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Oscar Nominations Led by King's Speech with 12; Winter's Bone Makes Top Ten, Bardem Lands Actor Nod

by Anne Thompson
January 25, 2011 2:04 AM
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With the announcement of the Oscar nominations, momentum shifts toward The King's Speech, which led the fray with twelve nominations, including best picture, actor, supporting actor and actress, director and original screenplay. The Coen brothers western True Grit followed with ten nominations, including picture, actor, supporting actress, director and adapted screenplay. Producer Scott Rudin is grinning as he produced both True Grit and The Social Network, which earned eight nominations, including picture, actor, director, and original screenplay. Chris Nolan's Inception also earned eight, but while the writer-director landed a nomination for original screenplay (his second), he didn't get director, which is a sign that the film was not in the top five of the ten slots, and is unlikely to land best picture. Ben Affleck's The Town was shut out of contention except for Jeremy Renner, last year's discovery for The Hurt Locker, who nabbed his second nomination.

Sundance jury-prize-winner Winter's Bone landed a surprise four nominations for best picture, best actress (Jennifer Lawrence), supporting actor (John Hawkes) and adapted screenplay (Debra Granik and Anne Rosselini). Lionsgate specialty arm Roadside Attractions is jubilant today as they also scored two nominations for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Biutiful, which is poised to open in 25 cities. While it was expected that Biutiful would make the foreign top five, Javier Bardem's third nomination, his first second for best actor (first was for Before Night Falls), reminds us that the Academy actors branch will recognize excellence--and pays heed to lobbying efforts on the part of such stars as Julia Roberts and Sean Penn--even when a film hasn't scored a high gross or many other awards. In other words, they have taste.

The full list of nominations is below.

Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman The Hours) earned her third Oscar nomination for another film that has barely registered on the radar with audiences, Lionsgate's Rabbit Hole, which she developed and produced. It will now get a needed box office boost.

While Weinstein Co. nabbed 13 nominations, including Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine), Paramount has bragging rights to a total 17 nominations, for True Grit, which earned an impressive ten (Carter Burwell's elegiac score was deemed ineligible, as it was based on hymns of the period) and Relativity's scrappy The Fighter, which scored seven including picture, supporting actor (Christian Bale), supporting actresses Amy Adams and Melissa Leo, original screenplay and most significantly, director (David O. Russell).

Sony Pictures Entertainment scored a total 16, including eight for the The Social Network (which missed a supporting actor nom for Andrew Garfield), a song nom for Screen Gems' Country Strong and seven for SPC: best makeup for Barney's Version (but not actor Paul Giamatti), supporting actress Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom), documentary feature Inside Job and Another Year's Mike Leigh, who landed an original screenplay nomination (his seventh). But Lesley Manville didn't gain enough traction to land a best actress nod; some Academy members felt that as part of an ensemble, she should have run in supporting. Wily character actor Robert Duvall did not make the best actor cut for SPC's micro-indie Get Low.

In the animation category, the third slot did not go to Despicable Me or Tangled but to SPC's artful and classic The Illusionist, which marks Sylvain Chomet's second feature nomination, after The Triplets of Belleville. SPC landed two best foreign film slots for Indendies (Canada) and In a Better World (Denmark). In the foreign race, the foreign branch committee awarded a slot to controversial Greek entry Dogtooth.

Warner Bros. scored twelve nominations for Inception (8), The Town (1), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I (2) and Hereafter which landed an unexpected VFX nod for its tsunami.

Disney landed twelve nominations: five for Pixar's Toy Story 3 (animated feature, editing, adapted screenplay, sound editing, song), three technical nominations for Alice in Wonderland plus a nom for Pixar's short entry (Day & Night), costumes for The Tempest and a song nom for Tangled.

Fox Searchlight pushed two challenging films through the rigorous campaign process. Both Black Swan (which scored five noms including best picture, actor, screenplay and director, but missed a screenplay or costume nod) and 127 Hours confronted audiences with material that was tough to watch. 127 Hours scored six nominations including picture and actor (James Franco), but did not land a best directing nod for Danny Boyle. His Slumdog Millionaire Oscar-winner A.R. Rahman is back in the race for score and song.

