And the 2011 Academy Award Nominees Are…

After seeing so few surprises at the Golden Globes this year, I wasn’t expecting to see anything particularly different with this year’s Oscar nominees. However, now that the full list of nominations has been announced, there are some pretty cool picks in among the more predictable choices. Some of my favourites include Jesse Eisenberg getting a nod for Best Actor in The Social Network, Hailee Steinfeld for Best Supporting Actress in True Grit, and John Hawkes for Best Supporting Actor for Winter’s Bone. Even Exit through the Gift Shop and Gas Land managed to get nominated for Best Documentary.

Overall, I’m not seeing many snubs or oversights except for maybe Christopher Nolan for Best Director, Inception for Best Editing, and Ryan Gosling for Best Actor (for Blue Valentine). The King’s Speech is out in front with 12 nominations, followed by True Grit with 10. Are you satisfied with this year’s Oscar nominees? Who do you think will take home the top prizes? The Oscars take place on Sun. February 27th at 8 pm EST; check out the full list of nominees and embedded video of the announcement after the jump.


Best Picture
“Black Swan”
“The Fighter”
“Inception”
“The Kids Are All Right”
“The King’s Speech”
“127 Hours”
“The Social Network”
“Toy Story 3”
“True Grit”
“Winter’s Bone”

Directing
“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”

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”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1”
“Inception”
“The King’s Speech”
“True Grit”

Cinematography
“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

Documentary (Feature)
“Exit through the Gift Shop” Banksy and Jaimie D’Cruz
“Gasland” Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic
“Inside Job” Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
“Restrepo” Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger
“Waste Land” Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley

Documentary (Short Subject)
“Killing in the Name” Nominees to be determined
“Poster Girl” Nominees to be determined
“Strangers No More” Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon
“Sun Come Up” Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger
“The Warriors of Qiugang” Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon

Film Editing
“Black Swan” Andrew Weisblum
“The Fighter” Pamela Martin
“The King’s Speech” Tariq Anwar
“127 Hours” Jon Harris
“The Social Network” Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

Foreign Language Film
“Biutiful” Mexico
“Dogtooth” Greece
“In a Better World” Denmark
“Incendies” Canada
“Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi)” Algeria

Makeup
“Barney’s Version” Adrien Morot
“The Way Back” Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng
“The Wolfman” Rick Baker and Dave Elsey

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

Short Film (Animated)
“Day & Night” Teddy Newton
“The Gruffalo” Jakob Schuh and Max Lang
“Let’s Pollute” Geefwee Boedoe
“The Lost Thing” Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
“Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)” Bastien Dubois

Short Film (Live Action)
“The Confession” Tanel Toom
“The Crush” Michael Creagh
“God of Love” Luke Matheny
“Na Wewe” Ivan Goldschmidt
“Wish 143” Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite

Sound Editing
“Inception” Richard King
“Toy Story 3” Tom Myers and Michael Silvers
“Tron: Legacy” Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague
“True Grit” Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey
“Unstoppable” Mark P. Stoeckinger

Sound Mixing
“Inception”
“The King’s Speech”
“Salt”
“The Social Network”
“True Grit”

Visual Effects
“Alice in Wonderland”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1”
“Hereafter”
“Inception”
“Iron Man 2”

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



  • Bino

    Where the Hell is Joaquin Phoenix for I’m still here? Best performance of the year :-) And Shutter Island got robbed as predicted…

  • Juan

    my complaint is Nolan not receiving a Best Directot nomination.

  • MikeH

    i hate the fact that they are keeping up with 10 films as Best Picture, its pointless. if they do that they should just do it like the Globes, 5 per category.

    Portman will win for sure. i liked Bridges performance but Firth will pull it out. Bale is a definite, and for best supporting actress i am pulling for Steinfield for True Grit, she held her own with Bridges and Damon.
    as for Best Pic i think that the top 5 should be : Black Swan, The Fighter, The Social Network, Inception and True Grit; with the winner being The Social Network.

  • Juan

    Iron Man 2 its in the Visual Effects category? WTF!?!

  • Goon

    very happy with the noms overall, despite that I dislike pretty much everything to do with the Fighter and Exit Through the Gift Shop, and wish Gosling was nominated. I think I’m just gonna go buy Winter’s Bone sight unseen now.

  • pcch7

    Don´t be so sure about Portman.. I hope she wins but I´m fearing an upset.

  • Portman definitely has a lot of competition… I think all of the Best Actress nominees have a genuine shot at winning.

