|2011-01-25, 11:16 AM||#1|
Join Date: Jan 2002
2011 Oscar nominations
Here are the major nominees
The Kids are All Right
The King's Speech
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan)
David O. Russell (The Fighter)
Joel and Ethan Coen (True Grit)
David Fincher (The Social Network)
Tom Hooper (The King's Speech)
Actress in a Leading Role
Annette Bening (The Kids are All Right)
Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole)
Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone)
Natalie Portman (Black Swan)
Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine)
Actor in a Leading Role
Javier Bardem (Biutiful)
Jeff Brides (True Grit
Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network)
Colin Firth (The King's Speech)
James Franco (127 Hours)
Actress in a Supporting Role
Amy Adams (The Fighter)
Helena Bonham Carter (The King's Speech)
Melissa Leo (The Fighter)
Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit)
Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom)
Actor in a Supporting Role
Christian Bale (The Fighter)
John Hawkes (Winter's Bone)
Jeremy Renner (The Town)
Mark Ruffalo (The Kids are All Right)
Geoffrey Rush (The King's Speech)
Best Animated Feature
How to Train Your Dragon
Toy Story 3
|2011-01-25, 11:33 AM||#2|
Join Date: Jan 2002
No real off-the-grid surprises. With 10 films nominated for Best Picture, it would be nice to see at least one nomination go to an obscure film that slipped past everyone's radar. I suppose Winter's Bone fulfills that role this year; it's been out on dvd/blu-ray for a couple of months so it's easy enough to see it now. You'll be rewarded with a harrowing tale of a young women's quest to discover the fate of her missing father in the Ozark mountains back woods. Jennifer Lawrence is stellar, and it's nice to see John Hawkes nominated for his role as the creepy uncle.
Other pleasant surprises are Jeremy Renner for The Town and Jacki Weaver's frightening role as the matriarch of a family of Australian criminals in Animal Kingdom, which just came out on dvd/blu-ray.
I'm dismayed that neither Biutiful nor The Illusionist have found their way to a major market like Vancouver yet. I blame the near death-grip Cineplex-Odeon has on almost all the theaters in the city now that Cinemark has left town.
|2011-01-25, 12:08 PM||#3|
Join Date: Jun 2003
We enjoyed The King's Speech and indeed Colin Firth deserves a nom - but Geoffrey Rush? I think Andrew Garfield in The Social Network was - at least one - clearly more deserving supporting actor. In fact, I wouldn't really consider Eisenberg up at the top either - I think Ryan Reynolds in Buried was more deserving.
Glad to see best actress noms for Jennifer Lawrence and Michelle Williams and for supporting actress, Jacki Weaver.
And I think Toy Story 3 getting a best picture nom pretty much locks it for best animated oscar.
|2011-01-25, 12:25 PM||#4|
Join Date: Dec 2001
Nels, once again thanks for the insights. Your recommendations always have me searching for a new film to watch.
|2011-01-25, 12:55 PM||#5|
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Toronto, ON Rogers/OTA
I've seen 9 out of the 10 nominations for best picture and enjoyed all of them thoroughly. The only one I haven't see is Winter's Bone. I really don't know how I missed it. It's been out on DVD since October and has a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes. Needless to say I'll be watching it this weekend.
|2011-01-25, 01:58 PM||#6|
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Ottawa (Orleans), ON
Films missing from the list:
- Kick-Ass - Big, silly fun. Chloe Moretz deserves a nomination for Best Actress. She really makes the movie.
- Jack Goes Boating - A nicely-done, low-key, character-driven drama. Kudos to actor and first-time director Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Decent but over-rated:
- The Social Network
- The Kids Are All Right
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|2011-01-26, 03:07 AM||#7|
Join Date: May 2002
Location: A charted un-desert isle
Someone explain to me how Hailee Steinfeld is in the Best Supporting category, when she was the central character in "True Grit". Wasn't she in all but maybe one or two scenes?
Being that it's the movies' producers who submit their wishes for nominations/categories (I think that's how it works, anyway), I blame them. Much as I liked the movie, I'm down on it now for that shameless ploy for an award.