Focus Features effectively campaigned for Sundance pickup and summer hit The Kids Are All Right, which landed in the top ten and earned four noms, for best actress (Annette Bening), supporting actor (Mark Ruffalo) and original screenplay (Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg).

In a shocking upset in the documentary race, newcomer Banksy's Exit to the Gift Shop made the cut over two Oscar-winners, Alex Gibney (Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Elliot Spitzer) and Davis Guggenheim (Waiting for Superman). In the latter case, some documentarians objected to Guggenheim's dramatic oversimplifications and use of re-enactments.

One thing you can always count on Oscar nominations morning: surprises.

Best motion picture of the year
* Black Swan (Fox Searchlight) A Protozoa and Phoenix Pictures Production
Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers

* The Fighter (Paramount) A Relativity Media Production
David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers

* Inception (Warner Bros.) A Warner Bros. UK Services Production
Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers)

* The Kids Are All Right (Focus Features) An Antidote Films, Mandalay Vision and Gilbert Films Production
Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers

* The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company) A See-Saw Films and Bedlam Production
Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers

* 127 Hours (Fox Searchlight) An Hours Production
Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers

* The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing) A Columbia Pictures Production
Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán Chaffin, Producers

* Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney) A Pixar Production
Darla K. Anderson, Producer

* True Grit (Paramount) A Paramount Pictures Production
Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers

* Winter’s Bone (Roadside Attractions) A Winter’s Bone Production
Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers

Performance by an actor in a leading role

* Javier Bardem in “Biutiful” (Roadside Attractions)
* Jeff Bridges in “True Grit” (Paramount)
* Colin Firth in "The King's Speech" (The Weinstein Company)

* Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network” (Sony Pictures Releasing)

* James Franco in “127 Hours” (Fox Searchlight)

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

* Christian Bale in “The Fighter” (Paramount)
* John Hawkes in “Winter’s Bone” (Roadside Attractions)

*John Hawkes in "Winter's Bone" (Roadside Attractions)
* Jeremy Renner in “The Town” (Warner Bros.)

* Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right” (Focus Features)
* Geoffrey Rush in “The King’s Speech” (The Weinstein Company)

Performance by an actress in a leading role

* Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right” (Focus Features)

* Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole” (Lionsgate)

* Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter’s Bone” (Roadside Attractions)

* Natalie Portman in “Black Swan” (Fox Searchlight)

* Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine” (The Weinstein Company)

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

* Amy Adams in “The Fighter” (Paramount)

* Helena Bonham Carter in “The King’s Speech” (The Weinstein Company)

* Melissa Leo in “The Fighter” (Paramount)

* Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit” (Paramount)

* Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom” (Sony Pictures Classics)

Best animated feature film of the year

* How to Train Your Dragon (Paramount) Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois

* The Illusionist (Sony Pictures Classics) Sylvain Chomet

* Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney) Lee Unkrich

Art Direction

* Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney), Robert Stromberg (Production Design), Karen O’Hara (Set Decoration)

* Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (Warner Bros.), Stuart Craig (Production Design), Stephenie McMillan (Set Decoration)

* Inception (Warner Bros.), Guy Hendrix Dyas (Production Design), Larry Dias and Doug Mowat (Set Decoration)/span>

* The King’s Speech (Paramount), Eve Stewart (Production Design), Judy Farr (Set Decoration)

* True Grit (Paramount), Jess Gonchor (Production Design), Nancy Haigh (Set Decoration)

Achievement in Cinematography

* Black Swan (Fox Searchlight) Matthew Libatique

* Inception (Warner Bros.) Wally Pfister

* The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company) Danny Cohen

* The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing) Jeff Cronenweth

* True Grit (Paramount) Roger Deakins

Achievement in costume design

* Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney) Colleen Atwood

* I Am Love (Magnolia Pictures) Antonella Cannarozzi

* The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company) Jenny Beavan
* The Tempest (Miramax) Sandy Powell

