Open Thread: Oscar Nominations 2011

 Posted by on January 25, 2011 at 8:56 am  Awards, Film
Jan 252011


Black Swan
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech
127 Hours
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone

Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
David O. Russell, The Fighter
Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech
David Fincher, The Social Network
Joel and Ethan Coen, True Grit

Javier Bardem, Biutiful
Jeff Bridges, True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours

Anette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

Christian Bale, The Fighter
John Hawks, Winter’s Bone
Jeremy Renner, The Town
Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech
Mark Ruffalo, The Kids Are All Right

Amy Adams, The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
Jackie Weaver, Animal Kingdom

127 Hours
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
True Grit
Winter’s Bone

Another Year
The Fighter
The Kids Are All Right
The King’s Speech

In a Better World
Outside the Law

How to Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Toy Story 3

Black Swan (Fox Searchlight) Matthew Libatique
Inception (Warner Bros.) Wally Pfister
The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company) Danny Cohen
The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing) Jeff Cronenweth
True Grit (Paramount) Roger Deakins

Black Swan (Fox Searchlight) Andrew Weisblum
The Fighter (Paramount) Pamela Martin
The King’s Speech (The Weinstein Company) Tariq Anwar
127 Hours (Fox Searchlight) Jon Harris
The Social Network (Sony Pictures Releasing) Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

Exit through the Gift Shop (Producers Distribution Agency) Banksy and Jaimie D’Cruz — A Paranoid Pictures Production
Gasland — Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic A Gasland Production
Inside Job (Sony Pictures Classics) Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs A Representational Pictures Production
Restrepo (National Geographic Entertainment) Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger — An Outpost Films Production
Waste Land — Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley (Arthouse Films) An Almega Projects Production


  19 Responses to “Open Thread: Oscar Nominations 2011”

  1. I’m looking at the predictions I made in an IMDb pool, and I see some surprises.

    First of all, a shut out for I Am Love. Such a talked-about film, I thought it would at least get cinematography (it was gorgeous). (Costumes for I Am Love.)

    Buzz all over the internet that didn’t come true: Nothing for Mark Wahlberg, nothing for The Town except Renner, nothing for any supporting actress in Black Swan, in the documentaries, no Waiting for Superman and no Client 9.

    Of the 10 films nominated, I’ve seen 7. I have no intention of seeing The Fighter, but I might get to 127 Hours and Toy Story 3. Still, it’s an excellent field. I absolutely love 6 of those 7 (you know how I feel about Inception). My favorite film this year was The Kids Are All Right, but I’m not delusional enough to think it has a chance. This is a race among Black Swan, King’s Speech, and Social Network, and I’m happy for any of them to win.

    I also haven’t seen Biutiful, Rabbit Hole, Blue Valentine, any of the foreign, any of the animated, or any of the documentaries (and I’m a fan of documentaries!).

  2. Most of these nominees I feel were pretty predictable, based on the Golden Globes, SAG, etc..I’ve seen most of these films and all I can say is I think that Leslie Manville from Another Year was completely screwed. She gave a devastating performance and should have gotten a Best Supporting actress nod instead of Amy Adams who was just alright.

  3. As my friend Nat says, it’s category fraud: Helena Bonham Carter and Hailee Steinfeld were the leads in their respective films, and Geoffrey Rush was a co-lead as well.

  4. Doubling the nominations to 10 is a transparent ploy to get me to plunk down for twice as many movies.

  5. deborah the academy does a primary vote which is what determines the categories. Helena bonham Carter likely was listed for best actress and best supporting in her film for the primary. Sometimes this can split the vote and that’s why a really great actress who’s role whether lead or supporting may not even end up in the final category. I am thankful that they got nominated at all.

  6. The best film, EVER!
    “Plan 9 from Outer Space”

  7. How about the fact that theoretically, Toy Story 3 could be the biggest winner of them all and win Best Animated AND Best Picture. Don’t think the Academy has ever done that before-they read off the Animated noms this morning and I waited to see if TS3 would be on that list, and it was, so I felt a little bad that they had no shot anymore for best picture. Then, a few minutes later, it popped up again. Crazy! I haven’t even seen it, was just too old for TS when it first came out, and have no children, so reason to watch the series, except for now since everyone on earth loved it last year.

