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.