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Announcement: The 2011 Academy Awards Nominations List

January 25, 2011


Here they are, folks, your 2011 Academy Award Nominations list!  Some of these are still in theaters, some are on DVD or Netflix Watch Instantly, but these are the cream of the crop for 2010, so check them out!  Linked will be the available Keeping It Reel reviews for all nominated films.  Enjoy!



Best Picture

Black Swan” Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver and Scott Franklin, Producers

The Fighter” David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Mark Wahlberg, Producers

Inception” Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers

The Kids Are All Right” Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Celine Rattray, Producers

The King’s Speech” Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin, Producers

127 Hours” Christian Colson, Danny Boyle and John Smithson, Producers

The Social Network” Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca and Ceán Chaffin, Producers

Toy Story 3” Darla K. Anderson, Producer

True Grit” Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers

Winter’s Bone” Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers


Actor in a Leading Role

Javier Bardem in “Biutiful

Jeff Bridges in “True Grit

Jesse Eisenberg in “The Social Network

Colin Firth in “The King’s Speech

James Franco in “127 Hours


Actor in a Supporting Role

Christian Bale in “The Fighter

John Hawkes in “Winter’s Bone

Jeremy Renner in “The Town

Mark Ruffalo in “The Kids Are All Right

Geoffrey Rush in “The King’s Speech


Actress in a Leading Role

Annette Bening in “The Kids Are All Right

Nicole Kidman in “Rabbit Hole

Jennifer Lawrence in “Winter’s Bone

Natalie Portman in “Black Swan

Michelle Williams in “Blue Valentine


Actress in a Supporting Role

Amy Adams in “The Fighter

Helena Bonham Carter in “The King’s Speech

Melissa Leo in “The Fighter

Hailee Steinfeld in “True Grit

Jacki Weaver in “Animal Kingdom


Animated Feature Film

How to Train Your Dragon” Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois

The Illusionist” Sylvain Chomet

Toy Story 3” Lee Unkrich


Art Direction

Alice in Wonderland” – Production Design: Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Karen O’Hara

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” – Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan

Inception” – Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas; Set Decoration: Larry Dias and Doug Mowat

The King’s Speech” – Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Judy Farr

True Grit” – Production Design: Jess Gonchor; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh



Black Swan” Matthew Libatique

Inception” Wally Pfister

The King’s Speech” Danny Cohen

The Social Network” Jeff Cronenweth

True Grit” Roger Deakins


Costume Design

Alice in Wonderland” Colleen Atwood

I Am Love” Antonella Cannarozzi

The King’s Speech” Jenny Beavan

The Tempest” Sandy Powell

True Grit” Mary Zophres



Black Swan” Darren Aronofsky

The Fighter” David O. Russell

The King’s Speech” Tom Hooper

The Social Network” David Fincher

True Grit” Joel Coen and Ethan Coen


Documentary (Feature)

Exit through the Gift Shop” Banksy and Jaimie D’Cruz

Gasland” Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic

Inside Job” Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs

Restrepo” Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger

Waste Land” Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley


Documentary (Short Subject)

Killing in the Name” Nominees to be determined

Poster Girl” Nominees to be determined

Strangers No More” Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon

Sun Come Up” Jennifer Redfearn and Tim Metzger

The Warriors of Qiugang” Ruby Yang and Thomas Lennon


Film Editing

Black Swan” Andrew Weisblum

The Fighter” Pamela Martin

The King’s Speech” Tariq Anwar

127 Hours” Jon Harris

The Social Network” Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter


Foreign Language Film

Biutiful” Mexico

Dogtooth” Greece

In a Better World” Denmark

Incendies” Canada

Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi)” Algeria



Barney’s Version” Adrien Morot

The Way Back” Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng

The Wolfman” Rick Baker and Dave Elsey


Music (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


Music (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 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


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


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


Sound Editing

Inception” Richard King

Toy Story 3” Tom Myers and Michael Silvers

Tron: Legacy” Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague

True Grit” Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey

Unstoppable” Mark P. Stoeckinger


Sound Mixing

Inception” Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick

The King’s Speech” Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen and John Midgley

Salt” Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan and William Sarokin

The Social Network” Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick and Mark Weingarten

True Grit” Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland


Visual Effects

Alice in Wonderland” Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi

Hereafter” Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski and Joe Farrell

Inception” Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb

Iron Man 2” Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick


Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

127 Hours” Screenplay by Danny Boyle & Simon Beaufoy

The Social Network” Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin

Toy Story 3” Screenplay by Michael Arndt; Story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich

True Grit” Written for the screen by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

Winter’s Bone” Adapted for the screen by Debra Granik & Anne Rosellini


Writing (Original Screenplay)

Another Year” Written by Mike Leigh

The Fighter” Screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson; Story by Keith Dorrington & Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson

Inception” Written by Christopher Nolan

The Kids Are All Right” Written by Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg

The King’s Speech” Screenplay by David Seidler


16 Comments leave one →
  1. mATtHEw gRAmItH permalink
    January 25, 2011 10:15 am

    Nothing too shocking about who got in or who was left out, though I’m particularly glad to see Jeremy Renner and Jacki Weaver getting Best Supporting noms.
    The only one that I really want to win and will be really rooting for that night is “Inception” for Best Original Screenplay.