    Otherwise, I have only seen Inception, which has no shot at BP, at all. What I question is the exclusion of Nolan…… I LOVE NOLAN, even his mistakes. However, I freaking lovve Fincher more, and hope he wins it for TSN. That one’s out on DVD at least so I’l rent it, but I definitely want to go see the ballet movie and the Blue Valentine movie, so I can accurately compare the two women’s performances. Williams has been talked up for over a year as dservign of the nomination for that film, and was called the one to beat for best actress. Until Aronofsky showed off Black Swan, and then the Natalie love began. Now, I love Natalie Portman to death, ever since The Professional in the 90s, but I feel perhaps her best work is still ahead of her. Williams, on the other hand, is amazing to behold in her work for the last several years, and consistently knocks it out of the park, so I feel it may be hers to win. Tough to tell.

    Dying to see TKS, and totally thrilled with the fact that the man, Trent Reznor, is an Oscar nominee. Hopefully a winner-nothing like his musical work out there, I am a huge disciple of his.
    Excited for this year’s show! Hope we have more posts on this!

  8. Dogtooth just came out on DVD, so I may jump at that opportunity.

  9. I still have yet to see many of these. Seems the Academy Awards are being aired earlier this year than usual too, so it will be a mad race to see if I can get to see at least a few of these.

    I did see Black Swan and liked it. Also liked The Kids Are All Right. Next on my list wil be The King’s Speech, The Fighter, and The Social Network.

    For some movies, it can be an either/or thing if the actor is put in Best Actor/Actress or in Best Supporting. I haven’t yet seen The King’s Speech, but if it seemed like Bonham Carter’s character was supporting him (Colin Firth’s), then I can see how she would get put in the supporting category.

  10. I must say I’m enjoying the whole “John Hawkes-who he?” meme on the gab shows. I mean, how DARE he be inserted among all the Lead Actors Down-Categorizing to Ensure an Oscar? He’s the one actor on that list guaranteed to halt my channel surfing automatically.

    And the Oscar goes to Colin Firth for “A Single Man”, and a wagon load of great work previously ignored by the Academy.

    At least one of the other winners will evoke Heath Ledger’s great wisecrack:
    “I thought it was for the best performance, not the biggest.”

  11. I must say I’m enjoying the whole “John Hawkes-who he?” meme on the gab shows. I mean, how DARE he be inserted among all the Lead Actors Down-Categorizing to Ensure an Oscar? He’s the one actor on that list guaranteed to halt my channel surfing automatically.

    I haven’t seen “Winter’s Bone” but I remember him from “Deadwood,” and I’m not surprised to hear he would be nominated. :)

  12. Warren Beatty, Fred Astaire, Cary Grant, Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda, Katherine Hepburn, Faye Dunaway. What do they and many other greats have in common? They were never in a film that won the Best Picture Oscar. Not once!!! The Oscars are a fucking joke. Add Orson Welles who only made the best American film to date. 2005 was the anti-fag vote against Brokeback Mountain. Who on earth thinks that an erratic film like Crash is anywhere near Brokeback? And you figure Hollywood is one of the last places to diss the LGBT community. Academy voters still skew older with dim-witted, racist scumbags in their membership. Toy Story 3 was the best film I saw this year(I kid you, not) but the overrated Social Network will walk away with the prize. Robert DeNiro who was Scorsese’s muse? is on the no Best Pics list either. But, Marty’s new muse, a mediocrity named DiCaprio has been in TWO Best Pics. Alrighty, then.

  13. In my anger I forgot about deNiro in The Deer Hunter, 1978 winner for Best picture. My apologies. Deb you have NO?! intention of seeing The Fighter? Could you at least explain why? I’m curious to know. I’m a guy who isn’t to fond of so-called chick flicks, and I went to see The kids are All Right after I read a number of positive reviews, and came away very impressed, and happily surprised. Ms. Bening was lovely.

