And The Nominees Are…

by Yogi

It’s Tuesday, January 25 at 5.30am and I’m wide awake. It’s hard to believe but I’m one of those people who watches the Oscar nominations being announced live and I yelled and cheered when I watched it, just like a straight man watching the Super Bowl. As expected, The King’s Speech leads the competition with 12 nominations, surprisingly followed by True Grit (10 nominations), Inception and  The Social Network (8 nominations).

I have to say, there aren’t real shockers in the major categories this year. I predicted all 10 nominees for Best Picture and in the acting categories it’s all about the 5th spot. Javier Bardem, John Hawkes, and Michelle Williams (yay!) are in and The Academy didn’t make history today by nominating Hailee Steinfeld in Best Supporting Actress category, pushing Mila Kunis out of the competition. In Best Director category, the glaring omission would be Christopher Nolan for Inception; although he is nominated in Best Original Screenplay category.

I’m filled with little joy when I looked at the list of nominees in the minor categories and found out that Exit Through The Gift Store is nominated for Best Documentary Feature (no nod for Waiting for Superman, really?). Also, after being snubbed in Best Animated Feature category, I’m happy to see Tangled in Best Song list. I love that movie, I saw it in 3D TWICE! Also, How to Train Your Dragon is nominated for Best Original Score! Go John Powell! I am Love and The Tempest gets the love in Best Costume category and Burlesque is a complete shut out (thank God!) Also a shut out is Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World and Tron: Legacy (no Best Score , Costume, or Original Score, just 1 lone nod in Best Sound Editing *sigh*).

I tallied my prediction and I was hoping for at least a 75% correct rate but I have to eat my humble pie and settle with a 69% correct rate in predicting the nominees. I guess it’s not too bad, I still did better than last year; and it’s a good number, I can live with that. Here is the complete list of the nominations and make sure you check out James Franco and Anne Hathaway hosting the Oscar on Sunday, February 27. You’re invited!

Best Motion Picture of the Year

127 Hour

Black Swan

The Fighter

Inception

The Kids Are All Right

The King’s Speech

The Social Network

Toy Story 3

True Grit

Winter’s Bone

Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Javier BardemBiutiful

Jeff BridgesTrue Grit

Jesse EisenbergThe Social Network

Colin FirthThe King’s Speech

James Franco127 Hours

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

Annette BeningThe Kids Are All Right

Nicole KidmanRabbit Hole

Jennifer LawrenceWinter’s Bone

Natalie PortmanBlack Swan

Michelle WilliamsBlue Valentine

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

Christian BaleThe Fighter

John HawkesWinter’s Bone

Jeremy RennerThe Town

Mark RuffaloThe Kids Are All Right

Geoffrey RushThe King’s Speech

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

Amy AdamsThe Fighter

Helena Bonham CarterThe King’s Speech

Melissa LeoThe Fighter

Hailee SteinfeldTrue Grit

Jacki WeaverAnimal Kingdom

Best Achievement in Directing

Darren AronofskyBlack Swan

Ethan Coen, Joel CoenTrue Grit

David FincherThe Social Network

Tom HooperThe King’s Speech

David O. RussellThe Fighter

Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

Another YearMike Leigh

The FighterScott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson

InceptionChristopher Nolan

The Kids Are All RightLisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg

The King’s SpeechDavid Seidler

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published

127 HoursDanny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy

The Social NetworkAaron Sorkin

Toy Story 3Michael Arndt, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

True GritJoel Coen, Ethan Coen

Winter’s BoneDebra Granik, Anne Rosellini

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year

How to Train Your Dragon

The Illusionist

Toy Story 3

Best Foreign Language

Biutiful – Mexico

Dogtooth – Greece

In a Better World – Denmark

Incendies -Canada

Outside the Law – Algeria

Best Achievement in Cinematography

Black Swan

Inception

The King’s Speech

The Social Network

True Grit

Best Achievement in Editing

127 Hours

Black Swan

The Fighter

The King’s Speech

The Social Network

Best Achievement in Art Direction

Alice in Wonderland

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1

Inception

The King’s Speech

True Grit

Best Achievement in Costume Design

Alice in Wonderland

I Am Love

The King’s Speech

The Tempest

True Grit

Best Achievement in Makeup

Barney’s Version

The Way Back

The Wolfman

Best Achievement in Music Written – Motion Pictures, Original Score

127 HoursA.R. Rahman

How to Train Your DragonJohn Powell

InceptionHans Zimmer

The King’s SpeechAlexandre Desplat

The Social NetworkTrent Reznor, Atticus Ross

Best Achievement in Music Written – Motion Pictures, Original Song

127 HoursA.R. Rahman, Rollo Armstrong, Dido(“If I Rise”)

Country StrongTom Douglas, Hillary Lindsey, Troy Verges(“Coming Home”)

TangledAlan Menken, Glenn Slater(“I See the Light”)

Toy Story 3Randy Newman(“We Belong Together”)

Best Achievement in Sound Mixing

Inception

The King’s Speech

Salt

The Social Network

True Grit

Best Achievement in Sound Editing

Inception

Toy Story 3

TRON: Legacy

True Grit

Unstoppable

Best Achievement in Visual Effects

Alice in Wonderland

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1

Hereafter

Inception

Iron Man 2

Best Documentary, Features

Exit Through the Gift Shop

GasLand

Inside Job

Restrepo

Waste Land

Best Documentary, Short Subjects

Killing in the Name

Poster Girl

Strangers No More

Sun Come Up

The Warriors of Qiugang

Best Short Film, Animated

Day & Night

The Gruffalo

Let’s Pollute

The Lost Thing

Madagascar, a Journey Diary

Best Short Film, Live Action

The Confession

The Crush

God of Love

Na Wewe

Wish 143

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