    • David J. Fowlie permalink*
      January 25, 2011 12:23 pm

      I think it (“Inception”) has a solid chance.

      • January 25, 2011 12:24 pm

        Looking at the awards trend, it’ll probably go to The Kids Are All Right, but I would like to see Inception pull it out.

      • Melissa permalink
        January 26, 2011 12:57 am

        I hope so! I Loved Inception and so did my daughter!

  2. francesca permalink
    January 25, 2011 10:20 am

    What pains me most about the Oscars is that even in the technical categories, it’s still the same handful of films – there’s such a dearth of variety here – how many films were eligible this year? And what percentage of those actually get nominated? What’s the criteria for an editing award – certainly the editing in 127 hours was impressive, but I really don’t see why The Kings Speech has been included in this category; it’s as if the Academy says ‘ Oh yes this is a great film, get it into every category’.

    Having had my annual whinge, I’m rooting for Rush and Melissa Leo ( and I haven’t even seen the film but she is such a great actress, she deserves this). I really hope Nolan gets something because Inception was such an extraordinary film but I’ve a feeling he won’t, although the film should get the Oscar for Art Direction imho.

    As I’ve said, I haven’t seen The Social Network and the number of nominations for it I find a little disturbing – I can’t think that it would be of much interest to people outside of a certain demographic but I guess that shouldn’t count against it.

    • David J. Fowlie permalink*
      January 25, 2011 8:34 pm

      The love for “The King’s Speech” has spread beyond the reach of the crown, it seems. The best part of that film was the relationship between the two. Some of the cinematography was good and it had a nice score, beyond that…same old Oscar bait. “Inception” surely should have been nominated for Editing but alas, Nolan’s film gets little Oscar love.

      Leo was great but Steinfeld was better.

      I have been witness to a “certain demographic” who just don’t get “The Social Network” and list the film as one of the reasons why 2010 was a ho-hum year for films. They are wrong on both counts.

    • January 26, 2011 9:08 pm

      You cannot possibly knock a film’s award nominations if you haven’t seen it. That is preposterous. The Social Network is not about the creation of Facebook at all. It is a movie with the core themes of a good story: friendship, loyalty, betrayal, insecurity, etc. See it. There is a reason it has a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes… and believe me, most of the contributors DO NOT fall within the “certain demographic”.

  3. april tierney permalink
    January 25, 2011 10:26 am

    Jeff Bridges? notsomuch… and how is Hailee Steinfields role ‘Supporting’? good grief the girl had more dialogue than most of the ‘Leading’ roles, and basically MADE the film IMO. plus, it was her first time out of the gate! Same applies to G Rush. What constitutes ‘Supporting’ in the Academy’s eye?

    • David J. Fowlie permalink*
      January 25, 2011 12:42 pm

      Yes, Bridges! Who else coulda played that role so well? Come on….think of someone. No? See? As for Steinfeld, I am just as baffled. They want her odds to increase, so they toss her there. Doesn’t make sense considering her competition AND the fact that it wasn’t suppporting. As for Rush, his was supporting through and through. The King was the prominent role and yes, the story was about the friendship between the two men….but it was Birdie’s who Logue was supporting. He was the consummate supporter!

  4. Wendi F permalink
    January 25, 2011 10:31 am

    I’m secretly relieved Jennifer Lawrence and Hailee Steinfeld are not in the same category. I can’t divide my love like that. And Please let this be Roger Deakins’ year. He’s the Susan Lucci of cinematographers.

    • David J. Fowlie permalink*
      January 25, 2011 12:42 pm

      Team Deakins!

  5. Lauri permalink
    January 25, 2011 11:12 am

    Jesse Eisenberg – in, Andrew Garfield – out? I think that one was mixed up.

    Granted, I haven’t seen Animal Kingdom, and I have no idea who Jacki Weaver is, but her over Mila Kunis in Black Swan? Really?

    Did The Town peak too early? Why was it left out of the Best Picture nominee list?

    • January 25, 2011 11:47 am

      Jacki Weaver DOMINATES Mila Kunis’ performance. Dominates.

      … and I LOVED Black Swan, so that’s saying a lot.

      Definitely check out Animal Kingdom. It’s on DVD or Netflix.

    • David J. Fowlie permalink*
      January 25, 2011 12:22 pm

      Actually, yeah….really. Kunis was fine but far from Oscar-worthy. “Black Swan” was nominated in the appropriate categories. “The Town” is not worthy of Best Picture….so, no loss there.

  6. Maija permalink
    January 25, 2011 1:57 pm

    I am most happy that the majority of the movies picked this year are already in the mainstream. I always try to scramble the last month to see all the nominated movies and wind up driving far away to the one theater that is playing one of the nominated films. I have many friends who always say that they only nominate movies that no one has ever heard of and for that reason they never even want to watch the Oscars, I would have to say that this year that is not the case.

  7. mATtHEw gRAmItH permalink
    January 25, 2011 2:11 pm

    Yeah, they very well could give it to “The Kids Are Alright” partially for the directing snubs Cholodenko has received this awards season.

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