The King's Speech, a film about the efforts of England's King George VI to overcome his speech impediment rally his country on the eve of World Ward II, led the pack with twelve nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Colin Firth, Best Supporting Actor for Geoffrey Rush, and Best Supporting Actress.
True Grit was not far behind with ten nods, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Jeff Bridges, and Best Supporting Actress for Hailee Steinfeld. As a young (fourteen years of age) nominee, it reminds me of when a then ten year old Tatum O'Neal won in the same category for "Paper Moon."
The Social Network, the best movie of 2010 in my opinion got eight nominations, including of course, Best Picture, Best Director, and a Best Actor nod for Jesse Eisenberg's portrayal of Mark Zuckerberg. They are most likely to win a gold statue for Aaron Sorkin's screenplay, although Best Picture is a possibility as well. However, the Academy traditionally loves the grandiose, old style movies like "The King's Speech."
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Here are the nominees for Best Picture: Black Swan (Fox Searchlight,) The Fighter (Paramount,) Inception (Warner Bros.,) The Kids Are All Right (Focus Features,) The King's Speech (Focus Features,) 127 Hours (Fox Searchlight,) The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing,) Toy Story 3 (Walt Disney,) True Grit (Paramount, ) and Winter's Bone (Roadside Attractions)
You can read our reviews for most of these films at our Instant Replay page.
MVP: The following were nominated for Best Actor: Javier Bardem in "Biutiful, " a Mexican film about a man whose life is in free fall and his fight for redemption, nominated for Best Foreign Film; Jeff Bridges in "True Grit," Jesse Eisenberg in "The Social Network," Colin Firth in "The King's Speech," and James Franco in "127 Hours."
Finals MVP: One of the following will win Best Actress: Annette Bening in "The Kids Are All Right, " Nicole Kidman in "Rabbit Hole, " Jennifer Lawrence in "Winter's Bone, " a film noir
set in the Ozarks, Natalie Portman in "Black Swan," or Michelle Williams in "Blue Valentine."
Coach of the year: Best Director - Darren Aronofsky for "Black Swan," David O. Russell for "The Fighter," Tom Hooper for "The King's Speech," David Fincher for "The Social Network," and Joel Coen and Ethan Coen for "True Grit"
See the rest of the nominations at the official Oscar site.
Who got snubbed?
Mark Wahlberg for "The Fighter"
Justin Timberlake and Andrew Garfield for "The Social Network"
Christopher Nolan as Best Director (Inception)
Ryan Gosling for "Blue Valentine"
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