Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Full List of 2010's Oscar Nominations (& Reaction)

For once I found myself mildly thrilled with some of the Academy's choices this morning. Everyone's idea of "best" is different, but Oscar rarely gives its due to the truly incisive pieces of filmmaking in a given year. This time around they did show that sometimes the performance is valued over the buzz/status of the performer, nominating Jacki Weaver and John Hawkes for low-key Supporting roles. I'm also really pleased that "Exit through the Gift Shop" made it into Best Documentary Feature and "Dogtooth" (totally out-there for AMPAS!) got into the Foreign Language category. A final congratulatory word for Antonella Cannarozzi, whose sumptuously-crafted costumes for "I Am Love" are deservedly recognised.

Best Picture

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

Prediction Score: 10/10

The ten I predicted, which isn't that much of a coup since there only really seemed to be eleven in the chase. I suppose it probably came down to "The Town" not getting enough high-placed votes. As great as it is, I can't imagine it being many people's favourite movie. I suspected that "127 Hours" was not in as weak a position as some were saying, and its decent showing today suggests it finished comfortably ahead of Affleck's film.

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

Prediction Score: 5/5

And my late doubts about Nolan proved to be correct, too! I don't think they'll go for him until he makes a more middle-of-the-road picture, which will happen.

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"

Prediction Score: 4/5

A case of "Get Low" being too small, too crowded out, or just not exciting enough? Either way, I suppose nobody can bet against cancer.

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"

Prediction Score: 4/5

I was wrong about them snubbing Hawkes - is this a classic case of age and reputation winning out? I really like this lineup.

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"

Prediction Score: 5/5

Best Best Actress lineup since 2004.

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"

Prediction Score: 5/5

All the Steinfeld/Lead amendments came too late to make a difference, but I'm thrilled that Jacki Weaver managed to beat out Mila Kunis, despite feeling more than a tad sorry for the "Black Swan" star. Just one of those things.

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

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

Prediction Score: 4/5

Writing (Original Screenplay)

"Another Year"
"The Fighter"
"Inception"
"The Kids Are All Right"
"The King's Speech"

Prediction Score: 4/5


Animated Feature Film

"How to Train Your Dragon"
"The Illusionist"
"Toy Story 3"

Documentary (Feature)

"Exit through the Gift Shop"
"GasLand"
"Inside Job"
"Restrepo"
"Waste Land"

Documentary (Short Subject)

"Killing in the Name"
"Poster Girl"
"Strangers No More"
"Sun Come Up"
"The Warriors of Qiugang"

Foreign Language Film

"Biutiful" (Mexico)
"Dogtooth" (Greece)
"In a Better World" (Denmark)
"Incendies" (Canada)
"Outside the Law" (Algeria)

Short Film (Animated)

"Day & Night"
"The Gruffalo"
"Let's Pollute"
"The Lost Thing"
"Madagascar, a Journey Diary"

Short Film (Live Action)

"The Confession"
"The Crush"
"God of Love"
"Na Wewe"
"Wish 143"

Art Direction

"Alice in Wonderland"
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1"
"Inception"
"The King's Speech"
"True Grit"

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

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

Makeup

"Barney's Version"
"The Way Back"
"The Wolfman"

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"
"I See the Light" from "Tangled"
"If I Rise" from "127 Hours"
"We Belong Together" from "Toy Story 3"

Sound Editing

"Inception"
"Toy Story 3"
"Tron: Legacy"
"True Grit"
"Unstoppable"

Sound Mixing

"Inception"
"The King's Speech"
"Salt"
"The Social Network"
"True Grit"

Visual Effects

"Alice in Wonderland"
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1"
"Hereafter"
"Inception"
"Iron Man 2"

1 comment:

Alex in Movieland said...

"Best Best Actress lineup since 2004."

that would be 2006 for me :P killer year that was.