Oscar Nominations 2011

Well, we’re only weeks away from the 83rd annual Academy of Motion Arts and Pictures awards, otherwise known as “The Oscars.” I’m a huge movie fan, and if you’re willing to do the searching, you can find my Top Ten lists from the past few years right here on this blog.

So, let’s jump right into it. I thought 2010 was an excellent year for film the world over. Whether American, French, Australian, Sweden, Germany and many more. I like to complain that life was way more simple in the past, but I can’t complain about being able to see films created thousands of miles away and shown here in Nashville, TN (read: Capitalism rules).

So, earlier today the nominees were announced, and there were some surprises and some no-brainers. Let’s go over the majors.

Best Picture – 10 nominees again, and the pack is pretty awesome. The Kings Speech, The Social Network, Black Swan, The Fighter, Toy Story 3, 127 Hours, Inception, The Kids are Alright, True Grit and Winter’s Bone. Not a shabby list by any stretch. In any year, I think 3 of these films could have won the award for Best Picture. I have three I’d support winning: Kings, Facebook, and the Coen Brothers annual selection. All three are excellent works. Inception was awesome, but not Academy bait by any stretch. Black Swan was great, but I’m not sure it has the staying power some of the others have. And let’s be real for a second; if you didn’t shed a tear in Toy Story 3, you may as well stop going to the movies. (Note: I haven’t seen Winter’s Bone, so it may not be getting it’s due respect.)

In the categories of Best Actor and Actress, this is another list of great performances. Firth, Bardem, Eisenberg, Franco and Bridges: all excellent work. It’s going to be Firth in a landslide, and it should be. His performance made me cringe, and in the way it should have. It’s realistic like Jamie Foxx’s “Ray” from a few years ago. In the category of Actress: Bening, Kidman, Portman, Williams and Lawrence. It looks like Portman has it locked down, but Bening could make a shock run at it because she’s had years of good work, been nominated a few times prior and could steal it as more of a “you’ve been great for a long time, so we owe you one” award.

For Supporting Actor/Actress awards, you have the following: Bale, Hawkes, Renner, Ruffalo and Rush and Bale looks to win and probably should. The only way I see him losing is if Rush makes a huge push for his turn in The Kings Speech. Both were phenomenal. For the Actress category: Adams, Carter, Leo, Steinfeld and Weaver are all great. My personal favorite was Hallie Steinfeld in True Grit, but Melissa Leo won the Globe for her work in The Fighter. We’ll see what happened. Also, Jackie Weaver was chilling in Animal Kingdom. If you missed it, Netflix or Redbox should be your friend.

For Best Director, this was interesting as Christopher Nolan go snubbed on Inception. Not sure I disagree, but the interwebs have been alive with angry fanboys criticizing the Academy. The nominees: Aronofsky, Fincher, Hooper, Coen Bros and Russell make for a pretty good group of talent. All in all, it’s Fincher’s to lose. The Social Network was so well done it’s hard to imagine any of the others winning.

In the other categories: Animation? Toy Story 3. Score? Social Network or Inception. I’d love either winning. Screenplay? Social Network for Adapted, Kids are Alright for Original.

There are a lot more categories, but these are the big ones. So, February 27th will be here before we know it and we’ll get to watch James Franco and Anne Hathaway host. Could be funny or could be a bust. Either way, there will be a lot of happy Hollywood folks and a few looking ahead to 2012.

I’ll be posting my Top Ten pretty soon, so stay tuned for that as well.

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2 responses to “Oscar Nominations 2011”

  1. Ashley Walling says :

    Three cheers for movie nerds! I was late to work this morning because I was watching the nominations live. I agree it was a great year for movies! Check out Winter’s Bone. It’s good. Jennifer Lawrence is heartbreaking in it. Great performance. There were also many good documentaries this year. I’m rooting for Exit Through the Gift Shop! I was surprised Waiting for Superman didn’t get a nod. I have to catch up on the rest in that category and on the foreign films. I’ll be busy until Feb. 27!

    Look forward to your Top 10 list!

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