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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The 83rd Annual Oscar Nomination List for 2011 Arrives!


 Once again, the Academy Awards are upon us. Here is their list of nominations for this 2011 season. While it is shocking that some films haven't made the list, many of the ones that have deserve it. It's been a pretty good year for cinema, and there were many great movies the Academy had to choose from. Too bad not everything good could get up here, though. As you read the official list - you will see a few of my notes (in blue) of thoughts or things I would have done differently.

80 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards 

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” *This girl should be nominated under Actress in a leading role. She was absolutely fantastic, and if had just as much if not more screen time as Jeff Bridges.
        • 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”  * I would have gone with Disney's "Tangled" here, which was an amazing visual treat; much stronger than "Alice in Wonderland," same goes for "Tron," which if anything, had amazing visualization.
              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

                Directing *The fact that "Inception" is not included in here is surprising. Of the films in the section I have seen, I would take it over "True Grit". I would also consider "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" strongly in this category.

                • “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 *The absence of "Scott Pilgrim Vs The World" is very surprising, since that had some of the best editing I've ever seen. 

                      • “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) *Alan Menken's score for "Tangled" was fantastic, both paired with the film and listening to on its own.

                            • “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 *I would have gone with pretty much any other song from "Tangled" since this was the most cliche and least exciting of all of them. However, the scene itself was absolutely gorgeous.
                              • “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 

                                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 *It's nice to see animated pictures making the "Best Picture" list more and more frequently.
                                • “True Grit” Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, Producers
                                • “Winter's Bone" Anne Rosellini and Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Producers

                                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 *You've GOT to be kidding me. "Iron Man 2" and "Alice in Wonderland" over "Tron"!? Sure, they were okay, but if "Tron" knocked the ball out of the park on anything it was Visual Effects. They had a completely CGI Jeff Bridges for gods-sakes! *Sigh*, this is disappointing.

                                        • “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 
                                            Well, there you have it. The list of the 2011 83rd Annual Academy Awards Nominees. Who do you think is going to win this year?

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