83rd Annual Academy Awards

The Oscar nominations are out! After yesterday’s greatly anticipated announcement about the 31st annual RAZZIE Awards, the 83rd annual Academy Awards probably don’t feel like as much of a big deal… but let’s give them a look-see anyway, shall we?

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominees for the Oscars on Tuesday morning, and of course, I’m full of opinions about them. Scroll down a bit for the full list, if you like, but here are a few things that caught my eye:

  • Some good options in the Best Picture category this year! Particularly glad to see Black Swan, Inception, The Kids are All RightThe Social Network, and Toy Story 3 on the list. I’d be happy if any of those won, but Black Swan and Inception are definitely at the top of my Oscar list.
  • Still anxious to see The King’s Speech, 127 Hours, and True Grit. Who’s up for a movie date?!
  • I’ve only seen one of the Best Actor nominees, so I can’t say much… Though Jesse Eisenberg DID do a good job balancing annoying/nerdy/creepy while making his The Social Network character vulnerable and somewhat sympathetic.
  • Tough call between Annette Benning in The Kids are All Right and Natalie Portman in Black Swan. They were both FANTASTIC in their roles — but I feel like Benning was more consistent throughout, whereas Natalie’s strongest impact was primarily in the latter parts of her film. Still, either would be a well-deserved win.
  • Mark Ruffalo was fine in The Kids are All Right even though the character was, ultimately, a bit of a douchebag. Still, a solid performance. I really want to see The Town and The King’s Speech before making a judgment on this one.
  • I got nothin’ on the Best Supporting Actress category. Haven’t seen ANY of them. Yet.

As usual, the fine folks at CNN.com were kind enough to aggregate it together in a simple list, so that I do not have to. Here goes:

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

Actor
Javier Bardem, “Biutiful”
Jeff Bridges, “True Grit”
Jesse Eisenberg, “The Social Network”
Colin Firth, “The King’s Speech”
James Franco, “127 Hours”

Actress
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman, “Rabbit Hole”
Jennifer Lawrence, “Winter’s Bone”
Natalie Portman, “Black Swan”
Michelle Williams, “Blue Valentine”

Supporting actor
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”

Supporting actress
Amy Adams, “The Fighter”
Helena Bonham Carter, “The King’s Speech”
Melissa Leo, “The Fighter”
Hailee Steinfeld, “True Grit”
Jacki Weaver, “Animal Kingdom”

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

Animated feature
“How to Train Your Dragon”
“The Illusionist”
“Toy Story 3”

Adapted screenplay
“127 Hours”
“The Social Network”
“Toy Story 3”
“True Grit”
“Winter’s Bone”

Original screenplay
“Another Year”
“The Fighter”
“Inception”
“The Kids Are All Right”
“The King’s Speech”

Foreign language film
“Biutiful”
“Dogtooth”
“In a Better world”
“Incendies”
“Outside the Law”

Art direction
“Alice in Wonderland”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I”
“Inception”
“The King’s Speech”
“True Grit”

Cinematography
“Black Swan”
“Inception”
“The King’s Speech”
“The Social Network”
“True Grit”

Costume design
“Alice in Wonderland”
“I Am Love”
“The King’s Speech”
“The Tempest”
“True Grit”

Documentary feature
“Exit Through the Gift Shop”
“Gasland”
“Inside Job”
“Restrepo”
“Waste Land”

Documentary short
“Killing in the Name”
“Poster Girl”
“Strangers No More”
“Sun Come Up”
“The Warriors of Qiugang”

Film editing
“Black Swan”
“The Fighter”
“The King’s Speech”
“127 Hours”
“The Social Network”

Makeup
“Barney’s Version”
“The Way Back”
“The Wolfman”

Sound mixing
“Inception”
“The King’s Speech”
“Salt”
“The Social Network”
“True Grit”

Original score
“How to Train Your Dragon”
“Inception”
“The King’s Speech”
“127 Hours”
“The Social Network”

Visual effects
“Alice in Wonderland”
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1”
“Hereafter”
“Inception”
“Iron Man 2”

Original song
“Coming Home” from “Country Strong”
“I See the Light” from “Tangled”
“If I Rise” from “127 Hours”
“We Belong Together” from “Toy Story 3″

Sound editing
“Inception”
“Toy Story 3”
“Tron: Legacy”
“True Grit”
“Unstoppable”

Animated short film
“Day & Night”
“The Gruffalo”
“Let’s Pollute”
“The Lost Thing”
“Madagascar, carnet de voyage” (“Madagascar, a Journey Diary”)

Live action short film
“The Confession”
“The Crush”
“God of Love”
“Na Wewe”
“Wish 143”

So, who’s hosting the Oscar party?

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