  • FoxMulder

    Giving Nolan no director-nomination is laughable. Some of the ideas he had for shooting parts of Inception are genius!

  • Falsk

    @pcch7 Who’s the upset? Michelle Williams? If Annette Bennings upsets I’m gonna get an UPSET STOMACH all over my TELEVISION. AMIRIGHTGUYS!?

  • Colin

    Tron (and the home viewer who won’t get to see Daft Punk at the Oscars in Tuxedos) is the big loser here.

  • KeithTalent

    Wow, Javier Bardem got a Best Actor nod. He was amazing in Biutiful, but probably has no chance. Nice to see him on there though.

  • SurlyMona

    I am very happy that the academy shut out “Waiting for Superman” since it was more of a issue driven documentary not necessarily a film. I hope Banksy wins I want to see who picks up the award. Also pleasantly surprised that Dogtooth was nominated ; my favorite film of 2010 . The academy must have something against Nolan , I mean he was nominated for the directors guild awards, plus they also shut out the amazing editing by lee smith ; disgrace!!

  • Rolf

    No surprises for me. It’s always the same: the movies being picked for best film get almost all noms in the technical categories. I mean I’ve seen THE KING’S SPEECH and it’s really good but 12 noms… that’s the Weinstein-bonus I guess… it’s really ridiculous but who cares about the Oscars, right? :D

    Oh and I really hope Bening beats Portman who I really dislike after her terrible GG speech. So much about me caring about the Oscars lol

  • Rolf

    Oh… one pleasant surprise I almost forgot: DOGTOOTH yay! If this will win it’d be awesome. Maybe the director will give a speech using the “changing words-concept” of the movie.

  • Marc

    I’m sorry but as much as I enjoyed The Fighter there’s no way in this universe Christopher Nolan should have been passed over for David O. Russell. The Fighter was an actor and screen writers showcase, while Inception was visual and narrative marvel. Exposition be damned!

  • Anthony

    While I don’t think Inception was the best film of 2010, Not nominating Christopher Nolan for best Director is ridiculous.

    Also, cool to see Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross get an Oscar Nom for the Social Network Score.

  • Robin

    “Oscar Nominations: Christopher Nolan’s Snub Sparks Twitter Outrage”

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/oscar-nominations-christopher-nolans-snub-75503

    or what about;

    Mark Kermode: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-12280694

    or Richard Roeper: http://www.suntimes.com/news/roeper/3483744-452/story.html

    Take your pick, internet is on fire today.. Snubbing Nolan makes a lot of people pissed of.

  • projectgenesis

    I’m just shocked Inception wasn’t nominated for best editing and King’s Speech was.

  • Film Ape

    The only reason for me to watch this year is too see if Exit Through The Gift Shop wins best documentary. I usually try too watch the entire shebang, but I find I get bored after the hour mark and stop watching, missing all the best categories.

  • KeithTalent

    I liked The Fighter, but I fail to see how that was a greater achievement in Directing than Inception.

  • Scuv

    I’ve got to agree, the snub of Christopher Nolan is a tad ridiculous. No Daft Punk at the oscars, SCANDAL!!! Though I have to say, I’m delighted by the inclusion of Winters Bone, the noms for Jennifer Lawrence and John Hawkes are well deserved. One more thing, I wonder if Banksy will turn up?

  • Steini

    I also don’t get why Christopher Nolan was left out for Best Director and why Inception wasn’t nominated for Best Editing.
    Something else that stood out to me was Black Swan not getting a Screenplay nomination, which also doesn’t really make sense to me.

  • From what I understand, Nolan doesn’t really campaign like some of the others. He doesn’t attend the Academy parties and unlike some of the other directors on the list he did not do too many Academy type interviews in the last few months. This could account for the snub. This is a campaign, not unlike a political campaign afterall, and Nolan doesn’t really play that game at all.

    I agree with Steini. How THE KING’S SPEECH gets a nom for best editing and INCEPTION does not is beyond me.

  • Aaron

    A pretty predictable bunch. I’m just glad True Grit got a lot of recognition after getting shut out in the other awards circles. Nice to see Animal Kingdom got a nod too. Definitely in my Top 5 of the year.

  • Its outragous that shutter island and nolan dont get nominations! What i like about it is true grit, the academy seems to like that film so maybe it has a shot for an upset! Still my anger about nolan not getting nominated far outweights the actual nominations…

  • rjdelight

    Another snub for Nolan. On the flipside, Mark Ruffalo, who’s been snubbed about five times, finally gets a nom – nice. I think Annette Bening deserves best actress, although I still need to see Blue Valentine.

