Oscar Nominations Released: All Hail Colin The First?

Oscar210The Oscar nominations in the main categories have just been announced and I have to say that I think they’ve got them mostly right. For the most part, the nominations were as expected – The King’s Speech increases its tally to 12 nominations including Best Leading Actor for Colin Firth, Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay and leads the field for potential Oscar haul. Close behind was the Cohen Brothers’ take on a John Wayne classic, True Grit with 10 nominations.

Unsurprisingly, Facebook flick The Social Network also scooped its fair share of nominations with 7 as did Micky Ward boxing biopic The Fighter, also with 7. Inception picked up 8 nominations (but only two in the main categories – Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture). Black Swan picked up 5 nominations including Best Actress for Natalie Portman which she’s hotly tipped to win.

Absolutely no surprises in the Best Picture category – pretty much everything that got nominated deserves to be there (although I raise a personal eyebrow at the inclusion of Inception and would have swapped it out for Blue Valentine).

Some unexpected treats include Jacki Weaver as creepy Australian matriarch Janine Cody in the perpetually tense Animal Kingdom and John Hawkes for his turn as the snaggle-toothed Teardrop in gripping Ozark thriller Winter’s Bone. It seems that Winter’s Bone has finally picked up the acclaim that it deserved after being criminally overlooked at other award ceremonies including the BAFTAs with 4 nominations.

No major injustices this year, although I will say that I think Ryan Gosling should have got a nomination for his role in Blue Valentine and it’s surprising that Disney’s Tangled was bumped out by How To Train Your Dragon in the Best Animation category (I’m not upset about this, HTTYD is excellent, I’m just surprised). Great news that The Illusionist got a nod though, although frankly Toy Story 3 is a shoo in.

The winners will be announced on February 23rd and will be presented by James Franco and Anne Hathaway. Rest assured will bring you a live streaming update as well as inevitable screaming at the telly. Ah, Hollywood…

Partial list below (the main ones that everyone cares about). Full list here

What do you think? Are there any you’re shocked to see/not to see? Is there anything you’re raging about?


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

Actor In A Supporting Role
Christian Bale – The Fighter
John Hawkes – Winter’s Bone
Jeremy Renner – The Town
Mark Rufalo – The Kids Are All Right
Geoffrey Rush – The King’s Speech

Actress In A Leading Role
Annette Benning – The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman – Rabbit Hole
Jeniifer Lawrence – Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman – Black Swan
Michelle Williams – Blue Valentine

Actor In A Leading Role
Javier Barden – Biutiful
Jeff Bridges – True Grit
Colin Firth – The King’s Speech
James Franco – 127 Hours
Jesse Eisenberg – The Social Network

Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan
David O’Russell – The Fighter
Tom Hooper – The King’s Speech
David Fincher – The Social Network
Joel & Ethan Cohen – True Grit

Best Adapted Screenplay
127 Hours
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone

Best Original Screenplay
Another Year
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech

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