm on second thought that isn't very bad.

Edited by CitizenKane
@AlexW00d said:

" @CitizenKane said:

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • 127 Hours by Danny Bowl and Simon Beaufoy

 What a brilliant typo."
Haha fixed it.
 
No matter what his name is, nobody is going to win that award but Aaron Sorkin and it's not going to be close.  Sorkin is a god of screenwriting and The Social Network is no exception.
Posted by MysteriousBob

Glad to see TS3 to at least be acknowledged.

Edited by xyzygy

I freaking loved Inception and Black Swan. Winter's Bone was OK, I don't really understand the praise it's getting because the story doesn't really go anywhere and there are so many characters that you don't get to see much of any of them besides Teardrop and Ree. But those two characters are really well done.

Posted by netfluffyG

I'm just happy that Banksy was nominated for   Exit Through the Gift Shop.  Along with Dogtooth getting nominated.
I however would have liked to see Ryan Gosling get at least a nomination for Blue Valentine.

Posted by Ben99

127 hours , I root for this brilliant piece of Art . I wish James Franco would win an oscar . 

Posted by Gramiero

Hmmm... still haven't seen The King's Speech or The Fighter (there's something about that Christian Bale guy), but I'm liking the rest of the nominees. I'm pulling REALLY, REALLY hard for How to Train Your Dragon to beat Toy Story 3. Dreamworks has had it's share of doozies in the past, but I honestly do think that HTTYD (with the exception of the "love interest") is much better than the final Toy Story chapter. Of couse, the odds of Pixar losing the Best Animated Feature category are slim to none. Oh well, a boy can dream.
 
Also, I hope that Alice in Wonderland wins nothing and I Am Love wins the Best Costume Design category-- I don't really care too much about costumes, but I did really like the movie and I want most things Tilda Swinton-related to win awards.

Posted by MoonlightMoth

For me, Toy Story 3 was the best film this year by a long long way.

Posted by ThatFrood

Ah yes, the Catface'rd Academy Awards. Can't wait.

Posted by me3639

Glad Jennifer Lawrence was nominated. Her role showed not every young actress has to show her tits, be gay, or be in a sex scene to earn nomination, and possibly a win. I saw only a few and of the movies listed and IMO Black Swan and Winter's Bone, as with the actress's who are nominated, are equally deserving of a win.

Posted by FourWude

YAAAAAAWN.

Posted by RenegadeSaint

The Academy is really losing its pull on the average American as the show continues to sink into mediocrity and they snub popular (but deserving) movies, such as Inception. I don't think it is a Best Picture winner, but I agree with you that it makes no sense to ignore Nolan and the editing of the film. But I digress.
 
I'm just now gearing up for awards season and starting to hit the theater in earnest. I saw Black Swan a few days ago and walked away extremely disappointed. Loved The Wrestler and thought Aronofsky had hit his stride, but I just couldn't care about any of the shallow characters in this movie. It was way too predictable and I was really disappointed by all of the jump scares. Anyways, looking forward to your thoughts. I'll be sure to post mine later this month.

Posted by CitizenKane
@RenegadeSaint: I still haven't seen The King's Speech and Black Swan, so I can't give full opinions on those.  Aronofsky can be hit/miss with a lot of people, so it doesn't surprise me that you were disappointed with Black Swan.
 
What really amazes me is the such quick turnaround in the awards circuit from one movie to another.  The Social Network was sweeping everything in sight like we haven't seen before and all of a sudden, the momentum just stopped within the past two weeks, culminating in Tom Hooper winning the Directors Guild Award for Best Director for The King's Speech earlier this week.
 
It just proves that the Academy is soft and afraid of awarding most deserving films because they are too "risky"(Inception, The Social Network) and instead will go with the lazy, safe traditional pick (The King's Speech).
Edited by ape_dosmil
@CitizenKane:
If you still haven't seen The King's Speech, how can you possibly know that Inception and The Social Network are more deserving? I loved Inception and The Social Network but until I've seen The King's Speech I'm certainly not going to write it off. Of the films nominated that I have seen Black Swan was my personal favourite, but it's too much of a genre piece to win best picture I think.
Posted by CitizenKane
@ape_dosmil: I base it off what the vast majority of what everyone else has said, mostly high values movie critics and people in the idustry.  Yes, I can't have a true personal opinion on the matter until I see The King's Speech myself, but by studying everybody else's reaction to the movies and the track record of the Academy, I can make a very valid assumption.
Edited by ape_dosmil
@CitizenKane:
Hmm. Ok. Well I think you're right that often the Academy do play it safe and go with a fairly traditional pick, and often it is the wrong choice. The King's Speech does appear to be fairly traditional. But I think traditional movies still have the potential to be great and to be the best films of their year. It really depends on the film.
 
It doesn't seem to me that there is a great leap from what you are saying to the idiots who argued Avatar should have won best picture last year without even having seen The Hurt Locker (or any of the other nominees in some cases).
Posted by Pibo47

I still need to see true grit, but black swan was mesmerizing!

Posted by CitizenKane
@ape_dosmil: The debates of Avatar vs. The Hurt Locker and The King's Speech vs Inception/The Social Network are too different beasts and represent two different problems with the Academy today.
Edited by Everyones_A_Critic

I'm starting to hate The King's Speech before I've even seen it just because it's such a typical "Oscar movie". American Dad did a brilliant parody of these types of movies, aptly titled "Oscar Gold". Sorry for the shitty quality, it's all I could find.

Posted by ape_dosmil
@CitizenKane:
I'm not comparing the merits of the films though. Just the idea of pre-judging films without having seen them. The Avatar fan boys and girls prejudged The Hurt Locker and you are pre-judging The King's Speech. The momentum which The King's Speech has picked up can't possibly prove for you that the Academy are scared to award best picture to a more deserving, riskier film because it may well be that The King's Speech is simply a better movie. How would you know until you have seen it?
Posted by CitizenKane

Okay, so I finally went and saw The King's Speech yesterday.
 
It was better than I expected it to be.  But it was still just a very good movie with brilliant acting performances (especially by Colin Firth).  It wasn't a great movie like Inception and The Social Network.  Simply very good with great acting.
 
It's definitely the type of movie the Academy falls for.  It's traditional, a historical piece with royalty and it's an "overcoming a disability" drama.  It's the safer pick for them to make instead of going with a sci-fi movie (Inception) or a movie that goes as far as mocking "tradition" and "royalty" (The Social Network).
 
Colin Firth definitely deserves the Oscar for Best Actor.  That's a slam dunk case.  It probably winning everything else is what I have a problem with.  In no way does it deserve the Oscar for Best Picture over Inception or The Social Network or for Best Director over David Fincher for The Social Network(or Chris Nolan for Inception if he was even nominated).
 
But, as I said before, the Academy likes to hide themselves in their own exclusive group and don't want to go outside the box.
 
Oh well, I still have to go see Black Swan sometime soon.

Posted by NekuSakuraba

No Scott Pilgrim nominations for any category? :(