Tuesday, January 25, 2011

2011 Oscar Nominations Released

Let the Speculation Begin

In the wee hours of the early morning on the west coast the Academy Award Nominations for 2010 were released.  I will start by saying this is the first year ever that I have seen all films nominated for best picture, which I am pretty proud of.  I am gonna go ahead and give my initial reactions on the nominations this year.  ‘The King’s Speech’ getting 12 nominations is not surprising at all, the Academy loves period drama’s not to mention this was a very good film with strong leads and lots of positive buzz.  It was a bit of a surprise to see ‘True Grit’ get 10 nominations, I thought the film was good but didn’t think it had the steam to get that many not to mention it wasn’t normal Coen bros. affair for a film.  After those two ‘The Social Network’ and ‘Inception’ grabbed 8 each, although the 8 for ‘Inception’ were all in the technical realm.

Which brings me to the disappointments I have with this year’s nominations.  I will start by saying that I think the Academy has done a good job this year, better than maybe they ever have before in my opinion.  It helps that the top of the crop this year was strong, but there wasn’t much else after that, so their job was pretty easy.  Either way, kudos to them.  That being said, there are two things that I think are an absolute travesty: (1) Christopher Nolan is shut out of Best Director category yet again; (2) ‘Let Me’ In gets zero nominations.  Christopher Nolan is one of the best directors in Hollywood and is yet to make a bad film, but keeps being ignored by the Academy.  ‘Memento,’ ‘Insomnia,’ ‘Batman Begins,’ ‘The Dark Knight,’ and now ‘Inception’ are all worthy of a Best Director nomination and he is yet to get one.  His career is quickly going the way of Alfred Hitchcock or Stanley Kubrick, which is odd because if there is any director that is like those two it’s Darren Aronofsky who was nominated this year.  The Academy has something against Nolan that needs to go away quickly.

It’s probably because of the stigma of a horror or vampire film, but ‘Let Me In’ getting no nominations is awful.  The movie was not only a great movie but a feat in directing and acting as well.  It is extremely unfortunate that nobody involved in this film will get recognized for the excellent work they did. 

There were some major snubs in the eyes of this blogger.  The biggest one being the aforementioned no-show of Christopher Nolan’s nomination for ‘Inception.’  Next is no nomination for ‘The Town’ for best picture, best director (Ben Affleck), or best supporting actress (Blake Lively).  Affleck’s reputation hurt him here, keeping him from the nomination, being a little known actress as well as having little screen time locked Lively out, and unwarranted hype around ‘127 Hours’ kept it from getting a best picture nom. 

Besides the above mentioned snubs, the Academy got the rest pretty right if you ask me.  Here are the nominations:

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

Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
David O. Russell, The Fighter
Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech
David Fincher, The Social Network
Joel and Ethan Coen, True Grit

Javier Bardem, Biutiful
Jeff Bridges, True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours
Anette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Christian Bale, The Fighter
John Hawks, Winter’s Bone
Jeremy Renner, The Town
Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech
Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right

Amy Adams, The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
Jackie Weaver, Animal Kingdom

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

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

In a Better World
Outside the Law
How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Toy Story 3

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

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

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

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

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
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

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)

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

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