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Oscar Nominations Post Mortem

The nominations for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards were announced this morning and The King’s Speech was the big leader in terms of nominations with 12. True Grit followed with 10 and The Social Network and Inception each scored 8 nominations. I’m going to go down each category and bitch or rave about the nominees.

Best Motion Picture of the Year
Black Swan
The Fighter
Inception
The Kids are All Right
The King’s Speech
The Social Network
127 Hours
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone

I thought The Town would make it in, but it wasn’t as strong as I once thought. It’s a real close race between The King’s Speech and The Social Network. Everyone, including myself, thought The Social Network had the momentum, but The King’s Speech won the Producers Guild Award, so it halted The Social Network’s momentum. I’m still going to call it or The Social Network, but things could change as we get closer to Oscar time.

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Annette Bening (The Kids are All Right)
Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole)
Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone)
Natalie Portman (Black Swan)
Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine)

This is a race between Portman and Bening, but I’d have to give the edge to Portman. Bening will continue to get nominated and lose to younger actresses. I thought Steinfeld might make it in lead, but I was wrong. All five actresses nominated here are actually deserving, who would have thought that?

Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
Javier Bardem (Biutiful)
Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network)
Colin Firth (The King’s Speech)
James Franco (127 Hours)
Jeff Bridges (True Grit)

This is an easy Colin Firth victory. Haven’t seen Bardem, but heard his performance was great.

Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale (The Fighter)
John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone)
Jeremy Renner (The Town)
Mark Ruffalo (The Kids are All Right)
Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech)

This was one of only two categories that I accurately predicted. Great to see Hawkes get in. Andrew Garfield was too young and the Academy wasn’t going to nominate him.

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams (The Fighter)
Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech)
Melissa Leo (The Fighter)
Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit)
Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom)

Weaver deserves to win and I was glad she didn’t get shut out by the Black Swan actresses. Everyone is betting on Leo, but I could see Steinfeld pulling an upset here. True Grit got a surprising 10 nominations and they may have to give it some award.

Best Animated Feature Film of the Year
How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3 will win. No contest.

Best Documentary Short Subject
Killing in the Name
Poster Girl
Strangers No More
Sun Come Up
The Warriors of Qiugang

Haven’t seen any of these films, and I probably won’t. Where does one go to see the Documentary short films?

Best 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

I only saw Day & Night and that was because it played in front of Toy Story 3. Again, where does one go to see these films?

Best 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

Don’t know where the fuck I would see these films.

Achievement in Art Direction
Alice in Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
Inception
The King’s Speech
True Grit

I read a lot of sites saying that Alice in Wonderland will win. I have no idea, but I’ll go with The King’s Speech because it scored 12 nominations which shows that a lot of people in The Academy love the film.

Achievement in Cinematography
Black Swan (Matthew Libatique)
Inception (Wally Pfister)
The King’s Speech (Danny Cohen)
The Social Network (Jeff Cronenweth)
True Grit (Roger Deakins)

The True Grit cinematography was beautiful and very Westerney. Deakins has been nominated many times and hasn’t won yet. I will give a special shout out to Matthew Libatique, an alumni from my college, Cal State Fullerton.

Achievement in Costume Design
Alice in Wonderland (Colleen Atwood)
I Am Love (Antonella Cannarozzi)
The King’s Speech (Jenny Beaven)
The Tempest (Sandy Powell)
True Grit (Mary Zophres)

Glad to see I Am Love get in. I’ll just go with King’s Speech here, because.

Achievement in Directing
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)

What does Chris Nolan have to do to get a directing nomination? I was really surprised to see Nolan’s name off the list. The directing branch at The Academy must not really respect fantasy/sci-fi type films. This is really disappointing. The man has three Director Guild Nominations and zero directing Oscar nominations. I guess Nolan will have to direct a Holocaust film to get nominated for Best Director.

Best Documentary Feature
Exit through the Gift Shop Banksy, director (Paranoid Pictures)
Gasland Josh Fox, director (Gasland Productions, LLC)
Inside Job Charles Ferguson, director (Representational Pictures)
Restrepo Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger, directors (Outpost Films)
Waste Land Lucy Walker, director (Almega Projects)

I was really glad to see Exit Through the Gift Shop make it in. I’m not sure it will win though. Inside Job seems like the safer choice.

Achievement in Makeup
Barney’s Version
The Way Back
The Wolfman

Haven’t seen any of these films. The Wolfman. I guess.

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

The Social Network should win here. I do fear that The King’s Speech might sweep and could pick up this award.

Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Biutiful (Mexico)
Dogtooth (Greece)
In a Better World (Denmark)
Incendies (Canada)
Hors la Loi (Algeria)

I heard Dogtooth is really out there and I’m excited to see it tomorrow. I don’t have a fucking clue who will win here. I’ll say In a Better World will win because it won the Golden Globe.

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (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)

The Social Network is this year’s most original and interesting score. It could be too unique for The Academy. I wouldn’t be upset if Hans Zimmer’s score won.

Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (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 and Lyric 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

Don’t give a shit.

Achievement in Sound Editing
Inception
Toy Story 3
TRON: Legacy
True Grit
Unstoppable

I’ll say Inception wins. The film will likely do really well in the technical categories.

Achievement in Sound Mixing
Inception
The King’s Speech
Salt
The Social Network
True Grit

I’ll say Inception again.

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

If there is any justice Inception will win.

Adapted Screenplay
127 Hours (Simon Beaufoy and Danny Boyle)
The Social Network (Aaron Sorkin)
Toy Story 3 (Michael Arndt, story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich)
True Grit (Joel Coen and Ethan Coen)
Winter’s Bone (Debra Granik and Anne Rossellini)

Sorkin is taking this in a cake walk.

Original Screenplay
Another Year (Mike Leigh)
The Fighter (Paul Attanasio, Lewis Colich, Eric Johnson, Scott Silverand Paul Tamasy)
Inception (Christopher Nolan)
The Kids are All Right (Stuart Blumberg and Lisa Cholodenko)
The King’s Speech (David Seidler)

I wish Inception would win, but The King’s Speech will win.

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