2011 Oscar Nominees are Revealed!

25 Jan

Presented by the president of the Academy, Tom Sherak and last year’s best supporting actress winner, Mo’Nique, there were some surprises from this morning’s announcement of the 2011 Academy Award nominees!

The King’s Speech leads the pack with 12 nominations, including nods for best picture, actor, director, supporting actress and supporting actor. True Grit is next, with 10 nominations, and Inception and The Social Network come in next with 8 each.

Some exclusions of note:

  • The Town was edged out by Winter’s Bone for best picture
  • Christopher Nolan didn’t receive a nod for direction
  • Mila Kunis, Julianne Moore and Mark Whalberg were all shut out for acting nominations
  • No best supporting actor nominations for any of The Social Network’s cast. Andrew Garfield, Armie Hammer and Justin Timberlake were all mentioned as possible contenders

Other noatable fun facts:

  • Javier Bardem’s nomination marks the first time an actor was nominated for an entirely Spanish-speaking role
  • Out of the 5 best actress nominees, only Nicole Kidman has taken home the Oscar before (in 2002, for The Hours)
  • With Toy Story 3’s nomination, this marks only the third time an animated movie has been nominated for best picture (Beauty and the Beast and Up)

Best Picture:

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

Best Director:

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

Best Actor:

  • James Franco, 127 Hours
  • Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
  • Javier Bardem, Beautiful
  • Jeff Bridges, True Grit
  • Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network

Best Actress:

  • Anette Benning, The Kids are All Right
  • Natalie Portman, Black Swan
  • Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
  • Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Best Supporting Actor:

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

Best Supporting Actress:

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

Best Screenplay (original):

  • Another Year
  • The Fighter
  • Inception
  • The Kids are All Right
  • The King’s Speech

Best Screenplay (adapted):

  • 127 Hours
  • The Social Network
  • Toy Story 3
  • True Grit
  • Winter’s Bone

Best Animated Feature:

  • Toy Story 3
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • The Illusionist

You can see the full list of nominees are the Oscar website. Now, only 33 days until the winners are announced! Who do you think will be taking home the big prizes come February 27th? Will The Social Network continue its roll, or will we have an upset by The King’s Speech? Or might there be an actual dark horse (The Fighter, perhaps?) that comes in and steals the show? Only time will tell, but leave your predictions in the comments!

**Update** The first promo photo of Oscar co-hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway has been released! Image courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter



8 Responses to “2011 Oscar Nominees are Revealed!”

  1. Mike January 25, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    Now that the world is remake crazy, I wonder how many remakes have received Oscar nominations. I’m curious to know if there have been any other “True Grits” in the past. I’m probably missing an obvious movie…

    • Katie January 25, 2011 at 2:07 pm #

      Hmm interesting question MF…I can’t think of any of the top of my head for best picture that was a remake of another movie, as opposed to a movie version of a play or book, but I might have to do some digging on this!

  2. Lindsay January 25, 2011 at 12:19 pm #

    Shocked Chris Nolan was not nominated. I’m not knocking the nominees but I really think from a directing perspective, Inception was one of the year’s best.

    • Katie January 25, 2011 at 2:11 pm #

      Me too Lindsay! He was nominated for best original screenplay for Inception, which is definitely deserved, but I do think that Nolan should’ve gotten the nod for director too. It’ll be interesting to see what happens in February!

  3. melissa January 26, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

    I’m not really sure what/who I want for the win in each category, except Best Supporting Actress. I’d LOVE to see Hailee Steinfeld take it! She was SUPER in True Grit!

    • Katie January 26, 2011 at 6:53 pm #

      Thanks for the comment Melissa! True Grit is one of 3 Best Picture nominees I haven’t seen yet, so it’s definitely on my list! Can’t wait to see that performance =)


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