Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Oscar Speaks Loudly To The 'King' With 12 Nominations

"The King's Speech", a film about the speech impedient of King George VI, leads all movies with 12 nominations, including Best Picture, at this year's Academy Awards.

The nominations were announced this morning at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Hollywood, presented by Academy Chair Tom Sherak and last year's Supporting Actress winner, Mo'Nique.

"The King's Speech" dethroned perceived frontrunner "The Social Network" at the Producer's Guild Award, winning the Best Picture prize there, recently. "The Social Network" was friended in almost every single high-profile awards ceremony for Best Picture until then, including the Golden Globes. "The Social Network" is tied with "Inception" as the third-most nominated movie with eight nominations.

The nominees for Best Picture are "Black Swan", "The Fighter", "Inception", "The Kids Are All Right", "The King's Speech", "127 Hours", "The Social Network", "Toy Story 3", "True Grit", and "Winter's Bone".

The Best Director category is back to the same old "Boy's Club" after Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win this coveted Oscar race last year. The five men up for the prize are Darren Aronofsky for "Black Swan", David Fincher for "The Social Network", Tom Hooper for "The King's Speech", David O. Russell for "The Fighter", and the Coen Brothers for "True Grit".

The nominees for Best Actor in a Motion Picture are Javier Bardem for the Mexican film "Biutiful", Jeff Bridges for "True Grit", Jesse Eisenberg for "The Social Network", Colin Firth for "The King's Speech", and this year's Oscar co-host James Franco for "127 Hours".

The nominees for Best Actress in a Motion Picture are Annette Bening for "The Kids Are All Right", Nicole Kidman for "Rabbit Hole", Jennifer Lawrence for "Winter's Bone", Natalie Portman for "Black Swan", and Michelle Williams in "Blue Valentine".

Noticeable snubs included Andrew Garfield ("The Social Network") in Supporting Actor, Mila Kunis ("Black Swan") in Supporting Actress, Mark Wahlberg ("The Fighter") in Best Actor, and Christopher Nolan ("Inception") for Best Director. "Waiting for Superman" was snubbed in the Documentary Feature race, where it had been the perceived favorite to win that award.

Wahlberg and Nolan, however are competing in the Best Picture category, as producers of "The Fighter" and "Inception", respectively. Nolan also got an Original Screenplay nomination, as well.

Winners will be announced at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, which will be broadcast live on ABC from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on February 27. James Franco and Anne Hathaway are the hosts, and the Oscar show this year will be produced by Don Mischer and Bruce Cohen.

To view the complete list of nominees, go to http://www.oscars.org/awards/academyawards/83/nominees.html.

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