  • projectgenesis

    You gotta hand it to Harvey Weinstein, year after year this guy pulls nominations out his ass for his movies. Turned it into an art, really.

  • joe

    You guys better be doing a live podcast/ oscars show! It’s been too long since a live show.

  • We’ll think about it. :)

  • Xidor

    Where is Shutter Island for Best picture, director, and Actor? Was it nominated last year?

  • theocean85

    Shutter Island was just raped. Not even a best cinematography or best editing nomination. What a freakin joke.

  • Ian

    Ten Best Picture nominees it too many.

  • Bert belgium

    Really bummed out that daft punk wasn’t nominated, now hoping that
    Banksy shows up in disguise!

  • Andrew

    I can’t believe David O Russell beat out Danny Boyle for best director nom, maybe they were being so self aware that they knew Boyle wouldn’t win(because he won 2 years ago). I think a nice upset would be Franco beating Firth and that’s really the only suprise I see possibly happening. The only true competition Social Network has for best picture is True Grit but the coens got their best pic for No Country. Same goes for directing, the coens would be neck and neck with Fincher but they already got theirs. I don’t know if anyone watched the Globes but Fincher seemed embarassed by the whole thing, i wonder if that will carry over.

  • Mikey T

    @rjdeligh, Although I agree with you that Benning was very good in The Kids are Alright, you stated you haven’t seen Michelle Williams in Blue Valentine yet. Trust me, Williams’ performance is much better. Personally I think Bennings’ role is more of a supporting role anyway as compared to her competition’s sizeable roles, I mean Benning is in maybe a third of the scenes where as the others are in nearly every scene. Taking that into account I believe Portman and Lawarence were better as well. It’s very difficult to pick the leading women folk this year, leading and supporting. My two cents, Portman and Steinfeld respectively should win, but Williams, Lawarence,and Weaver are well deserving.

  • lolwat

    My cat could have edited THE KING’S SPEECH. :-(

  • Andrés

    consider the nominations are pretty fair, but still need nolan on director nominees.
    and in the case of the king’s speech is one of those who loves the jury for its “theme and sense” of history.
    oscar awards are the most related recognitions in the history of cinema.

  • you mean “cat” like in, “That editor Michael Kahn is one smooth editing, cool cat.” right?

    I think the film is very solid and the editing helped mask some budgetary constraint the film had to deal with. Particularly the large crowd scenes that “were not there” – coronation and the balcony scene.

  • Mark

    Am i the only person marginally upset by True Grit? Def underwheling. And i think Andrew Garfield deserves supporting actor nod. He certainly outshined Eisenberg in my opinion.

  • rjdelight

    yeah, Garfield got snubbed for sure.

  • pcch7

    @Falsk I think Anette Bening has a definite shot but I wouldn´t be surprised whoever won, they all have a real chance. I do think Portman should win it but I wouldn´t put my house on it.

    Daft Punks score should have been nominated for sure. Shutter Island was robbed as well.

  • Falsk

    Meh. “The Kids” was garbage. Sorry–wasn’t impressed by a single performance in that one. An acting award win for that film would as disappointing as Bullock’s award last year…

  • pcch7

    I agree but Sandra Bullock DID win.. and it´s not unusual for things like that to happen so that´s why I´m not so sure Portman will win. Also, another reason is that the ones that I root for never seems to win at the Academy Awards..

  • Falsk

    Maybe… but last year Bullock won the Globe and the Oscar and Kate Winslet the year before that. Generally, aren’t the Globes pretty accurate on predicting the Oscars?

    …essentially what this boils down to is, I’m picking Portman for my Oscar pool and I’m gonna SHIT if it ends up being Bening, hahahaha.

  • J Scott

    The Oscars are lame as shit, and whoever it is that picks the nominees, is a snob. Has there ever been a film nominated where the genre wasn’t drama? If a movie has one dick or fart joke in it or any laugh at all,they must immediately throw it out of the runnings. And the Fighter being nominated for best editing is proof of this kind of bullshit. There were so many parts in it, where the viewer is thinking, why the fuck are they showing this, or why have they left this still shot up for a minute, is something going to happen? No, those shots don’t lead anywhere and add no aesthtic value to the film.

    So long story short, fuck the Oscars. They don’t care if a comedy shaped a genereation or not, in their minds, if its funny, it aint good.