* True Grit (Paramount) Mary Zophres

Achievement in directing

* Black Swan (Fox Searchlight), Darren Aronofsky

* The Fighter (Paramount), David O. Russell

* The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company) Tom Hooper

* The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing), David Fincher

* True Grit (Paramount), Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Best Documentary Feature

* Exit through the Gift Shop (Producers Distribution Agency) Banksy and Jaimie D’Cruz A Paranoid Pictures Production

* Gasland Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic A Gasland Production

* Inside Job (Sony Pictures Classics) Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs A Representational Pictures Production

* Restrepo (National Geographic Entertainment) Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger An Outpost Films Production

* Waste Land Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley (Arthouse Films) An Almega Projects Production

Best documentary short subject

* Killing in the Name Nominees to be determined A Moxie Firecracker Films Production

* Poster Girl Nominees to be determined A Portrayal Films Production

* Strangers No More Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon A Simon & Goodman Picture Company Production

* Sun Come Up Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger A Sun Come Up Production

* The Warriors of Qiugang Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon A Thomas Lennon Films Production

Achievement in film editing

* Black Swan (Fox Searchlight) Andrew Weisblum

* The Fighter Paramount Pamela Martin

* The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company) Tariq Anwar

* 127 Hours (Fox Searchlight) Jon Harris

* The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing) Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

Best foreign language film of the year

* Biutiful Mexico

* Dogtooth Greece

* In a Better World Denmark
* Incendies Canada

* Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi) Algeria

Achievement in makeup

* Barney's Version (Sony Pictures Classics) Adrien Morot

* The Way Back (Newmarket Films in association with Wrekin Hill Entertainment and Image Entertainment) Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng

* The Wolfman (Universal) Rick Baker and Dave Elsey

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

* How to Train Your Dragon (Paramount) John Powell

* Inception (Warner Bros.) Hans Zimmer

* The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company) Alexandre Desplat

* 127 Hours (Fox Searchlight) A.R. Rahman
* The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing) Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

* Coming Home from Country Strong (Sony Pictures Releasing (Screen Gems)) Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey

* I See the Light from Tangled (Walt Disney) Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Glenn Slater

* If I Rise from 127 Hours (Fox Searchlight) Music by A.R. Rahman Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong

* We Belong Together from Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney) Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

Best animated short film

* Day & Night (Walt Disney) A Pixar Animation Studios Production Teddy Newton

* The Gruffalo A Magic Light Pictures Production Jakob Schuh and Max Lang
* Let’s Pollute A Geefwee Boedoe Production Geefwee Boedoe

* The Lost Thing (Nick Batzias for Madman Entertainment) A Passion Pictures Australia Production Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann

* Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary) A Sacrebleu Production Bastien Dubois

Best live action short film

* The Confession (National Film and Television School) A National Film and Television School Production Tanel Toom

* The Crush (Network Ireland Television) A Purdy Pictures Production Michael Creagh

* God of Love A Luke Matheny Production Luke Matheny

* Na Wewe (Premium Films) A CUT! Production Ivan Goldschmidt
* Wish 143 A Swing and Shift Films/Union Pictures Production Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite

Achievement in sound editing

* Inception (Warner Bros.) Richard King

* Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney) Tom Myers and Michael Silvers

* Tron: Legacy (Walt Disney) Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague

* True Grit (Paramount) Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey

* Unstoppable (20th Century Fox) Mark P. Stoeckinger

Achievement in sound mixing

* Inception (Warner Bros.) Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick

* The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company) Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen and John Midgley

* Salt (Sony Pictures Releasing) Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan and William Sarokin

* The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing) Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick and Mark Weingarten

* True Grit (Paramount) Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland

Achievement in visual effects

* Alice in Wonderland (Walt Disney) Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips

* Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (Warner Bros.) Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi

* Hereafter (Warner Bros.) Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski and Joe Farrell

* Inception (Warner Bros.) Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb

* Iron Man 2 (Paramount and Marvel Entertainment, Distributed by Paramount) Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick

Adapted screenplay

* 127 Hours (Fox Searchlight), Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy

