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Entertainment News: 83rd Oscar Nominations Announced

No Surprises as ‘King’s Speech’ Tops List

Above: Colin Firth stars in "The King's Speech."

Audio

Aired 1/26/11

The film critics of the KPBS Club of the Air discuss the 2010 Oscar nominations.

Transcript

Not many surprises in this years Academy Award nominations as "The King's Speech" leads the pack with a dozen nominations. Be listening Friday morning for my interview with "The King's Speech's" nominated writer David Seidler. You can also now listen to the KPBS Film Club of the Air discussion about this year's nominations.

The 83rd Oscar nominations were announced earlier this morning with "The King's Speech" garnering 12 nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor (Colin Firth), Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. If you want to look for surprises, "Tangled" did not make the Best Animated Film list, Christopher Nolan was snubbed for directing "Inception," and undeserved effects nominations went to "Barney's Version" (Make Up), "The Way Back" (Make Up), and "Hereafter" (Visual Effects).

Unfairly overlooked were Tilda Swinton's performance in "I Am Love," Chloe Moretz's Hit Girl in "Kick-Ass" (the Academy probably couldn't handle an eleven-year-old girl saying the "C" word), Vincent Cassel's epic work in the two "Mesrine films, "The Red Riding Trilogy," and the entire ensemble from "44 Inch Chest." Those are just the most egregious errors. I was happy to see Jacki Wever get a nod for her brilliant work in "Animal Kingdom" and that "Exit Through the Gift Shop" got a Documentary nomination. Also the Academy went ahead and nominated Mike Leigh's script for "Another Year" even though the Writer's Guild did not consider it for one of its Guild awards.

The Oscars will be held on February 27 with James Franco and Anne Hathaway hosting.

Jennifer Lawrence is Ree in "Winter's Bone"

Roadside Attractions

Above: Jennifer Lawrence is Ree in "Winter's Bone"

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”

The French animated film "The Illusionist."

Sony Pictures Classics

Above: The French animated film "The Illusionist."

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

Cinematography

“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

“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

Street artist Banksy... or is it? "Exit Through the Gift Shop."

PDA

Above: Street artist Banksy... or is it? "Exit Through the Gift Shop."

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

The Greek film "Dogtooth" was one of the few pleasant surprises on the list of nominees.

Kino

Above: The Greek film "Dogtooth" was one of the few pleasant surprises on the list of nominees.

Foreign Language Film

“Biutiful” Mexico

“Dogtooth” Greece

“In a Better World” Denmark

“Incendies” Canada

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

Makeup

“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

No one communicates very well in "The Social Network."

Columbia Pictures

Above: No one communicates very well in "The Social Network."

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

Comments

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Missionaccomplished | January 25, 2011 at 8:10 a.m. ― 3 years, 11 months ago

Beth, if Nolan had been nominated for directing, I would have puked! Thank you for giving me a headache, Mr. Nolan! And as far those been overlooked, what about Sam Rockwell in CONVICTION??? Bale has never been better in THE FIGHTER since THE MACHINIST, another overlooiked for which he should have been nominated. BIUTIFUL, not, is technically a Mexican/Spanish co-production. (Looking forward to catching DOGTOOTH because Greek films are rare--only Cacoyannis and Greece's answer to Antonioni: Theo Angelopolous.) I'm not an Oscar fan, but it is absurd to go to a 10 pix nom list! Look at TOY 3, it gets an extra free nom!!! Can anyone else see this but me???

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Missionaccomplished | January 25, 2011 at 8:12 a.m. ― 3 years, 11 months ago

Erratum: In the comment on Bale I mean to say that he deserves it for THE FIGHTER and hope he wins! He was ignored for THE MACHNIST.

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Beth Accomando, KPBS Staff | January 25, 2011 at 9:11 a.m. ― 3 years, 11 months ago

I didn't mean that Nolan's lack of a nominations was bad just that he was snubbed by the Academy and many expected him to be nominated. And even though I liked THE KING'S SPEECH, I thought it was poorly directed.

Rockwell was also overlooked for his brilliant work recently in MOON. Glad to see DOGTOOTH.

And I agree that 10 film noms for best pic are just a joke. Thanks for the comments.

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Missionaccomplished | January 25, 2011 at 12:47 p.m. ― 3 years, 11 months ago

Oh, and what happened to THE PAT TILLMAN STORY for best doc? I overlooked it in my original post. I did not see EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP but my understanding is that it was a "pseudo-documentary."

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Beth Accomando, KPBS Staff | January 25, 2011 at 3:15 p.m. ― 3 years, 11 months ago

Exit Through the Gift Shop is not a "pseudo" doc like I'm Still Here. It is a real documentary but it's about a prank. The great thing about it is that whether it's real or fake, it is still a brilliant, witty examination of the art world and how we define art. I urge you to see it. There were a lot of excellent documentaries this year. Tillman was worthy as well. Thanks.

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jv333 | January 29, 2011 at 12:59 p.m. ― 3 years, 10 months ago

"Tillman Story" was excellent ... what happened to Pat and his family is criminal ... i don't know how Rumsfeld and Cheney sleep at night ... totally exploited Tillman's death for political purposes eventhough they knew he was killed by "friendly fire" ... Tillman was very popular...and speaking out against the war...and a US Army Ranger ... (draw your own conclusions) ... but the doc that i think should win b/c of the historical importance of the content is "Inside Job" ... using Matt Damon as the narrator and Ferguson as the interviewer was smart ... it was gripping throughout if you care about matters affecting ...oh, only the entire world economy...and how greed, fraud and corruption play such a large factor..

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Beth Accomando, KPBS Staff | January 29, 2011 at 1:11 p.m. ― 3 years, 10 months ago

Inside Job was good at making a complex story understandable. Tillman Story was also strong but more for the content of the story than the actual filmmaking.

Thanks for the comments.

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