    • tilden, we allow cursing, and you didn’t violate our comment policy, but that was so vitriolic it made my skin crawl. Breathe deeply before posting.

      I dislike Mark Wahlberg and I dislike Christian Bale. I end up seeing each of them in lots of movies because they’re such darlings of great filmmakers, but I’m pretty much sick of it. I’ve seen The Departed. Great movie, not impressed by Wahlberg. In fact, I’ve seen 7 of Wahlberg’s films, several of which were excellent, so it’s not like I’m making a snap judgement. Same with Bale; I’ve seen him in 5 movies, and I’m never blown away. There’s nothing compelling about this movie that makes me hungry enough to see it so that I’d overlook the fact that I’m going to be spending the evening with two unpleasant men.

  14. I love John Hawkes, too, he can be so rough but he has this quality of tenderness underneath everything he does, IMO.

  15. Deb, I kinda have to agree with you on this one. I will never be able to overcome the whole Marky Mark thing-I was the target age for his fans when he hit the entertainment scene, and thought it was all so silly. Why on earth was he always shirtless and rapping? Anyway, once I saw Boogie Nights that killed him for me. Just cannot take him seriously. I did enjoy his character in The Departed, but he was only great for that role due to his own personal life, so it’s not really acting.
    As for Bale, I do have a greater fondness for him than I do for Marky Mark, but I also find him a little off-putting most of the time. The Batman films are ok by me, but his other work is just……I dunno. I think he’s a little crazy for the whole body transformations he does, but I am interested to see how he plays this crackhead in The Fighter-could be moving, if it’s done right, and since he’s actually won for it already, it’s likely his best work. Not digging the Jesus look, either. I’d like to see him in a nice, understated role, but he doesn’t do that.

    Now, all that aside, I do want to see The Fighter for two reasons-Melissa Leo, and Amy Adams. I’ve loved Leo’s work for a couple decades now, and Adams has great promise and really tackles her roles, so I want to see those performances. Sadly, it will probably be whenever the movie finally airs on HBO……

  16. Deb I didn’t mean to creep you out, but Oscars are supposed to represent merit not politics. Its THE highest award in showbiz.
    I shouldve learned when Forrest Gump won over the brilliant Pulp Fiction. Its all about playing the safe vanilla taste, not the disturbing, cutting edge, WTF was that? kind of films that move cinema forward.(Ode to Don, couldn’t help it.).

  17. I have seen four of big nominated films, Inception, True Grit, Winter’s Bone and Toy Story 3, plus The Town. We plan to see King’s Speech, which I have heard great things about, and might possibly see The Fighter and a couple other On Demand, when they hit that service or DVD rentals. That said, Oscar history/politics, and industry ‘spin,’ suggest where this is going. IMHO: Inception [like practically all computer graphics demonstrations] fell flat; like Avatar last year, these do nothing for me; movies for disaffected 14 y/o boys. I thoroughly enjoyed True Grit, a marvelously done retribution/redemption tale – and its box office says much of America feels the same. Its a classic western, far superior to the Hathaway John Wayne vehicle, and may draw one or more of picture/director/cinematography – Deakins is way overdue. Even without seeing their performances, I would put money on Annette Benning winning Best Actress – history tells us Hollywood insiders love this hetero-fellow insider ‘stretching’ to play gay thing. Firth is overdue for Best Actor. John Hawkes was tremendous in Winter’s Bone, and should win Supporting; Rush has one already and you have to think Bale’s jerkdom to coworkers will be held against him, regardless of performance quality. If they don’t split the vote, or Bonham-Carter gets it for playing the Queen Mum, Leo or Adams’ reviews for The Fighter will make this a close pick, with the girl in True Grit getting support, too [I thought she did very well]. Toss-up.

    That guy who play’s my dad in Mad Men, Hamm, didn’t have a chance in The Town what with that attempt at a Boston accent & sharing the screen with two scenery-chewers, Marky Mark and Renner [great in Hurt Locker, btw]. I kept thinking Hamm was doing his SNL Scott Brown imitation.

    That’s my say and I’m sticking to it. I look forward to see King’s Speech ….

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