* The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing), Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin

* Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney), Screenplay by Michael Arndt. Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
* True Grit (Paramount), Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

* Winter’s Bone (Roadside Attractions), Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini

Original screenplay

* Another Year (Sony Pictures Classics), Written by Mike Leigh

* The Fighter (Paramount), Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson. Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson

* Inception (Warner Bros.), Written by Christopher Nolan

* The Kids Are All Right (Focus Features), Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg

* The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company), Screenplay by David Seidler

9 Comments

  • filmfan2000 | January 27, 2011 4:16 AMReply

    @Old Fart,

    I actually believe King's Speech should win best picture this year. However, I thought Inception was a great film. It was an original story, compelling to watch, a great cognitive exercise that kept u engaged. That should have at least earned Nolan a directing nomination. This testimony is coming from a fan girl who’s never played a video game. Also, did u not sit at your computer to write your lovely comment? It's an ugly thing to stereotype people not matter how old u are.

  • Old Fart | January 26, 2011 4:02 AMReply

    Oh, no! The Nolan fanboys are out in force. Listen, geniuses, you're lucky it got nominated for anything. The movie was a long, excruciating, incomprehensible mess, designed exclusively for young males with too much time on their hands and too many brain cells fried from sitting at their computers or staring into tiny screens in the palm of their hand. Now that there are ten Best Pic nominees, the Academy makes room for at least one big-budget pile of nonsense that happened to make a lot of money. Last year it was AVATAR. This year, it's INCEPTION. Next year, it'll be the Harry Potter sequel. Stop whining.

  • label | January 26, 2011 12:17 AMReply

    Biggest disappointment: Inception, how much better editing can you have in such a complex picture? And no Nolan directing. He put it ALL together every aspect of brilliant directing! And still DeCaprio gets no respect! Not 1 but 2 great acting jobs this year! And supporting acting...maybe they need an ensemble category like the SAGs. Kings Speech was good, but more invlved (to me key) in many other films last year!

  • PalCinema | January 25, 2011 8:09 AMReply

    FYI, this is Javier Bardem's third nomination, not second. He was also nominated for Best Actor for Before Night Falls.

  • DarkLayers | January 25, 2011 7:43 AMReply

    Anne, there is a "final top 5?" They don't reveal the order or placement, and while some talk about contention, it's very unlikely that say Black Swan will win. Do you mean it's a sign that it wouldn't have been nominated without the "expansion" or in "a year of 5"?

  • James | January 25, 2011 6:19 AMReply

    Unbelievable, they screwed Nolan again.. And not nominating Inception for best editing is one of the biggest crimes of recent years. Just crazy.

  • Brian | January 25, 2011 6:09 AMReply

    I've said it before and I'll say it again--they should drop the documentary and short subject categories. Or put them in with the technical awards that get awarded in another ceremony entirely. These categories are a holdover from the days when the studios all made short subjects and documentaries. Once the studios stopped making those kinds of films, the Academy had to look outside traditional distribution channels to find entries. When that process came to be dominated by a certain individual, who skewed it to see to it that films he was distributing got nominated, the whole thing became tainted and should have been dropped or shifted right then and there. As it stands, our Oscar pools are all disrupted by those categories.

    Oh, and SALT got one nom--Yaaaay!!!!

  • Bill | January 25, 2011 5:59 AMReply

    You didn't do too badly in your nom predictions. The academy's anglophilia never ceases to amaze. The King's Speech is a finely-crafted little film, but 12 nom's--come on, it's not Ben Hur. Duvall is always good, but face it--Get Low was sappy. Sorry to not see Black Swan get the Screenplay nod. And it's a bloody shame that Waiting For Superman wasn't nominated, but this category has a vexed history. They might think about expanding the Animated Feature nom's from 3 to 5 films. And Randy Newman gets his 20th Nom! Yay.....

  • Adam Sullivan | January 25, 2011 5:54 AMReply

    "Javier Bardem’s second nomination, his first for best actor"

    You forgot his first nomination as a lead actor for "Before Night Falls".

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